While most of them were defaulters, many have expired after receiving the first installment and some of them returned the money to the department and shifted to other states, said an official.
The department is trying to identify the defaulters and lodge FIRs against them. “Of the total, nearly 3,000 have expired,” the official said.
So far, construction of 10 lakh houses has been completed in the state. The sanction of amount for the year 2019-20, for about 3 lakh houses, got delayed due to Covid pandemic.
The amount (about 90 per cent) was released to the beneficiaries after the amount was sanctioned in November, last year (2020), according to official.