Sunday, June 6, 2010

HOUSE BUILDING ADVANCE --A REVIEW

House Building Advance to Central Government Employees

1.The Scheme of House Building Advance to Central Government Employees is aimed at providing assistance to the Government employees to construct/acquire house/flats of their own. The scheme was introduced in 1956, as a welfare measure. Ministry of Urban Development & Poverty Alleviation act as the nodal Ministry for the same.
2. House Building Advance is admissible to all those temporary employees also who have rendered 10 years of continuous service. The Ministries/Departments are delegated powers to sanction House Building Advance to their employees in accordance with the House Building Advance Rules.
3. With effect from 15th October, 2004, the maximum limit for grant of House Building Advance has been revised to 34 months' of basic pay and dearness pay taken together in place of the existing limit of 50 months' basic pay subject to a maximum of Rs. 7.5 Lakh or the cost of  construction/acquisition of house/flat or repaying capacity whichever is the least. Similarly, the cost-ceiling limit has been revised to 134 times the basic pay and dearness pay taken together in place of the existing limit of 200 times the basic pay subject to a minimum of Rs.7.5 Lakh and a maximum of Rs.18 Lakh, relaxable up to a maximum of 25%. (Here dearness pay means the amount of dearness allowance equivalent to 50% of basic pay, which came into existence with effect from 1-4-2004 as per the orders of the Ministry of Finance, Govt. of India.)
4. The rate of interest on House Building Advance is between 5% to 9.5% ,depending on the loan amount.
5. The repaying capacity of Govt. servants who have more than 20 years of remaining service has been revised from 35% to 40% of pay. (Pay means basic pay + dearness pay + stagnation increment + NPA).
6. The salient features of House Building Advance Rules are as follows-
1. ELIGIBILITY
  • Permanent Government employees.
  • Temporary Government employees who have rendered at least 10 years continuous service.
  • To be granted once during the entire service.
If both the husband and wife are Government of India employees and eligible for HBA, it shall be admissible to only one of them.
2. PURPOSE
HBA is granted for:
  1. Constructing a new house on the plot owned by the official or the Official and the Official's wife/husband jointly.
  2. Purchasing a plot and constructing a house thereon.
  3. Purchasing a plot under Co-operative Schemes and Constructing a house thereon or acquiring house through membership of Co-operative Group Housing Scheme.
  4. Purchasing /construction of house under the Self-Financing scheme of Delhi, Bangalore, U.P., Lucknow etc.
  5. Outright purchase of new ready-built house/flat Housing boards, Development Authorities and other statutory or semi-Government bodies and also from private parties.*
  6. Enlarging living accommodation in an existing house owned by the official or jointly with his/her wife/husband. The total cost of the existing structure (excluding cost of land) and the proposed additions should not exceed the prescribed cost ceiling.
  7. Repayment of loan or advance taken from a Government or HUDCO or Private source even if the construction has already Commenced, subject to certain conditions.
  8. Constructing the residential portion only of the building on a Plot which is earmarked as a shop-cum-residential plot in a Residential colony.
* Private party means registered builders but not private individuals.
3. CONDITIONS:
a) The applicant or spouse or minor child should not already own a house in the town/Urban agglomeration where the house is proposed to be constructed or acquired.
b) The title to the land should be clear. The land may be owned either:

by the Government employee; or
- jointly by the Government employee and spouse.
c) COST CEILING
134 times of Basic Pay and Dearness Pay taken together subject to minimum of Rs.7.5 lakh and maximum of Rs. 18 lakh.
Administrative Ministry may relax the cost ceiling up to 25% of cost ceiling mentioned above in the individual cases on merits.
(Effective from 15th October, 2004)
d) AMOUNT OF ADVANCE:
  • will be the LEAST of the following:-
(i) 34 times the basic pay and dearness pay taken together.
(ii) The cost of construction.**
(iii) Rs. 7,50,000/- ***
(iv) Repaying Capacity.
** 80% of cost in rural areas.
*** Rs. 1,80,000/- in case of enlargement of existing house.
e) REPAYING CAPACITY:-
Repaying Capacity is computed on the following basis:-
S. No.
Length of remaining service of the applicant.
Repaying Capacity
1.
Retiring after 20 years.
40% of pay @
2.
Retiring after 10 years but not later than 20 years.
40% of pay @ plus 65% of * Retirement Gratuity
3.
Retiring within 10 years
50% of pay @ plus 75% of * Retirement Gratuity.
@ Pay means basic pay + dearness pay + non-practicing allowance.
* To be calculated on the basis of pay in the existing scale on the date of Superannuation.
4. DISBURSEMENT OF ADVANCE:
S. No.
Purpose of HBA
Disbursement
(1)
(2)
(3)
(i)
For construction/enlargement (single or double storeyed).
50% -



50%
on execution of mortgage deed 

on construction reaching plinth level (Ground Floor).
(ii)
For purchase of land and construction (Single storeyed)
40% or - 
actual cost



30% -

30% -
for purchase of plot on execution of agreement and production of Surety Bond.

On execution of Mortgage deed. 

On construction reaching plinth level.
  
(iii)
For purchase of land and construction (Double storeyed)
35% or actual cost



32.5% -

32.5% -
for purchase of plot on execution of agreement and production of Surety bond.

On execution of the mortgage deed.

On construction reaching the plinth level.
  
(iv)
For purchase of ready built house/flat
100% - in one lumpsum.
(v)
For acquiring flat/house from Co-operative Group Housing Society.
20% -



80% -
Towards purchase of land by the Society.
in suitable installments on receipt of demand (pro-rate basis)
(vi)
For purchase of flat under SFS of Development Authorities etc.
No payment for initial registration Deposit. 
May be released in not more than 5 instalments. But the fifth and final instalment should not be less than 10% and is to be released for making final payment.
5. TIME SCHEDULE FOR UTILISATION OF HBA:
S. No.
Purpose
Time limit
(a)
Purchase of registered plot on which construction can commence immediately.
Sale deed to be produced within 2 months.
(b)
Purchase of ready built house.
Acquisition and mortgage to Government to be completed within 3 months.
(c)
Purchase/construction of new flat
Should be utilised within one month of sanction.
6. REPAYMENT OF ADVANCE:
The recovery of advance shall be made in not more than 180 monthly installment and interest shall be recovered thereafter in not more than 60 monthly installments. In case Government servant is retiring before 20 years, repayment may be made in convenient installments and balance may be paid out of Retirement Gratuity.
7. INTEREST
The rate of interest on Housing Building Advance with effect from 1st April, 2003 are as follows:-
S. No.
Amount of Advance sanctioned to a Government Servant
Rate of Interest on HBA (Per Annum).
1.
Upto Rs. 50,000/-
5%
2.
Upto Rs. 1,50,000
6.5%
3.
Upto Rs. 5,00,000/-
8.5%
4.
Upto Rs. 7,50,000/-
9.5%
8.COMMENCEMENT OF RECOVERY:
Construction of a house or enlargement of living accommodation
* From pay for the month following the completion.
Or
The pay for the 18th month after date of payment of the 1st installment, whichever is earlier.
Purchase of land and construction.
* From pay for the month following the completion of the house.
Or
The pay for the 24th month after date of drawl of installment for purchase of land, whichever is earlier.
COMMENCEMENT OF RECOVERY (CONT'D):
Ready built flat.
* Pay for the month following the month in which advance was drawn.
Purchase of Flat under SFS from Development Authority/Housing Society.
* From the pay for the 18th month after date of payment of 1st installment.
* The sanctions of HBA should invariable stipulate a higher rate of interest at 2.5% above prescribed rates with the stipulation that if conditions attached to the sanction are fulfilled, rebate of interest to the extent of 2.5% will be allowed.
9. CREATION OF SECOND MORTGAGE:
The Government servants who have obtained HBA from the Government may be permitted to create a second charge on the property provided they obtain prior permission of the Head of the Department and the draft deed of second mortgage is submitted to the Head of the Department for scrutiny. Such a second charge may be created only in respect of loans to be granted for meeting the balance cost of houses/flats by recognised financial institutions

1 comments

ani neo

It is quite astonishing that cost of building materials are rapidly increasing but The Govt. Rule Maker has not considered such increased rate of cost while deciding the maximum limit of grant of HBA to a central govt. emplyoee. The limit of grant of HBA and also the repaying capacity may be increased accordingly so that a low paid emplyoee can be able to construct his/her home without taking loan from any other source which may clearly be a headache to him/her
Higher energy prices continued to play a key role in rising producer prices and building materials prices.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released January Producer Price Index (PPI) numbers on February, 2011.
Prices for “Materials and components for construction” rose 0.3% (SA) in December and were up 2.8% from a year earlier. However, residential building material prices have generally been rising faster than the materials and components for construction category. On a year-over-year basis, residential building material prices were up 4.3% in January.
cement prices fell 0.3% and were down 4.8% from a year earlier. However, concrete products prices were up a bit for the month (0.1%) and were unchanged from a year earlier. At the same time, ready-mixed concrete prices unchanged for the month and were down 0.8% from January 2010. Meanwhile, gypsum prices, which had risen 0.8% in December, fell 3.3% in January, leaving them up on 0.5% from a year earlier.
Softwood lumber prices continued their recent march upwards, rising 3.0% in January after increasing 2.2% and 3.4% in November and December, respectively. The increases seem to be due to limited supplies as producers have reduced production and to suppliers re-building thin inventories. Rising exports to China along with weather disruptions seem to have contributed as well. As of January, softwood lumber prices were up 8.7% from a year earlier.
Lastly it may be said that several low paid employees would be beneficiary if the limit of grant of HBA is increased to 34 months' of pay in the pay band + grade pay instead of existing 34 months' pay in the pay band.