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Drive to develop villages will be intensified: Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while inaugurating 12.5 lakh houses constructed under PMAY-G in Madhya Pradesh, said the drive to develop villages and rural areas would be further intensified.

Launching the houses through video-conference, he said a total of 18 lakh houses in the country under the Central scheme had been constructed during the turbulent period of COVID.

“This is an example where adversity is converted into an opportunity,” Modi said and attributed the achievement to the contributions of skilled migrant workers who returned to their villages during the lockdown period.

As against an average of 125 days needed to construct a house under the scheme, 45-60 days were required during the lockdown period.

He said several welfare schemes had been converged with the PMAY-G for integrated development and planning of the houses along with provisions for basic civic amenities.