“Shramik number 1” prime minister provides free LPG connections to poor

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday launched a Rs 8,000 crore scheme to provide 5 crore free LPG connections to poor families as he attacked previous governments for just paying lip service to reducing poverty.

Ballia: Prime Minister Narendra Modi distributes the free LPG connections to the beneficiaries, under PM Ujjwala Yojana in Ballia on Sunday. Union Minister for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Kalraj Mishra is also seen. PTI Photo(PTI5_1_2016_000060B) *** Local Caption ***

According to PTI, Modi called himself  ‘Shramik No.1’ (Worker No.1) as he listed out initiatives taken by his government for the welfare of labourers.

Modi attacked previous governments for doing little for the poor.

He said, “Policies made by previous governments were not keeping in mind the welfare of poor but only ballot boxes.”

He said that poverty could be eradicated only by empowering poor and they were given resources and opportunities as well as education, jobs, houses, drinking water and electricity.

He questioned the policies pursued by the previous government for poverty eradication, saying poverty had only increased during past years.

He said, “We are working to fight poverty,” adding that under the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana, free LPG connections will be provided in name of women members of BPL households.

Modi has, in the past, described himself as Pradhan Sewak (Chief Servant).

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