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RD Deptt. makes tremendous strides towards achieving goal of 'Housing for All'

Port Blair ,

    In a significant step towards realising the Hon'ble Prime Minister's dream of 'Housing for All' by 2022, the Department of Rural Development, A&N Administration has been relentlessly implementing the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana - Gramin across the Islands. The flagship scheme by the Government of India aims at providing a pucca house with basic amenities inclusive of a hygienic cooking space to the houseless and those living in kutcha houses. Under PMAY-G, beneficiaries are provided unit assistance of Rs. 1.2 lakh along with 90 person days of unskilled labour wage through convergence with Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS). Additionally, an incentive of Rs. 12,000 for construction of toilets through convergence with Swachh Bharat Mission - Gramin (SBM-G) is also provided to the beneficiaries. The beneficiaries have been identified by the Gram Sabha from among those who fulfill the deprivation parameters in the Socio-Economic Caste Census 2011 through a consultative process.
    In the UT of Andaman & Nicobar Islands, the Department of Rural Development under the guidance of the Secretary, RD, Shri Abhishek Dev aims at providing upwards of approximately 1554 beneficiaries with a pucca house that can withstand adverse weather conditions and ensure quality of life. To ensure housing facility to the poor and landless beneficiaries of PMAY-G, the Hon'ble Lt. Governor, A&N Islands has allotted land to the tune of 50 Sq. Mt to each of the landless beneficiary. More than 700 landless people have availed benefits under the scheme so far. The demarcation, plotting and development of allotted land in all the 9 blocks were actively undertaken by the Administration.
    100% targets have been achieved in Little Andaman and execution in other blocks are well underway. In many places, the beneficiaries are already residing in the houses constructed under this scheme. In the same vein, 10 beneficiaries complying with the stipulated design typologies have successfully completed their PMAY-G houses in Neil Kendra No. 3 of Shaheed Dweep recently. The neatly built house arrangement equipped with amenities like water, gas, toilet and electricity supply is an archetype of a new and aspirational Union Territory. The beneficiaries describe how they have benefited immensely not just from the monetary support under the scheme but also from the handholding that they received during all stages of construction from the Department. They have expressed their heartfelt gratitude to the Administration for helping them realise their dream of owning a pucca house.
    "We will now be able to move from our rented place to this newly constructed house", exclaimed a happy Someshwar Rao, one of the beneficiaries who now proudly owns a house in this cluster. Other beneficiaries like Shri. Jeevan Halder and Shri Ram Padam Mandal while sharing their testimonies, expressed their gratitude to the Government for allotting them a land in this cluster.
    The scheme is being implemented to promote a synergetic partnership between the people and the Government. Furthermore, the construction activity under the scheme has had a huge impact on the other sectors of the economy with a multiplier effect in employment generation.
    The Secretary, Rural Development, Shri Abhishek Dev and Director Rural Development, Shri Vinay Kumar Jindal, DANICS are of the firm belief that the housing scheme will play a critical role in fostering the health and well-being of people in the rural areas while ensuring safe and secure habitats for women and children. To this effect, they have undertaken this drive on a mission mode to expedite the process of construction of houses in a well-planned manner. Setting up of a virtuous cycle of economic activity and hygienic dwelling for the underserved in the rural areas, the PMAY-G certainly is a panacea for a bulk of problems in the rural areas of our Union Territory, a press release from Directorate of Rural Development said.