J&K fares poorly in ‘housing for all’ flagship programme

Against approved target of 38,772 houses, just 12,034 units built in 3 years
J&K fares poorly in ‘housing for all’ flagship programme

J&K has fared poorly in the implementation of Pradhan MantriAwaasYojana-Grameen (PMAY-G) with just 31 percent target achieved in the last three years.

Sources said that against the approved target of 38,772houses, just 12034 units have been built so far in the last three years in thestate.

A top official said that Governor SP Malik viewing seriouslythe sluggish pace of implementation of the 'housing for the poor in rural areas',has directed the officials to expedite the implementation of the scheme.

Following these directions, Secretary, Rural Developmentdepartment, Sheetal Nanda, in a circular has asked the officials to ensuretimely completion of the scheme.

"The progress under the scheme PMAY-G as against theapproved target of 38772 has not been satisfied with only 12034 housescompleted as on 31.3.2019, indicating shortfall of 26738. It has been observedthat the state could not achieve the target allocated under PMAY-G even afterthe passing of three years, which has been viewed seriously by authorities,"reads the circular.

The scheme, which was earlier named as Indira AwaasYojana(IAY), is a centrally sponsored programme, which is implemented by the stategovernment on the ground.

To pursue the objective of 'Housing for All by 2022' asenvisioned by the government, a proposal for restructuring the rural housingscheme IAY into Pradhan MantriAwaasYojana (Grameen) (PMAY-G) was prepared bythe Rural Development Ministry and submitted to the Union Cabinet for approval.

The Union Cabinet in its meeting held on March 23, 2016considered the proposal of PMAY-G and gave approval for implementation of PMAY(G) wherein it was decided to provide assistance for construction of one crorehouses in the rural areas over a period of 3 years from 2016-17 to 2018-19.

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