Rajasthan government asks district collectors to allot land to 12,000 PMAY-G beneficiaries – ET RealEstate

JAIPUR: There are around 12,245 landless beneficiaries under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-Grameen (PMAY-G) in the state. The state’s rural development and panchayati raj department has written to all the district collectors to run a campaign in the districts to allot pieces of land to the landless beneficiaries for building houses under the scheme.

According to a letter written by chief secretary Niranjan Arya to district collectors, out of 55,405 landless beneficiaries under PMAY-G scheme, 12,245 are yet to get land for houses. The same letter asks all the district collectors to run a campaign and allot lands to beneficiaries at the earliest.

According to data received from the department, Ganganagar has the highest number of landless beneficiaries at 3,724, followed by Bundi at 1,229 and Udaipur at 1,224. Hanumangarh has 987 landless beneficiaries under the scheme and Jodhpur has 873. As per the data, Jaipur has 420 landless beneficiaries under the scheme.

Meanwhile, the state’s rural development department has directed all the districts to promote environment-friendly metals on a pilot basis in at least one panchayat for recycling of plastic waste. The department had suggested to the districts the use of plastic shredding machines (with blade grinding machine and accessories), plastic ball machines (hydraulic) and dust remover machines.

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Ground work for light house project begins in Ranchi – ET RealEstate

RANCHI: The state urban development department formally kicked-off the ground work for the implementation of the Centre’s ambitious light house project, an affordable housing for urban poor under PM Awas Yojana in Ranchi’s Jagarnathpur area on Tuesday amid heavy security cover.

The project remained stalled since its foundation stone laying ceremony in January this year owing to heavy protests by locals, who under the banner of HEC Basti Bachchao Sangharsh Samiti blocked the works on many occasions in the last six months, fearing displacement.

However, after officials in the ministry of housing and urban affairs recently threatened state urban development department of stalling funds for PM housing projects (urban) recently, authorities swung into action.

Since morning, the Ranchi district administration pressed over 200 policemen, including magistrates, at the project site to facilitate uninterrupted recommencement of the ground work for the project. JVS Narayan Rao, director municipal administration in the state urban development department, along with her team too was present on the occasion.

She said, “We began soil testing from today and work on barricading the site to bar unauthorised entry is being set up. We have started work on this project now and if all goes well, we shall be able to finish it in stipulated timeframe.”

“Originally, the project was set to be completed within 12 months after the foundation stone-laying ceremony. However, protests coupled with Covid-19 pandemic delayed it at least by six months now,” said sources.

Under this project, 1,008 flats are to be constructed at the 7.5-acre earmarked land for economically weaker section of society whose annual income is up to Rs 3 lakh per year. The total cost of the project is around Rs 133 crore. Once ready, flats will be given to identified beneficiaries, said officials. Centre will invest Rs 5 lakh from its coffers for each flat, while state government will provide Rs 1 lakh. Beneficiaries will have to bear the remaining Rs 6.5 lakh on their own.

Meanwhile, a delegation of HEC Basti Bachchao Sangharsh Samity on Monday met with Poriyahat MLA Pradeep Yadav seeking his help to stall the project at the identified site. Mintu Paswan, convenor of the outfit, said that they aren’t against the project but are fighting to save the only available open ground in their area. Talking to TOI yesterday, he said that high rise will rob children in the area proper playground and many also fear mass displacement.

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Odisha: Central team spots irregularities in houses under PMAY-Gramin scheme – ET RealEstate

BHUBANESWAR: A central team that visited Odisha to inquire into alleged irregularities in implementation of Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana-Gramin (PMAY-G) has found several irregularities in selection of beneficiaries, quality of construction and absence of PMAY-G logo.

Based on the observations of the central team, Union rural development secretary Nagendra Nath Sinha, in a recent letter to chief secretary Suresh Chandra Mohapatra, has suggested actions like recovering money from ineligible beneficiaries and to lodge FIR against erring government officials for lapses.

The team of the rural development ministry visited Odisha from February 9 and February 11 to inquire into complaints of irregularities in implementation of the central norms lodged by BJP MPs from the state. It also detected irregularities like houses shown completed on AwaasSoft (the designated portal) but found incomplete on the ground, sanction of houses to both father and son and construction of houses by beneficiaries on government land.

Stating that quality of construction of houses was very poor, Sinha asked the chief secretary to improve the system of monitoring and administrative supervision to ensure quality houses and assess the quality of all houses constructed under the central scheme so far.

The Centre suggested actions like show cause against district officials for not taking timely action and tone up the administrative machinery to avoid such irregularities. Though the Centre has sought an action taken report from the state government over irregularities, official sources said it is yet to share it with the Centre.

The Union secretary’s letter on irregularities in implementation of PMAY-G came to the fore after Union rural development minister Narendra Singh Tomar shared the report with Sundargarh BJP MP and former Union minister Jual Oram.

Oram said the central teams report has exposed the irregularities and corruption in implementation of PMAY-G in Odisha.

The Centre and the state government are at loggerheads over implementation of rural housing schemes for past several years. In March, the Centre asked the state government not to co-brand PMAY-G houses with the logo of Biju Pucca Ghar Yojana (BPGY). The state government justified use of BPGY logo stating that the PMAY-G scheme is being implemented with fund sharing pattern of 60:40 between the Centre and the state. The state government is yet to comment on the findings of the central team.

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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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