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Odisha has failed to implement Central schemes, says URD Minister

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Bhubaneswar: Union Minister of Rural Development Ram Kripal Yadav on Saturday reviewed road and house construction under various centrally sponsored schemes (CSS) in the state criticizing the ruling BJD government for failing to meet the targets in PYA and MGNREGA schemes in spite of sufficient funds.

“The Odisha Government has failed in implementing the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana too,” the minister said while speaking to media persons here.

While in other states the third phase work under Indira Awas Yojana has begun Odisha is yet to complete first phase target. As many as 70,000 houses are yet to be completed under the yojana, he said adding that about 9.17 lakh houses have already been completed with the assistance of Centre.

Through Biju Pucca Gahr Yojana about 1.8 lakh houses have been constructed.

“This year Odisha will be provided Rs. 1400 Crore for rural housing. The funds will be spent on meeting the targets of 2.95 lakh household construction,” the minister said.

Notably, the state shares 33 per cent share with the Union for CSS. Earlier during May this year a Central Common Review Mission (CRM) team led by Chairman Summit Bose inspected the ground zero scenario of implementation of various CSS.

The team had said about 44 lakh households were identified to be covered under the Housing for All with about 5 lakh houses each year. Presently, the programme is being implemented with 60:40 funding share between the Centre and the State.

The data up to the end of last year fiscal showed that a total number of 9,372 PMGSY roads stretching over 36,168 km have been completed in the State. A total amount of around `14,930 crore has been invested in it till March 31. Similarly budget of about Rs. 1200 crores under MGNREGS has also been converged with State and Union schemes.

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