On Thursday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi underscored the transformative impact of a transparent system implemented by his government, coupled with sincere efforts and a focus on people's participation. Over the past nine years, these initiatives have successfully elevated nearly 25 crore individuals out of poverty, a feat previously deemed improbable. During a virtual interaction with beneficiaries of the 'Viksit Bharat Sankalp Yatra,' Modi expressed admiration for the resilience of the poor, emphasizing that with adequate resources, poverty in India can indeed be reduced.
Highlighting a Niti Aayog report showcasing the decline in poverty numbers, Modi asserted that India has set a commendable model for assisting the underprivileged, garnering global attention. The Prime Minister hailed the success of the Yatra, exceeding expectations, and hinted at a potential extension of its deadline beyond January 26 due to rising demand from the public. The initiative has evolved into a mass movement within two months, representing an exemplary last-mile delivery system.
The 'Vikas Rath' has evolved into a 'Vishwas Rath,' instilling trust among people that no deprived individual will be overlooked in receiving its benefits, Modi added. Notably, the Yatra has reached 70-80 per cent of panchayats, reflecting its widespread impact.
Providing insights into the Yatra's achievements, Modi stated that over four crore people underwent health check-ups, with 2.5 crore screened for TB. Additionally, more than 50 crore 'ayushman' cards have been distributed, and nearly 35 lakh farmers have been included in the 'PM Kisan Yojna.' For Modi, these statistics represent not mere numbers but sources of life, emphasizing the need for comprehensive welfare scheme coverage, including good nutrition, healthcare, and housing with essential amenities.
The Prime Minister also highlighted the significant strides in financial inclusion, with millions acquiring bank accounts and opportunities for self-employment. Over the past decade, over four crore impoverished families have secured their own homes, with 70 per cent of them owned by women, contributing to their empowerment. Modi pointed out the reduced construction period for these homes, now averaging nearly 100 days, down from 300 days.
Underscoring his government's commitment to bolstering the rural economy and empowering farmers, Modi noted the swift transformations occurring in India. He observed a palpable increase in people's self-confidence, trust in the government, and a shared determination to build a new India.
(With Agency Inputs)