Chief Secretary Odisha Asked District Collectors For Effective Implementation Of Housing Scheme
Chief Secretary asked all district collectors to monitor effective implementation of the rural and urban housing schemes in Odisha. He asked the district collectors to ensure that housing targets set for each district must be achieved by March-end.
The review was in view of the government’s announcement to convert all kutcha houses into pucca houses by 2019. The meeting revealed that over 14,50,294 housing units have been constructed in rural areas since 2014-15 fiscal year under various schemes like Biju Pucca Ghar Yojana, Indira Awas Yojana, Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana and housing schemes for mining affected and construction workers.
An official statement issued by the chief secretary’s office said the state government constructed over 3.14 lakh houses in 2017-18 financial year alone. Similarly, under the Odisha Urban Housing Mission (OUHM), the state government has targeted to construct 49,142 housing units for the urban poor.
While over 29,166 units are under various stages of completion, the chief secretary directed collectors to issue work orders for remaining units and to ensure their timely completion, said an official.
Housing and urban development secretary said on the basis of feedback received from the district collectors, funding pattern under OUHM has been streamlined.
As the fund was earlier released by OUHM authorities, now the state government has empowered the district collectors to release the amount. Hence, the amount would also be released in three different installments. The chief secretary also directed the collectors to upload photographs of housing unit along with the beneficiaries on the respective websites.
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