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PM Narendra Modi Lays Foundation Stone For Sant Ravidas Temple And Rs 4,000 Crore Developmental Projects In Madhya Pradesh

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed a large audience on Saturday in Sagar, Madhya Pradesh during the inauguration programme for the developmental works worth Rs 4,000 crore and spoke about the efforts by his government for the underprivileged citizens of the country.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi lays foundation for the temple in Madhya Pradesh.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday laid the foundation stone for a temple-cum-memorial for Sant Ravidas and along with that also inaugurated developmental works which are worth Rs 4,000 crore in Madhya Pradesh. PM Modi addressed a large audience on Saturday in Sagar in the inauguration programme and spoke about the efforts by his government for the underprivileged.

PM Modi said Dalits, OBCs and tribals are getting due respect from his government whereas previous rulers neglected these sections and remembered them only during elections. He said that the previous governments failed to provide water to the poor whereas Dalit bastis, underprivileged localities, and tribal areas are now getting piped water due to Jal Jeevan Mission under his government.

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PM Modi claimed that in 'Azaadi Ka Amrit Kaal', "we are making efforts to make our country poverty and hunger free".

During the event, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Chouhan said, "Under the leadership of PM Modi, Madhya Pradesh is progressing well as 1.3 crore people have been uplifted from poverty." Along with that, he also said, "Sant Ravidas Maharaj was the seer who united India. A memorial will be built, based on his life and teaching, so that the coming generations know about him and walk on the path shown by him."

The prime minister addressed a public programme at Dhana in Sagar district of Madhya Pradesh after performing 'bhoomi pujan' and laying the foundation stone for the construction of Rs 100 crore-worth temple-cum-memorial of social reformer and mystic poet Sant Ravidas at Badtuma village.

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Modi bowed down before the idol of Sant Ravidas with folded hands after performing bhoomi pujan. He also inspected the miniature model of the upcoming memorial-cum-temple at this function.

At Dhana, Modi dedicated to the nation the doubling of the Bina-Kota railway line project besides laying the foundation for various road projects.

The prime minister said the soil from thousands of villages and water from more than 300 rivers became part of Sant Ravidas' upcoming temple-cum-memorial.

He said Sant Ravidas who was born during the Mughal period marked by instability, excesses and atrocities, created an awakening against social evils.

"The governments which ruled for decades had failed to provide water to the poor whereas Dalits, underprivileged localities and tribal areas are now getting piped water due to Jal Jeevan Mission," Modi said and accused the previous governments of neglecting these sections and remembering them only during elections.

"Our government giving due respect to Dalits, OBCs and tribals," he said.

Recalling the COVID-19 period, the prime minister said he had decided that no one should sleep empty stomach during the coronavirus outbreak.

"Our free ration scheme for the poor during the Coronavirus period is being lauded by the world," he said. 

These programmes in Sagar district marked the culmination of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party's ongoing 'Samrasta (harmony) Yatras', which were started from five places in the state on July 25.

According to officials, the temple-cum-memorial dedicated to Sant Ravidas will be spread over 11 acres of land. The structure will showcase the teachings of Sant Ravidas and also have residential facilities for the devotees besides a museum, art gallery and other amenities.

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(With PTI inputs)

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