PMAY-Gramin beneficiaries suffer amid centre & Rajasthan governments’ tussle over funds – ET RealEstate

JAIPUR: Even as Rajasthan had recently topped among all states in its performance under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-Grameen (PMAY-G), the allocation of funds by the centre tells a different story.

Amid a tussle between state and the centre over delay in release of funds amounting to Rs 682.07 crore (for financial year 2020-21), pending since December last year, has resulted in non-payment of second and third installment of 76,764 beneficiaries under the scheme, inducing a total liability of Rs 425.27 crore.

The state’s chief secretary Niranjan Arya had written a letter to the centre last month (May) urging release of its share of Rs 682.07 crore for building houses, sanctioned in the year 2020-21, under PMAY-G.

According to data shared by the state’s rural development department, of the 13.36 lakh sanctioned houses, construction of 11.44 lakh houses have already been completed (from 2016-17 to date). In 2020-21, of the 2.03 sanctioned houses, construction of 90,834 (44.73%) were completed.

“There is hardly any progress in work under PMAY-G as we are yet receive funds from the centre, pending since December last year (2021). The centre is not releasing the amount as the record shows that while the state government has released Rs1,027 crore to the treasury (PD account), the amount has not been transferred to the state nodal account (money is transferred to the beneficiaries from this account),” said a senior official. “However, the state’s cash-strapped treasury has to distribute funds, depending on its availability, for running the schemes under all departments and other purposes.”

“Because the money has not been transferred to the state nodal account, the centre doesn’t consider it released (to the beneficiaries). Hence, there is a delay in release of funds by the centre since December last year. Due to this delay, nearly 77,000 beneficiaries under the scheme are suffering,” the official added.

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Kerala: CAG finds lapses in PMAY-Gramin rollout – ET RealEstate

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The report of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) on the state’s performance in general and social sectors has found instances of misappropriation of funds, loss of central government’s assistance, internal control deficiencies, underutilisation of assets, and shortcomings in implementation of rules and programmes involving Rs 203.97 crore in the financial year ending March, 2019.

Under the Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana—Gramin (PMAY-G) in Kerala, it was intended to provide houses to 42,431 identified beneficiaries in rural areas. The project was to be completed within 12 months from the date of sanction. The report said non-assessment of housing shortage, lack of convergence and shortcomings in technical and quality supervision, persisted in the project implementation.

The grama panchayats had failed in selecting eligible beneficiaries and creation of permanent wait list (priority list), assisting the old and infirm in construction of houses, identifying land to landless and converging the schemes for access to basic amenities. The auditor also pointed out irregular sanctioning of houses and block panchayats’ failure to facilitate loans to beneficiaries.

There were also instances of construction of houses without obtaining building permits from GPs and clearances from Kerala Coastal Zone Management Authority. The state lost central assistance of Rs 195.82 crore during 2016-18 due to its failure to attain physical and financial progress prescribed by it. Monitoring was also deficient at various levels of programme management units, the report said.

The report pointed out instances where funds released by the state government for creating public assets for the benefit of the community remained unutilised or blocked due to indecisiveness, lack of administrative oversight and concerted action at various levels.

Failure to adhere to provisions and lax supervisory controls resulted in misappropriation of Rs 1.84 lakh in General Hospital, Neyyattinkara, Rs 6.46 lakh in the District Hospital, Mavelikkara and suspected misappropriation of Rs 0.83 lakh in Taluk Hospital, Fort, Thiruvananthapuram.

The purchase of a mobile incinerator for Rs 2.14 crore by the local self-government department without assessing its economic viability resulted in its under-utilisation and consequent decommissioning. The failure of Kolazhy grama panchayat to adhere to the Kerala Panchayat Raj (Property Tax, Service Cess and Surcharge) Rules, 2011, led to revenue loss of Rs 37.71 lakh.

Failure on the part of Thiruvananthapuram Corporation to safeguard blasted rubble obtained from the Vilappilsala Solid Waste Management Project resulted in loss of Rs 31.02 lakh and failure of Kothamangalam Municipality to collect and remit service tax in time led to a loss of Rs 23.64 lakh. The construction of a modern fish market by the corporation without proper study and correlating its design with the requirements of the vendors resulted in non-utilisation of the modern fish market constructed for Rs 23.25 lakh.

The report also pointed out the failure of district collectors and the central plan monitoring unit in complying with the Centre’s directions to convert members of parliament local area development scheme savings bank accounts into Savifix/ Saviplus accounts resulted in loss of interest of at least Rs 4.76 crore.

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PMAY-Gramin’s 92% target achieved in first phase: Central government – ET RealEstate

NEW DELHI: The Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana – Gramin (PMAY-G), a flagship programme of the Central government, has achieved 92 per cent target of its 1st phase i.e. from 2016-17 to 2018-19, said an official statement on Tuesday.

The government is confident that all the houses in the Permanent Wait List (PWL) would be completed by the end of Amrut Mahtosava, said the statement by the Ministry of Rural Development.

As against the existing Permanent Wait List (PWL) identified using the SECC database of 2011, as on date 2.14 crore beneficiaries have been found to be eligible.

Though this list consisted of 2.95 crore households initially, through multistage verification including at the time of sanction, many more households have been found ineligible, therefore, this list has been pared down to 2.14 cr and likely to go down further, said the Ministry.

Against this, 1.92 crore (90 per cent) houses have been sanctioned and against the sanctioned houses, 1.36 crore (71 per cent) houses have been completed.

A target of one crore houses was set for completion in the 1st phase of the scheme i.e. from 2016-17 to 2018-19, against which 92 per cent target of completion has been achieved.

In the FY 20-21, a total allocation of Rs 19,269 crore was made available as budgetary support, in addition, extra-budgetary support of Rs 20,000 crore has been provided, the overall release of Rs 39,269 crore is so far the highest in any year since the launch of PMAY-G.

The expenditure incurred by states including state share has also seen an unprecedented increase in the current FY amounting to Rs 46,661 crore, which is the highest since the launch of the scheme.

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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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