Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Tuesday that his government is working on five streams of vikas (development).
“Kendra sarkaar vikas ki panch dhara par kaam kar rahi hai. bachchon ko padhai, yuva ko kamaai, buzurgon ko dawaai, kisaan ko sinchaai aur jan-jan ki sunwaai (The Centre is working on five streams of development – education for children, income for youth, medicines for elderly, irrigation for farmers and hearing of petitions of people),” said the PM.
Speaking at a rally in Bolangir in Odisha, the PM said that his government is striving hard for the development of eastern India.
Before addressing the gathering, the PM launched projects worth Rs 1,550 crore including the inauguration of Bolangir-Bichhupali railway line.
“We have either inaugurated or laid the foundation stones of projects worth Rs 1,550 crore. They are aimed at improving education, connectivity, culture and tourism,” he said at Bolangir, adding that more than Rs 20,000 crore of development projects have been either inaugurated or initiated in Odisha in a month.
“When a region has good connectivity, it positively impacts all sectors, especially tourism,” he added.
He said that his government is making continuous efforts to bring back ancient artefacts stolen from Indian temples and other places.
Hitting out at the opposition parties, the PM said, “Some parties were against organising International Yoga day. They raised questions on erecting the statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. They were also against changing the names of islands in Andaman and Nicobar islands.”
“My pro-poor decisions have enraged people who used to loot public money. They have now been deprived of the opportunities to plunder public money,” he added.
The PM said that the opposition parties are levelling false charges against him and are ganging up to remove him from power.
The PM also targeted the ruling Biju Janata Dal government in the state accusing it of failing to utilise over Rs 4,000 crore for the welfare of tribals.
“Odisha has got more than Rs 4,000 crore due to our decision to create District Mineral Fund. It will help in the development of the tribal areas where mining is carried out. However, unfortunately, the state govt hasn’t been able to spend that money for the welfare of the tribals,” he said.
The projects that were inaugurated on Tuesday include the 28.3 acre Multi-Modal Logistics (MMLP) Jharsuguda, doubling of Barpali-Dungaripali and Bolangir-Deogaon road line along with electrification of 813 km of Jharsuguda-Vizinagaram and Sambalpur-Angul lines.
The Multi-Modal Logistics Park (MMLP) at Jharsuguda is built at a cost of Rs 100 crore. It will facilitate EXIM and domestic cargo, including Private Freight Traffic.
The Prime Minister also laid foundation stones for renovation and restoration works at Asurgarh Fort in Kalahandi.
He inaugurated a bridge between Therubali-Singapur Road station and Passport Sewa Kendras at six places — Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Puri, Kandhamal, Bargarh and Bolangir — through video conferencing.
He also laid the foundation stone for a permanent building at Kendriya Vidyalaya, Sonepur.
(With inputs from agencies)