Union Minister of State for Textiles (Independent Charge) Santosh Gangwar Sunday joined the dharna of BJP MPs against the Samajwadi Party government, alleging that it is creating hurdles in implementation of projects of his ministry, too.
BJP MPs began their 24-hour dharna on Saturday accusing the Akhilesh Yadav government of not involving them in development of the state and creating hurdles in implementation of the centrally-funded schemes. Led by party state president Laxmikant Bajpai, MPs and party state office-bearers marched towards Raj Bhavan and submitted a memorandum to Governor’s Principal Secretary Juthika Patankar demanding Governor Ram Naik’s intervention in the matter, which also ended their 24-hour dharna.
When asked about the works of his Textile ministry, Gangwar told The Indian Express that UP lags behind in textile sector because the state government was not cooperating in implementation of Textile projects, even in Varanasi and Bareilly, which are Lok Sabha constituencies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Gangwar, respectively.
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“Ministry has proposed for establishment of a Textile Park in Bareilly district but local administration is not giving land for the project. Administration is delaying the project by citing technical issues related to the land,” Gangwar said. The textile park would have composite textile processing units.
Gangwar had also met Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on January 30 on the issues related to textile projects in the state.
He said that the government also did not provide land at the site sought by Textile Ministry for setting up Trade Facilitation Centre and Crafts Museum for weavers in Varanasi. “Ministry had to finally shift the project to another location at the outskirts of Varanasi city,” Gangawar said.
Textile Ministry has decided to develop around 1000 Crafts village across the country including UP. Gangwar said that the first Craft village is being developed in Odisha with an investment of Rs 10 crore. He said that ministry will develop maximum possible craft villages in UP if the state government shows interest. A craft village is also proposed in Varanasi where a village having sizable population of weavers and handicraft artisans will be equipped with infrastructure facilities to promote their business under the project.
“UP government is not serious for implementing Centre’s development scheme. You can understand the situation when cycle tracks are on priority of the state government,” Gangwar said.
Other BJP MPs, too, made similar allegations against the state government. Party MP from Baghpat Satyapal Singh said that Centre has planned a project to upgrade Delhi-Saharanpur state highway to national highway but No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the UP government was awaited for almost a year. This state highway passes through Baghpat.
Party MP from Hamirpur Pushpendra Singh Chandel said that the state government was delaying development in the village that he has adopted under Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana (SAGY). Chandel also alleged that state government was doing irregularity in implementation of rural electrification scheme like Deendayal Upadhyay Gram Jyoti Yojana by preparing estimates of equipment much higher than market rates.
Earlier, addressing the MPs and party leaders, state president Laxmikant Bajpai said that the Uttar Pradesh government has lost control over law and order and was now doing politics in implementation of development projects. Bajpai also said that state government was insensitive as it has no time to meet the MPs and listen to their issues.