December 4, 2020

MCG asks Haryana government to relax housing scheme norms, add beneficiaries

GURUGRAM: MCG has requested the Haryana government to relax building and plot specifications so that more beneficiaries are included under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna.

In a letter to the director-general of the urban local bodies department, the civic agency has pointed out that most villagers who had applied for the benefits were from the economically weaker sections of the society and would find it difficult to construct houses according to the dimensions specified by the government.

Many of them have applied for the benefits in a category where owning a plot is mandatory.

“Most people who apply for benefits under the scheme are from the EWS category. They construct their houses on small plots, due to which they are unable to adhere to the building plans. The corporation wants maximum number of poor people to get the benefits. That is why we have sought the exemptions from the state government,” a senior MCG official said.

The civic agency has also recommended that if two families have built houses on separate floors on the same plot, both should be made eligible under the scheme.

“During one of our field visits, we found there were two brothers who had constructed two floors on the same inherited plot. We want both brothers to be covered under the scheme. Existing rules don’t allow families staying on different floors to avail of the benefits,” the official said.

Based on a recent survey, MCG has identified 492 beneficiaries for the scheme. “Financial assistance to around 20 of them will be rolled out within a week,” said Mahender Singh, city project officer at MCG.

According to the beneficiary-led construction (BLC) component of the housing scheme, those belonging to the EWS category can seek financial assistance of Rs 1.5 lakh for constructing houses. The financial assistance can also be availed for expanding existing houses. But enhancement means addition of a minimum carpet area of 9 sqm.

“While implementing the scheme, we found some beneficiaries had already applied under the affordable housing project category. They had their own plots and were willing to construct houses on them. Similarly, some beneficiaries don’t own plots but have applied under the BLC component. Now, they want to change the component from AHP to BLC and vice-versa. These beneficiaries should be allowed to change the component in keeping with their convenience,” reads the letter by the civic agency to the government.

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