As India continues to struggle with labour shortage, issue of migrant workers and workers’ health, among others, Union Government comes up with an interesting scheme to support migrant workers which will prove win-win for all industry stakeholders.
The Union Cabinet has given its approval to develop Affordable Rental Housing Complexes (AHRCs) for urban migrants and poor as a sub-scheme under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana – Urban (PMAY – U).
This scheme will prove fruitful to the migrant workers of various states who work in apparel manufacturing hubs across India and for whom getting proper and affordable housing is a big challenge.
Majority of garment factories don’t have hostels or dormitories for its workers and staff. Also, due to low income, these workers can’t afford reasonable houses in leading apparel manufacturing hubs.
It is also pertinent to mention here that just a month back, Apparel Resources had raised this issue effectively.
So far around 1 lakh small houses in 107 cities are ready for this scheme.
As per Government, existing vacant Government-funded housing complexes will be converted into ARHCs through Concession Agreements for 25 years. The concessionaire will make the complexes liveable by repair/retrofit and maintenance of rooms and filling up infrastructure gaps like water, sewer/septage, sanitation, road, etc.