The newly-inducted ministers of the Modi government are all ready to travel a distance of 9,567 km over 3-10 days each in an extensive outreach programme, named “Jan Ashirwad Yatra”. It will be held across 22 states, including 212 Parliamentary seats, and 265 districts in total. The Yatra will begin with the State ministers on August 16 and further be led by the Cabinet ministers on August 19.
The Yatra will take place to build a connection with the common people who fall in their Lok Sabha constituencies and beyond. Also, PM Narendra Modi had advised the ministers to officiate their respective ministries immediately and get back to their constituencies post-August 15.
According to the sources, the Prime Minister himself emerged with this Yatra idea since he was unable to introduce the newly appointed ministers in Parliament because, in the last month, the official proceedings were disturbed by the opposition. Also, this week, to discuss the Yatra, J P Nadda, the BJP president had a meeting with the ministers.
Tarun Chugh, the National General Secretary of BJP said, “The shortest Yatra is of three days while some others will travel for seven days. In all, the Yatra will span 142 working days. Since one minister (Bisheshwar Tudu from Odisha) is unwell, the remaining… ministers from 19 states will cover 1,9567 kilometres across 22 states.”
He also added, “Most of these ministers have not been home since they took the oath of office. They will not head home only after Parliament adjourns sine die and they complete the Jan Ashirwad Yatra. The PM (Prime Minister) wanted to send out the message that the ministers are available for the people at all times.”
This massive event will cover 1,663 large programmes, including addressing the public, paying visits to the religious sites, stopping over at vaccination centres, supervising the food grains distribution under the PM Anna Yojna and also paying tributes at national heroes’ statues and memorials.