Assam Unveils Ambitious Budget for “Housing for All” Initiative
Guwahati, 12th February: Assam Chief Minister, Himanta Biswa Sarma, heralded a significant step towards achieving the vision of “Housing for All” in the state with the unveiling of the Assam Budget 2024 on February 12. With a strong emphasis on inclusive growth, the budget allocates a monumental Rs 600 crore under the Mukhya Mantri Aawas Yojana (Gramin) to ensure housing for every citizen.
In a tweet on X, Sarma reiterated the government’s commitment to prioritizing adequate housing for all. He underscored the extensive efforts being undertaken through schemes like the Mukhya Mantri Aawas Yojana to cater to diverse segments of society, including tea garden community workers, previously marginalized beneficiaries, police personnel, and sanitation workers.
The budget earmarks a total of Rs 600 crore under the Mukhya Mantri Aawas Yojana (Gramin), aiming to sanction an additional 1,30,000 houses in the first phase, with an assistance amount of Rs 1.30 lakh per house. Notably, 10 percent of these houses will be reserved for eligible beneficiaries from the Tea Garden communities. Furthermore, 13,000 houses, constituting 10 percent of the beneficiaries, will be allotted to the poorest of the poor beneficiaries who were previously excluded from the SECC survey, along with an additional list.
In a collaborative effort, the Union Government, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has also pledged support for housing initiatives in Assam. As part of the Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana (Grameen), an allocation of 2 crore additional houses has been announced for the next five years, indicating a joint commitment to addressing the housing deficit in the region.
In addition to the housing provisions under the Mukhya Mantri Aawas Yojana, the Assam Budget 2024 allocates Rs 150 crore for housing facilities for police personnel and Rs 37.50 crore for the welfare of Safai Karmacharis.