Centre Warns Odisha Against Using Biju Scheme Logo On PMAY-G Houses

Bhubaneswar: The Centre had asked the Odisha government not to use the logo of Biju Pucca Ghar Yojana in Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-Gramin (PMAY-G), which is a centrally-sponsored scheme.

Replying to a letter regarding co-branding of PMAY-G houses, Rural Development Secretary Nagendra Nath Sinha requested Chief Secretary Suresh Mahapatra to use the official logo of the PMAY-G only, which is available on the AwaasSoft.

“I wish to reiterate here that the scheme PMAY-G has been approved by the Union Cabinet as a centrally-sponsored scheme and approved as PMAY-G for the budget in Parliament. The scheme is to be implemented in its original form and under the name of PMAY-G. The scheme is to be implemented as such and under the agreed funding pattern, and no other name can be appended. In view of the same, and as informed earlier that the Ministry had conveyed to the States/UTs in the past to use the only the official logo of PMAY-G,” he said.

He further said that the contribution of the minimum State share from state resources is a commitment by the state government for the implementation of a centrally-sponsored scheme and it does not confer the rights to the state government for use of any other logo other than PMAY-G.

“This will also lead to misinterpretation of the scheme among the PMAY-G beneficiaries about the benefits of the scheme,” he added.

In  February 2020, Panchayati Raj and Drinking Water Minister Pratap Jena told the Assembly that there was nothing wrong in using ‘Biju’ logo on houses constructed under PMAY as the state’s share in the rural housing scheme came to around 51 per cent and 56 per cent taking into account the incentives provided to beneficiaries on timely completion.

Earlier this month, the central government stalled the Arvind Kejriwal government’s proposed doorstep delivery of ration scheme – the Mukhya Mantri Ghar Ghar Ration Yojana (MMGGRY) as the National Food Security Act (NFSA) does not allow subsidised foodgrains being provided by it to be supplied under any scheme or name other than NFSA.

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