Vastavam web: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today asserted in the naxalism-hit Chhattisgarh that development is the only answer to violence and that his government was making efforts to creating trust through development.Addressing a rally here after launching development projects worth Rs 22,000 crore for the state which goes to polls later this year, he said massive efforts are underway to connect the country through water, land and air.
He listed various initiatives undertaken by the BJP-led central and state governments.The comments made here assume significance as this state has been reeling under naxal insurgency and has witnessed large scale violence by the ultras.For development, peace, law and order situation and basic amenities are required, Modi said, as he inaugurated an expanded and modernized project of the Bhilai Steel Plant, laid foundation stone of IIT, launched second phase of Bharat Net project and flagged off Jagdalpur-Raipur air service.
He also launched first-of-its kind Integrated Command and Control centre in Naya Raipur, the upcoming capital of the state.It will monitor the entire facilities and services like water supply, power supply, sanitation, traffic movement, integrated building management, city connectivity and internet infrastructure (data centre).After the NDA came to power in 2014, it amended the law to ensure that a partof royalty on the income made from the minerals is spent on the development of the people living in the respective region, he said.
Over Rs 3,000 crore was received by the state through District Mineral Foundation (DMF) constituted for this purpose and the money was being spent in the development works, the prime minister added.He also said that the central government was working towards increasing the income of tribals and those living in backward areas.The previous UPA government did not even built roads in some areas while the present government has been constructing airports in those areas, Modi said.He made the comment in the context of the launch of air service between Jagdalpur and Raipur by him yesterday.
He said this was the objective of the ‘Udan’ scheme of the central government, intended to connect small cities and towns by air.He said people now prefer to travel by air rather than train AC bogies.The prime minister accused the previous UPA government at the Centre of ignoring Chhattisgarh.He said Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh had been demanding an Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in the state for a long time but his demand was ignored.When the NDA government assumed office, Chhattisgarh’s long-standing demand for an IIT was fulfilled and IIT-Bhilai was established,” Modi told the public meeting, organised under the state governments month-long Vikas Yatra.Youth who were diverted from the mainstream have now returned and were contributing in the development, he said.
Referring to the Bastar region, he said it was being talked about in terms of “bombs, guns and violence” but now it will be known for Jagdalpur airport.Lauding Raman Singh, Modi said he had implemented former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s vision of development and progress by focussing on stability, giving priority to law and order and peace.He also spoke about skill development and said the state was witnessing a change because of several infrastructure projects.I have visited all the districts of the state,” he said.
Talking the Bhilai Steel Plant of SAIL, he said since Independence, from Kutch to Cuttack and Kargil to Kanyakumari, it has provided tracks to Indian Railways.Chief Minister Raman Singh thanked the prime minister for establishing an IIT in Bhilai.He also said that 36 lakh gas cylinders have been distributed to people in Chhattisgarh under the Centre’s Ujjwala Scheme.