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Government’s Upcoming Subvention Scheme: Hardeep Puri Announces Interest Relief for Home Loans

In a significant development, Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri revealed on September 29 that the government is finalizing the details of a new interest subvention scheme for home loans. Puri emphasized the scheme’s importance and hinted at its potential impact on providing relief through interest subvention.

Details of the Scheme

Speaking to reporters, Puri explained that the government is in the process of shaping a major initiative to subsidize home loans. The scheme aims to offer interest subvention, providing a financial cushion for homebuyers. Puri assured that the final details of this scheme will be unveiled soon, marking a substantial move in support of the housing sector.

Financial Implications

A recent Reuters report suggested that India is contemplating an expenditure of 600 billion rupees ($7.2 billion) over the next five years to provide subsidized loans for small urban housing. Banks are expected to roll out the scheme in the coming months, strategically aligning with upcoming state elections and the general elections scheduled for mid-2024.

Prime Minister's Vision

The genesis of this subvention scheme can be traced back to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Independence Day speech, where he announced the initiative to benefit middle-class families in rented accommodations, chawls, or illegal colonies. The scheme aims to assist those residing in cities but facing challenges in owning a home, providing relief through reduced interest rates and bank loans.

Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) Update

The Housing Ministry is actively implementing the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) (Urban), launched in 2015. While three of the four verticals have been extended until December 31, 2024, the credit-linked subsidy scheme, offering interest subsidies on home loans, was not extended beyond March 31, 2022. As of July 31, approximately 1.18 crore houses have been sanctioned under PMAY (Urban), with 76.02 lakh already delivered to beneficiaries.

Nationwide Cleanliness Drive

Beyond housing initiatives, Puri also highlighted a nationwide cleanliness drive responding to Prime Minister Modi’s call for “one hour of shramdaan for swachhata.” Over 6.4 lakh sites have been adopted, turning the government’s initiative into a “peoples’ movement.” Notably, the army, navy, and air force will collaborate with civilians for the first time to clean various garbage-vulnerable places.

Participation Across Sectors

To facilitate the cleanliness drive, urban local bodies, gram panchayats, ministries, NGOs, market associations, and private sector entities are actively participating. The diverse coalition aims to clean areas such as railway tracks, airports, water bodies, ghats, slums, market spaces, places of worship, and tourist spots, marking a unique collaborative effort for a cleaner India.

State Participation

States like Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra have shown active participation, with over one lakh and 62,000 sites adopted, respectively. Various associations, including FICCI, CII, CREDAI, and NGOs like Sri Sathya Sai Loka Seva, Lions Club, Rotary Club, UNICEF, and Aga Khan Foundation, are set to join the nationwide cleanliness drive on October 1.

In summary, the government’s upcoming interest subvention scheme for home loans and the ongoing cleanliness drive reflect significant efforts to address housing challenges and promote a cleaner, healthier environment across the nation.


In conclusion, the government’s impending interest subvention scheme for home loans, coupled with the ongoing nationwide cleanliness drive, underscores a commitment to addressing critical issues affecting citizens. The scheme’s potential to provide financial relief and facilitate home ownership aligns with Prime Minister Modi’s vision of supporting middle-class families. 

Simultaneously, the collaborative efforts in the cleanliness drive, involving the armed forces, civilians, and various sectors, reflect a shared responsibility towards building a cleaner and healthier India. As these initiatives unfold, they hold the promise of fostering positive change, contributing to the nation’s progress and the well-being of its citizens.

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