A local NGO has challenged the report of the local administration by stating that 90% of families are living in shanties and don’t have a power connection, let alone landline phones. The PMAY scheme is for families that don’t possess landlines, phones, fridges, bikes or own houses.
Naresh Patel, a local social activist said that they have verified most of the applicants to learn that they do not possess any movable and non-movable assets. “In Ranibarod gram panchayat, on our reality check, all 22 applicants belonging to Sahariyas and Gadiya Lohars were found to be living on the roadside with no basic facilities,” said Patel.
The matter came to light after the applications of all identified beneficiaries were rejected by the local administration in August third week. The families were informed by their gram panchayat. The applicants for the scheme are recommended by their respective gram panchayats (GPs).
It is scrutinised by the sarpanch and pradhan before it is sent to the zila parishad. The rejected applicants are from over 40 GPs.
The rejection has dashed the dreams of beneficiaries who are running from pillar to post to get the correction done. Sub-divisional officer, Kishanganj Prahlad Ram Dudi told TOI, “Once the application is filed manually, the process of scrutinising the application is online. The form is linked with aadhaar card and whether the family owns any of the items that debar them from the scheme is done automatically. It appears that the rejection was made due to some technical error.”
Krishna Shukla, CEO, zila parishad, told TOI that the concerned officials have been told to revise the applications. “The changes in the application can be made in the list once the revised list is prepared,” said Shukla.
Under the PMAY, the Central government provides the aid of Rs 1.5 lakh to the beneficiary for building a house on his/her own land.