Govt targeting houses for 44 cr people with power, water, LPG
Pursuing its aim of providing ‘homes not houses’, the Centre on Monday said it will not only ensure roof over head of as many as 44 crore people in the next financial year but will also provide them LPG, power and water connections.
Under the Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana (Gramin) or PMAY, the Centre will directly transfer about Rs 1.30 lakh and Rs 1.50 lakh in accounts of the beneficiaries staying in plain areas and hilly areas respectively, Rural Development Secretary Amarjeet Sinha told PTI.
Besides, all beneficiaries will be given additional Rs 12,000 for construction of toilets and 90 days of employment under MNREGA for construction of their own homes which amounts to Rs 18,000, he added.
“Earlier, the target for next year was to provide homes to 33 crore beneficiaries which has now been revised to 44 crore. Prime Minister’s direction is clear to raise the quality of life of people by ensuring them homes not houses,” Sinha said. “Our broader aim is to ensure homes to those who are homeless and concrete houses to those staying in kachha houses,” he said adding that Centre also requested states to transfer land in name of those beneficiaries who are homeless. It is estimated that about 60 per cent of beneficiaries for whom these houses will be constructed belong to SC and ST communities.
“The work for selection and validation of beneficiaries under the PMAY has been completed. The scheme will be on DBT (direct benefit transfer) mode. The funds will be transferred directly into the bank accounts of beneficiaries in installments over three years period,” Sinha added. Special emphasis is being given to check diversion of funds and to ensure transparency, he said adding that the geotagging of all houses which will be constructed under this scheme along with photograph of beneficiary in front of it will be done.