CHANDIGARH: Punjab Rural Development and Panchayats Minister S. Laljit Singh Bhullar, on Monday, informed that under the initiative of providing pucca houses to the needy families of the villages, so far 34, 784 houses have been handed over to such families.

Asserting that Chief Minister S. Bhagwant Singh Mann led government has been making continuous efforts to transform the state into a ‘Rangla Punjab’, the Cabinet Minister S. Laljit Singh Bhullar said that a total of 40, 326 houses have been sanctioned by the Rural Development and Panchayats department under the PMAY (G) scheme, of which 34, 784 houses have been given to the needy eligible families so far. He said that an amount of Rs.21.23 crore has been released today to the eligible beneficiaries for the construction of remaining 5, 559 houses, and these houses will be completed by December this year.

The Rural Development and Panchayats Minister mentioned that out of total Rs.21.23 crore disbursed to eligible beneficiaries for the construction of pucca houses, 1139 beneficiaries will be provided with the first installment of Rs.30, 000 each, 1712 beneficiaries will receive the second installment of Rs.72, 000 each and 3051 beneficiaries to be given the third installment of Rs.18, 000 each.

S. Laljit Singh Bhullar emphasized that Punjab government is committed to provide pucca houses to the people who do not possess any house or living in Kachha/tented accommodation along with provision of basic amenities of drinking water, electricity connection, cooking gas and washroom facilities, besides 90 days of employment under MGNREGA, cattle shed for animals, soak pits, and vermi compost pits.

While appreciating the work done by the Rural and Panchayats Department, the Cabinet Minister praised the staff of PMAY(G) for their relentless, unflinching and continuous effort to complete the houses in stipulated time frame with updated specification and ensured desired outcome.

S. Laljit Singh Bhullar reiterated that the Mann government was committed to providing funds for the completion of these schemes in a timely manner.

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