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Orissa’s poor to get houses soon


New Delhi : Houses will soon be allotted to those from Orissa who are on the wait list of the Indira Awas Yojana, a centrally sponsored housing scheme for poor people among the scheduled castes and scheduled tribes.

The Indira Awas Yojana (IAY) has been facing delay as the beneficiaries are to be selected on the basis of the 2001 Census data, which is still incomplete.

To expedite the scheme, Orissa Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik Wednesday suggested Rural Development Minister Raghuvansh Prasad the use of below poverty line (BPL) data prepared in 1997 instead.

"Singh agreed to the proposal and has allowed the selection of beneficiaries out of the permanent wait list based on 1997 BPL census for the current financial year," said the ministry in a statement.

Patnaik requested Singh to allow the state to extend the Sampoorna Grameen Rozgar Yojana (SGRY) with the residual stock of 187,000 tonnes of food grains still lying with the state to create more employment opportunities in the natural calamity affected areas.

Singh promised to look into the matter.