New Delhi: Although, Nitish Kumar government has been widely praised for the kind of governance he has provided to the state over the last few years, it seems the state has to go a long way.

As per the figures of the 2001 census, one-third of the total homeless people in the country are from Bihar. The number of homeless people beats even Uttar Pradesh, which is the most populated state in the country.

While Indira Awas Yojna- the scheme of the Central government, has been instrumental in providing shelter to the homeless in other states, the number of people who do not have a roof over their head is still substantially large in Bihar.

Census data of 2001 reveals that there were 1,48,00,000 homeless people in the country, out of which Bihar shelters 42 lakh homeless people; Uttar Pradesh is the distant second with 13.24 lakh homeless people.

After Bihar, it is Assam where 22.41 lakh Indira Awaas are required to provide shelter to the homeless. While 13.5 families in Andhra Pradesh require Indira Awaas, Madhya Pradesh needs merely 2 lakh Indira Awaas for the homeless.

Data also reveal that some of the districts in Punjab and Western Uttar Pradesh do not require the Indira Awas Yojna anymore.

Notably, for the last three years, the Bihar government had fixed ambitious target of providing shelter to the homeless.

The target of construction of Indira Awas Yojna was fixed at 5.76, 10.98 lakh and 7.58 lakh for the financial year 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11 respectively.

However, the exact data of how many houses were built under the scheme is unavailable.

The state government has set a target of constructing 7.37 lakh Indira Awaas for the current fiscal.

Despite the cumulative number of houses built over the last four year, more than 10 lakh families are still to get a shelter in the state.

Keeping in mind the loss faced by Bihar due to every floods, the Central government sanctioned a special package of Rs 93 crore for construction of 73140 Indira Awaas in few districts of Bihar which are constantly hit by Kala-azar (kind of fever.)

Centre has also released an amount of Rs 413 crore for construction of 3.15 lakh Indira Awaas in 31 Naxal-affected districts across the country, which includes eight districts in Bihar.

(JPN/Bureau)