Shri Ajay Maken, Union
Minister of Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation (HUPA) has today
approved revised the income criteria for defining beneficiaries under
government schemes for housing under his Ministry. Now urban poor having
an annual household income of up to Rs. 1 lakh will be classified as EWS
and those falling between Rs. 1 lakh and 2 lakhs would be categorized as
LIG. The announcement of this important decision was made by Sh. Maken
after inauguration of HUDCO Pavilion at IITF-2012 here today.
Sh. Maken said that the previous income criteria for selection of
beneficiaries under various schemes of the Ministry of Housing and Urban
Poverty Alleviation were fixed during 2010 at a monthly household income
of up to Rs 5000 for EWS while it stood at Rs. 5,001 to Rs. 10,000 for
LIG segments. Based on the income, expenditure and cost of housing
criteria such as Growth in Per Capita Income, Min. Wages for non-agri.
Workers, Monthly Per Capita Expenditure, NHB’s RESIDEX, Consumer Price
Index and Consumer Food Price Index, the revised income criteria has
been approved, Sh. Maken added.
While answering the queries of the media persons, Sh. Maken said that
the housing needs of the urban poor continue to be pressing. An
estimated 18.78 million units are considered to be the housing shortfall
at the beginning of the 12th Five Year Plan. “Affordable Housing for
All” is a key policy agenda of the Government of India. One of the modes
of delivery of this objective is through channelization of credit to
meet the housing shortage among the urban poor. For this purpose there
is a need to periodically review and re-fix income ceiling levels for
Economically Weaker Sections (EWS)/ Low Income Group (LIG) that would be
relevant and contemporary.