Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the self-reliant Uttar Pradesh Rojgar Abhiyan in New Delhi today through video conferencing. Under this, local enterprise will be promoted along with providing employment opportunities to migrant workers. On this occasion, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that everyone will be able to overcome the difficulties caused by the Kovid-19 epidemic. He insisted that it is best to keep a distance of two yards, covering the face with a mask, until a vaccine is found.
The Prime Minister expressed satisfaction at how Uttar Pradesh has turned disaster into opportunity, the way people were engaged during this epidemic. He said that other states too will get to learn a lot from the ‘self-reliant Uttar Pradesh Rojgar Abhiyan’ and will be inspired by it.
The Prime Minister appreciated the courage and wisdom shown by Uttar Pradesh when the world is in such a big crisis due to Corona. He said that the way the state succeeded and the way it handled the situation is unprecedented and praiseworthy.
The Prime Minister praised the contribution of doctors, semi-medical staff, sanitation workers, police, ASHAs, Anganwadi workers, banks and post offices, transport services, workers in UP.
The Prime Minister lauded the UP government for bringing back the migrant workers of the state, by facilitating hundreds of Shramik Express trains. He said that over 30 lakh migrant workers from across the country returned to their villages in Uttar Pradesh in the last few weeks.
The Prime Minister said that the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh understood the seriousness of the situation and his government acted on a war footing in view of this situation.
The Prime Minister appreciated the unprecedented work of the UP government and said that he ensured that no poor go hungry. He said that under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana, the Government of Uttar Pradesh has worked very promptly in providing ration to the poor and migrant workers for free. Its benefit was also given to those who do not have ration card. He said that apart from this, about 5 thousand crore rupees were directly transferred to the Jan Dhan account of 75 lakh poor women of Uttar Pradesh.
The Prime Minister said that like the Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyan, Uttar Pradesh is a pioneer in the drive to take India on the path of self-sufficiency with speed. He said that under the Garib Kalyan Rozgar Abhiyan, many works are being started in the villages to increase the income of the workers. He said that out of this about 60 lakh people are being given employment in MSMEs under rural development schemes. In addition to this, an amount of Rs 10,000 crore has been allocated under the Mudra Yojana to provide self-employment to thousands of people.
Prime Minister Modi said that when groups of industries are being formed to promote such local products under self-reliant employment campaign across the country, Uttar Pradesh will benefit greatly.
The Prime Minister highlighted the recently announced reforms in agriculture in which farmers are freed from various restrictions under the law. He said that now farmers are free to sell their produce anywhere in India and they can set their prices at the time of sowing.
The Prime Minister said that many new steps are being taken for our livestock. A special infrastructure fund of Rs.15 thousand crore has been created for the livestock and dairy sector.
The Prime Minister also mentioned the declaration of Kushinagar Airport as an international airport, which would prove to be important in the context of promoting the Buddhist circuit. This will strengthen air connectivity in Purvanchal and millions of devotees of Mahatma Buddha present in the country and abroad will easily reach Uttar Pradesh.
The Prime Minister said that in just three years, more than 30 lakh pucca houses have been built for the poor, UP has been declared open defecation free, the UP government has given government jobs to 3 lakh youth in a transparent manner.
Prime Minister Modi also mentioned the steps taken to reduce infant mortality in the state and said that the number of encephalitis patients in the Purvanchal region has come down by 90 percent in the last 3 years.
The Prime Minister spoke of unprecedented improvement in basic amenities like electricity, water and roads.
The Prime Minister interacted with various beneficiaries and stakeholders about their experiences, including Vinita Pal, who led a self-help group in Gonda, Tilak Ram, a beneficiary of the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana from Bahraich district, Amarendra Kumar, Sant Kabir Nagar An entrepreneur from the district was involved. He also interacted with various migrant workers such as Kurban Ali, Nagendra Singh of Gorakhpur district, who returned from Mumbai, Deepu of Jalaun district.