By Accommodation Times News Services
Union Rural Development Minister Birendra Singh, while speaking at a workshop for Affordable Rural Housing Technology, asserted that to build a decent and livable house and called for significant enhancement of Central allocation for rural housing scheme in tune with the recent hike for urban houses. The Ministry is finalizing the guidelines to be rolled out soon.
Singh added, to achieve the goal of Housing for All by 2022, nearly 3 crore houses would be built in rural areas in the next 7 years and about two crore houses in the urban areas. But, he cautioned the officials not to achieve the target at a superficial level, but to provide the beneficiaries with houses that can last upto 40 years.
He said that in the last three decades more than 3 crore 35 lakh Indira Awaas units were built for the rural poor but nearly half of them are now in a dilapidated condition due to poor quality of construction material used into them. Hence, he strongly pitched for overhauling of the Rural Housing Scheme to provide quality and durable dwelling units to rural poor. He said, the current amount of Rs 70,000 for Indira Awaas Yojana is insufficient to build livable houses.
Minister of State for Rural Development Shri Sudarshan Bhagat present at the workshop said, Housing is a very basic and humanitarian need of the deprived sections of society, the Minister has expressed the hope that by 2022, the goal of Housing for All will be a reality. He said, housing not only provides security to the poor but also in still confidence into them to face challenges of life. He also harped on the idea of using locally available materials and training of unemployed youth in the construction sector.
Dr Nandita Chatterjee, Secretary, Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation said on the occasion that Housing for All by 2022 is a big challenge and there is a need to bring in an integral approach right from the planning to the execution of the projects. She also pointed out that there are a lot of emerging technologies in the housing sector that need to be tapped suitably for affordable and durable houses.
Secretary, Rural Development, Shri J.K.Mohapatra in his address said that technology dissemination for rural housing has a distinct class bias and the Centre had failed to roll out appropriate alternative technologies to provide quality houses to the poor. He also laid stress on the use of institutional and social capital available in the rural areas to augment the vast housing demand. Shri Mohapatra said, there is enough room for innovation in the housing sector and expressed the hope that the workshop will come out with some useful findings that can be dovetailed into the Central Scheme.