Chief Minister’s Rural Housing Mission
The Chief Minister’s Rural Housing mission aims to make Sikkim the first Kutcha House-Free State in the country by 2013. The mission, popularly known as CMRHM, is one of flagship projects of the fourth-term Sikkim Democratic Front Government. It waslaunched on September 22, 2010 for eradicating poverty from Sikkim, a target which only the Government of Sikkim can convincingly dream and achieve among all States in the country.
Under the CMRHM, a total of 6,000 Pakka houses for poor Sikkimese families of rural areas are being constructed. The Kutcha houses of the identified beneficiaries living in rural areas converted into Pakka houses costing Rs. 3 lakhs each along with material support in 50 GCI sheets. The selection process starts from Ward Sabhas in villages from which the nominees are screened at all levels of governance.
A beneficiary is at liberty to expanding the permanent house beyond the stipulated size of 600 sq foot at his own costs. The completion time for house construction is six months after receiving the first installment of Rs. 50,000 and 50 GCI roof sheets. The remaining installments are provided within the six months time frame.
The Rural Management and Development Department will be the nodal department for this Scheme. No contractors are being used to build the house and the housing grant is deposited in the bank account of the beneficiary. The department supervises the CMRHM unit constructions and also provides technical assistance. The house is constructed by the beneficiary himself or herself.
Block Rural House Construction Committees (BRHCCs) constituted under the chairmanship of the concerned local area MLA are supervising the constructions. For special cases, the committees are also assisting those beneficiaries incapable of constructing their houses.
Various existing schemes are dovetailed into the mission. Electrification of a CMRHM house is provided through Rajiv Gandhi Gramin Vidyutikaran Yojana while water supply is done through National Rural Drinking Water Program. Similarly, land development and protection work around the house sites are done through MG-NREGA. The Forest Department is providing timber for the mission at subsidized rate or issues marking order for extraction of timber from standing trees at the beneficiary’s land.
By 2013, Sikkim would be the first Kutcha House-Free State in the country. Every family in Sikkim will have a permanent, safe roof over their heads.
Date Published: 2016-02-25