With the state headed for election by end of this year, the Madhya Pradesh government is now looking to ensure images of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on tiles in Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana houses.
However, it has already come under criticism from the opposition which alleged that a wrong precedent was being set by “politicising” a scheme meant for the poor.
It is said that every house built under the scheme will have two tiles, as per the specifications mentioned in the order.
While 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.
Sources informed that the while PM Modi’s photo will be on the left side of this logo, Madhya Pradesh CM’s photo will be on the right.
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 wrong.>