Year ender review of the Ministry of Rural Development

-Press Information Bureau
Contd from previous issue
c. Celebration of Awaas Diwas: Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi released the Framework For Implementation (FFI) of PMAY-G and formally launched the scheme on 20th November, 2016 in Agra, U.P.
Since then, every year, 20th November is celebrated as Awaas Diwas nation-wide. In present year also on 20th November, 2019, all the states/UTs celebrated Awaas Diwas or Awaas Saptah with zeal and enthusiasm wherein various activities were undertaken with active participation from the beneficiaries of PMAY-G.
Some of the common activities include:
i. Sensitization of beneficiaries about PMAY-G viz. number of installments in which assistance is provided to beneficiary, availability of different housing designs available in that area, awareness about mason training program and availability of trained masons.
ii. Organizing interaction of PMAY-G beneficiaries with local banks to facilitate loan to beneficiaries of PMAY-G.
iii. Organizing Bhoomi Pooja, Grehpravesh in presence of state dignitaries.
d. Financial Reconciliation Module and Admin Module: Administrative Fund Management System i.e. Admin Module has been developed to track the flow of admin funds till end user level through AwaasSoft.
This module also helps in tracking activity-wise flow of admin funds.
Further, to rectify discrepancies in the financial progress reports of AwaasSoft and to ensure accounting compliance, Financial Reconciliation Module has been developed.
These modules were made mandatory to use with effect from 1st September 2019.
e. House Quality Review Application - Geo-tagged photographs of the PMAY-G houses at different stages of construction including completion are being captured in AwaasSoft. MoRD with the help of NIC has developed a “House quality review application” in AwaasSoft to review the quality of the houses using the captured geo-tagged photographs.
f. National Awards: Every year Ministry organizes National Awards ceremony towards the year-end wherein the Hon’ble Minister of Rural Development in presence of the other dignitaries of MoRD, awards trophies and certificates to the best performing States, Districts and Blocks for various MoRD schemes including PMAY-G.
Also, individual awards and certificates are given to officials / functionaries from State, District, Block and Panchayat for their contribution towards the implementation of PMAY-G.
This year also, National Awards Distribution function was held on 19th December, 2019 wherein Awards were presented to various categories in respect of PMAY-G.
g. Workshop with building materials manufacturers and suppliers’ association for ensuring Sustained availability of good quality construction materials- The enormous housing targets under PMAY-G demands a huge supply of construction materials which may lead to its scarcity, resulting in an increase in the cost of the materials and supply of degraded materials to meet the demand.
The issue of sustained availability of good quality construction materials is being approached by the MoRD from both demand and supply side.
With this background, a workshop was organized with building materials manufacturers and suppliers’ association to augment sustained availability of good quality construction materials under PMAY-G on 17th July 2019.
h. Updation of Permanent Wait List : Requests have been received from States / UTs with regard to inclusion of those households who though eligible for assistance under PMAY-G as per the parameters specified under SECC-2011, but have not been included in the list of eligible beneficiaries.
Since a provision in this regard already exists in the Framework for Implementation of PMAY-G, Ministry of Rural Development has developed Mobile Application “Awaas+”, as well as a module in AwaasSoft to capture details of such beneficiaries. Last date for completion of this exercise was 7th March, 2019.  Ministry has already constituted a Committee of Experts for analysis of the data captured using mobile application “Awaas+” so as to arrive at the most logical methodology to identify and including the most deserving households in the PWL for aiding under PMAY-G.
i. Mason Training
One of the major initiatives of Minisry of Rural Development in the direction of improving the quality of PMAY-G houses and providing livelihood opportunities has been towards ensuring ‘Skill Development of Rural Masons’.
This is being done through a formal mechanism of training, assessment and certification. Ministry of Rural has developed Rural Mason Qualification Pack (QP) in consultation with Construction Skill Development Council of India (CSDCI) and got it approved by National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC). As on 1st December, 2019, a total of 90,469 have been enrolled for mason training out of which 79,680 have been assessed and 54,990 have been certified under rural mason training programme
j. House Design Typologies
Department of Rural Development in this direction in collaboration with UNDP and IIT, Delhi had taken up studies in 18 States viz., West Bengal, Assam, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, Sikkim, Manipur, Chattisgarh, Tripura, Meghalaya, Maharashtra, Bihar, Odisha, Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Mizoram, and Rajasthan. The states have been divided into different housing zones which have been identified on the basis of local materials and technologies, vulnerability to disasters / hazards, livelihood aspects linked to housing designs and existing community skills.  The housing zones identified in a State also took into consideration the prevailing socio-cultural practices. Different house design typologies that are suitable for different housing zones have been identified for the above States. A Compendium titled ‘Pahal’ comprising of 106 identified house design typologies has also been compiled by the MoRD. The compendium aims to provide government decision makers, engineers engaged in PMAY-G implementation, Panchayats, masons and potential beneficiary households with wider range of options related to designs, materials and technologies for implementation of PMAY-G.
House design typologies have also been developed by Gujarat, Arunachal Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Punjab & Tamil Nadu. States/ UTs are encouraged to adopt design typologies compiled in ‘Pahal’ and/ or developed by the States.
Demonstration houses based on house design typologies are constructed in the States of Tripura, Sikkim and Maharashtra.
k. Regional Workshops on “Sharing of Best Practices”: Regional workshops for sharing of best practices were organized for Northern, Eastern, Western, North-Eastern and Southern States. The objective of the workshop was to
i. Inculcate and adopt best practices: During these workshops all the participant states share the best practices adopted by the States to improves scheme implementation.
ii.    Address open issues and challenges: Officials from various divisons of MoRD and other related Central Government Departments like National Informatics Centre (NIC), Internal Finance Division (IFD), Public Finance Management System (PFMS), Construction Skill Development Council (CSDC), Chief Controller of Accounts (CCA) also accompanied during these workshops held at various locations across India. The purpose is to address issues raised by the participant States / UTs and try to solve maximum issues on the on the spot.
iii.    The Regional Workshops were held at the following places.
S. No. Region    Participating States    Date and Place of Conduct
1. North    Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Punjab, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh    29th – 30th July 2019, Uttarakhand
2. East    Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh    8th – 9th August 2019, Madhya Pradesh
3. West    Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Goa, Daman & Diu and Dadra and Nagar Haveli    19th – 20th September 2019, Daman & Diu
4. North-East    Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Manipur, Assam, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura    23rd – 24th October 2019, Mizoram
5. South    Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Andaman & Nicobar Islands and Lakshadweep    11th – 12th November 2019,Kerala
VI. Achievements
Progress in PMAY-G
Parameter    Achievement (in lakhs)
Phase-1 (2016-19)    Phase-2(2019)    Cumulative
Total Target    99.99    60.00    159.99
Target allocated    99.99    51.05    151.04
Registrations    113.72    40.02    153.74
Geo-tagged    108.34    37.11    145.46
Sanctions    97.90    39.79    137.69
No. of 1st instalments released    96.72    34.76    131.48
No. of 2nd instalments released    91.69    13.58    105.28
No. of 3rd instalments released    87.03    4.46    91.50
Completions    85.89    3.06    88.95
(taken from Awaas Soft MIS, as on 16th Dec 2019)
Shyama Prasad Mukherji Rurban Mission (SPMRM)
1. Background:
i. Shyama Prasad Mukherji Rurban Mission (SPMRM) is focused on comprehensive development of 300 clusters spread across 29 States and 6 Union Territories of the country. These clusters are identified in rural regions displaying potential for economic growth through presence of thematic livelihood activities, increasing population and non-farm employment.
The Mission is being implemented with an aim to transform these clusters by focusing on developing skills, strengthening economic activities and provision of crucial basic infrastructure amenities in an equitable and time-bound manner. ‘Integrated Cluster Action Plans (ICAPs) comprising all these components are prepared for every cluster.
(To be contd)