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LG transfers Rs 149.17 cr to bank accounts of 35,097 beneficiaries under PMAY-G

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Says welfare of poor and vulnerable people Admin’s top priority

Jammu: Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha Wednesday transferred installments to the tune of Rs 149.17 crore directly to the bank accounts of 35,097 beneficiaries under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-Gramin, at the Civil Secretariat, an official press release informed.

The LG said the PMAY-G will fulfill beneficiaries’ dream of a ‘Pucca House’ with basic amenities, boost their self-esteem, social status and standard of living.

Highlighting that the welfare of the poor and vulnerable sections is the top priority of UT administration, the LG said that PMAY-G benefits genuinely homeless, those living in dilapidated houses and a large number of women and households from vulnerable groups. Basic needs assistance will give impetus to rural development and empower the poorest, he added.

“Under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi-ji, welfare schemes like PMAY-G have transformed people’s lives. Our aim is to build a strong and prosperous rural J&K,” said the LG.

“Despite being a slow starter, J&K has gained momentum in realizing the vision of ‘Housing for all’. Our target is to build more than 2 lakh houses. Special camps have been organized to identify the left out deserving beneficiaries of PMAY,” the LG added.

Housing provides stability to poor families and contributes to poverty reduction, and the families who have got their own house are now ready to fulfill other developmental aspirations of their family members, he observed.

The LG maintained that dedicated efforts are being made to fill the gap between policies and implementation. Basic needs like electricity, toilet, drinking water, LPG connection and other facilities for the PMAY-G houses are being met through convergence of other government schemes, he added.

The LG also highlighted the major role of Rural Development Department and Deputy Commissioners in formulating precise Statistics for effective implementation of welfare schemes.

Dr Arun Kumar Mehta, Chief Secretary, called for collecting realistic data of left-out eligible beneficiaries of PMAY-G followed by corrective measures to realize the goal of ‘Housing for all’. He further asked the district administrations to make district-wise compendium of houses being provided under the scheme.

Mandeep Kaur, Commissioner/Secretary, Department of Rural Development & Panchayati Raj apprised the LG about the targets of PMAY and Awaas Plus and the achievements made till date.

It was informed that against the target of 2,00,619 houses, as many as 1,03,577 have been completed. Further, Block level camps were organized in all districts wherein an exhaustive exercise was conducted to update the permanent waiting list of PMAY-G beneficiaries.

To mark the occasion, 20 PMAY-G beneficiaries were handed over cheques of Rs 50,000 each by the Lt Governor.

Indu Kanwal Chib, Mission Director, JKRLM; S. Charandeep Singh, Director Rural Sanitation, J&K; Head of Departments; senior officials and beneficiaries were present at the Civil Secretariat. Various officials and beneficiaries were also connected through virtual mode.

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