Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit the Kumbh Mela at Prayagraj on Sunday. At the Kumbh, he will participate in the Swachh Kumbh Swachh Aabhaar event, organised by Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation. The Prime Minister will distribute the Swachh Kumbh Swachh Aabhaar awards to 'Safai karmacharis' (sanitation employees), 'swachhagrahis', police personnel and 'naviks' (boatmen). "There will also be the digital announcement of Swachh Seva Samman Benefits package," said an official statement issued by Prime Minister's Office. PM Modi will later address the gathering.
The Prime Minister will also take a holy dip at the Triveni Sangam in Prayagraj and also interact with sanitation employees.
"Cleanliness and Swacch Bharat initiatives were given unprecedented focus in Kumbh organized at Prayagraj this year. The Prime Minister by presenting the Swachh Kumbh Swachh Aabhar awards will honour those who have played a vital role in ensuring a Swachh Kumbh," the statement added.
The prime minister will launch the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN) scheme in Uttar Pradesh’s Gorakhpur. He will transfer the first instalment of Rs 2,000 each to as many as 1 crore farmers as part of the Rs 75,000-crore scheme, according to a senior agriculture ministry official. Another 1 crore farmers are expected to be covered in the next two to three days.
The Centre had announced the PM-KISAN scheme in the interim Budget 2019-20. Under this programme, Rs 6,000 will be paid to 12 crore small and marginal farmers holding cultivable land of up to two hectares per year in three instalments.
PM Modi will also distribute certificates among select farmers under the PM-KISAN scheme and interact with select beneficiaries through video conferencing at the Gorakhpur event. He also plans to lay foundation stones and dedicate various development projects to the nation on the occasion.