Union Cabinet gives nod to implementation of Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana – Gramin

The Union Cabinet has given its approval for the implementation of the rural housing scheme of Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana- Gramin.

Under the scheme, financial assistance will be provided for construction of pucca houses to all houseless and households living in dilapidated houses.

Key facts

  • The expenditure involved in implementing the project is Rs.81975 crore in a span of 3 years from 2016-17 to 2018-19.
  • Under the scheme, it is proposed to provide assistance to one crore households for construction of pucca house.
  • It will be implemented in rural areas throughout the country except in Delhi and Chandigarh.
  • The beneficiaries will be identified using Socio Economic and Caste Census (SECC)-2011 data ensuring total transparency and objectivity.
  • The cost of houses would be shared between Centre and States Governments in the ratio 60:40 in plain areas and 90:10 for North Eastern and hilly states.
  • Under this scheme, annual list of beneficiaries will be identified from the total list through participatory process by the Gram Sabha.
  • Funds will be transferred electronically directly to the account of the beneficiary. He will be able to track the progress of his payments through the app.
  • Inspection will be done though a mobile app. Locally appropriate house designs, will be mainly practised to address the natural calamities.
  • The beneficiary is entitled to 90 days of unskilled labour from MGNREGA. This will be ensured through a server linkage between PMAY and MGNREGA.
  • The additional requirement of building materials, bricks using cement stabilised earth or fly ash will be taken up under MGNREGA.
  • National Technical Support Agency will be established to provide technical support to the Centre and States to ensure their quality of construction of the houses.


During the President’s address in the Joint Session of Parliament in May 2014, it was announced that every family will have a pucca house with water connection, 24×7 electricity supply, toilet facilities by the time the nation completes 75 years of its Independence (by 2022).

Kerala’s popular Kadhaprasangam artistes and comedian V D Rajappan passes away

Kerala’s popular Kadhaprasangam (story telling) artiste and Malayalam film actor V D Rajappan passed away in Kottayam. He was 70.

He was best known for his comic roles and for his unique style of stand-up comedy. He was known for his unique style of presenting Kadhaprasangam in a satirical manner.

About V D Rajappan

  • He had started his film career in 1982 with the 1982 film Kakka and since then has acted in more than 81 films, 32 parody kathaprasangam pieces and in more than 6000 stage performances.
  • He acted in movies like Kakka, Kattupothu, Kuyilinethedi, Kusruthikkattu and Engane Nee Marakkum. His last movie was Ok Chacko Cochin Mumbai.
  • His memorable comedy roles as Kadhaprasangams were seen in Kumari Eruma, Priye Ninte Kura, Mak Mak, Pothu Puthri, Amittu and Ennennum Kurangettandeh.
  • He was best known for composing comic pieces with animals as characters. Priye Ninte Kora, Pothuputhri, Chikayunna Sundari were some among them.
  • He is considered as the God father of Parody songs in Malayalam.

Kadhaprasangam: It was a hugely popular performing art in Kerala. It is performed by just one person who tells the story by acting, speaking and singing and at times playing musical instruments as well.