The President expressed confidence that the present government led by Narendra Modi will fulfil its promise of providing “housing for all by 2022“.
President Pranab Mukherjee on Monday called for developing education and health infrastructure while initiating urbanisation which he termed as a continuous process that cannot be stopped.
He congratulated the Prime Minister for providing housing to the poor, especially those living in the rural areas.
“I am happy that Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a scheme – PM Awaas Yojna – which will ensure that all people will get housing by 2022. This problem is deep and it is not easy to solve this problem,” the President said.
Mukherjee said as on 2012 the housing shortage in urban India was to the tune of 1.88 crores and was growing further. If not addressed, it is expected to touch 3.5 crore dwelling units by 2022.
He handed over to 1,088 person keys and ownership certificates for EWS houses built under the Integrated Housing and Slum Development Project at an event at Jiwaji University.
“Urbanisation cannot stop. It will happen as economy advances further. We should make schemes so that in five to ten years, all should be getting housing. At one time, there was a slogan of ‘roti, kapda and makan/magan raha hai Hindustan’.
While urbanisation is a continuous and desirous process, governments have to ensure that it is tackled with a multi-pronged approach and must not only include urban planning but also an investment in health and education infrastructure in rural India.
“I would like to add education and health to this as these are also required so that our people should get the strength to take the country forward, “President Pranab Mukherjee said.
The President spoke in Hindi and later apologised for any mistake in his language.