Modi Thinking of Benefit of Entire Country – Nirmala Sitharaman during Vikas Parva
Mangaluru: To mark the 2nd anniversary of the NDA government led by Narendra Modi, BJP workers held “Vikas Parva” at Town Hall here, on June 8. The programme began with an invocation followed by welcome address by the president of district BJP, Pratap Simha Nayak.
Addressing the gathering, MP Nalin Kumar said that Modi has led the country towards success. In 2014, Modi came to power with a vision to make India corruption free and Congress free, and within two years of his tenure, Modi has proved that it is possible by giving two years of corruption free governance. Nalin Kumar also said that the entire world admires the leadership of Narendra Modi.
MP Nalin also briefed on the various development works in the district and said in two years, the NDA government has sanctioned Rs 10,000 crore for the development of the district. “The Congress is criticizing and asking what has the NDA government has given? The NDA government has sanctioned Rs 698 crore for the Railway department, Rs 3374 crore for National Highway, Rs 230 crore for port and fisheries, Rs 9 crore for the Health department, Rs 628 crore for the Education department and Rs 15 crore for the New Port. Mangaluru will also be included under the Smart City and the process is on. There was a demand for Padil railway bridge and our government has fulfilled the demand. After coming to power in 6 months, the government took the initiative and the project will be completed soon.”
He further said, “There is an announcement for a smart port city, a world class railway and a plastic park. There is also a demand to make the railway world class but the state government is not ready to give land. If the state government gives the land, the NDA government is ready to proceed. The Modi government has contributed a lot to the development of the district.” He also said that in three years, Dakshina Kannada will be the number one district in the country.
Speaking on the occasion, Minister of State for Ministry of Commerce & Industry and Minister of State for Finance & Corporate Affairs, Nirmala Sitharaman said that Vikas Parva is something which the Prime Minister thought about. “It is not about having fun and celebrating because the government is doing great work. It is part of what the BJP-lead NDA believes in – being accountable, being answerable to the people. We want to report everything that has been done in 2 years in detail to the citizens. The idea of Vikas Parva is to have members of the cabinet, the council of ministers, MPs and party functionaries to go around the country, hear what they want to hear from the people and also tell them what steps have been taken.”
Commenting on the Congress party, she said that it could not digest the defeat of 2014 and tried throwing allegations at the government accusing them of being a “suit-boot ki sarkar”. “Tell us one step taken by this government which has helped big businesses, the rich at the cost of the poor. Modi does not think in terms of benefiting one community over another. He thinks of benefiting the entire country.”
There was an interaction between the minister and the media later. Speaking on the schemes by the government to empower the poor, Nirmala said that for the first time since independence, 21.81 crore zero balance accounts for the poor have been opened under the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana with Rs 37,616 crore being deposited [as on May 11, 2016] due to the efforts of over 1.25 lakh banking correspondents. The RuPay Card has also been issued to 17.7 crore accounts. Under the Pradhan Mantri Jan Suraksha Bima Yojana that covers accidental death risks for India’s poor, a cover of Rs 2 lakh is being provided for a premium of just Rs 2 per year and over 9.43 crore people have already been enrolled. “For people who did not have access to a bank account, bank accounts were provided; for people who never knew what insurance was, insurance has been provided; for people who never got any medical assistance because money was not available, they too have been covered,” she added.
18,452 villages that do not have electricity, had been planned to be electrified under the Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana, out of which 7,108 villages have already been covered. With the LED Bulb replacement program, the government has also saved around 20,000 MW of power, equivalent to Rs 1 lakh crore. The government has also been successful in weeding out two crore fake ration cards, saving Rs 36,000 crore. Under the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, 1.92 crore toilets have already been constructed across the country, with 4.12 lakh toilets built in 2.61 lakh government schools in a year. 14 districts, 190 blocks, 23,790 Gram Panchayats and 56,206 villages have declared themselves as Open Defecation Free (ODF).
Speaking on the prosperity of farmers, Nirmala said that the government had initiated a “more crop per drop” approach by creating the Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana to improve irrigation facilities to bring 28.5 lakh hectares under irrigation. The assessment of soil had also been initiated by distributing 1.84 crore Soil Health Cards that give a report on the soil condition, the kind of crops suitable to be grown, what kind of fertilizer is required and in how much quantity so that farmers make the best use of available resources and do not use fertilizers indiscriminately when they may not even need to use it. With a target of 50% coverage under the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana
She also spoke on the various other schemes that the government had initiated. During the interaction with media persons, replying to a question on black money, she said that those who were asking where the promised Rs 15 lakh was, do so because they do not have knowledge of how things work. “There is a procedure for this and we have been following it.”
Replying to a question on the transfer of low international fuel prices to the people, Nirmal said that the state of current fuel prices can be seen in different ways. “Firstly, fuel is not bought on a day-to-day basis. It is bought in large quantities, so companies have to fix rates so that they can be in the business. Secondly, the benefits are being passed on to the public in terms of funding for infrastructure projects. Having low prices may benefit individuals and they could save 2 or 3 rupees. But we also need better roads to travel on for the benefit of everyone and that requires funds which are being generated through using fuel prices.”
Minister of State for Home Affairs Haribhai Parthibhai Chaudhary and former MP Dushyant Kumar Gautam also spoke on the occasion. Capt Ganesh Karnik, ZP president Meenakshi, Vice President of ZP Kasturi Panja, deputy Mayor Sumithra Kariya, MLA Angara, former minister Kota Srinivas Poojary and others were also present.