Uttar Pradesh topped the list of all states in the country under Centre’s flagship scheme Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-Gramin (PMAY-G). More than seven lakh dwelling units were constructed in UP last year.
Addressing a press conference at media centre in Lucknow, Mahendra Singh, Minister of State (I/C) Rural Development, said, “UP achieved 85% of its target by constructing 7,71,073 houses in one year to claim the top position while the national average in the implementation of this scheme for poor in rural areas has been just 34%. Moreover, the 7,71,073 houses were constructed in just nine months.”
Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh claimed the second and third positions with 47% and 45%, respectively.
PM Narendra Modi had launched the scheme on November 20, 2016. The states were asked to achieve the consolidated targets for 2016-17 and 2017-18 in the last financial year.
Under the scheme, more than 47,000 units were built in Sitapur and nearly 7, 000 in Varanasi.
The success has motivated the state government to seek funds for over 11lakh housing units from the Centre in the next year, the minister said. Singh further said that as rural development minister he was promising that there would be no scarcity of water in Bundelkhand and efforts are being made on the war footing to ensure adequate availability of water.
The state cabinet had approved another scheme, the Mukhya Mantri Awas Yojana (MMAY), to provide houses. Beneficiaries get INR 1.3 lakh as the subsidy in MMAY, compared to INR 1.2 lakh subsidy in PMAY.