Karnataka gets 87,816 houses under IAY

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BANGALORE: Karnataka’s plan to build 2.7 lakh houses this year has got a boost with the union government sponsoring nearly one-third of the target.

During 2013-14, the state will get 87,816 houses under the Indira Awaaz Yojana (IAY), the centrally sponsored scheme.

In a letter to chief minister Siddaramaiah on Monday, union minister for rural development Jairam Ramesh has informed this. The union minister said that the number of houses could be increased depending on the additional funds and the performance of the state.

Besides the Indira Awaas Yojana, the centrally-sponsored scheme introduced during 1989-90, the state implements Rural Ashraya scheme (Basava Vasathi scheme) for the houseless in the rural areas, Ambedkar Housing scheme for rural houseless SC/STs and Urban Ashraya (Vajpayee Urban Housing Scheme) for the urban poor.

Rajiv Gandhi Housing Corporation Limited implements all the state and central government-sponsored housing schemes for the poor. From 2000 to 2012, the total expenditure on providing houses to economically weaker section of people is over Rs 6,200 crore.

The government has decided to give thrust to housing for the poor. In the next four years, the government intends to build 12 lakh houses for the houseless. The objective is to make the state hut-free,” the CM said.

The beneficiaries of the IAY have got a double bonanza, as both Centre and state have increased the incentive amount. On Monday, Siddaramaiah increased the subsidy given to a beneficiary to Rs 1.2 lakh, an increase of Rs 45,000. It means, now, a poor who gets a house sanctioned under the scheme will have Rs 1.5 lakh to construct his house. The CM said the state was spending an additional Rs 500 crore under the IAY scheme due to the hiked subsidy. Under the IAY, the state has so far spent over Rs 2,000 crore.

Jairam Ramesh has said that the criteria for allocating houses to the state under the IAY would be revised once they get the census 2011 figures on the extent of houselessness. The allocation of houses under the IAY for the state is through a transition formula based on 2001 census.

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