What’s in news?
Poor villagers of Jhargram tribals, had ‘paid’ cut money to TMC leaders six years ago for availing houses under Bangla Awas Yojna.
- Lodhapara is located barely 8 km from Jhargram district headquarters, where all modern amenities and recreation facilities, including air-conditioned bars and restaurants, English medium schools, five liquor shops and hotels, are available.
- Buying mustered oil to fry fish or vegetables, sometimes, is luxury to Madhu Bhokta’s family, who does not have a shirt to wear, a shed to cover his wife and children’s head and enough money to ensure full course meal for them.
- He is living in front of his neighbor’s home, as cyclone Fani slashed away his home.
- He applied for a house to the local gram panchayat but he was not granted fund to construct a home. Since then, he is waiting for the time to responded to his plea.
- At least 32 houses at Lodhapara village, which have been built up under the government’s scheme, have been lying unutilised as all are unfinished and have no roof.
What’s the issue?
- In most of the parts of the region dotted with forests, hillocks and swathes of uncultivated lands, Trinamool’s satraps collected cut money from the beneficiaries.
- But at Lodhapara, the ruling party’s local leaders collected the entire sum promising to help the poor to get their homes constructed.
- The grant for each houses is disbursed in three instalments.
- After the money was credited to our accounts, they took the money from the tribal peple promising them to construct the houses.
- As they trusted them, they told us they would not be able to procure constructions materials as most of us are illiterate.
- The youth’s five-member family depends on his earning as a daily labourer which never crossed Rs 200 a day in past five years.
- The local Trinamool leaders stopped visiting the village since past eight months.
- None of the beneficiaries at Lodhapara is aware of the chief minister’s dictate of returning cut money and the grievance cell that has been set up at the state secretariat with a toll-free contact number.