Govt rebuts Mehbooba Mufti’s assertion on land allotment to outsiders

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The government on Wednesday said that no outsider is being allotted the land in Jammu and Kashmir under PMAY (Grameen) scheme and the former chief minister, Mehbooba Mufti has been making statements without having any understanding of the scheme and the revenue laws of J-K.

In an official communique, the government spokesman said PMAY (Grameen) phase -1 started on 1.4.2016 in which 2,57,349 houseless cases were identified in J-K in SECC data 2011 and after due verification by gram sabhas, out of which 1,36,152 cases were sanctioned for J-K under the overall commitment of Prime Minister for “Housing for all by 2022”.

Per unit assistance of 1.30 lakhs is provided per house by Govt of India under the scheme. The minimum size of the house prescribed is 1 marla.

The government conducted Awaas+ survey during January, 2018 to March, 2019 to identify those beneficiaries which claimed to have been left out under the 2011 SECC. The data of beneficiaries captured through Awaas+ was utilized to fill the gaps between overall target and eligible beneficiaries made available from SECC Permanent Wait List (PWL) PMAY PHASE-II(AWAS Plus) Grameen started from 2019 onwards based on survey of 2018-19, done pan India, in which 2.65 Lakhs houseless cases were recorded in J-K and only target of 63426 houses was given to J-K.

These houses have been sanctioned in 2022 only.
This phase of the scheme is getting over on 31.03.24
based on good performance of J-K in sanction and completion of houses, on 30th May 2023, 199550 more PMAY AWAS PLUS houses have been sanctioned as a special dispensation, in order to ensure housing for all for all 2.65 lakhs houseless persons, who were part of PWL2019.

Survey is based on clear guidelines on the basis of all houseless, those living in zero, one or two room kachha houses, multi layered prioritization as defined in section 4 of the scheme guidelines.

Those houseless persons who don’t have land or clear title of land or have that category of land where construction is not permitted, couldn’t be sanctioned house, even if they are part of this Permanent waiting list.

Based on the field level survey, out of 199550, 2711 cases were identified who don’t have clear title of land and fall in the categories including people residing on State land; People residing on Forest land; People residing in Rakhs and Farms land, where construction is not permitted; People sitting on Custodian land; and Land allotted to displaced people by the Government near Dachigam park for agriculture purpose, where construction is not permitted.

Any other category of cases who are otherwise eligible for housing but do not have any land available for construction,” it said.

As the government cannot sanction the house to someone who doesn’t have land, therefore in order to ensure housing for all, the government has taken a policy decision to allot 5 marlas of land to these 2711 cases so that they can get houses.

Therefore the statement of Mehbooba Mufti that government is allotting land to 2 lakh odd persons is factually incorrect and all statements made by her are without having any understanding of the PMAY scheme and Revenue laws of the J-K which permit allotment of land to landless, for housing purposes. So neither any change in the law has been made nor any outsider is being allotted land.

These 2711 cases are part of the 2018-19 PWL of houseless persons of J-K, who were debarred from having a house, just because either they didn’t have land or the land they have is state/forest/any other category of land where construction is not permitted.

Data being quoted by her is of Housing & Urban Affairs, while PMAYG scheme is of the Ministry of Rural Development for rural areas of J-K, government spokesman said. (KNO)

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