Bhopal, Oct 12 (ILNS) The Madhya Pradesh High Court on October 05, disposed of a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) highlighting the alleged deficiencies, irregularities and shortcomings while implementation of Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana-Gramin (PMAY-G).
The PIL has been filed by Rajesh Singh Tomar alleging that certain persons who are not eligible for any benefit under the said Scheme have been wrongly benefited.
The Gwalior Bench comprising Justice Sheel Nagu and Justice Deepak Kumar Agrawal after perusal of PMAY-G noted that services of Ombudsman appointed under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act 2005 (MGNREGA) schemes are utilized for redressal of grievances arising during implementation of PMAY-G.
The relevant instruction pertaining to Grievance Redressal Mechanism is:-In order to expeditiously redress the grievances and to uphold the rights of the rural poor, the States/UTs may consider utilizing the services of the Ombudsman under MGNREGA to dispose of grievances and reported incidences of irregularities under PMAY-G.”
The petitioner said, he has a remedy for redressal of the grievance raised in the PIL. The Court declined to interference on merits of the petition and asked the petitioner to approach the Ombudsman of the concerned district i.e. Morena.
If any such complaint is made to the Ombudsman appointed under the MGNREGA Scheme within a period of 20 days then the same shall be decided by him on its own merits without being dismissed solely on grounds of delay and latches, the Bench said. The Court clarified that in case, Ombudsman is not appointed for the district of Morena then Petitioner shall be at liberty to move the State Govt directly by preferring his complaint.
“This Court is of the view that there is no doubt that in case any such complaint is filed within the time prescribed, the same shall be decided on its own merits by the Ombudsman or the State Govt. as the case may be, without being influenced by the fact that petitioner approached this Court”, the order reads./ILNS/SS/SNG/