Hindustan Times (Lucknow)
Announces package of Rs 2,375 crore for revival of 16 cooperative banks in eastern Uttar Pradesh. Seeks support of all political parties in running these banks successfully. Inaugurates trade facilitation centre and craft museum. The centre would come up in next 18 months. Releases Rs 50 crore for the work to start. Launches adarsh gram
yojana from ‘toilet-less’ Jayapur village, which he adopted. Offers bouquet of ‘choti choti baatein’ to the people of his adopted village. The bouquet includes appeal to villagers to ensure that their children wash their hands before a meal. Makes strong appeal to check female foeticide and celebrate birth of girl child. Tries to connect with people of Kashi by referring to himself as a ‘sewak’.