The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today interacted with Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana beneficiaries from across the country, through video bridge. This is the third in the series of video bridge interactions by the Prime Minister with various beneficiaries of Government schemes.
Expressing delight at interacting with Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana beneficiaries, Prime Minister said that such interactions help in understanding various aspects of the scheme, including areas that needs to be improved. Prime Minister further added that Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana is not just about brick and mortar but about providing better quality of life and dreams coming true.
Addressing the beneficiaries, Prime Minister said that the last 4 years, Government has taken a mission mode approach towards providing housing for all. Government is working towards ensuring that every Indian has a home by 2022, when India will celebrate its 75 years of independence, Prime Minister added.
Under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana, Government plans to build around three crore houses in rural areas and one crore houses in urban areas. The Government has so far given sanctions to build more than 47 lakh houses in urban areas, which is 4 times more than the sanctions given by the previous government in 10 years. Similarly, sanctions have been given to build more than one crore houses in the rural areas compared to 25 lakh sanctions by the previous government in its last 4 years. Government has also been able to reduce the time needed to build a house from 18 months to 12 months, thereby saving about 6 months.
Emphasizing on the changes brought by the present government in PMAY, Prime Minister said that the size of houses built have been increased to 25 square metre from 20 square metres. Also the financial assistance for the scheme has also been enhanced upto Rs. 1,25,000 from the earlier allocation of Rs. 70,000 - 75,000.
During the interaction, Prime Minister said that Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana is linked with the dignity of the citizens and the focus of the Yojana is to ensure more women, Divyang sisters and brothers, SC, ST, OBC, and Minority communities get access to housing.
Engaging with beneficiaries, Prime Minister said that PMAY has created employment opportunities for all. In order to strengthen the scheme, Government is working towards skill development to ensure faster, and quality construction of houses. As part of it, government has started training about one lakh masons. In addition, Government has also started training female masons in many states, thereby resulting in women empowerment.
Interacting with the Prime Minister, all the beneficiaries expressed happiness in owning a house, which has always been a dream. They also explained how it has changed their life and improved the quality of life.
Interacting directly with beneficiaries of various Government schemes is wonderful. One gets to know various aspects of the scheme including some of the areas where we can improve. Today I am delighted to interact with PMAY beneficiaries: PM @narendramodi https://t.co/2XO39DhzSO— PMO India (@PMOIndia) June 5, 2018
Every human desires his or her own house. A person becomes much happier when he or she has a house. The Awas Yojana is not merely about brick and mortar. It is about a better quality of life and dreams coming true: PM @narendramodi— PMO India (@PMOIndia) June 5, 2018
The NDA Government is giving great importance to the housing sector. We are working towards ensuring that every Indian has a home by 2022, when India marks 75 years since Independence: PM @narendramodi— PMO India (@PMOIndia) June 5, 2018
We have been working to free the housing sector from middlemen, corruption and ensuring that the beneficiaries get their own home without hassles: PM @narendramodi— PMO India (@PMOIndia) June 5, 2018
The housing sector is being invigorated with latest technology. This is enabling faster construction of affordable houses for the poor in towns and villages: PM @narendramodi— PMO India (@PMOIndia) June 5, 2018
The focus is to ensure more women, Divyang sisters and brothers, people from SC, ST, OBC and Minority communities get access to housing. PMAY is linked with dignity of our citizens: PM @narendramodi— PMO India (@PMOIndia) June 5, 2018
Due to PMAY, there are employment opportunities being created for people. At the same time, we are working on skill development to enable faster and better quality construction of the houses: PM @narendramodi— PMO India (@PMOIndia) June 5, 2018
I am very happy that I have my own house due to the PMAY. Due to a house the children can study easily: Phulmati Ji from Bastar in Chhattisgarh— PMO India (@PMOIndia) June 5, 2018
Earlier I lived in a slum and never thought I would have a home but PMAY changed that. Today I am very happy. I am no longer inconvenienced by rain: Begambee Kadarbek Ji from Vellore in Tamil Nadu— PMO India (@PMOIndia) June 5, 2018
I must share with you that we never had to pay any bribe in order to get a house. The process was simple and there was no corruption: Begambee Kadarbek Ji from Vellore in Tamil Nadu— PMO India (@PMOIndia) June 5, 2018
I have my own home for the last one year. Before that I faced inconvenience and could never get good sleep. The PMAY changed all of that: Usha Bai Gond Ji from Jabalpur in Madhya Pradesh— PMO India (@PMOIndia) June 5, 2018
Delight to have my own home. I got my home five months ago...I never imagined that I will have my own house. My quality of life has improved after the house: Ranjana Ji from Lucknow— PMO India (@PMOIndia) June 5, 2018
Earlier no one paid attention to our aspirations. You have personally worked for the poor and due to you we have got our own home: Rekha Ji from Chhindwara, Madhya Pradesh tells PM @narendramodi— PMO India (@PMOIndia) June 5, 2018