NEW DELHI: The Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-Gramin (PMAY-G) aims to provide assistance to eligible rural households. The selection of such households is not based on the concept of Below Poverty Line (BPL) but on housing deprivation parameters.
In order to achieve the target of PMAY-G in a time-bound manner, the Government has taken several initiatives, Minister of State in the Ministry of Rural Development Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti told the Lok Sabha in a written statement on March 21.
The scheme provides financial assistance of Rs.1.20 lakh in the plains and Rs.1.30 lakh in hill states (including northeastern states and the Union Territories of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh), difficult areas, and Integrated Action Plan (IAP) districts.
Traditional housing was studied and ways to keep the design with reinforcement to ensure safety from most natural calamities were worked upon, wrote Amarjeet Sinha, former Secretary, Ministry of Rural Development, in an opinion piece recently.
Additional assistance of Rs. 12,000 is extended for the construction of toilets through convergence with Swacch Bharat Mission – Gramin (SBM-G), Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) or other dedicated sources of funding.
It is mandatory to provide support of 90 to 95 person-days unskilled wage employment at the current rates to a PMAY-G beneficiary for the construction of his or her house in convergence with MGNREGS. In addition, PMAY-G beneficiaries are provided electricity and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) connections in convergence with relevant schemes implemented by the Ministry of Power and the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas.