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     Raipur, March 10, 2024: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today launched the ambitious Mahatari Vandan Yojana of BJP in a virtual function ahead of the Lok Sabha election in which Chief Minister Vishnu Dev Sai and his cabinet colleagues were present here in the capital city of Chhattisgarh in a function.

     Modi launched the Mahtari Vandan Yojana and disbursed the first instalment of Rs 1000 per month today to the eligible married women of Chhattisgarh as monthly direct benefit transfer scheme.

   BJP had in the November 2023 Assembly election declared to give Rs 12,000 per annum or Rs 1000 per month to the eligible married women of the state.

     To ensure economic empowerment of women, provide them financial security, promote gender equality and strengthen the decisive role of women in the family the scheme was designed, Chief Minister Vishnu Dev Sai has said.

     About 70 lakh women will benefit from the Yojana, said the Chief Minister adding the scheme will provide benefits to all eligible married women of the state, who are above 21 years of age as of January 1, 2024. Widows, divorced, and deserted women will also be eligible for this scheme.

Chief Minister Vishnu Dev Sai

     Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister said “You will get 1000 rupees every month. This is Modi’s guarantee”.

     The Prime Minister bowed to the deities Maa Danteshwari, Maa Bambleshwari and Maa Mahamaya. Modi also recalled his recent visit to the state where he dedicated and laid foundation stones of the projects worth Rs 35,000 crore.

     He said today the government has fulfilled its promise by disbursing the first instalment of Mahatari Vandan Yojana amounting to about Rs 655 crore. Modi expressed gratitude towards the Nari Shakti connected from the various locations and apologised for not being physically present. He also conveyed his prayers for the welfare of the citizens that he offered at Kashi Vishwanath Dham last night.

Women after getting first installment of Mahtari Vandan Yojana

     “When mothers and daughters get strong, the family gets strengthened and the welfare of the mothers and daughters is a priority for our government”, the Prime Minister said. Women are getting pucca houses and Ujjwala Gas Cylinders in their name. 50 per cent Jan Dhan accounts are in the name of women, 65 per cent Mudra Loans have been availed by women, more than 10 crore SHG women have benefitted and more than 1 crore women have become lakhpati Didis. The Prime Minister reiterated the goal of 3 crore Lakhpati Didis. PM Modi told them that Namo Didi programme is changing lives and tomorrow he will hold a major event in this regard.

     The Prime Minister announced several key measures, including free vaccinations for pregnant women and financial assistance of ₹5,000 during pregnancy to support expectant mothers. He also emphasized the provision of free healthcare services, up to ₹5 lakh, for frontline workers such as Asha and Anganwadi workers.

     Modi reiterated his government’s commitment to fulfilling promises made during elections, stating, “the government stands by its commitments and ensures their fulfillment.” He emphasized the successful implementation of the Mahatari Vandan Yojana, fulfilling assurances made to the people of Chhattisgarh.

     Similarly, guarantee of 18 lakh pucca houses is being worked at with full determination, he said.

     Regarding agricultural reforms, the Prime Minister assured farmers of timely payment of pending bonuses, honouring a pledge made to Chhattisgarh’s paddy farmers. He lauded the government’s efforts to support farmers, including the disbursal of bonuses amounting to ₹3,700 crore on the occasion of birth anniversary of former Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee.

    Highlighting the government’s procurement initiatives, Prime Minister Modi affirmed, “Our government will procure rice at a minimum support price of ₹3,100 per quintal in Chhattisgarh.” He celebrated the record procurement of 145 lakh tonnes of rice, fulfilling commitments to farmers and setting a new milestone.

     In conclusion, Prime Minister Modi expressed confidence in the collaborative efforts of all stakeholders, particularly women, in driving forward the agenda of inclusive development. He assured the people of Chhattisgarh of continued dedication and service from the BJP government, fulfilling its promises and ensuring progress for all.

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