In 1st Visit Since LS Poll Win, Modi Releases PM-KISAN Instalment In Varanasi; Says 'Feels Like Maa Ganga Has Adopted Me'

Narendra Modi In Varanasi: PM Modi in Varanasi released the instalment amounting to more than Rs 20,000 crore to around 9.26 crore beneficiary farmers under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN) through Direct Benefit Transfer

PM Modi also visited Kashi Vishwanath temple.

In his first visit to his Lok Sabha constituency Varanasi on Tuesday after assuming office for the third consecutive term, Prime Minister Narendra Modi participated in the PM Kisan Samman Sammelan and released Rs 20,000 crore as part of the income support scheme for over 9.26 crore farmers.

Later, PM Modi also took part in Ganga Aarti at Dashashwamedh Ghat of Uttar Pradesh's Varanasi on Tuesday, June 18.

In the recently concluded Lok Sabha elections, PM Modi won from his parliamentary constituency of Varanasi for the third consecutive time.

PM Modi Varanasi Visit | Key Points

PM-KISAN Instalment: After being sworn in as prime minister for the third time, PM Modi signed his first file authorising the release of 17th instalment of PM Kisan Nidhi reflecting the commitment of the government towards farmer welfare. In continuation of this commitment, he in Varanasi released the instalment amounting to more than Rs 20,000 crore to around 9.26 crore beneficiary farmers under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN) through Direct Benefit Transfer. So far, more than 11 crore eligible farmer families have received benefits of more than Rs. 3.04 lakh crore under PM-KISAN.

  • Modi In Varanasi: Addressing the PM Kisan Samman Sammelan in Varanasi, Modi thanked the people of Varanasi and the nation for making him the Prime Minster of the country again. Noting that over 64 crore people of the country cast their votes, he said that this is the biggest election in the world.

  • Modi In Varanasi: He also said that the number of voters in India will be 1.5 times more even if all the voters of the G7 countries were added together.

  • Modi In Varanasi: He said that the PM Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana has become "the world's largest Direct Benefit Transfer Scheme". "s 3.25 lakh crore has been deposited in the bank accounts of crores of farmer families of the country. Here, Rs 700 crores has also been deposited in the accounts of farmers of Varanasi," he said.

  • Modi In Varanasi: "This trust of yours is my biggest asset. This trust of yours inspires me to work hard for your service and to take the country to new heights," Modi said, assuring the people that he will work hard every day and night to fulfill the people's dreams and resolutions.

  • Krishi Sakhis Certificates: During the event in Varanasi, the prime minister also granted certificates to more than 30,000 women from Self Help Groups (SHGs) as Krishi Sakhis. Krishi Sakhi Convergence Program (KSCP) aims to transform rural India through the empowerment of rural women as Krishi Sakhi, by imparting training and certification of Krishi Sakhis as Para-extension Workers. This certification course also aligns with the objectives of the "Lakhpati Didi" Program.

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  • Ganga Aarti At Dashashwamedh Ghat: At around 7 PM, Modi witnessed Ganga Aarti at Dashashwamedh Ghat. He also performed 'pooja' and 'darshan' at the Kashi Vishwanath temple at around 8 PM. Varanasi district media in-charge of BJP, Arvind Mishra had said that the prime minister's visit to Kashi was meant to express his gratitude to the voters of his constituency.

PM Modi Bihar Visit | Key Points

  • PM Modi will be in Bihar on Wednesday, June 19, where he will inaugurate the campus of the Nalanda University in Rajgir. He will also address the gathering on the occasion.

  • In Bihar, the prime minister will inaugurate the new campus of Nalanda University which is conceived as a joint collaboration between India and East Asia Summit (EAS) countries. The inauguration ceremony will be attended by several eminent people, including the Head of Missions of 17 Countries. The campus has two academic blocks with 40 classrooms having a total seating capacity of around 1900.

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  • The campus has two auditoria having a capacity of 300 seats each. It has a student hostel with a capacity of around 550 students. It also has various other facilities including International Centre, amphitheatre that can accommodate up to 2000 individuals, faculty club and sports complex among others.

  • The campus is a 'Net Zero' green campus. It is self-sustainable with solar plants, domestic and drinking water treatment plant, water recycling plant for reusing waste water, 100 acres of water bodies, and many other environment-friendly facilities.

  • The original Nalanda University, established around 1,600 years ago, is considered to be amongst the first residential universities of the world. In 2016, the ruins of Nalanda were declared as a UN Heritage Site.