New Delhi/Ranchi, November 13 (Language) Amidst the ongoing campaign for assembly elections in five states including Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Jharkhand on November 14-15 and during this he will visit the birthplace of Lord Birsa Munda. Ulihatu will go to the village and launch a scheme focusing on tribal groups.
According to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), he will flag off the ‘Vikas Bharat Sankalp Yatra’, release the 15th installment of PM-Kisan and inaugurate and lay the foundation stone of several development projects in Jharkhand.
Modi will hold a roadshow in Jharkhand’s capital Ranchi on Tuesday, which will begin with his arrival at Birsa Munda airport at around 8 pm and will end at Raj Bhawan, 10 km away, at around 9.30 pm.
The Prime Minister will visit the Freedom Fighters Museum at the Bhagwan Birsa Munda Memorial Park in Ranchi on the morning of November 15 and will then reach Ulihatu village, the birthplace of Bhagwan Birsa Munda, where he will pay floral tributes at the statue of Bhagwan Birsa Munda.
The PMO said Modi will be the first Prime Minister to visit Ulihatu village, the birthplace of Lord Birsa Munda. He will also participate in the celebrations of the third Tribal Pride Day organized in Khunti.
During the program, the Prime Minister will flag off the ‘Vikas Bharat Sankalp Yatra’.
The PMO said that it has been the Prime Minister’s constant effort to ensure that no one is left deprived of the major schemes of the government and that their benefits reach all the targeted beneficiaries in a time bound manner.
The Prime Minister will flag off the IEC (Information, Education and Communication) van on this occasion.
The Yatra will initially start from districts with significant tribal population and cover all districts across the country by 25 January 2024.
During the event, Modi will launch a Rs 24,000 crore scheme aimed at the overall development of the Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups (PVTGs).
The PMO said that the PVTG Development Mission Scheme will be a major step towards the empowerment of tribals and will be the first initiative of its kind.
In the Budget 2023-24, the scheme was announced to improve the socio-economic conditions of PVTGs.
According to the PMO, there are 75 PVTGs in 18 states and union territories, covering 22,544 villages spread across 220 districts with a population of about 28 lakh.
He said that these tribes are scattered and live in remote and inaccessible areas of forest areas. Therefore, the scheme has been planned to provide basic amenities like connecting PVTG families and settlements with road and telecommunication connectivity, electricity, safe housing, clean drinking water, sanitation, better access to education, health and nutrition and sustainable livelihood opportunities.
The scheme will be implemented through nine ministries under existing welfare programs covering rural roads, rural housing and drinking water. Some planning norms will be relaxed to cover these remote settlements.
Apart from this, saturation coverage will be ensured for Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana, Sickle Cell Disease Eradication, TB Eradication, 100 percent vaccination, PM Surakshit Matritva Yojana, PM Matru Vandana Yojana, PM Poshan and PM Jan Dhan Yojana.
The PMO said that during this program, the 15th installment amounting to about Rs 18,000 crore under the Prime Minister Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN) will be released to more than 8 crore beneficiaries through direct benefit transfer.
Under this scheme, so far, more than Rs 2.62 lakh crore has been transferred to the accounts of farmers in 14 installments.
During his visit, the Prime Minister will inaugurate and lay the foundation stone of projects worth about Rs 7200 crore in various sectors like railways, roads, education, coal, petroleum and natural gas.
The projects for which the Prime Minister will lay the foundation stone include four-laning of 52 km stretch of Mahagama-Hansdiha section of National Highway 133, four-laning of 45 km section of Basukinath-Deoghar section of National Highway 114-A, KDH-Purnadih Coal. Handling Plant, new academic and administrative building of IIIT Ranchi.
The projects that will be inaugurated and dedicated to the nation by the Prime Minister include the new campus of IIM Ranchi, new hostel of IIT ISM Dhanbad, Petroleum Oil and Lubricants (POL) Depot at Bokaro, several railway projects like Hatia-Pakra section, Talgaria- Doubling of Bokaro section and Jarangdih-Patratu section.
PMO said that apart from this, the achievement of 100 percent railway electrification in the state of Jharkhand will also be dedicated to the nation by the Prime Minister.
Earlier, tribal activists on Saturday had threatened to commit suicide if Prime Minister Narendra Modi did not make any announcement regarding their long-standing demand of recognition of Sarna religion during his proposed visit to Jharkhand.
President of ‘Adivasi Sengel Abhiyan’ (ASA) Salkhan Murmu said that the workers will fast from 10 pm to 1 pm in Jharkhand and other states on that day in support of the demand.
Murmu had said that the warning was issued by two ASA activists, but the decision regarding the fast has been taken independently.
Former MP Murmu had said, ‘We are hoping that the Prime Minister will make an announcement regarding our long-standing demand of recognizing the separate ‘Sarna’ religion… if he does not clarify the central government’s stand on our demand. Both the activists have decided to commit suicide at Ulihatu and Bokaro at 4 pm.”
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