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Income Criteria for EWS & LIG Revised Upwards for Defining
 Beneficiaries under Government Schemes for Housing

New Delhi: November 14,2012

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.

 
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