A latest press release by Ministry of Rural Development said that the Government has constructed a total of 1.07 crore rural houses under its ambitious scheme, Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana–Gramin (PMAY-G) over the last four years i.e. from 2014-18.
The scheme was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 20th November, 2016 with a mission to create 2.95 crore rural houses in various phases. However, in the first phase, the target is construction of one crore pucca houses by 31st March, 2019.
Out of 1.07 crore houses, a total of 38.20 lakh completed under PMAY-Gramin and 68.64 lakh houses completed under Indira Awas Yojna (IAY), sanctioned in 2014-15, 2015-16 and prior to that. Also if current year construction status included, then the final figure till date will become 1.13 crore.
According to a recent data by National Institute of Public Finance & Policy, the average time of construction of a house under PMAY-G has also gone down to 114 days as against 314 days under the former rural housing scheme, i.e. IAY. With this pace, the government will definitely achieve its target of constructing 1.00 crore pucca houses under PMAY-G by March, 2019.
“The completed PMAY-G houses are changing the rural landscape and bringing social transformation in villages across the country.” Release said.
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.