Govt shelter for homeless couple

A homeless couple of Pattapur village in Sanakhemundi block, who were spending days on the verandah of their neighbour’s house are set to get a house under Biju Pucca Ghar Yojana (BPGY).

Published: 26th December 2016 04:37 AM  |   Last Updated: 26th December 2016 04:54 AM   |  A+A-

Elderly couple preparing food outside their house | Express

By Express News Service

BERHAMPUR: A homeless couple of Pattapur village in Sanakhemundi block, who were spending days on the verandah of their neighbour’s house are set to get a house under Biju Pucca Ghar Yojana (BPGY).

The elderly couple, Debahari Sahu and Sashi, lived in a thatched house near Patapur bus stand with their four daughters and a son. All the daughters got married and son left to work as a migrant labourer in another state. Last year, the couple was rendered homeless after a fire broke out in the village. Since then the couple has been preparing food outside of their damaged home and staying on a verandah of a neighbour.

Though the couple have ration and Aadhaar cards, they were deprived of Government benefits while the local administration provided them `3000 as financial assistance after the mishap. Their misery did not end here. While Debahari is suffering from paralysis, his wife Sashi too is ailing. Later, their son lost a hand in an accident andal three are staying together. After the fire mishap, Debahari had also appealed the local administration for a house under Indira Awas Yojana (IAY) and BPGY. But, his request was turned down as he owned a CC-roofed house in the Government record. On learning about the plight of the couple Collector Prem Chandra Chaudhary on Friday ordered the block officials to submit a report in this regard and provide a house under the state scheme, informed Sarpanch Sulatarani Swain.

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