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“We have to transform India’s economy. On one hand manufacturing sector is to be enhanced, while on the other side, we have to make sure it directly benefits the youth. They must get jobs so that lives of poorest of the poor stands transformed and they come out of the poverty line. Enhancing their purchasing power would increase the number of manufacturers, manufacturing growth, employment opportunities and expand the market.” –Narendra Modi 

The cloth industry in Varanasi was badly hit due to lack of basic facilities. It was only after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s efforts that the weaver community in the region have a reason to rejoice. The Centre has allotted a corpus of Rs. 347 crore for revamping the cloth and handicraft industries in Varanasi.

The impact of Centre’s ‘Make in India’ and ‘Skill India’ is clearly visible in Varanasi. A dedicated textile facilitation centre has been developed worth Rs. 305 crores for technical advancement and other facilities for the handicraft and weaver industries. Also, common facilitation centres have been set up to further aid the weavers.

A branch of National Institute of Fashion Technology and a regional silk technological research station have come up. Alongside, with a corpus of Rs. 31 crore, a scheme has been initiated for overall development of handicraft industry.

The cloth industry offers maximum opportunities in the manufacturing sector. Employment opportunities are set to grow in the region under Prime Minister Modi’s ‘Make In India’ initiative.

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Emphasising the role of BJP Karyakartas in expanding the reach of the government's welfare schemes, the Prime Minister said, “the way party workers are helping to implement many development projects in Varanasi, it is a matter of pride and satisfaction for me.”

Replying to one Karyakarta’s question on Vishwanath Dham, PM Modi said, “now, with the blessings of Baba Vishwanath, the resolve taken by the Kashi people will not only ease the devotees of Baba Bholenath, but they will also experience the divinity as well as the magnificence.”

“You have witnessed the streets of Varanasi. These streets have their own beauty, they have their own importance, they are the glory of Kashi,” he added furthermore.

While interacting with one of the Karyakartas from Rohania as a part of ‘Deepotsav Karyakarta Samvad’, the PM said, “when our government was formed, the sanitation coverage in the country was less than 40 percent, but within five years we have achieved the target of 100 percent in rural areas. Now all the 90 wards of Varanasi have been declared open defecation free.” He said that Swachhata was not merely a project. It was not about tokenism. It was about behavioural change and this movement must go on.

He remarked, “Ayushman Bharat Yojana has made a positive impact on lives of people. More than 50 lakh people have taken advantage of Ayushman Bharat. Over 10 crore people have been issued e-cards in the country. In Varanasi alone more than 1 lakh 65 thousand people have been given golden cards under Ayushman Bharat Yojana.”

PM Modi credited 130 crore citizens of the country for India's rising global profile and said that respect for India has increased significantly at the world stage.

In a video interaction with BJP Karyakarta from Varanasi, PM Modi reaffirmed the BJP's commitment towards development. Prime Minister Modi also greeted BJP Karyakartas on upcoming festivals.

 

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