Modi to Reiterate Reservation Pledges on Ambedkar Jayanti
Presence of 10 lakh Dalits and tribals sought on April 14, which will be celebrated as ‘Samajik Samrasta Divas’; PM may also announce the Ambedkar Panch-Teerth ‘Stand Up India to Produce More Job-creators’
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to reiterate his government’s commitment to reiterateon April 14, when he will address a rally to observe B R Ambedkar’s 125th birth anniversary, at his birthplace in Mhow.
With Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh scheduled next year, the BJP plans to use the Baba Saheb Ambedkar Jayanti to reach out to Dalits, who comprise 21% of the state’s population. The day will be celebrated as ‘Samajik Samrasta Divas’. Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has been asked to ensure presence of 10 lakh Dalits and tribals to the Mhow rally. The message is clear – the rally has to make an impact.
BJP leaders claim that the occasion is a huge opportunity for the government to make a midcourse correction as it was increasingly being viewed as pro-industrialists.
“The attempt is to come across as a government that touches the life of the poorest of the poor. The launch of Stand Up India scheme is part of the same effort,” a senior BJP leader told ET. Targeted at Scheduled Castes and Tribes and women, the scheme is expected to help them get loans of between .₹ 10 lakh and one crore for their non- farm businesses. It is no surprise that PM chose Noida in UP to launch the scheme. In addition to making a strong statement in support of reservation, the PM is also likely to announce the Ambedkar Panch-Teerth that will entail converting five places connected to the Dalit icon as pilgrimages. These include Ambedkar’s birthplace Mhow, his 26, Alipur Road house in Delhi, Indu Mills in Dadar where he was cremated, his residence in London where he stayed during his higher education and Nagpur, where he converted to Buddhism.
Party president Amit Shah is personally overseeing the programmes that will commence on April 14 and end 10 days later. New Delhi: PM Narendra Modi on Tuesday launched the Stand up India scheme to enable Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and women entrepreneurs to access loans, setting a target of creating 2.5 lakh entrepreneurs across the country.
Under the scheme 1.25 lakh bank branches will provide loans up to Rs .₹ 1 crore. Each branch will provide two such loans ranging from .₹ 10 lakh to .₹ 1 crore without collateral for setting up a new enterprise.
The PM said it is not possible for the govt to provide jobs to everyone. The scheme will convert "jobseekers into job-creators", he said.
"This scheme is going to transform the lives of people from Dalit and tribal communities," he said.
Stand up India, he said, aims to empower every Indian and enable them to stand on their own feet. The scheme was announced by Modi in his Independence Day address last year.At a function in Noida that also marked the birth anniversary of Dalit leader and former Deputy PM Babu Jagjivan Ram, the PM also flagged off 5,100 e-rickshaws. — Our Bureau/ Agencies