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Dalits, OBCs and tribals getting due respect now; previous governments remembered them only during polls: PM Modi

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SAGAR (MP), Aug 12 (PTI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said Dalits, OBCs and tribals are
getting due respect from his government whereas previous rulers neglected these sections and
remembered them only during elections.
He also alleged the previous governments failed to provide water to the poor whereas Dalit bastis,
underprivileged localities, and tribal areas are now getting piped water due to Jal Jeevan Mission under
his government.
The prime minister addressed a public programme at Dhana in Sagar district of Madhya Pradesh after
performing ‘bhoomi pujan’ and laying the foundation stone for the construction of Rs 100 crore-worth
temple-cum-memorial of social reformer and mystic poet Sant Ravidas at Badtuma village.
Modi bowed down before the idol of Sant Ravidas with folded hands after performing bhoomi pujan.
He also inspected the miniature model of the upcoming memorial-cum-temple at this function.
At Dhana, Modi dedicated to the nation the doubling of the Bina-Kota railway line project besides laying
the foundation for various road projects.
The prime minister said the soil from thousands of villages and water from more than 300 rivers became
part of Sant Ravidas’ upcoming temple-cum-memorial.
He said Sant Ravidas who was born during the Mughal period marked by instability, excesses and
atrocities, created an awakening against social evils.
“The governments which ruled for decades had failed to provide water to the poor whereas Dalits,
underprivileged localities and tribal areas are now getting piped water due to Jal Jeevan Mission,” Modi
said and accused the previous governments of neglecting these sections and remembering them only
during elections.
“Our government giving due respect to Dalits, OBCs and tribals,” he said.
Recalling the Covid-19 period, the prime minister said he had decided that no one should sleep empty
stomach during the coronavirus outbreak.
“Our free ration scheme for the poor during the Coronavirus period is being lauded by the world,” he
These programmes in Sagar district marked the culmination of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party’s
ongoing ‘Samrasta (harmony) Yatras’, which were started from five places in the state on July 25.
According to officials, the temple-cum-memorial dedicated to Sant Ravidas will be spread over 11 acres
of land. The structure will showcase the teachings of Sant Ravidas and also have residential facilities for
the devotees besides a museum, art gallery and other amenities.

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