Sikkim to be first state to provide 'pucca houses' to all citizens

New Delhi, Nov 5 (ANI): Aiming to be the first state in the country to provide 'pucca' houses to all its citizens, the Sikkim Government has launched a Rs 211.20 crore 'social housing' project namely "Chief Minister's Rural Housing Mission"(CMRHM).

Under the project, housing will be provided to around 30, 000 people residing in 'kutcha' houses as on January 1, 2011 from economically weaker sections to fulfill the realisation of their dream of living in a decent house.

"The state government has launched Rs 211.20 crore rupees cost ambitious social housing project under which around 6000 poor household dwellers living in kutcha houses in the state will get a single storey earthquake resistant new pucca house free of cost by the year 2013 to permanently address the issue of homelessness among the poor in the state," said C.C.Wangdi, project director of the mission .

So far, the State Government has invested Rs 125 crore in the project under the State Plan and Rs 70 crore has been earmarked in this financial year.

"The administration has completed construction work on 1,137 houses, while work on 3,029 houses will be completed by December next," Wangdi said.

All these 6000 katcha house dwellers were identified through a rigorous baseline survey conducted by Gram Sabhas using transparent criteria followed by multiple level of superivision and cross checks by the Rural Management and Development Department.

This scheme is one of the initiatives undertaken by the State Chief Minister Pawan Chamling under the "Mission Poverty Free Sikkim" which was launched to raise the social and economic status of weaker section of society living below poverty line in the state.

The housing project is being implemented in convergence with centrally sponsored schemes like Indira Awaas Yojana, Rajiv Gandhi Gramin Vidyutikaran Yojana (RGGVY) for electrification, National Rural Drinking Water Program (NRDWP) for water supply and MG-NREGA for land development and protection work around the house sites. (ANI)