Interim Budget 2019: ‘Road construction trebled under Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana’

As many as 1.53 crore houses too were constructed during 2014-18 under the scheme, says the Finance Minister

February 01, 2019 12:25 pm | Updated 12:25 pm IST - New Delhi

Finance Minister Piyush Goyal on Friday said the construction of rural roads trebled under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana and 2.5 crore rural households were electrified.

The government has provided 10 per cent reservation for economically weaker sections, which will create 2 lakh seats in educational institutions alone, Mr. Goyal said while presenting the budget 2019-20 in the Lok Sabha.

Mr. Goyal said 143 crore LED bulbs were made available for lower and middle class families. The use of LED bulbs saved power bill of about ₹50,000 crore, he added.

Highlighting the the government’s focus on providing power to all, he said 2.5 crore families were without electricity in 2014 and “we have provided power to almost all families“.

Mr. Goyal, further said, “As many as 1.53 crore houses were constructed during 2014-18 under Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana”.

Construction of rural roads tripled under Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana, he said while also announcing setting up of Rashtriya Kamdhenu Aayog to enhance productivity of cows.

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