Prime Minister Narendra Modi, yet again, presented wrong numbers of his much-touted Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY), to the country.
PM Modi, on January 19 had said, “The previous government was only able to build 25 lakh houses in five years. However, in the last 5 years, around 1.25 crore have been built.”
Finance Minister Piyush Goral, while presenting the interim budget on February 01 in Parliament had said that the Modi government had constructed 1.5 crore houses in its tenure so far.
However, if you look at the graph below accessed from News Click article, you will get to know the number of houses constructed every year under the government sponsored schemes since 2004-05.
By adding up the numbers from 2009-2014, we get to know that a total of 1,23,00,000 houses were constructed by the UPA government under the Indira Awas Yojana (IAY).
Similarly, if we add up the numbers from 2009 to the current, the number comes to 86,97,000.
So, it’s still clear as to what prompted PM Modi to come up with the figure of 25 lakh houses that he quoted for the number of houses constructed under the UPA regime.
Also, as per a report in News Central 24×7, the latest data provided by the NDA government to the Parliament, PMAY(U), which was launched in 2015, shows that the government might fail to achieve its target of building 10 million houses by 2022.
As on January 31, 2019, only 1.4 million houses have been constructed out of the 7.3 million houses sanctioned. So, only 30 per cent of the sanctioned houses have been constructed till date.
Similarly, construction of around 30 per cent of the approved houses has not even started as apart from the 1.4 million houses constructed, construction of only another 1.4 million houses has been completed as on January 31, 2019.
According to News Central 24×7, only 14 per cent of the scheme’s target of 10 million houses has been achieved in around 4 years.