New Delhi, Dec 19 (PTI) The government should consider a sub-category under Priority Sector Lending (PSL) for boosting affordable housing sector in the country, the NITI Aayog suggested on Wednesday in its 'Strategy for New India @ 75' document. The government think-tank also suggested the government that the land lying idle with various sick/loss making public sector undertakings (PSUs) of the Centre or state governments may be used to resolve the issue of land availability for affordable housing projects under 'Housing for All'. The Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban), launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in June 2015, aims to ensure "Housing for all by 2022" by providing financial assistance to a beneficiary. Under the PMAY (U), the government has set a target of constructing one crore houses in urban areas across the country over a period of seven years -- 2015 to 2022.

The 'Strategy for New India @ 75' document, unveiled on Wednesday, also suggested that government should also consider relaxing eligibility conditions for bank loans such as raising the cap of Rs 10 lakh on the cost of the house and raising the Rs two lakh income threshold. In order to reduce cost, government projects should focus on the life cycle cost (LCC) approach to the construction of houses rather than the cost per square foot approach to ensure quality of construction and reduce expenditure incurred on the maintenance of houses, it said.