CHANDIGARH–To achieve the objective of “Housing for all by the year
2022”, Prime Minister launched the restructured rural housing scheme,
namely Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana-Gramin (PMAY-G) on November 20,
2016 with the target of construction of 2.95 crore houses with all
basic amenities by the year 2022.
The selection of beneficiaries through a three-stage validation (Socio
Economic Caste Census 2011, Gram Sabha, and geo-tagging) has ensured
selection of the poorest of the poor under PMAY-G. The department took
various measures including IT/DBT to ensure smooth flow of fund to the
beneficiaries account, use of new housing designs after studying local
region-specific typologies, evidence-based monitoring through
geo-tagged photos taken at all pre-determined stages of construction,
transaction-based MIS, adequate provision of the fund, training of rural
masons etc., for timely completion of houses.
All these measures ensured increased pace for construction of houses
resulting in completion of 1.10 crore houses which includes houses to
1.46 lakh landless beneficiaries under Pradhan Mantri Awaas
Yojana-Gramin (PMAY-G). The increased pace of work has been reflected
in the NIPFP study which indicated 114 days as average completion time
for Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana-Gramin (PMAY-G) as compared to 314
days earlier. The Ministry of Rural Development has also completed
construction of around 72 lakh houses under Indira Awas Yojana
totaling construction of 182 lakh houses since 2014.
PMAY-G also addresses the basic needs of households through
convergence with various government programs. The poor not only get
a home but also get up to 90-95 days of work under Mahatma Gandhi
National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS). Their homes are
also provided electricity connection under the existing Ministry of
Power schemes and LPG connection under Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Scheme
besides the households’ toilet under Swachh Bharat Mission / MGNREGS
and tap connection under Jal Jeevan Mission. Efforts have also been
made to provide livelihood development and diversification
opportunities to 1.82 crore rural households, under Deendayal
Antyodaya Yojana-National Rural Livelihood Mission (DAY-NRLM).
With the partnership with the States, the Ministry of Rural Development is
confident that with a large number of houses under different stages of
completion and increased pace of completion of houses, it would be
able to achieve the target of construction of 2.95 crore houses under
PMAY-G by March 2022.