Odisha’s Koraput tops in rural housing schemes implementation
KORAPUT: Tribal-dominated Koraput district tops the table among the 30 districts of the state in meeting the target under rural housing scheme, including Indira Awas Yojana (IAY) and Biju Pucca Ghar Yojana (BPGY), for 2015-16.
While the district administration completed 8,917 houses against the target of 9,346 under IAY, under BPGY it completed 2,689 houses against the target of 3,092 during the previous fiscal at a success rate of 95% and 86% respectively.
Officials said decentralisation of the process of construction of houses under the dual rural housing schemes helped in achieving the target.
Earlier, the entire process from selection to sanction of funds and materials to the beneficiary for construction of house was centralised with the block development officers (BDOs) and it was time consuming, said collector (Koraput) Jaya Kumar V.
Recently, the collector was awarded by chief minister Naveen Patnaik at a special function held in Bhubaneswar for the district’s success in meeting the target under rural housing schemes.
According to the collector, for speedy progress of work the entire process was decentralised among the BDOs, panchayat social extension officers and welfare extension officers of the blocks.
Now, the BDOs only sanctioned the funds and the field-level staffers supervised and provided raw materials to the beneficiaries, he said. “Focussed approach and regular monitoring helped the district in achieving the rural housing target,” he added.
Apart from maintaining the success rate for the current fiscal, the Koraput administration aspires to create assets and employment of at least Rs 1.50 crore in each of the 226 panchayats in the district under the centrally sponsored Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) in 2016-17.