In a bid to boost rural and urban housing post demonetization, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday announced interest subsidy of up to 4% on loans taken in the new year under the Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana.
Announcing a slew of measures, Modi in his national address on New Year’s eve also said 33% more homes will be built for the poor under this scheme in rural areas.
Besides, in urban areas housing loans of up to Rs 9 lakh and up to Rs 12 lakh will receive interest subsidy of 4% and 3% respectively, while in rural areas loans up to Rs 2 lakh will get an interest subvention of 3%.
“Even so many years after independence, millions of poor do not have their own home. When black money increased in our economy, houses became out of reach of even the middle class.The government has taken some major decisions to ensure homes for the poor, the neo middle class and the middle class,” he said. Elaborating on the steps taken to ensure homes for poor and middle class in both rural and urban areas, he said two new middle income categories have been created under the Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana in urban areas.
“Loans of up to Rs 9 lakh taken in 2017 will receive interest subvention of 4%. Loans of up to Rs 12 lakh taken in 2017 will receive interest subvention of 3%,” Modi said.
The number of houses being built for the poor in rural areas under the Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana is being increased by 33%, he added.
The Prime Minister further said: “In addition to this, another scheme is being put in place for the neo middle and middle class in rural areas. Loans of up to Rs 2 lakh taken in 2017, for new housing, or extension of housing in rural areas, will receive an interest subvention of 3%.”