With Rakshabandhan just around the corner, Uttar Pradesh Prime Minister Yogi Adityanath announced free bus rides for women in the northern state for 48 hours on Friday.
The announcement is a gift from CM Yogi to states women on the occasion of Rakshabandhan.
“On the occasion of Rakshabandhan, the Uttar Pradesh State Transport Corporation should provide free transportation in buses so that all women of the state can travel safely,” CM Yogi’s office tweeted.
The unique move became even rarer when the head of state added that the females can travel for free for 48 hours, from August 10 midnight to August 12 midnight.
The move aims to mark the ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsava’, and the free bus travel facility will be available to women across the state for a period of 48 hours.
Earlier, Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu on Sunday urged everyone to uphold the dignity of women and provide a safe environment for them at all times.
Mr Naidu is on an official visit to Bengaluru. Here he celebrated Rakshabandhan in Raj Bhavan with school children from different local schools.
Greeting the nation on the occasion, Mr Naidu said that Rakshabandhan is a celebration of the special and deep-rooted bond of love and respect between brothers and sisters.
“Happy Rakshabandhan! Rakshabandhan is a celebration of the special and deep-rooted bond of love and respect between brothers and sisters. Let us resolve on this auspicious day to uphold the dignity of women and provide a safe environment for them at all times ,” the vice president’s office tweeted.
According to the Vice President’s Secretariat, which urged the people to treat everyone as their brothers and sisters, Mr. Naidu said this would promote brotherhood and harmony among the citizens and make our nation strong.
He praised the ancient Indian family system and said it teaches us to respect the elderly and instills the spirit of sharing and caring among the young.
He said that sisters bring joy and happiness to the home, and said that there are many Indian festivals that celebrate family relationships and strengthen the bond of togetherness.
One of the most popular Hindu festivals, Rakshabandhan is an annual occasion celebrated across the country to commemorate the special bond between siblings. Traditionally, on this day, sisters tie rakhis around their brother’s wrists and both exchange gifts.
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