Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday (15 January) released the first instalment of Rs 540 crore to one lakh beneficiaries of the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana - Gramin (PMAY-G) under the Pradhan Mantri Janjati Adivasi Nyaya Maha Abhiyan (PM-JANMAN) through video conferencing.
"Today, on one hand, Diwali is being celebrated in Ayodhya, and on the other, 1 lakh tribal brothers and sisters are celebrating Diwali in their homes as they are going to get their pucca houses," PM Modi said.
"It is a moment of immense happiness for me. Today, I congratulate all the tribal families who are getting these houses," he added.
During the event, PM Modi also interacted with some beneficiaries of PM-JANMAN as they highlighted the positive changes in their lives after they availed of government schemes to get access to cooking gas connection, electricity, piped water and housing.
"It is the endeavour of our government that no one is left out of its welfare schemes," he said.
The first instalment of Rs 540 crore was released to beneficiaries of the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-Gramin.
PM-JANMAN was launched for the socio-economic welfare of Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups (PVTGs) on November 15 on the occasion of Janjatiya Gaurav Diwas, new agency PTI reported.
PM-JANMAN, with a budget of around Rs 24,000 crore, focuses on 11 critical interventions through nine ministries and is aimed at improving socio-economic conditions of PVTGs by saturating PVTG households and habitations with basic facilities such as safe housing, clean drinking water and sanitation, improved access to education, health and nutrition, electricity, road and telecom connectivity, and sustainable livelihood opportunities.
Kuldeep is Senior Editor (Newsroom) at Swarajya. He tweets at @kaydnegi.
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