Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is on a single day visit to Jharkhand's Ranchi, launched various schemes and also inaugurated the new building of the Jharkhand Assembly which is dubbed as India's first paperless assembly. The Prime Minister also inaugurated a multi-modal terminal at Sahibganj which is the second of the three Multi Modal Terminals (MMTs) being constructed on River Ganges under Jal Marg Vikas Project (JMVP).
Addressing a gathering in Ranchi, he spoke about the multi-modal terminal at Sahibganj. He said,
“Today, I got the privilege of inaugurating the Sahibganj multi-modal terminal. This project is going to give a whole new identity to Jharkhand not just in India but also from around the world. This is not just another project, rather this is going to give this whole area a new option of transportation.”
PM Modi called this terminal an important part of the development project of National Waterway-1 which is the Haldia-Varanasi waterway.
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Prime Minister Modi said, “This waterway will not only connect Jharkhand with India but also to the rest of the world. Through this medium, multiple possibilities of development will emerge for the people of Jharkhand. From this terminal, it will become easier for the products of the tribals, the farmers to reach the whole country.” He added that similarly, because of the waterway, it will become easier to deliver the food products from Jharkhand to the north-eastern states. He also said that this terminal will open create new opportunities for employment.
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“If we see from the viewpoint of progress or environment, this waterway will prove beneficial. Transportation cost increases when the goods are delivered by roadways but it becomes cheaper if transported through waterways. This will also prove beneficial to every manufacturer, trader and consumer.” he added.
PM Modi also dedicated to the nation an ambitious pension scheme for the farmers. Under the 'Pradhan Mantri Kisan Mandhan Yojana', the lives of 5 crore small and marginal farmers will be secured as they will get Rs 3,000 minimum monthly pension after 60 years of age. This scheme, which has an outlay of Rs. 10,774 crore for the next three years, will be beneficial for all the farmers who are currently between the ages of 18 to 40.