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HOUSING SCHEME: CM HAILS BALANGIR DM’S MODEL Wednesday, 14 June 2017 | PNS | BHUBANESWAR | in Bhubaneswar
HOUSING SCHEME: CM HAILS BALANGIR DM’S MODEL
Wednesday, 14 June 2017|PNS|
BHUBANESWAR | inBhubaneswar
In order to improve transparency in the rural housing initiative of the State Government, the District Administrations will take up several measures. Among them, the list of eligible beneficiaries of the current year will be wall-painted in each village, along with public display of priority list on Government buildings in gram panchayat – anganwadi centres and schools.
The list will be uploaded for wider display on the respective district website and there will be 100 per cent geo-tagging and registration of all the beneficiaries in the priority list.
While this proposal was presented by Collector Balangir Ashish Thakre in the rural housing initiative to be undertaken with the implementation of 3Ts – technology, teamwork, and transparency, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik lauded the presentation.
Chief Minister Patnaik, who was quietly listening to Thakre, appreciated the efforts of the Group I for improving citizen centric services in the State through 3Ts.
During the Collectors workshop, which was attended by Collectors and several Ministers, the Chief Minister was happy over the out –of- box thinking of the Collectors in Group I. Secretary Rural Development Bishnupada Sethi was the moderator, who guided the Collectors to prepare the presentation.
While presenting the proposal, it was said that District Awaas Cell will be set up to directly call and contact the beneficiaries and to facilitate them in all the stages of construction of rural houses.
The District Awaas Cell will have a grievance redressal unit and a social audit unit, etc. Mobile registration of beneficiaries on Awaassoft will be done for receiving alerts at different stages, he added.
“There will timely release of funds. The funds will be released in three instalments – 20+80+20/30. A timeline will be fixed for different stages of construction of a house. One month duration has been fixed for work order to plinth, two months for plinth to roof casting, and one month for roof casting to finishing. Time gap of transferring funds to the beneficiaries will be reduced. There will be penal provisions for any delay in bill processing and there will be zero tolerance on malpractices,” said Thakre. Regarding the quality of construction, the Collector said the State will prescribe wide range of models – geographical, cultural and disaster proofing, and additional amount will be disbursed in cyclone prone areas.
A dedicated Rural Housing Cell at block level will be set up for the convenience of the beneficiaries.
“Quick grievance redressal is one of our top priorities. All grievances will be tracked from receiving to disposal. An Awaas Mela will also be held every month on a fixed date,” the official said. The official ensured that apart from adequate water supply and electricity, more facilities like soak pits, cow sheds, goat sheds, compost pits, dug wells, etc, will also be provided to the people.
Now this proposal will be approved by the State Government and the District Administrations will implement the same for rural housing initiative, which is the flagship programme of the State Government. ========================================================================================