Bhubaneswar:17/6/20: In another significant development towards converting Kutcha houses of all poor families in rural area to pucca houses by the year 2022, construction of 26,18,497 houses have been completed during the last six years.
This was known from a high-level meeting on rural housing held under Chairmanship of Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy in Lokseba Bhawan conference hall today wherein Principal Secretary Panchayati Raj & Drinking Water Deo Ranjan Kumar Singh presented the issues for discussion.
Reviewing the progress made so far, Chief Secretary Tripathy directed to make the approach towards rural housing more people-centric by leveraging the existing norms. Tripathy directed to provide homestead land to all landless families since they are actually the poorest of the poor. The departments of Revenue & Disaster Management and Forest & Environment and Panchyati Raj & Drinking Water were advised to come up with proposals for amendments, if necessary, for ensuring pucca houses to all poor families.
Presenting the updates, Director Special Projects Sri Rajesh Pravakar Patil said, “ there are around 57,257 families on the waiting list for allotment of houses. In the meanwhile, 8,069 families have been allotted homestead land”.
Available data show, so far the construction of 26,18,497 houses have been completed from the year 2014-15. The government have set an ambitious target for the construction of more 8,06,329 houses during the current year. Against this target, so far 3, 57, 408 houses are under different stages of completion; and, the process for the balance cases, including the cases of 57,257 landless families have been expedited.
Development Commissioner Suresh Chandra Mohapatra, Additional Chief Secretary Forest & Environment Dr. Mona Sharma, Principal Secretary Revenue & Disaster Management Bishnupada Sethi, Principal Secretary Panchayati Raj & Drinking Water Deo Ranjan Kumar Singh, Director Special Projects Sri Rajesh P Patil, Additional Secretary Revenue and Disaster Management Avaya Nayak along with senior officers from concerned departments participated in the deliberations.