Noida: With a motive to promote entrepreneurship among women, SC and ST communities, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched 'Stand-up India' here on Tuesday.
During the programme, Modi handed over 5,100 e-rickshaws to people from the weaker section of the society to enable them to earn their livelihood with dignity.
“Earlier, manual rickshaw-pullers had to toil hard and earned much less. Now they can earn more with less labour by running e-rickshaws. Also, they would not have to pay anything as rent of the rickshaw. Instead, by paying out a small amount daily, they would become the owners of their e-rickshaw,” the prime minister said.
These beneficiaries have been trained to drive the e-rickshaws.
"Energy banks have also been established for these e-rickshaw drivers where they can charge batteries with solar energy," said Modi.
Earlier, PM Modi paid tribute to former Deputy Prime Minister Babu Jagjivan Ram on his birth anniversary.