Sonowal government builds 2,60,398 pending houses under IAY, to complete remaining 57,457 units this year end
By Our Staff Reporter
Guwahati, Nov 13: Dispur is stepping hard on the pedal for early completion of all pending houses being constructed in Assam under Indira Awaas Yojana (IAY), which has been restructured and rechristened as Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana (PMAY) since October 2016.
The Sarbananda Sonowal-led government has reasons to up the tempo. Given the somewhat tardy execution of the scheme in Assam, New Delhi had been piling on the pressure on the State government to expedite construction of houses under the scheme. Further, IAY has been subsumed by PMAY from April this year.
IAY was launched in 1985 by the then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, under which Rs 75,000 was provided to beneficiaries in 3 instalments for construction of houses. The targeted beneficiaries were scheduled castes/scheduled tribes, freed bonded labourers, minorities and non-SC/ST rural households in BPL category, widows and next-of-kin of defence personnel and paramilitary forces killed in action, ex-servicemen, etc.
But Assam has a huge backlog of incomplete houses under IAY. According to government records, construction of altogether 3,17,953 houses remained incomplete across the State under the scheme as on 1st April, 2016.
The matter came to the notice of NDA government, which has since then pressurised Dispur to speed up execution of PMAY. After the BJP-led government took over in 2016, it speeded up the implementation process. This has led to positive result as the number of houses remaining incomplete was brought down to 1,41,618 as on 1st April, 2017. With the momentum maintained so far, the number of incomplete houses under PMAY has since been further brought down to 57,457.
After the current dispensation at Dispur took reins, construction of altogether 2,60,398 pending houses were completed.
State Panchayat & Rural Development (P&RD) Minister Naba Kumar Doley told The Sentinel that the government has given thrust to finishing construction of all incomplete houses under the scheme. He said the government has set a target of 31st December this year for completion of construction of all such houses.
“Necessary instructions have been issued to the officials concerned to ensure that construction of all such pending houses is completed by 31st December. Else, they will face action. Also, beneficiaries will be taken to task if they don’t complete the construction work by the deadline,” he emphasised.
After its restructuring and renaming, the quantum of financial support to beneficiaries of the housing scheme has been hiked to Rs 1.30 lakh, which is provided in three instalments. The amount is directly credited to his or her bank account.
While in other parts of the country, the Centre provides financial support in the ratio of 60:40, in the Northeastern States the ratio is 90:10, with New Delhi’s share at 90%.
Further, as already reported, the State government has set itself a deadline to complete all the ongoing housing projects sanctioned in 2016-17 and 2017-18 under PMAY (Rural) by 31 March, 2018. The State’s P&RD department is the nodal agency overseeing the construction of houses to rural poor under the scheme through the panchayat.