Valsad: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said he dreamt of every family having a home of its own by 2022. This will be the time when the nation would celebrate 75 years of independence.
PM Modi is on a single day visit to his home state of Gujarat, and was addressing a gathering at Jujwa village in the district of Valsad.
According to a PIB release, More than one lakh houses were handed over to beneficiaries, across 26 districts of the State. Beneficiaries in several districts were connected through a video link to the main event, and the Prime Minister interacted with some of them.
At the same event, the Prime Minister distributed certificates and employment letters etc to select beneficiaries under various development schemes, including Deen Dayal Upadhyay Grameen Kaushal Vikas Yojana, Mukhya Mantri Gramodaya Yojana and National Rural Livelihood Mission. He distributed appointment letters and mini-ATMs to women bank correspondents.
"Gujarat has taught me a lot. This lesson has taught me to fulfil dreams within a specific time. My dream is that when the country celebrates 75 years of independence in 2022, there should be no family which does not have a house of its own," Modi said.
Speaking about his interaction with beneficiaries of the housing scheme through video conferencing, he said, "Mothers and sisters could say with satisfaction that they got homes according to rules and they did not have to pay a single rupee bribe".
More than one 100,000 houses have been built in the state under the Centre's flagship scheme which envisions housing for all. He said a new house brings with it, new dreams; and a new collective enthusiasm in the family to work hard to achieve those dreams.
The PM said that the houses built under the PMAY scheme was a Raksha Bandhan gift to sisters of the state. "More than one lakh families have got their own homes today. For the women in these families, it is like a Raksha Bandhan gift. Let me tell you that your brother is very satisfied with this," said the PM.
"Seeing the quality of homes built under the Prime Minister Awas Yojana, even you must have thought that the government homes can be like this. The government has given money, but along with it these homes have been built with the sweat of the family," he said.
"The family decided how will the house be, what material will be used and how will it be made. We did not believe in contractors but the family. When a family makes its own home, it makes it the best," Modi said.
The Prime Minister said that the discourse had long been about politicians getting fancy homes built. He said now this discourse has changed to the poor getting their own homes.
According to PMAY website, the scheme will provide central assistance to Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) and other implementing agencies through States/UTs for:
1. In-situ Rehabilitation of existing slum dwellers using land as a resource through private participation
2. Credit Linked Subsidy
3. Affordable Housing in Partnership
4. Subsidy for Beneficiary-led individual house construction/enhancement.
5. Credit linked subsidy component will be implemented as a Central Sector Scheme while other three components will be implemented as Centrally Sponsored Scheme (CSS).
The prime minister arrived in Gujarat on Thursday morning on a day's visit and headed to Valsad. He is expected to launch a few more projects in Junagadh.
He also laid a foundation stone for a Rs 586 crore Astole water project for supplying drinking water to Kaprada and Dharampur talukas. He described the Astole Water Supply Scheme as an engineering marvel in the making, adding that clean drinking water saved people from diseases.
The PM is also expected to attend a convocation of Gujarat Forensic Science University in Gandhinagar and attend a meeting of Somnath Temple Trust at the Raj Bhavan.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani.
CM Vijay Rupani shared a Youtube video link of the coverage.
Although the PMAY scheme has multiple benefits, there are reports suggesting that the government was building homes that the poor do not want. For instance, take a look at this Indiaspend report .