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Rahul Gandhi visits flood-hit areas of UP

The Nehru-Gandhi political scion travels to the flood-hit villages, using even a makeshift boat to reach some places, for first hand account of the situation.

india Updated: Aug 23, 2008 20:27 IST

Reaching out to the flood-affected people of this area, Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi on Saturday took up their cause with the local administration and asked the Uttar Pradesh government to provide relief to them immediately.

The Nehru-Gandhi political scion travelled to the flood-hit villages, using even a makeshift boat to reach some places, for first hand account of the situation.

The young MP, representing Amethi, felt the relief work has been tardy and expressed his displeasure over it to the local administration officials.

"Relief should be provided immediately," Gandhi said as he reviewed the situation with the District Magistrate and other officials at over two-hour long meeting.

He also reviewed the pace of developmental activities and the progress of centrally-funded schemes in his constituency.

Congress, BSP, SP MLAs and other members of the committee were present in the meeting where Gandhi discussed all the plans, including minute details on their implementation.

The MP was not satisfied with the progress of children schemes like NREG, Indira Abhas Yojana and the Prime Minister's Rural Road Scheme. He made his displeasure known to the officials.

As irregularities in the NREG has been noticed earlier, Gandhi asked for a report of the committee which was constituted to look into the issues.

Gandhi later inaugurated an industrial training institute at Chandpur in Sultanpur district and said more such facilities would be opened to provide jobs to people.

He said in the past couple of years, "we have helped over 1,000 people of the area to get jobs in various industries and about 120 youth have also been provided employment in foreign countries.

"More such centres will be established to provide employment to the youth," he said.

During his whirlwind tour of the constituency, Gandhi interacted with Congress leaders and workers and asked them to be prepared for the coming elections.

Union Labour Minster Oscar Fernadez was present at the inaugural function and gave details about the schemes of the UPA government on labour employment and other programmes.