Cabinet extends PMAY-Rural plan until March 2024, nod to Ken-Betwa river inter-linking

The Cabinet Wednesday accepted the extension of the Centre’s flagship housing-for-all scheme, Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-Gramin (PMAY-G), past March 2021 until March 2024 to achieve the goal of establishing 2.95 crore homes.

Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Thakur stated monetary help could be supplied for the development of the 155.75 lakh homes remaining as on March, 31, 2021.

“The continuation of scheme till March, 2024 ensures the remaining 155.75 lakh households within overall target of 2.95 crore houses under PMAY-G will be provided assistance for construction of pucca houses with basic amenities to achieve the objective of ‘Housing for All’ in rural areas,” the Cabinet stated.

Till November 29, 2021 a complete 1.65 crore PMAY-G homes have been constructed of the full goal of two.95 crore, it stated. “Itis estimated that 2.02 crore houses, which is almost equal to SECC 2011 database based Permanent Wait List, will be completed by the deadline of August 15, 2022. Therefore, to achieve the target of 2.95 crore houses, the scheme needs to be continued till March, 2024,” it added.

The Cabinet additionally accepted the funding and implementation of Ken-Betwa river linking undertaking which is estimated to price Rs 44,605 crore. The Cabinet accepted central assist of Rs 39,317 crore for the undertaking, overlaying grant of Rs 36,290 crore and mortgage of Rs 3,027 crore.

“The Project will be of immense benefit to the water starved Bundelkhand region, spread across the states of MP and UP. This project will provide enormous benefits to the districts of Panna, Tikamgarh, Chhatarpur, Sagar, Damoh, Datia, Vidisha, Shivpuri and Raisen of Madhya Pradesh and Banda, Mahoba, Jhansi & Lalitpur of UP,” the Cabinet stated.

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