Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
FactChecker.in, an independent fact-check initiative, has confirmed that the state government (2009-10 to 2013-14) led by Prithviraj Chavan built 715,339 homes for poor families. This is an increase of 117% compared with the previous government’s (2005-06 to 2008-09) record of 329,277 homes built for poor families.
The government led by Mr Chavan had claimed to have built more than 400,000 homes.
Mr Chavan said, “I am pleased that an independent-fact checker has confirmed my government’s record in providing housing for poor families in Maharashtra. The people of Maharashtra are the engine of India’s growth and they deserve decent housing. I pledge to continue this record of progress to provide every Maharashtrian family with a clean, safe home with electricity, clean water and sanitation.”
These homes were built under the Indira Awas Yojana.
FactChecker.in scrutinises and researches “for veracity and context, statements made by individuals in public life. As well as picking up on issues where we feel there is a strong need to examine data that is in public domain”. FactChecker.in is an initiative of The Spending and Policy Research Foundation, which also runs www.indiaspend.org, which claims to be India’s first data journalism initiative.
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