"Housing for All" by 2022.



Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today chaired a review meeting on the goal of "Housing for All" by 2022.


The meeting was to finalise the contours of the Housing for All Mission, which is one of the priority commitments of the Government. The programme was mentioned in the President’s Address to Parliament in June 2014 where he said “By the time the nation completes 75 years of its Independence, every family will have a pucca house with water connection, toilet facilities, 24x7 electricity supply and access.” The same commitment was made in the Budget for 2014-15 where the Finance Minister had announced a Housing for All programme. The Finance Minister had said “Our government is committed to endeavour to have housing for all by 2022. For this purpose, I intend to extend additional tax incentive on home loans to encourage people, especially the young, to own houses. I propose setting up a Mission on Low Cost Affordable Housing which will be anchored in the National Housing Bank. Schemes will be evolved to incentivize the development of low cost affordable housing.”

In pursuance of this commitment, the Prime Minister has been holding a series of meetings to give shape to this vision and commitment. In the last meeting on this held on 22 December 2014, the Prime Minister had concurred with the basic elements of the programme and had asked for some fine-tuning and phasing of the proposals. The Ministry of Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation recrafted its programme in alignment with the decisions in the meeting and presented the final design of the programme to the Prime Minister.

The Prime Minister was briefed on the approach that is planned to be followed to meet this vast housing requirement. He was also given an overview of the delivery mechanisms envisaged at the central and state levels.

The programme proposes to build 2 crore houses across the nation by 2022. This would cover both slum housing and affordable housing for weaker sections. It will cover urban poor living in slums, urban homeless and new migrants to urban areas in search of shelter. It would cover metros, small towns and all urban areas.

The programme would begin with a baseline survey to assess the demand for such housing and identify resource requirements. The houses that need to be built are over 6 lakhs in Delhi, 16 lakhs in Mumbai, 4 lakhs in Chennai and 4 lakhs in Kolkata. These figures may go up after the demand assessment is completed.

The Programme involves an urban reform component to generate the resources and capacities for urban housing, a set of guidelines, an element of government support and a significant contribution from beneficiaries, in addition to bank financing. A large portion of the programme is to be financed in a PPP mode by leveraging land and other resources in urban areas. A large number of process improvements and policy changes are also inherent in the programme.

The Prime Minister directed all concerned departments to immediately finalise the programme and finalise the financing models for alternate sets of housing requirements. He emphasized the need to ensure that there is no compromise in quality during the roll-out of this ambitious programme. He further directed that safety concerns of specific areas, such as coastal zones, eco-sensitive zones and disaster-prone areas be factored into the planning process in cities. He said existing success stories and innovative technologies must be carefully studied so that the best practices can be adopted during the implementation of the scheme.

The Prime Minister said that the first priority under the new scheme should be on towns and cities along the banks of the River Ganga and its tributaries.

The meeting was attended by Shri Venkaiah Naidu, Minister for Urban Development, Shri Babul Supriyo, Minister of State for Urban Development, and senior officials.

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High Level Committee for Restructuring of FCI submits report to PM


The High Level Committee for Restructuring of Food Corporation of India, today submitted its report to the Prime Minister. The Committee was chaired by Shri Shanta Kumar. The Minister for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Shri Ram Vilas Paswan, was present on the occasion.

Shri Ashok Gulati, Member of the Committee, made a presentation on the various recommendations of the report. The Committee was required to examine the present day administrative, functional and financial structure of FCI and modus operandi of its various operations, and suggest a model for restructuring FCI to improve its operational efficiency and financial management, and suggest measures for overall improvement in management of foodgrains by FCI.

The Prime Minister has asked the Department of Food and Public Distribution to expeditiously give their comments on the report, so that it can then be implemented in a time-bound manner.


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PM’s Meeting with Dr. Sai Mawk Kham, Vice President of Myanmar


Dr. Sai Mawk Kham, Vice President of Myanmar, met Prime Minister Narendra Modi today.

Prime Minister Modi fondly recalled his first visit to Myanmar in November 2014 to attend ASEAN-India Summit and East Asia Summit, and his first meeting with President U Thein Sein in Nay Pyi Taw at the time.

Welcoming the recent visit of the Vice President to Bodh Gaya, Prime Minister Modi highlighted the importance of cultural ties, and the civilization links between the people of India and Myanmar.

Prime Minister and the Vice President discussed ways to strengthen the bilateral partnership in view of Prime Minister’s “Act East” Policy, particularly in the sectors of Connectivity, Education, Infrastructure, Trade, and Culture

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Four laning of Ramban-Banihal section of National Highway – 1A (now NH-44) in Jammu & Kashmir


The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has given its approval for development of the four laning of the Ramban-Banihal section of National Highway – 1A (now NH-44) in Jammu & Kashmir. This work will be under the National Highways Development Project (NHDP) Phase-II. The approval is in Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) mode.

 The cost is estimated to be Rs. 1623.98 crore including the cost of land acquisition, resettlement and rehabilitation and other pre-construction activities. The total length of the road will be approximately 32.10 kms.

 The main objective of the project is to expedite the implementation of six sub-projects in the State of Jammu & Kashmir under NHDP Phase-II. Implementation of these projects would provide all-weather-connectivity from Jammu to the Kashmir valley. It will also reduce journey time from Jammu to Srinagar and strategic border areas in the State of J&K. Moreover, implementation of the project would result in development of basic infrastructure in the region which would ultimately lead to overall economic development of the regions of the State. The project is covered in the region of Ramban and Banihal in Jammu & Kashmir.

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Four laning of Udhampur-Ramban section of National Highway – 1A (now NH-44) in Jammu & Kashmir


The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has given its approval for development of the four laning of the Udhampur-Ramban section of National Highway – 1A (now NH-44) in Jammu & Kashmir (J&K). This work will be under the National Highways Development Project (NHDP) Phase-II. The approval is in Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) mode.

 The cost is estimated to be Rs. 1758.68 crore including cost of land acquisition, resettlement and rehabilitation and other pre-construction activities. The total length of the road will be approximately 40.07kms.

 The main objective of the project is to expedite the implementation of six sub-projects in the State of Jammu & Kashmir under NHDP Phase-II. Implementation of these projects would provide all-weather-connectivity from Jammu to the Kashmir valley. It will also reduce journey time from Jammu to Srinagar and strategic border areas in the State. Moreover, implementation of the project would result in development of basic infrastructure in the region which would ultimately lead to overall economic development of the regions of the State. The project is covered in the region of Udhampur and Ramban in Jammu & Kashmir.



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