Rural poor forced to pay bribe to get houses under Indra Awas Yojna

A woman is living in distress having paid in advance for a house that she never got, reports Community Correspondent  Suriya Banu who highlights the living conditions of similar families.

Twelve families have applied twice for houses under Indra Gandhi Awas Yojna but are still waiting for the security of stable roofs over their heads in Malda district of West Bengal. Meanwhile, Parul Mondal took a loan to bribe a Jainpur village assembly, who assured her the house as an advance for the promised house.

While the assembly member backed out on his promise, she has been struggling to pay back the loan with a  10% interest rate for the last two and a half years.

These women were considered eligible to receive houses under the Indira Gandhi Awas Yojana (IAY), which is one of the many programmes of the Ministry of Rural Development in India. IAY deals with the housing issue and promises to provide shelter to the shelterless. However these eligible women are still on the wait for their houses

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