The members of Parliamentary Consultative
Committee for the Ministry of Rural Development have suggested a number
of measures to strengthen Indira Awaas Yojana (IAY), one of the
important flagship schemes of the UPA government. These include
enhancement in allocation for construction of rural housing units, fine
tuning the BPL list for proper identification of beneficiaries,
application of modern technology in construction, inclusion of widows as
beneficiaries and effective monitoring mechanism at the ground level.
The issue came up for discussion at a meeting of the Committee held here
on 11.12.2012 to review of the progress under the Indira Awaas Yojana.
Chairing the meeting, Minister for Rural
Development Shri Jairam Ramesh informed the members that 30 lakh people
will be given benefits under the scheme this year. Sharing the concerns
of the members regarding prevalence of corruption and a large number of
middlemen, the Minister said that efforts are being made to plug the
loopholes in the scheme. Shri Ramesh, however made it clear that IAY is
a very popular scheme and there is ever-increasing demand for it in the
rural areas. He also informed the members that a new software called
Aawas-Soft will be used to bring transparency. A knowledge Network is
also being developed in partnership with IIT Delhi.
The Centre has earlier announced a hike in allocation of grants for
construction of houses for BPL families under the Indira Awaas Yojana
from Rs 45,000 to Rs 75,000 per dwelling unit. For hilly and Naxal
affected areas, the grants for constructing houses under the scheme will
go up from Rs 48,500 to Rs 80,000. The proposal is likely to take effect
from April 1, 2013. The outlay for IAY in 2012-2013 was about 11,000
crore rupees and target was 32 lakh houses.
Shri Ramesh also apprised the members that
Rs 9000 will be given separately to IAY beneficiaries for constructing
toilets and a proposal in this regard will be sent to the Cabinet soon.
Moreover, the beneficiaries will also get Rs 20,000 for purchase of
rural house sites, mainly the landless people. 4 percent of the budget
has also been earmarked for administrative expenses.
The members who attended the meeting
include among others – Shri Bali Ram Jadhav, Shri Narayan Singh Amlabe,
Ms Annu Tandon, Shri Harish Choudhary, Shri Shetti Raju Alias
Devappanna, Shri Babulal Marandi, Shri Anant Geete ( All from Lok Sabha
) and Dr Vijaylaxmi Sadho from Rajya Sabha.