New Delhi :
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today visited Ballia in Uttar Pradesh and launched the much- awaited Pradhanmantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY). Through this scheme around 5 cr families in India will get free LPG connections. PM Modi is also scheduled to visit Varanasi latter in the day.
PM Modi is scheduled to launch solar-powered boats for plying on river Ganga. PM Modi’s itinerary also includes distribution of 1,000 e-rickshaws.
From Ballia, the Prime Minister is scheduled to fly to Varanasi where will preside over a function to distribute 1000 e-rickshaws to beneficiaries at Diesel Locomotive Works (DLW) ground. Modi will then visit “Jnana Pravaha”, a centre of cultural studies and research, in Samne Ghat area.
The centre was founded in 1997 by city-borne philanthropist Bimla Poddar, who was conferred with Padma Shri last year.
The Jnana Pravaha boasts of a museum with rare artefacts belonging to ancient and medieval ages, a library equipped with rare books and manuscripts and a handicraft atelier where artisans churn out exquisite specimens of brass, copper and Ashtadhatu (alloy comprising eight metals).
The Prime Minister will thereafter head to the Assi Ghat on river Ganga, where he will launch 11 solar-powered “e-boats”. Widespread use of motorboats, mostly powered by diesel, has been a cause of concern in view of the alarming pollution level in the holy river. The introduction of ”e-boats” is being seen as a remedial measure. This will be the Prime Minister’s third tour of his parliamentary constituency since January this year.
With PTI Inputs