Bhubaneswar: The Odisha Government on Tuesday, in a written reply, informed the State Assembly that a massive 20 lakh households lives in kutcha (thatched) houses in the State.
“Twenty lakh households in Odisha live in kutcha houses. They are yet to receive any assistance under various rural housing schemes,” informed Panchayati Raj and Drinking Water Minister Pratap Jena in the Assembly.
The Minister was replying to question of Jatni MLA from Congress Suresh Routray.
The Minster informed that of the 20 lakh households, a total of 1,845 families belong to Jatni, who are staying in kutcha houses.
He informed that they will be given houses under rural housing schemes in a phased manner soon.
It is pertinent to mention here that the Naveen Patnaik Government had set a target of converting all kutcha houses into puccca ones by 2019. After its failure to achieve the earlier target, Minister Jena on Saturday announced that the State Government has now set another target to cover all left-out eligible people under rural housing schemes in three years.
Notably, the ruling BJD, in its election manifesto for 2014, had promised that it would provide shelter and security to all on a priority basis.