Dumka |Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said loans worth Rs 2,600 crore had been distributed under Mudra Bank scheme to 42 lakh beneficiaries of which 20 lakh were women. Addressing a function after inaugurating the Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana Mega Loan Camp at the airport ground here along with launching free LPG gas connection scheme for BPL families and online inauguration of restoration work at temple village of Maluti, Mr Modi said that Jharkhand had caught hold of the ”arms of development” its people had shown faith in the development process, after BJP came to power.
It is the BJP government which catapulted the state to the third rank from the 29th position in the index of ease of doing business, he said. Observing that the day coincided with the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi and Lal Bahadur Shastri, the Prime Minister said ‘Gandhiji’ had worked for the welfare of the poor and there could be no bigger teacher than him to teach what the government should do for the country and for whom it should work. He himself was inspired from Mahatma Gandhi to work for the poor, Mr Modi underscored. He said the Pradhan Mantri Mudra Bank Yojana was announced in the previous budget which has been targeted at the poor, small traders, businessmen, washer men, women and tribal people so that they could get different types of loans without falling in the clutches of the money lenders. Mr Modi also flayed the opposition for doing politics in the name of poor in the country.
People who accuse me of being anti-poor do not even know how to write Rs 2,600 crore, he said, adding that his government had changed the system that used to require that poor provide guarantee to take loan.
I have firm belief that the poor would return every single rupee of loan when they would start earning. I have been born among them and have seen their honesty,” Mr Modi asserted.
Observing that of 42 lakh beneficiaries, 20 lakh were women, the Prime Minister said that there could be no bigger women empowerment campaign than this. Once the women became economically independent, they start having a say in the decision making process in their families and also contribute in the development of the state, he said.
The scheme would also lead to increase in employment, through entrepreneurship and help further accelerate development in the country, Mr Modi said. Mr Modi also lashed out at his opponents for doing ”politics in the name of poor”. ”Those who start singing songs about the poor during the elections, despite more than
60 years of Independence could not realise how a poor mother would make food for her children,” Mr Modi said, adding that such rich people dis not even hesitate to take subsidy on LPG cylinders. The Prime Minister said that he was apprehensive when he appealed to the people of the
country to give up on subsidised cylinders but was pleasantly surprised with the positive result as 31 lakh people have given up LPG subsidy so far. As a result, new connections have been given to 18 lakh people and remaining connections would also be distributed soon, he said. Mr Modi said these efforts would help to save the forests and the environment.Mahatma Gandhi did not do compromise on the issue on environment, true respect can be paid to him by protecting our forests, he said.
He also appealed to the people to purchase one or two items of Khadi saying it would bring happiness in the lives of the poor. Mr Modi also urged people not to leave any garbage behind when they leave the venue and also asked the organisers to make sure no garbage was left at the spot. The Prime Minister said that the region of Santhal Pargana had its own attractions.The restoration and preservation works at the Temple village of Maluti would boost tourism and employment opportunities, he said.
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