<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Pradhanmantri Grameen Awas Yojna, an ambitious housing scheme meant for rural poor in Agra. The housing scheme is expected to provide affordable houses to all those living below the poverty line by the year 2022. The Prime Minister will also distribute allotment letters to 50 beneficiaries of the scheme which aims to provide about 3 crore new housing units countrywide. Prime Minister Modi also addressed a large gathering of the BJP supporters, kick starting the party’s electoral campaign in the region for the next year Assembly elections.Speaking at the event, PM Modi condoled the deaths of passengers in the train derailment near Kanpur in the morning. He also promised a thorough investigation in the mishap.Speaking about the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojanaa he said that the government was dedicated to the poor and that the Jan Dhan scheme was started so the poor could have a bank account.He further said: “We want every Indian to have a house by 2022. Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana ke tehet jald hi har garib ghar me gas connection aur stove hoga (The scheme will ensure every poor’s house has gas connection or stove).”He added: “The initiative of demonetization was highly appreciated by poor people, despite facing difficulties they supported us. I had said that inconvenience is going to happen, but I want to commend the people who, despite all that, are supporting. I can assure you all that your sacrifice won’t go in vain.” He also hit out at the Congress saying governments in the past 70 years kept quiet on blackmoney because they were worried about losing power.PM Modi also cautioned people holding Jan Dhan accounts not to allow themselves to be used for laundering the money of the rich by depositing their ill-gotten wealth as they could unnecessarily get into problems with law.”I know what sort of people are raising their voice against me? Does the country not know whose money was invested in chit fund business? Lakhs and crores of poor people invested money in chit funds. But with the blessings of politicians, crores and crores of rupees have vanished. “Due to chit fund loss, hundreds of head of families were forced to commit suicide. Look at history and they are questioning me,” he said in barbs aimed apparently at West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee, who had been rallying political leaders against the demonetisation decision. However, the Prime Minister did not name any leaders.Some Trinamool Congress (TMC) leaders have been arraigned before courts in cases relating to chit fund scams in West Bengal. He added: “ Mene apse bola tha ke mujhe bas 50 din de dijiye, uske baad sab normal ho jayega. Aur rajnetaon ke aashirwaad se croron rupaiye ke chitfund ke paise gaayab ho gaye. Ye desh sone ki tarah tap karke bahaar niklega ye mera vishwaas hain.” (I asked for 50 days, then things will be normal. The politicians helped steal crores from cheat funds. This nation will improve, that’s my belief.)Earlier, The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Sunday alleged that an irresponsible West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is trying to incite the people by misguiding them on the central government’s move to demonetize high value currency.‘As Chief Minister of West Bengal, she must act responsibly. Certainly you can go to the people, find out the difficulties they are facing and you should try and resolve their problems. But today, Mamata Banerjee is acting in a very irresponsible manner by going to the people of Burrabazar area,’ BJP leader Chandra Kumar Bose told ANI.Bose said the decision to demonetise is a historic one taken by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to curb black money in circulation and to fight terror money.‘She is trying to incite the people by misguiding them against the Central Government. This is a historic decision taken by Narendra Modi ji to curb black money in circulation, to fight the terror money that is being used and also the fake currency. Since independence, no other Prime Minister has taken such a positive step. For the first time, a milestone decision has been taken by the Prime Minister. I think all political parties must support this decision,’ he added.Banerjee yesterday visited the Burrabazar area of Kolkata to listen to the woes of the people at the time people are facing cash shortage after the announcement of the demonetisation by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on November 8.Soon after meeting them, Banerjee in a series of tweets said that people cannot access their own saving accounts after the move, which is being restricted because of the cash crunch. Pointing out that the whole rural nation, including farmers, are crying after the ban on Rs. 500 and Rs. 1, 000, she asked if food is not available for them, what will they eat’Expressing her sympathy for bank staff across the country working day and night for the services of the people, she added that all are under pressure.Last Wednesday, she led a protest march on the issue to the Rashtapati Bhawan along with leaders of National Conference, AAP and NDA constituent Shiv Sena. Banerjee had issued an ultimatum of three days to the Central Government to rollback demonetisation or face intensified protest.With agency inputs

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PM Modi rakes up chit fund scam to blunt Mamata’s demonetization attack