‘New schemes to change lives of 50cr poor peo­ple’

PM Naren­dra Modi launches projects at a pub­lic meet­ing in Varanasi

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Luc­know: Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi said that the Ayush­man Bharat and Prad­han­mantri Poshan Mis­sion (PMPM / Na­tional Nutri­tion Mis­sion) will change lives and life­style of about 50 crore poor and lower mid­dle-class peo­ple in the coun­try.

Ad­dress­ing a pub­lic meet­ing in his par­lia­men­tary con­stituency Varanasi, Modi said health and nutri­tion were the two main chal­lenges fac­ing the poor in coun­try. He said both the schemes will make the coun­try and its peo­ple healthy to par­tic­i­pate in road to de­vel­op­ment with new vigour.

The PM said his gov­ern­ment has set aside Rs 9,000 crore for the Na­tional Nutri­tion Mis­sion, which will help poor fam­i­lies raise their chil­dren with a healthy diet. “Now, poor­est of the poor can go to gov­ern­ment hos­pi­tals for treat­ment un­der the Ayush­man Bharat scheme, which will pro­vide a Rs 5 lakh health in­sur­ance cover,” he said.

On the occasion, Modi launched projects worth Rs 800 crore in his par­lia­men­tary con­stituency. He flagged off Varanasi-Patna In­ter-city, dis­trib­uted keys to ben­e­fi­cia­ries un­der PM Awas Yo­jana and waste man­age­ment ATM at Assi Ghat.

Launch­ing a ‘Kachra Ma­hot­sav’, PM said waste man­age­ment should be made a move­ment in the coun­try along with Swachch Bharat Mis­sion. He said if Baba Vish­wanath has es­tab­lished Kashi in the spir­i­tual world, then DLW has taken it to the path of in­dus­trial de­vel­op­ment. “Spir­i­tu­al­ism and de­vel­op­ment should go to­gether. You keep Kashi clean and I prom­ise to de­velop the city to show­case the an­cient city on the world map and make world lead­ers visit the city,” he said.

The PM also lauded Ut­tar Pradesh Chief Min­is­ter Yogi Adityanath for his ef­forts to im­ple­ment all cen­tral gov­ern­ment schemes across UP with a mis­sion­ary zeal.

—AFP

PM Naren­dra Modi with UP CM Yogi Adityanath in Varanasi

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