Modi launches development projects worth over Rs 1,500 crore in Varanasi
Varanasi, December 24, 2021
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday laid the foundation stone of ‘Banas Dairy Sankul’ as part of developmental projects worth more than Rs 1,500 crores in Varanasi.
Spread across 30 acres of land in the UP State Industrial Development Authority Food Park, Karkhiyaon, Varanasi, the dairy will be built at a cost of about Rs 475 crore and with capacity for processing 5 lakh litres of milk per day. The Prime Minister also digitally transferred about Rs 35 crore bonus to the bank accounts of more than 1.7 lakh milk producers associated with Banas Dairy.
He also laid the foundation stone for a biogas-based electricity generation plant for the Milk Producers Cooperative Union Plant in Ramnagar. He launched a portal and logo dedicated to the conformity assessment scheme of milk products, developed by the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) with the help of the National Dairy Development Board (NDDB).
The Prime Minister virtually distributed the rural residential rights record ‘Gharauni’ under the Swamitva scheme of the Union Ministry of Panchayati Raj, to more than 20 lakh people in the state.
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Union Minister Dr Mahendra Nath Pandey were present on the occasion.
Addressing the gathering, Modi paid tributes to former Prime Minister Chaudhary Charan Singh on his birth anniversary, celebrated as Kisan Diwas.
Underlining the importance of livestock, he said, “Talking about cows can be a crime for some people, but cows are revered as mothers by us. People who make fun of cows and buffaloes forget that the livelihood of 8 crore families of the country is dependent on such livestock. Strengthening India's dairy sector is one of the top priorities of our government. In this series, the foundation stone of Banas Kashi Sankul has been laid here today.”
He also talked about the nationwide immunisation programme for foot and mouth disease among cattle. The milk production in the country has increased by about 45% as compared to 6-7 years ago. The country produces about 22% of the world's milk. “I am happy that UP is not only the largest milk-producing state in the country, it is also significantly ahead in the expansion of the dairy sector,” he said.
Referring to the role of the dairy sector, animal husbandry and the new push in the white revolution in transforming the lives of farmers, he said, animal husbandry could become a huge source of additional income for more than 100 million small farmers.
Secondly, India's dairy products have a huge market abroad with a lot of growth potential. Thirdly, animal husbandry is a great way for the economic upliftment of women, to further their entrepreneurship. The fourth point is that livestock is also a big basis for biogas, organic farming and natural farming.
The Bureau of Indian Standards has issued a unified system for the country. An integrated logo featuring Kamdhenu cows has also been launched for certification. If this proof, this logo is visible, then the identification of purity will be easy and the credibility of India's milk products will also increase, he added.
“For the rejuvenation of mother earth, to protect our soil, to secure the future of the coming generations, we must once again turn to natural farming. This is the need of the hour today”, he said. It will go a long way in making agriculture “Atmanirbhar” (self-sufficient).
He virtually distributed the rural residential rights record ‘Gharauni’ under the Swamitva scheme of the Union Ministry of Panchayati Raj, to more than 20 Lakh residents of the state. He said this will open new vistas of development and dignity for the rural poor and will make them part of the development growth story.
He said Varanasi is fast turning into a model of development. New projects are bringing unprecedented ease and convenience for the people. the projects inaugurated and started today will further strengthen the health, education and infrastructure-related image.
Projects in the education sector that were inaugurated include the Union Education Ministry’s Inter-University Centre for Teachers Education, built at a cost of around Rs 107 crore and a Teachers Education Centre at Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies, built at a cost of over Rs 7 crore. He also declared open the residential flats and staff quarters at BHU and ITI Karaundi.
In the health sector, projects comprising a Doctors hostel, a Nurses hostel and a shelter home amounting to Rs 130 crore, at Mahamana Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya Cancer Centre were inaugurated by the Prime Minister. He inaugurated a 50-bed Integrated Ayush Hospital at Bhadrasi. He also laid the foundation of the Rs 49 crore Government Homoeopathic Medical College in tehsil Pindra under the Ayush Mission.
In the road sector, Mosi laid the foundation stone of two 4 to 6 lane road widening projects for Prayagraj and Bhadohi roads. This will improve the connectivity of Varanasi and will be a step towards resolving the problem of the city's traffic congestion.
To give a fillip to the tourism potential of the holy city, he inaugurated Phase-1 of the tourism development project related to Guru Ravidas Ji Temple, Seer Govardhan, Varanasi.
Other projects inaugurated included a speed breeding facility at the International Rice Research Institute, South Asia Regional Centre Varanasi, a Regional Reference Standards Laboratory at village Payakpur and an advocates building at Tehsil Pindra.