Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana Current Affairs - 2020

PM Modi holds Council of Ministers meet

On December 21, 2019, PM Modi chaired a meeting of his council of ministers. The works of the ministers in the past 6 months were reviewed by the PM at the meet.

Highlights

The progress card of ministers and their works were evaluated by the PM. The ministers also presented their plans for the next four and half years. The priorities of the Government of India to achieve “Mission 2022” were listed and the ministers were asked to produce a report on the progress of works every three months.

The priority schemes are Jal Jeevan Mission under which tap water is to be provided to all the households by 2022, Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana, etc

Mission 2022

Under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana, GoI has planned to provide “Housing for all” by 2022. The GoI has also set to double farmers income by 2022. In order to achieve this GoI had launched several initiatives that include

  • Encouraging Contract Farming
  • Upgrading Gramin Haats to work as centres of direct purchase of agricultural commodities from farmers
  • E-NAM to provide electronic online trading for agricultural products. Farmers can directly sell their products here.
  • Soil Health Cards were distributed to rationalize the use of fertilizers
  • Kisan Credit Cards were distributed

Under National Solar Mission launched in 2010, the government has set a target to achieve grid tariff parity by 2022.

Legislation on Council of Ministers

Articles 75 and Article 74 of the constitution deal with the Council of Ministers.

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.

Background

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).