Govt to act tough against forces trying to flare up communal violence: Patel

‘Modi’s 8 years of Govt unparalleled in many ways’

Avtar Bhat
UDHAMPUR, June 13: Union Minister of State for Food Processing Industries and Jal Shakti, Prahlad Singh Patel today made it clear that the Government will act tough against the forces trying to flare up communal violence in the country and create a division between the different communities.
Talking to reporters here, Patel asserted that India will go ahead on the path of progress under the leadership of Prime Minister, Narendra Modi and will not allow anyone to create impediments in the way of country’s progress and development.
He said every patriotic Indian knows that the recent clashes are the result of a hatched conspiracy to derail India from the path of progress and development on which it has fast tread under the leadership of Modi.
The Union Minister said while the Government will not spare such forces and take tough action against them but the society at large has also to stand up against them and unmask them as well as foil their designs to create a wedge among the different communities.
In response to a question, he said that the culture of Indian people is same and there is no confrontation as we have been living in peace for centuries. “The way of worship can be different but it can’t be a sort of conflict among the people”, he added.
“Those forces whether internal or outsiders who can’t digest our progress are trying to derail our mission of development but they will never succeed in their designs”, he said.
Patel said Jammu and Kashmir is also on the path of progress and development which can be gauged from the fact that there is a huge influx of tourists in the UT and Amarnath yatra is also going to start soon. Many developmental projects and tunnels are under construction in the UT, he added.
Patel said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s eight years of Government are unparalleled and termed abrogation of Article 370, construction of Ram Mandir, implementation of GST, abolition of Triple Talaq, recognition of Yoga at international level etc as the historical achievements.
The Modi Government provided free food grains to over 80 crore people during COVID-19 times under PM Garib Kalyan Yojana which is world’s largest food security scheme launched to combat COVID-19 induced economic disruption, Patel said.
He said the biggest achievement of this Government was Made-in-India COVID-19 vaccine after the relentless efforts of scientists which has made India self reliant making it the biggest exporter of it.
Patel also said that the defence sector which earlier was dependent on imports and had earned the name of scandals is now exporting the missiles. The Defence Sector in the country being important for border areas like Jammu and Kashmir has also been strengthened under PM Narendra Modi to the extent that India is now becoming an exporter of defence equipment, BrahMos defence export deals being the best example of it. The defence ecosystem that is being built by India through its joint ventures with Israel is a biggest achievement in itself in defence technology, the Minister added.
He further said that this Government has brought a lot of transparency in the system that is evident from the fact that the beneficiaries of different Central schemes be that the Kissan Samman Nidhi, PM Awas Yojana etc are receiving instalments directly into their bank accounts.
The Minister informed that the Government has allocated 60 thousand crore rupees under Jal Jeevan Mission this year to provide tap water to 3.8 crore households. The Minister said that the states can spend three times more of the previous year’s allocated budget under Jal Jeevan Mission for which states have to seek the best technical support, bring in resources utilisation, streamline the tendering process etc. so as to make DPRs in time and achieve the targets like Goa, Telangana, Puducherry, Andaman & Nicobar and Lakshadweep etc.
J&K will also be achieving the target of Har Ghar Jal in 2024 according to the calendar framed by the UT Government, the Minister informed.
Patel said that the budget of Food Processing Industries has increased to 137 percent which is again a historical achievement of this Government. The Minister also informed that the Production Linked Incentive (PLI) Scheme formulated for the food processing industry with an outlay of Rs 1100 crore under PM Narendra Modi will help India to mark distinction in the world in food processing. The PLI scheme is a boon to one district, one product scheme like Kalari in Udhampur, the Minister added.
The Minister informed that there are 24 lakh food processing units in the country out of which two lakh food processing units will be upgraded with an outlay of 10 thousand crores which is a good news for the people of J&K who are operating food processing units.
The Minister emphasized that the need of the hour is to start information campaigns through media so that people will become aware of the different schemes launched by the Government.
Later, he laid foundation stone of water supply scheme of Saddal and Panjal villages to be build at an estimated cost of Rs 415.68 lakh.