Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs Current Affairs - 2020

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Results of Swachh Survekshan League, 2020 released

The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs on December 31, 2019, released Swachh Survekshan League in New Delhi. Around 4,372 cities participated in the league. It is a cleanliness survey that helps in competitive federalism.

Highlights

In the category of 10 lakh plus population, Indore secured first place. Indore has remained in first place for the last three years. Following Indore, Bhopal and Surat are in second and third places respectively. In the category of population between one lakh and 10 lakhs, Jamshedpur was in 1st spot following New Delhi and Khargone.

Indicators

The focus of the survey was on waste water treatment, faecal sludge management. The survey also focused on implementation of ODF+, water plus and ODF++ protocols of the ministry of housing and urban affairs.

Significance

In Competitive Federalism, the relationship between Central and state governments are vertical and between the state governments are horizontal. The ranking of the cities based on cleanliness helps in promoting competition among them. The idea was mooted during economic reforms in the country in 1990s. The states will compete with each other that will help achieve efficiency in administration also will enhance developmental activities.

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CLAP: Credit-linked Subsidy Services Awas Portal launched by governmnet

Union Minister of Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri launched the Credit Link Subsidy Scheme (CLSS) Awas Portal (CLAP). Along with portal, the Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MHUA) also launched Global Housing Technology Challenge (GHTC)-India to accomplish ‘Housing For All Mission’. MHUA also signed agreements with certain state governments for the construction of LightHouse projects under GHTC-India. GHTC-India seeks to get globally acclaimed, proven and alternate construction technologies for speedier as well as cost-effective construction of affordable housing.

About CLSS Awas Portal (CLAP)

The CLAP aims to provide a transparent and robust real-time web-based monitoring system for the beneficiaries of the Credit-linked Subsidy Services (CLSS) as through the portal people seeking to avail housing subsidy under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna (PMAY)-Urban will be able to track their applications.

The CLSS Awas Portal also seeks to address grievances of beneficiaries in a much comprehensive and organised manner as well as to help other stakeholders to work in synergy for release of subsidy to beneficiaries on time. Under CLSS, the Centre provides interest subsidy of up to around Rs.2.67 lakh on home loans to individuals, which reduces principal outstanding amount of loan.

Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban)

PMAY-Urban aims to address the housing needs of Urban population of country. The Credit-linked Subsidy Services (CLSS) covers the MIG (middle income group) segment for first time. The mission is expected to benefit young professionals having an income of up to Rs.18 lakh/annum.  At present, among the 4 verticals of PMAY(Urban), the government has managed to reach more than 8 lakh beneficiaries under CLSS.

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