Locals stage protest against settling PMAY cases in parts of Kupwara

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Tasaduq Hussain

 Scores of people from parts of Kupwara district Monday held a strong protest against the authorities for failing to provide the beneficiaries with Pradhan Mandtri Awas Yojana (PMAY) cases, saying that deserving families have been neglected and ignored deliberately.

Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) is an initiative of the Government of India aimed to provide housing to the poor population. It was launched to build about 20 million houses. These houses have a toilet, electricity connection, Ujwala LPG connection, and drinking water supply.

People from different areas of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district Monday protested against the concerned department. Protesters alleged that the deserving families for PMAY have been ignored from the list deliberately.

The protesters were joined by several DDCs, BDCs, Sarpanchs, and ward members.

Talking to reporters the protesters as per news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) said that several names deserving of the PMAY scheme have been left out of the final list by the concerned department. “Those left out even include the handicapped individuals with no source of income.”

Aamina Majeed, DDC Drugmulla constituency who was part of the protest said that there is an issue with the PMAY cases. “People are suffering. They are not given a patient hearing. Concerned VLWs are not responsive to people with queries. BDO concerned needs to resolve the issue at an earliest,” she said.

DDC Nutnussa Zahoor Ahmad said that some names framed in the report which was filed initially have been declared ineligible. “There are deserving people who have been ignored. There must be a verification of all the cases. Teams sent on the ground need to reverify those who have been dropped,” he said.

Another protesting Sarpanch said that people are getting furious at them given that they were voted to power by them. “Kupwara and Hyhama block are suffering due to many reasons. The LG administration needs to have a look at the suffering of people,” he said.

BDO Kupwara must be transferred and a new one should be appointed at the earliest for the ease of people, the protesting sarpanch said. 

Traders Federation Kupwara president who also joined the protesters said that there are several complaints against the BDO Kupwara. “The aforementioned officer must be transferred. Both the LG administration and district administration must initiate strict actions early for the ease of people,” he said.

Meanwhile, the protesters have demanded the personal intervention of Lieutenant Governor Jammu and Kashmir Manoj Sinha. They said that the LG administration must initiate concrete steps to ensure the needy aren’t left behind who don’t have any alternative source of income

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