E-rickshaw beneficiaries will get free radio at PM’s event

  • Vinod Rajput, Hindustan Times, NOIDA
  • Updated: Apr 02, 2016 23:27 IST
Around 18,000 people will be served food free of cost at the event to be held on Tuesday. (Burhaan Kinu/HT Photo)

Those receiving e-rickshaws at the Prime Minister’s event on April 5 will be gifted a radio set by the company that is facilitating the programme.

“We want the families of all e-rickshaw owners to connect with the PM on ‘Mann Ki Baat’ (a government initiative to interact with people). We are providing the e-rickshaw drivers with Indian-made radio sets that cost `500,” Vijay Pandey, managing director of Bhartiya Micro Credit (BMC), the company facilitating the event, said.

Officials of BMC said that they are spending around `25 lakh to procure the radio sets and `9 lakh on food. They plan to feed around 18,000 people at the Sector 62 ground.

Meanwhile, the Noida authority on Saturday said it asked BMC officials to ensure that the ground is cleaned after the event.

“We instructed BMC not to throw waste on roads or at undesignated spots as they will cook food for 18,000 people near the ground. The BMC staff assured us that their volunteers will not create any pollution,” Saumya Srivastava, deputy chief executive officer (DCEO) of the Noida authority, said.

Officials said they will serve food to those attending the programme from 11am to 3pm, before they enter the enclosure of the event.

“The PM may arrive around 5pm. We will serve food outside the venue for security reasons. Our volunteers will ensure cleanliness during and after the event,” Pandey said.

During the event, the PM is slated to distribute nearly 2,000 e-rickshaws to selected people from Ghaziabad and 1,000 each to those from Gautam Budh Nagar, Delhi and Gurgaon.

The event is being organised by the finance ministry. Anjuly Chib Duggal, secretary of the department of financial services in the finance ministry, is overseeing arrangements at the venue.

“Since it is a finance ministry’s event, BJP workers in Noida have not been given any responsibility. But we are ready to step in if any support is required,” Vimla Batham, BJP MLA from Noida, said.

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