Double engine govt development reaching inaccessible, tribal areas: PM Modi

New Delhi(| : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said that the double engine government has a different way of working in which people’s life is being made easy as a priority. Double engine government is giving maximum emphasis on development in tribal areas and hilly areas, he said.

PM Narendra Modi today launched several projects in Chamba, Himachal Pradesh. Addressing a public meeting here, the Prime Minister said that in the last eight years, a great yagya is going on in the hilly areas of the country, in the inaccessible areas and in the tribal areas for rapid development. Chamba of Himachal is getting its benefit, areas like Pangi-Bharmaur, Chhota-Bada Bhangal, Giripar, Kinnaur and Lahaul Spiti are getting the benefit.

The PM accused the previous governments of denying development to the inaccessible and remote areas. He said that the previous governments used to provide facilities keeping in view the ease of work. He said that there focus was on the fact that less hard work should be done and political benefits were more. Due to this, the inaccessible and tribal areas were deprived of facilities, whereas these areas were in need of the most development works, he added.

Accusing the previous governments of stalling development projects, the PM said that Himachal Pradesh Chief Ministers Dhumal, Shanta Kumar often had to make rounds of Delhi to get approval for minor projects. But they were not heard in Delhi, he said, Himachal’s demands and files kept wandering. Due to this, natural, cultural and faith-rich areas like Chamba were left behind in the race for development, he said, after 75 years he had to focus on the development of Chamba.The Prime Minister said that the government has decided to give tribal status to the Hati community of Giripar area of Sirmaur which shows how much priority the government is giving to the development of the tribal people.

The PM on Thursday laid the foundation stone of two hydel projects- 48 MW Chanju-III Hydroelectric Project and 30 MW Deothal Chanju Hydroelectric Project. Both these projects will generate 270 million units of electricity annually and Himachal Pradesh is expected to generate an annual revenue of about ₹110 crore from these projects.The Prime Minister also launched Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY)-III in Himachal Pradesh to upgrade about 3,125 km of roads in the state. The Central Government has sanctioned more than ₹420 crore for the upgradation of 440 km of roads in 15 border and remote blocks of the state.

The Prime Minister said that the projects launched today will benefit Chamba and various villages which will increase road connectivity, electricity and employment. Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur and his government worked day and night to save the lives of the people during the pandemic. Under the Ayushman Bharat scheme, free treatment of ₹5 lakh is being given. The biggest beneficiaries of this scheme are also those people who could never go to the hospital, he said. (HS)