Prime Minister Narendra Modi had launched Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Gramin) on 20th November 2016 with an aim of providing housing for all in rural areas. On the 20th of last month, the scheme completed four years.
Addressing a public meeting in Agra after launching the rural housing scheme Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said that the Government wants every Indian to have a house by 2022 and PMAY-Gramin will benefit the working class, farmers and the deprived.
Rural Development Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said, Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana Gramin has immensely benefited the rural population.
AIR Correspondent reports that the program envisages the completion of 2.95 crore houses in rural areas with all basic amenities by the year 2022.
Under the PMAY-G, houses are being constructed with new technologies and amenities like water, gas, toilet and electricity supply.
In the 1st phase of the scheme from 2016-17 to 2018-19, a target for construction of 1 crore pucca houses were set. In the 2nd phase of the scheme starting from 2019-20 to 2021-22, the target of construction of the remaining 1.95 crore houses has been set.
As on date, a total of 1.75 Crore PMAY-G houses has been sanctioned and 1.20 Crore houses have been completed against the allocated cumulative target of 2.26 Crore houses.
Under PMAY-G, the minimum size of a house has also been increased to 25 square meters.
Government has ensured that all houses constructed under PMAY-G are designed properly by experts who have made it on the basis of topology and they are climate resistant homes.
The selection of beneficiaries through a three stage validation (Socio Economic Caste Census 2011, Gram Sabha, and geo-tagging) has ensured selection of the poorest of the poor under PMAY-G.
The increased pace of work has been reflected in the NIPFP study which indicated 114 days as average completion time for PMAY-G as compared to 314 days earlier.
The entire payments are through IT and DBT mode with Aadhaar linked Bank accounts with consent, to ensure complete transparency and accountability.