Parliamentary panel asks government to probe fraud on centre's housing scheme

Housing ministry has received complaints in which many builders in Delhi and NCR areas have been misusing the name of govt’s scheme to sell their flats.

Published: 19th March 2017 09:25 PM  |   Last Updated: 19th March 2017 09:25 PM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

NEW DELHI: Concerned over the frauds under PM Narendra Modi’s flagship scheme “Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana”, a parliamentary panel has asked the government to initiate investigations into such cases of fraud.

“Ministry should immediately swing into action and get such complaints thoroughly investigated in all states and UTs as one of their prime scheme, named PMAY (U) is being misused for illegal money-making by some corrupt-minded anti-social elements,” the panel, headed by Biju Janata Dal (BJD) MP Pinaki Misra, said.

In its report the panel has said, “The Committee is perturbed to note cases of fraud and cheating are taking place in many cities including NCR of Delhi for allocation of houses under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban) with fake propaganda that a house could be booked by just paying Rs 150 by unscrupulous elements and fraud NGOs etc," it said.

A senior official of the ministry of housing said that the ministry has received such complaints in which many builders in Delhi and NCR areas have been found misusing the name of government’s scheme to sell their flats. The ministry has taken note of this and advisories will be issued soon, added the official.

The Committee, in its reports 'Demands for Grants (2017-18)' for HUPA Ministry, has found that some builders are apparently registering and enlisting a lot of consumers for allotment of economic weaker section/ lower income group house in the name of affordable housing scheme.

The panel has also warned that needy people will feel cheated if the practice will continue. It has also said to hold awareness programmes through visual and print media to educate and inform common people to beware of fraudulent persons and NGOs.

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