The government of India is all set to make its public housing programme fro rural poor more accountable at panchayat level with new draft guidelines suggesting ‘’proactive’’ disclosure of details of beneficiaries and making social audit of the scheme a must.
The drafted guidelines issued by the Rural Development Ministry said that the implementation of Indira Awas Yojana (IAY) should be informed to the local people through wall paintings or notice boards at the village panchayat level or by proactively giving details to all organizations of self help groups under National Rural Livelihood Mission (NRLM). It also says no contractor should be involved in the construction of houses under the programme and the house is to be constructed by the beneficiary. Also there should be concurrent independent monitoring using Community Resource Persons representatives of civil society organizations and students from higher secondary schools and colleges and photographs of every beneficiary should be taken in the front of existing house as well as in front of the new IAY houses after constructions.
The details should include the names and addresses of the beneficiaries selected the norms used for selection money each family is eligible and the amount dispensed and date of completion of the house. As soon as the houses will start constructing the IAY logo should be embedded in the house indicating the month and year of start and completion of construction amount spent and name of the beneficiary.
Construction of toilets under Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan (NBA) is mandatory and potable drinking water should be provided to all IAY households.