The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today launched the Stand Up India initiative, which aims to boost entrepreneurship among the Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, and Women. The initiative envisages loans to at least two aspiring entrepreneurs from these categories. The loan shall be in the ten lakh to one crore rupee range. 5100 e-rickshaws were also distributed on the occasion.
The Prime Minister paid homage to Babu Jagjivan Ram on his birth anniversary, and recalled his great contributions and service to the nation at crucial periods in various official capacities.
Explaining his vision for converting job seekers into job creators, the Prime Minister said the Stand Up India initiative will transform the lives of the Dalits and the Adivasis.
The Prime Minister said that India's development journey will be stronger when it is scripted by the poor. He urged the gathering to educate their children, and especially the girl child.
Earlier, the Prime Minister interacted with the families of some of the beneficiaries, over a cup of tea. The beneficiaries explained how e-rickshaws would change their lives for the better. The Prime Minister exhorted them to ensure that they educate their children.
The Prime Minister booked an e-rickshaw, and took a brief e-rickshaw ride towards the stage, making the payment for the ride through a cellphone.
Babu Jagjivan Ram made India very proud. Today on his birth anniversary 'Stand up India' is being launched: PM @narendramodi— PMO India (@PMOIndia) April 5, 2016
As agriculture minister Babu Jagjivan Ram did a lot to usher the green revolution. In 1971 he was the defence minister: PM @narendramodi— PMO India (@PMOIndia) April 5, 2016
Whatever one's party is, we have to remember those who have lived for the nation: PM @narendramodi pays tributes to Babu Jagjivan Ram— PMO India (@PMOIndia) April 5, 2016
Got to have 'Chai Pe Charcha' with families of e-rickshaw beneficiaries: PM @narendramodi— PMO India (@PMOIndia) April 5, 2016
E-rickshaws will be given to those who do not own rickshaws. The beneficiaries of this will be the poor: PM @narendramodi— PMO India (@PMOIndia) April 5, 2016
You will have to educate your children particularly your daughters: PM @narendramodi tells e-rickshaw beneficiaries— PMO India (@PMOIndia) April 5, 2016