Day-1 of 3rd term PM Modi signs 1st file for farmers’ welfare Cabinet nod for constructing 3 crore houses under PMAY
   Date :11-Jun-2024

Day 1 of 3rd term PM Modi
Rs 20,000 crore funds for ‘PM Kisan Nidhi’
To benefit 9.3 cr farmers
Delhi Bureau & Agencies
TAKING charge as Prime Minister in his third term, Narendra Modi on Monday signed his first file authorising the release of 17th installment of the ‘PM Kisan Nidhi’ funds amounting to nearly Rs 20,000 crore, which will benefit around 9.3 crore farmers. In the evening, the new Union Cabinet in its first meeting under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved Government assistance for the construction of three crore houses under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY). After signing on to the release of funds, Modi said, “Ours is a Government fully committed to ‘kisan kalyan’ (farmers’ welfare). It is, therefore, fitting that the first file signed on taking charge is related to it.
We want to keep working even more for farmers and the agriculture sector in the times to come.” The decision signifies the Government’s commitment to farmers’ welfare following the ruling National Democratic Alliance’s poll win, albeit with some setback, especially in parts of rural India. Modi was sworn in as Prime Minister on Sunday for a record-equalling third term, heading a 72-member Union Council of Ministers. He arrived at the Prime Minister’s Office at South Block to a rousing welcome by the staff. The PMO staff had lined up at the entrance and corridor leading up to the PM’s office. PM Modi acknowledged with a humble ‘namaste’ and thanked them all the way. Now all eyes are on the portfolio distribution. The first meeting of the Union Cabinet of Modi 3.0 Government held at the Prime Minister’s 7, Lok Kalyan Marg residence.
The meeting was attended by ministers of all allies of the NDA. “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 said. The Government of India is implementing the PMAY since 2015-16 to provide assistance to eligible rural and urban households for the construction of houses with basic amenities. Under PMAY, a total of 4.21 crore houses have been completed for the eligible poor families under the housing schemes in the last 10 years.
All the houses constructed under PMAY are provided basic amenities like household toilets, LPG connection, electricity connection and functional household tap connection through convergence with other schemes of the Central and State Governments. Meanwhile, the Congress said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi did no special favour to farmers by releasing the PM-Kisan Samman Nidhi fund, which was due to them a month ago but delayed by the poll code. Congress General Secretary Jairam Ramesh said the release of the 17th instalment of funds, which Modi is touting as the first decision of his new Government, is the legitimate entitlement due to farmers, according to the policy of his Government. If he is genuinely concerned about farmers, the Prime Minister should grant legal status to minimum support price (MSP) for their produce, announce a farm loan waiver and provide guaranteed insurance payment directly into their bank accounts, he said.