With focus firm on the next year’s Assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Kanpur on July 15, where he will take part in the first anniversary of ‘Skill India’ at IIT-Kanpur. He will later address a public meeting at the railway ground.
Union Minister of State for Skill and Development Entrepreneurship (independent charge) Rajiv Pratap Rudy visited IIT-K campus Friday and reviewed preparations for the event with institute’s authorities. He also inspected the site of public meeting.
BJP MLA from Maharajpur in Kanpur, Satish Mahana said: “PM had launched ‘Skill India’ on July 15 last year. This year PM will be in Kanpur where he will also address the students competing to qualify for World Skills competition scheduled to be held in Abu Dhabi”.
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Mahana said the PM may make some announcements related to skill development. “For example, Rajiv Pratap Rudy visited Advanced Training Institute (ATI) and inquired about its condition. No minister had visited that campus since its establishment in 1960. Improvement in condition of ATI could be expected soon,” Mahana said.
BJP Mahanagar president Surendra Maithani said that it will be the PM’s first visit to Kanpur after taking charge. “Railway ground has capacity of 10 lakh people. The party is trying to fill the ground with people and workers from nearly 18 districts of Kanpur and Bundelkhand regions,” Maithani said. He too said that the PM could make some announcement for Kanpur where most of the industrial units are lying closed. “If these manufacturing units including textile mills are revived and youths get skill development, they could get employment opportunities in UP,” Maithani said.
BJP president Amit Shah had earlier this month addressed nearly 18,000 booth presidents and other party leaders in Kanpur city where he had accused the Akhilesh Yadav government of not fulfilling promise of giving employment to youths.
“The decision to celebrate World Youth Skills Day in Kanpur followed by a public meeting, shows that the PM as well as BJP is concerned about UP elections. The PM has recently addressed a grand rally in Allahabad. Amit Shah is also touring the state by addressing booth presidents meetings,” said another BJP leader.