- The urban poor can now submit online applications for affordable housing under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban).
- Nearly 60,000 Common Service Centers (CSC) across the country can be used to submit applications at a cost of Rs 25 per application.
- The CSC will verify applicants, help them acquire Aadhar cards and even give them printouts of their acknowledgement receipt, so that they can track their application.
DELHI: In a first, the urban poor will now be able to submit applications online for affordable housing under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban).
The Ministry of Urban Housing and Poverty Alleviation (MOHUPA) and the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to this effect today. Starting tomorrow, online applications may be submitted using 60,000 Common Service Centers (CSC) spread across the country, at a cost of Rs 25 per application.
“The digital India mission is transforming the country and collaboration with CSC SPV will help in bringing more urban poor under the ambit of PMAY (Urban) by addressing the difficulties associated with physical submission of applications to Urban Local Bodies, for want of adequate help and guidance,” said Venkaiah Naidu, Union Minister of MOHUPA.
Applicants will also be able to use the CSC to print their acknowledgment receipt along with beneficiary photograph to better track the application status. Applications will be submitted after the applicants have been verified, with the CSC helping beneficiaries acquire Aadhar cards in case they don’t possess them.
The government says nearly 13.70 lakh urban poor have been sanctioned affordable houses during 2005-14 and that about 11 lakh houses have already been sanctioned for urban poor during the last one year. The government is clearly hoping that these numbers will rise with the introduction of online applications.
The online application process will begin from the 3rd of November 2016 and applicants will have to visit a CSC to submit their application.