Launches Garib Kalyan Mela in 826 development blocks
Reiterating his government’s commitment to the welfare of the poor and underprivileged, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath launched Garib Kalyan Mela in all 826 development blocks of the state on the occasion of Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya’s birth anniversary.
While the chief minister inaugurated the Garib Kalyan Mela from Bharohia block of Gorakhpur, his cabinet colleagues and other people’s representatives launched it in other districts and blocks on Saturday.
Pledging to work for the welfare of the poor and marginalised sections, Yogi said, “Every poor and needy should get enrolled under Ayushman Bharat so that they can avail the benefits of the scheme during time of illness. There should be no lack of treatment to any needy in the state. Our government is standing by each victim's family and every poor through its welfare schemes in the state. The Central and state governments are working with full commitment for the uplift of the last rung of society. The Garib Kalyan Melas are being organised simultaneously in all 826 development blocks of the state which is an indicator of this commitment.”
Highlighting the government schemes, the chief minister said under Jan Arogya scheme brought by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2019, over six crore eligible people in Uttar Pradesh were covered with free medical service up to Rs 5 lakh through Ayushman Golden Card.
"These cardholders can get free treatment in government or empanelled hospitals. Those who could not get the benefit of this scheme are being covered under Chief Minister Jan Arogya Yojana,” he said.
The chief minister further said that more than 29,460 girls had been linked to Kanya Sumangala Yojana in Gorakhpur, adding that in Bharohia block itself, 1,061 girls had got the benefit of the scheme.
He said 68,341 destitute women had been linked to destitute women's pension scheme in Gorakhpur and in Bharohia block, 1,661 women were availing the benefit of this scheme.
He said that no destitute woman should feel helpless in the state and instructions had been given to link them to the scheme by setting up camps.
Similarly, 26,525 divyangjans (physically-challenged) were being benefited by the pension scheme in Gorakhpur, including 606 of Bharohia and along with pension, artificial limbs and assistive devices were also provided to the specially-abled, he said.
Mentioning Ujjwala Yojana, the chief minister said that the first phase of the scheme was launched by the prime minister from Ballia and 2,44,519 women were given free LPG connections in Gorakhpur. Under Ujjwala 2.0, 19,000 new beneficiaries had been linked, he added.
Highlighting the Poshahar scheme for women and children, Yogi said that around 1,33,926 children between six months to three years and about 74,626 children between three years and six years had been given nutritious food through Anganwadi centres in Gorakhpur.
“As many as 54,417 pregnant and lactating women have also benefited from the Pushtahaar scheme. In Bharohia block, 4,278 children of six months to three years, 2,208 children of 3-6 years, and 1,656 lactating-pregnant women have benefited from this scheme,” he said.
The chief minister also mentioned the achievements of many other welfare schemes and said that 5.19 lakh farmers in Gorakhpur were given the benefit of PM Kisan Samman Nidhi. Besides, he said, 1.49 lakh people received the benefit of Old Age Pension scheme, including 4,201 of Bharohia block.
“Also construction of 37,451 houses under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana has been completed in the district including 751 of Bharohia. Also, 9,228 new beneficiaries have been selected under the PM Awas Yojana in the district. People are also being given houses under CM Awas Yojana,” he said.