In Pune, co-ownership rises to 88%; maximum in Maharashtra | Pune News

PUNE: The district tops the joint ownership tally of property cards in Maharashtra with almost 88% of households jointly owned by men and women, government records have revealed.
A special initiative by the Pune Zilla Parishad has resulted that out of the 9.27 lakh property cards, almost 8.15 lakh bear names of men and women. The update campaign began at the gram panchayat level last year with a series of self-help group awareness campaigns, which first resulted in the revision of gram panchayat property tax receipts , then to a reflection on property maps.
“Women in the rural areas of the district owned only 16% of the properties when the condominium update campaign started last year in August. We mobilized 2.3 lakh women through self-help groups to make it a social movement and educate. We were pleasantly surprised to find an enthusiastic response from people,” said Pune Zilla Parishad Managing Director Ayush Prasad, who undertook the special campaign.
The campaign was a measure to empower women and all gram panchayats were asked to solicit joint applications from current owners of properties and female beneficiaries to change ownership details.
From door-to-door campaigns to advice, the self-help group managed to reach so many women and on International Women’s Day in March this year, 6.42 lakh properties were owned in shared ownership by the women of the household. Kamal Suresh Undre from Manjari Khurd in the district said the initiative was almost like a movement and the condominium was a step towards empowering women.
“Members of the Gram panchayat contacted all households and nearly 150 women put their names on property cards. These were distributed on March 8 on Women’s Day. We too are reaching out to as many women in our area to ensure that more women get co-ownership of their properties,” she said.
This was followed by special gram sabhas to distribute the updated property maps with clear maps of the assets established during the Svamiva program. “Mass distribution only resulted in greater social mobilization and more households asking to include the women’s names,” Prasad added.
The number has now reached 8.15 lakh or 88% of properties in rural areas, he added. He said loans can be obtained against property cards and without the consent of the female, the male member of the household cannot obtain a loan. Since many women suffer from domestic violence and fear displacement, owning the house they live in gives them dignity.
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