West Bengal state government to construct 8.30 lakh houses under Banglar Bari project

Last Updated: July 15, 2019

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West Bengal state government to construct 8.30 lakh houses under Banglar Bari project
15 July 2019 Current Affairs: The West Bengal state government has decided to construct 8.30 lakh houses for poor people living in the rural areas, under the Banglar Bari project. The houses will be constructed in the current financial year.
In the 2018-19 financial year, 5.86 lakh houses have been built under the project, while in the current financial year, another 2.50 lakh houses will be set up. 

Centre's involvement:
The Ministry of Rural Development increased the financial allotment to the state government as it performed good in the last fiscal year. Around Rs.3.75 lakh will be allotted to construct each house under the project. 
The district magistrates have been asked to prepare a list of beneficiaries. The cost will be shared between the Central ans the State government. The centre will bear 60% and the state will bear 40%. The toilets will be constructed under Mission Nirmal.

Benefits:
The area of the houses will be 25 sq metres. There will be one room, a kitchen, a balcony and a toilet in each. The beneficiaries from Jangalmahal will get Rs.1.30 lakh while their counterparts in other areas will get Rs.1.20 lakh.

Banglar Bari project:
The Banglar Bari project was introduced by the Bengal Government. It was launched in 2017. It aims to provide flats to people living below poverty line (BPL) in municipality areas. Under the project,  four-storied buildings in municipal areas will be built to ensure permanent shelter to people from financially weaker sections.
State Urban Development Agency (SUDA) will handle the construction  process. Families headed by women and financially weaker families whose monthly income is less than Rs.10,000 will be given priority.
The beneficiaries should apply to SUDA to get a flat under the project which will be verified by the Local municipalities. People under BPL category and who don’t have any concrete houses are eligible to apply.

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