In a review meeting on the infrastructure sector recently, PM Narendra Modi has asked Ministry of Housing to examine whether they can utilise vacant government houses, unutilised or abandoned offices and the land of public sector undertakings to provide a roof to the needy.
According to top government sources, PM Modi also reviewed the progress of central government’s flagship housing schemes under PM Awas Yojna (PMAY), both in urban and rural areas. The Government has set the target of building two crore houses in rural areas and one crore in urban areas by 2022.
Sources said, “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. He has also directed the rural development ministry, which is in charge of the rural component of PMAY, to accelerate the allotment of land to 3.94 lakh families, who are landless, by December.
The urban housing ministry has also been asked to finalise the model Tenant Act by October which is aimed at protecting the interest of both the tenants and house owners against harassment.
The PMO has also set a deadline for finalisation of the National Urban Rental Policy by October, whose main aim is to put a framework in place for people to get rental houses at an affordable rate, especially for migrant workers and employees.