Prime Minister Narendra Modi gifted Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana (an accidental insurance scheme) to 51,000 'sisters' of his Lok Sabha constituency Varanasi on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan on Saturday.
To kickstart the initiative, Union minister of state for power and coal Piyush Goyal handed over the certificates to 14 of these women and girls from poor families on behalf of the PM at a function at Bhagwandas Vidyalaya in Meerapur Bisahi village here.
The women tied rakhis to Goyal and union minister of state for railways Manoj Sinha before the distribution of the certificates began.
“Without insuring every family, development of the nation is not possible,” Goyal said at the function. "An accident cover of Rs 2 lakh will be provided at a premium of Rs 12 per year only," he said.
Extending Raksha Bandhan greetings on behalf of the PM, he added that the scheme would be provided free of cost as the BJP workers of the Kashi region would pay the premium.
"I appeal to all the BJP workers that they must spread awareness about this insurance scheme in each and every household, so that every woman can get its benefit," he added.
For his part, Sinha said, "Today, Raksha Bandhan became an occasion of Suraksha Bandhan due to an initiative by Prime Minister Narendra Modi."
Several BJP workers, including the party’s Kashi region president and MLC Laxman Acharya, attended the event. The prime minister had expressed the desire to provide raksha kavach (insurance) to 51,000 women in his constituency. Thereafter, the party workers started distributing forms among the poor women and got them filled. Sources said as many as 51,000 women filled up the form.
'There can be no better gift'
All the 14 recipients of the insurance certificates thanked the PM for the initiative.
Noorjahan, one of the recipients, said, "I never expected to have insurance cover. But now I have it and my life is secure.”
Another recipient of the insurance certificate, Jyoti said, “Nothing can be as good a gift as this one." She praised the PM for keeping his word.
Urmila said, “May Narendra Bhaiya live long. May he keep taking steps for welfare of poor people and development of the nation.
"When will PM Modi visit Varanasi? I want to meet him to say him thanks," she asked. "If he visits our village, roads would be repaired," the woman said. At this, Goyal and Sinha assured the women that the prime minister would visit them soon.
Prema felt it was “more than an honour” for her to be invited on the dais to receive the insurance certificate.