Rs.65-crore assistance extended to over 13,000 urban poor

Published By : Admin | February 21, 2010 | 07:15 IST
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Chief Minister Shri Narendrabhai Modi on 20th February, Saturday, reiterated his commitment to free the poor from the shackles of exploitation through Garib Kalyan Mela.

Addressing the second Shaheri Garib Kalyan Mela at Bapunagar, he said that Gujarat has discovered an infallible medicine in Garib Melas to cure the malady of poverty, establishing a direct contact with the poor, eliminating the moneylenders and middlemen.

He said that our leaders have for the last 60 years provided just lip service to the poor, used them as a vote bank and filled their own coffers.

Assistance-equipment worth Rs.21.38-crore under 31 schemes were distributed to 7,094 beneficiaries in ten wards of Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation in the Bapunagar area today. The first such Shaheri Garib Kalyan Mela was held in the Odhav locality earlier this week, having extended over Rs.64.94-crore to 13,119 beneficiaries so far.

Earlier, nearly Rs.2,700-crore direct assistance have been provided to 25 poor families in 50-odd Garib Melas in rural areas.

Similarly, he said the plan is to provide Rs.5,000-cr for economic empowerment of poor women by 2014. Over Rs.400-cr has already been extended to 1.25-lakh Sakhi Mandals so far. These Sakhi Mandals are managing their own accounts. He said that Rs.1,000-cr has been earmarked on this head for the current year as part of Gujarat’s Golden Jubilee celebrations.

This newly discovered method of extending direct assistance to the poor has lent them the inherent strength to themselves fight poverty. In case any one received sub-standard or defective equipment, one could immediately inform the government by just sending across a postcard.

The function was attended by Gujarat Assembly Speaker Shri Ashokbhai Bhatt, Revenue Minister Smt Anandiben Patel, Urban Development Minister Shri Nitinbhai Patel, Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Shri Fakirbhai Vaghela, Ahmedabad Mayor Shri Kanaji Thakor, among other dignitaries.

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PM participates in Kullu Dussehra
October 05, 2022
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The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi participated in the Kullu Dussehra celebrations at the Dhalpur Ground of Kullu, Himachal Pradesh today.

The Prime Minister was welcomed and facilitated upon his arrival. This was followed by the arrival of Bhagwan Raghunath Ji and it marked the commencement of the Rath Yatra. A huge crowd had gathered at the occasion to welcome the Prime Minister. The Prime Minister walked to the main attraction with lakhs of other devotees and paid his tributes to Bhagwan Raghunath. The Prime Minister greeted everyone present on the occasion with folded hands and witnessed the divine Rath Yatra along with the grand assembly of the deities in the historic Kullu Dussehra celebrations. A historic occasion, this was the first time ever that the Prime Minister of India had participated in the Kullu Dussehra celebrations.

The International Kullu Dussehra Festival is to be celebrated from 5th to 11th October 2022 at Dhalpur Ground of Kullu. The festival is unique in the sense that it is the congregation of more than 300 Deities of the Valley. On the first day of the Festival, the Deities in their well-decorated palanquins pay their obeisance at the temple of the Chief Deity Bhagwan Raghunath Ji and then proceed to the Dhalpur Ground.

The Prime Minister was accompanied by Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh, Shri Jai Ram Thakur, Governor of Himachal Pradesh, Shri Rajendra Vishwanath Arlekar, Union Minister of Information & Broadcasting, Shri Anurag Thakur, and BJP State President, Shri Suresh Kumar Kashyap among others.

Earlier in the day, the Prime Minister had dedicated to the nation, AIIMS, Bilaspur. He also inaugurated and laid the foundation stone of multiple projects in Himachal Pradesh in Luhnu, Bilaspur.