Chhattisgarh CM writes to prime minister for sanction of Awas funds

September 7, 2023

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RAIPUR: Chhattisgarh chief minister Bhupesh Baghel on Tuesday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, raising matters related to houses under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana and requested sanction of ‘Awas plus’ for 8,19,999 families in state and release of the required funds from the Centre.

CM Baghel urged the PM to allocate housing funds, requesting assistance for 6,99,439 families currently on the permanent waiting list for housing and an additional 47,090 families identified in the Chhattisgarh government’s Socio-Economic Survey 2023 in need of homes. Baghel said that the state government has already decided its share to provide housing benefits to these families.

In the letter, the state government has requested the allocation of targets for 8,19,999 families under Awas Plus, in addition to the 6,99,439 families on the permanent waiting list.

It was also communicated that the Centre had withdrawn the target of 7,81,999 houses allocated for the year 2021-22 though there has been no response from the Centre regarding the requests made by Chhattisgarh government, CM said.

Baghel pointed out that based on the 2011 Census, the Centre created the permanent waiting list, and in 2018, they compiled the Awas Plus list, which included 8,18,989 eligible families in addition to those on the permanent waiting list.

CM calls out GoI for not carrying out surveys

He also pointed out that the government of India conducts a socio-economic and caste census/BPL survey every 10 years, which has not yet been carried out.

The CM said that the state government conducted the socio-economic survey 2023 based on the parameters of its 2011 Census, identifying 47,090 homeless families. Keeping this in view, the state government has decided to allocate funds of the state’s share to construct houses for the remaining 6,99,438 families on the permanent waiting list and the 47,090 homeless families identified in the Economic Survey 2023, as part of the housing scheme.

  • Published On Sep 7, 2023 at 11:00 AM IST

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