Development is the only answer to violence: PM Modi

Development is the only answer to violence: PM Modi
Development is the only answer to violence: PM Modi

Development is the only answer to violence: PM Modi

“I think development is the only answer to violence and conspiracy of any sort. The trust emanating from development ends violence of any type,” he told the gathering here.

Development is the only answer to violence: PM Modi

Raipur: Development is the only answer to violence, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said here today, in an apparent message to the naxals who have been indulging in a violent campaign in Chhattisgarh. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday embarked on a one-day visit to Chhattisgarh, where he inaugurated multiple projects in the state. Modi also addressed a rally at Bhilai. Addressing a rally after launching development projects worth Rs 22,000 crore in Chhattisgarh, which goes to polls later this year, he said his government is working on creating an “atmosphere of trust”. He listed various initiatives undertaken by the BJP-led central and state governments.

According to an official release, “The modernization includes installation of cutting-edge technologies for improvement in productivity, yield, quality, cost competitiveness, energy efficiency and environmental protection.”

“I think development is the only answer to violence and conspiracy of any sort. The trust emanating from development ends violence of any type,” he told the gathering here.

His comments made here assume significance as Chhattisgarh has been reeling under naxal insurgency and has witnessed large scale violence by the ultras.

During the same event, he will lay the foundation stone for the permanent campus of Indian Institue of Technology (IIT) Bhilai.

Moreover, he will unveil the commencement of phase-2 of BharatNet (Bharat Broadband Network Limited).

“The BharatNet project envisages connecting Gram Panchayats with an underground optical fibre network,” the official release read.

“He will also distribute laptops, certificates, and cheques etc. to beneficiaries under various schemes. He will also address a public meeting,” the official release further read.

Naya Raipur’s centre will control and monitor online water and power supply, sanitation, traffic movement, integrated building management, city connectivity and Internet infrastructure (data centre), under one roof.

The monitoring of Naya Raipur city will also be carried out from the facility.

The command and control centre will be managed through a GIS (geographic information system) platform, where residents can register their complaints regarding service dysfunction through helpline numbers, an official here said.

This is Prime Minister Modi’s second visit to Chhattisgarh in the last two months.

The visit comes ahead of the assembly elections slated to be held in the state later this year.

When the NDA government assumed office, Chhattisgarhs long-standing demand for an IIT was fulfilled and IIT-Bhilai was established,” Modi told the public meeting, organised under the state governments month-long Vikas Yatra.

Chhattisgarh was earlier known for forests and tribals but now it is known for ‘smart city’, he said and referred to Naya Raipur – the country’s first ‘greenfield smart city’ taking shape in the state.

Modi said Naya Raipurs integrated command and control centre, a first-of-its kind which he inaugurated today, is a model for other smart cities in the country.

Naya Raipur will pave the way for a new India, he said.

Referring to the Bastar region, he said earlier it was known for “bombs and guns”, but now it is known for an airport, referring to the launch of the air service.

Lauding Raman Singh, Modi said he had implemented former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s vision of development and progress by focussing on stability, giving priority to law and order and peace.

He also spoke about skill development and said the state was witnessing a change because of several infrastructure projects.

This place is not new to me. I used to come here in a two-wheeler when it was a part of Madhya Pradesh. Since then, not a single year has passed when I havent visited the state. I have visited all the districts of the state, he said.

Modi also dedicated to the nation the extended and modernised Bhilai Steel Plant of SAIL.

Since Independence, from Kutch to Cuttack and Kargil to Kanyakumari, it is Bhilai Steel Plant that has provided tracks to Indian Railways, he said.

Chief Minister Raman Singh thanked the prime minister for establishing an IIT in Bhilai.

He also said that 36 lakh gas cylinders have been distributed to people in Chhattisgarh under the Centre’s Ujjwala Scheme.

This was Modi’s second visit to the state in the last two months. The Prime Minister also interacted with schoolchildren.