On his first visit to his Lok Sabha constituency after assuming power, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday is likely to firm up plans for the development of the ancient temple town and lay the foundation stone of a trade facilitation centre for weavers.
Modi arrived at the airport located at Babatpur near here around 10 AM and left straight for Lalpur village where he will lay the foundation stone of a trade facilitation centre and a crafts museum.
The Prime Minister is also likely to adopt a village under the Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana under (MPs’ Model Village Scheme).
He will interact with the general public in Ravindrapuri locality of the city and hold a meeting with local BJP leaders at the guest house of Diesel Locomotive Works (DLW).
Modi is also scheduled to unveil a statue of Swami Vivekananda, whom he has always held as his icon, at Vijayanagaram Tiraha crossroad in the city.
PM plan for weavers
Pitching for modernisation of the textile sector, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday asked the weavers to utilise the growing e-commerce market to reach out to global consumers even as he announced a package of Rs 2,375 crore to revive banks in eastern UP.
“E-business is increasing. There are opportunities in the global market,” Modi, who is on his first visit to his Lok Sabha constituency after assuming power, said after laying the foundation stone of a trade facilitation centre for weavers here.
The ancient temple town is famous for silk products crafted by its master weavers.
Stressing that there was a huge market for weavers both in domestic and international market, the Prime Minister said the textile sector provides employment source to the poorest of the poor.
Modi also announced a package of Rs. 2,375 crore to revive 16 banks in eastern Uttar Pradesh.
“We have decided to offer a package of Rs. 2,375 crore. The amount would be used to revive banks in 16 districts,” he said.
PM also stressed that politics should be kept outside the purview of the package.
Security has been tightened for the Prime Minister’s visit.
According to Inspector General of Police (Public Grievances) Ashok Jain, 12 SP rank police officials of Uttar Pradesh, 18 Additional SPs, 20 Deputy SPs, 135 sub-inspectors, besides more than 1000 personnel of the Provincial Armed Constabulary have been deployed.
The Prime Minister’s visit, which is likely to last a little over 24 hours, has sent soaring the hope of a better future among residents of the holy town, which has been facing crumbling infrastructure and lack of basic amenities.
Among the oldest cities in the world, Varanasi has been constantly in the spotlight ever since Modi chose to retain the constituency he had won by a huge margin of 3.7 lakh votes, vacating Vadodara in his home state of Gujarat where his victory (by 5.7 lakh votes) was even bigger.