Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the policies and programmes of the Government are meant for ameliorating the socio-economic conditions of the deprived sections of the society. Development is the panacea for conspiracies and violence in the country. An atmosphere of trust had been created in the country and Chhattisgarh by focusing on progress, he added. Modi was addressing a public meeting at Bhilai Nagar. Chief Minister Raman Singh, Union Minister for Steel Chowdhary Veerendra Singh, Union Minister of State for Communications Manoj Sinha, Union Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri, Union Minister of State for Steel Vishnudev Sahay, Chhattisgarh Assembly Speaker Gowrishankar Agrawal, ministers, MPs and MLAs were also present.
The Prime Minister digitally dedicated, laid foundation stones and performed ‘bhoomipujan’ for various development works worth Rs 22,000 crore in Chhattisgarh, including modernisation of Bhilai Steel Plant worth Rs 18,500 crore. Modi launched Bharata Net Project (second phase) worth Rs 2,066 crore which will provide Internet connectivity to 104 gram panchayats, flight connectivity between Raipur-Jagdalpur-Visakhapatnam under the ‘UdaanYojana’. He also dedicated Jagdalpur airport worth Rs 40 crore to the nation.
While referring to the inauguration earlier of the Command and Control Centre at Naya Raipur, Modi said all the services can be monitored from a small centre. It will be a role model for rest of the Smart Cities in the country. Modi said Gram Swarajya Mission had been launched at village Jaangla in Jagdalpur district around two months ago as a part of 115 Aspirational Districts development project. All the houses in villages should have bank account, electricity and water connections, insurance coverage, LED bulbs in all hamlets, and other amenities to improve the living conditions of villagers. The Prime Minister appreciated the spectacular performance of Bhilai Steel Plant after dedicating the modernised unit worth Rs 18,500 crore. The steel plant is equipped with ultra-modern technology and new capacities.
He said Bhilai Steel Plant not only manufactured steel but also moulded the lives of citizens in a better way. The modernized Steel Plant will fulfil the dreams of modern India. Like Bhilai Steel Plant, steel plant in Nagarnar will also bring positive transformation in the lives of people in Bastar region of Chhattisgarh, he added. He further said minerals like iron ore have made major contribution in accelerating the growth of Chhattisgarh. This is the reason why we have made the provision of District Mineral Fund (DMF) for mineral-abundant states of the country.
Golden Chapter to Empowering Future of State
On the commencement of flight service from Raipur-Jagdalpur-Vishakhapatnam under Udaan Yojana, Modi said Government is working towards connecting people through road, water and airways. In context of the projects inaugurated, he said, a new golden chapter is being added to the history of Chhattisgarh today to empower future of the state. The region, earlier where governments used to fall short in development of roads, now have airports. One such airport has been development in Jagdalpur. Our Government wants to make air travel affordable for everyone. This is the reason why affordable domestic flight services are being launched across the country under UdaanYojana, he said.
Bhilai will be new destination for technical education
While laying foundation of IIT in Bhilainagar, the Prime Minister said skill development is important for Make-in-India. Bhilai Nagar is identified as education hub of the country since many decades, but need of IIT was always felt. With consistent efforts of Chief Minister Raman Singh, Bhilai has finally got IIT. This new campus will be developed at the cost of Rs 1100 crore. Modi said the Central Government intends to provide information technology to maximum number of people under Digital India Campaign. Chhattisgarh Government is also making efforts in the direction. He said the Bastar Net Project would be completed by March next year and 4104 Gram Panchayats of Chhattisgarh will be connected through internet. Till date, six thousand Gram Panchayats of the state under BSNL have been connected under the project, he added.
22,000 Haats to be developed
About Vandhan Yojana of the Central Government, the Prime Minister said objective of this scheme is to ensure that forest dwellers get right prices for forest products. 22 thousand rural haats will be developed across the country. Initially, development of five thousand haats has been started. The Government is trying to provide Mandi kind of facility to forest dwellers within five-six kilometre area of their own village.
Earlier the Prime Minister was accorded a warm welcome by Chief Minister Raman Singh, on his arrival at Swami Vivekananda Airport, Raipur. Food Minister Punnulal Mohile, Home Minister Ramsevak Paikra, Forest Minister Mahesh Gagda, Labour Minister Bhaiyalal Rajwade, Member of Lok Sabha Raipur Ramesh Bais and others were also present.
The Prime Minister dedicated Integrated Command and Control Centre at Naya Raipur as a part of Smart City Project. He expressed happiness and congratulated Raman Singh and his team of officers. Modi wished that the Command and Control Centre will operate successfully and meet the needs of the common citizens. The Centre will provide Real Time updates and emergency services just in case of accidents. The data of public transport buses, Dial 100 vehicles status, 108 ambulance status, Smart lighting, traffic management cameras, solid waste management, weather bureau, solar panels will be store and available at the Centre. Modi met tiny tots of Chrystal House School and showered his blessings on the children and told them to study well, play sports and achieve big goals when they grow up. As Prime Minister of the country, it was the fifth tour of Modi to Chhattisgarh in last three years and second in last two months, while it was his first visit to Bhilainagar.
Chhattisgarh gets domestic flight service
Modi inaugurated the first domestic flight service for people of Chhattisgarh. He opened the Jagdalpur airport and also the passenger flight service of Jagdalpur-Raipur-Vishakhapatnam for providing affordable air services to common people under Udaan Project of the Central Government. Under this service, a private flight of 19-seat capacity will shorten the journey from Raipur to Jagdalpur to only 40 minutes at an affordable ticket price of Rs 1670. For the first time after the formation of the state, this passenger flight service has been started on the initiative of Chief Minister, under the policy of state and Centre to accord topmost priority to the development of Bastar region. The Chief Minister thanked Modi for the initiative.
Foundation laid for Bhilai IIT
Modi laid foundation of the IIT in Bhilainagar. This is the 23rd IIT of India. This campus will be developed in three phases in Bhilainagar, where 7,500 students will be able to attain technical education. The Central Government has allotted Rs 1,082 crore in the first phase for IIT, Bhilai. At present, the institute is being conducted on the Government Engineering College premises in Sejbahar, capital city Raipur. On completion of the construction work by year 2020, this institute will be permanently operated in the campus of 445 acres in Sirsakhurd near Khuthebhantha area of Bhilai in Durg district.
Bharat Net Project
Modi inaugurated the second phase of Bharat Net Project of Central Government in Bhilainagar. 5,987 Gram Panchayats out of more than 10 thousand Gram Panchayats of Chhattisgarh will be provided internet facility by BSNL. Network of optical fibre is being developed for the same. Optical fibre are being laid at a total distance of 32,466 km, which includes 5.66 km long optical fibre in each gram panchayat on an average.
Goods and Cheques distributed to Beneficiaries
The Prime Minister formally concluded the first phase of state-wide VikasYatra 2018, which was being conducted from May 12 under the leadership of Chief Minister Raman Singh. The second phase will commence from August 16 to September 30. Modi distributed goods and cheques of financial aid to many beneficiaries under various schemes of Chhattisgarh Government. He distributed laptops to college students under Chhattisgarh Yuva Soochna Kranti Scheme, LPG connection to women under Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana and distributed cheques to beneficiary women under Pradhan Mantri Matravandana Yojana. He distributed aabaadipatta to beneficiaries on behalf of state government. He also distributed e-rickshaws, cheques to beneficiaries under Central Government’s Stand up India scheme, Mudra Yojana and Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Beema Yojana.