Devpt is solution to all problems: PM

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 23 Sep 2017 11:35:13


Sept 22,


PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said, development was the solution to all the problems in the country and accused the previous governments of destroying the public exchequer in their bid to win elections. Modi, who is on his first visit to Varanasi after the BJP’s landslide victory in the Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh in March this year, also launched several development projects worth over Rs 1,000 crore for his Lok Sabha constituency.

“Development is the solution to all our problems,” Modi said addressing a public meeting. “Governments in the past were such that they seemed to hate development. For them, national exchequer was destroyed in the task of winning elections,” he added. Modi alleged previous governments were driven by political calculations, resulting in schemes being inaugurated but never seeing completion.

“We not only launch but also complete projects.”Asserting that his  Government’s effort was to empower the poor, he said, “Our aim is to see that the dream of development is fulfilled and lives of poor changes and they get opportunities.” Modi said even the poor people do not want their future generations to eke out a living like themselves. He said his Government shares their dream and is working to realise it. He inaugurated the Deendayal Hastkala Sankul - a trade facilitation centre for handicrafts and crafts museum - constructed at a cost of Rs 300 crore.

Modi evinced keen interest in the wooden and glass products on display and talked to the rural artisans to encourage them. He also flagged off, via a video link, the Mahamana Express train to connect Varanasi with Vadodara and Surat. The Mahamana Express with plush interiors — built under the ‘Make in India’ initiative — currently runs on two routes, Varanasi-New Delhi and Bhopal-Khajuraho.

Earlier, Modi showered praise on Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, saying he was doing wonders. “Chheh mahine mein Yogiji ne kamaal kiya (In his six months in office, Yogi has done wonders),” Modi said and thanked him for his laudable achievements. Speaking on the occasion, Adityanath said, “The state government is implementing schemes for development of the farmers, youth and villagers while drawing inspiration and guidance from the Prime Minister.” Union Textiles minister Smriti Irani said, “It is indeed a moment of happiness for Textile Ministry that the Rs 300 crore Deen Dayal Hastkala Sankul has been unveiled by the Prime Minister.”