The Petroleum Ministry has asked other public petroleum companies like Indian Oil Corp (IOC) to build 50,000 houses for rent to migrant laborers. The government plans to develop affordable rental housing after millions of laborers migrate from cities to villages in the wake of a lockdown imposed to prevent the corona virus epidemic.

According to the three officials involved in a meeting on the subject, the ministry wants the IOC and its controls such as Hindustan Petroleum Corp Ltd (HPCL), Bharat Petroleum Corp Ltd (BPCL), GAIL India Ltd and Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC) Public Sector Undertakings should construct houses on the plots available with them. He said that the meeting was chaired by Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, who has asked the public undertakings to plan the construction of housing units at the earliest.

The ministry had tweeted about the meeting on October 5, stating that the Prime Minister had made public sector undertakings to provide houses for rent to migrants and urban poor working on oil and gas projects under the affordable housing scheme. Meeting with officials of Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas and Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs to review the efforts.

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