Khuti / Dumka , Oct 2 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said that Jharkhand could show the path to the world for a clean environment as the state was opting for solar power to generate electricity even though it had vast reserves of coal.
“I am feeling elated after inaugurating a 180-kW rooftop solar power project in Khuti district. Today is the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, and a reason for me to arrive here to inaugurate the solar power project as Gandhi-ji believed in green and clean environment,” Modi said in his speech after inaugurating the project at the Khuti district courts here.
The Khuti district courts are the first such complex in India to be lighted by solar power.
“I attended the United Nations meeting, where the world leaders were concerned about environment, global warming and rising sea levels. Our ancestors never taught us to harm the environment but for the sake of humanity, India is ready to contribute for clean environment,” the prime minister added.
“Solar power will expedite delivery of justice in the Khuti court. A few years ago, during a judges conference, a judge cited lack of power in courtrooms for the slow justice delivery system,” he remarked.
Modi also appealed the people to use LED bulbs to reduce power bills.
Modi also paid tributes to Mahatma Gandhi and former prime minister Lal Bahadur Shastri on their birth anniversaries.
“Today, we are observing the birth anniversaries of Mahatma Gandhi and Lal Bahadur Shastri . Mahatma Gandhi was very close to environment.
Shastri-ji took his last breath in Tashkent (in erstwhile USSR). I had an opportunity to unveil his statue in Tashkent. The country remembers his contribution to the 1965 India-Pakistan war. The country recently celebrated the 50th anniversary of the war,” Modi said in his speech.
In DumkaPrime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday launched the the Mudra scheme in Dumka under which people can take loans up to Rs.10 lakh to start businesses.
“The Mudra scheme is one step forward to accelerate development in the country. Till now, 42 lakh people have taken benefits under the Mudra scheme and loans of Rs.26,000 crore have been given,” Modi said while launching the scheme in the state.
“Of these 42 lakh people, 20 lakh are women. This is the best example of empowerment of women, who will become a part of the development,” he said, pointing out that interest would have to be paid on the amount withdrawn through the debit card and not on the entire loan amount.
The Pradhan Mantri MUDRA (Micro Units Development and Refinance Agency) Yojana was launched in April to help small entrepreneurs. In Jharkhand, around one lakh people have been given loans under the Mudra scheme.
Modi also criticised political rivals who talked about poor people. “Politics has been done in the last 60 years in the name of the poor but no one thought about mothers cooking food by burning fuelwood. We have till now given LPG cylinders to 18 lakh poor people. On my appeal, 31 lakh people have given up LPG cylinder subsidies,” the prime minister added.
“Today is the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi and he will be happy if forests are saved by not cutting trees for fuelwood to cook food,” Modi said.
The prime minister also launched the renovation of a series of Maluti temples in Dumka district of Jharkhand. “By renovation and conservation of the Maluti temples, tourism will be developed in the Santhal region that will generate jobs for the youth,” he said.