The BJP-led NDA government at the Centre is mulling for providing houses (nearly 30 million) on massive scale unseen till now for rural India, said sources. These are to be built for the homeless by 2022 under the National Gramin Awaas Mission with the money being allocated by the rural development ministry amounting to the tune of Rs 3.45 lakh-cr.
The programme is highly ambitious and is an effort to turn Prime Minister Narendra Modi's vision of housing for all into reality. It is in sharp contrast to the previous Congress-led UPA government's ambitious rural employment generation scheme-Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act as bigger allocation has been set for it.
The new scheme is an improvement over the Indira Awaas Yojana that covers only families below poverty line as it is to include all rural families not having a pucca house.
Experts are of the view that the government can achieve its target with the participation of the private sector with funds. "States with fiscal stability and sufficient funds may contribute their 25% share but weaker states will encounter difficulty to contribute this kind of funds," said DK Pant, chief economist, India Ratings & Research. "However, the proposal to raise funds through charity, donations or even corporate social responsibility, if comes through, will be a great push towards achieving the targets."