HYDERABAD: PM Modi inaugurated '[email protected] - New Urban India: Transforming Urban Landscape' Conference-cum-Expo in Lucknow on October 5, 2021. During the event, the PM digitally handed over keys of Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana - Urban (PMAY-U) houses to 75,000 beneficiaries in 75 districts of Uttar Pradesh and also interacted virtually with beneficiaries of the scheme in Uttar Pradesh.
A clipping from this event was shared by many Congress members and Aam Aadmi Party claiming that people are not being benefited by any schemes launched by the PM. In the viral clip, when Modi asks the individual if she benefited from a particular scheme, she says, "No". This clipping is being shared to claim that people are not being benefited by any schemes.
National convenor of Congress' social media department, Hasiba Amin, tweeted: "So this happened while PM was interacting with people from UP. Try to script and control narrative all you want, the truth does eventually come out (sic)." (Archive)
Aam Aadmi Party also shared the video on Twitter. Congress' social media national coordinator Vinay Kumar Dokania too shared the clipping.
The claim is misleading.
NewsMeter found the longer video of the virtual conversation between the PM and the lady who has been identified as Babita, a beneficiary of the Awas Yojana from UP's Lalitpur on the verified youtube channel of Narendra Modi.
In this interaction, Modi asked Babita about her career, family, and living situation. He also asked her about the schemes she has benefitted from. Babita said that she is a homemaker, her husband is into goat rearing and is a daily wager, and that she had received Rs 2.5 lakh from the government for the construction of her house. She is a beneficiary of Awas yojana.
The Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) is an initiative of the central government that aims at providing affordable housing solutions to the urban poor. Affordable houses will be constructed in selected cities and towns for the benefit of India's urban poor under this scheme. Modi then explained the process to avail the scheme.
"You should meet the bank management and tell them that the Pradhan Mantri SVANidhi Yojana is there and I have my house here. So I want to connect with this scheme. They will then provide you with Rs 10,000. Using this you can expand your business," he said.
The PM SVANidhi scheme intends to facilitate collateral-free working capital loans of one-year tenure to help street vendors. resume their businesses.
Although Babita did not avail PM SVANidhi scheme, she is a beneficiary of Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana. Therefore, it is misleading to claim that she has not received benefits from any schemes at all.
Thus, the claim is misleading.