PM's plan of housing to all by 2022 may flounder

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 2/24/2021 1:18:59 AM

NEW DELHI, Feb 22: The Finance Ministry has refused to release funds for implementation of the Prime Minister's plan for housing to all in the rural areas by 2022.
Prime Minister Modi had set a target of building 2.95 crore houses while launching the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) on April 1, 2016. Only 1.04 crore houses were reportedly built by June last year as revealed by the Rural Development Ministry to the Parliamentary standing committee headed by Shiv Sena MP Prataprao Jadhav.
The target was set on the basis of the figures of the Socio Economic Caste Census of 2012. The state governments, however, identified another 3.67 crore households in the villages who do not have the "pucca" houses. It means the target has to be revised upward to 6.62 crore house.
A panel set up by the Rural Development Ministry cleared the additional beneficiaries, but the Finance Ministry refused to commit funds for the extra houses.
Social activists engaged in the rural development works like Nikhil Dey of Rajasthan and Ekta Parishad head Annes from Madhya Pradesh doubt if even the original target of 2.95 crore will be achieved by 2022 end.
They say even if the Finance Ministry okays funds for the remaining 3.67 crore households for which the Rural Development Ministry has sought money, the housing for all in another 22 months is impossible at the pace of 1.04 crore houses built in three years.



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