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New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacted with the beneficiaries of the SVAMITVA scheme in Madhya Pradesh on October 6, 2021, via video conferencing. He also distributed e-property cards to 1,71,000 beneficiaries under the scheme on the occasion. Union Ministers,  Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister, Members of Parliament and MLAs, beneficiaries, village, district, and state officials were also present during the event.

Interacting with Pawan of Handia, Harda, PM Modi asked about his experience after getting the property card. Pawan informed that with the card he could avail a loan of Rs 2.90 lakh and rented a shop and has already started repaying the loan. The PM asked him to increase digital transactions. Modi also discussed the experience of the village about the drone doing the survey there. Pawan said that his journey of getting the card was smooth and his life saw a positive transformation. The Prime Minister said that it is the government’s priority to enhance the ease of living for the citizens, according to a PIB release.

Modi congratulated Prem Singh of Dindori for getting the property card through the PM SVAMITVA scheme. He inquired about the time taken for the mapping through drones. He also asked Prem Singh about his future plans after getting the property card. Prem said that now he plans to make his house pucca. The PM asked him how he got to know about this scheme.

The PM inquired from Smt Vineeta Bai, Budhni-Sehore, about her plans after getting the property cards through this scheme. She replied that she wishes to open a shop by availing of a loan from the bank. She conveyed her sense of safety about her property. The PM said with this scheme, caseload will come down in the courts and villages and the country will progress.

Addressing the gathering, Modi said availing loans from the banks have become easier with the launch of the PM SVAMITVA scheme. He lauded Madhya Pradesh for the speed with which it has implemented the scheme. Today 1.70 lakh families received cards in 3,000 villages of the state. He said that this will card will become a vehicle of prosperity for them.

The PM said though it is often said that the soul of India resides in villages, however, even decades after the independence, the potential of the villages was shackled. The power of the villages, the land,  and the houses of the people of the village could not be fully utilised for their development. On the contrary, the energy, time, and money of the people of the village were wasted in disputes, fights, illegal occupations over village land and houses. He remembered how Mahatma Gandhi was also worried about this problem and recalled ‘Samras Gram Panchayat Yojana’ which was implemented in Gujarat during his tenure as Chief Minister.

Modi complimented the villages for their performance during the corona period. He noted how the villages of India worked together on one goal and tackled the pandemic with great vigilance.

The Prime Minister remarked that the SVAMITVA Scheme is not just a scheme to provide property documents, but it is also a new mantra for development and improving trust in the villages of the country with the help of modern technology. “The Udan Khatola (drone)  that is flying in villages and localities for the survey is giving a new flight to the villages of India,” he said.

Modi said the efforts of the government for the last 6-7 years has been to make the poor free from dependence on anyone. Now, money is being sent directly to the bank accounts of farmers under PM Kisan Samman Nidhi for small farming needs, he said. Modi said that gone are the days when the poor had to run pillar to post in the government offices for everything. Now the government itself is coming to the poor and empowering them. He also cited Mudra Yojana as an example of making finances available to people through loans without collateral. He said in the last 6 years about 29 crore loans amounting to Rs 15 lakh crore have been approved for the people. He said today 70 lakh self-help groups are working in the country and women are being connected with the banking system via Jan Dhan accounts.

The PM also mentioned a recent decision to enhance the limit of loans without collateral to the self-help groups from Rs 10 lakh to Rs 20 lakh. Similarly, more than 25 lakh street vendors have received loans under the SVANidhi scheme.

The Prime Minister said that remote areas get maximum benefits from drone technology. A PLI scheme for encouraging drone production in India has also been announced so that a large number of modern drones are made in India and India becomes self-reliant in this important area.  “Drones have the capability to take India to new heights,” he added.