PM addresses ‘Viksit Bharat Viksit Rajasthan’ program

Published By : Admin | February 16, 2024 | 11:07 IST
Inaugurates, dedicates to the nation and lays the foundation stone of multiple development projects worth over Rs 17,000 crores in Rajasthan
Inaugurates various National Highway projects worth more than Rs 5000 crores in Rajasthan
Dedicates to nation and lays foundation stone for eight important railway projects worth around Rs 2300 crores
Dedicates to nation ‘Khatipura railway station
Lays foundation stone and dedicates to nation important solar projects worth around Rs 5300 crores
Dedicates to nation power transmission sector projects worth more than Rs 2100 crores
Lays foundation stone for multiple projects worth around Rs 2400 crores including projects under Jal Jeevan Mission
Dedicates to nation Indian Oil’s LPG bottling plant at Jodhpur
“Viksit Rajasthan has a key role in building a Viksit India”
“India has an opportunity to move forward with confidence leaving the despair of the past”
“When I talk of Viksit Bharat, it is not just a word or an emotion but it is a campaign to make the life of every family prosperous. Viksit Bharat is a campaign to remove poverty, create quality jobs and create modern facilities in the country”
“Today India has become one of the leading countries in the world in terms of generating electricity from solar energy”
“Youth, women, farmers and the poor are the 4 biggest castes for us and I am happy that the double-engine government is fulfilling the guarantees given by Modi for the empowerment of these sections”
“Today’s first-time voter is standing with the vision of Viksit Bharat”

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi addressed the ‘Viksit Bharat Viksit Rajasthan’ program via video conferencing today. The Prime Minister inaugurated, dedicated to the nation and laid the foundation stone of multiple development projects worth over Rs 17,000 crore. The projects cater to several important sectors including Roads, Railways, Solar Energy, Power Transmission, Drinking water and Petroleum & Natural Gas.

Addressing the gathering, the Prime Minister noted the association of lakhs of people from all constituencies of Rajasthan with ‘Viksit Bharat Viksit Rajasthan’ program and thanked them for their presence. He also congratulated the Chief Minister of Rajasthan for making excellent use of technology to bring together all beneficiaries under one roof. Highlighting the qualities of the people of Rajasthan, PM Modi recalled the reception of French President, Mr Emanuel Macron in Rajasthan a few days ago and said that its echoes were heard not only around India but also in France. Prime Minister Modi also recalled the blessings of the people when he visited the state during the Vidhan Sabha elections in Rajasthan while also reaffirming the faith in ‘Modi Ki Guarantee’ leading to the formation of a double-engine government. He congratulated the people of Rajasthan for the development projects of today worth Rs 17,000 crores in the sectors of Roads, Railways, Solar Energy, Power Transmission, Drinking water and Petroleum & Natural Gas, and said that it will create numerous employment opportunities in the state.

Recalling his call from the ramparts of the Red Fort ‘Yeh hi Samay Hai- Sahi Samay Hai’, the Prime Minister termed the present time as a golden period and said that now India can move forward with full confidence, leaving behind the despair of previous decades. He said as opposed to the talk of scams, insecurity and terrorism before 2014, now we are focussed on the goal of Viksit Bharat and Viksit Rajasthan. “Today we are taking big resolutions and dreaming big and we are devoting ourselves to achieve them”, PM Modi added. He further said, “When I talk about Viksit Bharat, it is not just a word or an emotion but it is a campaign to make the life of every family prosperous.” He added that Viksit Bharat is a campaign to remove poverty, create quality jobs and create modern facilities in the country. Drawing on her interactions with the global leaders in his foreign visit from which he returned yesterday, PM Modi highlighted that the world leaders are accepting that India can dream big and achieve those dreams.

“Development of a Viksit Rajasthan is imperative to the development of Viksit Bharat’, the Prime Minister remarked, underlining the need for fast-paced development of essential sectors of rail, road, electricity and water. He said that the development of such sectors will hugely benefit the farmers, animal keepers, industries and tourism among others while also bringing in new investments and employment opportunities to the state. The Prime Minister informed that in this year’s Union Budget, a record Rs 11 lakh crores have been allocated for infrastructure development which is 6 times more than any previous government. PM Modi underlined that the expenditure will hugely benefit the cement, stones and ceramics industries.

The Prime Minister mentioned unprecedented investment in the rural roads, highways and expressways in Rajasthan in the last 10 years. He said that today Rajasthan is getting connected with the coastal areas of Gujarat Maharashtra to Punjab via broad highways. Today’s projects will improve connectivity in Kota, Udaipur, Tonk, Sawai Madhopur, Boondi, Ajmer, Bhilwara and Chittorgarh. These roads will also ensure better connectivity with Delhi, Haryana, Gujarat and Maharashtra.

Talking about the electrification, revamp and repair works for Railways that were part of today's event, the Prime Minister said that doubling of Bandikui-Agra Fort rail line will ease access to Mehndipur Balaji and Agra. Similarly, he said, Khatipura (Jaipur) station will enable plying of more trains.

Prime Minister Modi emphasized the efforts of the government to enable the citizens to produce solar electricity in their own homes while also creating income by selling the extra electricity. Shri Modi highlighted the initiation of PM Surya Ghar Yojna or free electricity scheme where the government will arrange 300 units of free electricity. He informed that the Central Government will provide financial assistance for setting up solar panels on the terrace to 1 crore households initially where the total outlay of the project will be around Rs 75,000 crores. He underlined that middle-class and lower-middle-class society will benefit the most from this. He further added that banks will also facilitate easy disbursal of loans. “In Rajasthan, the government has planned to install solar panels in 5 lakh houses”, Shri Modi said highlighting the efforts of the double-engine government in reducing the expenditure of the poor and middle class.

The Prime Minister reiterated the focus on the development of the four sections i.e. youth, women, Kisan and the poor. “These are the 4 biggest castes for us and I am happy that the double-engine government is fulfilling the guarantees given by Modi for the empowerment of these sections'', he said. He noted 70 thousand jobs proposed in the first Budget of the new Rajasthan Government. He also praised the new state government for the formation of SIT for paper leak incidents. He also informed about the stringent new central law against paper leaks which will work as a deterrent.

The Prime Minister touched upon the state government’s guarantee to provide gas cylinders to poor families at Rs 450 and said that it has benefitted lakhs of women from Rajasthan. Pointing out the scams in Jal Jeevan Mission during the previous government, Shri Modi underlined that work has now taken up at a rapid pace. He informed that the existing financial assistance of Rs 6,000 under PM Kisan Samman Nidhi for the farmers of Rajasthan has been increased by Rs 2,000. “We are fulfilling our promises one by one in every field. We are serious about our guarantees. That's why people say - Modi's guarantee means guarantee of fulfilment”, the Prime Minister reaffirmed.

Speaking about the Viksit Bharat Sankalp Yatra, the Prime Minister said, “Modi's effort is to ensure that every beneficiary gets their entitlements quickly and no one is deprived.” He noted the participation of crores of citizens from Rajasthan where free health checkups for nearly 3 crore people have been carried out, 1 crore new Ayushman cards have been made, 15 lakh farmers have registered for Kisan Credit Card, around 6.5 lakh farmers have applied for PM Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana. The Prime Minister further added that around 8 lakh women have registered for Ujjwala gas connection where 2.25 lakh connections have already been issued during this period. He also mentioned that 16 lakh people from Rajasthan have joined the insurance schemes of Rs 2 lakh each.

The Prime Minister pointed towards the forces that promote an atmosphere of despair and refrain from celebrating the successes of the country. He also cautioned against dynasty politics. He said such politics does not inspire the youth. Referring to the dreams and aspirations of the first-time voters, the Prime Minister said that such youth “is standing with the vision of Viksit Bharat’. The vision of Viksit Rajasthan and Viksit Bharat is for such first-time voters.”

Governor of Rajasthan, Shri Kalraj Mishra, Chief Minister Rajasthan, Shri Bhajan Lal Sharma, other Ministers of the Rajasthan Government, MPs, MLAs and local-level representatives among others joined on the occasion.

Background

The Prime Minister inaugurated various National Highway projects worth more than Rs 5000 crores in Rajasthan. The Prime Minister inaugurated three Packages of 8-Lane Delhi - Mumbai Green field Alignment (NE-4) viz Baonli-Jhalai road to Mui Village section; Hardeoganj village to Mej River section; and section from Takli to Rajasthan/ MP Border. These sections will provide faster and improved connectivity in the region. These sections are also equipped with Animal Underpass and Animal Overpass with camouflaging to facilitate unhindered movement of wildlife. Further, Noise barriers are also provisioned to minimise the impact on wildlife. The Prime Minister also inaugurated 6-Lane Greenfield Udaipur Bypass connecting Chittorgarh-Udaipur Highway section of NH-48 at Debari with Udaipur-Shamlaji Section of NH-48 at Kaya village. This Bypass will help in decongesting Udaipur City. The Prime Minister also inaugurated various other projects that will improve road infrastructure in Jhunjhunu, Abu Road and Tonk districts of Rajasthan.

Strengthening the rail infrastructure in the region, the Prime Minister dedicated to the nation and laid the foundation stone of eight important railway projects of Rajasthan worth around Rs 2300 crores. The rail projects being dedicated to the nation include various projects for the electrification of rail routes including Jodhpur-Rai Ka Bagh-Merta Road-Bikaner section (277 Km); Jodhpur-Phalodi section (136 Km); and Bikaner-Ratangarh-Sadulpur-Rewari section (375 Km). The Prime Minister also dedicated to the nation, ‘Khatipura railway station’. The railway station is developed as a satellite station for Jaipur and is equipped with ‘Terminal facility’ where trains can originate and terminate. The rail projects whose foundation stones are being laid by the Prime Minister include the maintenance facility of Vande Bharat sleeper trains at Bhagat Ki Kothi (Jodhpur); maintenance of all types of rakes like Vande Bharat, LHB etc. at Khatipura (Jaipur); construction of coach care complex for maintenance of trains at Hanumangarh; and Doubling of Bandikui to Agra Fort rail line. The railway sector projects are aimed at modernizing rail infrastructure, enhancing safety measures, improving connectivity and facilitating the movement of goods and people more efficiently.

To boost renewable energy production in the region, the Prime Minister laid the foundation stone and dedicated to the nation important solar projects worth around Rs 5300 crores in Rajasthan. The Prime Minister laid the foundation stone of the NLCIL Barsingsar Solar Project, a 300 MW Solar Power Project, to be established near Barsingsar Thermal Power Station in Bikaner, Rajasthan. The solar project is being set up with the latest state-of-the-art technology with high-efficiency bifacial modules manufactured in India in line with Aatmanirbhar Bharat. He laid the foundation stone of 300 MW Solar Power project of NHPC LTD under CPSU Scheme Phase-II (Tranche -III), also to be developed at Bikaner Rajasthan. The Prime Minister also dedicated to the nation the 300 MW NTPC Green Energy Limited Nokhra Solar PV Project, developed in Bikaner Rajasthan. The solar projects will generate green power, help offset Carbon dioxide emissions and lead to economic development of the region.

The Prime Minister also dedicated to the nation power transmission sector projects worth more than Rs 2100 crores in Rajasthan. These projects are meant for evacuation of power from solar energy zones in Rajasthan so that the solar power generated in these zones can be transmitted to beneficiaries. The projects include the Transmission System Strengthening Scheme for evacuation of power from solar energy zones in Rajasthan (8.1 GW) under Phase-II Part A; Transmission System Strengthening Scheme for evacuation of power from solar energy zones in Rajasthan (8.1 GW) under Phase-II Part-B1; and Transmission System for providing connectivity to RE projects at Bikaner (PG), Fatehgarh-II & Bhadla–II.

The Prime Minister laid the foundation stone of multiple projects worth around Rs 2400 crores including projects under Jal Jeevan Mission, which aimed at strengthening the infrastructure to provide clean drinking water in Rajasthan. The projects signify the Prime Minister’s dedication to providing clean drinking water through individual household tap connections across the country.

The Prime Minister dedicated to the nation Indian Oil’s LPG bottling plant at Jodhpur. The bottling plant with state-of-the-art infrastructure and automation system for operation and safety, will lead to employment generation and will cater to the LPG needs of lakhs of customers in the region.

The launch of these development projects in Rajasthan underscores the Prime Minister's relentless efforts to transform Rajasthan's infrastructure landscape and create opportunities for growth and development. The program is being organised at about 200 places across all districts of Rajasthan, with the main program held at Jaipur. The state-wide program witnessed the participation of lakhs of beneficiaries of various government schemes. The program will also be joined by Chief Minister Rajasthan, other Ministers of the Rajasthan Government, MPs, MLAs and local-level representatives.

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