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50,000 crores saved in electricity bills under Ujala scheme: PM Modi

Lucknow | Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday while launching 81 investment projects worth over Rs 60,000 crore at a groundbreaking mega event in Uttar  Pradesh’s Lucknow said that around 50,000 crores worth money is been saved in the last three year under Ujala scheme.

Addressing a large gathering, PM Modi said, “In past three years, Rs 50,000 cr have been saved in electricity bills because of the LED bulbs were set up in households under Ujala scheme”. “If I had announced a concession of this amount, ‘Wah Wah Modi’ would have been the headlines for a week,” he added.

Speaking about the event PM Modi stated that “People are calling this event a ground-breaking ceremony. But I call this a record-breaking ceremony. The manner in which development works have been carried out in such a short span of time & old methods have been changed, was never seen before in Uttar Pradesh.”

“These projects will prove to be a big step in giving a new direction to Digital India and Make in India. Be it setting up of fiber or establishment of IT center for internet service in Uttar Pradesh, digital infrastructure will give a new direction, new pace to the state,” he added.

Remembering former Prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s vision of a developed India, Pm Modi said, “Former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee keeps saying that he wants to see an India that is prosperous, capable and thoughtful, where there is no gap between villages and cities, centre and states, labour and income, and administration and citizens.”

Taking a jibe at opposition parties on the allegation of favouring industrialist  Pm Modi said, “We have the courage to stand alongside industrialists. We do not need to meet them in closed rooms as our intent is clean and policies are clear.”

Earlier Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Aditynath attacked the opposition on the matter of development. “When BSP was in power, Rs.50,000 Crore was invested in 5 years, while the BJP govt. has invested Rs.60,000 Crore in just 1 year. Also, more proposals worth Rs.50,000 Cr are in pipeline which will be started soon,” he said.

Along with Home Minister Rajnath Singh and governor Ram Naik the event also hosted around 80 leading industrialists, including Kumar Mangalam Birla, chairman of Aditya Birla group, Gautam Adani, chairman of Adani group, Subhash Chandra chairman of Essel group and Sanjeev Puri, MD, ITC.

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