The Indira Awas Yojana (IAY) is meant to help construction of dwelling units by Government of India (GoI) for Scheduled Castes (SCs), Scheduled Tribes (STs) and also Non-Scheduled Castes rural poor, living below the poverty line. In Tripura, specifically in Gomati district, the focus has been on empowering the women—accordingly the house allotment is been made in name of women as head of the family. This helps creating gender empowerment and also the empowerment of disadvantaged groups.
Even a remotest block in Gomati District—Silachari RD Block—has since 2012 shown high resilience in implementing development programmes, including IAY. This has since been followed in Matabari RD Block and so on.
Citizen can now view all reports, alerts and can lodge complaints online. Selection, fund transfer status and grievance redressal is only a click away. Most IAY houses in Silachari RD Block are either allotted in the name of women or jointly with their husbands. This establishes ownership right of a woman that saves her from domestic abuses. These women beneficiaries are now in a position to devote more time towards income generation activities, leading to increase in their income level. Due to a proper dwelling the children and old age people have safe shelter with toilets and drinking water. Out of 331 houses sanctioned since 2012, 313 have achieved physical completion.
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