GUWAHATI: Assam's Minister of Panchayat & Rural Development Ranjeet Kumar Dass said on Tuesday that over 5 lakh beneficiaries will receive houses under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana - Gramin (PMAY-G) in the State.
He said the initiative will be flagged off at a function to be held in Jorhat on May 19 in the presence of Union Minister of Rural Development & Panchayati Raj, Giriraj Singh.
Dass said that the Centre has allotted 7 lakh houses under PMAY-G scheme for the year 2021-22, out of which grants for 5.10 lakh houses will be distributed on May 19. This is going to be the first time in Assam that such a huge numbers of houses under the scheme will be allotted at one go, he said.
Dass added that besides the allotments, the beneficiaries will also receive the first instalment of funds for their houses in their accounts. A total of Rs 1,657.50 crore will be given as the first instalment to the beneficiaries, he informed.
The Minister further said that the State Government aims to cover all the rural areas of the State under the scheme within 2024.
The PMAY-G has been devised in line with the Government's commitment to provide 'Housing for All' by 2022 in the rural areas. The scheme aims at providing a pucca (concete) house with basic amenities to all houseless families living in kutcha (earthen) and dilapidated houses by 2022.