New Delhi, January 15, 2024In a momentous event today, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi released the first installment to 1 lakh beneficiaries of the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana – Gramin (PMAY – G) under the Pradhan Mantri Janjati Adivasi Nyaya Maha Abhiyan (PM-JANMAN). The ceremony, conducted via video conferencing, witnessed heartfelt interactions with some beneficiaries, showcasing the tangible impact these government initiatives have on people’s lives.Ms. Mankunwari Bai’s Empowering JourneyOne of the beneficiaries, Ms. Mankunwari Bai from Jashpur district in Chhattisgarh, shared her inspiring journey. Engaged in agricultural work, she is not only benefiting from the housing scheme but actively contributing to her community. As a member of the self-help group “Deep Samuh,” she is creating awareness about PM-JANMAN through door-to-door campaigns. Ms. Mankunwari’s plans include selling produce at Van Dhan Kendras, further amplifying the impact of these schemes.Swavi Ganga’s Success in Araku ValleyAnother success story emerged from Andhra Pradesh, where Smt Swavi Ganga of Alurisithram Raju District is now a proud homeowner with gas, electricity, and water connections, all courtesy of PM-JANMAN. Engaged in coffee plantations in the picturesque Araku Valley, she shared how government schemes have boosted her income and elevated her standard of living. PM Modi congratulated her and expressed determination to make 2 crore “Lakhpati Didis” in the country.Shashi Kiran Birjiya’s Tale of EmpowermentSmt Shashi Kiran Birjiya from Gumla District, Jharkhand, shared her family’s transformative journey. Engaging with a self-help group, purchasing equipment, and participating in agriculture, she highlighted the benefits received, including tapped water, electricity, and PM Kisan Samman Nidhi. Her involvement in skill development programs reflects the broader impact of PM-JANMAN on livelihoods.Prime Minister’s Vision for Inclusive Development:Addressing the nation, Prime Minister Modi emphasized the significance of inclusive development. He acknowledged the festive spirit across the country during celebrations like Uttarayan, Makar Sankranti, Pongal, and Bihu. The Prime Minister expressed confidence that these beneficiaries will celebrate Diwali in their own homes, showcasing the effectiveness of government schemes.PM Modi’s Commitment to Tribal CommunitiesHighlighting the government’s commitment, PM Modi detailed the efforts to reach the most backward tribal communities in about 190 districts. The PM-JANMAN mega campaign, initiated just two months ago, has already achieved remarkable results. The Prime Minister assured the nation that these schemes are just the beginning, with a focus on reaching every deserving candidate.Transformative InitiativesThe address outlined various initiatives under PM-JANMAN, such as providing pucca houses, Ayushman cards, Kisan Credit Cards, and benefits related to Forest Rights Act. The Prime Minister reiterated his commitment to ensuring that no one is left behind, showcasing the significant increase in the budget for schemes related to Scheduled Tribes.Concluding his address, PM Modi reassured the tribal community of continuous efforts to respect and uplift their culture. The government’s declaration to celebrate the birth anniversary of Bhagwan Birsa Munda as Janjatiya Gaurav Diwas and the development of museums for tribal freedom fighters reflect a broader commitment to honoring tribal heritage.As the country celebrates these achievements, the release of the first installment symbolizes a transformative step towards inclusive and sustainable development. The impact on the lives of individuals like Ms. Mankunwari Bai, Smt Swavi Ganga, and Smt Shashi Kiran Birjiya exemplifies the success of these schemes in fostering positive change across the nation.