PM Launches 3 Social Security Schemes in Kolkata

PM Modi today launched three social security schemes in Kolkata. West Bengal CM was also present at the event.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi is received by West Bengal Finance Minister Amit Mitra (R) on his arrival at NSCBI Airport in Kolkata on Saturday. Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi is also seen. (Photo: PTI) 

After providing bank accounts to 15 crore unbanked people, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today launched three social security schemes, including a Re 1 per day insurance cover, and said that the poor need empowerment, not aid.

Modi said Rs 15,800 crore has been deposited in the 15 crore Jan Dhan accounts opened in four months and the scheme to provide cooking gas subsidy directly into bank accounts of beneficiaries has helped stop pilferages and leakages worth hundreds of crores of rupees.

I told the poor, this nation, this government and our banks are for you... poor do not want ‘sahara’. We need to change how we think. The poor need ‘shakti’.
-Narendra Modi, Prime Minister

Modi said 80-90 per cent people in the country neither have insurance cover nor any possibility of pension.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee also attended the event.

Centre and states have to work together. That is when good of the nation happens. Let us dedicate this programme to the people of India.
- Mamata Banerjee, West Bengal Chief Minister

While the three schemes will come into force from June 1, the Prime Minister said that in the first seven days of the trail-run, banks have enrolled 5.05 crore people, including 42 lakh from West Bengal.

The schemes -- Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana (PMJJBY), Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana (PMSBY) and Atal Pension Yojana (APY) -- were simultaneously launched at 115 locations throughout the country.

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