PM Modi On Kitchen Tiles: Sarkari Touch For Madhya Pradesh Home Scheme

The move sparked criticism from the opposition which alleged that a wrong precedent was being set by "politicising" a scheme meant for the poor.

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PM Modi and the chief minister 's image will be on tiles in the kitchen and entrance of the house.


Bhopal:  Images of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan will be displayed on tiles in houses to be built in Madhya Pradesh under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY), according to a state government order that has sparked criticism from the opposition which alleged that a wrong precedent was being set by "politicising" a scheme meant for the poor.

Every house built under the scheme will have two tiles, as per the specifications mentioned in the order - one of the two ceramic tiles will carry the slogan 'Sabka Sapna, Ghar Ho Apana' in Hindi at the top. The middle portion of each tile will have 'Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana - Urban' written in English as well as Hindi along with the scheme's logo.

While PM Modi's photo will be on the left side of this logo, the Chief Minister's will be on the right. Next to the slogan on the top, the logo of the state government and a small-size picture of BJP ideologue Deendayal Upadhyay will be printed.

Of the two tiles, one of them will be placed on the kitchen wall and the other at the entrance of the house, the order issued by Urban Administration and Development Department of the state government on April 4 said.

It directed the commissioners of municipal corporations and chief municipal officers of municipalities in the state to ensure that the two ceramic tiles of 450X600 mm size each are installed in each PMAY house.

The order was issued following the directives given by the chief minister on January 2, during a meeting on the PMAY scheme.

The opposition Congress has however termed the move "completely wrong".

"This is a government-run scheme meant for the poor and it should not be politicised. The ruling party is setting a wrong precedent by putting up the ceramic tiles with the pictures of Modi ji and Shivraj ji," Leader of Opposition in Assembly, Ajay Singh, told PTI.

The ruling BJP party, however, maintained that there was nothing wrong in it.

State BJP spokesperson Rajnish Agrawal said, "There was no intention of politicising any issue. This is for 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."

Additional Commissioner of Urban Administration Department, Manju Sharma, told PTI, "The order was issued in the first week of this month. Through these tiles, the beneficiaries and other people will be able to know under which scheme the houses have been built."


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