On his day-long visit to Chhattisgarh, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday expressed concern over the menace of Naxalism in state and said it can be eradicated only with development. The prime minister, who will inaugurate several projects in the state during his visit, suggested that development is the only answer to violence.
“I believe all sort of violence has only one answer-development. It is the trust generated by the development that will put an end to all kind of violence,” said Modi while addressing a gathering in Bhilai.
The prime minister also lauded the BJP government for changing the perception of Chhattisgarh in the mind of the people. “Chhattisgarh was earlier known for forests and tribals, now it’s known for ‘smart city’ Naya Raipur,” said Modi, adding that his government is working towards increasing income of tribals and those living in backward areas.
Talking about ending the gap between the rich and the poor, Modi said, “It’s my dream to see that one who wears ‘hawai chappal’, travels in aeroplane.”
The prime minister dedicated to the nation the modernised and expanded Bhilai Steel Plant of state-owned SAIL. The Steel Authority of India (SAIL) has completed it’s around Rs 72,0000 crore modernisation and expansion programme which will take its production capacity to 21 million tonnes per annum (MTPA) from the present 13 MTPA.
Modi said the Bhilai Steel Plant will make the foundation of ‘New India’ stronger than steel. He also said he has dedicated to the people of Chhattisgarh schemes of around Rs 22,000 crore.
Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh and Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha were among others present during the occasion.