SHILLONG, May 12: The inordinate delay in starting the housing scheme for the economically weaker section of the society has come under the scanner from different quarters from time to time criticizing the addition of the prefix of ‘Chief Minister’ to the scheme.
In the backdrop of the housing assistance programme of the government lying pending for the last five years, Housing Minister Zenith Sangma said, “Construction of houses under the Chief Minister Housing Assistance Programme at Shillong-Nongmynsong and Nongpoh is nearing completion.”
The Meghalaya Affordable Housing Scheme, which aims at providing housing units to the marginalized sections of the society, will be rolled out soon.
“Under the two components of the scheme, the government will provide dwelling units and roofing materials to beneficiaries. Under the component of providing dwelling unit, the beneficiaries will have to construct the house on their own at an estimated cost of Rs 3.10 lakh. However, 10 per cent of the total cost has to be borne by the beneficiaries,” Sangma added.
“In the second component 100 per cent assistance will be provided to those who will use roofing materials under the scheme,” Sangma said while adding, “The government will also provide three bundles of aluminium sheets to the beneficiaries.”
“The aluminium sheets will be rust free and heat will be felt less and it will be beneficial for the public,” Sangma said.
The scheme is meant for the economically weaker sections of the society and will be implemented in both rural and urban areas of the State.
The plan to introduce the Meghalaya Housing Scheme was proposed in 2012 when the State government decided to do away with the distribution of corrugated galvanised iron sheets to the poor.
This scheme ensures that there is no scope left for corruption by any means.
Interestingly, an RTI finding in 2010 suggest that the Meghalaya government and Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL) has been implicated in an Rs nine crore scam relating to the supply of substandard Corrugated Galvanised Iron (CGI) stretching over a period of four years, from 2003 to 2006 under the Pradhan Mantri Gramodaya Yojana. The scam was unearthed through an RTI findings filed by the Meghalaya Right to Information Movement (MRTIM) in 2010.