Prime Minister Narendra Modi today praised the Uttar Pradesh government for its handling of the COVID-19 crisis and said the way it had controlled the second wave of the infection was “unprecedented”.
The Prime Minister, who arrived at his parliamentary constituency in the morning, also appreciated the Yogi Adityanath-led government for working with a development oriented approach rather than one based on corruption and nepotism, and bringing in rule of law in the state.
The Prime Minister inaugurated and laid the foundation stones of multiple development projects worth more than ₹ 1,500 crore at the IIT-BHU ground.
Later, he inaugurated the International Cooperation and Convention Centre – Rudraksh, constructed with the Japanese assistance.
Describing the efforts of the government in combating COVID-19 as “commendable”, the Prime Minister said Uttar Pradesh’s population is more than a dozen big countries but the way it has controlled the second wave of coronavirus and stopped its spread is unprecedented”.
Earlier, even minor problems assumed monstrous proportions due to the shortage of health facilities and the lack of willpower, he said.
The people of Uttar Pradesh, the Prime Minister said, had seen an era when there were problems in tackling diseases such as encephalitis.
“And this (Covid) is the biggest problem the world is facing in 100 years. It is the biggest pandemic, and hence efforts made by Uttar Pradesh to tackle the corona are commendable.”
PM Modi, who is on a one-day visit to the city, said the last few months had been very difficult for humanity. “But Kashi along with UP faced such a big problem with full strength. Even during difficult times, Kashi has shown it does not stop, nor does it get tired.”
The state government also came in for praise for the law and order situation.
“There is rule of law in UP today. Mafiaraj and terrorism, which were once out of control, are now controlled by law. Criminals who dare to eye sisters and daughters know they will not be spared,” PM Modi said.
“Another important thing the government today is not run through corruption and nepotism (‘bhrashtarchar aur bhai bhatijawaad‘) but through development (‘vikasvaad‘). Therefore, in UP, the benefits of schemes are reaching people and new investments and opportunities of employment are increasing,” he added.
Stressing that Kashi is emerging as a major medical hub for Purvanchal (eastern region), he said medical treatment for which people had to go to Delhi and Mumbai earlier is now available here.
Speaking on development works in Kashi in the past seven years, he said it is marching ahead on the development path while maintaining its original identity.
He also referred to the help extended to the “naviks” (boatmen), saying their diesel boats are being converted into CNG ones, which are environment friendly.
News Source: NDTV News