The ambitious Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) has not interested governments in Delhi and poll-bound Uttar Pradesh led by Arvind Kejriwal and Akhilesh Yadav respectively. In the last one year since the launch of the NDA government’s ambitious programme to build houses for the urban poor, the Centre has not received any proposal from Delhi and UP. The Centre can release its share of the funds under the scheme only after it receives proposals from the states.
The housing ministry has to provide financial assistance to the tune of over Rs 2 lakh crore over the next five years under the PMAY. This would allow the construction of houses for around two crore urban poor by 2022.
Providing houses to every poor person in the country by 2022 is also one of the many ambitious pro-people announcements made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
However, HT reports sources as saying that the housing ministry has written 14 letters to the UP government led by Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav. Out the 14, four letters were written by Union Urban Development and Housing Minister M Venkaiah Naidu to Yadav, requesting UP to send proposals under the scheme.
The report says that Naidu had also invited Yadav for a discussion to find out the reason behind the delay, but there was no response. The Delhi government led by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal also didn’t send any proposal under the scheme to the Centre.
HT quoted a housing ministry official as saying that Delhi didn’t send a single memorandum of agreement with the centre to undertake six governance reforms under the scheme. However, Sadakant, UP principal secretary (housing), said that the state government had asked all development authorities to send their proposals. They took some time in doing that but now a proposal from UP would be sent to the Centre soon.
Till now, the Centre has approved 10.95 lakh houses worth Rs 62,000 crore in urban areas of the country. Out of the total amount, the Centre’s share is Rs 16,289 crore. Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal and Maharashtra top the list of states that have got urban houses approved under the scheme.