A girl ward member in Odisha’s Nayagarh district has been residing inside a rest room together with her relations for over two and a half years after failing to get a home beneath both Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana or Biju Pucca Ghar Yojana.
Banita Senapati, a ward member of Thanapallipatna village of Surkabadi gram panchayat of Nayagarh district, about 85 km southeast of the capital Bhubaneswar, claims she has been pressured to dwell in a rest room together with her husband, mother-in-law and two youngsters after their home which was broken throughout cyclone Phalin in 2013, grew to become fully unlivable two and half years in the past.
The household shifted to the bathroom that had been constructed beneath Swachh Bharat Mission. Their plight got here to mild following social media posts.
Senapati’s husband, Ramesh Senapati, a day by day labourer tried arduous to get a home beneath the federal government scheme, however his title by no means appeared within the listing. “He met native BDO in addition to different officers pleading for sanction of a home, however all that he bought was empty promise,” mentioned Banita.
The household has unfold out a tin sheet on the bathroom ground to cowl the pan. The bathroom additionally doubles up as a kitchen as they prepare dinner meals in a single nook and preserve garments in one other nook. Whereas the ward member, her daughter and mother-in-law sleep inside the bathroom, her husband and son sleep outdoors.
“My getting elected as a ward member has not helped me in any manner. Whereas the federal government talks about empowering panchayati raj establishments, that is how the elected PRI members are pressured to remain,” she mentioned.
Sarpanch Minati Sahu additionally expressed her helplessness saying she had personally requested officers so as to add her household within the PMAY listing, however with none end result.
The federal government says it’s not conscious of her plight.
Venture director of the district rural growth company in Nayagarh, Subash Ray mentioned the administration was not conscious of the issue of the ward member. “We are going to conduct an inquiry and do no matter needed to assist the household,” he mentioned.
In December final 12 months, a 72-year-old widow in Mayurbhanj district was discovered to be residing in a rest room for over three years after failing to get lodging from the state authorities. The lady, Draupadi Behera slept inside the bathroom whereas her household, together with grandson and daughter, slept outdoors.
In March this 12 months, chief minister Naveen Patnaik mentioned his authorities would offer 20 lakh concrete homes to the poor within the subsequent 4 years. Patnaik mentioned that the state authorities has already supplied 25 lakh concrete homes to the individuals.