To ensure affordable houses to all, Rajasthan shifts gear with weekly PMAY targets
Rajasthan has failed to pick pace in delivering, having achieved just over 18% of the target set for 2016-17.jaipur Updated: Nov 01, 2017 20:19 IST
To speed up the work on houses sanctioned under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna-Gramin (PMAYG), a dream project of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Rajasthan government is now allocating weekly targets to districts.
Modi had in June 2015 launched the scheme to help every family get affordable pucca house with proper sanitation and power supply by 2022. Rajasthan, however, has failed to pick pace in delivering, having achieved just over 18% of the target set for 2016-17.
This has came to fore from a letter written by additional chief secretary, rural development (RD) department, Sudarsan Sethi to all the district collectors. In his letter, Sethi stated that based on the Union rural development ministry’s directions, monthly targets were allotted to ensure that houses sanctioned under PMAY for 2016-17 were completed on time. However, only 18% of the targert could be achieved. “Similarly, for the target allocated for 2017-18, the progress is very less, which is unfortunate,” the letter read.
As per the figures available on the Union ministry’s portal on cumulative PMAYG progress, against the target of 473,887 units, till date 18,476 houses have been completed and inspected. Rajasthan, in 2016-17, was given the target of sanctioning and completing 250,258 houses, of which 18,441 have been completed. For 2017-18, against the target of 223,629, only 35 units have been constructed and inspected.
Earlier, in September, chief minister Vasundhara Raje too had directed the officials to ensure that targets were achieved and sanction (of houses) for 2017-18 was done by November 30. The state rural development department had also constituted a group on an instant messaging app for daily progress update. The move, however, failed to yield desired results.
Now, with just five months remaining in the current fiscal, the state has fallen upon allocating weekly targets to ensure that target set for the last fiscal (2016-17) is achieved. The collectors have been directed to appoint in-charge for groups of gram panchayats led by block development officer at every panchayat samiti; launch a campaign for geo-tagging the houses completed under the targets set for 2016-17 and 2017-18; and conduct workshop for beneficiaries in the first and third week of November.
The department, for PMAYG 2016-17, has sanctioned 250,073 houses (cumulative) as weekly target for 33 districts of Rajasthan, which has to be completed by November 30. Of these, 45,273 units are completed and 204,800 are incomplete.