Guwahati Municipal Corporation Survey For Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana
Though the Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) was extremely slow in starting the survey for the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) Urban scheme, 36,794 people applied for the same last year.
A source in the PMAY state mission said, “After the applicants applied and the verification was completed in March 2018, it is known that there are 36,794 beneficiaries for the PMAY scheme.”
In Guwahati, the PMAY scheme is implemented under the supervision of the GMC.
PMAY (Urban) is a mission with the aim of providing housing for all. It was flagged off on 21st June 2015 by the central government. The primary objective of the mission is to provide RCC houses to the economically weaker section (EWS) residing in urban areas.
The survey conducted by the PMAY mission revealed that among the four verticals under the PMAY scheme, 1,467 applicants had applied under the In-situ slum redevelopment (ISSR) scheme. 1,068 applicants applied under Credit Linked Subsidy Scheme (CLSS). 26,981 applicants applied under Affordable Housing in Partnership (AHP). 1,380 applicants having myadi patta land applied for Beneficiary Led Construction (BLC) and 3,548 persons having eksoniya plots of land applied for the same scheme.
Under ISSR, identifying the slum dweller is the responsibility of the state government and accordingly, the urban local bodies (ULBs) identify the dwellers. A 30 square metre RCC house with all required amenities like bathroom and kitchen is made for the applicant. A family consisting of husband, wife and unmarried children with an income of Rs 25,000 per month is eligible to apply. A private party is expected to develop the area and provide shelter to the identified slum dwellers. The rest of the area will be again developed as commercial space such as malls, etc.
Sources revealed that there are around 31 slums in Guwahati and according to the survey 1,467 people applied for a house under PMAY.
The centre’s Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna (PMAY) Urban dream looks like impossible in Guwahati with most of the applicants being doubtful to qualify for the benefits on the one hand and with the scarcity of appropriate land on the other.
A source in PMAY project said, “Not even 15% of the applicants will get the houses now as lack of government identified land for development and myadi patta land scarcity are the major issues.”
According to the source for projects like affordable housing in partnership (AHP), the government has to come up with building projects on government lands but the state government has failed to identify such lands in the city so far.
After the survey, 26,981 beneficiaries should get such houses but that can happen only if lands are allotted for such projects. Also, people who have plots of land and do not have money can avail the scheme. But the subsidy can be provided only to the landowners who have myadi patta land.
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