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Calcutta HC disposes of PIL alleging 197 beneficiaries left out of Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana Gramin

The Calcutta High Court recently disposed of a PIL alleging that the names of 197 beneficiaries have been left out in the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana Gramin.

The petitioner, Nuzhat Banu, has approached the High Court with the grievance that in respect of Lodhan Gram Panchayat, Post Office and Police Station Goalpokher, District Uttar Dinajpur, a survey was conducted for extending the benefit of Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana Gramin. But in that survey, by mistake, the names of 197 beneficiaries have been left out and have not been sent to the higher authorities from the office of the Block Development Officer of Goalpokher-I, as their names are missing in the official list.

It is pointed out that the representation dated 07.10.2021 has been made to the Block Development Officer and the prayer in the petition is to issue a direction to consider the representation, but the said representation does not contain the names and details of persons who have been left out.

In view of the matter, the Division Bench of Chief Justice Prakash Shrivastava and Justice Rajarshi Bharadwaj deemed it proper to give an opportunity to the petitioner to file a fresh representation along with the requisite details before the Block Development Officer.

Amitesh Banerjee, Senior Standing Counsel for the State, stated that if such a representation is filed, the same will be duly considered within time.

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Hence, the Bench disposed of the PIL by granting liberty to the petitioner to file an appropriate, detailed and comprehensive representation/application before the Block Development Officer with full particulars of the persons who have been left out, though eligible.

On filing such a representation, the Block Development Officer will duly examine it and take an appropriate decision in accordance within two months from the date of receipt of the representation/application, ordered the Court.

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