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CS for scaling up completion of rural houses, curb on unethical practices


 Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi today directed all the collectors and Project Directors to scale up the rural housing construction activities for achievement of 100 per cent of the targets given to each district. 

       The Chief Secretary further directed the Collectors and PD, DRDAs through videoconferencing to curb unethical practices by all means and take visible action against those found guilty of corruptive practices.

       Padhi also reviewed the progress of the pipe drinking water projects in different districts and directed the Collectors to complete the ongoing 261 projects by end of December, 2017.

       They were advised to have detailed work plan for completion of  the new projects within one and half a year of the commencement of the ground level work.

       Development Commissioner R Balakrishnan participating in the discussion advised the collectors to workout breakup of the targets with detail planning.

       He also suggested fixing specific targets for each employee engaged in the task and take up daily review of the progress through WhatsApp or SMS.

       Notably, as many as 1.42 lakh houses have been constructed during the current financial year taking the total constructed houses to 12.76, 124 since 2014-15 fiscal, said sources. 

       Secretary Panchayati Raj Deoranjan Kumar Singh outlined the issues for discussion, they said.

       Secretary Panchayati Raj said that the construction of many houses was seen in advanced stage.

       He advised the collectors to give finishing touch with construction of toilets to these houses during the Samrudhi & Swachhata Pakhwada that would be observed from October 1.

       Singh also asked the PD DRDAs and Collectors to ensure timely payment of bills and incentives to the beneficiaries.

       The State Government had declared an incentive of Rs.20,000 to the beneficiaries who completed their houses within 4 months from the  issue of work order and Rs.10,000 for completion within 6 months of the work order.

       Till date a total number of 12,76,124  housing units have been completed under the schemes like Biju Pucca Ghar Yojana, Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana, Indira Awas Yojana and Nirma Shramik Pucca Ghar Yojana, the sources said.

       Target has been set to complete around 6.5 lakh houses during the year 2017-18. So far, around 1, 42,902 houses have been completed and construction of other houses has been expedited, they added.

       The completed houses include 22,730 houses under Biju Pucca Ghar Yojana, 5430 units under Biju Pucca Ghar (mining), 991 houses under Nirman Sramik Pucca Ghar Yojana, 19056 under IAY and 94695  houses under PAMY.

       The sources said a total number of 1895 new drinking water projects have been sanctioned for different districts and urban local bodies.

       Apart from that 359 projects have also been sanctioned for mineral bearing areas under OMBADC fund in 8 districts like Angul, Jharsuguda, Dhenkanal, Mayurbhanj, Koraput, Sundargarh, Keonjhar and Jajpur. 

       Director Special Projects Girish SN, Director Drinking Water & Sanitation Roopa Mishra along with senior officers from Panchayati Raj department participated in the video conferencing. 

EDITOR : Bijoy Ketan Mishra
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