I have dream of house for all by 2022: PM

Gujarat Global News Network, Ahmedabad

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said that he dreams of a house for every family by 2022, when the nation celebrates 75 years of independence. He boasted of his government’s commitment and claimed that there was no system of paying ‘commission’ in his government.

Modi was on a day tour to his home state where he attended multiple functions. He visited Valsad district, inaugurated several projects and later delivered convocation address at the Gujarat Forensic Science University.

On a day tour to Gujarat the PM addressed a public gathering at Jujwa village in Gujarat’s Valsad town after witnessing the collective ‘e-gruha pravesh’ (online house warming) of the beneficiaries of Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Gramin). He claimed that not a single paisa bribe was paid to get the houses. He said that “if Re 1 goes from Delhi, the entire 100 paise reach the house of the poor”.

In his usual style he chatted with women beneficiaries through video conferencing where he asked them whether they had to give bribe to anyone.“While talking to women beneficiaries of the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna, I was watching the houses behind them. Even you would be wondering how such good quality houses were built under the scheme,” Modi said.

The prime minister said his endeavour is to ensure that every Indian family has its own home by 2022. “Gujarat has taught me a lot. This lesson has taught me to fulfil dreams within a specific time. It is my dream, it is our endeavour to ensure that every Indian family has its own home by 2022,” Modi said.

While referring to Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna, he said that even as the government has given money, these homes have been built with the “sweat of the family”.

While addressing the crowd in Junagadh, Modi said the country would have been disease-free by now if programmes like the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan were introduced 70 years back. Taking a swipe at the Opposition, Modi said he was mocked for these programmes, which are aimed at making a healthy nation. “There has been a recent WHO report, (which states) that just because of (by ensuring) cleanliness, three lakh children can be saved from dying in India, such is the situation. The Swachhta Abhiyan is directly connected to health,” he said.

The Prime Minister inaugurated various projects in Junagadh district. These included the Government Civil Hospital, a milk processing plant and some buildings of the Junagadh Agriculture University.

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