It is the fulfilment of a longing for home, for a memory of the mother, for new metaphors for life. It leads home. Every path leads homeward

25,000 houses being given under Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana is a precursor of housing for all by 2022"

Mr Narendra Modi
Prime Minister of India
in Palamu, Jharkhand

PM Modi in Palamu, Jharkhand
PM Modi witnesses e-Grih Pravesh of
25,000 beneficiaries under PMAY
Thesynergyonline News Bureau
Lays Foundation Stone for development projects in Palamu, Jharkhand

He said 99 big irrigation projects, which have been stalled for decades, are now being fast tracked, at a cost of almost Rs 90,000 crore

NEW DELHI, JANUARY 05 : The Prime Minister, Mr Narendra Modi, today visited Palamu, Jharkhand. He witnessed the e-Grih Pravesh of 25,000 beneficiaries under Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana. He laid the Foundation Stone for the revival of North Koel (Mandal Dam) project, Kanhar Sone pipeline irrigation scheme, and strengthening of various irrigation systems and lining works. These projects are cumulatively worth over 3500 crore rupees, the Prime Minister said.

"99 big irrigation projects which have been stalled for decades, are now being fast tracked at a cost of Rs 90,000 crore"

"The Union Government is working firmly with the vision of treating farmers as "Annadaata."

Addressing the gathering the Prime Minister said that these projects are a key part of the Government's effort to raise farmers' incomes by lowering the cost of irrigation.

The Prime Minister pointed out that the North Koel (Mandal Dam) project has remained incomplete for nearly 47 years. He said this amounts to criminal negligence towards the farmers of this area. He reiterated his commitment to make an honest effort to solve the problems faced by farmers. He said 99 big irrigation projects, which have been stalled for decades, are now being fast tracked, at a cost of almost 90,000 crore rupees. He said that the Union Government is working firmly with the vision of treating farmers as "Annadaata." The Prime Minister said that the Government is working with a new vision for agriculture and farmers, by trying to fundamentally solve problems associated with agriculture.

The Prime Minister mentioned the 25,000 houses being given under Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana, which aims at providing housing for all by 2022. He explained at length, how this scheme is different from other similar schemes launched in the past. He said now selection of beneficiaries is done in a more transparent manner. He said this is followed by online registration, and verification of the bank account of the beneficiary, to enable direct benefit transfer.

New system has been developed for monitoring the quality of houses under PMAY

This includes photography and geo-tagging.

The Prime Minister said a new system has been developed for monitoring the quality of houses constructed under Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana. This includes photography and geo-tagging. He said that houses being given now have power and cooking gas connections, and toilets. He said alternative designs are now available, and area of the houses has also been increased. Efforts are also made to use local materials in house construction. He said the pace of construction has been increased, and nearly 1.25 crore houses have been built in less than five years. He said the average time taken for construction of a house has fallen from 18 months to 12 months./p> "Home is the nicest word there is." ― Laura Ingalls Wilder "Everybody has a home team: It's the people you call when you get a flat tire or when something terrible happens. It's the people who, near or far, know everything that's wrong with you and love you anyways. These are the ones who tell you their secrets, who get themselves a glass of water without asking when they're at your house. These are the people who cry when you cry. These are your people, your middle-of-the-night, no-matter-what people." ― Shauna Niequist, Bittersweet: Thoughts on Change, Grace, and Learning the Hard Way

"There is nothing more admirable than when two people who see eye to eye keep house as man and wife, confounding their enemies and delighting their friends." ― Homer, The Odyssey

Now Rs 1.25 lakh is reaching the beneficiary's account in four instalments

"Earlier, the amount used to be only Rs 70,000

He said that now Rs 1.25 lakh is reaching the beneficiary's account in four instalments, easily. Earlier, the amount used to be only Rs 70,000, he added. He said the house is becoming a means for the overall empowerment of the poor. He said that for the first time since independence, the Government is now thinking of the housing needs of the middle class as well, and they are being given relief on interest, along with financial assistance.

The Prime Minister said that the PM Jan Arogya Yojana, launched from Jharkhand three months ago, is today providing medical assistance to lakhs of poor. He said over six lakh people benefited from it in the first 100 days, and today, nearly 10,000 people are benefiting from it on a daily basis.

'Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana '

"I want something else now, something warm and sheltering, something I can turn to, regardless of what I do, regardless of who I become. Something that will just be there, always, like tomorrow's sky. That's what I want now, and I think it's what you should want too. But it will be too late soon. We'll become too set to change. If we don't take our chance now, another may never come for either of us." ― Kazuo Ishiguro, When We Were Orphans

'Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana ' (PMAY) is an initiative by Government of India in which affordable housing will be provided to the urban poor with a target of building 20 million affordable houses by 31 March 2022. It has two components: Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban) (PMAY-U) for the urban poor and Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana (Gramin) (PMAY-G and also PMAY-R) for the rural poor. This scheme is converged with other schemes to ensure houses have a toilet, Saubhagya Yojana electricity connection, Ujjwala Yojana LPG gas connection, access to drinking water and Jan Dhan banking facilities, etc. Cumulative total number of funded houses approved thus far is 39,25,240 in urban area including the subsumed RAY scheme and completion of construction of 5 million rural houses by March 2018 and 10 million rural houses by March 2019

"On Earth one of the things that a large proportion of the locals is most proud of is this wonderful economic system which, with a sureness and certainty so comprehensive one could almost imagine the process bears some relation to their limited and limiting notions of either thermodynamics or God, all food, comfort, energy, shelter, space, fuel and sustenance gravitates naturally and easily away from those who need it most and towards those who need it least. Indeed, those on the receiving end of such largesse are often harmed unto death by its arrival, though the effects may take years and generations to manifest themselves."

― Iain M. Banks, The State of the Art