18 LAKH HOUSES UNDER INDIRA AWAAS YOJANA IN ASSAM
Guwahati, August 12, 2006
The Assam Panchayat & Rural Development Minister Shri Chandan Brahma
today said the department will construct more than 18 lakh homes under
the Indira Awaas Yojana till 2008 – 2009 in the State.
Speaking as the Chief Guest in the valedictory function of the five day
Public Information Campaign on the six flagship schemes undertaken by
the UPA Government under the Bharat Nirman programes, the minister said
the state Panchayat department is working as the nodal agency and it
has been entrusted to construct 22.41 lakh homes for the homeless and
landless people in the state. He said so far 4.39 lakh houses have been
built since 2001.
Shri Brahma said the list of the beneficiaries will be prepared by
August 25 this year including waiting list. He said the districtwise
break up of allocation were already sent and the selection will be done
by the Panchayats.
Explaining the benefits of the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act,
passed by the Parliament last year, he said seven districts in the
state – Kokrajhar, Bongaigaon, Goalpara, Lakhimpur, Dhemaji, Karbi
Anglong and NC Hills have been included for the scheme in the first
phase. Under the employment scheme a registered unemployed in the
Panchayat would get 100 days work as per government wage
recommendation. Implementation of the scheme has already started in the
seven districts and he hoped that people to take the opportunity to
involve themselves in creating valuable assets for the society while
earning their wages.
Earlier speaking as the Guest of Honour, former Asom Sahitya Sabha
President and eminent litterateur Dr. Lakshminandan Bora said the large
gathering of people in the function indicated that people of the area
have responded well to the programme. Shri Bora stressed on proper
implementation of the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan and National Rural Health
Mission saying that education and health were two important factors for
development. He urged the people to become aware of the schemes being
undertaken to reap maximum benefit from them and also stressed on
creating a work culture in the state.
In his presidential address the editor of Asomiya Pratidin, Shri Haider
Hussain while terming the publicity campaign as a realistic step to make
people aware of the schemes said many schemes in the past were not
properly implemented. Holding the Bharat Nirman slogan as a
transformation of Mahatma Gandhi’s Gramin Swaraj dream, he stressed on
creating moral values in the society, respect successful people in
different fields and initiate a social reform in the state for the
upliftment of the downtrodden and neglected. He also urged the people to
take up self-employment specially in agriculture sector not only to
generate income but also to set up examples for others.
Shri B. Narzary, Dy. Director General of Press Information Bureau gave
the welcome address while the local MLA Shri Pranab Kalita also
addressed the function as guest of honour.
The five day Public Information Campaign was organized by Press
Information Bureau in association with other central media units like
Directorate of Field Publicity, Directorate of Advertising and Visual
Publicity and the Song and Drama Division at Harendra Nath Talukdar
auditorium at Uparhali near Mirza from August 8 to 12,2006.