BJP National President Shri Amit Shah on May 22 addressed the media on the successful completion of Gram Swaraj Abhiyan across the country, and said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led BJP government and party workers have successfully covered 16,850 villages in the country and extended the benefits of seven top Government schemes.
Shri Shah said that from April 14 to May 5, the Narendra Modi Government and the party workers initiated the Gram Swaraj Abhiyan during which residents of 16,850 villages were apprised about the successful implementation of Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana, Saubhagya Yojana, Ujala Yojana, Pradhan Mantri Jandhan Yojana, Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Beema Yojana, Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Yojana and Mission Indradhanush.
Initially a total of 21,844 villages were selected in the entire country under the Gram Swaraj Abhiyan. However, due to elections in Karnataka and West Bengal, the campaign was carried on in 16,850 villages. Shri Shah said that the campaign was conducted in 16,850 villages and 484 districts.
Stating that every individual in the 16,850 villages have benefitted from the schemes, Shri Shah said that under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi electricity has reached the homes of all these villages, LPG Gas cylinders have reached the homes, vaccination has been done to the left out pregnant mothers and child, LED bulbs have been provided among many other things. Shri Shah informed that days were marked for celebration and observation of various programs initiated by the Government.
It was started by the Baba B.R Ambedkar Jayanti on April 14 and Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s speech was telecast live. April 18th was celebrated to mark Swachh Bharat Abhiyan Divas while April 20th was marked as Ujjwala panchayat. April 24 was celebrated as Panchayati Raj Divas, April 28th was observed as Gram Shakti Abhiyan, April 30 was decided for Ayushman Bharat Abhiyan and on April 2nd the Kisan Kalyan Karyashala was organised.
Shri Shah said that to make Gram Swaraj Abhiyan a success, every MP, MLA, Mayor, Corporator and Zila Praishad stayed for two nights in the villages. “The villages were divided in nearly 1,200 workers from the centre and they further worked towards apprising villagers about the initiatives taken by the Government,” said Shri Shah.
The BJP National President stated that since Independence if ever any Government has worked towards making 16,850 villages free of problems, then it is the BJP Government under the leadership of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi. He stated that taking inspiration from the success of the program, the BJP will make remaining villages as well free of problems.
“Let me inform you that 3,68,978 programs were organised under the campaign and a total of 1.28 crore people participated in it. While the campaigns were carried on in all the villages, our leaders also did night stays in these 16,800 villages and successfully implemented the program.
Highlighting that it is Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi who has paid tribute to Baba Saheb Ambedkar in the most remarkable way, Shri Shah said that he has worked for extending the schemes to the people in villages and empower the people residing there. Nearly 1,200 officers went to the 484 districts and did night stays. Through a portal, proper monitoring has been done.
Addressing the media, Shri Shah also informed that nearly 10.93 lakh houses benefitted under the Ujjwala Yojana scheme and under over 5,02,424 families got electricity connections under the Saubhagya scheme, which was for the first time in India’s 70 years of Independence.
“Under the Ujala Yojana 16,682 villages 25.3 lakh LED bulbs were distributed which is also a move towards ensuring low electricity bill. Under the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana, 20,53,599 people have benefitted from scheme and have got connected to the country’s banking system. All this has been done by the BJP Government,” said Shri Shah.
He also informed that 16,14,388 people have got the coverage of Rs 2 lakh with a premium of just Rs 330 under the Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Yojana. Under the Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Beema Yojana, 26,10,506 people have benefitted by getting a coverage of up to Rs 2 lakh for any accidents at the premium of Rs.12 per year.
Terming the completion of Mission Indrashanush as the biggest success, Shri Shah said that earlier(during the tenure of UPA) the vaccination was done only on papers, while under the BJP rule, the BJP Government has identified 1,64,398 children and 42,762 pregnant mothers who were left out during early vaccination programmes, have been vaccinated under the Mission Indradhanush scheme.
Shri Shah also informed that looking at the success of the Gram Swaraj Abhiyan, BJP and its Narendra Modi Government have fixed a target of extending the coverage in 45,000 villages out of the 115 aspirational districts as part of transformation. “By 15 August, 2018 we are sure that there will be 65,000 villages in the country where every person will be a beneficiary of the seven Yojanas of the Government.
It is Narendra Modi Government which is committed to provide all the benefits of Government Yojanas to the people in end of the society. BJP’s Narendra Modi Government wants to ensure that poor people in the society don’t have to approach the Government rather the Government will reach the people before they approach.”