The permanent residents of Jammu and Kashmir will only be covered under Housing for All (HFA) and national Urban Livelihood Mission (NULM). According to the information, On Tuesday, Housing and Urban Development Department claimed that the benefits of Housing for All scheme will only be provided to the permanent residents of Jammu and Kashmir.
As per the information published earlier in a newspaper, the source said that the Commissioner/Secretary, H&UDD has been misunderstood and misquoted with regard to implementation of HFA and NULM in the State.
In a statement, source said that it has been clarified time and again that the ownership of land is one of the mandatory requirement for getting benefits of housing for all scheme.
The source quoted that as far as NULM is concerned, one of the components of the mission is setting up of ‘shelters for homeless. These shelter are meant for the population who are homeless under which temporary stay facility to be provided to these kind of people.
Meanwhile he added that it is reiterated that the ownership rights of shelters to be provided under NULM shall remain with the state government and people without shelters can only use the facilities on payment of user charges as may be fixed by the state government from time to time.
The spokesman also said that the Commissioner Secretary H&UDD has been completely misquoted in the said news report that the government was also working on the scheme to provide ownership of land to Pakistani refugees residing in Jammu.
“It is vehemently denied that Commissioner Secretary H&UDD spoke on the subject,” he said and added that the issue came up when one of the officers raised the issue before the Executive Director, National Housing Board (NHB), during a workshop at SKICC on 16 May 2016, that whether these refugees will be provided assistance under credit linked subsidy scheme (CLSS).
“In a reply, the Executive Director National Housing Bank, Sanjeev Sharma said that assistance shall be provided strictly under state laws and one of the conditions for providing loans/under CLSS shall be the ownership of the land,” he said.