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Govt tracked and implemented projects worth Rs 12 lakh cr “lying in ditch“: PM

PTI Imphal | Updated on January 04, 2019

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday slammed the work culture prevailing under the previous government and said that after 2014 his government tracked and expeditiously implemented projects worth ₹12 lakh crore which were “lying in a ditch” or “consigned to files“.

Addressing a rally in state capital Imphal, he alleged that under the earlier government projects worth ₹100 crore used to be completed at an escalated cost of ₹200-250 crore, and this misuse of national wealth made him impatient.

So, Modi said, he developed a system named “Pragati” in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) in which pending projects were discussed with officials of the Centre and the state and after removing impediments were speeded up for completion within the given time frame.

He said that after coming to power in 2014 his government tracked and expeditiously implemented projects worth ₹12 lakh crore which were “lying in a ditch” or “consigned to files“.

The prime minister inaugurated eight key development projects and laid foundation stones for four schemes in the state.

“The ‘atke-latke-bhatke’ (pending and forgotten) work culture prevailing during the previous government created a big loss for the country,” Modi claimed.

He claimed that earlier elections used to be won merely by “laying foundation stones” and “cutting ribbons” somewhere, and giving rewards elsewhere.

He said that after assuming power in 2014, he felt “bechain” (impatient) about this and made an attempt to change the work culture.

Modi said he developed a system in the PMO in which pending projects were discussed with officials of the centre and the state and after removing impediments were speeded up for completion within the given time frame.

Invoking Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, he said that Manipur, where the INA led by Bose had formed the first provincial government of Independent India, will now show a way to the New India.

Governments for the last 30-40 years had kept Manipur far away from the benefits of development, the PM alleged.

“I am happy to be here where unity prevails among diversity”, he said. Manipur has a BJP government since March, 2017.

He lauded the role of women in the state since the freedom movement and also praised the achievements of ace boxer Mary Kom.

The prime minister said the projects which he had inaugurated were expected to improve the lives of the people in the state. “Go to hills and villages of the state. You will find the Manipur government has reached the far-flung areas,” he said.

In the northeastern region, the government has built 2,500 km of national highways and 300 km in Manipur alone in last four years, he said.

“My government’s policy is transformation by transportation. All the state capitals of northeast states will be linked by the railways,” he said.

Chandel district of Manipur is among the top 100 aspirational districts of the country in the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, he said.

No genuine citizen will be left out of NRC, assures PM

Silchar (Assam), Jan 4 (PTI) Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday assured the people of Assam that no genuine citizen will be left out of the NRC and hoped that the citizenship bill will be soon get Parliament’s nod.

“I am aware of the problems and difficulties faced by many during the NRC (National Register of Citizens) process but I assure you that no injustice will be done to any genuine Indian citizens,” he told the Vijay Sankalp Samavesh Rally at Kalinagar near here.

“The government is also moving ahead with the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill. It is linked with emotions and related to peoples’ lives. It is not for the benefit of anyone but a penance against the injustice and many wrongs done in the past. I hope the Bill will be passed soon in Parliament,” he said, flagging off the BJP’s Lok Sabha poll campaign in the Northeast.

Modi also spoke about his government’s decision to implement Clause 6 of the Assam Accord “hanging” for 35 years.

“Now the road is clear to safeguard social, cultural and linguistic identity of Assam.

“I am indebted to the people of Assam for voting for the BJP in the recent panchayat elections and I am committed to repay this debt by ensuring the development of the state,” he said.

Recalling his inauguration of the country’s longest rail-cum-road bridge at Bogibeel in upper Assam on December 25, Modi said “I am fortunate to be with the people of Assam for the second time in 10 days. The Barak and Brahmaputra valleys are a source of inspiration not only for the state but also for the country”, Modi said.

The prime minister arrived at Silchar in Cachar district from imphal as a part of his first phase of poll campaign, wherein he is scheduled to address rallies in 20 states in 100 days before the model code of conduct comes into force.

The BJP and its allies is setting the target to win 21 out of the 25 parliamentary seats in eight states in the region and in Assam the party hopes to win at least 11 of the 14 seats.

In the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, BJP had made massive in roads in Assam winning seven of its 14 parliamentary seats and in the 2016 assembly polls the party emerged as the single largest party with 61 seats while its alliance partners AGP and BPF had won 14 and 12 seats respectively.

Published on January 04, 2019

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