New Delhi: Expressing serious concern over the poor performance of Indira Awaas Yojna in Bihar and Jharkhand, Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh on Friday asked the respective Chief Ministers to address the issue seriously.

“Out of over Rs 2,500 core granted to Bihar for the housing scheme for poor in the state, only 57 percent have been spent so far, Ramesh said in his letter to state Chief Minister Nitish Kumar highlighting that the utilisation certificate over it is still awaited.

In another letter to Jharkhand Chief Minister Arjun Munda, he said, “The pace of allocation of houses under the scheme in the state is also very disappointing. Around Rs 200 crore have been allocated to the state under the scheme, but the progress remains gloomy here.”

The Union Minister further asked the chief ministers to intervene into the matter as the financial year 2011-12 is approaching to an end and submit the utilisation certificate in order to claim the remaining amount of installment.

“The people from economically weaker section in Gaya district of Bihar live in very deprived condition. They are still forced to live a tragic life here despite the fact that Centre gives grant to the state”, said a senior official from the Rural Development Ministry.

(JPN/Bureau)