Priority For Housing

Odisha has achieved the distinction of being the leading State in the country in providing durable pucca houses to poor people in rural areas.

Sources in the Government said more than 12,18,000 houses have already been constructed in the State for rural poor since 2014-15 fiscal.
This was revealed during a recent video conference the Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi had with all District Collectors.
The CS asked the Collectors and Block level functionaries to be more vigilant while ensuring transparency and efficiency in implementing rural housing scheme as the State Government has accorded top priority to it.
Officials discharging responsibilities with commitment and diligence in implementation of this scheme would be provided with all possible administrative support and protection, he assured.
Taking part in the deliberations Secretary Panchayatiraj DK Singh said as many as 12,18,000 houses have been constructed since 2014-15 fiscal.
He asked the Collectors to ensure displaying the list of the rightful beneficiaries as per the guidelines in the offices of every Gram Panchayat for the information of the villagers.
This practice will help reducing public resentment and corruption in implementation stage, the Chief Secretary told the Collectors.
A target has been set to construct 6 lakh such houses by the end of this year, said Mr.Padhi adding that as many as 85,000 unit s have already been completed.

Even as the rate of construction per day has gone up to 644 from 300, a road map has been prepared to ensure making nearly 3000 houses every day.
Sources said while the State Government has earmarked an investment of a whopping Rs. 5,000 crore for this scheme this fiscal, it will try and ensure maintaining the same financial outflow in coming years.
Notably, Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna (Housing for All), Biju Pucca Ghar Yojna, MGNREGA Scheme and Swachh Bharat scheme have been integrated into the Rural Housing scheme in Odisha.
While Rs. 1,30,000 is being spent for such houses in Integrated Action Plan (IAP) areas, in non-IAP areas it is Rs. 10,000 less per units for the scheme.          

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