The State Government is implementing various schemes for the welfare of the weaker sections of the society, so that they can live a respectable life in the society. The Himachal Pradesh government headed by Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur is implementing the Swarn Jayanti Aashray Yojana to realize the dream of home for poor families belonging to Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes. This scheme is proving beneficial in realizing the objective of the Government of India to provide housing for all by the year 2022.
The main objective of Swarna Jayanti Ashray Yojana is to provide pucca houses with basic facilities to the poor families of Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes of the state. Under this scheme, there is a provision to provide financial assistance of rupees one lakh 50 thousand to the eligible beneficiaries for construction of houses.
Along with providing basic facilities to the eligible beneficiaries of the state, this scheme is also playing an important role in improving the standard of living. The State Government has been ensuring that the development of the State continues uninterrupted even during the Corona period and people continue to get the benefits of the welfare schemes of the State.
To avail the benefit of this scheme, the annual income of the beneficiary family should be less than Rs. 35 thousand. Under this scheme, a budget of Rs.51 crore 34 lakh 50 thousand has been allocated in the State for the year 2020-2021 and 3,419 houses were constructed in the State during the period.
Under this scheme, Rs 2.74 crore have been provided to district Bilaspur, Rs 3.69 crore to district Chamba, Rs 3.25 crore to district Hamirpur, Rs 10.36 crore to district Kangra, Rs 1.02 crore to district Kinnaur, Rs 2.77 crore to district Kullu, Rs 7.69 crore to district Mandi, Rs 5.55 crore to district Shimla, Rs 3.84 crore to district Sirmaur, Rs 4.78 crore to district Solan and Rs 3.13 crore to district Una.
Under this scheme about 183 houses in District Bilaspur, 246 in District Chamba, 217 in District Hamirpur, 691 in District Kangra, 68 in District Kinnaur, 185 in District Kullu, 513 in District Mandi, 370 in District Shimla, 256 in District Sirmaur, 319 in district Solan and 207 houses in district Una have been constructed and six houses have been renovated.
Keeping in view the requirements of the far flung areas of the state, with an amount of Rs. 82 lakh about 54 houses have been constructed in Bharmour area of Chamba district, 49 houses with an amount of Rs 73 lakh 50 thousand in Pangi, about 22 houses with an amount of Rs 33 lakh 70 thousand in Dodrakwar of Shimla district and 39 houses were constructed in district Lahaul-Spiti with an expenditure of Rs. 59 lakh.
Swarn Jayanti Aashray Yojana has been proving boon in providing financial assistance and better facilities to weaker sections of the society.