The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi distributing the free LPG connections to the beneficiaries, under PM Ujjwala Yojana, at Ballia, Uttar Pradesh on May 01, 2016.
The Governor of Uttar Pradesh, Shri Ram Naik and the Union Minister for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, Shri Kalraj Mishra are also seen.

Modi launches Ujjwala scheme from Ballia, calls himself ‘mazdoor No. 1’

Calling himself as ‘Mazdoor No. 1’, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the “revolutionary” Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojna from the land of revolutionary Mangal Pandey on Sunday, the day that coincided with May Day.  He also urged the people to ensure that we will not pollute Ganga.

The Ujjwala Yojna aims at providing LPG connections to 5 crore women beneficiaries from below poverty line families in the next three years.

Addressing a huge gathering on the occasion, the Prime Minister said that there was a time when a call was given that labourers of the world should unite. “However, in 21st century, I urge the labourers to unite the world,” Modi said.

Terming Ballia, the land of revolutionary, the PM said that this land gave us revolutionary like Mangal Pandey and former PM Chandrashekhar and Jai Prakash Narayan were also from this land.

He also thanked the people of the country that it is because of around 1.10 crore family quitting subsidized cylinder in just one year time only because their PM urged so is worth applauding. This is a work done for the country, Modi said and added they have done this work for the poor and it is because of this 5 crore below poverty line would be given free LPG connection in the next three years.

Since 1955 only 13 crore families have got gas connection, however, in just one year, the NDA government has already given 3 crore LPG connection, Modi said and added: “This is a government for the poor. Whatever we will do will be for the poor. We have worked a lot on labour related issues.”

“NDA government has initiated a Shram Suvidha Portal that has helped the Shramiks of the country. A labour identity number was also given,” the PM said. Also lauding the work of NDA government, he said that ever since NDA government came to power, directives were given that pension to the labourers would not be given at any cost less than Rs 1000.

On why he chose Ballia, the PM said that there were reports that Modi has come to UP because he wants to blow election bugle. “However, the fact is that I chose Ballia because it is this district in the country that has lowest gas connection,” Modi said and added he similarly chose Haryana for ‘Beti Padhao, Beti Bachao’ scheme as girls were lowest in number in Haryana.