Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday emphasised on the need to develop eastern parts of the country during his visit to his Lok Sabha constituency Varanasi for the first time after assuming office.
Addressing weavers at Bada Lalpur where he laid the foundation stone of Trade Facilitation Centre, Modi said that India could not develop as a nation if one concentrates only on the western region.
He also announced Rs 2,375 crore package to revive ailing banks in 16 districts of eastern Uttar Pradesh. The Prime Minister, whose Jan Dhan Yojana has registered over 6.02 crore account till October, also called for the revival of ailing banks in the eastern region of the country.
Lauding the expertise of textile weavers and acknowledging the employment the sector generates, Modi called for more people to join the profession specially the young generation. He added that the youngsters should take up the job out of pride and not compulsion.
He also reminded the people of Varanasi about the rich heritage of world-renowned Banarsi sarees. Modi said that a good market awaits it. “A big market is waiting for Banarsi sarees. You have the design, the work, the service. We have a great legacy here. It needs to be promoted as a better brand,” Modi said as he addressed the weavers.
“Every mother wants a Banarasi sari for her daughter on their wedding day… 20 crore girls will get married in the next few years. So 20 crore saris will be needed. Such a big market waiting for you,” the PM told weavers, adding, that an assured market meant they must increase production and ensure quality, good design and service.
“Everyone in the world knows about Varanasi’s textiles. You must strategically plan to reach the global consumer,” Mr Modi said, adding that the textile sector provides vast employment to the poorest and needs comprehensive vision and modern technology. He promised he would ensure that there is no dearth of funds for various projects.
He also asked weavers to utilise the growing e-commerce market to reach out to global consumers.
This is Mr. Modi’s first trip to Varanasi since he took over as Prime Minister. He said he will spend his two days in Varanasi meeting people and getting feedback from them on what they want him to fix.