JAIPUR: A performance index report 2019-20, which was released on Friday, showed that Rajasthan ranked second among all states in the country, after Uttar Pradesh, in the progress made under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-Grameen (PMAY-G).

The state scored 85 points compared to Uttar Pradesh’s total score of 91.11. Additional chief secretary (ACS), rural development and panchayati raj department, Rohit Kumar Singh attributed the department’s performance to “strict monitoring and follow-up”.

“A significant progress has been made over the past six months through strict monitoring at the state level. The districts that were lagging were identified and pressure was put on them to perform,” said Singh. Earlier, the state’s ranking hovered around 6th to 4th position in the country.

Jharkhand stood at the third position with 83.5 points and Madhya Pradesh was at the fourth position with 79.6 points. Assam was at the fifth position with 74.6 points. Karnataka was the worst performer among the states with just 17.01 points.

Singh said out of 6.87 lakh houses sanctioned in the first phase, construction of 6.70 lakh houses has been completed, which accounts for 98.31% completion. Out of 6.48 houses sanctioned in the second phase, construction of 4 lakh houses has been completed.

He also informed that of the 13.34 lakh houses sanctioned since the start of the scheme, construction of 10.69 lakh houses has been completed, which accounts for 80.11% completion. Singh had written to all the collectors to complete construction of the remaining houses under PMAY-G by March 31.

Singh had earlier expressed displeasure over slow progress of work by the districts under PMAY-G as only 15.3% (33,334) of its target was met in February.



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