Taking on the Congress in an oblique way while speaking about governance, or the lack of it before 2014, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday cited the example of Rae Bareli Rail rail coach factory to explain to Lucknow University students and teachers how a failure to utilise true potential in governance can leave even big projects useless. But, he added, they can yield results when one is able to utilise the true potential.
Rae Bareli is the Lok Sabha constituency of Congress leader Sonia Gandhi, and the only Parliamentary seat the party won in UP in 2019 General Election. As chairperson of the UPA and the local MP, Rae Bareli rail coach factory was a project close to her heart.
Modi, who was addressing the centennial Foundation Day celebrations of Lucknow University through video-conferencing, did not name either the Congress or Sonia.
Modi said: “Jab saamarthya ka sahi upyog nahi ho toh kya natija hota hai main aaj udharan dena chahta hun. Aapke Lucknow se bahut dur nahi hai…Rae Bareli ka rail coach factory…. Barson pehle vahan nivesh hua, sansadhan lagey, machinary lagi. Baari baari ghoshnayen hui.. rail coach banayenge…. Lekin anek saalon tak wahan sirf denting-painting ka kaam hua (I want to cite an example of the result when true potential is not utilised. It is not far away from Lucknow – Rae Bareli rail coach factory. Many years ago, investment was done there, facilities were created, machinery was brought; big announcements were made that rail coach would be manufactured there. But for years, the only work done there was of denting and painting of coaches).”
The Prime Minister said coaches were brought from Kapoorthala, Punjab, and only “painting and denting” work was done at the unit in Rae Bareli.
That line of thinking, and the style of work, changed only after 2014 – and the result is for everyone to see, he said. He said a large number of coaches are manufactured at the Rae Bareli unit today, and this factory would soon be the biggest rail coach factory in the world.
“Saamarthya ka sahi istemal kaise hota hai woh aapke bagal mein hi hai (real use of potential is just next-door to you,” Modi said, adding that along with right use of potential, “niyat aur ichchha shakti (intention and willpower) is equally important.
Modi unveiled a commemorative coin of the centennial foundation day and a postal stamp, and spoke about the decision to expand Lucknow University’s jurisdiction. In this regard, he asked teachers and students of the university to work towards research for branding of local products in different districts of UP.
The Prime Minister said modern solutions and management should be studied and researched in the university, as such research would help the government’s policy formation as well.
Stating that one can progress only with positive thinking, Modi cited example of how new fertiliser factories have been set up while urea was earlier imported, and how khadi products have been given a new life.
He also asked Lucknow University students to take a pledge on what they would do and what their contribution in nation-building would be when India celebrates 100 years of Independence in 2047.
It may be mentioned that as chairperson of the UPA and the MP from Rae Bareli, the Rae Bareli rail coach factory was one of her projects close to her heart, for which the then UPA government had a long tussle with the then BSP government in the state for allocation of land.
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