The mega-housing campaign would prove important for the rural homeless – Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray

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Mumbai: The mega-housing campaign would prove important for the rural homeless Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray launched mega-housing campaign being undertaken by rural development department in the next 100 days for providing a fillip to rural housing in the state. Stating that it is resolved to build 8.82 lakh houses through this campaign, the chief minister appealed people for collective participation to make the campaign successful.

The campaign was kickstarted during a state-level workshop at Sahyadri Guest House. Minister for rural development Hasan Mushrif, minister of state for rural development Abdul Sattar, additional chief secretary to chief minister Ashish Kumar Singh, principal secretary Vikas Kharge, director of the state management cell for rural housing Dr Rajaram Dighe were present. Divisional commissioners, collectors, CEOs of Zilla Parishads participated online.

The rural mega-housing campaign would be run in the state between November 20th 2020 and February 28th 2021. Under this campaign, through various schemes, it has been resolved to build a total of 8.82 lakh 135 houses.

The mega-housing campaign would prove important for the rural homeless. Stating that it needs to be ensured by everyone that houses to be built are strong and permanent ones, the chief minister said that the housing should be such that other states should come to see our work. He said that mega-housing scheme has been planned in a nice manner but instead of just providing subsidy, an entire package which would take care of toilet block, land and even bank loan is being provided to the beneficiary. Expressing the confidence that this scheme would be successful, chief minister Thackeray said that there would not be any paucity of funds for this scheme.

Minister for rural development Hasan Mushrif said that his department has resolved to build around 8.82 lakh houses in next 100 days which would have an estimated cost of Rs. 4000 crore. He assured that measures such as making land available for those who does not possess any landholding, regularising the residential encroachments on Government lands would be taken. He assured that the campaign would be run in such a manner that no rural family would be homeless.

Minister of state for rural development Abdul Sattar said that creating infrastructure in rural areas has been accelerated. He said that planning would be done in such a way under the rural mega-housing scheme that with effective implementation every homeless in rural areas would have own house. He expressed confidence that rural homeless and poor would have a sigh of relief as a result of this campaign.

Chief Minister released the logo of the state management cell for this campaign, booklet of the campaign, pamphlet, wall poster of the campaign.

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