Aizawl: Rural Development minister R. Lalzirliana on Tuesday launched chief minister’s rural housing scheme under the flagship programme New Economic Development Policy (NEDP) across the state.
Launching the scheme in a function held at rural development department conference hall here, R. Lalzirliana said the government is committed to the upliftment of the poor section of society.
The chief minister rural housing scheme was designed especially for poor families in rural villages, he said.
He said that the government by acknowledging the economic condition of the poor has been giving assistance to economically backward families through various scheme.
According to the minister, Rs 50,000 each housing assistance would be given to beneficiaries under the housing scheme.
The chief minister housing scheme is a pilot scheme under the NEDP, which is designed to give housing assistance to economically poor families in rural areas. Rural development department is the nodal agency. The assistance would be disbursed to the beneficiaries through District Rural Development Agency (DRDA) via rural development department. District level selection committee has been constituted under the leadership of respective deputy commissioner of all district headquarters for selection of beneficiaries.
Chief minister rural housing scheme was earlier launched in 2016-17 in selective three districts- Serchhip, Lawngtlai and Saiha and Rs 6 crore had been spent for the purpose.
During the fiscal 2017-18, Rs 100 crore has been allocated for the implementation of the scheme in all eight districts.
Rs 50,000 each would be given to beneficiaries under this scheme as housing assistance. To avail the scheme, 499 beneficiaries have been selected from Aizawl district, 415 from Champhai district, 619 from Lunglei district, 300 from Mamit district, 167 from Kolasib district, 200 from Serchhip district and 500 each from Lawngtlai and Siaha districts.