The municipal corporation (MC) has rejected as many as 12,000 applications received under phase 1 of the Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana (PMAY).
Under the scheme, the Union government is planning to cover all the homeless by 2022. The policy was started in the city in March.
In the first phase of the scheme, the government has planned to provide a grant of Rs 1.5 lakh to those who do not have a cemented house.
Officials at the MC informed HT on Tuesday that out of around 15,000 applications that the office has received in the first phase it has only given a go-head to around 2,994 applications.
Nirmaljeet Kaur, assistant project officer, said that most of the applications didn’t meet all the requirements during the verification process.
Around 120 employees of the MC are currently engaged in the verification process under the scheme.
Officials visit various wards and check the authenticity of the applications.
The MC had already sent all the details of verified applications to the Punjab Urban Development Authority (PUDA), which will implement the scheme.
The last date for submitting applications in the first phase was June 30.
Meanwhile, officials at the Punjab Urban Development Authority (PUDA), which is looking after the project, said some of the municipal corporations in the state are yet to complete the verification process as per the revised plan.
According to the revised plan, applications of the people living within the red line (settlement area) are also being considered under the scheme, which was not the case earlier.
The government was also considering inviting applications of the people from Pakistan, who were rehabilitated.
NO FUNDS RECEIVED
Earlier mayor Sunil Jyoti had told that the MC might receive funds under the scheme by Juneend, but the civic body has not received not even a single penny under it. Officials at the local bodies department said there is still much time left for them to receive funds under the scheme as they are yet to submit the details of the applications to the Union government.
“It’s a long process. After making it sure that none of the applications is bogus, we will send the final report to the Union government,” said an official.
Under the second phase of the housing scheme, the government will be providing flats at subsidised rates to the people whose annual income is less than Rs 3 lakh and do not own any property; local beneficiaries might get flats in three areas of the city including Ladhewali, Reru Pind and Khurla Kingra within the municipal limits.
However, the local government is yet to finalise the locations.