New Delhi (NVI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi today released financial assistance of Rs 2,691 crore to over 6 lakh beneficiaries under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana – Gramin (PMAY-G) in Uttar Pradesh via video conference.
PM Modi interacted with the beneficiaries and extended greetings on the occasion of Prakash Purab.
Addressing the event, the Prime Minister said that unprecedented work is being done to change the lives of the poor, deprived and exploited. He recalled that he launched the PM Awaas Yojna from Agra five years ago.
He added, “This scheme has started changing the face of Indian villages and is linked with the hopes of millions and has given the poorest of poor the confidence that they can be a homeowner.”
“In the past few years, around 2 crore houses have been built in rural areas alone. Under Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana keys of 1.25 crore houses have been handed over to people. Around Rs 1.50 Lakh Crore has been given by Central Govt alone, to build these houses,” PM Modi added.
PM expressed his happiness that Uttar Pradesh is among the states that are moving the fastest on building houses for the poor.
He informed that today, 6 lakh families of the state will get a total of more than Rs 2,600 crore in their bank account. Out of these 6 lakh families, 5 lakh will get the first installment which means that, for 5 lakh families, their life’s wait is over.
“Similarly, 80,000 families got their second installment which means that by next winter they will have their own house,” PM Modi said.
The Prime Minister recalled that during the time of previous governments, the poor did not have the confidence that the government could be of any help in getting their house constructed. He also said that the quality of the houses made in the earlier scheme was also not up to the mark. The poor had to face the brunt of wrong policies.
Furthermore, he informed that in Uttar Pradesh, 22 lakh Garmin Awas are to be constructed out of which 21.5 lakh have been approved for construction. 14.5 lakh families have already got their house, under the present government.
The Prime Minister had given a call of “Housing for All by 2022”, for which a flagship programme of PMAY-G was launched on November 20, 2016.
So far 1.26 crore houses have already been built across the country under the scheme, PMO said.
Under PMAY-G, each beneficiary is given a 100 per cent grant of ₹1.20 lakh in plain areas and ₹1.30 lakh in hilly states, North Eastern States, difficult areas, Jammu, and Kashmir, and Ladakh, among others.
Union Rural Development Minister Narendra Singh Tomar and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath were present on the occasion.