Shopian family spends sub-zero nights under tin shed

Tall claims of the government to provide basic facilities to the families living under Below Poverty Line (BPL) especially assisting them in construction of houses under Indira Aawas Yojna (IAY) scheme, no longer impresses Irshad Ahmad of Keegam village here in south Kashmir as he has been waiting for approval of his case since 2006.
Shopian family spends sub-zero nights under tin shed
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Tall claims of the government to provide basic facilities to the families living under Below Poverty Line (BPL) especially assisting them in construction of houses under Indira Aawas Yojna (IAY) scheme, no longer impresses Irshad Ahmad of Keegam village here in south Kashmir as he has been waiting for approval of his case since 2006.

Irshad Ahmad Ahangar, son of Ghulam Muhammad of Kantar Mohalla Keegam here owns no immovable property and is struggling to feed his family.

Despite deserving a house under IAY scheme, Ahangar has been waiting for his case to get approved under IAY in Rural Development Department Shopian for past 10 years. "I am living in a tin shed for last many years but they are not approving my case" Irshad Ahmad said.

"There are scores of beneficiaries who have availed IAY scheme despite having their own houses with some having benefited twice. But I am the lone person in the area who is without a shelter."

"I have two minor children and a wife. We eat, cook, and sleep in a tin shed even in these chilly days. During nights my children shiver with cold but I am helpless to do anything for them," he said.

"Some years ago some officer came and told me to give Rs 2500 to get the case sanctioned. I borrowed the amount and paid him, but till date nothing has come my way," he added.

When contacted the Block Development Officer, Bilal Ahmad said, "The money of the scheme is pending for past two years. Irshad's case is also sanctioned but we have not yet released his money which he will collect within 20 days."

Director Rural Development Department Kashmir, Tasaduq Jeelani said,"I will look into the issue and I promise that action will be taken against the concerned employees and the aggrieved will get his due soon so that he can build a house."

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