Jaipur, June 19, 2012. The State Government has taken an unique initiative of starting Rajasthan Government Mukhaya Mantri Gramin BPL Awas Yojana with the view to fulfill the dream of having a house for the poorest of the poor people living below the poverty line. Under this, loan worth Rs.3400 crores have been taken from HUDCO and committed efforts are being made to construct 10 lakh houses including the Indira Awas in three years.
It is the endeavour of the Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot that every poor of the state should have a home of his own where he should live with dignity and pride and have economic security so that he could come into the mainstream of the society. With this end in view the scheme has been formulated. Looking to the popularity of the scheme in the weaker sections, Shri Gehlot has put the demand before the Prime Minister, Dr. Man Mohan Singh that the people of the country should get right to shelter. Not only this, the Chief Minister also strongly put forward this demand in the meeting of the Chief Ministers of Western Indian States with the Planning Commission held in Mumbai.
More than 4.32 lakhs BPL houses have been sanctioned in the first phase of the scheme, whereas a target of providing housing facility to 2.91 lakh Gramin BPL families have been set in the second phase. Taking a major decision, the Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has also waived the stamp duty and registration fees on housing ‘Pattas’ being issued under the Indira Awas and Mukhaya Mantri Graminn BPL Awas Yojana. Under the scheme all the eligible families of the notified areas are being provided subsidy of Rs.50,000 while the remaining eligible families are being provided subsidy of Rs.45,000. Besides additional subsidy of Rs.3200 is being provided for construction of clean toilets under the total sanitation programme along with the houses being constructed and Rs.1200 as labour from the Mahatma Gandhi NREGA Yojana under the scheme.
Similarly on the lines of Indira Awas Yojana, Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes families of freed bonded labourers, minorities, non-scheduled castes, rural families of scheduled tribes living below the poverty line, widows of armed and para military forces living in rural areas are being benefited under the Mukhaya Mantri Gramin BPL Awas Yojana. Such families who does not have ‘Pucca Houses’ and not been benefited under any housing scheme have also been considered eligible in the permanent waiting list.
It is to be noted that waiting list of total 17.85 lakh families had been prepared in the rural area of each district under the BPL Census-2002 on the directions of the Government of India. These included 2.15 lakh homeless and 15.70 lakh families having ‘Kuccha Houses’. This list is called the permanent waiting list of Indira Awas.
Under this list of Indira Awas, over 14.48 lakh families remained from being benefited on 1st April, 2010. It was estimated that it would take nearly 20-21 years for the states to fulfill the target of constructing houses received from the Central Government under the Indira Awas Yojana.
The Chief Minister Shri Ashok Gehlot realised this misery of the poor and announced to launch the Mukhaya Mantri Gramin BPL Awas Yojana on the lines of Indira Awas in the budget of 2011-12. Under the scheme the total expenditure would be borne by Zila Parishads. This scheme was inaugurated by UPA Chairperson Smt. Sonia Gandhi in the tribal dominated Banswara district on 3rd June, 2011. Today the dream of poor is being realised in the rural areas through this scheme. Over 2635 representatives of Panchayati Raj Institutions have submitted in their feedback that the dream of poor of having a house would be fulfilled through the scheme.
Loan worth Rs.1400 crores was sanctioned through the medium of HUDCO to the Zila Praishad for construction of 2.80 lakh houses in the first phase in year 2011-12. Houses were sanctioned to 2.75 lakh BPL families during this period. Similarly under the Indira Awas Yojana houses were sanctioned to 1.57 lakh BPL families. Thus a total of 4.32 lakh BPL families were sanctioned houses which include 39862 minorities, 1.24 lakh Scheduled Castes and 1.24 lakh Scheduled Tribe families.
In the second phase loan worth Rs.1000 crores would be sanctioned by the HUDCO for providing housing facility to two lakh Gramin BPL families in the year 2011-13, while a target of 91411 houses have been set under the Indira Awas Yojana. Thus a target of providing housing facility to 2.91 lakh Gramin BPL families have been set in the state this year. The Zila Parishads are engaged in their areas in completing the dream of poor of having a house of his own. The day is not far when the poor people living below the poverty line would have shelter over their head.