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Modi has been misled, says Assam MLA

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A lawmaker in Assam has come out with data on Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-Urban (PMAY-Urban) to pick holes in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s claim that the State had seen unprecedented development since 2014.

Mr Modi had after inaugurating the 4.94 km Bogibeel Bridge on December 25 outlined a slew of projects undertaken or completed in the North-Eastern states, including Assam.

“Either the Prime Minister is unaware or he has been misled by the Sarbananda Sonowal government and senior bureaucrats to make such claims. There is hardly any progress in Assam, and one does not need to go beyond PMAY-Urban to find out,” Anwar Hussain Laskar, the All India United Democratic Front legislator from southern Assam’s Hailakandi constituency told reporters on Monday.

Referring to data obtained from the State Mission Directorate, Mr Laskar said only 11 of the 57,364 approved houses under PMAY-Urban had been completed since 2015. “The first instalment of Rs 50,000 for some 17,000 houses was released some time ago after I raised the issue in the Assembly four months ago,” he said.

If that were not enough, 37,932 beneficiaries in Guwahati had not received any kind of assistance or subsidy under the Slum Redevelopment Scheme initiated by PMAY-Urban through the State’s Urban Development Department.

“The scenario is no different in the case of PMAY-Rural. In the Hailakandi Assembly constituency alone, about 50 out of more than 800 houses have been completed – that too poorly,” Mr Laskar said.

There has been no monitoring of the housing-for-all scheme as the district units of the Mission Directorate have been functioning with only one employee instead of the sanctioned four while four districts – Baksa, Biswanath, Hailakandi and Sonitpur – have no manpower at all, the MLA said.

Officials handling PMAY-Urban sought time to respond to the legislator’s allegations.

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