Jammu: On the directions of the Jammu and Kashmir Chief Secretary Arun Kumar Mehta, the Housing and Urban Development Department (HUDD) has proposed to reject more than eighteen thousand claims filed in the Kashmir region but less than two thousand in the Jammu region.
According to an official statement, the HUDD is undertaking verification of the already approved beneficiaries “to cross verify raised claims and weed out ineligible beneficiaries.”
Accordingly, officials said the claims of 18,613 beneficiaries from the Kashmir Valley were proposed for rejection during the 9th meeting of the State Level Sanctioning and Monitoring Committee (SLSMC) of Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana- Urban (PMAY-U) Mission. By comparison, a mere 1,524 claims from the Jammu division are expected to be rejected.
The meeting was attended by senior bureaucrats of the J&K administration, including Administrative Secretaries of Finance, HUDD, Forest, Ecology & Environment, Planning, Development & Monitoring, Jal Shakti, and Revenue, besides Commissioner, Jammu Municipal Corporation, Managing Director, Housing Board, Managing Director & Chairman, Jammu & Kashmir Bank and concerned Heads of Departments participated in the meeting.
Mehta also reviewed the progress achieved under the four verticals of PMAY-U — Beneficiary Led Individual House Construction or Enhancement (BLC), Affordable Housing in Partnership (AHP), Credit Linked Subsidy Scheme (CLSS), and In-Situ Slum Redevelopment (ISSR). According to officials, the HUDD has sanctioned 55,868 houses under these four verticals.
The SLSMC also approved the proposal of 20,457 housing units in Kashmir and 10,949 in the Jammu division, respectively, under the PMAY, while rejecting the proposed ineligible claims with the directions of submitting the written record proving such ineligibility. In the Udhampur Planning Area and Bhaderwah Planning Area, officials said claims of 32,001 beneficiaries were approved and that of 20,209, rejected.
Further, it was informed that with a view to saturate housing demand under the scheme in all cities and towns of Jammu and Kashmir, the HUDD undertook an extensive campaign and roped in the elected representatives in all Urban Local Bodies and approved 79 new DPRs comprising 12,700 beneficiaries under BLC category of PMAY-U, with a total financial implication of Rupees 662.54 crore.
Mehta impressed upon the Department to initiate the process of tendering for works for sanctioned houses to ensure adherence to project timelines.
Taking into consideration the difficulties faced by the beneficiaries from weaker sections in availing the upfront financial assistance comprising 25% of the total assistance, the Chief Secretary also allowed submission of post-dated withdrawal forms instead of cheques by the beneficiaries holding Jan Dhan Accounts.
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