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KARACHI: Banks granted on-spot conditional approvals of Rs7.4 billion house financing loans in the first Mera Pakistan Mera Ghar Mela held in Faisalabad. Banks have received overwhelming response to the first ever Mera Pakistan Mera Ghar (MPMG) Mela organized by State Bank in Faisalabad. During the event banks logged in applications of Rs18 billion from applicants.

In the two-days of Mela, held on March 19-20, 2022, more than 30,000 people visited to obtain information about the MPMG and apply for loans through banks’ one-window facilitation. Against the applications logged in, banks provided conditional approvals of around Rs7.4 billion.

During the Mela, 25 banks and 28 builders/developers installed stalls and made arrangements to receive applications, processing of applications after eCIB clearance, calculating installment amount and giving conditional approval letters to the applicants. Despite scorching heat, long queues of interested applicants were seen on banks stalls.

In order to create healthy competition among banks, their performance during the Mela were measured against five categories and made public to recognize their efforts. Meezan Bank is recognized for having the most innovative stall.

Meezan Bank also got the highest applications logins. BoP and NBP were declared the quickest banks in offering the first conditional approval letter to an applicant. ABL provided the highest number of conditional approval letters to applicants. While Bank Al-Habib was recognized as the best quality of service as voted by visitors.

Throughout the Mela, SBP’s senior officials visited stalls of the banks and developers to oversee the progress. Complaints of interested applicants were addressed on spot. Senior officials including Presidents and regional heads of banks frequented the Mela and guided the applicants. This all resonated well with the key objective of the Mela, highlighted by the Governor State Bank during inauguration session, that the general public must witness and believe that they are getting financing under flagship MPMG scheme.

At the inauguration ceremony of the Mela, Dr. Reza Baqir, Governor State Bank in his keynote address took the audience through the MPMG journey. He mentioned that through continuous efforts by SBP, Government, NAPHDA and banks, the number of applications for financing and their approvals are consistently on the rise as banks are approving over Rs4.5 billion and disbursing around Rs2.3 billion per week. As a result of the MPMG scheme, applications for financing for affordable housing that was almost non-existent around 15 months ago has reached to Rs357 billions of which Rs157 billions of applications have been

approved and Rs56 billion disbursed so far. Inauguration ceremony was also addressed by Faiz Ullah Kamoka, Chairman National Assembly Standing Committee on Finance and Mr. Farrukh Habib, Minister of State for Information.

Both the speakers highlighted the Government’s special focus on promoting housing and construction finance, especially for the low and affordable housing. Beneficiaries of MPMG are getting financing at fixed and subsidized rates as the Government is providing subsidies for this underserved sector. Inauguration ceremony was attended by CEOs of banks, dignitaries of Faisalabad including top businessmen, VCs of universities and media.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2022

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