As Panchayat Polls Draw Near, Bengal Govt Puts House in Order by Targeting PMAY in 90 Days

Last Update: December 29, 2022, 10:41 AM IST

After Howrah, East Medinipur has approved the highest number of houses under PMAY.  (News18 file photo)

After Howrah, East Medinipur has approved the highest number of houses under PMAY. (News18 file photo)

All districts have been asked to complete the houses under PMAY within this financial year and prepare a detailed execution plan. The target is to allot 11.36 lakh houses to the people in this financial year.

Ahead of the 2023 panchayat elections in West Bengal, the state government has asked all districts to complete construction of houses sanctioned under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) within 90 days in this financial year, giving a detailed has gone. The administration should plan.

Sources say that the allotment of houses approved in 2018 is still incomplete, so the government has expedited the process.

According to government sources, the target is to allot 11.36 lakh houses to people this financial year, of which 5.91 lakh have been approved and 1.82 lakh have received final approval.

The administration told News18 that so far 16% houses have been cleared and another 50% houses will be cleared in a day or two.

After Howrah, East Medinipur has approved the highest number of houses under PMAY.

After sanction of houses, a sensitization meeting on rights and obligations, timelines and legal aspects may be organized with the beneficiaries at the Gram Panchayat and Block level. Senior officers should attend the meetings as per the guidelines of the State Government.

Disbursement timelines, viz., 40 days (upto window sill level), 35 days (upto lintel level) and 15 days (completion) should be adhered to.

The material should be assessed and a meeting can be organized with the owners of brick and stone and other essential material suppliers by 31st December.

Control room should be set up in each block to call each approved beneficiary and follow up for construction of houses. A dedicated helpline may be set up in the office of the District Magistrate to assist the beneficiaries.

‘Housing Week’ means ‘Intensive Home Inspection’ should be organized every month as per the guidelines. The financial target for each gram panchayat and block will be given by the District Magistrate and the expenditure should be closely monitored.

For landless beneficiaries, the Block Land and Land Reforms Officer (BL&LRO) should identify the parcel of land available and issue ‘Patta’ to the beneficiary at the earliest. The state government emphasized on advance planning for targets to be achieved within 90 days.

Meanwhile, Leader of the Opposition Shubhendu Adhikari has raised the political heat over works under the PMAY, accusing the ruling Trinamool Congress of “deleting” the names of BJP voters and supporters from various panchayat lists. “BJP won 6,000 seats in 2018. He has removed all the names. We will see what can be done…”

TMC general secretary Kunal Ghosh countered the officer and said that “his allegations are fabricated by him”. Ghosh said that the list has names of many influential BJP leaders.

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