Displaying her diligence as a people's leader, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman personally stopped her convoy to meet a local woman distressed over the reconstruction of her house destroyed in the Karnataka floods.
In a video accessed from Karnataka's Belgavi, when Sitharaman's car was passing by the village, a woman threw an application for the reconstruction of her house on her car as it was passing ahead.
Following the incident, the Finance Minister asked the entire convoy to head back to the woman in anguish and personally met her. She herself got down from the vehicle and assured the flood victim that her house would be constructed under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana.
She said, "Your house will be made under the Prime Minister Awas Yojana scheme, but don't cry like this. You complained you did the right thing."
Sitharaman reassured that the house would be constructed and gave the responsibility to an authority standing alongside.
"Open it and give. Okay? He will put your name the list," she added pointing at the concerned authority.
Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana is an initiative by the Modi government in which they aim to provide affordable housing to the urban poor. They have the target to build 20 million affordable houses by March 31, 2022.
The devastating floods in several states across India have claimed 169 lives so far. In Karnataka, the death toll has reached 40 people. Over 200 personnel from the armed forces have been deployed across several states. In addition, all possible assets have been brought in for swift operations. The state disaster monitoring centre has also said that 5,81,702 people have been evacuated from the flood-hit areas. On Saturday, Chief Minister Yediyurappa had announced Rs 5 lakh compensation to next of kin of the deceased. Meanwhile, all schools and colleges- government and private in affected flood-hit districts are to remain closed till August 15.