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Mudra Yojana hasn’t grown the way I wanted: Modi

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New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday that the pace of enrolment for the Pradhan Mantri MUDRA Yojana (PMMY) to help small entrepreneurs had not picked up the way he expected it to.

“Though the MUDRA (Micro Units Development and Refinance Agency) Yojana is in place to help small entrepreneurs, the speed at which I want to go with it has not been attained,” Modi said in his Mann Ki Baat address on All India Radio.

“But the beginning is good. So far about 66 lakh people have benefited … with Rs.42,000 crore spent. I am happy to announce that out of 66 lakh people, some 24 lakh are women,” he said.

“And the majority of these beneficiaries are from among the Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe and Other Backward Class, people who stand up and themselves take responsibility to take care of their families.

“…PMMY funds the unfunded and is thus focused on empowering people in the true sense,” he said.

“It provides a boost to three Es – Enterprises, Earning and Empowerment. The scheme encourages enterprises, provides the opportunity for earning, and in the truest sense empowers people. It is helping small entrepreneurs.”

“The scheme is trying to help small workers such as barbers, laundrymen, milkmen, newspaper vendor…”

The prime minister said: “I got to know of Mamta Sharma from Bhopal, who got Rs.40,000 from the MUDRA Yojana.

“She is now running a business of making wallets. She would make wallets earlier too but she would have a lot of problems because of heavy interest rates,” he said.

The PMMY, under the MUDRA Bank, has been created for the development and refinancing of micro units.

(IANS)

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Modi Becomes A”Rockstar” After Posting His Fitness Video

Modi on Wednesday took to Twitter to share his workout video

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Modi Becomes A"Rockstar" After Posting His Fitness Video, flickr

Veteran actor Anupam Kher called Prime Minister Narendra Modi a “rockstar” after the latter posted his fitness video on social media.

Modi on Wednesday took to Twitter to share his workout video, and wrote: “Here are moments from my morning exercises. Apart from Yoga, I walk on a track inspired by the Panchtatvas or five elements of nature – Prithvi (earth), Jal (water), Agni (fire), Vayu (air), Aakash (sky).This is extremely refreshing and rejuvenating. I also practice breathing exercises. Hum fit toh India fit.”

Impressed by it, Anupam wrote: “Prime Minister Narendra Modi! You are a rockstar. What an amazingly inspirational morning exercise video. Thank you for sharing it. Jai Ho.”

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Anupam Kher, flickr

Modi shared a fitness video after he was nominated in an online fitness challenge by Indian Cricket Captain Virat Kohli.

Also read: Want to Watch TV, First Get a Fitness Plan

The Prime Minister nominated Karnataka Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy, Table Tennis player Manika Batra and the entire fraternity of the Indian Police Service Officers (IPS) to take on the challenge and post their fitness videos. (IANS)

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