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Ministry to rejig norms for rural housing plan

In a bid to bring in more accountability and improve fund utilisation,the Ministry of Rural Development is in the process of revising the guidelines of its marquee rural housing scheme,the Indira Awas Yojna

In a bid to bring in more accountability and improve fund utilisation,the Ministry of Rural Development is in the process of revising the guidelines of its marquee rural housing scheme,the Indira Awas Yojna. The plan aims to provide houses to the rural poor by helping construction and upgradation of dwelling units.

In the 2013-14 budget,the allocation for the scheme went up to Rs 15,184 crore from Rs 11,075 crore in 2012-13. Senior ministry officials said the ministry is finalizing a revised draft guidelines for IAY. It will then be sent to the states for suggestions,before drawing up the final version.

The new draft guidelines propose making state governments a nodal authority to receive proposals and examine them. The centre will then allot the funds to the state,which in turn,will disburse it to districts.

Currently,the ministry collects proposals from each district and allocates funds. With all the load falling on the ministry,the process gets delayed. Minister Jairam Ramesh had recently said that his was one reason for the poor utilisation of allocated funds.

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The guidelines also lay out strict efficiency standards for releasing the next lot of funds to states. States will not be allowed to sanction and begin work on any new houses until the previously sanctioned ones are completed.

Currently,the focus is on sanctioning new houses. “In the process,the previously sanctioned houses often remain incomplete even as states start sanctioning new ones. We need to ensure the last lot of houses are complete before they get more funds,” a ministry official said.

The draft guidelines also plan to promote greater use of information technology for keeping a tab on the progress of the scheme’s implementation. Under this,each state will have to upload at least one picture of every house sanctioned under the scheme every three months.

First published on: 11-03-2013 at 00:26 IST
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