INDIA: On the occasion of Dhanteras, Prime Minister Narendra Modi participated in the “Griha Pravesham Programme” via video conference, where he once again took a swipe at freebie culture.
While speaking at the Grih Pravesh ceremony for over 4.5 lakh beneficiaries of the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-Gramin (PMAY-G), he distinguished welfare schemes that benefit the poor from “freebies”. He said that “revri culture” had saddened the average taxpayer.
He also criticized the previous administration’s bad policies, which prevented the poor from accessing basic essentials.
On the festive occasion, Modi wished the recipients well and congratulated them, saying, “On the occasion of Dhanteras, I extend my best wishes to all of the nation. Dhanteras is a time for a fresh start. For Madhya Pradesh’s 4.5 lakh beneficiaries, it marks a new beginning.”
“In the last 8 years, more than 3.5 crore low-income families have received new homes through the PMAY-G. The impoverished and underprivileged are the priority of our government. We have incorporated every amenity to meet their requirements in the PM Awas Yojana, whether it be a toilet, electricity, water, or gas,” added PM Modi.
He asserted that the government had spent more than ₹22,000 crores on housing society building overall. PM Modi said during the “Grih Pravesh” ceremony that the government is committed to building homes for every citizen.
In his virtual speech, Prime Minister Narendra Modi stated that the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna (PMAY) has grown into a “major platform for bringing in socio-economic development” in the country.
The Indian government launched the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana in 2015 to make low-cost home loans available to millions of Indians.
He claimed that prior administrations did nothing to help the poor other than creating the term “poverty elimination” and delaying the implementation of any such programs.
Furthermore, he asserted that these governments lacked time to provide their people with even the most basic comforts.
Additionally, he discussed PM Swamitva Yojna. He mentioned that through this program, residents of rural areas receive property ownership certificates and bank loans, which help them to buy their own land.
On July 16, Modi used the phrase “revri culture” for the first time and warned that the practice of providing free stuff in exchange for votes would plunge the country into darkness.
The remark received criticism from a variety of sources, including opposition parties, who not only questioned the logic behind Modi’s jab but also cited the several “populist” initiatives carried out by the federal government and BJP regimes in other states.