In a significant move towards the vision of “Housing for All”, the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs is providing Central Assistance for the construction of houses for eligible beneficiaries under the PMAY-U scheme in the urban areas of Darjeeling, Kalimpong and North Dinajpur districts of West Bengal.
A total of 45,168 houses have been sanctioned in the districts of Darjeeling, Kalimpong and North Dinajpur with a Central Assistance of ₹707.28 crores. 17,297 houses in the above districts have been completed and delivered to the beneficiaries. Construction has started in 40,428 houses where Central Assistance of ₹375.20 crores has been released so far under the scheme.
The Ministry regularly monitors the progress of the PMAY-U scheme in collaboration with the state government. West Bengal government, under the assistance of the Ministry, will be implementing the projects through their implementing agencies. PMAY-U implementation status will be reviewed from time to time through Monthly Progress Reports, Monthly Review Meetings and in the meetings of the Central Sanctioning and Monitoring Committee.
However, amidst the remarkable achievements of the PMAY-U scheme, concerns regarding irregularities or misuse of funds have been raised during the implementation phase. When asked by the Darjeeling MP Raju Bista about the measures taken by the Ministry regarding the misuse of funds, the Ministry responded by saying that the Government has established suitable grievance redressal systems at both the State and City levels to address any issues faced by stakeholders in the scheme’s implementation.
The Ministry further said that the State follows a rigorous scrutiny process for the approval of beneficiary lists. Any reported complaints related to irregularities or fund misuses are promptly forwarded to the concerned authorities for appropriate action, which may include disciplinary measures against those responsible. To further enhance transparency and accountability, the Centralised Public Grievance Redress and Monitoring System (CPGRAMS) is readily available to citizens.
With the wholehearted efforts of the Government and stakeholders at various levels, the PMAY-U scheme continues to empower countless families across the country by providing them with the cherished dream of owning a home. The commitment towards ensuring “Housing for All” remains unwavering, and the Government’s resolve to address any challenges and streamline the implementation process is resolute.