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Second Phase Of PMAY-G Scheme Launched In Jorhat

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Second Phase Of PMAY-G Scheme Launched In Jorhat

HT Correspondent

JORHAT, May 19: Chief minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma unleashed a double pronged attack on bribe takers and tea garden management while launching the second phase of the Prime Minister’s Awas Yojana – G here on Thursday.

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In the second phase 5.10 lakh beneficiaries across the state would get a total amount of Rs 1.50 lakh each to be given in installments to erect a small pucca tin roofed dwelling.

Sarma said that at present seven lakh houses under the said scheme were under construction across the state which had been sanctioned in 2014.

On Thursday 12,000 underprivileged people in Jorhat were given this benefit, the money being transferred to their banks.

Stating that the funds came directly from the Prime Minister, Dr Sarma made an impassioned plea to the beneficiaries gathered at the Jorhat Court field not to pay middlemen any money for subsequent release of installments as there was no involvement of any Gaon Panchayat member or Government employee in the funding of this scheme.

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He strictly warned bribe takers of a jail term if found guilty of trying to cash in on making a quick buck. He asked the beneficiaries to approach the DC if anybody approached them for money to get the second installment released, or go on twitter or to ring a toll free number 1800 123 235 600 and lodge a complaint following which swift action would be taken against the bribe taker. He, however, warned people not to make false accusations as vendetta.

He also asserted that the first installment would have to go in making the plinth and on furnishing proof the second installment would be released. He further cautioned the beneficiaries to not give away this money to money lenders as repayment.

He said that the Central Government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union minister for Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Giriraj Singh had sanctioned Rs 19 lakh PMAY-G houses for Assam at a total cost of Rs 27,000 crore, out of which 7 lakh had been sanctioned in the first phase, 5 lakh in the second and another 7 lakh to follow after the second phase was over.

Sarma informed that altogether Rs 7,739.5 crores will be spent for 5.10 lakh beneficiaries and in the first installment Rs 1,657.5 crores will be released to the beneficiaries.

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Regarding the tea garden beneficiaries of which there were 3,600 in Jorhat district he said that the government had enough of the tea management raking up the NOC plea for not allowing the tea beneficiaries to build houses.

“Today I am giving the NOC from here. The government is not open to listen to any such excuses as NOC to permit tea garden beneficiaries to build their own homes. We have given the land to them to set up plantations in the first place and the tea garden beneficiaries will build their houses with or without NOCs. After that we will see what will happen,” the chief minister said.

Sarma also asked the DC to go from block to block to monitor the construction work of the beneficiaries in the next three months and ensure that they got cement, bricks and other materials at wholesale rates.

He further said that monitoring or vigil committees should be formed in villages and tea garden unions like Chah Mazdoor Sangha or Assam Tea Tribes’ Students Association and garden management should work together for smooth functioning.

Speaking about other development issues regarding the state, the CM said that the state aimed to produce 10 lakh litres of milk in the next four years and that it was producing 1 lakh litres now which when compared to Gujarat’s 2 crore litres and Karnataka’s 80 lakh litre, was very low.

He also announced that the FCI had for the first time procured rice from Assam at a very remunerative price from the farmers and this signaled an environment being created where people could go back to agriculture without fear of losses.

He also mentioned that the monthly money for the Orunodoi scheme had been enhanced to Rs 1,250 from Rs 1,000.

Talking specifically about schemes for Jorhat, the CM said that he would come to Jorhat in August to lay the foundation stone of a bigger stadium in which the JDSA and Court Field would be attached. He also said that Rs 50 crore had been sanctioned for construction of an integrated deputy commissioner’s complex at Cinnamara and the vacated DC’s building to be converted into a museum, construction of a modern annexe at the Lachit Barphukan maidam and arrangement for midday meals for LP school children to be supplied from a Central kitchen.

Union minister for Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Giriraj Singh was the guest of honour on the occasion while Assam minister for Panchayat and Rural Development Ranjeet Kumar Dass along with Jorhat Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha MPs – Topon Kumar Gogoi and Kamakhya Prasad Tasa MLAs of Mariani, Dergaon and Teok – Rupjyoti Kurmi, Bhabendra Nath Bharali and Bhaskar Jyoti Baruah respectively attended the programme.



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