JAMMU, May 28: A group of women from Anantnag district of Kashmir today expressed happiness and gratefulness to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on welfare measures taken by his Government and said they would pray in the holy month of Ramzan for return of his Government next year.
The views surfaced during inter-action of Modi with women in different parts of the country on Ujjwala Yojana through which poor people were being given free LPG connections. The Prime Minister also inter-acted with women in Anantnag district of South Kashmir.
“Shukriya Sir, Aapki Sarkaar Se Hum Bahut Khush Hain. Ramzan Mein Hamein Bahut Si Cheezein Banani Padti Hain. Ab Kaafi Aasaan Ho Gaya Hai (Thanks Sir! We are very pleased with your Government. We had to cook lot of items in the month of Ramzan. It has become very easy now),” the women told the Prime Minister in the inter-action telecast live on Namo App and other modes of communication.
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The women went on: “Ramzan Ka Mahina Chal Raha Hai. Subah Hum Namaz Aur Quran Padte Hain, Aapko Dua Denge Ki Agle Saal Bhi Aapki Sarkaar Aa Jaye (the month of Ramzan is on. We read Namaaz and Quran in the morning. We will pray that your Government returns to power next year),”.
The women repeated their message twice.
Reciprocating, the Prime Minister said he was feeling good with blessings of the women and was grateful to them. “You have blessed me. I’m grateful to you. I’m feeling good”.
He added that “we all should work for welfare of the people”.
The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) came out with a series of tweets on Modi’s inter-action with beneficiaries of Ujjwala scheme.
“This is the month of Ramzan. We read the Holy Quran daily. We are going to pray daily for you and we hope that you continue to serve us as the Prime Minister: group of women from Anantnag tell PM @narendramodi,” one of the tweets by the PMO said.
Another tweet by the Prime Minister said: “When I was young, I had many Muslim neighbours. Many of my friends were Muslims. I remember during Ramzan, women woke up particularly early but the coming of the Ujjwala Yojana would have changed that too: PM @narendramodi while interacting with a group of women from Anantnag.
One of the women from Kashmir, Ms Arjumana was quoted as telling the Prime Minister that Ujjwala Yojana gives them more time to pursue other things like stitching, “During Ramzan in particular, life has become easier thanks to Ujjwala Yojana”.
Asserting that Ujjwala Yojana was leading to better health for India’s Nari Shakti, Modi said till 2014, 13 crore families got LPG connections. This means, for over six decades, the figure stood at 13 crore. It was mostly the rich people who got LPG connections. In the last 4 years, 10 crore new connections have been added and the poor benefitted.
“When I was young, I would see that the rich and big people would have gas connections. They would tell us, the poor people-it is unsafe to have a gas connection at home. When we would ask them why do they have it in their homes, they were silent.
“Ujjwala Yojana has strengthened the lives of the poor, marginalized, Dalits and Tribal communities. This initiative is playing a central role in social empowerment,” Modi said expressing happiness on connecting with people from all over India. “Technology is truly transforming lives.”
Noting that Ujjwala Yojana has positively impacted the life of several people across India, the Prime Minister said the LPG Panchayats are being held across India, where key information regarding Ujjwala Yojana, safety measures are discussed. He added that Ujjwala Yojana is bringing a massive social transformation as majority of the beneficiaries are women and those belonging to SC, ST and OBC communities, who, for decades, never had access to gas connections.