PM has set target of providing houses to all by 2022: Narendra Singh Tomar – ET RealEstate

Union minister Narendra Singh Tomar on Thursday said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has set a target of providing houses to all by 2022. He was speaking during a virtual house-warming ceremony of houses meant for 1.25 lakh families under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY)-Gramin for rural areas.

“The prime minister has set a target of providing houses to all those not having one by 2022. As part of it, 2.95 crore houses will be built. So far, more than 1.32 crore houses have already been constructed under the scheme in the country,” the Union Rural Development and Panhayati Raj Minister said.

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan took part in the event from Dhar district headquarters. He dedicated over 10,000 community development works, including 6,000 community cleanliness campuses, 2,000 sports grounds, 2,000 Shantidham and 634 panchayat bhawans.

On the occasion, he transferred Rs 2,000 crore in the accounts of five lakh beneficiaries of the PMAY-Gramin. Tomar praised Chouhan saying that under his leadership, Madhya Pradesh is progressing in an all-round manner. The minister said that during the UPA regime only six lakh houses were constructed in a year, while under the current government, 29 lakh houses are being built and provided to the beneficiaries every year.

In Madhya Pradesh, 3.25 lakh houses are being constructed in a year after enhancement of funds under the scheme, and the state has secured second position in the country in implementing the PMAY scheme, he said. Speaking during the function, Chouhan said that the poor will now be able to live in pucca houses.

“Today 1.25 lakh people have celebrated gruh pravesh (house warming ceremony) and earlier 1.75 lakh others got their pucca houses in the presence of the prime minister and Tomar in the state,” he said.



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EWS housing scheme hits displacement stir hurdle in Ranchi – ET RealEstate

RANCHI: After over a month of Prime Minister Narendra Modi laying the foundation online for the Light House Project, a centrally sponsored housing scheme for the economically weaker section (EWS) in Jagarnathpur area here, residents have opposed it fearing large-scale displacement.

On January 1 this year, Modi laid the foundation for construction of nearly 1,000 houses on about seven acres of land with an estimated budget of Rs 133.99 crore. The state urban development department has zeroed in on the 3-acre Mitra Mandal ground spread in Jagarnathpur here to begin the first phase work of the scheme.

However, the administration could not start the work after protests by the locals who are agitating under the banner of Basti Bachchao Sangharsh Samiti (BBSS). On Thursday, the Ranchi Municipal Corporation had scheduled a meeting to pacify them but it was cancelled after the residents did not turn up.

Ranchi mayor Asha Lakra said efforts are on to pacify protesters. “The protesters are ignorant about the benefits of this project. Today, we had scheduled the talks with the locals but we had cancelled them as most had gone for work and none turned up. We will try to re-schedule it on a Sunday or some other holiday. We are sure of solving any issue through talks,” she said.

Mintu Paswan, the convener of BBSS, which represents 26 localities in and around Jagarnathpur, said they have appealed to the state government to shift the project to another vacant site saying that the earmarked site is the only playing ground for their children.

Talking to TOI, Paswan said there are several concerns among the residents after the announcement of the project. “First, the earmarked site has historical significance as international football matches were held here earlier. Moreover, this is the only open ground in the area for playing and other cultural activities. A highrise will end that.”

He further said, “None of the officials took us into confidence before selecting this site and we came to know of it only when the foundation stone was laid. Besides, the site is only of three acres and the project is proposed on seven acres. It meant the localities around the area will be acquired and several families will be displaced in future. We will not allow that to happen.”

Paswan added, “Most importantly, the government is claiming that the houses are meant for the EWS, but the price of each unit is quite high and none of us who live in the localities nearby will be able to afford it.”

According to the provisions in the project, the Centre will invest Rs 5.5 lakh per unit, which has about 350 sqft area, while the state’s government’s share is Rs 1 lakh. Each selected beneficiary will have the bear the remaining price amount of Rs 6.79 lakh.

According to Paswan, the majority of the two lakh residents of the 26 localities would not be able to afford the amount and said, “Most of us are casual workers who have a hand-to-mouth existence. The houses are definitely not meant for us, so for whom are these houses coming up? We are not against the project but we are against acquiring of the village land and future displacements. The government should consider our genuine demands.”



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Karnataka CM directs banks to speed up loan approval under PMAY scheme – ET RealEstate

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BENGALURU: Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Thursday directed the banks not to delay disbursement of loans to eligible beneficiaries under central schemes such as Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) and Pradhan Mantri Swanidhi Yojana (PMSY).

Reviewing the progress of the schemes with bankers and officials at a meeting in Vidhana Soudha here, the CM expressed his displeasure over their implementation in the state, an official statement said.

“The progress in both these schemes is stagnant in Karnataka as compared to other states. Bankers should pay their attention to avoid delay in sanctioning loans under these schemes,” Yediyurappa was quoted as saying.

He pointed out that the PMAY and PMSY were ambitious schemes introduced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the benefit of the poor.

The CM suggested that the banks prioritise implementation of the schemes.

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PM to release Rs 2,691 crore to 6.1 lakh residents in Uttar Pradesh under PMAY-G – ET RealEstate

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will release financial aid of nearly Rs 2,691 crore to 6.1 lakh beneficiaries in Uttar Pradesh under the Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana-Gramin (PMAY-G) on Wednesday.

The Prime Minister will hand over the assistance at noon via videoconference, during which Union Rural Development Minister Narendra Singh Tomar and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will also be present.

The assistance would include first installment to 5.30 lakh beneficiaries and second installment to 80,000 others who have already availed of the first installment under the PMAY-G.

The Prime Minister had called for ‘Housing for All by 2022’, for which the Centre’s flagship programme PMAY-G was launched on November 20, 2016.

So far, 1.26 crore houses have been built across the country under the scheme. Under PMAY-G, each beneficiary is given 100 per cent grant of Rs 1.20 lakh (in plain areas) and Rs 1.30 lakh (in hilly states/north-eastern states/difficult areas/UTs of J&K and Ladakh/IAP/LWE districts).

The PMAY-G beneficiaries are also provided support of unskilled labour wages under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act Scheme and assistance of Rs 12,000 for the construction of toilets through Swachh Bharat Mission-Gramin (SBM-G), MGNREGA or any other dedicated source of funding.

The scheme has provisions for convergence with other schemes of the Centre and states/UTs for providing LPG connections under the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Scheme, electricity connections, and access to safe drinking water under Jal Jeevan Mission.



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