New Delhi: Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation Minister Ajay Maken on Saturday accused Gujarat government of not properly utilising the funds made available by the central government to the state.

The minister said that despite all the help provided by the centre, the BJP government in Gujarat has failed to construct houses for poor under Rajiv Awas Yojana (RAY).

 “Narendra Modi is playing with the sentiments of people. His government has constructed only 75,000 houses in last seven years. How he will build 50,000 houses in five years?,” he said.

Under RAY, while the Centre gives 50 percent of the project cost to redevelop existing slums and create new affordable housing stock, the remaining 50 percent cost has to be borne by states, municipalities and the beneficiaries.

In an apparent bid to counter the Congress' poll assurance in Gujarat of providing land and houses at affordable rates to rural and urban poor respectively, the BJP manifesto said 50 lakh new houses would be constructed for them over the next five years.

Assembly elections in Gujarat will be held in two phases on December 13 and 17. Counting of votes is slated for December 20.

(JPN/Bureau)

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