Shimla : Prime Minister Narendra Modi today addressed ‘Garib Kalyan Sammelan’ at historic Ridge Maidan Shimla. This programme marks the completion of eight years of the Central government led by the PM Prime Minister and was organized across the country at State Capitals, District Headquarters, and Krishi Vigyan Kendras.
Modi also released the 11th installment of financial benefits under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN) scheme on the occasion by transferring an amount of around Rs 21,000 crore to more than 10 crore beneficiary farmer families of the country.
The PM also interacted with the beneficiaries of (PM-KISAN) across the country. He interacted with Tashi Tundup from Ladakh, Lalita Devi from Bihar, Pankaj Shani from West Tripura, Santoshi from Kalburgi of Karnataka, Arvind from Mehsana Gujarat virtually and with Sama Devi of Sirmaur, Himachal Pradesh actually at The Ridge Shimla.
He congratulated and wished the farmers as more than 10 crore farmers have received the money in their bank accounts through the PM Kisan scheme. He expressed happiness for releasing the financial benefits under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN) scheme nationwide from Shimla. He thanked the people for giving him the opportunity to serve 130 crore citizens.
The Prime Minister lamented that before 2014, the earlier government had considered corruption as an essential part of the system, then instead of fighting corruption, the government had succumbed to it, then the country was watching that the money for schemes was looted before reaching the needy.
He added that today due to the trinity of Jan Dhan-Aadhaar and Mobile (JAM), the money is reaching the beneficiary directly in their Jan Dhan bank accounts. Earlier there was a compulsion to suffer smoke in the kitchen, today there is a facility to get LPG cylinders from the Ujjwala scheme.
Earlier there was the shame of open defecation now poor have the dignity of toilets. Earlier there was helplessness to raise money for treatment, today every poor has the support of Ayushman Bharat. Earlier there was a fear of triple talaq, now there is the courage to fight for one’s rights.
Narendra Modi, while appreciating the good work done by the Jai Ram Thakur Government in the State during the pandemic, said that the Himachal Pradesh Government has shown the way to other States of the country by becoming first in administrating first and second doses of covid-19 vaccine.
He also appreciated the good work done by the Himachal Government in effective implementation of Jal Jeevan Mission in the State. He said that Baddi area of the State played a major role in supply of medicines to combat corona pandemic.
He said the contribution of every family of Himachal in the armed forces was immense and added that the BJP Government had implemented ‘One Rank One Pension’ and gave arrears to the ex-servicemen. He said that lakhs of family of Himachal have been benefited by this decision of the Union Government.