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Push to tighten regulations for government housing schemes
The Times of India  |  September 11, 2019

Nisha Nambiar Pune

A new eligibility policy of the state housing department has proposed to limit the benefits of government housing schemes to only one member of each family.


The revised policy, once approved, will tighten the eligibility norms for government housing schemes. It states that individuals cannot avail benefits of government housing schemes if they, or their immediate family members (wife, dependent child and all near and close family members), have been allotted a flat in any part of the state.


The state housing department drafted the policy following high court orders. It will now be sent to the cabinet for approval.


The policy will be applicable to government housing schemes across the state. It will ascertain that ineligible beneficiaries do not bypass the rule by getting a second allotment in the name of a family member.


The existing policy only puts restrictions on a second home (in a government scheme) in the same municipal area of a district. “The existing policy is increasingly being misused by the affluent. The new policy will ensure that genuine beneficiaries come under the purview,’’ said an official from the housing department.


Officials stated that multiple claims leave out the needy. “An assessment revealed flats availed by members of the same family in various municipal corporations. A proper database and monitoring will ensure a thorough screening process,’’ the official said.


The department is also contemplating to extend the policy to free housing rehabilitation schemes and have sought the intervention of the law department on the same. They have sought clarification on applying the same where the eligibility exercise has already been conducted, but the possession is yet to be approved.


Consumers who have applied for such schemes said the move was justified. “There are many such violations. If the policy will have a retrospective effect is yet to be seen,” a consumer said.