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Modi approves assistance to build 3-crore houses under PMAY

A day after taking charge for the third consecutive term as Prime Minister, Narendra Modi on Monday met his cabinet ministers and approved assistance for constructing 3 crore more rural and urban houses under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY).

The meeting was held at Prime Minister’s official residence on 7 Lok Kalyan Marg.

“It has been decided in the Cabinet meeting today to provide assistance to three crore additional rural and urban households for the construction of houses to meet the housing requirements arising out of the increase in the number of eligible families,” officials were quoted as saying.

The decision in this regard was taken even before Modi could distribute portfolios among his ministers.

The union government is implementing the PMAY since 2015-16 to help eligible rural and urban households for the construction of houses with basic amenities.

In the last 10 years, a total of 4.21 crore houses have been built for eligible poor families under the housing scheme.

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The Prime Minister also allocated portfolios to the cabinet ministers.

The important ministries in the newly sworn-in National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government were allocated to senior leaders of the BJP.

The Ministry of Home Affairs was again given to Amit Shah.

Similarly, Rajnath Singh, S Jaishankar, Nitin Gadkari and Nirmala Sitharaman retained the same ministries – Ministry of Defense, Ministry of External Affairs, Ministry of Road and Transport and Ministry of Finance – that they had in the previous government.

This time around, the BJP had to rely on its NDA partners to form the government after securing 240 seats in the just-concluded Lok Sabha elections.

It was way less than was projected by exit polls.

Post election, speculation was rife that the TDP, with 16 MPs and the JD(U) with 12 would get crucial cabinet posts in return for supporting the government.

The NDA has 293 seats in the Lok Sabha, whereas the Opposition INDIA alliance has 234 seats.