The Union Cabinet on Thursday cleared a proposal for enhancement of the carpet area of houses for middle income group (MIG) category under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-Urban (PMAY-U). As per the new norms, the carpet area of the houses under the MIG-I category has been enhanced from 90 sqm to 120 sqm, and for the MIG-II segment from 110 sqm to 150 sqm, Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said after the Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
In the MIG-I category, 4 per cent interest subsidy is provided to the beneficiaries, whose annual income is between Rs 6 lakh and Rs 12 lakh, on a loan of up to Rs 9 lakh. Similarly, in the MIG-II category, the beneficiaries with annual income of Rs 12 lakh to Rs 18 lakh get interest subsidy of 3 per cent on a loan of up to Rs 12 lakh.
Under PMAY-U, the Centre aims to provide houses to all the urban poor by 2022. Currently, the shortage of houses is pegged at more than 10 million in the urban areas. The government also approved the continuation of four programmes under its Integrated Child Development Scheme until November 2018. The four schemes include anganwadi services, programme for adolescent girls called Sabla, Child Protection Services and the National Creche Scheme.
As per a statement, the approval for the National Nutrition Mission, will be obtained separately. The National Nutrition Mission, along with four schemes under the ICDS, is estimated to cost the government Rs 41,000 crore until November 2018. The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs also approved phased expansion of the scheme for out-of-school girls in the age group of 11-14 years.
Other proposals approved by the Cabinet include:
Converting the National Creche Scheme from a programme implemented and entirely funded by the central government to a centrally sponsored scheme with 60:40 cost-sharing with states, 90:10 with north-eastern region and Himalayan states and 100 per cent with Union territories.
Ministry of Railways’ proposal to move a resolution in both the Houses of Parliament adopting Railway Convention Committee (2014)’s recommendations that for the year 2016-17, purely as a one-time move, the Rate of Dividend payable by Railways to the General Revenues be waived.
Deputation of Group ‘A’ officers of Department of Telecommunications and other ministries, with telecommunication and information technology background, to Telecommunications Consultants India Ltd (TCIL).
To enhance efficiency in lower judiciary, the Cabinet approved setting up of an online monitoring system with geo-tagging by the Department of Justice enabling data collection on progress, completion of court halls and residential units under construction, including for future projects as well as better asset management and formulation of norms and specification of court halls and residential units to be constructed under scheme for implementation throughout the country for future.
The scheme, officials said, will increase availability of suitable number of court halls and residential accommodation for judges and judicial officers of district and subordinate courts. Approval for signing MoU between India and Poland for cooperation in civil aviation. MoU for five years will be signed after it is approved by the respective governments. The objective is to recognise mutual benefit of cooperation in civil aviation, particularly improving regional air connectivity in India, a statement said.