A government order -- issued on April 4 from the state's urban administration ministry -- made this mandatory. The order said municipal commissioners and chief municipal officers should ensure that the two 450X600 mm tiles be installed in each house built under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana.
The scheme to provide heavily subsidised houses, launched in 2015, is part of NDA government's plan to ensure housing for all by 2022. Initially meant for economically weaker sections with annual income below Rs 3 lakh, it has now been expanded to include the low and middle income groups as well.
The opposition Congress in the state has vociferously opposed the government plan, calling it politicization of welfare schemes.
The state BJP, however, insists that nothing is wrong with the plan.
"There was no intention of politicising any issue," state BJP spokesperson Rajnish Agrawal was quoted as saying by PTI. "This is the first time in the country's history that a target has been set to provide a house to every poor. There is nothing wrong if the pictures of the PM and the CM are being put up at the entrance and inside the kitchen."
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