REVISED INTEGRATED HOUSING SCHEME (RIHS) 2007 FOR BEEDI WORKERS ETC.

 

1.OBJECTIVE OF THE SCHEME: -
The scheme is intended to relieve, to some extent, the housing shortage mainly among the BEEDI WORKERS. Welfare Commissioners of respective Regions had earlier been supervising and monitoring erstwhile Integrated Housing Schemes of this Ministry, which was modified, vide G.O. No. M-11011/1/05-W. III dated 27th May, 2005 wherein; powers were delegated to the State Governments for the purpose of implementation, monitoring and supervision. On the advise of Honble Union Minister for Labour & Employment, a Committee was constituted to review this arrangement. On the basis of recommendation of the Committee, it was concluded that major objectives have not been achieved. Consequently, with the concurrence of the Union Finance Ministry (Department of Expenditure) it was been decided, that for the purpose of execution, supervision and effective monitoring/control of this Scheme also, the implementing agency will be the Director General Labour Welfare, Ministry of Labour & Employment through the Welfare Commissioner of the region concerned. The concerned Welfare Commissioner would identify the eligible Beedi Workers, collect and scrutinize their applications, and send the proposal, along with details of eligible workers in the prescribed Checklists, to the Director General Labour Welfare, Ministry of Labour & Employment, Govt. of India, New Delhi for grant of administrative approval for uniform central subsidy of Rs. 40,000/- per tenement per worker for construction of a house by an Individual Beedi Worker and/or by the Co-operative Society for construction of Group Housing Colony for workers and from the State Governments concerned for proposal received under the Economically Weaker Section (EWS) for construction of houses for Beedi Workers.The benefits of above Scheme would also be available to the Non-coal Mine Workers engaged in the Iron Ore Mines, Manganese Ore Mines & Chrome Ore Mines (IOMC) and Limestone Ore Mines, Dolomite Ore Mines (LSDM) and Mica Ore Mines, under their respective Workers Welfare Funds.
2.The details of the Revised Integrated Housing Scheme (RIHS) 2007 are as under:
(a)LAND: -
(i)The house may be constructed on the land site possessed by the Beedi Worker himself jointly/severally with other members of his family or on land given by the State Government/Gram Sabha with a clear title in the name of the worker. The land area should not be less than 60 Square yards. However, housing subsidy may also be granted to the owner of the plot of smaller area/size, provided the plinth area of the constructed house is not less than 160 Square feet in case of Economically Weaker Sections (EWS), Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, who are allotted land by the State Government or local bodies. In such cases, the exclusive ownership of land shall not be insisted upon and plot of small area/sizes can also be considered for grant of subsidy; provided the plinth area of the houses constructed is around 160 sq.feet and standards & specifications laid down in Indira AwaasYojana are broadly followed.
(ii) The land allotted by the State Government and having leasehold right for not less than 20 years, with further provision for extension of lease, would also qualify for grant of subsidy. 

(b) COST: -

 The minimum cost of the construction of a house would be Rs. 45,000/- per tenement If the cost of a house goes beyond Rs. 45,000/- (Rs.40, 000 Central subsidy + Rs. 5,000/- workers contribution), the balance amount would be borne by the worker either through his own resources or assistance in the form of loan from financial institutions like HUDCO etc, or contribution from the State Governments in the form of subsidy/loan, if any. Adwelling unit costing up to Rs. 1.00 Lakh would be admissible for construction under the Scheme. 

(c) MODE OF APPLICATION: -

 The applications in the prescribed form, complete in all respects, shall be deposited by the Beedi Worker in case of individual house and/or by the Co-operative Group Housing Society with the Welfare Commissioner of the concerned region.

The Welfare Commissioner of the concerned region will identify the eligible beedi workers, collect and scrutinize their applications and send the proposal, having details of eligible workers in the prescribed Checklists, with his recommendations, to the Director General Labour Welfare (DGLW) forseeking administrative approval release of subsidy.In case of construction of houses for Beedi /Non-coal Mineworkers in clusters/Groups by the State Government concerned through its nodal agency under the EWS Component; the subsidy would be released to the State Govt., on recommendation of Welfare Commissioner of the region concerned, by the DGLW in the manner specified in sub-Para (d) of Para No. 2 as below.

 

(d) SUBSIDY: -
A uniformCentralSubsidy of Rs. 40,000/- per worker per house would be granted. The Director General Labour Welfare would release first installment of the subsidy i.e. Rs. 20,000/- per tenement, after confirmation of receipt of workers contribution @ Rs. 5,000/- per beneficiary after grant of administrative approvalfrom the Welfare Commissioner of the region concerned, and for the purpose of construction of the house till the roof level. The Second Installment of Rs. 20,000/- per tenement would be released by the Director General Labour Welfare on receipt of report of 100% inspection conducted by the Engineers of Labour Welfare Organization of construction reaching roof level(before roof is laid) and after ascertaining the progress for the purpose of completing the construction in all respects, together with workers contribution of Rs. 5,000/- received after grant of administrative approval.

(e) RELEASE OF SUBSIDY:-
A uniform subsidy @ Rs. 40,000/- per tenement would be released to the respective State Governments during the beginning of each financial year. The State Government would release the subsidy tot the respective District Collector/Deputy Commissioner of the concerned district in two equal installments. The first installment of the subsidy i.e. Rs. 20,000/- would be released by the respective State Government on the basis of administrative approval granted by the DG(LW). The Second Installment of the subsidy would
be released by the State Government of reaching the construction at roof level, after satisfying about the utility of the 1st installment.The District Collector/ the Deputy Commissioner will designate an inspecting authority to inspect each tenement during the construction phase and after its completion.

(f) UTILISATION CERTIFICATE: -
A Combined Utilization/Completion Certificate would be sent by the Welfare Commissioner to the Director General Labour Welfare, Ministry of Labour & Employment, Govt. of India, New Delhi, in respect of construction of houses by the Beedi workers individually or by the Co-operative Group Housing Societies. In case of construction under the EWS component, the State Government would send information periodically in the prescribed Combined Utilization/Completion Certificate.The procedure and proforma for the Checklists and Utilization Certificates, for the release of first installment as well as release of the subsequent installments, and completion certificate etc.Would continue to be on the basis of prescribed forms, checklists, etc. circulated with the erstwhile RIHS, 2005. 

(g) OWNERSHIP OF TENEMENTS:
(i)
In case of construction work undertaken by the State Government under EWS Component of the Scheme, the State Government concerned, through its Labour Secretary, would enter into an agreement, as prescribed, with the Union Labour & Employment Ministry, Govt. of India. It would also furnish, within one month of the close of the financial year in which subsidy is released, the utilization certificate as prescribed.
 
(ii)Where the houses are constructed by the workers themselves or by the Co-operative Society of Workers on the land owned by the workers/Society, the ownership of the house shall vest with the worker or the Society, as the case may be.  He and/or the Society, shall execute an agreement in favour of the President of India for the sum subsidy so received.  He and/or the Society shall also execute any other agreement as prescribed, wherever applicable.  Further, the Society or beneficiary shall provide surety for the amount of subsidy, which shall be signed in favour of the Government.  Where it is not possible to arrange a surety, the applicant shall mortgage the land on which he proposes to construct a house in the prescribed form for the purpose.

(iii)The house, so constructed, would not be sold or transferred by the beneficiary before 15 (fifteen) years, except in the case of legal heirs.

(h) CONDITIONS FOR ELIGIBILITY: -
(i)
Any Beedi worker whether an employee of an establishment or a GharKhatta worker who has been engaged in the Beedi industry for not less than one year A worker shall be allowed to construct only one house. The monthly income of the family should not exceed Rs. 6,500/- per month.
(ii)The worker should have a land in his/her name or on land allotted by the State Government/Gram Sabha; and would also contribute in the form of personal/family Manual Labour for construction of the tenement.(iii)The applicant Beedi Worker would deposit an amount of Rs. 5,000/- as worker’s contribution with the Welfare Commissioner of the concerned region after grant of administrative approval by the DGLW and before the release of 1st instalment of subsidy by the DGLW. Worker’s contribution would be deposited with the State Govt. in case of construction of EWS houses by the State Govt.
(iv)The applicant Beedi Worker should not have a House in his/her own name or in the name his/her spouse or any of the dependents.
(v)
The applicant Beedi Worker or his/her spouse or any of the dependents should not have earlier availed the facility of financial assistance under any housing scheme of the Central and/or the State Government.
(vi)
The
house/flat would be completed within a period of 18 months.

(vii)All the above conditions of eligibility would be applicable to Iron Ore/Lime Stone Ore, Dolomite Ore, Chrome/Mica Ore & Manganese Ore Mine workers except in their cases; the family monthly income should not exceed Rs. 10,000/-.

(i) PLAN, STANDARD, SPECIFICATION AND CONSTRUCTION: -
Each dwelling unit should, at least, have a living room with a closet area for the cooking; a bathroom and a toilet within a plinth area of not less than 160 square feet. The State Government or its agencies should approve the plan, but the specifications chosen would be such as to make the house durable.  The tenements shall be constructed in a good, substantial and habitable manner and their estimated life should not be less than 20 years.  The standard type design would, however, depend on local climatic conditions and beneficiary’s specific requirements. Each dwelling unit should have facilities like electricity, drinking water and water for conservancy and sanitation.
The above standards are in the nature of minimum and there would be no objection to adoption of better specifications and higher standards by individual workers while constructing their own houses under the scheme. The worker or Workers’ Co-operative Society, in that case, could raise the remaining finances, either by loan/contribution from the State Governments or any other agencies like HUDCO or financial institutions/Banks etc. The State Governments may also provide financial assistance in the form of State subsidy to enable the workers to construct house of better specification and higher standards.

(j)PENALTIES & INTEREST: -
If the tenements are not constructed and completed in all respects within the stipulated period/extended period, the amount of subsidy shall be forfeited and recovered along with penal interest to be determined by Govt. of India from time to time. The subsidy and such penal interest shall be recovered as arrears of land revenue.

(k)In case of construction of houses for the Beedi workers under the EWS component, no additional staff or creation of new staff by the State Government would be allowed and no additional expenditure would be allowed to the State Government.  The State Government would provide infrastructure facilities.  No other fund for any other purpose, other than specified in the Scheme, would be granted to the Co-operative Society or to the State Government. 

3.APPROVAL & RELEASE OF SUBSIDY: -

(i)The Revised Integrated Housing Scheme (RIHS), 2007 for Beedi Workers etc. would be applicable on or after 1st April, 2007 i.e. from the next financial year. Past cases, where sanction has already been granted, would be considered under the erstwhile schemes like Integrated Housing Scheme 1999, 2001 & 2004 and RIHS-2005.
(ii)
The Director General Labour Welfare, Ministry of Labour & Employment, Govt. of India, would grant administrative approval and sanction release of the subsidy on 50:50 basis for the construction of houses. 
(iii)The Central Subsidy of Rs. 40,000/- per tenement would be released on 50:50basis. The first installment of the subsidy i.e. Rs. 20,000/- per tenement, as advance subsidy, would be released by the Director General Labour Welfare at the time of grant of administrative approval for the purpose of construction of the house till the roof level. The balance of 50%, i.e. 2ndInstallment of Rs. 20,000/- of the total subsidy would be disbursed when 50% progress, i.e. construction reaching on roof level is reported to the DGLW.
 
(iv)The release of subsidy would be subject to availability of funds for the purpose during the financial year.

4.MECHANISM FOR INSPECTION/REVIEW: -
(i)In case of construction by the worker himself/herself and/or by the Co. operative Group Housing Society, theWelfare Commissioner, through the Engineers and other field officers of Labour Welfare Organization, would conduct 100% inspection/verification of progress of work, on reaching the construction at roof-level and finally after completion of construction in all respects and send such report(s) to the Director General Labour Welfare.   

(ii)
In case of construction under the EWS, the State Government would conduct a 100% inspection of houses, through its inspecting agency, reached at roof level (before roof is laid), and send a report, through the Welfare Commissioner of the region concerned, for the release of 2ndInstallments of the subsidy by the DGLW. The State Govt. would also send an inspection report, after 100% inspection of houses, completed in all respects, in the same manner as above.  Director General (Labour Welfare) or officers from the Ministry and/or Labour Welfare Organization (field Officers) would conduct random checks of houses constructed by the State Govt., from time to time, to ensure proper utilization of housing subsidy. 

(iii)Director General Labour Welfare and/or officers from the Ministry, Labour Welfare Organization (field Officers) and Labour Department of the State Government would make a periodic review (every six months) of the Scheme in case of houses constructed under the Economically Weaker Section (EWS) component. However, Welfare Commissioner of concerned region would be mandated to inspect the progress as part of their duties.

 5.RELAXATATION: -
Ministry of Labour may relax any or more conditions of the scheme or related-matter pertaining to the Scheme, in exceptional circumstances, or where it is satisfied that such condition/conditions are likely to cause hardship to the worker/workers.


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