Explore ways to implement Indira Awaas Yojana: Centre to states
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Last Updated: Tuesday, April 27, 2010, 21:38
New Delhi: Suggesting state governments to explore "innovative" ways to implement Indira Awaas Yojana, the Centre today asked them to provide rural poor with houses under the scheme which are compatible with their environment and geographical conditions.

Addressing officials from different states on the first day of a two-day workshop on the streamlining of Indira Awaas Yojna (IAY), Union Minister for Rural Development C P Joshi said the need of the hour was to go for "locality-specific housing designs" under the scheme.

"It should be kept in mind that they (beneficiaries) are provided with houses (under IAY) which are compatible with their environment and geographical conditions," a senior official of the ministry quoted Joshi as saying in his inaugural speech.

Joshi said achieving the IAY's target was not the lone objective of the ministry but also to give a permanent housing arrangement to the beneficiaries through the scheme.

Joshi said the government is giving financial support of Rs 45,000 to those living below poverty line in rural areas to get their own house under the IAY.

However, transparency and accountability has to be maintained (by the authorities) in the implementation of the scheme, he said, adding, "Now you have to be honest (in the implementation of the scheme. We can monitor (the status) from here at our level."

Joshi lamented on reports that in some of the states quality of houses constructed under the scheme was not good and asked the state officials to ensure that quality houses are constructed for the welfare of the beneficiaries.


First Published: Tuesday, April 27, 2010, 21:38

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