PM Modi launches flagship housing scheme for rural India

PM Modi launched the 'Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana' in Agra on November 20. Photograph:( ANI )

WION Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India Nov 20, 2016, 11.34 AM (IST)

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday launched a flagship housing scheme aimed at providing affordable housing to the poor from Agra.

Called the "Pradhan Mantri Gramin Awas Yojna", the scheme aims at providing houses to all people in rural areas by 2022. 

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The prime minister also said the scheme would generate employment in the rural areas, especially in the construction sector. Youth would be given training for building houses for the dual purpose of providing employment and building houses. 

The houses would also be provided with free gas and electricity connections, PM Modi said while launching the scheme in Agra.

A similar scheme for the urban poor, Pradhan Mantri Shahri Awas Yojna, was launched in 2015. Uttar Pradesh goes to polls next year in January.

(WION)