“We know that employment generation is possible only if there is progress. Development takes the country forward and brings positive changes in our life. I hope that this factory also will play a big role towards development of this region” said Sonia Gandhi while addressing the gathering.
“You have watched closely the efforts of Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi for the development of this region. Welfare of the people and development of the country were supreme for them. Their vision was to build up a bright future while improving the present situation. We also must follow their footsteps. I want to tell this, mainly to the youth here, because they have a bigger role in the nation building” reminded the Congress President.
While listing out some of the important legislations of the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre, Sonia Gandhi said, “We had promised Food Security Bill and despite all the obstacles, troubles and hindrances, we could get the bill passed in the Parliament. This will benefit 75% of the rural and 50% of the urban population” and added “At present Centre gives about 66 lac tonnes of food grains to Uttar Pradesh; after the implementation of this Food bill state’s share will be increased to 96 lac tonnes. 80% of the rural and 60% of the rural poor will thus be able to avail food grains at subsidized rates in this state. This shows that Uttar Pradesh will get the maximum benefits from this law, compared to other states”.
“We have always made it a point to give priority to the issues related to the farmers” asserted Sonia Gandhi and continued “The UPA Govt, for the first time, increased the MSP of other food-grains also, apart from wheat and rice. The most important measure, for the benefit of the farmers, is the historic Land Acquisition Bill, passed by the Centre. Now, nobody can forcibly grab the lands of poor farmers. Further, it is now mandatory that the lands can be acquired only with the consent of the farmers and after paying the adequate prices”.
RINL and Indian Railways have entered into an agreement for setting up a forged wheel plant at Lalganj with an investment of Rs.1,100 crore in the first phase. The project promises about 600 jobs while 2,000 others would benefit indirectly. The railways will lease 40 acres to the RINL for 30 years to set up the factory. The factory will produce one lakh forged wheels each year to cater to the demand of LHB coaches and high-speed locos.
Once set up in 42 months, it would curtail imports of forged wheels, besides enhancing the safety aspects of locos, coaches and wagons. The railways have assured an offtake of 1 lakh wheels from the RINL for 26 years.
This (rail wheel) project is another step towards development and once this factory is completed it will not only cater the needs of the rail coach factory already here but also will meet the requirements of the entire northern railway. The UPA Government at the Centre has been taking various measures for all-round development in the country and this factory is another example for our commitment.
We know that employment generation is possible only if there is development. Development takes the country forward and brings positive changes in our life. I hope that this factory also will play a big role towards development of this region. There is no end of responsibilities and continued efforts in our life; and similarly there is no end of efforts for development. Our great leaders built this nation believing in this concept.
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