Odisha Government Decided To Provide Houses To Landless Poor
As a large number of landless poor in tribal-dominated districts are not covered under rural housing schemes, the State Government decided to prepare a special package to provide them houses out of funds from Odisha Mineral Bearing Area Development Corporation (OMBADC).
The decision was taken at a meeting chaired by Chief Secretary to review the implementation of the projects sanctioned by OMBADC, a special purpose vehicle created to carry out developmental activities in mineral-rich regions of the State affected by mining activities.
The State Government has identified 691 villages under 30 blocks in eight mineral-bearing districts for overall development under OMBADC. The eight districts are Angul, Dhenkanal, Jajpur, Jharsuguda, Koraput, Keonjhar, Mayurbhanj and Sundargarh.
Chief Secretary asked the district collectors to identify homestead landless poor families who have not been covered under rural housing schemes like Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana and Biju Pucca Ghar Yojana. It was decided at the meeting that a special package will be prepared in consultation with the Revenue and Disaster Management, Forest and Environment and Scheduled Tribes and Scheduled Castes Development departments.
Efforts will be made to provide land to the homestead landless poor families near their villages. If this will not be feasible, houses in clusters will be constructed on suitable government land with common facilities like roads, drinking water supply, electricity and other basic amenities, official sources said.
In 2016, the State Government had sanctioned projects worth Rs 900 crore for the mining-affected villages.
The sanctioned projects include 29,829 housing units, 196 drinking water projects, 855-hectare block plantation, 842 km of avenue plantation, 3600 hectares of assisted natural regeneration and 9800 seedling plantation in towns of the mining-affected areas.
According to the review meeting, construction of 17,445 housing units has been completed. The Panchayati Raj Department has been given a target to complete construction of another 2,500 units by May-end.
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