Table of Contents
- What is General Pool Residential Accommodation?
- Who is eligible for general pool residential accommodation?
- Grade pay and accommodation entitled
- Priority for accommodation allotment
- Allotment procedure of GPRA
- Allotment schedule for GPRA
- How to apply for GPRA using e-Sampada?
- Allotment letter and authority slip
- Precautions to be taken while taking possession of the flat
- Procedure for change of accommodation
- Allotment of Type VII and VIII accommodations under GPRA
- Quotas and pools for GPRA allotments
- Out-of-turn allotments under discretionary quota
- Surrendering accommodation allotted under GPRA
- Vacating premises after retirement/dismissal/resignation
- List of cities with General Pool Residential Accommodation
- Offerings under GPRA through E-Sampada
- GPRA: COVID-19 relaxation
- GPRA accommodation gets costlier
In order to provide affordable homes to its employees, the central government maintains a pool of housing units, which is allotted based on eligibility, requirement and vacancies. To make it easier for government employees to apply for accommodations, the Union Housing Ministry has launched the e-Sampada portal. Earlier, the allotment was done through the E-Awas portal, where the applicants were able to choose and apply for housing units at their work location under the General Pool Residential Accommodation (GPRA) system. To apply for subsidised housing, the applicant needs to follow certain guidelines and fulfil the eligibility criteria. Here is your guide to the GPRA e-Awas and e-Sampada portal and things you need to know about it.
What is General Pool Residential Accommodation?
General Pool Residential Accommodation (GPRA) is the central government’s scheme to provide residential accommodation to eligible central government employees. These are under the administration of the Directorate of Estates (DoE) in Delhi and are allotted according to the provisions laid down in the Allotment of Government Residences Rules, 1963, in Delhi and 31 stations outside the national capital including Kolkata, Mumbai, Chennai, Chandigarh, etc. Applicants working under the government of the NCT of Delhi or the central government, are eligible for the General Pool and are entitled for allotment. The eligible zone covered under the GPRA is the NCT of Delhi along with the city limits or areas declared by the Directorate of Estates’ regional offices or the Central Public Works Department (CPWD).
See also: GPRA Delhi: How to apply through E-Awas
Who is eligible for general pool residential accommodation?
- For applicants working in government offices in Delhi, their location should be approved by the Cabinet Committee on Accommodation (CCA). Along with this, they should be situated within the boundary of the NCT.
- For applicants working in government offices apart from Delhi, their proposals should be approved by the CCA and should be forwarded to the directorate, with the approval of the joint secretary, with information such as status of office and if the officer and department staff is eligible for residential accommodation from any other pool.
- All government employees having a departmental residential accommodation pool, are also eligible to apply for the general pool. However, the applicant has to submit a certificate from their department stating that ‘no junior to the applicant has been given in turn allotment’ from the department pool. Certificates which do not specifically mention these terms, will not be accepted.
See also: E-Awas Chandigarh: All you need to know
Grade pay and accommodation entitled
|Type of residence||Grade pay/Basic pay (in Rs)|
|I||1,300, 1,400, 1,600, 1,650 and 1,800|
|II||1,900, 2,000, 2,400 and 2,800|
|III||4,200, 4,600 and 4,800|
|IV||5,400 to 6,600|
|V-A (D-II)||7,600 and 8000|
|V-B (D-I)||8,700 and 8,900|
|VI-B (C-I)||67,000 to 74,999|
|VII||75,000 to 79,999|
|VIII||80,000 and above|
Priority for accommodation allotment
|Type of accommodation||Priority factor|
|Lower type – i.e., Type-I, II, III, IV||Date of joining service with the government of India.|
|Higher types of accommodation – i.e., Type IV (Special) to VI||1) Grade pay of the office.|
2) Date from which the applicant is continuously drawing his present grade of salary.
3) Basic pay – i.e., officers with a higher pay shall have seniority in the waiting list.
4) Date of joining the service.
5) When the priority date, basic pay and date of joining in the service of two or more officers are the same, the officers retiring earlier will be accorded higher priority.
It should be noted that officers eligible for Type V and higher accommodation, can also choose an accommodation that is below their entitlement but not lower than Type IV (Special). However, officers entitled for Type V-A and Type IV (Special) may also apply for Type IV accommodation.
Allotment procedure of GPRA
Allotments under the GPRA are based on a ‘Unified Waiting List’ for a particular type of accommodation. In this waiting list, all applicants, including those waiting for initial allotment, as well as change of accommodation, are clubbed together. The allotments are made, based on their date of priority and seniority. Each applicant gets two allotments in each type of accommodation, i.e., initial and change.
Allotment schedule for GPRA
With effect from March 1, 2021, the bidding cycle will commence from the 1st to the 9th of every month. Those applying for the accommodation should keep in mind that they should submit their applications according to the furnished timelines, to be considered in the following month. These timelines are for the following regions:
1. Lower types in Delhi (Type I to IV);
2. Higher types in Delhi (Type IV(S) and above); and
3. Regions (All types).
Therefore, all applicants will have to update their profiles and get it approved by their respective admin officers, by the last day of the previous month.
How to apply for GPRA using e-Sampada?
All government employees need to apply for allotment of houses online only. Follow the procedure step-by-step, to apply for government accommodation:
Step 1: Visit the e-Sampada portal and click on ‘Government Residential Accommodation’.
Step 2: Applicants need to submit the Login ID request form on the e-Sampada website. Once registered, login through your registered mobile number or official e-mail ID, or through the details received in your mailbox.
Step 3: Once you are logged in, you will be able to fill the DE-II form and follow the procedure.
Step 4: Fill the applicant form and the DE-II form. The form will be verified online on e-Sampada by the administrative division of the eligible offices.
Step 5: Once accepted, the application will be included in the next month’s waiting list for all eligible types of accommodation.
Step 6: After an allotment of accommodation is made, the allotment letters will be received by the allottees online and the individual allottee shall submit his acceptance online, within a period of eight days, by filling up the ‘Acceptance Form’ available on e-Sampada
Applications through e-Awas
If you are applying through e-Awas, all applications will have to be directed through the ‘Automated System of Allotment’ (ASA) using the DE-2 Form, for the cities where the ASA is available on the website of the Directorate of Estates. This application should be made, only after regular appointment/joining, or transfer at the place of posting in the ministries, departments or offices of the government and other organisations, declared eligible for GPRA. Follow this step-by-step procedure to apply:
Step 1: Visit the GPRA portal and click on the region, where you want to apply for accommodation.
Step 2: Create your login ID through e-Awas by filling up a form.
Step 3: Use this login ID and password and fill the DE-2 Form.
Step 4: Take a print of this form and get it forwarded by the applicant’s office to the DoE.
Step 5: Once the DE-2 Form is submitted, the applicant’s account will be activated and included in the waiting list, for submitting the preferences of houses in e-Awas and to make required changes in the preferences, as and when required.
Note: The applications received up to the last day of the month are included in the waiting list of the subsequent month. Also, the Aadhaar number is compulsory, for applying for GPRA.
All allotment letters are issued online and the acceptance has to be filled up through the ‘Acceptance Form’ available on e-Awas and e-Sampada. Once the Acceptance Form is verified and accepted by the office, an authority slip and a licence fee bill will be generated online and will be sent to the allottee. Once the physical occupation report of the allotted accommodation is received by the allottee, a revised licence fee bill will be sent online to the allottee.
Precautions to be taken while taking possession of the flat
- The allottee should take note of each and every item of fitting/furnishing provided in the flat, to avoid inconvenience at later stage.
- Each deficiency, damage should be brought to the notice of the CPWD and should be duly acknowledged.
- The allottee should put their own lock after the handover.
- The allottee should obtain the Physical Occupation Report, signed by the junior engineer, CPWD.
- The allottee needs to approach the municipal authorities concerned, to secure water and electricity connection for the allotted house.
- Rent will be charged from the date of occupation or the eighth day from the date of allotment letter, whichever is earlier. The licence fee will be charged from the date of handing over of the accommodation to the allottee, in case the CPWD certifies that the house is not fit for occupation.
Procedure for change of accommodation
An applicant can apply for a change of accommodation in the same type only. However, only one change is permissible in a particular type of accommodation. An allottee who seeks changes, needs to submit an online application in the prescribed form and a hard copy of the same application should be forwarded by his office to the IFC, DoE, Nirman Bhawan, New Delhi or at the regional offices at various places. The applicant can also give preferences for areas online, during the bidding period for a particular type of accommodation.
The allottee needs to submit his acceptance for change of accommodation, within eight days from the date on which the allotment letter was issued and vacate the previous unit in his possession within 15 days from the date on which the new accommodation is occupied. If the allottee fails to vacate the home within the prescribed period, it may result in cancellation of allotment, along with eviction proceedings.
Allotment of Type VII and VIII accommodations under GPRA
All allotments under the general pool of Type VII and VIII are allotted by the Urban Development Minister, after considering the necessity and sensitivity of the post. The applications for such accommodations can also be made online, through the DE-2 Form which is then sent to the DoE for verification. The procedure is exactly the same as for other categories of accommodation.
Quotas and pools for GPRA allotments
There are a number of quotas and pools, for allotments under GPRA:
- Secretaries pool: Around 70 Type VII houses in different areas of New Delhi are available for online allotment to the secretaries of the government of India through ASA.
- Tenure officers’ pool: A number of accommodations are meant for officers of All India Services (IAS, IPS, etc.) who are on duty with the government of India on a tenure basis.
- Tenure pool: A number of housing options are maintained for Non-All India Services Officers on central deputation under the Central Staffing Scheme.
- Lady officers’ pool: Some accommodations are maintained separately for married and single lady officers. The lady officers are also eligible for the general pool. However, change of accommodation to a lady officer is allowed only against the Lady Officers’ Pool.
- Legal officers’ pool: Around 10 houses are maintained for law officers of the government of India, such as solicitor general, additional solicitor general and attorney general.
- Press pool: Around 100 accommodations are maintained for journalists and press cameramen. These allotments are made on recommendations from the Information and Broadcasting Ministry. Professionals drawing salary up to Rs 20,000 per month are placed in Category I and are eligible for Type IV accommodation. Similarly, those who have salary between Rs 20,000 and Rs 40,000, are placed in Category II and are eligible for Type IV (Special) accommodation.
- Artists’ pool: Under this quota, around 40 houses are maintained for eminent artists, to be recommended by the Ministry of Culture.
Out-of-turn allotments under discretionary quota
Discretionary allotments are made on medical, security and functional grounds and are one type below the entitlement of the applicants. Such priority allotments are made on the first floor in central areas and any floor in non-central areas. These allotments are done, on requests of government officers, on extreme compassionate groups and are restricted to a total of five houses in each type in a calendar year.
Surrendering accommodation allotted under GPRA
An allottee can surrender the general pool residential accommodation in his occupation, by informing the DoE at least two days before the date of vacating the residence. The allotment of the residence will be cancelled, with effect from the 11th day after the day when the letter is received by the directorate or the date specified in the letter, whichever is later. If the applicant fails to give due notice, he shall pay the licence fee for 10 days, or the number of days by which the notice given by him falls short of 10 days, provided that the DoE may accept a notice for a short period.
Vacating premises after retirement/dismissal/resignation
The allotment is cancelled or deemed cancelled, after the expiry of the concessional period of retention, as permissible under the rules, after an allottee ceases to be on duty in an office eligible for government accommodation.
|Event||Period of retention and licence fee applicable (SR 317-B-11)||Period of retention and licence fee applicable (SR 317-B-22)|
|Resignation, dismissal, removal from service, termination of service, or unauthorised absence||1 month at normal licence fee||No retention is admissible|
|Retirement (including voluntary retirement) or terminal leave||(1) In case of accommodation allotted prior to July 1, 2013: Two months at normal rate, two months at twice the normal rate, two months at four times of normal rate, two months at six times of normal rate. (8 months)|
(2) In cases of accommodation allotted on or after July 1, 2013: Two months on normal rate, two months on twice the normal rate and two months on four times of normal rate. (6 months)
|Death of the allottee||12 months at normal rate||12 months at normal rate|
|Transfer to a place outside Delhi||Two months at normal rate||Six months at double the normal rate|
|Transfer to an ineligible office in Delhi||Two months at normal rate||Six months at double the normal rate|
|On proceeding on foreign service in India||Two months at normal rate||Six months at double the normal rate|
|Temporary transfer in India or transfer to a place outside India||Four months at normal rate||Six months at double the normal rate|
|Leave (other than refused leave, terminal leave, medical leave, maternity leave)||Four months at normal rate||Six months at double the normal rate|
|Study leave in or outside India||(a) In case the officer is occupying an accommodation below his entitlement: For the entire period of study leave at normal rate.|
(b) In case the office is occupying an entitled type of accommodation: Alternate accommodation of one type below is allotted on expiry of six months, at normal rate.
|Deputation outside India||Six months at normal rate||Six months at double the normal rate|
|Leave on medical grounds||Full period of leave at normal rate||Not admissible|
|On proceeding for training||Full period of training at normal rate||Not admissible|
List of cities with General Pool Residential Accommodation
Offerings under GPRA through E-Sampada
A user can book the following spaces through E-Sampada:
- Venue booking: Currently, 5 Ashoka Road and Vigyan Bhawan in Delhi, can be booked online through E-Sampada. Other locations include Kidwai Nagar Lawns and Fagli Club, Shimla.
- Office accommodation booking: The Directorate of Estates administers the allotment of office accommodation at Delhi and other locations. The office spaces are allotted to eligible central government offices, based on the availability of space. The offices could be booked through E-Parisar
- Booking of shops/markets: The Directorate of Estates also manages the allotment and ownership rights of INA Market, as well as the newly-constructed markets in New Moti Bagh and Kidwai Nagar (east).
|Total GPRA units||1,09,474|
|Total guest houses||62|
|Total office space||1.25 crore sq ft|
Venue booking and touring hostel accommodation booking services are provided to:
- Serving / retired employees of the central government.
- Serving / retired employees of the state government.
- Serving / retired employees of union territories.
- Serving / retired employees of central / state PSUs / autonomous bodies / statutory bodies.
GPRA: COVID-19 relaxation
According to the latest announcement on the E-Sampada website, bidding for the month of June 2021 has been suspended. Also, a one-time suo-moto retention of all GPRAs in the country for a period from April 1-June 30, 2021, has been allowed by the Directorate of Estates.
Other relaxations that have been announced include:
* Allottees of April and May 2021 bidding, who could not obtain authority slip/take possession will be allotted quarters after the period of suo-moto retention is over.
* In case the applicant fails to accept any allotted house, he/she shall not be debarred from bidding.
*For allottees who were issued authority slips but could not take possession within five working days, their slips shall be re-validated for taking physical possession.
*Allottees would need to pay the licence fee from the date of physical possession of the unit on the basis of re-validated authority slips.
Earlier, due to the ongoing second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, the central government had announced a few relaxations, to certain rules related to general pool residential accommodation. The notification can be accessed here.
According to the previous notification, retention of allotted GPRAs in the country, for a period from April 1, 2021 to June 30, 2021, was applicable to the following categories:
Rule 24(2) – where two allottees, who are in occupation of separate accommodation allotted under these rules marry each other and are directed to surrender one of the accommodation within one month of their marriage.
Rule 40 – which provides for a concessional period of retention of GPRA under different cases.
Rule 44 (7 & 8) – which provides for change of accommodation.
As per the notification, these relaxations will also be given to such allottees, where she/he has become an unauthorised occupant of government accommodation before April 1, 2021. However, in such cases, after the retention period (i.e., upto June 30, 2021), the damage charges at telescopic rates, as was continuing prior to this period, will be resumed.
GPRA accommodation gets costlier
Government accommodation allotted to officials under the GPRA category, has now become costlier as the centre has issued an order to increase the flat rate of licence fee recoverable for the accommodation throughout the country. According to the order issued by the Housing Ministry, the licence fee rates for all types of government accommodations will be increased – from type I to type VIII – based on the level of pay matrix under the 7th Pay Commission. The revised rates of licence fee would be effective from July 1, 2020. The increment has been exempted for serving personnel of the Defence Ministry and accommodations under the control of the Railway Ministry. For a government official to get a government quarter, the House Rent Allowance (HRA) of the basic salary has to be forgone and upon that a nominal rent (licence fee) is deducted from the gross salary.
How do I apply for GPRA online?
You can apply for GPRA online through the e-Sampada portal using your login ID and password.
How can I get government quarters in Delhi?
If you are a central government employee, you can apply for accommodation under the GPRA.
How do I surrender my CPWD quarters?
All government employees need to intimate the DoE, two days before the date of vacating the premises.