Led by the outburst of the Coronavirus pandemic, only 75 percent houses have been constructed under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-Gramin (PMAY-G) until the end of FY 2021.

The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic has immensely hampered the construction of rural houses under the Government’s Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-Gramin (PMAY-G) in 2020-21. As apprised by Niranjan Jyoti, Minister of State for Rural Development, only 1.50 crore houses have been completed under PMAY-G against the allocated 2.02 crore houses, registering a completion of 75 percent until the financial year 2020-21. Nearly 12.20 lakh houses have been constructed in 2021-22 against an estimated target of 44.09 lakh houses.

According to the sources, the Rural Development Ministry is holding regular virtual meetings with States and Union Territories (UTs) to discuss the implementation of the scheme. Additionally, the Ministry is evaluating the progress of  the scheme based on several parameters, including gaps in sanction of houses, provision of land to landless beneficiaries, gaps in release of Central or State’s assistance, and cleaning of permanent wait list (PWL). Review meetings are also being held with the States for better understanding of the constraints being faced in the progress of the scheme.

To apprise, PMAY-G is a Central Government-sponsored scheme, wherein, the funds are shared by the Centre and the State in the 60: 40 ratio. In the north-eastern and hilly States, the share of the Central Government is 90 percent, whereas in case of UTs including Ladakh, the share is 100 percent.