Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said in the last four years, the Government has taken a mission mode approach towards providing housing for all and is working towards ensuring that every Indian has a home by 2022.
Interacting with with Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana beneficiaries from across the country, through video bridge, the PM said, ‘in the last four years, the 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 75 years of its independence.’
The PM said that the PMAY was not merely about brick and mortar but about a better quality of life and dreams coming true.
‘Every human desires his or her own house. A person becomes much happier when he or she has a house. The Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana is not merely about brick and mortar. It is about a better quality of life and dreams coming true,’ the PM said.
Under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana, Government plans to build around three crore houses in rural areas and one crore houses in urban areas.
The PM said the Government has so far given sanctions to build more than 47 lakh houses in urban areas, which is four 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,’ the PM said.
Emphasising on the changes brought by the present government in PMAY, the Prime Minister said 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, the 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.
‘The focus is to ensure that more women, Divyang sisters and brothers and people from Scheduled castes, Scheduled tribes, OBC and Minority communities get access to housing. PMAY is linked with dignity of our citizens,’ the PM said.
He said that PMAY is creating 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,’ he said.
‘We have been working to free the housing sector from middlemen, corruption and ensuring that the beneficiaries get their own home without hassles,’ the Prime Minister said.
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, Mr Modi said that such interactions help in understanding various aspects of the scheme, including areas that needs to be improved.
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.