New Delhi (NVI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said that despite the challenges faced due to the COVID-19 pandemic, 1.75 lakh houses have been built under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) for beneficiaries in Madhya Pradesh.
PM Modi took part in the ‘Grih Pravesham’ event through video conference, inaugurated the houses and spoke to beneficiaries from Dhar, Singrauli and Gwalior who had received benefits under the scheme.
Speaking at the virtual event, the Prime Minister said, the Centre’s flagship housing scheme for the rural poor does not just provide homes to them but also gives them self-confidence as he inaugurated more than one lakh houses in Madhya Pradesh.
He also congratulated the beneficiaries of the scheme and said, “Your celebrations this Diwali, and on other festivals will be at another level. Had it not been for the corona phase, your Pradhan Sevak (PM Modi) would have been amidst you in this hour of celebration.”
He further stated, “Even during the time of coronavirus pandemic, houses under PMAY were constructed in just 45 to 60 days which is a very good example of turning disaster into an opportunity.”
Madhya Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, among others also took part in the event.
“I thank Prime Minister Narendra Modi on behalf of the people of Madhya Pradesh for changing the direction and status of the country through his welfare schemes,” Chouhan said.
Despite various challenges, a total of 18 lakh houses have been built in the country under the PMAY scheme during the pandemic.
The PMAY is a housing initiative of the Government of India launched in 2015 to provide affordable housing to the urban and the rural poor. However, the target of housing scheme is to build 20 million affordable houses by March 2022.