Srinagar: Housing & Urban Development Department (H&UDD) Tuesday admitted that shelters that will be created under National Urban Livelihood Mission (NULM) in Jammu and Kashmir will be provided to floating population. It however added that these shelters will be provided to floating population on temporary basis.
It is reiterated that the ownership rights of shelters to be provided under NULM shall remain with the state government and people without shelters can only use the facilities on payment of user charges as may be fixed by the state government from time to time, a spokesperson from the department said.
Responding to a news report published in a section of the press regarding construction of shelters for floating population in the State, the spokesperson said the Commissioner/Secretary, H&UDD has been misunderstood and misquoted with regard to implementation of HFA and NULM in the State.
The spokesman also said that the Commissioner Secretary H&UDD has been completely misquoted in the said news report that the government was also working on the scheme to provide ownership of land to Pakistani refugees residing in Jammu.
It is vehemently denied that Commissioner Secretary H&UDD spoke on the subject, he said and added that the issue came up when one of the officers raised the issue before the Executive Director, National Housing Board (NHB), during a workshop at SKICC on 16 May 2016, that whether these refugees will be provided assistance under credit linked subsidy scheme (CLSS). In a reply, the Executive Director National Housing Bank, Mr Sanjeev Sharma said that assistance shall be provided strictly under state laws and one of the conditions for providing loans/under CLSS shall be the ownership of the land, he said.
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