Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis Saturday said the government would ensure housing for all economically backward communities by the year 2019.
The special component, along with a model of public private partnership, has been evolved to accomplish the ambitious project to ensure that not a single scheduled caste (SC) or scheduled tribe (ST) family remains homeless. he said.
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As a step towards it, the chief minister laid the foundation stone for the first phase of housing project for the economically weaker sections of society at Barsi in Solapur district.
The scheme under Pradhanmantri Awas Yojna (PMAY) will provide houses to those economically backward families whose annual income is less than Rs 3 lakh.
Fadnavis said, “Every individual dreams of having his/her own house. My government is committed to making their dreams a reality. We have also made financial provision for construction of houses for the scheduled caste/ scheduled tribes, which we intend to complete by year 2019.”
“Our first project with 860 houses at Barsi will ensure all the houses are allotted to women members of the household,” Fadnavis added.
The scheme is to be replicated across the state as part of the programme to make housing for all a reality.
This is the first project of the state where a private partner has joined hands with Government of India and government of for the housing for all scheme.
According to government statistics, in rural areas, there are nearly 1.55 lakh families belonging to the scheduled castes who either live in kachha houses or are homeless.
In the budget 2016-17, an outlay of Rs 320 crore has been provided for housing for weaker sections. The government also intends to either provide plots or rebuild houses on existing kachha structures.
The chief minister said, “It is our effort to ensure that no family lives without a home in the state.”
At Barsi, Fadnavis also addressed a rally organised by the BJP, where he spoke about measures taken by the government to tackle the drought in the state. Emphasising on his Jalyukta Shivar Abhiyaan, the chief minister said, “The allocation of Rs 25,000 crore for sustainable agriculture in the Budget will go a long way towards tackling the agro crisis.”
Farm ponds with allocation of Rs 50,000 to every farmer who seeks it is also a step to make individuals self-reliant and address the water crisis, he said.