CM asks for rail link to Guj port to boost development

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Suratgarh
  • Updated: Feb 20, 2015 12:46 IST

Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje on Thursday asked the Prime Minister for a railroad linking Jaisalmer, Barmer and the Mundra port in Gujarat which she said would boost development in the state.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was on his maiden visit to Suratgarh to launch the soil health card. The chief minister was addressing the gathering to highlight how the state was going ahead on the path of development, touching up crucial issues here and there.

But, before getting into the details, she told the Prime Minister that there was a new enthusiasm with the BJP governments at the Centre and in the state.

The chief minister said the state gover nment had signed MoUs for 32,000 MW of solar power production and demanded evacuation corridors to facilitate power supply generated therefrom.

Taking up issues of border roads, she said the Centre wanted to hand over some border roads to the state government. But, she said, “These roads are in very bad condition and the Centre should repair them before handing over to us. Thereafter, we will take care of the roads.”

Raje also highlighted how industries in Punjab were polluting Indira Gandhi canal water which was coming to the state and demanded its early resolution.

She apprised the PM of drinking water problem in the state. She said there are 25,000 villages affected with fluoride problem. The chief minister said the state government had been working on formation of River Basin Authority for linking rivers.

Raje also conveyed to the Prime Minister that she had got only 167 days out of 400 days to work as the rest went into various elections.

She said, “We inherited the state in deteriorated condition with huge debt.”

The chief minister did not miss the chance to praise Modi.

“We have got a Prime Minister who does not remain confined to the four walls. He is constantly working to bring new schemes for development of the country,” she said.

Discussing the issue related to farmers, she said the Union government should declare proper Minimum Support Price for crops to bail farmers out of a tough situation.

The chief minister promised to carry forward the PM’s Make in India dream as Make in Rajasthan mission.

The Prime Minister has been invited as the chief guest to Resurgent Rajasthan, an event to be held in Jaipur in November this year to attract investors. Governor Kalyan Singh’s presence at the function triggered many speculations, as governors usually do not attend such functions, some say referring to a standard protocol. Benefits of soil health card? The soil health card scheme aims at releasing soil testing results of 14 crore farms across the country in next three years. During this financial year, soil of three crore farms would be tested. The soil test cards would be renewed after every three years. The scheme is aimed at improving productivity in agriculture.

PCC vice-president and Jaipur District Congress Committee (DDC) in-charge Raghu Sharma said on Thursday that workers would have to go on a door-todoor campaign and enrol new members. Every worker has to enrol 25 members and only then he would be made an office bearer. “People who worked against the party candidates in the assembly, Lok Sabha and civic polls will not be given any post in the party,” Sharma added.

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