NEW Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said that August 5 will be remembered in history.
"Two years ago on this day, Article 370 was abrogated in Jammu and Kashmir. On this day last year, the first step was taken towards the construction of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya. Today, construction of a grand Ram Temple is underway", said PM Modi.
PM said this during his interaction with beneficiaries of the scheme through video-conferencing as the state observed the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana Day.
PM Modi listed the reasons why August 5 will be remembered in history. Here are the key points from this address-
Prime Minister Modi also launched a massive awareness programme throughout Uttar Pradesh to ensure that no beneficiary is left out from availing the benefits of the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana.
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath was also in attendance.
The PM interacted with beneficiaries present at select fair price shops in Varanasi, Gorakhpur, Moradabad, Hamirpur, Ayodhya, Barabanki, Bahraich, Shahjahanpur, Kaushambi and Agra.
Almost 15 crore beneficiaries in the state have been getting rations free of cost through the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana, an official statement said.
Nearly 80,000 fair price shops in UP have been distributing foodgrains to beneficiaries of the scheme, it added.
District supply and marketing officers ensure the availability of foodgrains at every fair price shop, the statement said.
PM Modi also slammed the opposition for stalling Parliament, says they cannot stop country from marching forward. "No matter how much some people (Opposition) try to disrupt Parliament proceedings and stall the development of the country, our country cannot become hostage to such selfishness and politics, " said PM Modi.
(With inputs from agencies)