Guwahati: Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Thursday warned the government officials who have sanctioned housings to ‘ineligible’ beneficiaries in the state under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana- Gramin (PMAY-G) would be booked as per law.
Sarma said that a toll free number would be opened for complaints regarding any anomalies while granting houses under the scheme.
He said, “If any government official has sanctioned housing under the scheme to someone illegally or to someone who is not eligible for the scheme then the official will be dealt under law and will be sent to jail. People can complain against such misappropriation by calling the toll free number which the state government will open shortly.”
He said that the toll free number of 1800123235600 would be operational soon.
The CM informed that the Centre has already sanctioned 19 lakh houses under the PMAY-G scheme in 2014.
“Already seven lakh houses are being constructed and today we are granting another 5 lakhs. The remaining seven lakhs will be given soon too,” he added.
In a first in the state, over 5 lakh beneficiaries were given benefits at once under the PMAY-G scheme on Thursday at a function held in Jorhat on Thursday.
A total of Rs 1657.50 Crore has been given as the first installment to the beneficiaries. The state government has aimed to cover the rural areas of the state under the scheme within 2024.
The PMAY-G has been devised in line with Government’s commitment to provide ‘Housing for All’ by 2022 in the rural areas. The scheme aims at providing a pucca house with basic amenities to all houseless householder living in kutcha and dilapidated houses by 2022.