Narendra Modi taking a ride on e-Rickshaw, on the launch of ‘Stand up India’ programme, in Noida, Uttar Pradesh on April 05, 2016
The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, launched Tuesday the Stand Up India initiative in Noida, which is near India’s capital New Delhi.
The initiative, which aims to boost entrepreneurship among the scheduled castes, scheduled tribes, and women, envisages loans to at least two aspiring entrepreneurs from these categories.
The loan shall be in the ten lakh to one crore rupee range. Also, 5100 e-rickshaws were distributed on the occasion.
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Modi booked an e-rickshaw, and took a brief e-rickshaw ride towards the stage, making the payment for the ride through a cellphone.
He said that India’s development journey will be stronger when it is scripted by the poor. He urged the gathering to educate their children, and especially the girl child.
Earlier, the Prime Minister interacted with the families of some of the beneficiaries, over a cup of tea.
The beneficiaries explained how e-rickshaws would change their lives for the better. Modi exhorted them to ensure that they educate their children.
Photo courtesy: Press Information Bureau