GUWAHATI, Aug 6 - In a move to provide dwelling houses to those who cannot afford, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal laid the foundation stone of more than one lakh houses under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Grameen) at a function held at the Sarusajai Sports Complex here today.
At the same function, the Chief Minister handed over sanction letters for loan to one thousand Self Help Groups (SHGs) under the Assam State Rural Livelihood Mission and three thousand appointment letters to youths under the Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kaushalya Yojana.
Speaking on the occasion, Sonowal said the Panchayat and Rural Development department has set a target of making two lakh houses under the PMAY. Sonowal said under the PMAY, the beneficiary besides getting a concrete house will get social security.
The Chief Minister also said the economically weak people of the country were so far deprived of hygienic toilets, good dwelling houses and therefore, had to live from hand to mouth. In this backdrop, the PMAY scheme along with other schemes has enabled the poor beneficiaries both access and reach to dwelling houses and hygienic toilets.
Sonowal said with the abrogation of Article 370 and 35-A in Jammu and Kashmir, a strong initiation has been made under Prime Minister Narendra Modi for uniformity in administration in the country.
The Chief Minister said because of the transparency ushered in by the BJP-led dispensation in the State, the government at present has been in a position to spend Rs 70,000 crore annually for the State.
Minister of State (i/c) for Panchayat and Rural Development Naba Kumar Doley, while speaking on the occasion, said in the financial year 2019-20, of the total 1,94,338 registered houses, the State government has received sanctions for 1,22,304 houses.