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Sahariya tribals in Rajasthan’s Baran want houses under PM’s housing scheme

A large number of Sahariya tribes people in Rajasthan’s Baran, say they are forced to live in temporary shelters or mud houses as the state government has failed to provide them with accommodation under government schemes

jaipur Updated: Feb 10, 2018 21:35 IST
Aabshar H Quazi
Aabshar H Quazi
Hindustan Times, Kota
Rajasthan news,Sahariya tribes people,Prime Minister’s housing scheme
Sahariyas of Rajasthan’s Baran district living in temporary houses.(HT Photo.)

A large number of in Rajasthan’s Baran, say they are forced to live in temporary shelters or mud houses as the state government has failed to provide them with accommodation under government schemes.

Shakuntala Sahariya, a 40-year-old widow from Janakpur village of the district, has been residing with her father as her husband died 15 years back and she no house to live in.

Two of her sons, Dharamveer and Somveer are living in government-run hostels for the Sahariyas in the district, she said.

Sheela Sahariya (42), another widow in Janakpur, whose husband died more than five years back, too is forced to live in a taapri or a temporary shelter due to lack of a house.

Another woman Rami Sahariya, 35, of Amroli village, and a mother of three, said her husband is a daily wage agricultural worker but the family does not have a house of their own so they are forced to live in a temporary shelter.

A number of Sahariya tribal families in Heerapur, Peepalghata, Pinjani, Bilasgarh, Janakpur, Madhopur, Sunda Chainpura, Himmatgarh and other villages too are facing problem of housing, said activist Firoz Khan with the Hadauti Research Training Centre that works for the welfare of Sahariya tribes people in the district.

Sahariya tribes people from Simlod village, said 26 houses were constructed more than 15 years back under the Sahariya housing project but since then no further houses were constructed under scheme for the tribes people.

More than 150 Sahariya families reside in taapris or kuccha houses in the Gigcha village of the district, are yet to be provided with houses under the government schemes.

Prahlad Sahariya (50), a villager, said 20 Sahariya tribes people of the village were provide houses under the government scheme in 2009 but since then no more houses were constructed in the village for the tribes people.

Asked about the lack of housing for Sahariya tribes people, Baran zila parishad chief executive officer Ram Jivan Meena, said out of the total of 1.50 lakh families in the district, including backward communities, scheduled castes, scheduled tribes and other categories, more than 46,000 families were shortlisted under the Prime Minister’s housing scheme.

“Sahariya tribes people too have been sanctioned houses under the PM’s housing scheme,” he said.

There are a number of norms under which houses under the PM’s housing scheme are houses are sanctioned, he said.

“The beneficiary should not own a permanent house or a motorbike, and should not have taken a bank loan and other parameters to be eligible for a house under the PM’s housing scheme.”

Meena, however, said a probe into the complaints of those demanding houses under the scheme, will be ordered.

“A total of ₹ 1.20 lakh is provided to an impoverished family for constructing a house under the PM’s housing scheme.”

Additional district magistrate and Sahariya project in-charge Hanuman Gurjar said a majority Sahariya families have already been provided houses under the Sahariya housing scheme in the past which now has been replaced with the PM’s housing scheme.

“Sahariya tribes people are now being provided houses as per the selected list of beneficiaries which is based on the 2011 Census,” he said.

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First Published: Feb 10, 2018 21:35 IST