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“Skill, aptitude, capability – these not only put money in the pocket but instil self-confidence in an individual. It gives a new strength to life. It makes one believe that he or she has strength no matter where he or she goes in the world. It makes one believe that he or she will not sleep with an empty stomach. And, he or she will never beg for money.” –Narendra Modi

Youth have the biggest contribution in a country’s development. And if they are provided with right education, training and job opportunities, the path to progress is set itself. With PM Modi’s inspiration, Skill India is a big endeavour in a similar direction. Many efforts have been carried out to impart training and provide jobs for the youth in Varanasi. In the coming days, Kashi will bestow an example of competency and expertise.

Along with micro-industries and skill development, seller development programme, entrepreneurship development programme, credit link and capital subsidy scheme, packaging management program for goods export and incubator program are being densely exercised to encourage khadi organisations and workers.

For the development of carpet weaving, a cluster worth Rs 13 lakh has been created under the ‘Sfoorti’ scheme. Along with this, an International trade fair was organised in Varanasi by the Coir board. Opening of a new showroom along with a retail centre has also been undertaken.

Out of selected 3105 candidates, from Varanasi district, training of 1864 candidates have been completed under the Deen Dayal Upadhyay Gramin Yojana. Alongside this, Samsung MSME institute has been established.

Nehru Yuva Kendra of Varanasi has made many efforts for the all-round development of the youth, which include activities such as skill development, sports, capacity building and enhancing leadership capabilities. Alongside this, programs like Swachhata Pakhwada, debates, youth parliament were also organised.

A world class convention centre with a cost of Rs 140 crore is being built in Varanasi for exhibiting music, dance, theatre, handicraft, etc and for convening conferences, meetings, seminars and workshops.

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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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