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Make Kashi world’s cleanest city: Yogi Adityanath

Chief minister Yogi Adityanath celebrated Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s birthday by cutting a 67 kg laddoo cake in Varanasi, the PM’s Lok Sabha constituency.

lucknow Updated: Sep 18, 2017 13:52 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times, Varanasi
Kashi,Varanasi,Uttar Pradesh
Yogi Adityanath appealed to people to make Varanasi the world’s cleanest city by joining the Swachh Bharat campaign. (HT Photo)

Chief minister Yogi Adityanath celebrated Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s birthday by cutting a 67 kg laddoo cake in Varanasi, the PM’s Lok Sabha constituency, on Sunday.

He appealed to people to make Varanasi the world’s cleanest city by joining the Swachh Bharat campaign.

Adityanath was addressing a felicitation ceremony organised for safai mitras at the cultural complex.

“Kashi is known as a cultural and spiritual city around the world. It is the parliamentary constituency of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who started the Swachh Bharat mission to make every city, every village, and every street clean. Please connect with the cleanliness drive to make Kashi the world’s cleanest city,” Yogi said.

He said it would be great if the cleanliness drive turned into a public campaign here.

He said he was quite pleased to find himself among the safai mitras whose interest his government was committed to safeguarding.

He blamed previous governments for ignoring interests of the poor and framing policies to appease a community for votes.

However, the Modi government made several schemes for the welfare of poor, farmers and sanitation workers, he said.

He mentioned the Stand- up India scheme started by the PM for the welfare of the scheduled castes and the scheduled tribes.

Under the Stand-up India scheme, a bank branch has to advance loans between Rs 10 lakh and Rs 1 crore at easy installments to two people each of the SC/ST communities in their respective areas, he said.

Adityanath also said there were 16,525 bank branches in the state. If each branch provided loans to two such people, around 33,000 families could be made happy, he said.

He also said the centre and his government launched various schemes for the welfare of the poor.

The Central Coalfields Limited (Ranchi) organised the felicitation ceremony in Varanasi.

The chief minister lauded the CCL for planting indigenous species of saplings, including mango, neem, banyan and peepal, in over 200 villages in Varanasi under the guidance of CCL chairman-cum-managing director Gopal Singh.

He said the move was a source of inspiration for other public enterprises. The CCL has made around 35,000 saplings of these species available to locals in 75 villages under three developmental blocks—Kashi Vidyapeeth, Arajiline and Sevapuri.

First Published: Sep 18, 2017 13:52 IST