12 March, Varanasi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday mooted the idea for household cooking through solar power, appealing the concerned for developing technology for such thing.
“If solar power is used for cooking, around 25 crore families in the country will stop using LPG cylinders, leading to a better environment and almost free-of-cost cooking,” he said.
“We should develop technology for clean cooking and it can only be achieved through modified solar power system, atop a house,” he said.
Mr Modi further said that he and French President Emmanuel Macron had inaugurated a 75 mw solar power plant in Mirzapur on Monday and announced that in the coming days, solar power would be the backbone of alternative energy in the world.
Addressing a public meeting at the Diesel Locomotive Works (DLW) after inaugurating and laying foundation of projects worth over Rs 800 crore for Varanasi, the Prime Minister lauded the Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh, for working with the people.
“The Yogi Adityanath-led UP Government is doing wonderful work. They are implementing schemes extremely well. I congratulate the entire team in UP,” Mr Modi said.
The PM also said that the government was bringing Ayushman Insurance scheme for the poor families, who will get Rs five lakh medical insurance for the entire family in a year, while the Prime Minsiter Nutrient Mission will spend around Rs 9000 crore, so that the children, women and others get nutrient food.
“Ayushman Bharat is going to transform the health sector. It will provide top quality healthcare to the poor in the country, while also increasing the employment options,” he said.
“This BJP government has fulfilled the aspiration of people by providing them houses, when the past government had failed even to take the initiative of the Centre. In the past five months, Yogi government built five lakh houses and in the coming couple of months, the number will swell up to eight lakh. Such effort is laudable,” he said.
Calling upon the people for making Varanasi an international tourist hub, he said, “Our ancestors made Varanasi a holy place and now, it is our duty to keep it clean, so that tourists are attracted to this place.
“I went to a unique programme today- a Kachra Mahotsav. Such festivals are vital to spread awareness on cleanliness. You all should also go there and see what children have done with the wastes.”The PM, on this occasion, did not forget to thank the people of Kashi for their overwhelming welcome to French President Macron. “I am grateful that the people of Kashi have showered so much of love and affection to our guest,” he said.
He also assured the people of Varanasi that DLW, the only Industry in the district, would be expanded further.
Earlier, the UP Chief Minister welcomed the guests and narrated in detail about the works done by the state government for the welfare of people.
Union Ministers Manoj Sinha and Anupriya Patel, State Rural Development Minister Mahendra Singh and UP BJP President Mahendra Nath Pandey were also present on the dais.