Centre directs Telangana to return the funds sanctioned under PMAY-G
According to reports, the Central government has directed the Telangana government to return over Rs.190 crore that was sanctioned by the Centre for the purpose of constructing houses for the poor in rural areas under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY). The decision was taken after the state declined to update the Centre the progress of the implementation of PMAY in the state. Telangana was allotted a target of over 70,074 houses in FY2016, during which the Centre had disbursed its share of Rs.190 crore. According to the Secretary of Rural Development, the state is yet to implement the transparent criteria of Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana - Grameen for the allocation of houses to the rural poor and has refused to update the progress on AwaasSoft - an online website created for the purpose of updating the progress. While the completion of over 52 lakh houses across the nation under PMAY-G has been updated on the portal, Telangana has not only failed to update any progress so far, the state government also did not seek the second instalment of funds from the Centre for FY2016 until now.
23 October 2018
State and District level committees constituted for PMAY-G implementation in JK
The Governor administration of the Jammu and Kashmir has reportedly approved for the constitution of a District and State Level Committee for the application of Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana - Gramin (PMAY-G) in the state. The committee will be headed by the Chief Secretary of Jammu and Kashmir. Other representatives of the group include the Administrative Secretary of the Public Health Engineering Department, Administrative Secretary of the Power Development Department, I&FC Department, Administrative Secretary of the Rural Development, Administrative Secretary of the Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Department and the Panchayati Raj and any other technical experts or officers who can be chosen in times of requirement. The State Level Committee duty will be to make sure that a comprehensive Annual Action Plan (AAP) for the implementation of PMAY-G is prepared. This committee will also be serviced by the Panchayati Raj and the Rural Development Department and shall conduct meetings at least two times in a year to discuss the progress of the implementation.
22 October 2018
PMAY-G faces shortage of funds from Centre
Though the Orissa government has been using all the resources available at disposal to ensure the construction of pucca houses in rural area under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-Gramin (PMAY-G) by 2019, the state government is being burned with the Centre not providing its share of the funds for the completion of the ambitious scheme. The Panchayati Raj department stated that the Centre is yet to disburse a single rupee to the state government despite having set a target of 2.56 lakh constructed houses under PMAY-G in 2018-2019. The Centre would be bearing 60% of the total cost while the state would be contributing to the remaining 40% for the houses constructed under PMAY-G as per guidelines. Sources claim that the Ministry of Rural Development hasn’t responded though the state government has raised the issue several times.
22 August 2018
Government targeting 1 crore completed PMAY-G houses by March 2019
The government of India has set a target to construct 1 crore pucca house under the rural housing scheme Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana - Gramin (PMAY-G) by 31 March 2019 and completed project of around 1.7 crore house from 2014 to 2018. Around 2.95 crore houses are on the track to be constructed and almost 1.5 crore house are left for construction, the Ministry of Rural Development said. A study by National Institute of Public Finance and Policy (NIPFP) concluded that the average time to construct a house under PMAY-G has been recorded at 114 days compared to 314 days under the earlier housing scheme.The ministry is taking various initiatives to track the progress of the process and target completion of 1 crore houses under PMAY-G by March 2019.
8 August 2018
PMAY-G target brought down for Bihar
The Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-Gramin (PMAY-G) aims to provide affordable housing in rural areas based on the Socio-Economic Caste Census (SECC). According to the data, 4.04 crore houses required to be constructed. The gram sabhas reported 1 crore potential beneficiaries as invalid as they were already benefited by other government schemes. Based on the revised list, the PMAY-G planned to construct 2.62 houses by 2022.
The Union Minister of State for Rural Development, Ram Kripal Yadav, stated in the year 2016 that 16 lakh houses will be constructed under the PMAY-G by March 2019. However, the poor progress displayed by the state government, with respect to construction, has prompted the Centre to bring down the target by 11 lakh houses. The reason for the lack of progress was attributed to the unavailability of sand.
6 August 2018
Government Approves Over 3 Lakh More Houses Under PMAY
The PMAY scheme that was implemented by the government a few years ago has gained momentum and is fair to say that it has become a success. Recently, the government approver over 3 lakh more houses under the scheme. The total housing units under this scheme after this approval would amount to 51 lakh units. This approval will require a budget of over Rs.8,000 crore.
28 June 2018
33% Increase In Carpet Area Of Houses Constructed Under PMAY-U Approved By Government
The Housing and Urban Affairs (HUA) Ministry has informed that the government has approved a 33% increase in carpet area of houses constructed under its affordable housing scheme called Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-Urban (PMAY-U). The move has been made to attract more beneficiaries, the Ministry stated. Following the approval from the government, the carpet area of the house has been enhanced to 160 square metres from the existing 120 square metres for Middle Income Group-I (MIG-I). As for Middle Income Group-II (MIG-II), the carpet area has been increased to 200 square metres from 150 square metres. It was informed that the new rules would be effective from the date when the scheme became operational i.e 1 January 2017.
As part of the PMAY-U scheme, each beneficiary who purchases a house can avail subsidy up to Rs.2.35 lakh under the Credit-Linked Subsidy Scheme (CLSS). In the case of MIG-I, 4% interest subsidy can be availed on loan up to Rs.9 lakh by people who have an annual income in the range of Rs.6-12 lakh. For those who have an annual income between Rs.12-18 lakh, interest subsidy of 3% is provided on loan up to Rs 12 lakh. It needs to be mentioned that as of June 11, Rs.736 crore has been disbursed to 35,204 beneficiaries that belong to the MIG category.
19 June 2018
Under PMAY-G, UP Government Builds 7 Lakh Houses
Under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-Gramin (PMAY-G), Uttar Pradesh has constructed over 7,70,000 housing units till March 31. Rural Development Minister Mahendra Singh told that the housing units are been completed in a record span of nine months and it was meant for the rural poor.
PMAY-G was started by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Agra on November 20, 2016. The construction targets of 2016-17 and 2017-18 were completed in one year 2017-2018. The construction rate of national average is 34% and UP stands at 85%. The minister also said about various schemes such as Anganwadi centres for rural jobs schemes MNREGS, Mukkhyamantri Samagra Gram Vikas Yojana, etc. He also said that UP has secured the first position in the country by completing over 7, 70,000 house units for rural poor in nine months.
Rural housing programme, as an independent programme, started with Indira Awaas Yojana (IAY) in January 1996. Although IAY addressed the housing needs in the rural areas, certain gaps were identified during the concurrent evaluations and the performance Audit by Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India in 2014. These gaps, i.e. non-assessment of housing The shortage, lack of transparency in the selection of beneficiaries, low the quality of the house and lack of technical supervision, lack convergence, loans not availed by beneficiaries and weak the mechanism for monitoring was limiting the impact and outcomes of the programme.
16 April 2018
Payout to Increase two-fold with PMAY-G under DBT
The government has brought the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana - Gramin under the purview of Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) mechanism. The is expected to lead to an increase in DBT payout of roughly Rs.1.59 lakh crore in this fiscal - twice as much of the previous fiscal. It is also expected that food subsidy through the public distribution system and fertiliser subsidy will also be brought under the DBT mechanism, which in turn may take DBT payout to beyond Rs.2 lakh crore in the present fiscal.
The process of paying subsidies under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana - Gramin has already been underway and so far, 55 lakh beneficiaries have received amounts between Rs.90,000 - Rs.1 lakh directly in their bank accounts through DBT. PMAY-G aims at providing all-weather houses to all the homeless and those living in kutcha houses by 2022.
27 March 2018
Beneficiaries in West Sikkim Receive Houses Under PMAY - Gramin
Villagers living in Jhusingthang, Takuthang - Chuchen, and Kamling Gram Panchayat Units under the Mangalbarey Village Administration, were given new houses under the PMAY-G.
A total of 27 houses were constructed under the scheme and the same has been delivered. As per the scheme, eligible beneficiaries who are living in a kutcha house, or those who do not own an all-weather house, will be provided with one.
The other component of the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana is PMAY - Urban, which primarily focuses on building affordable houses in cities. The scheme also received a significant boost in the recently passed Union Budget.
5 March 2018