Jagan, who reviewed the preparedness of the house sites distribution programme with ministers and senior officials at his camp office on Monday, asked officials to keep in mind that they were not constructing mere houses but several thousand villages.
The ground breaking ceremonies in the upcoming housing colonies should be held for a fortnight — from December 25 to January 7 — across the state, the chief minister said, while asking officials to get ready to launch the construction of 15.6 lakh houses in one go. “There should be three options to construct houses for the poor. The government would take full responsibility of construction cost if beneficiaries are willing,” he said.
Officials should allow beneficiaries to construct their houses by providing material and wage component, he added. “The beneficiaries would also be allowed to purchase the material on their own by giving them the cost of material as per standard prices. We should be open to all three options. The beneficiary should be allowed the freedom to make the choice,” the chief minister directed.
Jagan said the government will distribute house sites worth Rs 23,535 crore as they have acquired nearly 68,361 acres for the house sites scheme. He directed officials to hand over a letter to beneficiaries where they could not distribute the house sites due to legal complications. “The beneficiaries should be assured in the letter that they would be given the house site soon after the resolution of cases,” he said, and also asked officials to ensure that all pending cases in the courts should be resolved at the earliest.
The government plans to construct around 28.3 lakh houses in the next three years, starting with 8,914 houses in each assembly segment in the first phase. In the second phase of the programme, 12.7 lakh houses would be launched. “The government will spend Rs 482 crore to provide additional incentive to TIDCO houses of 365 sq ft and 430 sq ft. All houses of 300 sq ft would be registered in the name of beneficiaries for which they need to pay just Rs 1,” the CM said.
Ministers Dharmana Krishnadas, Botcha Satyanarayana, Ch Ranganatha Raju and chief secretary Nilam Sawhney were also present at the review meeting.