J&K Govt releases Rs 272 cr housing assistance under PMAY G for rural families

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 Rural Development and Panchayati Raj department has released Rs 272.55 crore for disbursement among the beneficiaries of Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana-Gramin (PMAY-G) through Direct Benefit Transfer in line with the announcement made by Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha, of ensuring housing for the rural poor in Jammu and Kashmir.

The amount included the central share of Rs 245.30 crore released by the Ministry of Rural Development recently.

Chief Secretary, Atal Dulloo, consistently reviewed the scheme’s implementation to ensure sustained efforts and targeted achievements on this account.

As per a government spokesman, the Department of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj has initiated a series of interventions at ground level for effective implementation of the scheme aiming at providing housing support to vulnerable families in rural areas.

He said the Rural Development Department and Panchayati Raj, have disbursed Rs. 200 crore among the PMAY-G beneficiaries in the last 10 days, facilitating payment of the first installment to 3450 beneficiaries, the second installment to 24388 beneficiaries, and the third installment to 9860 beneficiaries.

This proactive approach of the LG administration reflects a strong commitment to fulfilling the Prime Minister’s vision of Housing for All.

The Department of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj has been implementing the CSS PMAY-G since April 1, 2016, to provide monetary assistance to construct 3.37 Lakh pucca houses with basic amenities.

Nearly, 187694 houses have been completed to date, of which, a record number of 59982 houses have been completed in 2023-24 only.

Further, 149,282 houses are at various stages of construction and the department is putting in strenuous efforts eyeing the completion of ongoing houses in the ensuing six months.

The PMAY-G would fulfill the beneficiaries’ dream of a ‘Pucca House’ with basic amenities, and boost their self-esteem, social status, and standard of living.

The welfare of the poor and vulnerable sections has always been a top priority of the LG administration and in this endeavour, 138511 PMAY-G houses were sanctioned in June 2023 in the block-level camps against a special target allotted by the Union Ministry of Rural Development, under personal efforts of the Lieutenant Governor.

As a sequel to this, the department has achieved successful saturation of Socio-Economic Caste Census (SECC) and Awaas Plus Permanent waiting lists, besides disbursing Rs. 1285.41 crore Housing assistance among the beneficiaries against an approved allocation of Rs 1726 crore.

To ensure comprehensive coverage, the Administrative Council, led by the Lieutenant Governor, took a decision to allocate five-marla land to land-deprived families being covered under PMAY-G, ensuring their inclusion in the scheme.

The UT Government remains committed to providing additional assistance of approximately Rs. 400 crore to PMAY-G beneficiaries by the end of this financial year.

Dr. Shahid Iqbal Choudhry, Secretary Rural Development Department, and Panchayati Raj has mobilized field staff to meet scheme objectives promptly. He has initiated several innovative measures to facilitate efficient implementation and ensure timely completion and quality of construction works.

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