AP bags ‘Best performing states” award; Jagan takes part in PM’s video conference


Amaravati:  For the young and dynamic AP Chief Minister Y S Jaganmohan Reddy, there cannot be anything more bigger than receiving the “Best performing state” award from the state on the opening day of New year.

The AP goverment today stands as one of the top performing state under PM Modi’s dream scheme, Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY -Urban). The Central government’s Department of Housing and Urban Affairs has announced on Saturday that the state has bagged the best performance in three categories, ‘Best Practice’ and ‘Innovation category’ and ‘Best Project Practice’ .

In fact, the state had also been selected for ‘project monitoring tools’ and ‘innovative construction technology’ under special award category. Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy recieved the award via video conference at the Tadepalli camp office.

Extending warm greetings to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the other officials on the occasion of New Year, Jaganmohan Reddy said the state has taken the lead in the country in implementation of PMAY (Urban). “We have observed that majority of the urban poor do not possess a house site and are therefore unable to construct a house of their own. And my government has taken a special drive to provide house sites to 30.75 lakh eligible poor people throughout state. For this purpose 68,677 acres of land which includes 25,433 acres of Government land, has been acquired, plotted and distributed to the eligible poor families,” he said and added that “20.21 lakh houses have already been sanctioned so far to the State under the scheme.”  He assured that his government will further ensure that all the houses are completed as per the schedule before 2022.

The state government has covered significant ground in achieving the goal of ‘Housing for All by 2022’, by distributing housing lots to all (100%) eligible poor families and sanctioning houses to 67% of eligible poor families. Jagan Reddy furter elaborated that ‘additional sanction of 8.95 lakh houses by Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs and the sanction of soft loans of Rs. 12,410 Crores by HUDCO or other Financial Institutions for the infrastructure development in the Housing Colonies, should help his government to complete its journey towards achieving the desired goal. “I request the Hon’ble Prime Minister’s intervention in these two matters.,’ he pointed out.

Further speaking on contributing to post-Covid economic revival, the Chief Minister had also stated  that at this crucial juncture, when the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in the consumption taking a nose dive and consequently aggregate demand witnessing a steep fall, yet construction of the houses at such large scale shall give a huge boost to the economy, besides providing massive employment to people belonging to 30 occupational categories such as masonry, carpentry, plumbing etc.’