To register and avail the benefit: Registration


Housing is a basic human need. At present, a very large number of families belonging to the DNT/NT communities are without permanent shelters and dwellings. In view of their changing Socio-economic scenario, a large number of DNT communities are trying to settle themselves at one place or the other and take to alternative professions. It has been seen that DNTs are living in slum conditions all over the country both in urban and rural areas. They live either in the open, small and makeshift tents or in small hutments or improvised pucca or kachha houses. Their settlements are virtually slums with no facility of common amenities like sanitation, clean drinking water, sewerage, electricity, roads and public latrines, etc. The need of the day is that the local bodies should ensure that the situation in such settlements is improved forthwith so that the DNTs are able to enjoy at least the basic civic amenities or shifted to better places of settlement.

There are plenty of mainstream schemes/programmes for allotment of land, construction of housing, development of slums and regeneration of urban areas but the members of the DNT/NT communities need to be given their due share on priority. As done for SCs and STs, land is to be acquired and developed as layouts and given to the members of DNT/NT communities for housing free of cost. Depending upon the population, a certain percentage of rural houses under Prime Minister's AwaasYojana must be earmarked for members of DNT/NT communities.

The Ministry of Rural Development, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs and State Govts/UTs are responsible for implementing social welfare program schemes to meet the objectives of the “Housing for All” scheme specially for the marginalized sections of the Society by the year 2022. Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana is the flagship scheme of the Union Government for providing housing to the urban poor. While DNTs are also covered under the eligibility criteria under this scheme but owing to their low priority, it is estimated that the number of beneficiaries under the DNT category is negligible.

Considering the shortage of houses for DNTs, the MoSJE proposes to earmark a separate outlay for PMAY to support specific importance in providing houses only for DNTs living in rural areas who have not taken benefits of the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana as SC, ST, OBC and are living below poverty line.

Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana – Gramin (PMAY-G), is a scheme for rural housing. It aims to provide a 25-square meter pucca house including basic amenities to beneficiaries of the scheme. PMAY-G aims at providing a pucca house, with basic amenities and to all houseless housholds and those households living in kutcha and dilapidated house.

The unit assistance is Rs 1.20 lakhs in plains and 1.30 lakhs in hilly areas with minimum size to 25 sq. mt. with a hygienic cooking place. The MoSJE as a special measure proposes to extend the support to eligible rural household DNT families under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana – Gramin (PMAY-G). The main purpose is to provide grant for the house to DNT families living under below poverty line. The grant will be per unit assistance is Rs 1.20 lakhs in plains and 1.30 lakhs in hilly areas with minimum size to 25 sq. mt. with a hygienic cooking place. This support would be provided to those DNTs who do not own land and pucca house. As a precondition for construction of house for DNT family, the State/UT Government will have to allot plots to DNTs free of cost on the condition that the allottees will not be able to transfer the house, plot to any other person. The land will be allotted in such a manner that pattas are jointly held by men and women to ensure gender equality.

Eligibility Criteria

Eligibility Criteria for DNT specific house building grant support to avail the benefit could be as follows:

i) The applicant should belong to DNT with domicile of the State concerned.

ii) Those who have not already taken benefits of the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana as SC, ST, OBC or taken any grant for house from any other department.

iii) Are living below poverty line.

iv) Those who are houseless or living with a kuccha wall and roof.

 v) DNT families without an adult male member between 16 and 59 years of age.

vi) Households without any adult member aged between 16 and 59 years.

vii) Landless candidates who are earning income from casual labour.

Implementing Agencies

The Scheme will be implemented by the State Governments/Union Territory Administrations.

Funding Pattern

100% Central Assistance will be provided to the Ministry of Rural Development by the Development and Welfare Board for De-Notified, Nomadic and Semi- Nomadic Communities (DWBDNC) for the above component as per the cost norms of the scheme of Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana- Gramin.