Shirdi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday handed over the keys of houses to over 2.50 lakh beneficiaries of the ambitious Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) in Maharashtra. While lauding the Devendra Fadnavis-led state government, he launched a scathing attack on previous UPA government and accused it of working for own welfare and ignoring the poor. Also Read - Give Concrete Solutions, Not Plain Speeches: Congress Slams PM Modi Over His Address to Nation
“In the final four years of the UPA rule, they built only 2.50 million homes for the poor. In the past four years of the BJP government, we have constructed 1.25 crore houses for the poor with full amenities, which will empower them,” Modi said while addressing the gathering at Shri Saibaba Samadhi Temple Complex during the valedictory function of the Sai Baba Samadhi centenary celebrations. Also Read - Anticipating Backlash, BJP Turns Off 'Dislike' Button on YouTube Channel Amid PM Modi's Address to The Nation
“If that (UPA-II) government had continued, then at their speed it would have taken 20 years to provide 1.25 crore homes and the poor masses would have had to suffer for two decades waiting for their dream home,” he added. Also Read - Government Working to Ensure Every Citizen Gets COVID-19 Vaccine: PM Modi in Address to Nation
Modi said that while the previous government took 18 months to build one house, the present government readied them in just 12 months, giving bigger areas, with all amenities like toilet, electricity, water and gas, besides increasing government subsidy from Rs 70,000 to Rs 120,000 per home, with the money transferred directly to the beneficiaries’ bank accounts.
In a veiled attack, he also accused the UPA government of promoting just “one family” in the name of housing for poor and creating vote banks to pursue their political interests.
After handing over the keys in person to a few families, Modi interacted with several beneficiary families via video-conferencing across different districts, including Nagpur, Thane, Satara, Solapur, in the state.
The PM also attended the ‘bhumi pujan’ of a 10 MW solar power system worth Rs 40 crore and inaugurated a Rs 158 crore hi-tech educational complex which will house a school, college, auditorium, playground, library and laboratory. He laid the foundation stone of a Rs 166 crore Sail Knowledge Park and performed the ground breaking ceremony of a Rs 112 crore worth hall that will be built to enable the devotees attend Sai darshan as it would directly be connected with Sai samadhi through a skywalk.
Earlier in the day, PM Modi was welcomed by Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Governor C Vidyasagar Rao at Shirdi airport.