The Central Government of India provides housing solutions to employees through its pool of housing units, based on eligibility criteria, requirement and available vacancies. The housing allotment is done via the e Awas portal, wherein eligible candidates can select and apply for housing units under the GPRA system or General Pool Residential Accommodation system. It has been classified into 11 categories, excluding hostel accommodation, with different eligibility pay for various types of accommodation.
Check out the eligibility criteria, application process, list of cities and other key information in this comprehensive guide to GPRA.
Looked over by the Directorate of Estates (DoE) administration in Delhi, GPRA is a central government scheme that allots affordable housing units to eligible central government employees. An allotment is done by strictly following regulations laid down in the Allotment of Government Residences Rules, 1963. These rules apply to Delhi and other cities that will be discussed later.
Housing unit allotment for a particular type of accommodation under e-Awas is done on the basis of a “Unified Waiting List.” Also, applications for housing under the GPRA scheme are accepted only online through ASA or Automated System of Allotment.
Take a look at some key eligibility criteria before applying for a housing unit under GPRA.
Discussed below are categories of individuals who are eligible for the GRPA housing scheme.
Applicants working in the Delhi’s government offices must have their locations approved by the CCA or Cabinet Committee on Accommodation to qualify for e-Awas Delhi. Besides that, applicants must reside within the boundary of NCT.
Applicants who work in government offices in GPRA enlisted cities outside Delhi must get their housing option proposal approved by CCA. This approved proposal will then be forwarded to the directorate.
All such government employees are eligible for the GPRA scheme. However, the applicant needs to get a certificate from his/her concerned department that states no junior to the applicant in question has been given any such allotment.
Now that you are aware of the eligibility criteria for e-Awas, take a look at some easy steps mentioned below to apply for this scheme.
Applications for housing unit allotments under GPRA are only acceptable online, as stated below. Apply either via e-Sampada portal or through E-Awas as per convenience.
Applications through e Awas will be routed only via the Automated System of Allotment (ASA) with the DE-2 form. A simple step-by-step guide to applying for GPRA is stated below.
Go to the official GPRA portal.
Select the region where you are looking for accommodation under this scheme.
Note that the Aadhaar Card number is also required for the application process.
Issue of allotment letter: Allotment letters are issued online, and the allottees require to fill out the “Acceptance Form.” It is available on both the e-Sampada and e-Awas portals. After the concerned office verifies and approves the Acceptance Form, online authority slip and license bill will be forwarded to the allottee. Later, once the allottee actually takes possession of the accommodation, he/she will receive a revised license bill online.
Listed below are some pointers to be kept in mind before moving to your new housing unit under the GPRA scheme.
Note that rent will be charged either on the date of occupation or from the 8th day after the issuance of allotment letter. If, however, the CPWD certifies that the housing unit is unfit for occupation, the license fee will be charged, effective from the date of handing over the housing unit to the allottee.
Based on grade pay/basic pay and certain other criteria, there are 11 different types of accommodation under e-Awas. These are I, II, III, IV, IV (SPL), V-A (D-II), V-B (D-I), VI-A (C-II), VI-B (C-I), VII, and VIII.
Now, based on the sensitivity and necessity of the post, all allotments of Type VII and VIII housing units are done by the Urban Development Ministry. The application process, otherwise, is similar to those for other types of accommodations and has to be routed to the DoE via the DE-2 form.
There are multiple quotas and pools in the General Pool Residential Accommodation scheme, as elucidated below.
1. House pools: A particular number of housing units are allotted under various pools in this category. These include:
Secretaries Pools (SG)
70 Type VII houses are available for allotment in different parts of New Delhi, including 60 houses in the New Moti Bagh Complex.
Tenure Officers Pool (TP)
This accommodation is applicable for all IPS, IAS and Indian Forest Service offices who are employed with the GoI or Government of NCT of Delhi on a tenure basis.
Tenure Pool (TN)
TN accommodation under e-Awas is applicable for non-All India Services Officers as per the Central Staffing Scheme.
Lady Officers Pools (LS & LM)
This accommodation pool has been reserved for married and single female officers. An allotment is done in a 2:1 ratio between married and single sections.
Chairmen/Members Pool (CM)
Quasi-judicial bodies, like Tribunals and Commissions, get a separate and exclusive allotment under GPRA.
Transit Hostel Pool (TH)
Applicants who join in the post of Deputy Secretary or Director as per the Central Staffing Scheme can get allotment in TH, a pool of 25 Double Suite Hostel accommodations. It is in Pragati Vihar Hostel, New Delhi.
2. Allocation pools: Unlike house pools, no housing units are maintained separately in these pools. Only specific categories of allottees are allocated in these pools, as discussed below.
Legal Officers Pool
In this pool, there are ten houses specifically meant for high-ranking Government officials, like Solicitor General, Attorney General, and Additional Solicitor General.
This is a pool of 100 accommodations and allotment is recommended by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. These accommodations under GPRA are meant for journalists, press personnel and cameramen.
Eminent artists and celebrities are eligible for accommodation in the Artist Pool, a set of 40 housing units, on recommendations of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
GPRA cities list
The cities under e-Awas have been divided into the following categories based on their zones:
Overall, there are nearly approximately 1,09,474 housing units under GPRA across 340 localities in India. Applicants should know about the proper process to qualify for this scheme and get their preferred accommodation. For example, applicants of e-Awas Chandigarh can register on the official website and know more about the vacancies and accommodation lists.
An applicant’s allotment will be deemed cancelled if he/she is no longer an employee or ceases duty at the government office. Based on the nature of events (resignation, dismissal, death, etc.), license fee and period of retention will vary based on Sections SR 317-B-11 and SR-317-B-22.
For example, in case of resignation or terminal, the period of retention is one month at normal license fee as per SR 317-B-11. However, retention is denied under GPRA as per SR-317-B-22.
On the other hand, in case of death of the allottee, the period of retention is one year at normal license fee under both the sections.
Allottees have a right to apply for a change of accommodation within the same Type. Hence, a Type I allottee cannot change to a Type II accommodation, and vice versa. The steps to change accommodation are listed below.
Check out the GPRA eligibility criteria as well as list of cities registered under the scheme before applying. It would be best to know about the application process and other associated details before going forward.
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