New Delhi: The number of houses completed each year under the Centre’s flagship rural housing scheme, now called the Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana (Grameen), has nearly doubled since its overhaul two years ago.
The PMAY (G), introduced on 1 April 2016, is the reformed version of the Indira Awaas Yojana (IAY). It aims to provide “housing for all” by 2022, with its immediate objective set at reaching 1 crore families living in kutcha/dilapidated houses by 2018-19.
In 2017-18, around 38.67 lakh houses were built under the PMAY(G), and 32.22 lakh in 2016-17. Contrast this with the number of houses completed under the IAY in 2015-16, nearly half at 18.22 lakh. It was lower in the preceding financial years: 11.91 lakh in 2014-15, 10.51 lakh in 2013-14, and 10.49 lakh in 2012-13.
(The figures are for all the central rural housing schemes, but the proportion of those other than the IAY and PMAY is minuscule).