A shelter less BPL family of Bhaderwah, which had been spending its days and nights under a polythene sheet since the last 6 months due to apathetic attitude of the concerned authorities, finally heaved a sigh of relief after Rural Development Department (RDD) released 2 installments under Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojna (PMAY) within a span of 10 days for construction of a house.
Shoket Ali Khan, a resident of Village Malsoo in Panchayat Sarna of RDD Block Bhaderwah, dismantled his mud romm after RDD officials informed him that an amount of Rs 1.3 lakh had been sanctioned in his favour under PMAY.
He was asked to immediately start construction of Pakka house.
After completing all the required formalities, Shoket started construction work of his house and completed the first phase i.e up to plinth level in the first week of May by borrowing money from the lenders as he was assured the first installment by April end.
However, the authorities started playing hide and seek with Shoket by denying him his sanctioned amount on one pretext or the other.
Pertinently, Greater Kashmir and Kashmir Uzma, in it's July 21st edition, had carried a story highlighting the plight of the Shoket's family, which was living under a polythene sheet.
Shoket, his wife and 6 children including a physically challenged daughter were virtually spending days and nights under open sky.
The then Governor, NN Vohra shared the GK story on his official twitter and also asked the grievance cell to take action in the matte.
RDD officials swung into action and consequently, BDO, Dr Mohd Ashraf along with other officials visited the family at village Malsoo and initiated the payment process.
The family heaved a sigh of relief as they received 2 installments of Rs 50,000 each on September 10 and 18.
The family members were depressed and in tears when GK correspondent visited them on 19th July.
The family thanked GK and Kashmir Uzma for highlighting their plight.
"After running from pillar to post and literally begging before block officials for 4 months, I almost gave up hope and started believing that we will never get a roof on our head," said Shoket Ali Khan.
"I not only received 2 installments but also Rs12,000 for constructing washroom. I have cleared all my debits and raised walls of my home. Insha-Allah, we will enter our home before winter and for this I will remain indebted to Greater Kashmir," Shoket added.
According to BDO Bhaderwah, Dr Mohd Ashraf, "after media reports, i personally visited there and came to know about the miserable condition of the family and hardships they were facing".
"The payment process under the sanctioned PMAY scheme was immediately initiated, as of now 2 installments of Rs 50,000 each and Rs 12,000 under IHHL have been credited to the account of Shoket," BDO said.
After completion of construction work of house, final installment of Rs 30,000 under PMAY and Rs 1800 under MGNREGA will be released in favour of Shoket, BDO said.