The Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana (Gramin) (PMAY-G) launched by PM Modi on 20th November, 2016 is here to provide best quality homes to homeless people. Using a variety of designs vetted by technical institutions, local materials and trained masons, carefully selected beneficiaries, who were homeless or living in Kachcha Makan, are building the finest quality homes with the enhanced unit cost of nearly Rs. 1.5 lakh through convergence.
These homes are being constructed with the help of state govt. The construction of 51 lakh PMAY-G homes by March 2018 is appearing possible, as over 33 lakh houses are at different levels of construction and the remaining 18 lakh are also in the process of starting work after due approvals. On an average, a house is taking 4 to 8 months after actual physical start of work compared to 1 to 3 years in the past.
There are negligible inclusion of errors PMAY-G due to three stage selection filters – use of SECC 2011 data, validation by Gram Sabha, and Geo-tagging with photos of existing house of the beneficiary using space technology. All payments are IT/DBT enabled and the beneficiaries receive it through their Bank account. This has not only brought down corruption, but also has improved the quality of houses constructed.
So far, nearly 55,000 houses are already completed and approximately 10 lakh are at the advanced stages of completion. States like Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, West Bengal, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Odisha and Jharkhand have done very well. Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu and Assam have been requested to further speed up the pace of construction. These are the major States that account for 85% of the need based construction of houses for deprived households.
Awaassoft MIS is managing PMAY-G completely, end to end, including fund transfer and geo-tagging of houses at every stage of construction. The Rural Mason Training programme has moved forward effectively in Maharashtra, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Madhya Pradesh. Other states are also speeding up the Rural Mason Training Programme. Use of treated bamboos, fly ash bricks etc. has been taken up in many States. It is also transforming social relations of poor households in rural India, and bridging social and economic inequality besides improving the well being of the poor. It is also generating employment on an unprecedented scale. Besides toilets and 90/95 days of wage labour under MGNREGS, the Ministry hopes to complete 51 lakh houses under this scheme in 2017-18 and almost an equal number in 2018-19.