Tomar’s words reflect BJP’s confidence of winning upcoming elections in UP

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 03 Jan 2017 11:31:01


Staff Reporter,

RAIPUR,

Jan 2,

Asserting that the Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party have already lost grounds, Union Minister for Panchayati Raj, Rural Development, Drinking Water and Sanitation Narendra Singh Tomar said Bharatiya Janata Party is steadily moving ahead towards thumping victory in the forthcoming Assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh. He said the political wrangling in Samajwadi Party is their internal matter and he doesn’t want to comment upon it but if someone visits Uttar Pradesh to analyze the political situation there, it can be easily assessed that both Samajwadi and Bahujan Samaj Party are losing their grounds.


While talking to media persons at Swami Vivekananda Airport, Raipur, Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said implementation of cashless system in India is indeed a great challenge and the National Democratic Alliance government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has accepted this challenge. He said the government will be successful in implementing the same.


It is worth mentioning here that Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar was on a day long visit to Raipur for the launching of ‘Digi-Dhan Mela’ in Raipur. Digi-Dhan Mela was launched in Chhattisgarh on Monday by
Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh. Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar presided over the function. Against the set target of providing 1.6 crore Jan Dhan accounts holders RuPay Card, 80 cards have already been given. Remaining cards will be distributed by January 26. Other activities such as slogan, poster and jingle competitions will be held to promote digital payment system and winners of these competitions will be awarded with Rs 15,000 as first prize and Rs 10,000 as second cash award.


Talking to media persons, Tomar said his department will soon release the pending payments under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Gurantee Scheme after discussions on pendency with Ajay Chandrakar Panchayat and Rural Development Minister. He said whatever funds pending on account from Government of India will be released at the earliest. It may be recalled that payments against MNREGS is pending with the Centre since a long time. He added that the exact amount of pendency and the reasons behind is not known to him as of now but an amount of Rs 1900 crore had been released recently for Chhattisgarh.
Answering a query on cash payment under MNREGS in four districts in Chhattisgarh and implementation of cashless system there, the Union Minister stated that 95 percent payment against MNREGS are directly transferred into the accounts of beneficiaries. In five percent area comprising of far-flung villages, hilly terrains and Naxal infested areas where still there is practical difficulties due to which cash payments are being made. “We’re monitoring the situation and a mechanism will be devised to solve this problem soon,” he added.


Answering another query on implementation of cashless system particularly in rural areas, the Union Minister said the Central Government has accepted this challenge and is working upon it. Citing examples, he said earlier, mobile phones, landline, etc were limited to few affluent people that too in urban areas and very few in rural areas but today these have become a part of household appliances in both rural and urban areas. Similarly, cashless system will be implemented successfully for which awareness is necessary and the government has already initiated moves in this direction.


Answering a query on bringing down inflation, the Union Minister said the inflation will also be controlled very soon. As the benefits of demonetization and implementation of cashless system will start to show, gradually the inflation will come down accordingly.
Earlier, Union Minister for Panchayati Raj, Rural Development, Drinking Water and Sanitation Narendra Singh Tomar was given a rousing welcome on his arrival at Swami Vivekananda Airport on a day long visit. He was welcomed by Agriculture Minister Brijmohan Agrawal, Panchayat and Rural Development Minister Ajay Chandrakar, MLA Deojibhai Patel and large number of BJP leaders including Dileep Singh Hora, Jayanti Patel, Shyam Sunder Agrawal, Bajrang Khandelwal, Naveen Sharma, Subhash Tiwari, Mohan Anty, etc.