‘Big day for slum dwellers,’ PM hands over keys of EWS flats


Highlighting the welfare policies of the central government for the poor, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said today marked a historic day as several citizens staying in Jhuggi-Jhopdi clusters in Delhi will now have their own houses.
The Prime Minister inaugurated 3,024 newly constructed EWS flats at Kalkaji, Delhi, built for rehabilitating slum dwellers under the “In-Situ Slum Rehabilitation” Project.
PM Modi also handed over keys to eligible beneficiaries from the Bhoomiheen Camp at Vigyan Bhawan in Delhi.
Addressing the crowd at the event, the Prime Minister said, “Today is a big day for thousands of slum dwellers. A new beginning to life. As I handed over the keys to eligible beneficiaries, I could see their happy and joyful faces.”
He said the campaign was started to provide pucca houses to the poor families of Delhi. In the first phase of Kalkaji Extension alone, he said, more than 3,000 houses have been built. Very soon, the rest of the families living there will get their new houses.
PM said when there is security ensured in the lives of the marginalised section, they get a sheer boost to further fight poverty themselves. They feel empowered more than ever before.
“Other families residing here will also get a chance to housewarming very soon. I have faith that these efforts by the central government will play a key role in making Delhi an ideal city. Our government is paying equal attention, especially to the urban poor,” PM said.
He said the goal of the central government is to make Delhi a wonderful city laced with modern facilities.
Referring to the extension of Delhi Metro, PM Modi said, “When our government came in 2014, the metro used to run only on 190 km route in Delhi-NCR. Today, the expansion of the metro in Delhi-NCR has increased to about 400 km.”
With the aim of taking development to the grassroots, the prime minister said the central government ensured financial inclusion for all those who did not have access to bank accounts. He said the Center has included all those belonging to the unbanked and uninsured section of society.
He further said, “There had been existing stark differences among the residents of this same place—Delhi. But now the country has marched into the Amrit Kaal, and the mantra of Sabka Sath, Sabka Vikas, and Sabka Prayas has been ensuring welfare for all.”
PM Modi said the poor used to face difficulties in getting rations due to the inconsistencies related to the ration card.
The Delhi Development Authority has undertaken three such projects at Kalkaji Extension, Jailorwala Bagh, and Kathputli Colony.