Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said Munshi Premchand’s celebrated short story ‘Idgah’ inspired him to launch the Ujjwala scheme + , under which over 4 crore families have got free LPG connections since its launch from Ballia in UP in 2016.
“If Hamid can do it for his grandmother, why can’t a prime minister do it?” Modi said, narrating how the central character of the story, Hamid, buys a pair of tongs from an Idgah fair to save his grandmother from burns while cooking. In a video interaction with beneficiaries of the scheme through the Namo app, the PM referred to Premchand’s 1933 story to highlight the importance of easing lives of homemakers.
He said Ujjwala had brought about benefits through better health outcomes, freedom from poisonous smoke and cleaner fuel. “Premchand’s Idgah touched me deeply… and gives strength to our resolve of providing gas connections to every family,” Modi said. Read More
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