Affordable Housing for All’ is an important policy agenda of the Government of India. The Government has sought to create an enabling and a supportive environment for expanding credit flow to the housing sector and increasing home ownership in the country. Various national policy pronouncements have reinforced the primacy of the housing sector and the need to provide shelter opportunities to all. A major initiative has beenlaunched for provision of housing for the Economically Weaker Sections (EWS)
and Low Income Groups (LIG) through the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM).
The Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation (MH&UPA), Government of India has designed an Interest Subsidy Scheme as an additional instrument for addressing the housing needs of the EWS/LIG segments in urban areas. The Scheme envisages the provision of interest subsidy to EWS and LIG segments to enable them to buy or construct houses.