President proposes, collector disposes

Gwalior (Madhya Pradesh): Kapil Rathore, a differently-abled young man, was handed over house allotment order by the President Ramnath Kovind at the Divyang Mela organised on the premises of the Jiwaji University here on February 11. But instead of allotting a house to him, the collector of the district has cancelled the order.

The function was organised for the beneficiaries of the Rajiv Housing Scheme, Integrated Housing Scheme and Slum Clusters Development Programme. Under these schemes, pucca houses are allotted to the poor and the Divyang. Madhya Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel and chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan were also present at the function.

Order cancelled

After receiving the order, Kapil arranged Rs 20,000 on loan and deposited the amount with the government as per rules. He kept on making rounds of different government offices, but the house allotment did not come through. Ultimately, earlier this month, the allotment order was cancelled.

Unmarried men not entitled

The officials say that the rules prescribe that houses cannot be allotted to unmarried men and Kapil is unmarried. However, Kapil’s argument is that when he was not entitled for the house, why has he invited to the programme and why the President was made to present the allotment papers to him.

The municipal corporation had conducted a survey and on the basis of that, allotment order was handed over to Kapil at the hands of the President. He had met me. I will consult the officials concerned and a way out would be worked out Ashok Kumar Verma, collector, Gwalior