Vice President, M. Venkaiah Naidu asked the real estate developers and builders to bring in reality in real estate sector to improve economy. He was addressing the gathering after inaugurating the two-day CREDAI Conclave on March 15.
The Vice President said that housing in our country is as basic a need as food and clothing and the judiciary has broadly interpreted the right to life under Article 21 of the Constitution to include the right to shelter. He further said that everyone need to adapt to the transformation that is taking place in the realty sector by combining technology, innovation and entrepreneurship. Rapid urbanization coupled with migration from rural areas has led to a massive housing shortage, he added.
The Vice President said that with a view to easing the severe housing shortage, the Government has taken a number of measures to boost the affordable housing segment. He further said that challenges like lack of low cost land in urban areas and delays in clearances need to be addressed to boost affordable housing. Although the measures taken by the government have given a boost to affordable housing, there is a need for the private sector and real estate developers to play a bigger role in promoting low cost housing, he added.
He said that India should not compromise its hard-earned fiscal discipline in order to accelerate growth, adding that resorting to countercyclical policies will not help spur sustained growth. He further said that real estate developers to focus on two important things for the families of the workers—health and education. These two should be given top priority and ensure that the workers and their families are not denied their basic rights in any manner, he added.