Only 53 lakh houses could be provided to the needy in last 30 years, Yogi said, while distributing keys to 5.41 lakh beneficiaries of PM Awas Yojana (PMAY) and CM Awas Yojana (CMAY).
In contrast, the BJP government, he said, provided 41.73 lakh houses in rural and urban areas in four years, which is a record. “It was only after PM Narendra Modi assumed power in 2014 that the poor were associated with various schemes of the government without discrimination of caste, region or religion,” said Yogi, who also interacted with beneficiaries from Ayodhya, Varanasi, Rae Bareli, Bahraich and Kushinagar.
He said, people were unable to receive the entire amount under PMAY scheme. “Earlier, there was corruption and discrimination,” Yogi said, insisting that Jan Dhan accounts opened in banks following PM Modi’s directions plugged leakages and the needy received the entire amount.
The CM enquired from beneficiaries if they had received benefits of other schemes, including Ujjwala, Saubhagya and Ayushman. The CM maintained that houses provided to poor under PMAY and CMAY were part of the pro-people agenda of the BJP government at the Centre and state. Yogi lauded the Lakhimpur Kheri administration for promoting the “cluster approach”, under which the needy were provided houses and facilities like electricity and piped drinking water in a township-like setting in Landanpur village.
“Earlier, development was usurped by nepotism and casteism. However, when a good government is chosen by the people, benefits from schemes reach every needy,” Yogi stressed. He added, the state government was satisfied that 70% owners of PMAY were women, which has, in turn brought them closer to the dream of PM Modi to make women ‘atmanirbhar’ (self-reliant).
Yogi also pitched for the coming together of economically sound rural families and the state government for providing better facilities in villages. “People should not be totally dependent on the government. They should instead help in bringing socio-economically poor people into the mainstream,” he insisted.