Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday launched the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana at Ballia. Ballia is a city with a municipal board in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh bordering Bihar. The eastern boundary of the city lies at the junction of two major rivers, the Ganges and the Ghaghara. The city is situated 140 km (87 mi) from Varanasi.
The scheme aims to provide cooking gas connections to five crore below-poverty-line beneficiaries over the next three years. Noting that May 1st is observed as Labour Day, the Prime Minister said that in this century, the aim of all workers across the world should be to unite the world.
Reiterating that the Union Government’s primary focus has been the welfare of the poor, the Prime Minister mentioned various steps for labour welfare taken by the Union Government over the last two years. He mentioned the Shram Suvidha Portal, and the Labour Identity Number given to Shramiks.
The Prime Minister recalled that Ballia is the land of the revolutionary Mangal Pandey, and said that while the development of Eastern Uttar Pradesh has suffered for decades, connectivity is now being strengthened in the region. He said the Union Government is allocating tremendous resources for the development of Uttar Pradesh. He mentioned the rapid progress that has been made in rural electrification. He said the fruits of development must reach the eastern part of India, for us to gain strength in the fight against poverty.
The Prime Minister emphasized that schemes must be designed keeping in mind the welfare of the poor, and not merely to derive electoral benefit. He said that the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana will benefit the poor, especially the women. – PIB