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’

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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


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