The Andhra Pradesh State Housing Corporation Ltd (APSHCL) is playing the role of a facilitator in building houses by beneficiaries belonging to Below Poverty Line. Jagadeesh Babu, Chief General Manager, APSHCL, sheds light on the latest initiatives taken by the Corporation
When the Government of Andhra Pradesh took the brave decision of providing pucca houses to the eligible BPL families on saturation concept, the team of APSHCL shouldered the challenge and put forth their united efforts to achieve the targets given by the Government. It is certainly a hard task to get the houses constructed by the beneficiaries themselves without any middle men from the process of procurement of material to completion of houses. Building a house doesn’t denote mere raising a structure with brick, sand, cement and other materials. It builds dignity for the beneficiary by rising his social status and credit worthiness in the society.
The motivation and support extended by the staff of APSHCL created a confidence in the minds of the hopeless to construct their houses and thereby brought their dreams into reality. It is a matter of pride to announce that 1.11 crore beneficiaries were supported by the APSHCL in construction of their houses by the beneficiaries with their participation and additional financial resources. The Andhra Pradesh State Government stands as pioneer in the construction of houses for the weaker sections in the country and perhaps may be in the world.
Maintenance of transparency in implementation of the programme by disseminating the information in website housing.cgg.gov.in and making the payments through individual bank accounts of the beneficiaries are the vital factors for success of the programme. The outlook of the villages has been completely changed as huge number of pucca houses have come up in recent years by replacing the huts and kucha houses. It is not flatter to mention that during the cyclone 2009 in the districts of Mahabubnagar and Kurnool many of the people rescued themselves from the flood by climbing to the roof of the pucca houses constructed under the Weaker Sections Housing Programme.
Construction of pucca house with Individual Sanitary Latrine (ISL) has direct impact on health conditions and safety measures, especially for women and children. When a family is free from illness / diseases, their earnings and savings are improved and they lead happy lives. Though we have satisfaction that we have done a lot for the needy, still there are more than one million SC/ST beneficiaries who are living in huts and need government support. This challenge will be addressed on priority basis during the current and ensuing years with financial support extended by the Scheduled Caste Sub- Plan (SCSP) and Tribal Sub-Plan (TSP).
Of late, we could succeed to get the clearance from the Government to allocate sufficient funds to provide infrastructure in the colonies to expedite the pace of construction and to ensure occupation of the houses without any delay.
With good team spirit, we have been working together for the last three decades and wish the same spirit will be continued for another 20 years and celebrate the Golden Jubilee in the year 2029.
OBJECTIVES OF APSHCL
• Formulate, promote and execute Housing Schemes for the benefit of people in general and particularly the weaker sections or persons living in rural and urban areas and to those who are affected or likely to be affected by natural calamities such as cyclones and tidal waves.
• Undertake or regulate construction of houses and create or cause to be created other infrastructural facilities for the said housing scheme.
• Take up research and development activities in the field of construction and material management and to associate and collaborate with the Government,individuals, organisations and associations in the field of building construction, land development,environmental improvement and other such activities as are useful healthy commodities.
• Mobilise loans from various Financial Institutions for implementation of housing programmes.
• Play the role of facilitator in the construction of houses by providing technical and financial assistance.
• Propagate Cost-Effective and Eco-Friendly Construction (CEEF) materials and technologies in the construction of houses.
• Impart training for skill upgradation through Nirmithi Kendras.
• Encourage production of alternative construction materials.
• Recover loans from beneficiaries in monthly instalments by motivation.