UP seeks 13 lakh extra homes underneath PMAY, Centre says no

THE CENTRE has turned down the Uttar Pradesh (UP) authorities’s request for approval of homes for 13 lakh extra “eligible beneficiaries” underneath the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-Gramin (PMAY-G).

In a letter to Union Rural Development Minister Giriraj Singh in April this 12 months, UP Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya had urged the Centre to approve 13 lakh homes underneath the PMAY-G in 2022-23, along with the 11.66 lakh homes accepted as per the “Awaas+” record in 2020-21 and 2021-22.

However, in his response despatched in May, Singh instructed Maurya that UP has already been given the “full and final” allocation of 11.66 lakh homes as per the suggestions of the professional committee.

The Centre had launched the PMAY-G in 2016 with the intention to offer homes to all in rural areas by 2022 (the scheme was later prolonged until 2024), and set a goal of building of two.95 crore homes. While 2.15 crore beneficiaries have been recognized utilizing specified parameters, from the database of the Socio Economic and Caste Census (SECC) 2011, the remaining 80 lakh beneficiaries have been recognized by the Union Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD), by way of the states and Union territories, through a survey utilizing ‘Awaas+’ – a cellular utility designed for conducting surveys of households who weren’t coated within the SECC 2011.

According to MoRD sources, 14.49 lakh households in UP have been discovered eligible as per the SECC parameters after verification. The UP authorities discovered one other 32.86 lakh beneficiaries eligible after verifying their particulars uploaded within the ‘Awaas+’ survey. But the Centre has stated that the professional committee constituted for analysing the ‘Awaas+’ knowledge discovered solely 11.66 lakh eligible.

While the distinction between the variety of households discovered eligible by the state authorities on the idea of the ‘Awaas+’ knowledge and the homes accepted by the Centre is larger, the state is pushing for 13 lakh extra homes.

According to the ministry’s knowledge, as on August 17 this 12 months, the Centre had set a goal of 26.15 lakh homes (14.49 lakh from SECC knowledge; 11.66 lakh from ‘Awaas+’ survey) in UP underneath PMAY-G, of which 25.79 lakh homes have been accomplished.

But, in search of extra homes underneath the scheme, Maurya, in his letter to Singh on April 7, stated: “Under the PMAY-G, houses have been provided to 14.49 lakh beneficiaries who were found eligible as per the list of SECC 2011. Besides, out of 11.66 lakh houses approved as per the ‘Awaas+’ list, 10.78 lakh beneficiaries’ houses have been completed and the remaining houses would be completed till April 2022. There are still 13 lakh eligible beneficiaries as per the Awaas+ list, for which houses have to be approved,”

Maurya stated that of the 80 lakh homes to be constructed throughout the nation as per the Awaas+ record, the Centre has allotted 11.66 lakh homes to UP for 2020-21 and 2021-22. “Thereafter, no more houses are to be allocated to the state,” he wrote, including that UP would then not get any housing goal underneath PMAY-G in 2022-23, though 13 lakh beneficiaries have been but to be coated.

In his reply dated May 27, Rural Development Giriraj Singh wrote: “In this matter, I would like to inform you that to achieve the ‘housing for all’ goal, a total target of construction of 2.95 crore houses has been set under the PMAY-G… As per the SECC 2011, there are (about) 2.15 crore eligible beneficiaries and to fill the remaining gap of 80 lakh, the ‘Awaas+’ list is being used. It is also noteworthy that as per the recommendations of the expert committee constituted for analysing the ‘Awaas+’ data, a target of 63.68 lakh houses has been allocated to states and UTs, which includes full and final allocation of 11,66,127 houses to Uttar Pradesh.”

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“Therefore, as per the recommendations of the expert committee, the full permissible target has been allocated to Uttar Pradesh,” Singh wrote.

As per the advice of the professional panel, UP received the complete allocation underneath Awaas+ final 12 months itself; so “no fresh allocation” has been made this 12 months, stated ministry sources.

Earlier, UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had additionally written to then Rural Development Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, in search of allocation of 25.54 lakh homes to the state as per the Awaas+ record for 2021-22. This demand was additionally raised by UP Rural Development Minister Rajendra Pratap Singh in a letter to Tomar on February 2, 2021.

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