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Replying to a query during the Question Hour in the Rajya Sabha, Minister of State for Rural Development Ram Kripal Yadav said that the Government has set a target for constructing one crore houses under the Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojna-Gramin (PMAY-Gramin) by 2019.

Giving full details on the Government initiative and development of work, Ram Kripal Yadav said, “As per an all-India level estimate 4.04 crore rural people were found without houses under the scheme but later the Gram Sabha eliminated 1.37 crore people from the list, leaving only 2.67 crore such people.”

He further said out of the 2.67 crore houses, one crore will be built by 2019 while the rest will be constructed by 2022. “As on July 19, 2018, a total of 42.56 lakh houses have been constructed against the target of one crore,” added Yadav.

In order to build up the gaps in the rural housing program and in view of Government’s commitment to providing “Housing for All’’ by the scheme 2022, Indira Awaas Yojana has been re-structured into Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana –Gramin (PMAY-G) w.e.f. 1st April 2016.

PMAY-G aims at providing a pucca house, with basic amenities, to all houseless people and those households living in kutcha and dilapidated house, by 2022. It was decided that the cost of unit assistance is to be shared between Central and State Government in the ratio 60:40 in plain areas and 90:10 for North Eastern and the Himalayan States.

Also, the government has made sure that all these houses must be equipped with facilities such as toilet, LPG connection, electricity connection, and drinking water.