Roof for urban poor

Guwahati: Dispur has selected 25,000 economically weak families from the urban areas of Assam for financial assistance of Rs 2 lakh each in the first phase of Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban).

A family of husband, wife and unmarried children with a monthly income of less than Rs 25,000 are considered to be economically weaker section.

The state urban development department will soon offer letters of intent to the selected beneficiaries, who have myadi land (permanent land deed) but are unable to construct a pucca house for want of money. A beneficiary will only be able to construct house with the financial assistance. The funds will be provided by the Centre and the state in the ratio of 90:10. A total of 1,04,604 families have submitted applications under the beneficiary-led construction component.

“While 25,000 have been selected for the first phase, scrutiny of other applications is on. Providing a pucca house to every homeless person in urban areas is the aim of the scheme,” information, education and communication manager of PMAY unit in Assam, Rituraj Borthakur, said here on Thursday.

The PMAY (urban) will cover 43 urban local bodies (municipalities and town committees) in 20 districts of the state and under the Guwahati Municipal Corporation. The scheme also plans to provide financial assistance for extension of construction to the economically weaker section.

It will also provide housing to slum dwellers through partnership with private property developers. The unit has identified 143 slums in Guwahati.

“Under an agreement with private developers, pucca houses will be constructed for slum dwellers in a portion of their land. In the rest of the plot, the private agency will be allowed to construct and sell flats. The government will provide drinking water and electricity to the slum dwellers,” Borthakur said.

Under the credit-linked subsidy scheme of the Yojana, people of lower income group (having monthly income between 25,001 and 50,000), middle income group-I (50,001-1 lakh) and middle income group-II (100,001-1.5 lakh), families will be provided bank credit interest subsidy to own a house. But applicants having a house in their name in any other part of the country are not eligible for the scheme, Borthakur said.

The state has already launched the central scheme to provide pucca houses to homeless people in the rural areas.

SUMIR KARMAKAR Telegraph India

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