Doubts of Nepalis regarding Dharchula road can be cleared through dialogue: Defence minister
If the people of Nepal have any doubts about the new road constructed in Dharchula area of Pithoragarh, the same can be resolved through talks. The Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said this while addressing a virtual rally for Uttarakhand on Monday.
Stating that Nepal and India share spiritual, cultural and familial ties, Singh stressed that nobody can spoil this relationship. “Our lord Shiva has a connection with Pashupatinath temple in Nepal and the Kedarnath temple in Uttarakhand which connects the two nations spiritually. Any doubts which the Nepali people have regarding the road constructed in Dharchula can be resolved through dialogue,” he said.
Singh said that at a time when the global economy has suffered due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Central government under Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given a Rs 20 lakh crore special package to improve the economy. Altering the terminology of micro, small and medium industry the government also allocated Rs three lakh crore to provide guarantee-free loan for employment generation to restore the economy. As part of the Make in India initiative, the Defence ministry too has been given a target of exporting defence equipment worth $ five billion. The PM believes that instead of only relying on imports, the nation must become an exporter. Speaking about the achievements of the Central government in the first year of the second term under PM Modi, Singh said that priority has been accorded to fundamental works for the general public. “About 18,500 villages which were without electricity were provided electricity connection benefitting about 2.5 crore families. Through the Jandhan Yojana, bank accounts were opened for crores of Indians. About 2.5 crore homes were built under the Atal Awas Yojana and we are working to meet the target of ensuring a home for every Indian by 2022. Similarly, 10 crore toilets were built and cooking gas connections were provided to 8.5 crore people under the Ujjwala Yojana,” he said.
Referring to Uttarakhand, the Defence minister said that the state government under chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat has fulfilled 85 per cent of the promises made in the 2017 election manifesto. The BJP governments at the Centre and State have succeeded in winning the confidence of the people by working to fulfill their promises, said Singh.
Chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat, while appreciating the timely and decisive steps taken by the Modi government also spoke about the works of the State government during the three years of its term so far. He spoke about the measures taken to control the spread of Covid-19, boost the economy and enable the youth and returning migrants for self employment. The BJP State president Bansidhar Bhagat and Union Human Resource Development minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ also expressed their views on the occasion.
Tuesday, 16 June 2020 | PNS | Dehradun
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