Lakhimpur Kheri: Union government's ambitious project 'Indira Awaas Yojna' (IAY) to provide residential accommodations to people hailing from financially weak background in rural areas, has failed to benefit the deserving candidates. By clubbing hands with the concerned authorities, villagers belonging to financially sound families are being allotted several houses under the project launched in 1985, but the needy persons are yet to avail the facilities.

A glaring example of the prevailing anomalies in allotment of houses under (IAY) is visible in Mithauli block of the district. For block residents Rajesh, Durjai, Shamle, Sitaram, Vinod and Mishrilal living in houses constructed of mud, getting an accommodation under IAY still remains a distant dream. Despite running from pillar to post, the names of these villagers were not included in the list of beneficiaries.

Whereas, in a sharp contrast, Shivram and his family which resides in adjoining Rampur Majre village, have been allotted five houses under the project. Shivram is a ‘Shiksha-Mitra’, his one brother owns a shop whereas his three brothers are farmers. Shivram and his brothers jointly own more than 30 Bheegha agricultural land in the village.

Under IAY, a house was first allotted to Shivram, and thereafter the name of his mother Leelawati, sisters-in-law Nirmala, Rajendri, Vidya Devi and nephew were added to the list of beneficiaries.

Shivram is not the sole example in isolation. There are several other instances in the district, where people coming from financially sound people have been given preference over the deserving ones. Owner of over 2.5 acre agriculture land, Bankelal has a massive house in the village. Ignoring the fact, his son has been allotted a house under IAY.  Bankelal gave the credit to Gram Pradhan for the allotment of house to his son.

On the other side, a Dalit resident of Madaripur village, Rajesh desperately needs a house under the project. However, he cannot avail the luxuries of the project as his name is not enrolled in the Below Poverty Line (BPL) list. There are many more people who find themselves in a similar position as their names are not registered in the BPL list.

Residents of Tharu tribe dominated Ambedkar village Kajari, too find themselves in a similar situation. Around two months back, Chief Minister Mayawati had held an inspection of the village. Playing a smart move, the district authorities guided the CM to only few sections of the village which are well developed. As a result, the CM got a wrong impression about the village.
Though Lakhimpur Kheri is the home district of Rajya Sabha MP and BSP state in-charge Jugal Kishore, people are being denied the benefits of the government project.

Kishore informed that each person enrolled in the BPL list has been allotted an Indira Awas in the district. He, however, maintained that the process to update the BPL list has been started.