Raipur: Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel has written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, urging for the allocation of housing funds under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana. In his letter, the Chief Minister requested assistance for 6,99,439 families currently on the permanent waiting list for housing and an additional 47,090 families identified in the Chhattisgarh Government’s Socio-Economic Survey 2023.
Chief Minister stated that the state government has already made the decision to release the state’s share to provide housing benefits to these families. Additionally, in the letter dated July 03, 2023, written by him regarding the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana, the state government has requested the allocation of targets for 8,19,999 families under Awas Plus, in addition to the 6,99,439 families on the permanent waiting list. Furthermore, it was communicated that the Government of India had withdrawn the target of 7,81,999 houses allocated for the year 2021-22. As of today, there has been no response from the Government of India regarding the requests made by the State Government, he said.
Chief Minister highlighted that, based on the 2011 census data, the Government of India created the permanent waiting list, and in 2018, they compiled the Awas Plus list, which included 8,18,989 eligible families in addition to those on the permanent waiting list. He also pointed out that the Government of India conducts a Socio-Economic and Caste Census/BPL survey every ten years, which has not yet been carried out.
Chief Minister Baghel also stated that the state government conducted the Socio-Economic Survey 2023 based on the parameters of Socio-Economic and Caste Census 2011, identifying a total of 47,090 homeless families. Keeping this in view, the state government has decided to allocate funds of the state’s share to construct houses for the remaining 6,99,438 families on the permanent waiting list and the 47,090 homeless families identified in the Economic Survey 2023, as part of the housing scheme.