Over 30 lakh houses sanctioned for urban poor: Government

Over 30 lakh houses have been sanctioned till now under the central government’s flagship Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban) scheme, Union Housing Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said here on Friday. The Minister said more than four lakh houses have already been constructed. Speaking at the launch of a national workshop on the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban) and the Swachh Bharat Mission, Puri said more than 15 lakh houses of those sanctioned are in various stages of construction.

Indira Awaas Yojana (IAY): Started in 1985 as part of the Rural Landless Employment Guarantee Programme (RLEGP), IAY is a social welfare flagship programme, created by the Indian Government, to provide housing for the rural poor in India. The scheme provides subsidies and cash-assistance to people in villages to construct their houses, themselves. The scheme has been further extended to widows or next-of-kin of defence personnel killed in action, ex-servicemen and retired members of the paramilitary forces who wish to live in rural areas as long as they meet basic eligibility criteria.

Rajiv Awas Yojana (RAY): It was launched in 2011 by The Ministry for housing and urban poverty alleviation, with a vision to ‘create a slum-free India’. Under the scheme, central support will provide Rs.50,000 per unit, or about 25% of the cost of civic infrastructure (external and internal), whichever is lower.

Note: IAY was launched by Rajiv Gandhi, the then Prime Minister of India, and RAY by UPA government and they are now restructured as “Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana” (PMAY) and Sardar Patel Urban Housing Mission

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