Modi government to rename new-look Indira Awaas Yojana to Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana

The Modi government is renaming yet another welfare programme to remove its association with the Gandhi family. This time it’s the Indira Awaas Yojana, which aims to build homes for the rural poor. It’s to be renamed the Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana. Cornerstone of the government’s housing-for-all initiative, this is meant to mark the start of an overhaul.

“The name is being changed and many upgrades being made to the scheme,” a senior official said.

“We are still discussing the inclusion of the word ‘Grameen’ in the name of the scheme,” the official said. A Cabinet note amending the scheme has already been floated by the rural development ministry. This proposes that the homes get bigger and costlier. The unit cost of each house will nearly double to Rs 1.25 lakh from the current allocation of Rs 75,000 per household.