GUWAHATI CITY

Centre committed to provide houses to 21 lakh families: Yadav

Minister of State for Rural Development, Shri Ram Kripal Yadav

STAFF REPORTER

GUWAHATI, June 30: “The Government of India is committed to provide houses to 21 lakh left out eligible household beneficiaries under PMAY-G,” said Union Minister of State for Rural Development Ram Kripal Yadav who visited Khetri GP under Dimoria Development Block on Saturday.

During his visit, the Union minister inspected various ongoing schemes under PMAY-G and MGNREGA in the area. He is on a two-day visit in the State. During the visit, Yadav participated in an interactive session with 100 members of 10 SHGs and visited a village organization.

Out of 3,17,957 incomplete houses under IAY as on Arpil 1, 2016, a total of 2,82,975 houses have been completed and only 25,641 are left to be completed as of now. On the other hand, under PMAY-G out of 2,59,814 targeted houses, 32,029 have been completed. The remaining 2,27,785 houses are progressing and to be completed by January, 2019. For this, an action plan is contemplated and various steps like providing land to landless beneficiaries, single foundation day for all the remaining beneficiaries, creation of pool of masons, interaction of beneficiaries with departmental minister through Radio, TV are on. State P & RD Minister was requested to consider the matter of additional eligible beneficiary list and houses with GI sheet and kutcha wall as eligible beneficiary under PMAY-G.
Since inception the volume and variety of schemes taken up under MGNREGA have increased manifolds. Under this scheme the highest amount of Rs 1534.53 crore was utilized in 2017-18 and the highest number of assets of 53,475 has been created in this year. Target is set to complete the incomplete schemes under MGNREGA by August, 2018. The department also takes initiative to translate the Muster Circular and Operational Guideline of MGNREGA into vernacular languages for easy and better understanding by the field functionaries and good governance. The department has also initiated for the recruitment of Ombudsperson for all districts.

In case of NSAP, Assam has started Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) of NSAP pension since April, 2017. A total of 7,83,741 beneficiaries under NSAP are availing benefit from the scheme. The Union minister was also briefed about the initiative of the State government regarding universal coverage of old-age pension which is proposed to be launched on 2nd October, 2018.

Meanwhile, Yadav suggested various measures to speed up the implementation of the schemes and asked to take the matter of construction of sanctioned PMAY-G houses seriously so that the government may sanction more PMAY-G houses for the State.

On Friday, after reaching Guwahati, the Union Minister reviewed the progress of several rural development programmes like PMAY-G, MGNREGA, NSAP, RURBAN Mission, SAGY, ASRLM, PMGSY etc. under P & RD, PWD, Agriculture and Revenue departments in Assam at a city hotel.