A blind man’s dream gets shattered against corruption

Indira Awaas Yojana (IAY) is a social welfare scheme by the Indian Government which aims at providing rural poor of India Rs. 70,000 assistance to build pucca houses instead of their thatched roof homes. Dheeran, a blind man from interiors of Madhya Pradesh was excited when he got the first IAY installment worth Rs. 35,000 as he hoped that finally his family will have a safe house to live in.

However, three years since then Dheeran's dream has turned into a nightmare because he hasn't received the second installment and he still has various payments pending. "With the first installment I paid for the sheets, bricks and other raw material. But the labour charges are yet pending and now the labourer are getting agitated."

He and his wife Jamnabai have gone inquiring to the Sarpanch's office several times, have written numerous applications asking where is their second installment for the past two years, but so far there is no one is giving them an answer. "We are dying of hunger and the labourers are harassing us. Where can I get the money to pay them?" Jamnabai questions.

#saynocorruption and help Dheeran get his entitled second installment under IAY. Call Mr. P.S.Narwariya, the CEO of Chopandana, MP on +91 9406436686 and demand that he looks into the matter and releases the remaining installment.

Community correspondent Mohanlal Seelu reports from Madhya Pradesh for Video Volunteers.

The IAY is a flagship program launched by the Ministry Of Rural Development, Government of India aims in providing houses to the houseless families and also those living in dilapidated and kaccha houses. The prime objective of the scheme is to help the poor in constructing and upgrading of houses especially to the members of the schedule castes and schedule tribes and also to others who are living below poverty line, by providing them with financial assistance.

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