Recently AP government announced December 25 as the new date for the distribution of housing sites under its flagship scheme “Pedalandariki Illu” (YSR Housing Scheme). The Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy announced that sites devoid of court litigation will be distributed and the construction of the houses would be started on the same day.
He informed them that they have acquired 66,518 acres of land worth Rs. 23,000 crores for the distribution of housing sites for the poor. Under the first phase of the scheme, the government plans to construct 15 lakh houses worth Rs. 1.80 lakh each targeted to be completed by June 2022. In the second phase, the government plans to construct 13 lakh houses by June 2023.
After facing the heat from opposition parties for the delay in the distribution of the houses constructed under AP TIDCO (Andhra Pradesh Township and Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited), the government finally announced their distribution.
The government also plans to start a week-long campaign from December 25 asking the TIDCO house beneficiaries to choose between the YSRCP and TDP housing schemes. The volunteers would visit the houses of the beneficiaries and explain to them about both the schemes.
Accordingly, the government will allocate 300 sq ft TIDCO houses to the beneficiaries through an agreement of sale by paying only one rupee. However, the government’s announcement comes with a twist, the houses constructed in 300 sq ft will be allocated for free, whereas the beneficiaries have to pay money for acquiring 365 sq ft and 430 sq ft houses. This is a classic move by the Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy’s government, stipulates the conditions for receiving the benefits under the welfare schemes.
Postponed five times
The housing scheme became the centre of controversy since its announcement. Multiple cases were filed in the High Court disputing the lands chosen by the government for the allotment. The government planned to distribute the houses on March 25 on the occasion of Ugadi, which postponed to April 14 (Ambedkar Jayanti), May 10 (one year of being in power), July 8 (late Y.S. Raja Sekhar Reddy’s birthday), August 15 (Independence Day), October 2 (Gandhi Jayanthi). After postponing for five times, the government announced December 25 (Christmas) for allocating the houses. With State Election Commissioner (SEC) pushing for local body elections, people are wondering if the sixth time would be a charm for the government.