New Delhi, 1 February (Language)
Ahead of the general elections, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has announced a scheme to help those living in rented houses or slums to buy houses, luring the middle class. He also announced to build two crore more houses for the rural poor in the next five years under the PM Awas Yojana (ग्रमीण). Sitharaman, while presenting the interim budget for the financial year 2024-25 before the elections, said that the Prime Minister Narendra Modi government in the last 10 years as part of inclusive development has provided every one with housing, water, electricity, cooking gas and a bank account. have tried He said, ‘Government will bring a scheme to help eligible middle class people living in rented houses or slums or chawl and unauthorized colonies to buy or build their own houses.’ Referring to the achievements of the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Gramīna), the Union Finance Minister said that despite the challenges posed by the Covid-19 global pandemic, the implementation of the scheme has continued and the government is close to achieving the target of three crore houses. He said that the construction of two crore additional houses will be started in the next five years to meet the increased needs due to the increase in the number of families. Sitharaman said that the government is working with a holistic, comprehensive and inclusive development approach with a resolution to make the country a ‘Developed India’ by 2047. To achieve the goal of ‘housing for all’ in rural areas, the Ministry of Rural Development had launched the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-Gramee (PMAY-G) on April 1, 2016 to provide assistance to eligible rural households. Its target is to build 2.95 crore concrete houses equipped with basic facilities by March 2024.