On 22nd July 2016, Indian Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi visited Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh where he unveiled a statue of Mahant Avaidyanath ji at the temple and addressed a large gathering at this event. He also unveiled plaques for the foundation stone of Gorakhpur Fertilizer Plant and AIIMS (All India Institute of Medical Science). The Cabinet had recently approved these two proposals.

With this, Prime Minister has fulfilled his two promises that he made during the Lok Sabha Polls in 2014. He discovered the salient features of these projects and mentioned that for the balance development of the nation, it is important to consider the development of eastern India.

While addressing people at the event, he mentioned his association with Mahant Avaidyanath. He spoke about the nobility of our saints and seers who have been compassionate towards our society and the poor.

Shri Narendra Modi said, “It’s my privilege that I had an opportunity to unveil the statue of Avaidyanath Ji who is an inspiration to all.”

PM Modi stated that the initiative of Gorakhpur Fertilizer Plant will provide job opportunity to many individuals. There will be 4000 job vacancies for the youngsters. This initiative has also ensured the adequate supply of nutrients to the farmers in Uttar Pradesh. Earlier, the plant belonging to the Fertilizer Corporation India Ltd (FCIL) had been lying idle since 1990s. Now, it will be revived through a special purpose vehicle of public sector units at an estimated cost of Rs 6000 crore.

According to the statistical data, the urea output in the country is estimated to rise to 25 tonnes in 2016 which is still less to fulfill the annual demand of 32 million tones. The requirement of the fertilizer has been fulfilled through imports. According to PM Modi, the reopening of the fertilizer unit in the state can ignite an industrial transformation in the state.

In order to bring transparency in the production and supply of fertilizers, the government of India has taken an impressive initiative. From now onwards, urea will be coated with neem which will be utilized for the fertilization purpose only. He also mentioned about the successful reduction of the cost of TLP fertilizer, Mixed Fertilizer NPK and MOP which has provided benefits to the farmers. Along with this, he discussed the benefits of Fasal Bima Yojana (Pradhan Mantri Crop Insurance Scheme).

PM Modi said, “The people reposed faith in us and that is why this development work has been able to take place. You have elected a Govt. that works.”

Under this scheme, if the farmers lose the crop due to any natural calamity like rain, flood or unavoidable circumstance, then 25% of the total loss will be provided instantly. The remaining balance will be paid after the proper assessment of the situation. The farmers will pay only 2% as premium, while the remaining will be done by the government.

Rabi Crop – 1.5 percent premium
Kharif Crop – 2 percent premium
Baagwani Crop -5 percent premium
Tilhal Crop – 1.5 percent premium

He said that the people of Uttar Pradesh had given chance to every political party for the development of the state. According to him, dynasty politics and caste politics will not develop the state or provide benefits to the people. For that, there must be awareness among youngsters and the people so that they can take a wise decision for the development of the nation. Modi mentioned that it is the time of green revolution in India. He believed that the development of the states of the nation including Bihar, Assam, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Odisha and other north eastern states will significantly help to develop India. In Eastern Uttar Pradesh, it is the time of second green revolution which will provide benefits to agriculture sectors of the state. The government of India has involved their hard efforts to initiate the development plans.

PM Narendra Modi said, “The 2nd green revolution will take place in eastern India, including here in eastern Uttar Pradesh.”

PM Modi stated that the setting up AIIMS (All India Institute of Medical Science) with an estimated cost of Rs. 1011 crore will provide super specialty healthcare to the people to the state and will create a large pool of doctors. The institute covers an area of 24000 square including 150 operation theaters and 750 beds.  He described how resources have been allocated so that people in the region lead healthy lives. Medical Institute in Gorakhpur has come up with the similar facilities as that discussed and planned for Nagpur, Kalyani (West Bengal) and Mangalagiri (Andhra Pradesh) last year. Under the purview of the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana, these new centers will attempt to address the problem of affordable and reliable healthcare not being available across the country.

He also mentioned that for tourist attraction in Uttar Pradesh, the regional connectivity has been given priority in the new civil aviation policy.

Contributor: Sunpreet Kaur