The Maharashtra Construction Workers Federation has launched a scheme for the rural areas of the state named Atal Construction Workers Awas Yojana 2019. Under this scheme the state government of Maharashtra will provide Rs. 1.5 lakh for the construction of Pucca house or to convert existing homes into pucca houses.
Officials said that all the active construction workers who are registered with the Maharashtra Building & Other Construction Workers Welfare Board (MBOCWWB) for more than a year and who do not have Pucca house are eligible for the scheme.
Maharashtra Atal Construction Workers Awas Yojana 2019
The rural development department’s state management room for rural housing could be entrusted with the implementation of the scheme. The houses under this scheme will be of 269 sqft in carpet area. Beneficiaries can build larger houses, but their own cost.
The labour department of the state Maharashtra said that there are approximately 26 lakh construction workers in the state, of which around 12.5 lakh are registered with the MBOCWWB. Of the registered workers, there are approximately four lakh construction workers in rural areas who do not have pucca house.
We have now invited applications from these construction workers. Approvals will be given to them after to them after verifying their documents. We expect them to build houses within six eight months. The Mahasrshtra construction workers federation, however, termed the financial assistance inadequate.
The amount being offered by the government is inadequate and it is difficult to build a house in that sum. The government should increase the sum so that larger number of construction workers may benefit.