Jaipur, Rajasthan, Sep 2012. A house is one of the most basic requirement of human life. With the view to resolve the housing problem of the urban B.P.L. families, the ambitious Mukhaya Mantri Shahri BPL Awas Yojana is being initiated along with the rural areas in the state. The Chief Minister Shri Ashok Gehlot has announced this special scheme for the upliftment of the poor in the budget speech of current financial year. The scheme would prove to be a boon for the poor of the urban areas, besides providing them shelter, it would also help them in improving their fate.
Under this ambitious project formulated for the poor of the urban areas, over one lakh BPL families would be benefited per year in the state. For the implementation of the scheme, financial arrangement of Rs.500 crores per year would be made for one lakh urban BPL families at the rate of 50 thousand per house. Loan would be taken from HUDCO and NHB for the purpose. The Local Self Department would be the model department for all the action related to the financial management at the state level, while the Rajasthan Awas Vikas and Infrastructure Limited would be the state level nodal agency for the implementation of the scheme.
The Mukhaya Mantri Shahri BPL Awas Yojana would be implemented in the local bodies to fulfill the basic requirement such as house for the urban BPL families. The schemes sponsored by Government of India and the schemes being run by Urban Bodies, Development Agencies, Urban Improvement Trust and the Rajasthan Housing Board would continue to be implemented in the urban areas of the state as being implemented earlier. Any BPL family who had been benefited with any government housing schemes in the past would not get the benefit of this scheme.
It would be necessary for the concerned BPL family to have it’s name registered in the Urban BPL list -2003 (updated) for getting benefit under this ambitious project of the State Government.The family having ‘Kaccha Houses’ would be benefited under the scheme.Along with this, such family which has incomplete ‘Pucca House’ in 25 square meter area or they have only one room, they would also get the benefit of upgradation of their house through construction of additional room. The BPL and the houseless families of the first, second phase and those coming in future phases under the Affordable Housing Policy would get direct benefit of Rs.50 thousand under the Mukhaya Mantri Shahri BPL Awas Yojana. It is proposed that from such families Rs.50 thousand less would be recovered from the total cost of the house.
For providing land for the houses to the BPL under the scheme, the land conversion if required would be done at the local body level as per rule. Similarly such BPL families who have no land nor have any ‘Kaccha House’ and are residing at some other place, they would be allocated land free of cost by the urban bodies in the areas reserved for the economically weaker sections in different housing schemes of the government and the private sector. The payment of the cost of the land would adjusted against the amount to be given for the construction of house. The additional amount required for the construction of house would have to be arranged by the beneficiary at his own level.
Under the scheme, of the total amount earmarked for each financial year at least 60 percent amount would be utilized for the BPL families belonging to Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes. The remaining 40 percent amount would be utilized for general, other backward classes, physically and mentally challenged and the minorities families. Under this, priority would be fixed in the reserved category.
Under this scheme for urban BPL families, the bonded labour family, widows, deserted or unmarried women who are head of the family, victims of natural calamites such as flood, earthquake, cyclone, police and para-military forces personnel killed during action, widows of the employees of state police, deserted families, people displaced because of developmental projects, nomadic, semi-nomadic families would be benefited as per the priority. These will be selected from the families identified under the BPL list. After their selection, the rest of the BPL families will be benefited according to category wise through lottery system.
Under this scheme of the State Government the new house would be constructed by the BPL families themselves and they would have full freedom in the construction but the construction should be “Pucca”. They would also be expected to construct flush toilets. Under the scheme the first installment of 40 percent amount would be deposited in the account of the BPL family as soon as the financial sanction is given by the urban body. The beneficiary family had to give report of starting construction of new house in minimum 25 square meter area within one month from the date of sanction. The construction of house upto the lintel level has to be completed in three months and photo of the house under the construction had to be submitted while asking for the second installment of the amount for the house. The second installment of forty percent amount would be deposited by the local body. With this amount ceiling, doors and windows work would be completed in three months. The plaster and finishing work of the house would be done with the deposit of third installment of 20 percent amount in BPL family account. The additional expenditure in the house construction would have to be borne by the BPL families from its own resources.
Subsidy of Rs.50 thousand per unit would be provided to the urban BPL family for construction of new house. The subsidy amount would be sanctioned in the name of women member of the concerned BPL family under the scheme. As an alternative the subsidy would be sanctioned in the names of both husband and wife. If no eligible women member is available in the BPL family than the housing subsidy would be provided to the male member of the family.
A committee would be constituted for the identification of the eligible BPL family at the urban body level under this ambitious project. The concerned District Collector would approve after checking the list of the BPL families selected by the committee. After this sanctions would be issued by the Chief Executive Officer, Commissioner, Executive Officer of the concerned body. Regular monitoring of the implementation of Mukhaya Mantri Shahari BPL Awas Yojana has also been ensured under the scheme.
Keeping in view the success of the Mukhaya Mantri Gramin BPL Awas Yojana, the Chief Minister Shri Ashok Gehlot has announced this scheme of provide houses to the urban BPL families. The scheme would provide the poor of the urban areas a roof on their head and a long desired wish of their life would be fulfilled with the help from the State Government.