Ben­e­fi­cia­ries of Ru­ral Hous­ing Scheme to be Un­veiled on April 24

The hous­ing scheme will have link­ages with Swachh Bharat Ab­hiyan to en­sure toi­lets in each house, with pro­vi­sion of an ad­di­tional al­lo­ca­tion of .₹ 12,000 per house­hold

The Economic Times - - Economy - Ruchika.Chi­tra­van­shi @times­group.com

New Delhi: The govern­ment is set to roll out the Prad­han Mantri Awas Yo­jna-Gramin — ru­ral hous­ing pro­gramme, af­ter draw­ing up a list of ben­e­fi­cia­ries based on the So­cio Eco­nomic and Caste Cen­sus 2011 (SECC) data for a fi­nal ver­i­fi­ca­tion at gram sabha level.

Of­fi­cials said the list of ben­e­fi­cia­ries un­der the pro­gramme, ear­lier called the Indira Awas Yo­jna, will be made pub­lic in each gram sabha on April 24 as part of BR Ambed­kar’s 125th birth an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions.

“The re­li­a­bil­ity of the SECC data will now face its ac­tual test as we re­veal to the house­holds the names of all who are el­i­gi­ble for grants un­der the ru­ral hous­ing scheme,” a se­nior govern­ment of­fi­cial said.

The govern­ment has al­lo­cated .₹ 15,000 crore to the pro­gramme for the cur­rent fis­cal and in­creased pay­out per house­hold to more than .₹ 1.2 lakh from .₹ 75,000 ear­lier, along with in­creas­ing area per home to 25 square me­tres from 22 sq me­tres.

All the ru­ral de­vel­op­ment schemes now hinge on the SECC data for iden­ti­fy­ing the de­serv­ing ben­e­fi­cia­ries. Launched in July 2015, the SECC is the first such ex­er­cise since 1932, car­ried door to door across ru­ral and ur­ban In­dia in 24.39-crore house­holds in 640 dis­tricts to study de­pri­va­tion across 14 pa­ram­e­ters. The higher the de­pri­va­tion score, the higher the rank­ing of the house­hold for get­ting govern­ment as­sis­tance.

If any gram sabha finds that a se- lec­tion has been done on wrong facts, or a pucca house has been con­structed since the sur­vey was con­ducted, the name of such fam­ily will be deleted. Any ob­jec­tion to the list will be con­sid­ered by a three-mem­ber ap­pel­late com­mit­tee at the district level. At present, there is no sys­tem to add names to the list.

As per SECC data, 13% or 2.37 crore of ru­ral houses have only one room, kuc­cha walls and kuc­cha roof. The govern­ment has set a tar­get of build­ing three crore houses for ru­ral poor in the next seven years. The num­bers found in the SECC sur­vey have been ver­i­fied by self­help groups once al­ready. The govern­ment had also in­vited ob­jec­tions to the find­ings of the data to be filed with each state govern­ment af­ter the pub­li­ca­tion of the draft list.

The hous­ing scheme will have link­ages with Swachh Bharat Ab­hiyan or na­tional clean­li­ness mis­sion to en­sure toi­lets in each house, with pro­vi­sion of an ad­di­tional al- lo­ca­tion of .₹ 12,000 per house­hold.

This will be cou­pled with 90-day wage pro­vided un­der the govern­ments flag­ship ru­ral jobs pro­gramme un­der Ma­hatma Gandhi Na­tional Ru­ral Em­ploy­ment Guar­an­tee Act, adding an­other .₹ 18,000 to each house­hold.

The cen­sus gen­er­ated in­for­ma­tion on 14 so­cial and eco­nomic pa­ram­e­ters in­clud­ing ed­u­ca­tion, skills, hous­ing, em­ploy­ment, health, nu­tri­tion, wa­ter, san­i­ta­tion, so­cial and gen­der mo­bil­i­sa­tion, and en­ti­tle­ment.

The ex­clu­sion cri­te­ria for house­holds in­cluded own­er­ship of mo­torised ve­hi­cle or boat, land­line phone, more than 2.5 acres of ir­ri­ga­ble land, Kisan Credit Card with over .₹ 50,000 credit limit and in­come tax payee sta­tus in case of govern­ment em­ploy­ees.

SE­NIOR GOVT OF­FI­CIAL

The re­li­a­bil­ity of the SECC data will now face its ac­tual test as we re­veal to the house­holds the names of all who are el­i­gi­ble for grants un­der the ru­ral hous­ing scheme

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