Gen Bipin Rawat’s demise a great loss for every Indian, every patriot, says Modi
Balrampur (Uttar Pradesh), December 11, 2021
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today paid tributes to India's first Chief of Defence Staff, General Bipin Rawat saying that his demise was a great loss for every Indian, for every patriot.
Speaking at the inauguration of the Saryu Nahar National Project in Balrampur, Uttar Pradesh, the Prime Minister said, “The whole country has been a witness to the hard work that General Bipin Rawat Ji was doing to make the country's forces self-reliant.
“But even after suffering the pain, we would neither stop our pace nor progress. India will not stop its efforts to make the armed forces self-reliant along with strengthening the coordination between the three wings of Defence. General Bipin Rawat, in the days to come, will see his India moving forward with new resolutions. The work of improving the security of the country's borders and strengthening the border infrastructure will continue,” he added.
About the sole survivor of the helicopter crash, he said the doctors were working hard to save the life of Group Captain Varun Singh, who belongs to Deoria in UP. “I pray to Maa Pateshwari to save his life. The nation is with the family of Varun Singh Ji today and with the families of the heroes we have lost.”
Referring to the Sarayu canal project, he said proper utilization of the water of the country's rivers and adequate water reaching the farmers' fields, was one of the top priorities of the government. “The completion of the Saryu Canal National Project is proof that when the thinking is honest, the work is also solid,” he added.
"When the work on this project started, its cost was less than Rs 100 crore. Today it has been completed after spending about Rs 10,000 crores. The country has already paid 100 times more for the negligence of the previous governments. If it is government money, then why should I care? This thinking had become the biggest obstacle in the balanced and all-round development of the country. This thinking also kept the Saryu canal project hanging.
“We have done more work in the Saryu canal project than what was done in five decades in less than five years. This is a double-engine government. This is the speed of work, our priority is to finish the project on time,” Modi said.
He listed several long-pending projects like Baan Sagar Project, Arjun Sahayak irrigation project, AIIMS and fertilizer plant at Gorakhpur that were completed by the "double-engine government". He also cited the Ken Betwa Link project as an example of this government’s commitment. The Rs 45,000-crore project was approved in the last Cabinet meeting. The project will play a key role in getting rid of the water problem in the Bundelkhand region.
Modi said that, for the first time, small farmers were being linked to the government schemes. PM Kisan Samman Nidhi, alternative income streams in fisheries, dairy and apiculture besides new opportunities in ethanol production were some of the steps being taken. In the past four and half years, ethanol worth Rs 12,000 crore has been purchased from Uttar Pradesh itself.
The Prime Minister invited the farmers to an event being organized on December 16 about natural farming and zero budget farming.
Referring to housing, he said more than 30 lakh families of the state had been allotted "pucca" houses under PM Awaas Yojana (PMAY), most of these are in the name of the women of the families. He also talked about the benefits of the Svamitva Yojana.
The Prime Minister said that, in this COVID pandemic period, sincere efforts were made so that no poor slept on an empty stomach. Right now, the campaign for free ration being provided under PM Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana has been extended beyond Holi.
Turning to the law and order situation, he said as opposed to earlier times when the mafia used to get protection, such elements were being cleaned out and the difference was visible.
“Earlier, the Bahubali (strongmen) were promoted. Today, Yogi Ji's government is engaged in empowering the poor, downtrodden, backward and tribals. That is why the people of UP say - the difference is visible. Earlier, illegal occupation of land by the mafia was the norm while today, Yogi Ji is running bulldozers over such encroachment,” he added.