The Bhupesh Baghel government on Monday launched the Gramin Awas NYAY Yojana in Chhattisgarh to provide shelter to the homeless in the state.
Lok Sabha member Rahul Gandhi launched the scheme at the “Awas NYAY Sammelan” in village Parsada (Sakri) of Takhatpur block in Bilaspur district.
Under the scheme, 47,090 houseless families will benefitin the first phase.
The Chhattisgarh government has also decided to allot housing units to the remaining 6,99,439 eligible families in the permanent waiting list of the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Rural).
In all, 10.76 lakh beneficiaries will benefit in a phased manner in the coming years. The Chhattisgarh government has also decided to provide financial aid to construct houses. Gandhi and Chief Minister Baghel virtually gave away the money to the beneficiaries to formally inaugurate the scheme.
They also laid foundation stones for 414 development and construction works worth Rs 669.69 crores to be executed in Bilaspur district.
Also, appointment letters to 2,594 selected teachers and forest rights letters to 1,117 beneficiaries in urban areas were distributed.
Deputy Chief Minister T.S. Singh Deo, former Union Minister Kumari Selja, MP Deepak Baij and Assembly Speaker Dr Charandas Mahant were present.
The Garment Factory Ganiyari-Nagoi run by a self-help group was also inaugurated. Baghel said: “Today, Rs 1,200 crores have been transferred to their accounts. In coming years, funds will continue to be deposited into their accounts."