Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday handed over homes built under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana to lakhs of beneficiaries in Gujarat's Valsad. Speaking at the event, PM Modi said he dreams of every family having a home of its own by 2022, the year India will celebrate its 75 years of independence.
PM Modi used the stage to target the Congress over the issue of corruption and said homes built under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana are of high quality and nobody had to pay a single rupee bribe.
"Now, when Centre releases Re 1 for poor, 100 paise reach their house," PM Modi said in an apparent reference to former PM Rajiv Gandhi's remark during the 1980’s that out of every one rupee spent by the government for the welfare of the poor, only Rs 15 paise reaches them.
"The homes built under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana are of high quality and nobody had to pay a single rupee bribe," PM Modi said addressing a gathering at Jujwa village in Gujarat's Valsad town after interacting with the beneficiaries of the scheme.
"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.
देश में एक समय था जब देश में बैंक तो थे लेकिन देश का गरीब बैंकों में प्रवेश नहीं कर पाता था और एक आज का समय है, हमनें बैंकों को ही गरीब के घर के सामने लाके खड़ा कर दिया है : पीएम मोदी pic.twitter.com/oLkJK08XDT— BJP (@BJP4India) August 23, 2018
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".
"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.
More than one lakh houses have been built in the state under the Centre's flagship scheme which envisions housing for all.
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(With inputs from agencies)