Prime Minister Narendra Modi Sunday hailed the sanitation workers and said they were an inspiration for people all over India. “The country is moving towards declaring itself open-defecation free before 2 October 2019. I believe that you ‘swacchagrahi’ of Prayagraj have come forward as an inspiration for the entire nation,” he said. He observed that he keeps coming to Kumbh but has not seen river Ganga so clean ever before. He also said that he has donated Rs 1.30 crore that he received as Seoul Peace Prize for ‘Namami Gange’ Mission. Amount collected from auctioning all the gifts he received in his tenure as the Prime Minister of the country is also being used in the service of river Ganga, he pointed out. He also washed the feet of sanitation workers there and felicitated them.
Earlier in the day, the PM launched the Rs 75,000-crore Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN) scheme in Gorakhpur and led an attack against SP-BSP, Congress governments. Accompanied by Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath and Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh, Modi transferred the first instalment of Rs 2,000 each to over one crore farmers.