We all dream of owning a home. Whether it is a small 1BHK or a bungalow, a home is the ultimate financial security one can have. It can provide you and your family a safe heaven, it can take care of the financial future of your children and it can also be used as collateral against various types of loans whenever you need money urgently. But with the sky-rocketing real estate prices, there are some sections of the society who cannot even dream of owning a house. In the words of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the “Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana is a significant step in making the dreams of the poor come true”. Let’s look at the many benefits of Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana – Housing for all scheme.
It aims at Slum rehabilitation
The PMAY scheme is a well thought out scheme that ultimately benefits the nation and the economy. The main objective of the scheme is to eradicate the slum houses and replace them with ‘pucca’ or concrete homes, especially from the urban cities of India that greatly contribute to the GDP. With the help of this ‘in-situ’ slum rehabilitation scheme, the government is hoping to encourage slum dwellers to opt for formal urban settlements as opposed to slum dwelling and leverage the land that is losing value due to slum settlements.
It provides housing for all
One of the greatest advantages of Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana is that it aims at providing permanent housing for all. Under this scheme, the government is seeking to construct as many as 2 crore affordable 1 BHK flats in some of India’s prominent urban areas. House construction has already begun in the States of Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal etc. The Government of India aims to uplift the general standard of living of the Indian population and eradicate poverty through these houses.
It promotes affordable housing for all sections of society
The PMAY scheme aims to provide affordable housing to all sections of society. These benefits are extended to applicants who do not own any home and fall within specific income groups and sections of society. Applicants are divided into various groups such as economically weaker sections of society (EWS), lower income groups (LIG) and middle income groups (MIG). The Middle Income Group is further categorised as MIG 1 and MIG 2 based on income levels. Additionally, it also encompasses minorities such as members of scheduled castes, scheduled tribes, other backward classes as well as women and senior citizen applicants, widows and members of transgender communities.
Homes are provided at subsidized interest rates
The most important benefit of PMAY scheme is the credit linked subsidy scheme. With a view to increase the flow of institutional credit, the government has launched a credit linked subsidy component to PMAY scheme. This enables the eligible urban poor (members from EWS, LIG, MIG 1 and MIG 2) to receive home loans for acquisition or construction at effectively much lower interest rates. Such borrowers can receive a substantial decrease in interest repayment. For instance, if a member of the above mentioned income group opts for a home loan he/she would be charged an interest rate of 8.40% p.a. For loan amount up to ₹600,000 ,he will receive an interest subsidy as per his eligibility. Interest subsidy will be credited upfront to the loan account of beneficiaries through lending institutions resulting in reduced effective housing loan and Equated Monthly Instalment (EMI). If one opts for a home loan over the amount of ₹600,000, they have to pay the regular interest rate on the amount exceeding ₹600,000.
It secures the financial future of women
Another great advantage of PMAY is that it encourages women to apply for loans and become home-owners. As per the scheme clause, if a married man is applying for the loan, he has to mandatorily register his wife as the co-applicant of the loan, even if she has no role in financing to purchase the property. This is done to secure the financial future of women, especially when they are older and widowed.
The benefit of eco-friendly housing
Developers and builders in charge of building houses under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana Scheme, have been instructed to construct the houses with eco-friendly construction material and technology. The aim behind this is to ensure minimum damage on the environment around the construction site, including damage causes due to air and sound pollution. Homes are being built with sustainable, good quality material to eliminate the need for remodelling or renovation for as long as possible.
As you can see, there are many benefits of PMAY. Walk into a Bank of Baroda branch today to get more details about this scheme.
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