PMAY to cover all 97 towns, work to start from February
Dispur, December 22: In a major boost to the urban housing initiatives in Assam, Government has extended the implementation area of Prime Minister's Awas Yojana to all the 97 towns of the State. Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal today directed the officials of the Urban Development Department to start implementation of the scheme in all the towns simultaneously from first week of February, 2017.
Chief Minister Sonowal further stressed on uniform structure for the houses to be constructed under the scheme and hoped that successful implementation of the same will usher new life in thousands of families of the State. Though this scheme was initially planned to be implemented in only 9 towns of the state, same has been presently increased covering all the towns.
The Chief Minister also reviewed the implementation of Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) and directed the Department to immediately convene public meetings in all the four towns where the scheme is to be implemented to ensure public involvement. Sonowal also stressed on judicious use of Rs. 655 crores earmarked for augmenting Water Supply and Sanitation facilities in the already listed four towns of the State and generating public awareness.
Chief Minister Sonowal also reviewed the progress of Swacch Bharat Mission (SBM) in urban areas of the State and advised the Department to adopt Gujarat model of toilet construction. Through implementation of the scheme, 66,624 private houses and 2280 community toilets will be constructed in urban areas of the State.
The Chief Minister also took stock of functioning of the State Veterinary & Animal Husbandry Department in a separate review meeting today. Underling the need for reducing the demand and supply gap of milk products, Sonowal asked the Department to prepare a vision plan highlighting the critical areas and urged the officials to vociferously work for heralding 'White Revolution' in Assam.
State Veterinary & Animal Husbandry Minister Atul Bora, Additional Chief Secretary MGVK Bhanu and several other senior officers of the State Government were present in the meeting.