Kendrapara, October 4 (LocalWire): His thatched house collapsed and with no place to live, this octogenarian landless man has been living in an old van for more than two months now.
“My mud-walled thatched house was razed to ground two months back and I am now compelled to take shelter in an old van on the Marsaghai-Jamboo road near Marsaghai canal bridge,” he said.
A resident of Tulasipur village, the 80-year old Rajan Sahoo said that though he had 20 gunths of land he had to sell it and his house nearly 25 years back for the marriage of his three daughters.
“I had built a thatched house on the government land but due to lack of proper maintenance, the house caved in two months back.
I have requested the local officials and the sarpanch umpteen times to provide me with a house under different schemes of the government, but they did not pay any heed to me,” Sahoo stated.
When contacted, the Marsaghai block development officer Debendranath Swain said, “After knowing about the plight of Rajan, we sent a letter to the district social welfare officer on Thursday requesting to provide him shelter at the government-run old age home.
We will soon provide him a house under the Biju Pucca Ghar Yojana.”