Govt allows online applications for affordable homes under PMAY (Urban)

NEW DELHI: The government on Wednesday allowed online applications for affordable homes under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban) from November 3, with an aim to ease the process and boost the number of applications.

In a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed on Wednesday between Amrit Abhijat, joint secretary, ministry of housing & urban poverty alleviation (HUPA) and Dinesh Tyagi, CEO, Common Services Centre e-Governance Services India Limited, ministry of electronics and information technology, about 60,000 common services centres (CSCs) located in urban areas will enable online submission of applications at Rs.25 per application.

“Digital India mission is transforming the country and collaboration with CSC SPV will help in bringing more urban poor under the ambit of PMAY(Urban) by addressing the difficulties associated in physical submission of applications to urban local bodies, for want of adequate help and guidance,” said Venkaiah Naidu, Union minister for HUPA.

Around 13.70 lakh urban poor were sanctioned affordable houses during 2005-14, while about 11 lakh houses have already been sanctioned during the last one year, Naidu informed. CSCs will also facilitate printing of the acknowledgement receipt with beneficiary photograph which helps applicants in tracking application status. Beneficiaries have to visit the nearest CSC for seeking assistance for seeking benefits of PMAY(Urban) online.

In case the beneficiary does not have Aadhar Card, CSCs will enable beneficiaries acquiring them. This process of applying online is e-KYC (know your client) enabled which means applications are submitted after due verification. The housing ministry has to provide financial assistance to the tune of over Rs.2 lakh crore over the next five years under the PMAY, for the construction of houses for around 2 crore urban poor by 2022.

The Centre has recently approved construction of 84,500 more affordable houses under PMAY (Urban) in five states of West Bengal, Punjab, Jharkhand, Kerala and Manipur, taking the total approved affordable houses in the last one year of its launch to 10.95 lakh. The total investment approved in the last one year for the same is around Rs 62,740 crore, of which Centre will provide an assistance of Rs.16,289 crore.

Other government authorities including Mhada in Maharashtra, Gujarat Housing Board, Karnataka Housing Board and Rajasthan Housing Board among others already allow online application for low income and affordable category houses.

Credits ET Realty

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