The Maharashtra government announced a housing scheme for COVID warriors, who put their lives at risk during the pandemic, on the occasion of India's 75th Independence Day. With this, Maharashtra becomes the first state in the country to announce such a scheme for the heroes.
According to the housing body of the Maharashtra government, 4,488 houses will be allotted to the particular section ranging from lower-income to higher-income groups, The New Indian Express reported.
A state government notification from May 29 last year read that the employees of various departments like health workers, ASHA workers, those working in finance, food and civil supply, water supply and sanitation, etc are declared as COVID-19 warriors for rendering their exceptional services during the time of crisis.
In addition, the uniformed personnel such as police, paramilitary forces, fire brigade, and armed service members are also included in the category.
Domicile Certificate Must
In order to avail of the housing scheme, the applicant needs to produce a domicile certificate stating that the person has been staying in Maharashtra for the last 15 years.
"The houses for these COVID warriors are mostly situated in Navi Mumbai, including areas like Kalamboli, Kharghar, Dronagiri, Ghansoli, Taloja among others. The eligible candidates can apply to the government through the official website. If the number of applications surpass the number of houses announced in the scheme, then the allocation will be done through a lottery system," an official said, as quoted by The New Indian Express.
He added that housing aspirants can submit their applications online and need to get a certificate from their concerned departments.
"This is a small initiative to people who worked relentlessly during the pandemic risking their lives. As Mumbai is an expensive city, most people cannot afford to buy houses. Therefore, this scheme will aid them get their dream homes adjoining Mumbai that is Navi Mumbai," an official of the City and Industrial Development Corporation said.