Central government publication appreciated the performance of the Tripura government in implementing the 'Prime Minister Awas Yojana'

Jayanta Debnath

Despite a long series of critical comments made by visiting BJP minister from centre as well as from state BJP leadership, an important central government publication has appreciated the performance of the Tripura government in implementing the 'Prime Minister Awas Yojana' meant for the homeless . This programme launched by the central ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation is being appreciably implemented in Tripura by the state government in co-operation with elected civic bodies.

'Ashraya', the official quarterly newsletter of the central Ministry of Housing & urban Poverty Alleviation covering the period July-September 2016, clearly stated in reference to Tripura that " Tripura has emerged as one of the best performing states in housing schemes, JNNURM and PMAY. The current case study demonstrates how pro-activeness of state government results in better programme implementation" . Praising Tripura further the GOI publication said “Tripura reflects such systematic initiative in implementation of PMAY as its approach suitably aligns with the spirit of the Mission guidelines".

The scientific and pro-people methodology of the state government in implementing the programme has also come in for appreciative comments in the GOI's official publication. Published News letter Article, Please see below…..

Systematic Approach to Implement PMAY (U): A Case of Tripura

Tripura is a north-Eastern State which is third smallest in the country, having population of 3.67 lakhs (census 2011), constituting to 0.3% of the country’s population. It lies in a geographically disadvantageous location, as only one major highway, the National Highway 8 connects it with the rest of the India thus hindering its economic progress. Poverty and unemployment continue to plague the State.

Despite the above scenario, Tripura has emerged as one of the best performing States in housing schemes viz. JNNURM and RAY. The current case study demonstrates how pro-activeness of State government results in better program implementation. Tripura reflects such systematic initiative in implementation of PMAY (U) as its approach suitably aligns with the spirit of the mission guidelines.

Implementation strategy of Tripura includes:

*Orientation of all municipal officials from 20 towns was the beginning point, through a state level workshop. A consensus was generated on the issue of methodology of comprehensive demand survey as per the guidelines. Taking the advantage of ongoing city sanitation and infrastructure survey, the demand assessment under PMAY (U) was also clubbed together.

*survey was conducted by their in-house municipal team, supervised by Executive officers of respective ULBs. Given the small size of towns, beneficiaries were known

Central Sanctioning and monitoring committee (CSMC) Meetings at Mission Directorate

CSMC is a decision making body for the PAMY (U): Mission chaired by Secretary, Ministry of housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation and members from other concerned Ministry. The main function of CSMC includes accepting projects from the State, overall review and monitoring of the Mission.

In the quarter July-Sep’ 16, four CSMC meetings were held in which a total of 589 projects under AHP and BLC components involving 2,71,322 houses were accepted from 16 States. These include 9,392 houses under BLC enhancement from the State of J&K, Punjab and Nagaland.

A total Central Share of Rs 4057.8 Cr is involved for 2.71 Lakh houses accepted as above.

to the survey team/s thus eradicating the selection of ineligible beneficiaries. The door to door survey covering 2,07,791 urban poor population was completed.

*Majority of beneficiaries have opted for BLC (new construction) component as land ownership is not an issue. The state incessantly guided ULBs during identification of beneficiaries to ensure selection is done as per PMAY (U) guidelines in identification of about 50,000 beneficiaries in 20 towns of Tripura. Subsequently, mapping of beneficiaries lists with SEEC Data with AHL-TIN was done to validate the data.

*IN order to promote transparency in selection of beneficiaries, all ULBs published list of already identified ones in local newspaper to put them in public domain.

*The list was made available in the respective ULB offices. Objection & suggestion from citizens was sought to ensure that no ineligible beneficiary is selected & no eligible person is left out.

* A two day handholding workshop at State level for Executive, officers, engineers & other ULB officials was conducted for preparation of detailed project report (DPR). All concerned officials, who already had required data, prepared the DPR. State supported them in preparation of house layout & designs with cost estimates. Preliminary assessment was done by State officials; post incorporation of their feedback, report was finalized. Support from MoHUPA was also provided during the process.

*DPRS containing complete list of beneficiaries with details like Aadhaar numbers, beneficiaries’ bank account numbers for Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT), was appraised by State Level Appraisal Committee (SLAC). All 20 proposals were approved by SLSMC at State and submitted to MOHUPA for consideration of Central assistance. The CSMC approved all 20 projects from Tripura consisting of 42,896 houses under BLC component in its 10th meeting held in July 2016.

* While ensuring State government contribution, written consent of the beneficiaries to complete the houses by investing their own money, was also sought.

Implementation Framework:

*The State will help beneficiaries to construct each unit within a period of 9 months. It will be supervised by ULB Engineers, under guidance of Engineering Wing of the Department.

*SLNA & ULB will register themselves with PFMS immediately. On receipt of funds, SLNA will transfer the amount within 7 days to respective ULBs as per approved plan of Action. Fund will be released by ULB through DBT to the beneficiary’s verified Bank account on milestone basis: 20% on starting of the work, 30% at plinth level, 30% on completion up to lintel level and 20% on completion of house.

* Clear instructions issued to all ULBs specifying activity wise timeline to be followed for completion of construction.

* State govt. is trying to converge other Central schemes viz. AMRUT, Swachh Bharat Mission, etc. with PMAY(U). Through this convergence, the projects will have access to all basic amenities like drinking water, sanitation, power connection, street light, drainage and road improvement.

*Workshops at State/City level will be conducted regularly with hands-on training on low cost building techniques with the help of BMTPC, HUDCO and NITs/IITs, etc. For beneficiaries, on-site training sessions will be organized at ULB level.

*Construction to be monitored by ULB Engineers under the guidance of Departmental Engineers. The houses will be geotagged trough taking photographs at each level of construction by using App by MoHUPA. The geotagging of photos will be used to track milestone for release of next installment.

*Use of locally available materials will be encouraged with adoption of energy efficient & green technology. Eventually, it will economize fuel consumption on transportation of materials. The housing units will be serviced by energy efficient modern LED lighting.

*Every house will have a tag indicating year and PMAY (U) Serial no. prominently displayed on its front wall.

(Published news letter article in ASHRAYA, published by Ministry of housing & Urban poverty alleviation, Government of India, dated; July-September 20160 )

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04/03/2017 14:45:00Pradip Sarkarpradipsarkar169@gmail.comTripura is pioneer in implementation of any Govt. project....It is really a achievement for Tripura...Good write up...
05/03/2017 06:32:17suparna Bhattacharjeetrinfosbhatt@gmail.comFirst, thank you very much for you to focus on the most important topic Get your post after waiting many Sir.I know many details about the unknown information to know. such projects are the right way to manage the Goverment's role in it is undeniable.But the development and implementation of projects based on the central government's role deserves more praise.
05/03/2017 08:12:45Sumitra Dassumitradas.sagar@gmail.comSir,'Prime Minister Awas Yojana' is a good scheme. So many peoples are benefited by it. Thanks for scheme details sir.
05/03/2017 10:05:17Pritam Daspritamdas390@gmail.comGood article and good advise for social development . and good knowledge provide geographical details in our state ..
05/03/2017 13:17:12Arindam Natharindamnath1962@gmail.comPopulation of Tripura shall be 3.67 million instead of \ 3.67 lakhs (census 2011)lakhs (census 2011)
07/03/2017 16:33:35Kripanu Sinhakripanu@gmail.comThanks for writing such a write up based on information #Sir, From my opinion implementation of IAY will be next slogan for upcoming election 2018 for the left front government, isn't it ??? This will be a key factor in favor of the ruling front in the run up to the 2018 Assembly election. However , this may turn nightmare for the ruling front if the BJP starts sustain campaign that it was the Modi govt that provides IAY ghars!!!!!!
08/03/2017 09:58:35Mitan Sahasahamitan10@gmail.comNice Article and thanks Sir for Awas yojana scheme details information.
11/03/2017 07:42:06Tanushree Bardhantanushreebardhan05@gmail.comNice article. Thank you sir for scheme details
15/03/2017 05:30:37Jayanta Debnathdebnath6@gmail.comYes Mr. Arindam Nath sir, the Tripura having population of 36.7 lakhs (census 2011) not 3.67 lakhs...thanx a lot for your kind correction...actually it was a typing error....
18/03/2017 13:20:58Aditi Paulpal.adi008@gmail.comNice article Sir........

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