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Modi government sets ambitious target of building 60 lakh rural houses in next one year

About 84 lakh houses have been completed so far under the programme in the past two-and-a-half years, and it is expected to reach a total of around 90 lakh houses by end of this June.

, ET Bureau|
Last Updated: Jun 05, 2019, 07.31 PM IST
New Delhi: After the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana - Rural (PMAY-G) seemingly worked wonders for the Narendra Modi government in the general elections, especially in Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and Madhya Pradesh where the maximum houses were built, the Modi government in its second edition has now fixed a target of constructing 60 lakh more houses within the next one year.

About 84 lakh houses have been completed so far under the programme in the past two-and-a-half years, and it is expected to reach a total of around 90 lakh houses by end of this June, a senior government official told ET on the condition of anonymity.

He said the aim is now to finish 60 lakh more houses by June 30 next year. This is a major step-up to the programme which found good resonance among the electorate in the 2019 elections with UP completing almost 12.5 lakh houses, West Bengal 12.8 lakh houses, and Madhya Pradesh delivering over 13 lakh houses to the poor.

The BJP performed very well in all these three big states. "A delivered house under PMAY-G brings other government benefits to the occupant too -- like electricity connection, a gas cylinder, a toilet, etc. Hence, the programme brings all-round benefits and penetration of other schemes is more in states where more houses have been built," the senior official further said.

Attaining the target could mean the government could complete 1.5 crore houses in all by the end of June 2020, against its target of delivering 2.95 lakh houses in all by August 15, 2022. The target for July 1, 2020, till June 30, 2021, and the following one year has been fixed at 70 lakh houses apeice.

"Ample money is being allotted to the programme -- so money is not a problem in fast-tracking the scheme," an official said. What however is a worry is the performance of the Bihar state government which has consistently lagged behind -- completing just 5.5 lakh houses till May 27 this year against its target of 11.7 lakh houses.

Bihar was a major reason why the country-wide target of completing one crore houses by March 31, 2019, could not be achieved. Centre has now asked all states for a report on why the 100% cumulative target of houses till March 2019 could not be achieved.

A review of the programme is fixed for June 6-7 to explain the new targets to all the states. "The programme has picked speed now...if Bihar also gathers speed, the new targets can be achieved," the official quoted earlier said.

A BJP leader told ET that this housing scheme has broken electoral caste and religion barriers as backwards and Muslims too have got houses in big numbers and the same has been reflected in the poll results in many states.

“The programme has only looked at one thing -- deprivation. Whoever lives in a kuchha house became eligible to get a house under this scheme irrespective of caste, creed or religion considerations. That is a very powerful statement made," a BJP leader said.

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