Updated: October 8, 2021 7:11:11 am
At a time the Opposition is criticising BJP for changing two chief ministers in the hill state within months, which they claim shows instability in leadership in the state, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday praised the Pushkar Singh Dhami government in Uttarakhand and said that the “double engine” of development will take the state to new heights.
Uttarakhand is scheduled to go to Assembly polls early next year.
Addressing a gathering at AIIMS, Rishikesh, after inaugurating 35 PSA oxygen plants, set up under the PM-CARES scheme, Modi said the Centre is giving full support to the “new team” in Uttarakhand and joint efforts by the the Centre and the state government are foundations of fulfilling the people’ dreams.
With these, all districts in the country are covered with PSA oxygen plants set up under PM-CARES, he said.
Modi recalled that Atal Bihari Vajpayee had fulfilled the people’s dream by carving out Uttarakhand as a separate state, as the late PM believed connectivity is directly related to development. “Due to his inspiration, today work is being done to improve connectivity infrastructure in the country at an unprecedented speed and scale,” he said. “The Uttarakhand government is working sincerely in this direction.”
Giving an example, he said the grandness of Kedarnath shrine is being enhanced by developing facilities for pilgrims, and work is in progress to build an all-weather road that connects Char Dham shrines as well as areas of Garhwal and Kumaon regions that are difficult to access.
Modi said heliport infrastructure is being promoted in the state under the leadership of Dhami.
Acknowledging Uttarakhand’s role in national security, Modi said his government is working for the interest of each soldier, and ex-serviceman. “It is our government that fulfilled the 40-year-old demand of our brothers from the armed forces by implementing One Rank One Pension (OROP),” he said.
Lauding India’s efforts in combating the coronavirus pandemic, Modi said the network of nearly 3,000 testing labs were created from just one lab, and India has transformed from being an importer to an exporter of masks and kits. He said, “What India has done is a symbol of determination, service and solidarity.” As demand increased, India increased production of medical oxygen by more than 10 times, which was “an unimaginable goal” for any country but India has achieved it, he said.