Basava Vasati Yojana remains dormant since 2019. People below the poverty line are waiting for the promised houses.
No houses have been constructed since 2019 under the Basava Vasati Yojana. People below the poverty line continue to wait for allotments.
The last list of targets set by the Government to build houses was from 2018-19. No targets have been mentioned for 2019-20 and 2020-21.
Surya Kumar, first division assistant of K. Gollahalli’s Gram Panchayat said “We didn’t take any new applications under the Yojana because there are many pending allotments from the year 2018-19.” He also said that the Gram Panchayat didn’t get funds from the Rajiv Gandhi Vasati Nigam due to which work has been stopped.
“We didn’t receive grants for the Yojana from the government after 2019,” said Basappa C., assistant general manager at Rajiv Gandhi Housing Corporation Limited (RGRHCL). He also said, “We aren’t aware of the reasons as to why the grants by the government have stopped.” The corporation built 2887 houses under the yojana in Bengaluru Rural in 2017-18. The Monthly Progress Implementation Calendar (MPIC) list provided by Basappa C.,showed that the number fell to 2857 in 2018-19. However, the MPIC list on the RGRHCL website shows 1110 completed houses as of 2017-18 and 15 completed houses as of 2018-19. The website mentions that after 2019, the yojana didn’t take in any applications for the new allotments.
“I was one of the applicants in the year 2016 but never got a call back about the status of my allotment,” said Asha Rani, resident of K. Gollahalli. She said, she still has hopes of getting a house of her own under the yojana. Another resident of K. Gollahalli Sushma said, “I applied for the house under the yojana but, I was verbally informed by the local authorities that my application is rejected.” The reason wasn’t stated clearly, said Sushma.
BasavaVasati Yojana was launched in 2000 by the Karnataka State Government to provide housing to the poor. The applicant must own a piece of land in order to be eligible for the scheme. The state government provides for 85 percent of the construction material for the housing. The yojana is implemented by Rajiv Gandhi Housing Corporation Ltd. and Rajiv Gandhi Vasati Nigam. The scheme is a parallel of The Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana but applies only to Karnataka.
“We are hoping to receive grants for the yojana from the government for 2022 and the work may start next year onwards,” said Basappa C.