ECB Allowed for Low Cost Housing

By Accommodation Times Bureau

Rs. 4,000 Crore Allocated for Rural Housing Fund
Indirect Finance Under Priority Sector Doubled

Presenting the General Budget 2012-13 in LokSabha here today, ShriPranab Mukherjee, Finance Minister announced various majors for mitigating shortage of housing for low income groups. The Finance Minister proposed allowing External Commercial Borrowings (ECB) for low cost affordable housing projects and setting-up of a Credit Guarantee Trust Fund to ensure improved flow of institutional credit for housing loans.

The Finance Minister, Shri Mukherjee informed that provisions under the Rural Housing Fund are proposed to be enhanced from Rs. 3000 crore to Rs. 4000 crore. He also proposed enhancement of limit of indirect finance under priority sector from Rs. 5 lakh to Rs. 10 lakh.

The Finance Minister announced extension of the scheme of interest subvention of 1 percent on housing loan up to Rs. 15 lakh where the cost of the house does not exceed Rs. 25 lakh for another year.

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