Rail coach workshop will boost industrial development in Haryana : PM
Sampla (Rohtak) :
Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone for a rail coach refurbishing factory, saying the project will create employment and boost industrial development in Haryana.
The Rail Coach Refurbishing and Rehabilitation Factory will be set up at a cost of Rs 500 crore at Barhi in Sonipat district.
Modi said 250 passenger train coaches will be repaired and modernised every year at the factory. There were would no need to send coaches to factories located in far-off places, he added.
“With this factory, the availability of passenger coaches will also increase and people will get the benefit of comfortable coaches,” he said at a public meeting in Sampla to honour peasant leader Sir Chhotu Ram with a statute erected in his memory.
The railway project in Sonipat was symbolically launched at the same meeting.
He said the factory will not only help Sonipat but provide impetus to the state's industrial growth.
“Small industries will also benefit with the setting up of this factory as they will be able to supply seat covers, fans, electrical fittings, etc,” he said.
“The youth will get several employment opportunities,” he added.
He said the coach factory will help develop special skills.
“Engineers and technicians will be able to develop local expertise because of this rail coach factory.
“In the coming days, these experts will be able to provide services to other parts of the country,” he said.
Northern Railway said the project is expected to be commissioned in 2020-2021.
The factory, spread over 160 acres, will be scaled up progressively to deal with 1,000 coaches every year. It is envisaged to have a potential annual turnover of Rs 250 crore, the railways said.
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Committed to farmers’ welfare : Modi
Prime Minister lays stone of rail coach repair factory, says Lakhwar dam to benefit state
Garhi Sampla (Rohtak) :
Prime Minister Narendra Modi stated that the BJP government was committed to the welfare of farmers and had taken various initiatives to improve their lot.
He was addressing a massive gathering after unveiling a 64-foot-high statue of Sir Chhotu Ram. He laid the foundation stone of a rail coach repair factory to be set up in the Barhi industrial area of Sonepat district at a cost of about Rs 500 crore.
“Our government has fulfilled the long-standing demand of farmers by increasing the MSP of 21 crops, including wheat, paddy and sugarcane. We have ensured a provision for 50 per cent profit on total cost of agricultural inputs and started the Pradhan Mantri Annadata Aay Sanrakshan Abhiyan, under which farmers with income below the MSP will be compensated,” he stated.
He asserted that the Lakhwar dam, for which six states had inked a pact, would benefit farmers of Haryana. Describing Chhotu Ram as a great visionary, he stated that the late leader had voiced the concerns of farmers, labourers and small traders and played an instrumental role in building India.
He said the rail coach repair factory would contribute in the progress of the industry and provide job opportunities to the youth. He appreciated that Haryana had been declared an open defecation free state and Maharshi Dayanand University in Rohtak had bagged the top ranking in cleanliness.
Earlier, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar and state BJP president Subhash Barala welcomed the Prime Minister. Khattar said the Kundli-Manesar-Palwal (KMP) Expressway was nearing completion and would be inaugurated in around a month, for which he sought time from the Prime Minister.
Sir Chhotu Ram’s grandson and Union Minister for Steel Birender Singh observed that doubling of farmers’ income, as promised by the Prime Minister, would go a long way in strengthening the economy.
Haryana Governor Satya-dev Narayan Arya, Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satyapal Malik and Himachal Pradesh Governor Acharya Dev Vrat were present.
Striking a chord
The Prime Minister surprised the gathering by beginning his speech in Haryanavi dialect as he said: “Des ki seema pae raksha karan mein sabte ghaney jawan, karodo ki abadi ka pet bharan mein sabte aagey kisan, ar khelaan mein sabte jyada medal jeetan aaley khiladi den aali Haryane ki dharti ne main pranaam karu hoon.” The crowd cheered him as he spoke in Haryanavi.
About Chhotu Ram
Sir Chhotu Ram was a prominent Jat politician in British India’s Punjab province and an ideologue of peasants who worked for the interests of peasants
Granted the title of Sir by the British, Chhotu Ram awakened group consciousness among the Jat peasantry and effected a number of agrarian reforms as minister in undivided Punjab in British India
As Revenue Minister, he brought in changes in the law to stop the practice of usury (lending money on unreasonably high rates of interest)
He was a co-founder of the National Unionist Party, which had ruled in Punjab province in British India, keeping the Congress and Muslim League out
Born on November 24, 1881, at Garhi Sampla in Rohtak, Sir Chhotu Ram died on January 9, 1945, in Lahore at the age of 63. His grandson Birender Singh is Minister for Steel in the Union Cabinet
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PMO tweet describing Chhotu Ram as ‘Messiah of Jats’ removed after Surjewala’s objection
A tweet by PMO India on Tuesday from the twitter handle @PMOIndia attributed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in which Sir Chhotu Ram was described as ‘Messiah of Jats’ was deleted on Wednesday after Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala took objection to it.
In the tweet written in Hindi, the PM was attributed having said that “It is my good fortune that I got the opportunity to unveil such a huge and attractive statue of farmers’ voice, Messiah of Jats and Rahbar-e-Azam Choudhary Chhotu Ram.”
Tagging a screen shot of the PMO’s tweet, Randeep Surjewala, in-charge of AICC’s media cell, replied through a tweet that the PM had made an effort to confine Rahbar-e-Azam Sir Chhotu Ram to a particular caste.
In the tweet written in Hindi, Surjewala further said that this was a perfect example of the PM’s constricted mindset of vote-bank politics which does not allow him to come out of issues like caste and religion.
“Sir Chhotu Ram was a great leader and peasantry from across the country considered him as their Messiah,” he added.
Tweeting today again, Surjewala said that tweet has been removed by @PMOIndia, but the “mindset of dividing people on castes and creed for votes cannot be removed by merely deleting a tweet”.
Demanding an apology from Modi, Surjewala said that farmers getting injustice every day under this regime cannot be pleased by ‘jumlas’ alone.
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PM disappointed people : Cong MP
Congress MP from Rohtak Deepender Singh Hooda said the Prime Minister had disappointed residents.
“He did not announce any new welfare or development scheme, which has disappointed residents,” the MP said in a statement.
INSO workers held, freed
Members of the Indian National Students Organisation (INSO), led by its president Digvijay Singh Chautala, were detained near the Tilyar tourist complex on the outskirts of Rohtak as they were trying to move tos Garhi Sampla.
The police said the INSO members were detained and later released.
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Rs 4.37 cut on petrol instead of Rs5, says petroleum dealers’ body
Four days after the government’s decision to reduce the price of petrol and diesel by Rs 5 (Rs 2.50 by Centre and Rs 2.50 by state government per litre), the Consortium of Indian Petroleum Dealers (CIPD) has claimed it to be an eyewash and said that the government had reduced only Rs 4.37 and Rs 4.60 on petrol and diesel respectively, while the oil companies had increased 52 paisa on petrol and 85 paisa on diesel in three days.
Shamsher Singh Gogi, national president of CIPD and state president of Petroleum Dealers Welfare Association, Haryana (PDWAH), said the Union Government had reduced Rs 2.50 on both petrol and diesel on October 4. Subsequently, the state government also announced to reduce the same, but the reduction was not as declared.
He said the rate of petrol and diesel was Rs 84.15 and Rs 76.06, respectively on October 4. After this reduction the rate of petrol was to be Rs 79.15 and Rs 71.06 of diesel, but it was reduced to Rs 79.78 on petrol and Rs 71.46 on diesel.
Gogi said the rate cut had not provided much relief due to daily price revision.
“We have been demanding a probe in daily price revision from a retired judge of the apex court as it is hidden loot,” the state president said.
The government should review its decision of daily price revision and reinstate the previous system of fortnight price revision, he demanded.
The government should include the fuel under GST and tax should be imposed on crude oil not on the products, he maintained.
Mukesh Mittal, territory manager, Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd, said the rate varied from pump to pump.