Precious Kashmir News
Srinagar, Nov 19: Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Grameen) is making significant strides in turning the dream of owning a house into a tangible reality for landless beneficiaries in rural areas of Jammu and Kashmir.
An official while talking to Precious Kashmir said, “This transformative initiative is not only addressing the housing needs of the underprivileged but is also fostering a sense of security and empowerment among the residents of remote regions.”
Pertinently, PMGAY (G) launched as a part of the larger mission to provide affordable housing to all by 2022, has gained remarkable traction in Jammu and Kashmir. The focus of the program on rural areas, particularly those without land ownership, is proving to be a game-changer for many families who have long aspired to have a roof over their heads.
Last week, Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha announced that 17,000 PMAY (G) eligible landless tribal beneficiaries will be provided 5 marla land in coming days. “It is our topmost priority to safeguard the rights and benefits extended to all the tribal communities. The administration is committed to ensure that the tribal population in Jammu and Kashmir enjoys equitable benefits of growth,” he had said.
According to the officials under the PMAY (G) scheme, financial assistance is being provided to eligible beneficiaries to facilitate the construction of a pucca house. “The emphasis on housing for all resonates strongly in the context of Jammu and Kashmir’s rural areas, where many families, despite their hard work and perseverance, have struggled with inadequate shelter and living conditions,” they said.
“One of the key components of the PMAY (G) is its inclusivity, ensuring that the benefits reach those who need them the most,” they added.
Notably, local authorities and government agencies are working collaboratively to identify and verify landless beneficiaries, ensuring that the support goes to those who are genuinely in need. This approach is crucial in maintaining the integrity of the program and maximizing its positive impact on the target communities.
Beneficiaries, according to the officials, are not only receiving financial aid but are also provided with technical assistance to navigate the construction process. “This holistic approach ensures that the houses built under the scheme adhere to quality standards and are sustainable in the long run. The aim is not just to provide shelter but to create homes that enhance the overall quality of life for the residents,” they added.
“The impact of the PMAY (G) is palpable in the smiles and gratitude of the beneficiaries. Families that once faced uncertainty regarding their living conditions now have a newfound sense of security and pride in home ownership. The initiative is fostering a positive ripple effect, creating a sense of community and social cohesion as neighborhoods transform with the construction of these new homes,’ said an observer.