Mumbai: 18th January 2024: The Vikasit Bharat Sankalp Yatra, spanning the last two months, has evolved into a nationwide initiative, bringing the benefits of various schemes to women, youth, farmers, transgender and underprivileged individuals across the country. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in an audio-visual interaction during the ongoing yatra, highlighted its success and the positive impact on the empowerment of women and youth.
As part of the ‘Vikasit Bharat Sankalp Yatra,’ Prime Minister Modi engaged with beneficiaries from five states – Maharashtra, Telangana, Rajasthan, Meghalaya, and Haryana. The interaction included individuals who had benefitted from various schemes administered by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). The event took place at Tatasthu Hall, Mahakavi Kalidas Natya Mandir in Mulund (West) of the ‘T’ Division of BMC.
Prime Minister Modi revealed that the Vikasit Bharat Sankalp Yatra, which began on November 15, 2023, has reached two lakh 32 thousand Gram Panchayats and connected 15 crore citizens. The yatra, initially scheduled to conclude on January 26, 2024, has witnessed demonstrations of agricultural drone usage at over half a lakh locations, with a broad range of citizens benefiting from various schemes.
Given the widespread positive response and ongoing benefits, Prime Minister Modi hinted at extending the yatra into February. The continued success and positive outcomes across villages have prompted the decision to prolong the campaign.
During the two-month yatra period, significant achievements were highlighted by Prime Minister Modi:
– Demonstrations on agricultural drone usage in over half a lakh places.
– 1.6 lakh new connections to the Ujjwala Yojana.
– Distribution of Ayushman Bharat Cards to two and a half crore citizens.
– Health examinations for four crore citizens and tuberculosis testing for two and a half crore citizens.
Kalpanabai, a transgender and beneficiary of BMC initiatives, shared her inspirational journey during the interaction. She expressed gratitude for the Sai Kinnar Sahata Group initiated by BMC, which provided financial support. Through self-help groups and schemes like Pradhan Mantri Swanidhi Yojana, she was able to establish a livelihood by selling various products, transforming her life and the perception of other genders in society.
Acknowledging Kalpanabai’s inspirational journey, Prime Minister Modi commended her efforts and resilience. He emphasized the transformative impact she has had on society, changing perceptions and paving the way for others. The Prime Minister lauded her commitment and determination, highlighting the broader positive influence on societal views regarding transgenders.
The venue featured health check-up facilities, information stalls on Ujjwala Yojana, sports schemes, Aadhaar card-related activities, and more. The initiative aimed to inform citizens about various schemes and provide essential services, including the distribution of medicines after health check-ups.