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Implement rural housing scheme, else will reconsider funding other projects: Centre to Chhattisgarh

The Centre has cautioned the Congress-led Chhattisgarh government that the Union Rural Development Ministry "shall be compelled to reconsider its support to its other core schemes" if it fails to duly implement the rural housing scheme. The Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna-Gramin (PMAY-G) has been implemented from April 1, 2016, with an objective of providing "Housing for All" by March 2024.

In a letter to Chhattisgarh Chief Secretary Amitabh Jain, Rural Development Secretary Nagendra Nath Sinha has mentioned that the state government has not shown satisfactory progress despite several letters and meetings in this connection.

"If the state is unable to implement PMAY-G…, the ministry shall be compelled to reconsider its support to other core Rural Development (Ministry) schemes/programmes," Sinha said in the letter.

He said despite several rounds of communication from "various levels of the Union Ministry to the Chhattisgarh government, it has neither shown satisfactory progress nor released the due state share of Rs 562 crore, as a result of which the work of PMAY-G has come to a standstill in the state, a situation, which you are well aware of".

Underlining that the scheme is implemented on the ground level by state governments, Sinha said Chhattisgarh in 2020-21 withdrew majority of the 6.48 lakh houses allocated to it "due to difficulty in releasing the corresponding state share."

In 2021-22, the Rural Development Ministry was compelled to withdraw the allocated target of nearly 7.82 lakh houses, again due to the state's inability in releasing its share, amounting to Rs 562 crore, Sinha added.

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