Laxmi Devi, living in a rented house in Kolkata, says no idea when and where she was clicked
NEW DELHI — News Laundry has debunked the claims made in a government advertisement featuring a woman alongside Prime Minister Narendra Modi that she got a house under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana.
In an interview to the New Laundry, Laxmi Devi, 48, said she didn’t get a house under the scheme adding, she lives in a rented house and pays Rs 500 per month.
About the claim in the advertisement, she said, it “is a lie”.
A video clip of her interview to the news portal is currently doing rounds on social media.
The advertisement appeared on the front pages of newspapers Prabhat Khabar and Sanmarg on February 14 and 15 showed Devi Smiling with a statement attributed to her saying she had got a roof over her head thanks to the “Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana”.
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The ad further claimed that the scheme made 24 lakh families Atma Nirbhar or self-sufficient.
Devi who lives near Yogayog Bhawan at Kolkata’s Chittaranjan Avenue is a sweeper with a monthly wage of Rs 500.
She said she was puzzled to see the photo of her in the advertisement and does not remember when the photo was clicked. She assumed that the photo might have been clicked when she worked for 10 days in Babughat where she cleaned toilets.
She shares the house with her sons, their wives and children.