After visiting Mandi in Himachal Pradesh, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday reached Punjab Agricultural University in Ludhiana.
He is here to launch two schemes-National SC/ST Hub and Zero Defect Zero Effect scheme. Here are the live updates:
2.12pm: Modi reaches Panjab Agricultural University in Ludhiana. He tries his hand at a charkha (spinning wheel). He distributes 500 traditional wooden charkhas to women spinners belonging to the five local Khadi institutions.
2.15pm: He inaugurates a khadi udyog exhibition.
2.19pm: Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal greets him on the stage.
2.25pm: Punjab BJP chief Vijay Sampla presents a portrait to Modi.
2.38pm: Modi inaugurates National SC/ST hub for micro small and medium enterprises (MSME).
2.43pm: Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal thanks Modi for surgical strikes across the Line of Control (LoC) last month. He also salutes the Indian Army
2.49pm: Badal compares Ludhiana with Birmingham.
2.58pm: Modi inaugurates MSME financial aid scheme
3.00pm: Badal asks PM to set up a team to study problems of the Punjab industry
3.04pm: Modi honours the MSME industrialists.
What Modi says
Narendra Modi says, “Our government has started this trend of launching important schemes in various parts of India, and not only in Delhi. The earlier governments have left a lot of work for me to complete.”
He says,”Ludhiana is an important economic hub. It is natural to launch a scheme related to MSME here. I am seeing a mini-India in front of me. For our economic development, MSME sector is crucial. We must target the global market.”
He says we should promote the SC/ST entrepreneurship. “This sense of entrepreneurship among Dalits will benefit all. There are youth whose dreams are to create enterprises and jobs,” he said.
“See how well Khadi is marketed now. Earlier it was only ‘Khadi for nation’, now its also ‘Khadi for fashion’. Use khadi products. Buy khadi this Diwali so that the poor who spin the charkha can celebrate,” he says.
“We should have a dream of making products with ‘zero defect’. Our products should be so perfect that all the countries buy them without a second thought. The global market is waiting for us,” he says.
“We should give as much importance to the quality as well as the packaging of the product,” he says.
He says, “Award winning MSMEs can use the award logo in advertisements and on labour uniforms.Banks should compete to offer loans to the MSMEs.”
He says, “Startups encourage innovation and create new opportunities for employment.”
Meanwhile, Punjab Congress prepared a ‘chitta’ Ravan effigy to be burnt at his visit
Later, Capt tweeted,
Burning the chitta Ravan at Ludhiana. Congress stands united in its fight against Drugs. Will boot out both drugs & Badals from Punjab pic.twitter.com/llOBu0iCGC— Capt.Amarinder Singh (@capt_amarinder) October 18, 2016
With agency inputs