Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi interacted with Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana eneficiaries across the country, through video bridge. This is 3rd in the series of video bridge interactions by the PM with various beneficiaries of gob=government schemes.
Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi said that such interactions help in understanding various aspects of the scheme, including areas that needs to be improved. PM 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. Government has taken a mission mode approach towards providing housing for all. Prime Minister said, Government is working towards ensuring that every Indian has a home by 2022. Governments plans to build around 1 crore houses in urban areas and 3 crore houses in rural areas under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana. 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 1 crore houses in the rural areas compared to 25 lakh sanctions by the previous government in its last 4 years.
Emphasizing on the changes brought by the present government in Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana, PM said that the size of houses built have been increased to 25 sq. meter from 20 sq meters. The financial assistance for the scheme also has been enhanced upto Rs.1,25,000/- from the earlier allocation of Rs. 70,000 – 75,000.
During the interaction Prime Minister said that PMAY is linked with the dignity of the citizens and the focus of the yojana is to ensure more women, Divyans sisters and brothers, SC, ST, OBC and Minority communities get access to housing. Governments is working towards skill development to ensure faster and quality construction of houses.