Karnataka 1 Lakh Houses For EWS Received Poor Response
Karnataka state government’s initiative to provide 1 lakh houses for EWS (Economically Weaker Sections) has received a poor response with not even half that number of applications received for the scheme. The deadline for submitting the applications expired on Thursday.
Rajiv Gandhi Rural Housing Corporation Ltd, the nodal agency for implementing the project, has decided to go ahead with laying the foundation stone for the first phase of the project by February-end. The ‘Multi Storeyed Bengaluru Housing Scheme’ project was announced in the 2017 state budget and the Cabinet had given its approval in September 2017. A one-year deadline has been fixed for its completion and handing over.
Total of 47,848 applications were received by the end of day on Thursday. This is the third deadline set for the project. When the CM launched it on December 5 last year, January 5, 2018, was set as the deadline for applying for the scheme. It was extended to January 31 due to poor response and then again to February 15.
The housing project is set to come up on 1,200 acres of government land. While the cost of a 30 sq mt house (2 BHK) comes to Rs 5.5 lakh, SC and ST beneficiary needed to pay only Rs 2 lakh while a non SC and ST beneficiary has to pay Rs 2.7 lakh. Ambedkar Vajpayee and Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban) schemes will subsidise for these homes.
The project only accepts online applications. It is for the first time that EWS section are invited to only submit online applications. The public only need to give the numbers of various documents like Aadhaar, ration card, income certificate, caste certificate and bank account apart from proof of residing in Bengaluru for the last five years. There is no need to scan the documents and send. So, this is less cumbersome than the regular application process.
On reasons for the poor response, a top official said, not many have all the documents ready on hand. They are trying to obtain them from other departments and this is taking at least 20 days if they apply under Sakala scheme.
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