ERODE: Implementation of Indira Awaz Yojana, the flagship programme of the Union Ministry of Rural Development to provide shelter to the homeless poor in the rural areas, has seemingly hit a stumbling block in Kottupullampalayam panchayat in the district. A stand-off between 21 beneficiaries and the panchayat president over clearance of bills is cited as the reason.

Beneficiaries complained that the district administration has not taken action on the representation they had made a month back for getting the pending amounts sanctioned.

On Monday, they sought to draw the attention of the authorities by marching to the Collectorate with earthen vessels placed on their head, a practice in vogue in rural parts of the district, to convey with sarcasm a sense of feeling cheated.

The beneficiaries lamented that they were yet to receive amounts ranging from Rs. 7,000 to Rs. 53,500 from the local body for construction of their houses. They alleged that the panchayat president K. Boopathi had misappropriated the funds. Denying any wrong-doing on his part, Mr. Boopathi said that he had already explained clearly to the district authorities that there was a shortfall of Rs. 6.67 lakh in the local body’s account when he took over as the panchayat president two years ago.