Modi launches ‘Gram Uday’ drive on Ambedkar Jayanti

RSTV Bureau

B-R-Ambedkar-Constitution-of-India-Samvidhaan-ParliamentTo mark the 125th birth anniversary of Dr. BR Ambedkar, the Centre launched a new programme called ‘Gram Uday se Bharat Uday’ which aims to empower villagers. PM Modi launched the new campiagn from Ambedkar’s birth place Mhow in Madhya Pradesh.

Addressing the event in Mhow, PM Modi said, “India can’t progress with the progress of a handful cities, or with the contribution of a few investors…we need to take the villages forward for India’s development.”

“This year’s budget is fully dedicated to the villages and the farmers. All our development initiatives have to be centered around rural development,” said the Prime Minister.

While talking about doubling farmers’ income, he said, “Purchasing power of people in rural India has to increase & this will power India’s economy.”

The 11-day-long program meant for the welfare of villages will enlighten villagers about their rights. The campaign which begins on on dalit icon Bhimrao Ambedkar’s 125th birth anniversary on April 14, will culminate on Panchayati Raj Day on April 24.

The ‘Gram Uday se Bharat Uday’ will be held in three phases where government will hold social harmony programs in all gram panchayats in the country.

The scheduled programs include farmers’ assemblies in villages to promote agriculture and special presentations on government’s farmer specific schemes like Fasal Bima Yojana, Soil Health Cards.  On the last day of the campaign, the Prime Minister will address all the gram sabhas of the country from Jamshedpur. This address will be telecast in various villages.

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has declared that the 11-day campaign will be extended till 37 days in the state.

At the event PM Modi also hit out at the Congress.  Teaching out to the dalits, the PM said that the Congress should “repent” for “undermining” B R Ambedkar’s legacy for 60 years.

“Those engaged in vote bank politics thought of nothing else than dividing the society,” he lashed out.

A war of words has already broken out between the ruling BJP and opposition Congress over claiming the legacy of the dalit icon. Both parties have accused the other of indulging in vote bank politics.

The Congress also organised year-long events to mark Ambedkar’s 125 year birth anniversary in Nagpur on Monday.

“Prime Minister and his team want to kill the ideology of Babasaheb Ambedkar and everything he stood for,” said Congress President Sonia Gandhi while addressing the function in Nagpur on Monday.