Centre raised concern with states that “most deserving” 5 lakh poor not getting houses

Centre raised concern with states that “most deserving” 5 lakh poor not getting houses

Courtesy : Agencies11/01/2019 08:52

NEW DELHI: The Centre has raised concern with states that the “most deserving” intended beneficiaries have yet to get a house under its flagship rural housing scheme.

 In a letter written to states on January 4, the rural development ministry said that there are nearly 4,72,000 landless people in the country identified under the PM Awas Yojana (Rural), out of which only 12% or 56,694 have got land from the respective state governments to build a house.

 Nearly 6.5 million houses have been completed so far, out of the targeted 10 million houses in the country by March 31.

“Providing land to landless beneficiaries is crucial in achieving the target of construction of one crore houses.

 These landless beneficiaries are the most deserving PMAY-G beneficiaries,” the ministry said.

The letter said that while a few states have taken steps, overall progress at national level is “far from satisfactory”.

It was a follow-up to a letter written by Union rural development minister Narendra Singh Tomar to all states on the issue in September last year.

 A government official told on condition of anonymity that about 4,00,000 intended beneficiaries may not get a house under the scheme by the deadline of March 31, although the Centre is making all efforts to push states.

 “Land is a major issue,” the official said. “A few states are considering giving money directly to intended beneficiaries to buy land on their own.”

As per an annexure sent with the letter, states including Assam, Bihar, Maharashtra and Odisha have provided land to just 1% of the targeted people as on July 27, 2018 and no landless person in West Bengal has been provided land yet – almost 35,000 people have been identified in the state under the scheme.

 The number is about 1,39,000 in Maharashtra, 48,000 in Assam, 5,348 in Bihar and 34,901 in Odisha

The Centre is, however, confident of completing the rest 9.5 million houses by the deadline, with the rural development ministry saying in the letter that while nearly 6.5 million houses have been completed so far, another 2.5 million are almost in the final stages of completion.

 The biggest challenge is in Bihar, which has completed only about 3,00,000 houses out of its target of 1.176 million.

“Almost 7,00,000 houses in Bihar are in the final completion stage. The state is our priority,” said the official.

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