Ranchi, Feb. 6: Chief Minister Hemant Soren on Monday met Union Minister for Rural Development Giriraj Singh in New Delhi and urged the Central Government to provide houses to 8, 37, 222 families registered under Awas Plus under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-Gramin.
The Chief Minister said that all the registered beneficiaries are poor and it is very important to provide housing to them. He requested the Union Minister to take an early decision in this matter and sanction houses for the poor.
The Chief Minister urged the Union Minister to release the outstanding amount of Jharkhand under the 15th Finance Commission. He also discussed the reduction in the amount under MNREGA in the Union Budget 2023-23.
Earlier, the Chief Minister had written a letter to Union Minister Giriraj Singh in November 2022 to provide housing to the registered families under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-Gramin Awas Plus. Through the letter, the Chief Minister had said that out of 10,35,895 families listed for the state of Jharkhand under Awas Plus, the physical target was fixed at 4,03,504 units in the financial year 2021-22. Still 6,32,391 eligible families could not get the benefit of housing. The Chief Minister had said that 2,03,061 families have been removed from the list of families registered under Awas Plus by the Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India. Most of these families are such that they are eligible for housing, but before the year 2019, due to wrong entry by the government staff, these families are being deprived of housing.
Under the Housing Plus scheme, a physical target of 6,32,391 should be allocated for the state of Jharkhand in the financial year 2022-23. 2,03,061 families removed from Awas Plus by the Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India should be provided the facility of verification after proper inquiry.
On the other hand, Rural Development Minister Alamgir Alam had also written a letter to the Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India in this regard in January 2023, urging it to provide housing to the families registered under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana – Rural Housing Plus.
On this occasion, Minister Rural Development Department Alamgir Alam, Chief Secretary Sukhdev Singh, Secretary Rural Development Department, Government of India, Shailesh Kumar Singh, Secretary, Land Resources Department, Government of India Ajay Tirkey, Finance Secretary, Jharkhand Ajay Kumar Singh, Resident Commissioner MR Meena, Secretary to Chief Minister Vinay Kumar Choubey and other officers were present.