Centre is likely to introduce a new clause to the rules mentioned under Real Estate Regulatory Bill. The new clause is intended to restrain builders from refusing to sell flats to buyers based on buyer’s religion, marital status, origin, caste, gender, dietary preferences or any such factors.
Officials justified that the Constitution itself has inserted clause for non-discrimination and will exactly specify all the nature of discrimination in the clause without any means of exclusion. The authorities are likely to notify the clause by the end of October this year.
Several former Congress ministers had advocated to include the new clause, after quoting that several instances regarding the denial of house on prejudices on a person’s caste, religion etc had been reported earlier.
However, the new clause will not be extended for landlords and tenants. Officials said that they had thought for adding a similar clause to the Rental Housing Policy, but said that the model doesn’t have enforceability such as Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act, 2016.
The builders who offend the rules mentioned in the clause shall be fined or jailed (3years) or both according to the assertions made in the clause. Buyers who are subjected to any kind of discriminations mentioned in the amendment shall approach state-level regulator and then appellate tribunal.