The change called own house

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 03 Jan 2019 10:07:57


Staff Reporter,

Beneficiaries of PMAY and ownership titles interact with Chief Minister through video-conferencing during ‘Loksamwad’ initiative

In monsoon, Darshana Solanki’s house made of mud leaked. In summer and winter, the family faced problems as the house was not a pucca structure. Now, the life of this resident of village Khairy Bijewada in Ramtek tehsil of Nagpur district, has changed for the better. Under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY), she has got a pucca house.

“In pucca structure, my family feels safe. We both -- my son and me -- are living happily in the new house,” said Darshana Solanki. She and 19 other beneficiaries of PMAY, Gharkul Yojana, and ownership titles interacted with Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister, through video-conferencing on Wednesday under ‘Loksamwad’ programme of State Government. These beneficiaries interacted with the Chief Minister through video-conferencing from the hall in District Collectorate here. Solanki joined the video-conferencing from outside her house in her village.

Darshana Solanki earns her livelihood by working as a labourer. She lived along with her 10-year-old son in her house made of mud. When she came to know about PMAY from the staff of Gram Panchayat, she moved an application. Her information was recorded under Socio-Economic Caste Census, and then a housing unit was approved in her name. As per the norms, she got Rs 1.20 lakh deposited directly in her bank account. Under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme, an amount of Rs 16,000/- also got deposited in her account. Investing the money, she built her pucca house. She has LPG connection, and individual household toilet at her house. She thanked the Government for effective implementation of PMAY.

Tayabai Chaudhary, a resident of Kalamna, said that her sons used to ask her why did not they have a pucca house like their friends. “Under PMAY, I got the house. I am glad to tell you, sir, that I did not have to grease anybody’s palms to get my pucca house constructed. I got the cheques released in my name from time to time. I am happy that the Government is working in a transparent manner,” she added.

Another beneficiary, Navasi Pawar from village Shivangaon Tanda in Bhiwapur tehsil, also was living in a mud house with her husband, a son, and a daughter. During the video-conferencing, she thanked the Chief Minister. Yashodabai Akhare from village Aroli thanked Narendra Modi, Prime Minister, for PMAY.

The Sindhi community members, who had migrated to India during the Partition of India, have got ownership titles after decades. Though the migrants had got houses, the units were still in the name of State Government. In around 70 years of their stay, these migrants had not got ownership titles. In December 2018, Sindhi community members in Nagpur got ownership titles. These beneficiaries also participated in the interaction with Chief Minister. One of these beneficiaries Prakash Ramchandani, a resident of Jaripatka, Nagpur, said, “After getting ownership titles, now we feel that we have become truly citizens of India.”

Budhaji Surkar, a resident of Dhantoli, was waiting for ownership title since 2000. However, his wait only got prolonged. In 2018, however, Fadnavis Government took a decision that benefited Surkar. During interaction through video-conferencing, Surkar recalled that Fadnavis and Sandip Joshi, Ruling Party Leader in Nagpur Municipal Corporation had come to his help when Railways had demolished his house a few years ago.

The beneficiaries who participated in the interaction programme included Sulochana Chavan and Yashodabai Akhare from Aroli, Hemlata Bhalave from Lihigaon, Darshana Solanki from Khairy Bijewada, Tayabai Chaudhary from Kalamna, Rakshan Nagrare from Indapur and Navasi Pawar from Shivangaon Tanda; Dhuvsingh Bandewar, Rashmi Rathod, Varsha Nimje, Girish Jeswani, Jyoti Prakash Ramchandani, Ashok Bajaj, Budhaji Surkar and Narayan Kale from Nagpur city.

Ashwin Mudgal, District Collector; Ravindra Khajanji, Resident Deputy Collector; Sanjay Bhimanwar, Chief Officer of Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority; D N Chavan, Project Officer, Tribal Development Project; Makarand Netke of PMAY; Anil Gadekar, District Information Officer; Leena Budhe and other officials also were present during the video-conferencing.