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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Ghaziabad development body raises cost of houses under PMAY – ET RealEstate

GHAZIABAD: The Ghaziabad Development Authority on Saturday enhanced the cost of new houses to be built under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna in the district. The new houses under the PMAY will now cost Rs 6 lakh instead of Rs 4.5 lakh, GDA Vice-Chairman Krishna Karunesh said.

In its board meeting chaired by GDA Chairperson Anita C Meshram, who is also the Meerut zone commissioner, the civic body also raised the developmental charge to Rs 3,314 per square meter at the time of sanctioning maps for new houses in the city.

In Loni, Modinagar and Muradnagar towns, a development charge of Rs 1,200 per square meter has been fixed, he added.

The Board meeting also passed the GDA annual budget worth Rs 1001 crore, said Karunaesh, adding the budget has proposed to earn a revenue of Rs 1,020 crore.



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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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