See if vacant govt offices can house the poor-PM Modi to housing ministry
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked the housing ministry to explore the possibility of utilising vacant government houses, unutilised or abandoned offices and land of public sector undertakings to provide a roof to the needy, top government sources said.
While chairing a review meeting on the infrastructure sector recently, Modi took stock of the progress of government’s flagship housing schemes under PM Awas Yojna (PMAY),
both in urban and rural areas. It has set the target of building two crore houses in villages and one crore in urban areas by 2022.
Sources said the PM has asked the urban housing ministry to expedite how a huge chunk of abandoned PSU land in cities such as Mumbai can be utilised for meeting the requirement of people who don’t have roofs over their head. Modi has also directed the rural development ministry, which is in-charge of the rural component of PMAY, to expedite the allotment of land to 3.94 lakh families, who are landless, by December.
Such identified beneficiaries can get the financial assistance to build houses only when they have land.