The Indira Awas Yojana was brought about with a noble intent of helping people in need by providing them the necessary financial help to build pucca houses. The beneficiaries of this project were to be ones who had been living in abject poverty all their lives in what are known as kutcha houses or temporary structures. As per the official records of Haryana Government the money has been paid to the villagers but in reality the situation is absolutely different. Most of the beneficiaries in the region of about 70% - have not received the payments that are supposed to help them get a firm house.
The question here is not one that relates to money only but life and death of the poor and hapless people. The money was supposed to be provided to the poor people so that they could either build new houses or repair ones that they already had. They have been denied grants and on top of that the road to redemption is blocked as well since government records are showing that they have already received the monies. As per documents the funding for this program is shared between the Indian Government and the respective state government with the former bearing majority of the amount being provided.
The gravity of the situation can be understood from the fact that a lot of people who are officially recorded as beneficiaries of this program are basically living under the poverty line, without any property to their name. In some cases even a long spell of voluminous rain can prove to be catastrophic for them. However, they are yet to receive a single farthing, which is meant for them, for improving their lot. In some of these cases they are receiving help from the local governmental bodies like the panchayats but finally the money is not coming to them.
In certain cases the villagers are thinking of taking recourse to legal action. At times governmental probes are being ordered but nothing much is coming out of it. This is typical of a state in a third world country like India where the middlemen always lap up any and every chance to make the most of public funds, misuse them for their petty personal gains. For them the image of the government and the condition of the common people does not matter. Perhaps it is time that the government really took some firm steps to control this menace.
To start with a proper investigation should be launched in this case with capable and experienced personnel so that the guilty can be identified. Once they are identified and proved to be guilty in a court of law then proper punishment can be meted out. If the need arises then they should be given exemplary punishment that will put off others from pursuing a similar plan of action. The government needs to understand that taking things easy would no longer be okay since its good efforts are being undone by the very people whom it has given the responsibility to perform the said tasks of public welfare.