Balasore, September 21 (LocalWire): The integrated old age home for senior citizens in Balasore seems to be stuck in red-tapism, with the district administration unable to allocate the required 25-acre land for it.
The integrated infrastructure complex project that has already been approved by the state government for implementation by SSPED is aimed to provide peaceful life to the neglected and destitute senior citizens, as well as widows and mentally retarded children.
The project that includes accommodation for 150-200 old people would be funded by the state government.
According to Senior Citizen Forum president Laxmidhar Behera, several locations were searched and a 20-acre gochar land was identified for the project.
He further informed that while the district administration had agreed to alienate the patch in favour of the old age home, the file is still shuttling within the offices of district authorities and the RDC.
“Several other districts have already initiated the project, but we could not even get a piece of land till date in our district,” he said.
It may be noted that the Social Security minister had earlier announced that Rs 62 crore had been allocated at the initial stage and work on the project in nine districts, including Balasore was already underway.
The minister had also stated that all the 30 districts will be covered under the project in a phased manner.
According to the additional district magistrate Sambit Nayak, “The file was returned by the RDC office as there were some defects.
Those glitches are being fixed. After due rectification, the file would be sent again to the government for approval.
After the approval, the land can be alienated.”