NEW DELHI: Stressing it has all the funds available, the Centre has told 22 states and union territories (UTs) to claim them so that the target of building one crore houses under the Prime Minister Awas Yojana – Grameen (
) can be achieved by March 31, 2019.
This comes amid growing realisation that the Centre may not be able to meet the advanced deadline of year-end, a revised aim of the rural development ministry. So far, 56 lakh houses have been completed under the scheme while the final instalment has been released for 26 lakh houses. But most states have yet to claim full funds from the Centre for 2017-18 and some even for 2016-17, triggering concern in Delhi.
“For smooth implementation of PMAY-G, timely flow of funds to the beneficiary is one of the prerequisites,” the rural development ministry wrote in identical letters to 22 states and UTs on November 2. “Non-availability of funds in the state nodal account might adversely affect the progress of construction of houses thereby impacting the timely achievement of the target of completion of one crore houses in the country. It is mentioned that sufficient funds are available at the ministry level to meet the demands of the states.”
ET has seen a copy of the letter.
The Bihar government, for example, has not submitted any proposal to claim funds for 2017-18 and has completed only 1.82 lakh houses so far against its allotted target of 11.76 lakh houses. Andhra Pradesh, against a target of 1.23 lakh houses, has completed only 28,000 houses so far.
The Maharashtra government has completed 2.56 lakh houses out of its target of 4.5 lakh houses and not claimed money from the Centre since the second half of 2017-18. Similar is the case with Tamil Nadu, which has completed only 1.13 lakh houses out of its allotted target of 3.27 lakh houses. Bihar, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu are among the states which have received the Centre’s letter.