PMAY-Grameen: West Bengal Leads The Way With 13.36 Lakh Completed Units
The progress of the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana–Grameen (PMAY-G) has picked up pace. So far, 85.05 lakh units have been completed in the first phase. In the second phase (2019-22), 1.95 crore units are proposed to be constructed. Here are some of the top developments in the states, with respect to the 'Housing For All' mission for the rural poor.
PMAY: Leading states
According to official records, West Bengal (13,36,100 units), Madhya Pradesh (13,21,428 units), Uttar Pradesh (12,48,973 units) are among the top states, to have completed the highest number of units. Total verified sanctions under the PMAY-G is estimated to be 12,020,898 units across the country while 84,05,220 units have been completed as on September 20, 2019.
Technology makes its mark
The target of 1.95 crore homes is possible, if technological intervention is being considered. It has been observed that the average number of days for completion of units has come down from 314 days in 2015-16 to a mere 114 days in 2017-18, as the finance minister laid down in her Budget 2019 speech.
Madhya Pradesh changes target
Madhya Pradesh will not be building 2.32 lakh of the 8.32 lakh units it was granted under the scheme. The state, say officials, is not in a position to construct all the units. So far, 13 lakh units have been completed since 2016 in the state.
Priority for victims of cyclone Fani
The Odisha government has declared that victims of cyclone Fani should be provided homes under the scheme and has asked the Block Development Officers (BDOs) to identify such families. About 3.89 lakh homes have been sanctioned, as proposed by the state. One of the prerequisites, is to record family details and geo-tag the damaged homes through Awaas+, which is the app developed by the Union Ministry of Rural Development.
Priority for victims of flood
The housing ministry has sent a proposal to the Chief Minister's Office (CMO) to provide homes to flood-affected families in western Maharashtra, where over four lakh people have displaced in a week’s time. Areas in Kolhapur and Sangli are among the worst-affected places.
Irregularities under scrutiny
Instances of fraud and irregularities in the scheme have surfaced recently. In Andharibanji gram panchayat area in Odisha, villagers allege that units are being allotted on the basis of forged documents and they have sought intervention of the district collector. There have been discrepancies in the way that money is being credited to beneficiaries, they say. While some have constructed their units but have only received part payments, some others have not received any funds in their MGNREGS account. In Uttar Pradesh, too, two people have been booked for accepting bribe.