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Centre not to release IAY instalment till permanent waitlist ready

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New Delhi, Apr 1 (UNI) The Centre has decided not to release the first instalment of funds to the states under the Indira Awaas Yojana (IAY) for the year 2006-07 unless they prepare permanent IAY waitlist.

The Rural Development Ministry had earlier instructed the State Governments to complete the task of permanent IAY waitlist by February 28, but so far no State Government has completed this task.

The permanent list is necessary to ensure transparency and reduce corruption in the selection of beneficiaries.

Taking a tough stand, Minister of Rural Development Raghuvansh Prasad Singh has directed that first instalment shall not be released to the defaulter DRDA unless they comply with this direction. He has directed that selection of beneficiaries of IAY for 2006-07 has to be from the permanent IAY waitlist so finalized.

He has written to Chief Ministers of all the State Governments to accord top priority to this task in the interest of proper selection of beneficiaries and to check unfair means in the system.

The permanent IAY waitlist is to be painted at the notice board of the Gram Panchayat to prevent corruption in the scheme and its effective implementation. The list is to be prepared in the form of a booklet for making it available to the general public for information and it is also to be uplinked on the website of the concerned DRDA.

As per the present practice, the selection of IAY beneficiaries is being done in the Gram Sabha by the Gram Panchayats. From different corners, large-scale complaints were received of favouritism and unfair selections.

With a view to check the unfairness and to ensure transparency and fairness, Ministry has decided to have permanent waitlist of the families eligible to get houses under IAY in Panchayat and to paint this list in accordance with the score based ranking of BPL Census 2002. With this, the poorest eligible family will be at the top and other families will be arranged in the descending degree of poverty.

The permanent waitlist once prepared shall be valid for future years also. It is expected that this system would reduce corruption in the selection of beneficiaries.

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