Chandigarh Housing Board In Process Of Implementing PMAY Scheme
Nearly three years after the Central government launched the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) to provide housing for Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) and Low-Income Group (LIG) of the society, the UT Administration has told the Punjab and Haryana High Court that the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) is in the process of implementing PMAY scheme.
Centre’s flagship scheme aims at providing affordable housing to the poor. As a petition on housing and other requirements of the women and the poor came up for hearing, the Bench of Justice was also told that the UT Administration was continuously carrying on surveys for regularising unorganised colonies.
Administration told the Bench that it had already rehabilitated residents of colonies in Dhanas and Mauli Jagran. The dwellers had been provided with flats under the EWS category.
Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh also told the Bench that toilets have been built under Swachh Bharat Abhiyan for labourers staying in various parts of the city, including Industrial Area, Sector 25 colony and Mauli Jagran.
The bench was told that not less than six social welfare schemes were currently being implemented for children, women, disabled and old persons in Chandigarh. Camps were also being organised by the Administration through the Social Welfare Department to make citizens aware of the schemes so that they could benefit from these.
Logging on to technology, Bench of Justice subsequently asked Punjab Principal Secretary (Finance) to assist the Bench on the issue of building an app to raise funds for construction of houses for the poor with common man’s benevolence. The donors would be informed through WhatsApp on the use of their money, the Bench had asserted.
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