Over 18 lakh beneficiaries got aid under PMAY-Gramin: Bihar rural minister – ET RealEstate

PATNA: State rural development minister Shravan Kumar told the legislative council on Monday that the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana scheme is being implemented properly in the state, and its progress monitored. The minister said staffers have been roped in on a contract basis to encourage beneficiaries to avail of the facility, and panchayats observe Awas Diwas every Wednesday.

He was replying to a starred question raised by MLCs Radha Charan Sah and Ram Chandra Purbey on the issue of incomplete houses under Indira Awas Yojana and their report not available on the portal.

Shravan told the Upper House that the Indira Awas Yojana was renamed Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana Gramin in 2016-17. He said from 2012-13 to 2015-16, the construction of 19.03 lakh houses were approved, and 18.03 lakh beneficiaries have got the first instalment. He said 13.67 lakh units are complete.

He further said as per a letter from the Union ministry dated November 2017, there’s a ban on giving the first instalment to new beneficiaries under the Indira Awas Yojana and only those houses which have received the first instalment will be completed. This means 4.35 lakh beneficiaries will not get money.

Minister further said beneficiaries have to construct their houses themselves and they get the second or other instalments only after completing a certain determined level.

Acting chairperson Awadhesh Narain Singh told the Upper House that the video clippings of the proceedings will be made available to them the same day, which they could use on their social media. BJP MLC Rajneesh Kumar thanked the acting chairperson on behalf of all members.



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Madhya Pradesh: In Shajapur, PMAY houses named after daughters – ET RealEstate

INDORE: Taking ‘Beti Bachao – Beti Padhao’ campaign forward, Shajapur administration has started naming houses constructed under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY, Rural). As many as 1000 such houses of various villages of Shajapur district have been painted, beautified and named after girl child of the family in the last ten days.

“Thousand houses have been named after the girl child of the family. The initiative has increased the sacredness of these houses,” said chief minister office (CMO) in a tweet on Thursday. “The initiative taken up by the residents of Shajapur to respect and empower our girl child is laudable,” it added.

What struck the Shajapur administration to launch this initiative was innovative thinking of some officials, who decided to take use of residential units constructed under the PMAY (rural) scheme in different villages to generate awareness about welfare services intended for girls.

Shajapur zila panchayat authorities said that they have converged the PMAY (Rural) scheme with the government’s ‘Beti Bachao – Beti Padhao’ campaign of the government of India, and claimed that the initiative would be the first of its kind in the country.

Chief executive officer of zilla panchayat Misha Singh said that it is already a government mandate to make ownership of a PMAY unit especially in rural areas in the name of a female member of the family.

“This has become more important to give the fair sex its due, and we thought about how to give prominence to girl child, and came out with this idea of naming the houses after the girls,” said Singh while speaking to TOI.

They approached villagers with a girl child in their family through village sarpanchs, and convinced them into naming their houses after their girl child. The CEO pointed out that they used limited funds made available by the ministry of women and child development for the IEC (information, education, communication) activities to get the house cleaned up, beautified and named after the girl child of the respective families.

“We are targeting to cover at least 4000 residential units constructed under PMAY (rural) last year under this initiative,” she added.

Santosh Singh, a resident of Jamner Janpad Panchayat, who has named his house as ‘Monika Niwas’ after his ten-year-old daughter after he was approached by officials, said, “I decided to name my house after my daughter. Both are close to my heart, and I feel proud about naming the house after my daughter.”

Shajapur collector Dinesh Jain said that the administration’s emphasis is on empowerment of women by focusing on their health, education and financial upliftment.

“Many steps are being taken including that putting a check on child marriages, identifying haemoglobin level of the women between 15 to 49 years of age and providing them required nutrition-rich food supplement to eradicate anaemia and also giving them chance to earn their livelihood by educating them about farming and helping getting loans for self-employment,” he said.



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Rajasthan: 3.17 lakh PMAY-Gramin houses not complete – ET RealEstate

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JAIPUR: A rural development department report states that of the 3.17 lakh incomplete houses under Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana-Grameen (PMAY-G), highest number of such houses is in Barmer district at 49,120 followed by Banswara at 33,814 (up to February 1). Jodhpur is at the third position in terms of incomplete houses at 21,837.

Of the 13.33 lakh sanctioned houses under PMAY-G from 2016-17 to 2020-21, construction of 10.15 lakh has been completed, according to the rural development department data.

In all, 79,437 houses are yet to be completed even 12 months after sanctioning of first instalment of the money, 86,424 houses are yet to be completed even after nine months of sanctioning of first instalment of the money and 1.77 lakh houses are yet to be completed even after six months of sanctioning of the first instalment of the money.

Meanwhile in Jaipur, of the 13,454 sanctioned houses under PMAY-G, construction of 11,001 houses has been completed and 2,409 are still incomplete, according to the data.

The additional chief secretary (ACS) of the department Rohit Kumar Singh has directed all the district collectors to complete construction of the remaining 3.17 lakh houses by March 31 at the rate of 4,767 houses per day (as per directions issued on January 15).

Two months after the start of ‘Pura Kaam, Pura Daam’ campaign in the state under MGNREGA, the average wage rate in the districts has gone up to Rs 195, as per the work done in 15 different activities selected by the rural development department.

According to an official in the department, the average wage rate had increased from Rs 169 to Rs 193 in the first fortnight of the campaign. In the third fortnight, the campaign was run involving 30 different activities and in the fourth fortnight all activities under the scheme will be involved.



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Over 9,400 didn’t build houses under PMAY-Gramin scheme in Rajasthan – ET RealEstate

JAIPUR: Over 9,421 beneficiaries under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Grameen), who had received money from the department for the construction of houses from 2016-17 to 2018-19, have not built houses under the scheme, according to data provided by rural development and panchayati raj department.

While most of them were defaulters, many have expired after receiving the first installment and some of them returned the money to the department and shifted to other states, said an official.

The department is trying to identify the defaulters and lodge FIRs against them. “Of the total, nearly 3,000 have expired,” the official said.

So far, construction of 10 lakh houses has been completed in the state. The sanction of amount for the year 2019-20, for about 3 lakh houses, got delayed due to Covid pandemic.

The amount (about 90 per cent) was released to the beneficiaries after the amount was sanctioned in November, last year (2020), according to official.



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