The Pradhan Mantri Gramin Awaas Yojana(PMGAY) is a centrally Sponsored scheme for providing housing to the BPL households in the rural areas. The Scheme is funded on the cost-sharing basis between the Centre and the State in the ratio of 90:10.
The objective of the programme is to ensure that the shelter-less poor people in the villages are provided with permanent shelter. The Department has been implementing the programme through the Village Development Boards. This programme is found to be one of the most successful schemes being implemented by the Department till date with a high level of social acceptance in the diverse society of the State and has attracted wide community participation in the implementation. The Department has been implementing the Housing programme through the Village Development Boards (VDBs) providing durable shelter to the rural poor in the villages. The selection of the beneficiaries is done by the VDBs of the respective villages from the PMGAY Waitlist. The construction of the house is done by the beneficiaries themselves. The community contributes labour and materials that are locally available such as Baily Post, Timber, Bamboo etc at free of cost for the construction of house. It may be stated here that during 2009, due recognition was received from “India Today” by way of receiving Bharat Nirman Award under Small State Category for effective implementation of housing programme.