Central government has decided to now bring some focus on rural housing as well hence set a target of construction of 51 Lakh homes within 2017-18 under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana – Gramin. The target is half of 1 Crore houses to be constructed by 2019 under the scheme. The government now wish to decrease the time period of construction from earlier 18-36 months to 6-12 months.
As per the sources, about 32 lakh homes have been constructed in 2016-17 while the year ended in March 2016 witnessed construction of 18 Lakh homes. Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana – Gramin is the renamed version of earlier rural housing scheme Indira Awas Yojana and was launched in November 2016. The central government has doubled the financial assistance amount and increased the area of home under PMAY-G.
Under the revised scheme, about 10000 homes have been constructed in about 7 months. According to the officials, increasing the pace of construction while protecting the wrong use of funds is the main focus of the government. The photographs of homes being constructed under the scheme would be attached with time, date and location so that the verification process can become easy and fast.
As per the SECC-2011 data, the government has surveyed about 3.92 Crore homeless families out of which 2.26 Crore have been found eligible for the scheme. PMAY-G scheme is aimed at constructing 3 Crore homes in next 7 years.
Central government has earmarked Rs. 15000 Crore for the implementation of PMAY-G in 2017-18. The financial benefit under the scheme has also been increased from Rs. 75000 to 1.20 Lakh along with increase in overall area from 22 Square meter to 25 square meter. The scheme would be linked with Swachch Bharat Abhiyan under which an additional amount of Rs. 12000 would be provided to construct toilet would also be provided.
Apart from all this, a provision of 90/95 days of unskilled wage labour under MGNREGA over and above the unit cost is also there under the scheme which will provide benefits of about Rs. 18000 per family.