The Prime Minister interacted with boatmen, and took a brief ride on an e-boat in the River Ganga, before arriving at the dais to address the gathering at Assi Ghat. Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister explained that the e-boats would reduce pollution, provide a better experience for tourists, and save a substantial amount for the beneficiaries through lower fuel costs. He urged the beneficiaries to use the savings for the benefit of their younger generation.
The Prime Minister emphasized that his Government was focused on creating schemes which would strengthen the people, and empower the poor so that they can battle poverty. The Prime Minister recalled how India’s indigenous navigation satellite network, has been named “NAVIC” in honour of the millions of people who earn their livelihoods on boats.
Earlier, the Prime Minister distributed e-rickshaws to beneficiaries, and interacted with them, at the DLW Grounds in Varanasi.
The Prime Minister visited Gyan Pravah: Centre for Cultural Studies and Research, and appreciated the efforts made to showcase India’s cultural heritage.
Interacting with prominent citizens of Varanasi, the Prime Minister exhorted them to work towards ensuring cleanliness, and making Varanasi one of the cleanest cities.