2 BHK houses: Applicants threaten to commit suicide

2 BHK houses: Applicants threaten to commit suicide
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Double bedroom houses (2 BHK) have become a life and death issue for the poor. People are leaving no stone unturned to secure the place in the list of the State government’s prestigious double bedroom housing scheme. While some of the people were making serious efforts to include their names in the beneficiaries’ list, helpless people were not hesitating to end their lives. 

Karimnagar: Double bedroom houses (2 BHK) have become a life and death issue for the poor. People are leaving no stone unturned to secure the place in the list of the State government’s prestigious double bedroom housing scheme. While some of the people were making serious efforts to include their names in the beneficiaries’ list, helpless people were not hesitating to end their lives.

The people threatening the officials that they were even ready to commit suicide if they were not provided with the houses, shows the seriousness of the situation. This was because the number of houses sanctioned for the district was very low. According to the figures furnished by the Housing Department, the State government had sanctioned only 5,200 houses for the entire district (400 for each constituency) during the first phase while a total of 93,430 people applied for the double bedroom houses.

People, who rushed to the Collectorate to submit their applications for the housing scheme within a few days of the State government inviting applications from the eligible persons, are showing similar enthusiasm in obtaining the houses in their names. After inviting requests from the people at the district and mandal headquarters, the district administration has asked Tahsildars to finalise the names of the eligible candidates by conducting a comprehensive enquiry in the village panchayat by organising a special meeting.

The number of grama sabhas convened to select the beneficiaries ended up in a mess. People, those who did not find their names in the list, created a ruckus in the meetings. Upset over finding her name missing in the beneficiaries’ list, a 30-year-old woman, Paidipelli Renuka made a suicide attempt by consuming pesticides in a village panchayat meeting of Kothagattu of Shankarapatnam mandal on March 19.

Though the village got only 20 houses under double-bedroom housing scheme, the officials prepared the list along with 25 beneficiaries. Similar kind of incidents also took place in another village in the recent past. A tribal youth tried to immolate himself in the grama sabha meeting.

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