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‘Housing for All’ scheme launched, interest relief for urban poor

Government Wednesday launched its ‘Housing for All by 2022’ mission and approved a substantial increase in interest relief on loan for the urban poor to promote affordable homes.

The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi accepted the recommendations of an Inter-Ministerial Committee to increase interest subvention to 6.50 percent on housing loans to beneficiaries belonging to economic weaker section (EWS) including slum- dwellers and low income groups (LIGs).

The Cabinet’s decision benefits urban poor by an amount of Rs 2.30 lakh each and as a result this the monthly EMI would come down to Rs 2,852 per month.

According to a senior Housing and Urban Poverty Department Alleviation official, at present, with the interest rate of 10.50 percent, current EMI on admissible loan component of Rs 6 lakh, over 15-year loan duration works out to be Rs 6,632 per month.

With Cabinet deciding on credit-linked subsidy to 6.50 percent, EMI comes down to Rs 4,050 per month, benefiting the urban poor by Rs 2,582 per month, he said.

On the whole, central assistance in the range of Rs 1 lakh to Rs 2.30 lakh per beneficiary would be provided under different components of the National Urban Housing Mission in urban areas to build 2 crore new houses to meet the housing shortage, over the next 7 years.

As per the earlier approval of the Union Cabinet, there are four components to the National Urban Housing Mission.

Under the redevelopment plan of slums with the participation of private developers using land as a resource component, a central grant of Rs 1 lakh on an average per beneficiary would be provided. States/Union Territories are at liberty to use this grant for any slum redevelopment schemes to be taken up to make such projects viable, if required.

In the second caetgory, affordable housing through credit- linked subsidy scheme, an interest subsidy of 6.50 percent on each housing loan to EWS and LIG beneficiaries would be provided by the central government.

Under third component of affordable housing in partnership with private and public sectors, central assistance of Rs 1.50 lakh to each beneficiary would be provided to promote housing stock for urban poor with the involvement of private and public sectors, provided 35 percent of dwelling units of the projects proposed are earmarked for EWS category.

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