The Narendra Modi-led Central Government emphasize on the availability of sufficient funds and directed 22 states and union territories (UTs) to avail them in the line to construct one crore affordable homes under the flagship programme i.e. Prime Minister Awas Yojana – Grameen (PMAY-G) by March 31, 2019.
This is a step to achieve the advanced target of offering Housing for All by 2019 instead of the already set 2022. Till now, 56 lakh houses are being built under the PMAY [Pradhan Mantri Aawas Yojna] Scheme. The last and final installment of this scheme comprises of 26 lakh houses. Still, many states have not availed financial assistance from the Central Government for the financial year 2017-18 and even before that.
The rural development ministry wrote a letter to 22 states and union territories earlier this month to ensure flawless implementation of Pradhan Mantri Aawas Yojna scheme as funds are the first and foremost requisition for the beneficiaries of this scheme.
The housing ministry cleared the air and said that the Central Government has enough funds for the PMAY scheme as the non-availability of funds with states and union territories can badly hamper the construction of affordable homes.
For example, the Nitish kumar led-Bihar State Government is yet to submit a proposal for affordable housing and thus not claimed the financial assistance in 2017-18. In fact, this state has only completed the construction of 1.82 lakh houses out of the target of 11.76 lakh houses. On the other hand, Andhra Pradesh completed the construction of merely 28,000 affordable homes out of their targeted 1.23 lakh houses.
Similar to these states, the Maharashtra State Government accomplished the building of 2.56 lakh houses out of the targeted 4.5 lakh houses and have not availed the financial assistance from the Central Government since the second half of 2017-18.