NEW DELHI: A parliamentary panel has recommended the government to fix the final cost of flats under affordable housing scheme in urban areas to protect buyers from builders, who may whimsically increase the prices. It has also suggested that the builders availing tax exemptions in affordable housing projects should pass on this benefit to buyers in the form of reduced cost of dwelling units. In its latest report, the parliamentary standing committee on urban housing and poverty alleviation has suggested that all incomplete affordable housing projects must be brought under the real estate regulator.
It has also raised concern on the definition of a beneficiary family under the Pradhan Matri Awas Yojna (PMAY). As per the present norms, “A beneficiary family will comprise husband, wife, unmarried sons or unmarried daughters. The beneficiary family should not own a pucca house either in his/ her name or in the name of any family members of his/ her family in any part of India to be eligible to receive central assistance under the mission.”
The panel felt that such stipulation may rule out a majority of the needy people under this scheme since most of them have a house in some for or the other in their villages or remote areas from where they have migrated. “In opinion of the committee non-allotment of house to a person owning any pucca house or land within the limits of that city or any city, might be a better proposition,” the panel felt. Such beneficiaries should not have been allotted any house under the PMAY scheme.
The committee has also recorded its concern over the issue of states failing to issue identity cards to street vendors. The urban poverty alleviation ministry informed the panel that out of the 475 cities that have started the survey to identify street vendors, 277 have completed this process. Out of the 5.85 lakh identified vendors only 1.50 lakh have got identity cards.
Some of the states including Delhi, Assam and Goa have not started the survey yet.
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