Prime Minister of India virtually launched Pradhan Mantri Samajik Utthan evam Rozgar Adharit Jankalyan (PM-SURAJ) portal.

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  • During the event, the Prime Minister highlighted transferring financial assistance worth 720 crore rupees directly into the bank accounts of one lakh beneficiaries of the disadvantaged sections.
  • Ayushman health cards and personal protective equipment (PPE) kits were also distributed to sewer and septic tank workers (Safai Mitras) under the National Action for Mechanized Sanitation Ecosystem (NAMASTE).

National Action for Mechanized Sanitation Ecosystem (NAMASTE)

  • It is Central Sector Scheme of the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.
  • It envisages safety and dignity of sanitation workers in urban India by creating an enabling ecosystem that recognizes sanitation workers as one of the key contributors.


  • PM-SURAJ portal has been launched by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment as a nationwide initiative to offer credit support to the marginalised segments of society
  • The portal symbolises the ministry’s dedication to placing the underprivileged at the forefront of development initiatives.
  • The Government has committed to extending credit support to one lakh entrepreneurs from disadvantaged communities.The credit support will be provided to the eligible persons across the country, facilitated through banks, NBFC-MFIs, and other organisations.

Objectives of the Portal

The objective of PM-SURAJ is to prioritise the underprivileged (vanchiton ko variyata). It is a transformative initiative aimed at uplifting the most marginalised segments of society.

The portal supports the broader vision of “Viksit Bharat,” wherein every individual has the opportunity to contribute to and benefit from India’s development journey.

  • Viksit Bharat 2047′ is the current government’s roadmap to making India a developed nation by 2047; 100 years after independence.

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