Sources in the Union housing ministry said the benefits of the scheme will cover the middle class in addition to the poor, who are already eligible for higher interest rebate in urban areas. They said the details of implementing this scheme are being worked out and would be announced soon. An amount of Rs 1,000 crore has already been earmarked for meeting the expenses for the interest subsidy .
Till now, those with annual income up to Rs 6 lakh were eligible to get 6.5% interest subsidy for housing loans of up to Rs 6 lakh. So far only 20,000 people have availed this. In such cases, govern ment releases Rs 2.3 lakh upfront as cumulative interest subsidy to the beneficiaries.This results in reduced effective housing loan and equated monthly instalment (EMI).
Housing ministry officials said the new norms announced by the PM would be applicable only in those cases where people go for fresh home loan under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna (PMAY).Under PMAY, applicants can get interest subsidy only if they own no house anywhere in the country . “Effectively , the new norms will bring more income groups under the interest rebate scheme and will come as a relief for the middle class. For example, if you take a Rs 30 lakh loan, but have less than Rs 18 lakh annual income, you can avail the rebate in interest for the first Rs 12 lakh loan. For the rest you have to pay the full interest as charged by your bank,“ a source said.