GUWAHATI, Oct 30 - Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal today electronically released funds worth more than Rs 29 crore as first instalment for construction of 2,643 beneficiary-led houses for the beneficiaries of Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana (Urban) residing in areas under different Urban Local Bodies of the State at a programme organised at GMCH auditorium.
During his speech, the Chief Minister stated that PMAY(U)-Assam was undertaking the initiative to provide houses to the urban poor so that Prime Minister Narendra Modi�s vision of housing for all by year 2022 could be achieved. He also said that though the previous government had launched Indira Awaas Yojana for providing houses to underprivileged rural population, rampant corruption hampered its implementation and no mechanism was there to check proper utilisation of funds by the beneficiaries. PMAY(U) had covered the urban poor who were overlooked by IAY and it had also ensured proper construction of the houses, he said.
Notably, under PMAY(U) capital subsidy of Rs 2 lakh is released in three instalments - Rs 1,10,000 in the first instalment, Rs 60,000 as second instalment and Rs 30,000 as third instalment after the completion of the construction. The Government of India has already sanctioned 95,556 PMAY(U) houses till date in the State and out of this, 35000 beneficiaries have already received instalments and started construction of their houses. The entire amount is transferred directly to the bank accounts of the beneficiaries.
Calling on the elected representatives of town committees and municipality bodies of urban areas in the State to dedicate themselves towards the cause of keeping Assam�s towns and cities clean and green, Sonowal said that beneficiaries must also take the responsibility to utilise the funds properly and ensure the quality of construction of their houses. Towns and cities of the State must provide the impression of cleanliness to visitors, he said.