Prime Minister Narendra Modi has inaugurated as well as laid the foundation stone of many development projects in Varanasi yesterday (9 November 2020) through video conference. Modi has launched 16 schemes worth Rs 220 crore and said that the work has already started on 14 schemes worth Rs 400 crore in Varanasi.
The projects inaugurated include infrastructure facilities for protection & conservation of cows, multipurpose seed storehouse, agriculture produce warehouse of 100 MT, upgradation of Lal Bahadur Shastri Hospital Ramnagar, Sarnath Light and Sound show, sewerage related works, IPDS phase 2, Varanasi city smart lighting work, a housing complex for players in Sampurnanand Stadium, along with 105 Anganwadi Kendras & 102 Gau Ashray Kendras.
Modi said for the farmers of Varanasi and Purvanchal, many facilities ranging from storage to transport have been developed here like the center of the Milk Processing Plant, International Rice Institute, Construction of Perishable Cargo Center, etc. He said that farmers are benefiting a lot from such facilities. He also expressed happiness that for the first time in this year (2020), vegetables, fruits, and paddy from Varanasi have been exported abroad. He told a godown with a storage capacity of 100 MT launched today would expand the storage facilities for farmers in Kashi. He added that the multi-purpose Seed warehouse & dissemination Center has been launched in Jansa.
Modi said the village poor and farmers are the biggest pillars of AtmaNirbhar Bharat yojana and the biggest beneficiaries too. He said the recent Agri reforms are going to benefit the farmers directly. He also said under the Pradhan SVANidhi Yojana Mantri street vendors are given easy loans, so that they can restart their work after the pandemic.