Np News 24 Mumbai: Union Minister Nitin Gadkari has said that the government under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been working in a decisive and transparent manner, with the vision of development and with the goal of making India a super-economy in the world.
“The100 days of the government has been just the beginning, and that many more decisive actions and bold initiatives are going to be made in the coming years,” he said. The Minister said this while addressing a press conference on 100 days of the Government, in Mumbai on Monday.
Gadkari told the media gathering that the repeal of Article 370 and the re-organisation of Jammu & Kashmir has opened a new chapter of development in the region and will put an end to terrorism.
He said that hunger, poverty and unemployment in the region were because of Article 370; even reservation could not be implemented due to this.
“The development issues of Leh and Ladakh have also been solved,” he added. Stating that the banning of teen talaq has been a big achievement, Gadkari said that it has provided justice to Muslim women, on humanitarian grounds.
Even opposition parties supported it and the Parliament discussed it thoroughly, he added. On road development, the Minister informed the media,.”Road transport projects worth Rs. 60,000 crore are being executed. We are trying to build all-season roads. By signing MoU between Punjab, Kashmir and Haryana, we are trying to utilize water of three rivers in the region. 7 pending projects are being completed and water will go to the fag end of Rajashtan, benefiting 8 districts”.
“We are trying to promote e-vehicles. GST on e-vehicles has been reduced from 12 to 5 percent. We are incentivising ethanol making from sugar, maze etc. because it is import-substituting, cost-effective and pollution-free. We import 7 lakh crore worth of petroleum products. Using ethanol will save 40,000 crore rupees. Recently, a bike run on ethanol was inaugurated, soon we will try running autos and buses too on ethanol,” he added.
“In Nagpur, we are selling waste water for Rs 180 crore. We will extract methane and CO2 from it and mix it with vegetable, meat waste and solid sludge and will run 400 buses, 150 cars and 100 trucks on it. Bhandara, Wardha, Gondia, Chandrapur, Gadchiroli and Nagpur will be made diesel-free in next 5 years. Delhi-Mumbai and Delhi-Howrah routes will see trains running at the speed of 160 km/hr. Delhi Mumbai highway with cost of 1 lakh crore is being built which will make Delhi-Mumbai travel possible in just 12 hours by road. 50,000 crore rupees are being spent to remove pollution from Delhi,” he said.
The Minister said that the banking sector will become stronger after capital infusion of Rs. 70,000 crore.
The Minister further said that 1.5 crore people will benefit from Pradhan Mantri Laghu Vyapari Pension Yojana, which provides 3000 rupees pension for small and marginal traders and shopkeepers after 60 years of age.
He stated that around 2 crore houses will be built under PM Awas Yojana by 2020-21 and that 4.26 lakh homes are being built in urban areas at a cost of Rs 23,400 crore; they will have electricity, LPG connection and toilet in it.
Speaking on PM Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana, the Minister said, “8,955 crore rupees have been given to farmers in the first 100 days of the government”.
The minister also inaugurated the exhibition put up by Regional outreach Bureau, Pune on the occasion of completion of 100 days of the government.
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