More than six months after the BJP government issued instructions on using tiles bearing pictures of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan in houses built under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY), the Gwalior bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court has ordered that such tiles be removed.
Disposing of a PIL on Wednesday, a division bench of Justices Sanjay Yadav and Vivek Agrawal asked the state government to file a compliance report and listed the matter on December 20. The PIL was filed by a Vidisha-based journalist.
On Tuesday, the state government submitted an order withdrawing a previous circular that had given instructions to municipal bodies to fix tiles carrying photographs of the PM and CM under houses built under the central scheme.
Quoting instructions from the Union Housing and Urban Development Ministry, the circular of September 18 said that only the logo of the scheme (for housing for all urban poor by 2022) will be fixed on the houses, not tiles bearing photographs.
“Since the state government and its functionaries have withdrawn the direction for installing the tiles carrying the picture of PM and CM, no further cause survives for adjudication. Consequently, the petition stands disposed of having been rendered infructuous,” the division bench said in its order.
Advocate Ankur Modi, who appeared for the petitioner, said that tiles bearing photographs of the PM and CM were installed in some places like Datia and Hoshangabad.