GHAZIPUR, December 24: Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha addressed the Utthan Foundation Trust conference in Ghazipur today.
Speaking on the occasion, the Lieutenant Governor underlined that after 2014, the country ushered in a process of inclusive, caring and equitable growth for all segments of society.
“The march of development over the past seven and a half years is not limited to a few, but to all. Under the leadership of the Honorable Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the country is experiencing an inclusive and equitable growth process. Unprecedented steps have been taken to develop infrastructure, revive industry and agriculture, and each step has one goal: accelerated and equitable growth, ”said the Lieutenant Governor.
“The Honorable Prime Minister has economically and socially empowered marginalized sections that have been neglected for decades. The policies of “Make in India”, “Aatm Nirbahr Bharat” and concerted efforts to make the country an economic superpower have made India stand out on the world stage, “added the lieutenant governor.
The lieutenant governor said that the poor and weaker sections of society had been neglected for many years at J&K, but on the historic day of August 5, 2019, Articles 370 and 31A were abolished and the citizens of Jammu- and Kashmir have obtained all constitutional rights.
“At J&K, we charted a new development path after August 2019. For decades, the infrastructure was in tatters despite the huge sums of money sent from the center. J&K’s seven-decade nondevelopment program has mired UT in a low growth syndrome. Under the leadership of the Honorable Prime Minister, J&K is witnessing a new dawn. Tribes gain land rights, 11,000 government jobs have been created in record time with transparency, and important steps have been taken to empower women, marginalized and weaker groups, ”the Lieutenant Governor said .
Even today, projects pending since 1980 are nearing completion. Previously 2000 km of road were built, now 5000 km of road are under construction. We completed a record 21,943 projects in one year. In Jammu and Kashmir only 3,500 MW of electricity has been generated in 72 years, we are now launching projects to generate double the power in just 5 years. Under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana, more than 24,000 houses were completed in less than two years, while 3,500 houses were built in Jammu and Kashmir until March 2018. Even before 2022, farmers’ incomes doubled to J&K, the lieutenant governor said.
We have also succeeded in destroying the ecosystem of terrorism and today stone bombardment is a thing of the past, he added.
Highlighting the empowerment of all sections nationwide, the lieutenant governor said about 15 million homes across the country were without piped water supplies. The Honorable Prime Minister has launched the ambitious “Har Ghar Nal se Jal” program and by August next year every household will be connected to tap water.
Ujjwala Yojana has made real change for the empowerment of women and 11 crores of LPG connections have been provided under the program, the lieutenant governor said.
In just one year, households of 5 crore 23 lakh were linked to employment businesses, and in one year, financial assistance of around Rs 3 lakh 55,000 crore was provided to young people in villages to start their businesses. . In the coming days, the central government will spend 25 lakh crore to strengthen the rural economy, he added.
The Lieutenant Governor also explained how various government-run programs have had a huge impact on people’s lives.
About Rs 1 lakh 70,000 crore was saved due to the transparency of the program implementation system and by eliminating middlemen, he added.
Highlighting the achievements made under various programs, the lieutenant governor said that from providing 4 crore housing for the poor to opening Jan-Dhan bank accounts of 44 crore of these people, in addition to a free treatment center up to Rs 5 lakh at 50 crore of people, insurance cover at 24 crore of people, free electricity connection to over 2.5 crore of people, special attention is given to improving the marginalized part of society.
No one could have imagined that 85% of the country’s farmers, who have small plots of land, would become the government’s priority. An amount of Rs 1.5 lakh crore has been deposited into the bank accounts of over 12 crore farming families since December 2018 under Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi, the lieutenant governor said.
Under the Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana, around 5,000 crore rupees was directly transferred by the government to 1 crore 20 lakh from the country’s women into their bank accounts. Mudra Yojana turned out to be a godsend for over 5 crore 54 lakh of new entrepreneurs.
To date, 1 lakh 47,000 crore rupees deposited into the bank accounts of these poor people. Not only that, 2 crore of houses were also built for the poor living in the cities, observed the lieutenant governor.
Today, over 129 crore of people in the country have Aadhar card and around 60 crore of people have RUPAY card. About 450 government programs have been linked to DBT using the JAM trinity (i.e. Jan Dhan-Aadhaar-Mobile).
The budget for the construction of roads for good infrastructure for border security was around Rs 23,000 crore between 2008 and 2014, but from 2014 to 2020 it was significantly increased to reach Rs 44,600 crore, has he added.
Despite the Covid pandemic crisis, financial assistance has been extended to millions of people under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana.
Now, the street vendor, the hawkers get loans from the bank. Shram cards are manufactured for the first time in history for the social security of the working poor. In the future, by making 40 crore e-shram cards, the potential of workers will be directly linked to the future of strong India and aatm-nirbhar, he said.
The lieutenant governor, while briefing on the future efforts of the government, said the emphasis was on developing more connectivity, new highways, new waterways, new airways.
More than 110 lakh crore will be invested over the next five years in modern infrastructure, he added.
The reforms introduced and the work accomplished so far over the past seven and a half years are historic and we are ready to meet the new challenges of the modern world, said the Lieutenant Governor.
Members of the Utthan Foundation Trust and people from all walks of life were in attendance.