NEW DELHI: The pace of Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Gramin) – the government’s flagship housing mission to provide pucca houses in rural India – has hit an all-time low with a mere 0.06% of houses being completed in the current fiscal.

A review conducted by rural development ministry, the nodal ministry for implementation of the mission, has revealed that the government has set a target of completing 61.50 lakh houses this year. So far, 2880 houses have been completed.

The Centre has set the target of completing 2.47 crore houses by March 31, 2022. Of this, 1.21 crore houses have to be completed in Phase II between March 2019 and March 2022. The internal review with states has revealed that so far in Phase II only 64% houses have been sanctioned and 54% beneficiaries have received the first installments.

In the review, ministry pointed out that states had not even issued targets to districts, which was essential to increase the implementation pace. The states now face the daunting task of releasing the target to districts and sanction houses to eligible beneficiaries by October 31.

Even though the poor pace of completion in the current fiscal can be attributed to lockdown initiated at the very beginning of the financial year, the rural development ministry has red-flagged the implementation in 2019-20. The progress in 2019-20 has been much less as compared to previous years.

The performance of Assam, Bihar, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Nagaland, Mizoram, Tamil Nadu, Jammu and Kashmir and Meghalaya in Phase-II was below national average of 39% in completion of houses against the target, the review has revealed.

The rural development ministry also expressed concern over delayed houses. The review revealed 13 states contribute 99% of delayed houses. Overall there are 6,39,153 delayed houses with election-bound Bihar has the highest number of delayed houses at 1,77,921.

Of this, 97,362 houses should have been completed four years back in 2016-17 financial year. The states have been asked to finalise a timeline for completion of the delayed houses. After Bihar, Odisha has the highest number at 94,010, followed by Tamil Nadu 68,138, Madhya Pradesh 64,163 and Maharashtra 48,674.



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