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Cabinet nod for enhancement of unit assistance under Indira Awaas Yojana

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New Delhi, January 10, 2013

The Union Cabinet today approved a proposal of the Ministry of Rural Development to increase the unit assistance under the Indira Awaas Yojana (IAY) from Rs 45,000 to Rs 70,000 in plain areas and from Rs 48,500 to Rs 75,000 in hilly, difficult and integrated action plan (IAP) districts.

An official press release said this was aimed at providing quality and affordable houses and also takes into account the numerous requests received by the Government from stakeholders for increasing the unit cost.
The release said the enhancement of unit assistance provided for homestead site to rural Below Poverty Line (BPL) households who have neither agricultural land nor a house site for purchase/acquisition of a homestead site will be Rs.10,000 to Rs.20,000. 
This was a major point in the agreement between Government of India and Jan Satyagraha on 11th October 2012 at Agra. 
The IAY is a flagship scheme of the Ministry of Rural Development and aims at addressing rural housing issues by providing grant for construction / upgradation of dwelling units of BPL families especially giving priority to Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes, freed bonded labourers and physically challenged persons with financial assistance.
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