Our aim under PMAY-Gramin is to construct 1 cr houses in 3 years: Rural Housing Minister

By Accommodation Times News Services

chaudhary-birender-singhUnion Minister for Rural Development, Panchayati Raj and Drinking Water and Sanitation Chaudhary Birender Singh  said, our aim under Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana-Gramin is to construct 1 crore houses in three years. He said this while addressing the National Workshop on Housing for All-Rural in New Delhi, on Wednesday, 13th April.

Minister informed that in the years from 1985 to 2015, around 3.5 crores houses have been constructed.

Emphasising his speech he said, “Housing for the poor is a priority area for our Government. The Government has declared the intention to provide a good quality house for all by the year 2022. As part of this, we have launched the Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana (PMAY). Approval for the urban component had been given in 2015 itself.  I am pleased to share with you that rural component has also been approved by the Cabinet on 23rd March, 2016.”

He further said that the entire rural housing programme has been revamped in Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana. Subsidy provided by the state and central government has increased by more than 70%. From Rs.70,000, the allocation has now gone up to Rs.1,20,000. In hilly and difficult areas it has increased from Rs.75,000 to Rs.1,30,000. In addition, the Government has also made available cost of unskilled labour for 90 days from MGNREGA and another Rs.12,000 from Swachh Bharat Mission funds for Toilets. All these taken together would ensure that a rural beneficiary gets more than Rs.1,50,000 for house construction.

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