New Delhi, March 31: Central government has taken several steps in order to provide affordable homes to the poor and lower middle-class income group so that their survival become much easier. Notably, Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation has sanctioned nearly 1 crore of affordable houses from which Gujarat has got the highest of it with 25,873 houses.
Minister of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation M.Venkaiah Naidu on Thursday in Rajya Sabha stated that in Gujarat is far ahead of other states as 25,873 houses have so far been built for the benefit of urban poor accounting for 32% of the total 82,048 such houses built under PMAY(Urban) in 30 States and Union Territories.
Minister Naidu further noted that Gujarat is followed by Rajasthan with 10,805 houses constructed so far (13.17% of total), Karnataka-10,447 (12.70%), Tamil Nadu- 6,940 (8.00%), Maharashtra-5,506 (6.70%), Uttar Pradesh-3,822 (4.65%), Madhya Pradesh-2,666 (3.%), Bihar-2,409 (2.90%), Jammu & Kashmir-1,986 (2.42%) and Andhra Pradesh -1,650 houses accounting for 2% of the total houses so far built.
Minister Naidu said, city-wise, Ahmadabad led others with construction of 10,183 followed by Jaipur-7,434, Surat-5,216, Rajkot-3,817, Bengaluru-3,428, Vadodara-1,665, Gaya-1,334, Tumkur(Karnataka)-1,286, Chennai-1,279, Gulbaraga(Karnataka)-1,203, Jamnagar(Gujarat)-1,111, Dhanbad-1,156, Visakhapatnam-1,094,Alwar(Rajasthan)-883 and Rai Bareli (UP)-802.
Notably, the Central assistance of up to Rs.1.00 lakh is provided for each dwelling unit to be built for the benefit of slum dwellers using land as resource thereby slum dwellers getting new pucca houses free of cost. Central assistance of Rs.1.50 lakh per each beneficiary is provided under AHP and BLC components while interest subsidy of 6.50% is extended under CLSS for LIG and interest subsidy of 3% and 4% under recently announced CLSS for Middle Income Groups.
During the last three years, 3.55 lakh affordable houses have been constructed for urban poor including those sanctioned under JNNURM prior to March 2014. Importantly, Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana(Urban) was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on June 25, 2015, with the objective of enabling all poor urban households to own a pucca house with necessary basic amenities.