Andhra Pradesh, Anantapur Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana, All Not Well

In the just-concluded financial year 2017-18, as many as 18,728 houses had been allotted under the PM Awas Yojana scheme, out of which 17,465 beneficiaries were given administrative sanctions. Of the sanctioned houses 12,828 were grounded, but by the end of the year, only 22 percent were completed.

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Andhra Pradesh, Anantapur Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana, All Not Well

The Central Government scheme dubbed as ‘Housing For All’ (Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana) gives hopes for various sections of people, including the middle-class people. Beneficiaries under BPL (below poverty line) category are getting a raw deal. Government’s delay in releasing funds and selection of fake beneficiaries are diluting the scheme.

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The Central government scheme was devised to benefit the people in the income group of Rs 3 lakhs to Rs 6 lakhs per annum. In the just-concluded financial year 2017-18, as many as 18,728 houses had been allotted under the PM Awas Yojana scheme, out of which 17,465 beneficiaries were given administrative sanctions. Of the sanctioned houses 12,828 were grounded, but by the end of the year, only 22 percent were completed.

There are multiple reasons for non-completion of houses, including delay in releasing funds by the government to the district. Moreover, beneficiaries also fail to give their share for house construction. Most of the houses were sanctioned to ineligible persons. They were sanctioned due to pressure from people’s representatives in the district. In the process, genuine BPL families were ignored.

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Housing project director told that the state government is yet to release Rs 60 crore due to the district. This is one reason why some beneficiaries could not make headway in their houses construction. The second reason being beneficiaries, due to personal problems, could not pay their share of contribution. The Centre has been delaying the release of funds to the state.

The houses sanctioned for the 2018-19 year is 15,563 out of the allotted 19,250 houses. This year as many as 9,913 new houses have been grounded while 5,650 houses are yet to be grounded. However, doubts persist among many people whether the scheme would benefit middle-income sections.

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The spokesperson of ‘Caring People Foundation’, an NGO Indira says that the government housing corporation should not be confined to the poor, but should design houses for lower and middle-class sections on the lines of ‘ Visakhapatnam Urban Development Authority’ which has devised schemes such as Lower income group houses, Middle-income group houses and Higher income group houses. Housing Corporation Project Director stated the scheme is strictly for the homeless.

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