Karnataka: Income Limit For Rural Housing Schemes May Increase
Karnataka Minister for Urban Development and Housing plans to increase the income limit for beneficiaries of rural housing schemes to help them have a wider reach.
Speaking to reporters in Mangalore he said that he would hold a meeting with his department officials in Bengaluru to discuss the issue. At present only a person with an annual income of up to Rs 32,000 can claim the benefits of the rural housing scheme. But this means that his or her income should be less than Rs 2,600 a month. We propose to increase this limit to bring it on par with that of beneficiaries of the urban housing scheme, which is Rs 1 lakh a year, he explained.
Lamenting that on the one hand, the government drew up schemes for the poor and on the other it had rules that stopped people from enjoying them, he pointed out that the present income limit would stop many people from benefiting from the rural housing scheme. He said he was also considering easing the difference between BPL and APL beneficiaries of the housing scheme.
We provide only a 700 sqft house. We are looking into the pros and cons of this and will take a decision on easing the APL-BPL divide, he said.
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