Updating NRC In Assam Slowing Rural Housing Schemes (PMAY-G)
As the process of updating the National Register for Citizens (NRC) continues in Assam, implementation of key schemes like rural housing schemes in the state’s rural areas is suffering from block-level officials busy with this mammoth exercise. The process of updating the NRC is aimed at identifying illegal Bangladeshi immigrants and eventually evicting them.
The Supreme Court has directed the government to complete the whole process by 30 June 2018, including disposing of claims and objections. The most tedious task in the process of updating NRC verification started in September 2015.
This long-drawn, time-consuming process has, however, meant that the execution of important rural schemes is suffering since ground-level officials have been busy with the exercise. According to senior officials in the ministry of rural development, it is the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-Grameen the rural housing scheme whose implementation has been particularly poor.
In the financial year 2016-17, only 8.24 percent of the total houses sanctioned were completed in Assam, as against a national average of 52.6 percent. The figures for this year are even more dismal. Only 83 of the 17,099 houses sanctioned in Assam have been completed. This is a poor 0.48 percent, while the national figure stands at 34 percent.
In the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA), the person-days generated in 2016-17 went down from 486.33 crores the previous fiscal to 466.81 crores and has declined further this year to 453.38 crores (figure only to date). The total number of households that got 100 days of work has also seen a decline from 42,233 in 2015-16 to 11,422 in 2016-17 and 9,301 this fiscal.
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