Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said Jharkhand has been showered with schemes worth Rs 50,000 crore and has become the country’s first state with 100 per cent rail electrification.
He said tribals had contributed significantly for the country but did not get due recognition.
Paying tributes to the contribution of the tribals, the PM said the country will always remain indebted to tribal warriors.
He emphasised the need to augment four pillars — women, farmers, youth and middle class and poor — for the development of the nation.
The PM said 70 per cent of the population has been covered under the Jal Jeevan Mission, 100 per cent have been immunised and there has been full LPG coverage since 2014, the PM said.
He said campaigns like the PVTG Mission and ‘Viksit Bharat Sankalp Yatra’ will take the country to new heights.
Modi, who is on a two-day Jharkhand visit, held a 10-km roadshow in Ranchi on Tuesday night and paid tributes to tribal icon Birsa Munda on his birth anniversary on Wednesday, which is celebrated as Janjatiya Gaurav Diwas and also happens to be Jharkhand’s Founation Day.
At Khunti Football ground, the prime minister unveiled a Rs 24,000-crore scheme for the development of vulnerable tribal groups.
He also launched the ‘Viksit Bharat Sankalp Yatra’ and released the 15th installment of Rs 18,000 crore under the PM-KISAN scheme besides inaugurating and laying foundations of projects worth Rs 7,200 crore in the state.
Foreign diplomats witness PM Modi’s roadshow in MP
A three-member delegation of foreign diplomats witnessed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s roadshow in Indore ahead of the November 17 assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh, with one of them describing polls in India are like a festival that people celebrate.
The delegation had first-hand experience of the ruling party’s election campaign, a BJP functionary said on Wednesday.
Michael Rees, second secretary in the Australian High Commission, Bazil M Lyakinana, minister (consular affairs) in the Tanzanian High Commission, and Mayumi Tsubakimoto, second secretary at the Japanese embassy were part of the delegation that witnessed the BJP’s campaign for the assembly elections, the official said.
“We saw the prime minister’s roadshow in Indore on Tuesday evening,” Japanese diplomat Mayumi Tsubakimoto told PTI.
“We also met local leaders to know how the BJP is reaching out to the people as part of its election campaign,” she said.
According to Mayumi, she saw that elections in India are like a festival that people celebrate. A similar delegation comprising representatives of diplomatic missions from Nepal, Australia, New Zealand, Denmark and Singapore had visited Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat to understand the party’s campaign during assembly elections in the two states in November and December 2022 respectively, the BJP functionary said.
The programme is part of the “Know BJP” initiative launched by the party president JP Nadda on its 43rd foundation day in 2021.