Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana: The list of applicants applying for a flat under PM Narendra Modi-led central government’s Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) is getting bigger day by day. The Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) says forms are being receiving since last month and they have reached a staggering 70,000 so far and is on the verge to cross 1-lakh mark by the time the submission period ends, reported The Indian Express. The corporation, which recently has proposed to construct as many as 9,458 flats. For this it had set a one-month window for submission of forms with the last date fixed at May 16. However, looking at the massive response of the people with more and more getting added to the queue, the PCMC was forced to extend the last date for submission of applications, the report added. The PCMC has estimated that the project would cost Rs 900 crore.
Seema Savale, the chairperson PCMC Standing Committee, said that the committee has received a huge amount of applications including 43,000 forms online, while 27,000 forms have been submitted at various offices across the city till Tuesday (May 23). In a talk with The Indian Express, she estimated that with the time of one week left to submit the forms, the number of applications may cross one lakh.
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A draw of lots would be held to select the beneficiaries who have applied for flats. However, the PCMC has plans to give priority to women applicants while giving the ownership as its way of “honouring and empowering” them. Savale said that women including widows, divorcees, single women, visually-challenged and differently-abled women will get priority. In fact, she said that the civic body wants to ensure that all flats to be registered in the name of women. It will be its way to empower the women who are otherwise, always at the receiving in this male-dominated society, Savale added.