A parliamentary panel has asked the Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation (HUPA) Ministry to immediately get a thorough probe done into the cases of fraud being committed by unscrupulous elements, in the name of its flagship housing scheme. “The committee is perturbed to note that cases of fraud and cheating are taking place in many cities including NCR of Delhi, for allocation of houses under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban), with fake propaganda that a house could be booked by just paying Rs 150, by unscrupulous elements, fraud NGOs, etc.,” it said.
The Standing Committee on Urban Development, in its report ‘Demands for Grants (2017-18)’ for HUPA Ministry, noted that a lot of bogus builders/developers are apparently registering and enlisting a lot of consumers, for allotment of economic weaker section/ lower income group houses, in the name of the affordable housing scheme, under the mission of ‘Housing for All by 2022’. “The committee strongly cautions and recommends that the HUPA 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 said.
The panel underlined that any delay in catching those involved will give them liberty to rob millions of the poor and have-nots of the society. “If unchecked, the poor and homeless masses will feel cheated and betrayed and also it will be difficult for them to trust any of the government’s schemes, henceforth,” the committee said in its report tabled in parliament, recently. The panel pitched for aggressive awareness programmes through visual and print media, to educate and inform common people to beware of fraudulent persons and NGOs. The committee also recommended higher allocation of budgetary funds for the HUPA Ministry. “The committee recommends a real increased budgetary provision to be provided henceforth, in favour of the HUPA Ministry, responsible for fulfilling the aspirations and expectations of millions of urban poor and homeless,” it said.