Rent vouchers for BPL families soon

The Centre government will soon launch a scheme for smart cities whereby rent vouchers will be given to the Below Poverty Line (BPL) families at a total cost of Rs 2,700 crore.

The scheme is likely to be rolled out in the next financial year. Urban local bodies of smart cities will distribute these rent vouchers which will help the poor migrant population.

Any such tenant can give this rent voucher to the landowner who in turn can redeem them at any citizen service bureau.

If the rent is higher than the value of rent voucher, the tenant would pay the difference in cash to the landowner, reported The Economic Times.

The government is also planning to use the option of Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) for the voucher scheme.

According to Census 2011, about 27.5% of urban residents lived in rented houses in 2011.

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