Odisha Failed To Achieve Target For Rural Housing Scheme 2017-18
Odisha state government has failed to achieve the target set for construction of pucca houses under various rural housing scheme for 2017-18 fiscal. According to the official report, the state has completed construction of 5,11,507 houses against the target of 10,01,066 during the last financial year. It means the total achievement was only 51 percent.
The state government has targeted to complete construction of 7,36,257 houses under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana – Gramin (PMAY-G), of which 3,63,230 houses have been completed till March end. Under Indira Awaas Yojana (IAY), the state has constructed 76,886 pucca houses against a target of 1,32,431 fixed for FY 2017-18. Both IAY and PMAY-G, are Centre-sponsored schemes.
Similarly, the state has not made good progress in the execution of state-sponsored schemes like Biju Pucca Ghar Yojana (BPGY), BPGY-Mining and Nirman Sharmik Pucca Ghar Yojana (NSPGY). The state has aimed to complete 1,32,378 houses under the three schemes during the last fiscal while only 71,391 houses have been completed under the scheme, which is 53.92 percent of the target.
As far as district-wise progress is concerned, Sambalpur has emerged as the best performing district, achieving 84.39 percent of the target, while Kendrapara was the worst performing district that achieved 40.96 percent.
Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) in one of its latest report has stated that the physical target of constructing rural housing scheme under PMAY was zero percent while it was four percent under BPGY during 2016-17.
Under PMAY, the state was able to utilise Rs 923 crore (55 percent) against the financial target of Rs 1,688 crore. The physical target achieved was zero percent as only 343 houses were constructed against the physical target of 3,96,102, the CAG had said.
Similarly, under BPGY, Rs 398 crore (57 percent) was utilised against the target of Rs 700 crore. The physical achievement was only four percent as only 2,636 houses were constructed against the physical target of 62,416, the auditor said. Despite repeated attempts, no government official was available for a comment in this regard.
The state government had earlier claimed that more than 15.50 lakh pucca houses have been constructed under rural housing scheme, while it is working on a mission mode to ensure pucca houses to all poor rural households by 2019.
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