Housing schemes fail to hit the mark in Karnataka

The number of houses built and dispersed under the various state government and central government housing schemes have been consistently below target from 2012 to 2016.

The target number of houses to be bulit and the actual numberof houses built under the Vajpayee Urban Scheme.

Bangalore, November 21, 2017:The number of houses dispersed under the Vajpayee Urban Housing Scheme has failed to meet the set target for the last three years.

The Vajpayee Urban Housing Scheme also called the Urban Ashraya Scheme is state government-sponsored scheme that was introduced in 1991-92 to provide houses and house sites for the urban poor.

From 2013 to 2017, the target number of houses to be built under the Vajpayee Urban Housing Scheme was 65,000 houses. However, the number of houses that have been built is30,857. The scheme, therefore, is 34, 143 houses less than the set target.

This is a feature not confined to the Vajpayee Urban Housing Scheme alone. The Basava Vasathi Yojane, which was also introduced in 1991-92 to provide houses to the rural poor, had completed 88,156 houses less than the set target. The Devaraj Urs Housing Scheme, which is state-sponsored, was started in 2014-15 to build houses for the physically challenged, HIV affected families, orphans living on footpaths, etc. Under this scheme, from 2015 to 2017, 14,396 houses were completed while the target set was  20,000 houses.

The Indira Awas Yojana or the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana which is a central government-sponsored scheme provides for houses to the people below the poverty line in rural areas.

The only scheme where the number of houses built is higher than its target, is the Ambedkar Scheme mentioned in the Karnataka Economic Survey of 2016-2017, where the target from 2014 to 2017 was zero but construction of houses continued.In total, thetarget was 5000 and completed houses were 10,218

The progress of house site schemes has not been very significant. From 2013 to December, 2016 the total target of houses to be completed and distributed was 80,000 but the actual rate was 42, 486 houses. The progress has been relatively poor in urban house sites than rural-urban sites.


 
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