Life Mission houses handed over without windows, doors

Life Mission houses handed over with no windows, doors
The house for Rajeswari, a widow in Panunda, did not even have window or door frames installed.
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Kannur: Some of the houses handed over by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan at the LDF family union programme do not have window or door frames. Keys to 11 houses as part of Life Mission were distributed in Pinarayi the other day.

One of the houses in ward No. 8, Panunda, is only half built. None of the 11 houses has been granted the final installment of the fund. Twelve houses in the panchayat were included in the scheme. One house was excluded from the LDF event because it was not complete, said the panchayat. But that was not the only house. A house for Rajeswari, a widow in Panunda, did not even have window or door frames installed. Rajeswari has a blind son and two school-going daughters.

The house being built is of 400 square feet. Realising this won’t be big enough for a family of four, a committee formed by the locals had decided to add on another 200 square foot to the building once it was completed and handed over to Rajeswari with a house number. The committee wasn’t even told about the LDF event.

The house is not supposed to be sold or handed over to someone else for 12 years. The panchayat said the final installment of the fund was not given since confusion prevailed over this clause. The house was supposed to be complete by January this year. The government is being criticised for handing over the keys to create the impression of completing the project under the Life Mission when it was not.

Pinarayi Panchayat president PK Geethamma said the keys were handed over in the party event because it was a programme attended by the chief minister.

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