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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday launched the physical distribution of property cards under SVAMITVA scheme, saying the move will make rural India “self-reliant”.

“The beneficiaries now will have a right, a legal document of owning their houses. The country has taken another major step towards an AtmaNirbhar Bharat, as this scheme helps in making rural India self-reliant,” Modi said at the video conference event.

The PM said 100,000 beneficiaries from Haryana, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh have been handed over the legal papers of their houses and promised to give such property cards to every household in the next three-four years in every village of the country.

Sunday also marked the birth anniversaries of social reformers and politicians Jai Prakash Narayan and Nana ji Deshmukh, whose portraits were visible in the background as Modi spoke.

“The birth anniversary of these two great men did not just fall on the same date, rather their struggle and ideals were also similar. Both Nananji and JP fought their entire lives for empowerment of rural India and the poor,” he said. Modi went on recall Nanaji’s words that “when people of the village remain trapped in disputes, neither they will be able to develop themselves nor the society”.

Taking on the opposition, Modi said that those who do not want farmers to become self-reliant are having problems with the reforms in the agricultural sector.

“An unprecedented level of development has taken place in the villages in the last six years which has not happened in the last seven decades of independence. Villagers in the past six years have got benefits like having a bank account, getting electricity connection, access to toilets, getting gas connection, having a pucca house and having piped drinking water. A major campaign to connect every village in the country with optical fiber is also going on at a fast pace,” the PM said.

Modi said ownership of land and house plays a big role in the development of the country. “When there is a record of property, citizens gain confidence and new avenues of investment open. Loan is easily available from the bank on record of property, employment and self-employment avenues open. But the difficulty is that today only one-third of the population in the world has a record of their property legally. The property card will clear the way to buy and sell property without any dispute for the villagers,” the PM said.



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