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PM Modi in UP’s Varanasi & Ballia: Launches Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana & e-boats; distributes e-rickshaws

Mon May 02 2016, 12:36 pm
  • Narendra Modi, PM Modi in UP, Modi solar-powered e-boats, Modi in Varanasi

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a day long visit to Uttar Pradesh launched solar-powered e-boats, e-rickshaws in Varanasi. He also launched the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana in Ballia. Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana is an NDA government scheme that aims to provide 5 crore free cooking (LPG) connections to below-poverty-line families over the next three years. Reaching out to the backward fishermen and boatmen communities (kevat, nishad, machchuara) in Varanasi and addressing them as "brothers", the Prime Minister said his government is "for the poor". He also sought support from the people of Varanasi to keep the city and its ghats clean. "My Kashi will be clean - can we not take this vow together? We, the people, have to do this, not the government or anybody else," he said. We sum up PM Modi's UP visit in these eight images: (PIB photo)

  • Narendra Modi, PM Modi in UP, Modi solar-powered e-boats, Modi in Varanasi

    PM Modi launched a scheme for environment-friendly solar-powered 'e-boats' at the Assi Ghat. The introduction of e-boats has come against the backdrop of concerns over the pollution in the river Ganga caused by fumes of diesel emanating from the motorboats which have also said to be a menace for the tortoise sanctuary spread over a 7-km-long stretch on the river bed. (PIB photo)

  • Narendra Modi, PM Modi in UP, Modi solar-powered e-boats, Modi in Varanasi

    e-boats are traditional motorboats wherein diesel engines have been replaced with batteries which are charged through solar panels retrofitted on the top. PM also interacted with boatmen at Assi Ghat and rode in an e-boat.

  • Narendra Modi, PM Modi in UP, Modi solar-powered e-boats, Modi in Varanasi

    Launching 11 solar-powered "e-boats" at the Assi Ghat, the Prime Minister said that the step is in line with his government's focus on making long-term interventions to empower the poor in their fight against poverty and climb up the ladder, which was not the case during previous governments. (PIB photo)

  • Narendra Modi, PM Modi in UP, Modi e-rickshaw

    In Varanasi, PM Modi's first function marked distribution of e-rickshaws among those who drove manual rickshaws for a living. (PIB photo)

  • Narendra Modi, PM Modi in UP, Modi e-rickshaw

    "With less physical effort, the rickshaw pullers will now be able to ply greater distances and earn much more than they used to in the past," Modi said. "This is our approach when it comes to the commitment towards uplifting the poor", Modi said. (PIB photo)

  • Narendra Modi, PM Modi in UP, Modi e-rickshaw

    The function was held at Diesel Locomotive Works (DLW) premises where a total of 11000 e-rickshaws were distributed. Out of these, 16 got their e-rickshaws personally from Modi. (PIB photo)

  • PM Modi, Narendra Modi, PM Modi in UP, Modi visit, modi in varanasi

    After the DLW function and before coming to Assi Ghat, Modi also visited Jnana Pravaha, a city-based centre for cultural studies where he spent close to 45 minutes. (PIB photo)

  • Narendra Modi, PM Modi in UP, Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana

    Earlier in the day, Modi launched the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana. The ambitious Rs 8,000 crore scheme will partly be funded using the money saved from 1.13 crore cooking gas users voluntarily giving up their subsidies through PM's 'Give It Up' initiative. Launching the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana, PM Modi said that the cooking gas scheme will benefit 5 crore families till 2019. "We have shown how the petroleum sector is for the poor," Modi said. (PIB photo)

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