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FIR against 14 tribals for not completing house under PMAY

The tribals against whom the FIRs have been lodged have said the FIRs are unfair and they are being victimized

bhopal Updated: May 08, 2018 20:41 IST
C B Singh
C B Singh
Hindustan Times, Jhabua\Bhopal

Police have lodged FIRs under criminal breach of trust against 14 tribals of Jhabua district for taking money under the Prime Minister’s Awas Yojana (PMAY)and not constructing the house. They have been accused of spending the money elsewhere.

According to police, two FIRs have been lodged against villagers of Wadlia, Rangpura and Dungralalu, all under Jhabua janpad. They had received sums varying from Rs 40,000 to Rs 1.20 lakhs under the scheme. Beneficiaries are given money in installments and it is released based on completion of the previous stage. They are given a total of Rs 1.5 lakhs.

The tribals against whom the FIRs have been lodged have said the FIRs are unfair and they are being victimized and also alleged that FIRs had been lodged to put pressure on them to complete the construction of the house quickly.

Kina Mansingh of village Dungralalu said the Rs 40,000 received in the first installment was not sufficient even to complete the digging, leave alone laying the foundation. “Cost of labour has increased and so has the cost of material. Invariably we have to put in our own money to complete the construction in every stage. After money for the first stage runs out, we again go back to work, save and then restart the construction. By registering FIR against us they are unnecessarily putting pressure on us.”

Wasan Dindor of Wadlia village is equally angry over the FIR. “It is very difficult to complete the work in the given time frame as we have other commitments to fulfill. I had my sister’s marriage so I could not start construction. I have purchased the necessary items for construction, but now I hear they have registered case against me. This is unfair.”

Jhabua district panchayat president Kalavati Bhuria, who is also the acting Congress district president said, “The government’s scheme is flawed. Beneficiaries are given Rs 2.5 lakh in the urban area while in rural areas they have given only Rs 1.5 lakhs, which is not sufficient. The FIRs are being registered only to put pressure to meet the March 2019 target,” she said.

Jhabua Kotwali incharge inspector Naveen Pathak said the FIRs have been registered following complaint of the district panchayat. “We have asked for all details of the case from the district panchayat officials, and then we will start our investigation,” Pathak said.

First Published: May 08, 2018 20:41 IST