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Owning a home has empowered country’s women, says Modi on govt housing scheme

The Prime Minister on Tuesday virtually attended the ‘griha pravesh’ ceremony of 5.21 lakh houses built in MP under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Rural).

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New Delhi: Women have found a stronger voice in decision-making after his government enabled them to own nearly 2 crore houses, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Tuesday.

Modi was speaking at the virtual ‘griha pravesh’ ceremony of 5.21 lakh houses built under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Rural) in Madhya Pradesh.

“The right to own a house has strengthened the woman’s right in making other financial decisions in the household,” Modi said, adding, “This is a matter of case study in big universities across the world.”

The Prime Minister said the previous government had built “only a few lakh houses for the poor in their tenure”. “My government has built 2.5 crore houses for them. Of these, 2 crore are in villages. And, work didn’t slow down despite Corona,” Modi said via video conference. The event was also attended by Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan.

Modi said the only way forward was to empower the poor. “When the poor are empowered, it gives them the courage to fight poverty. When efforts of an honest government come together with that of an empowered poor, poverty loses,” he said. Modi reiterated his government’s commitment to the ‘sabka saath sabka vikas’ mantra.

The ‘Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Rural)’ was launched on 1 April, 2016 by the Ministry of Rural Development.

Under this scheme, all homeless families and families living in kuccha houses would be provided pucca houses by 2024, equipped with all basic facilities. The beneficiaries of the scheme are selected from the survey list of Social, Economic and Caste Census, 2021.

(With input from ANI)

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