‘Housing for all’ under PMAY; 6 months on, poor families await first installment of financial aid

ESS AHMAD. Dated: 11/14/2019 1:40:34 PM

ANANTNAG, Nov 13: After the local bodies polls last year government of India introduced housing for all program under the central sponsored scheme, Prime Minister's Ayosh Yojna (PMAY) for the families of urban areas living below the poverty line. Municipal committees were chosen as the implementing agencies for the scheme.
Presidents of the local bodies identified and prepared a list of the deserving people from the wards of their respective municipal areas. As per the norms of the scheme 1.68 lakh rupees are supposed to be released in favor of each family.
The people in whose favor houses were approved were asked to start construction of their houses following which the money will be released in their favor in installments.
However more than six months after these people completed the plinth level of their small shelters consisting of two rooms and a washroom, the authorities are yet to release their first installment. "The officials after sanctioning the houses in our favor had asked us to start constructions. They told us that the first installment will be released soon after the completion of the plinth. But it is more than six months after we completed the construction of plinth, authorities have not released a single penny," said a delegation of these poor people hailing from different municipal areas of Anantnag.
The municipal areas where these poor people are awaiting the monetary assistance for construction of homes include Dooru, Qazigund, Kokernag and Pahalgam and Bijbehara.
In municipal committee Dooru alone, authorities have sanctioned shelters to at least 200 needy families under the scheme.
A resident of Dooru town who was also sanctioned the house under the scheme said that he has purchased the material for construction of the plinth on credit from the local dealer.
“I am a daily wage laborer feeding my family of five out of my daily earnings. After the municipal authorities asked us to complete the plinth I purchased the cement and steel from a local dealer and promised him of clearing his balance within a month. I was expecting the release of first installment of monetary assistance within days after the completion of plinth but six months have passed we are still awaiting the same,” he said.
Another resident having been sanctioned the house under the scheme wondered over the delay by the authorities in releasing the assistance to them.
“Some municipality officials are telling us that enough funds are available with the state authorities for the proper implementation of the scheme. But i wonder why there is so much delay on part of higher authorities in releasing our assistance then,” the poor resident said.
President, municipal committee Dooru and chairman, Coordination committee Kashmir and Ladakh , Mohammad Iqbal told Kashmir Times that the housing department authorities have released Rs 74 crore rupees for the purpose and the money is lying with deputy commissioners.
"We put up all our efforts to get the funds released for the purpose but now the money lies with DCs. In district Anantnag we don’t have any direction from the deputy commissioner what to do next. I wonder why the poor people are made to suffer despite the availability of money meant for them," Iqbal said.
Director housing, Tassaduq Jeelani, when contacted said that they have credited the funds for the purpose into the accounts of DCs.
“If there is any issue with regard to the release of funds you can talk to concerned DCs. From our side there was no delay in release of funds,” director said.



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