Even as the Government has set a target to construct 2,86,090 houses under Indira Awas Yojana (IAY), the rural housing scheme for the poor, in 2012-13, only 5 per cent of the target has been achieved by the end of July.
While more than one lakh houses were under construction, the annual target for the current financial year was to construct 1,55,419 more houses. However, only 14,995 houses have been completed by the end of July, said the activities report of the Panchayati Raj department.
The physical achievement under the programme is only 1 per cent in Dhenkanal, Jagatsinghpur, Kandhamal and Sundargarh districts. The Government has sanctioned houses for 1,654 beneficiaries while only 35 of them have completed the construction.
The achievement in Sundargarh is 42 houses as against 4,548 beneficiaries, 173 in Dhenkanal as against 12,172 and 203 in Jagatsinghpur against a target of 6,434. The last year’s performance of Kandhamal and Jagatsinghpur was also depressing.
Under the rural housing programme, priority is being given to bonded labours, fire victims, families of defence personnel and paramilitary forces killed in action, physically challenged and destitute women.
According to the report, houses of 73 out of 145 physically handicapped beneficiaries have been completed. Achievement under the scheme is not satisfactory in Balasore (2 per cent), Bhadrak, Boudh, Kendrapara and Puri (3 per cent each), Malkangiri and Mayurbhanj (4 per cent each). Kalahandi district has made significant improvement in the implementation of the scheme with an achievement of 18 per cent.
The district has completed 969 houses as against an annual target of 2,639 houses. Balangir, Angul, Gajapati, Nuapada,Nayagarh, Sonepur, Deogarh and Nabarangpur district have completed more than 10 per cent of the houses sanctioned.
On the financial front, the State had an outstanding balance of `198.47 crore. With a receipt of `491.88 crore, the total fund for the current financial year was `491.88 crore.
However, the total expenditure by the end of July was `81 crore, which was 16 per cent of the total outlay. The performance of the Government was no better during the corresponding period in 2010-11. The utilisation of fund was only 7 per cent. Under Mo Kudia, the State-sponsored housing scheme for the left-out BPL families, a target is set to construct 28,168 houses. So far 2,550 houses have been completed. The fund utilisation is 15 per cent with expenditure of `10.66 crore against available fund of `71.31 crore.