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PM: The government is incentivizing the building industry to support low-income citizens

ISLAMABAD: On Friday, Prime Minister Imran Khan said the government was offering subsidies and incentivizing the building sector to assist low-income people in owning homes. “Rs35 billion has been provided for subsidy on house construction by low-income individuals,” stated Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif during a ceremony at the Farash Town Apartments project of the Naya Pakistan Housing Authority in Islamabad.

For the first 100,000 units, he claimed the government will grant a Rs300,000 subsidy on each dwelling.

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PM Imran Khan said while 100,000 apartments were under construction, the process would now speedily move forward as the structure of the system has been finalised.

He said the construction industry has been incentivised in different ways including tax relief. He said One Window Operation has started to facilitate the construction sector. “We gave 90 per cent tax exemption to the construction sector,” he said.

Regarding Farash Town Apartments, the PM said out of the total 4,400 apartments, 2,000 had been allocated for low and middle income people and 400 other apartments would be provided to slum dwellers.

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He said those who had money could construct their house, while the poor could not have a house of their own. Therefore, the government wants installment of bank loans as low as monthly rent of a house, he maintained.

“For the first time in the country, banks started giving loans for construction of houses. It took us two years to convince them for this purpose,” he said.

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