The government on 13 May 2013 approved new guidelines for the Indira Awas Yojna Scheme for rural poor. The new guidelines are as following:
• Building Toilets has been made compulsory under the Indira Awas Yojna.
• Manual scavengers, freed bonded labourers and tribal groups will be given preference in allotments.
• The allocation for each dwelling unit was increased from 45000 rupees to75000 rupees.
• In Maoist-affected and hilly regions, the allocation would now be 75000 rupees from the existing 48500 rupees. Landless labourers which were given 10000 rupees for buying land would now be given 20000 rupees.
Apart from the above guidelines, a major change was introduced which is that funds will be given to only consolidated proposals from state governments and not district-level organisations.
Indira Awas Yojana is a flagship scheme under the rural development ministry. It addresses rural housing needs by giving grant for construction of dwelling units of BPL families.
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