About 7.5 lakh more PMAY units to be launched in Uttar Pradesh

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The central and state governments would join hands in rolling out 7.5 lakh more housing units under PM Awas Yojana (PMAY) in UP in the next few days.

PM Narendra Modi is proposed to inaugurate the project, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said on Tuesday after transferring loans worth Rs 87cr for the construction of 21,500 housing units under Mukhyamantri Awas Yojana. The scheme is applicable to those left out under PMAY. Yogi said a host of socially oppressed communities like Musahar and Vantangiya were deprived of various benefits of the government schemes, including PMAY, until 2017, when the BJP came to power.

‘Our duty is to ensure no one dies of hunger’

Many such socially deprived communities also benefitted under Mukhyamantri Awas Yojana,” he said, emphasising that more than 50,700 people reaped benefits under the scheme in the last three years. Rural development minister Moti Singh was also present on the occasion.

The scheme entails a provision of providing Rs 1.30 lakh to the intended beneficiaries. The rural development department would also ensure that people are provided jobs under MNREGS. The CM reiterated that the administration of all districts will carry out a campaign to ensure that the beneficiaries be allotted land under ‘Malikana Haq’ scheme, provided the land is not reserved for the SC and is not disputed. It would help the people forced to spend a life of wanderer, he said.

Yogi asked the officials to ensure that the beneficiaries of Mukhyamantri Awas Yojana be linked to various schemes of the government, including LPG connection under Ujwala scheme, ration card, power connection under Saubhagya scheme and insurance cover of Rs 5 lakh under Ayushman Bharat scheme. “This should be done on a mission mode,” he stressed. He said various people are not able to avail the benefits of the government schemes because of lack of awareness. “The district administration needs to conduct proper monitoring so that benefits reach out to beneficiaries,” he said.

At the same time, beneficiaries should be associated with farming, livestock and small-scale industries by providing them funds. “It is our duty to ensure that no one dies of hunger,” the CM said. Yogi recalled how he carried out a campaign in a village in Kushinagar between 2003 and 2008 — when he was Gorakhpur MP — to provide job and ration cards to people. “The village was not under my parliamentary seat. I carried out the campaign on humanitarian grounds,” he said.

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