The Central government on Tuesday has sanctioned the construction of over 1.10 lakh houses for the urban poor people in six major states of the country at a cost of around Rs 5,773 cr under the Pradan Mantri Awas Yojna (PMAY) scheme. As per a report published by PTI, the centre has ensured an assistance of Rs 1,816 out of the total investment under the PMAY (Urban) scheme. As per an official release of the development, “The Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation today approved construction of 1,17,814 affordable houses for the benefit of urban poor in six states.” Madhya Pradesh has been alloted a total of 27,475 new houses, Bihar 25,221 houses, Jharkhand 20,099 houses and Odisha 2,115 houses. Under the scheme, over 31,424 affordable houses were approved for Karnataka while Kerala got the nod for 11,480 houses, the release said.
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With the recent development, the total number of houses being taken up for construction under the scheme has gone up to 17.60 lakh with a cost of Rs 96,018 crore. The central assistance amount for these houses will be Rs 27,714 crore. As per the information provided by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation, Government of India, PMAY scheme has given home to a total of 6,03,854 people during 2015-2016. The Ministry has provided this information in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha lately.
The Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-Housing for All (Urban) mission was started in June 2015 with an aim to provide assistance to the economically weaker sections (EWS) and families of the country from the low income group. The idea was to given them affordable housing facilities in the urban areas. Though the scheme is sponsored by the Central government, but is being implemented by all the state governments who would identify the beneficiaries of the scheme.
(With inputs from agencies)