Though Modi Government had set March 31, 2019, as the deadline for building one crore houses in the rural areas of the country under the first phase of the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Gramin) or the PMAY (G), construction of nearly 14 lakh houses are yet to be completed.
The Government, however, already moved to the second phase of the PMAY (G) and set the target to build over 51 lakh houses in 2019-20 financial year. But the latest data collated by the Union Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD) revealed that only 3.61 lakh houses had been built under the second phase of such even as almost three quarters of the financial year had already been passed.
A parliamentary panel too recently noted that funds had already been sanctioned for building houses for beneficiaries under the PMAY (G) scheme, but construction had either not started or got delayed.
The Modi Government restructured the erstwhile rural housing scheme Indira Awaas Yojana (IAY) into Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana (Gramin) with effect from April 1, 2016.