Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu today said Modi government has done more in the housing sector in less than two years than what UPA did in its 10 years rule.
Naidu was speaking on the occasion of audit of work of the Urban Development Ministry in providing housing for all in urban areas on the eve of completion of 3 years of Modi government and he did not lost a chance to hit out at the Congress' "dismal" performance in providing housing for all in urban areas.
Naidu further said, "When our government was formed, PM Modi asserted that government at various levels are not worth their salt if every aspiring family is not able to own a decent house in the 75th year of Independence in 2022."
Explaining how the Modi government is a government with a difference, Naidu said, "Under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna (PMAY), formed 22 months back, we have given approval to 17 lakh 73 thousand affordable houses for the benefit of urban poor in 2008 cities and towns."
Taking a dig at Congress, he said that during 10 years of their regime, they could only give approval to 13 lakh 82 thousand affordable houses.
Naidu also said that in 22 months, "We have exceeded 10 years of Congress rule by 3 lakh 90 thousand affordable houses and this is a good sign of being a government with a difference."
He also said that under PMAY, an investment of close to Rs 1 lakh crore has been approved so far which is three times more than what UPA did in 10 years with approving only Rs 32 thousand crore.
Stating that the commitment of the government can be gauged from the fact that though the previous government had wound up JNNURM in March 2014, Venkaiah said, "We decided to continue financing of earlier housing programme. This resulted in 3.55 lakh houses being constructed in the last 3 years compared to 7.99 lakh houses in the last 10 years of UPA rule."
Explaining the way forward, Naidu said, "We propose to meet the housing for all target in urban areas in fifteen states and UTs. Fifteen states including Kerela, HP, J&K, besides Northeastern states have been asked to submit affordable housing programme so that the construction could be completed in next 2 years. Other states have been asked to submit the proposals by 2018 so that construction could be finished by the stipulated time."
Calling the Real Estate Act as the most far reaching, pro-consumer and pro-industry initiative, Naidu said that as per the latest information, 12 states and UTs have already notified the final Real Estate rules.