Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana Gramin To Construct 1 Crore Rural Housing
Prime Minister launched Pradhan Mantri AwasYojana Gramin (PMAY-G) on 20th November 2016 from Agra. The erstwhile rural housing programme, Indira AwaasYojana (IAY), was restructured into PMAY-G. To achieve “Housing for All by 2022”, a target of completing one crore PMAY-G new pucca houses in rural areas by 31st March 2019 and 2.95 crore pucca houses by 2022 was set. Of these, 51 lakh houses were to be completed by 31st March 2018, which included completion of expected 2 lakh incomplete IAY houses as well.
The performance of the rural housing scheme has shown upward swing, increased nearly four times in the last four years. This is despite the fact that it took a few months to complete the process of beneficiary registration, geo-tagging, account verification etc. after the programme’s launch on 20th November 2016.
States have reported physical completions on the ground and progress is being uploaded to the AwaasSoft portal as uploading requires the release of the final instalment, geo-tagged photos etc. 40.25 lakh houses already uploaded. Rest also by this month.
Towards meeting the target of construction of 1 crore PMAY-Gramin houses by December 2018, while more than 76 lakh beneficiaries have been sanctioned houses, approximately 63 lakh beneficiaries have received 1st instalment. The highest number of PMAY-G houses have been completed in the State of Uttar Pradesh followed by Madhya Pradesh and West Bengal.
In fact, almost all States who have the highest number of PMAY-G beneficiaries like Odisha, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Jharkhand etc., are on course for completion of PMAY-G houses within the prescribed time-frame. So far 38.22 lakh PMAY-G houses have been completed. With Assam and Bihar also speeding up completion of houses, hope to complete 60 lakh PMAY-G houses by June 2018 and 1 crore by December 2018.
Ministry of Rural Development has developed a Performance Index incorporating various parameters of progress under PMAY-G. The Index acts as a tool not only to monitor the progress of PMAY-G on various parameters across States, Districts, Blocks and Gram Panchayats but also instils healthy competition among them.
It also helps in identifying areas of improvement and to motivate them towards better performance in implementation of the programme.
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