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UP government asks Centre to allow migrants to register for housing under PM Awas Yojana: Report

June 03
03:29 2020

Uttar Pradesh has reportedly asked the Rural Development Ministry to deem migrants returning to villages as eligible for housing under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-Rural (PMAY-R).

The state government in a letter to the ministry said allowing this would help many migrants who find themselves shelter-less after returning to their hometowns, said a report by The Economic Times.

It said that migrants often occupy public spaces or live with relatives. The letter argues that reopening the Awaas+ website for 15 days period will allow the state to survey people not covered under the Socio-Economic Caste Census (SECC) 2011.

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This will give workers and deserving beneficiaries who were unable to register earlier, access to the Centre’s scheme, the letter stated.

Moneycontrol could not independently verify the report.

UP state rural development commissioner Ravindra Nayak said as per the report that a positive reply is being expected from the Centre.

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