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Cong merely talked of 'garibi hatao', Modi govt transformed lives of tribal, poor people: Shah

Press Trust of India  |  Ranchi 

today said the merely talked of "garibi hatao" (remove poverty) during its 60-year rule whereas took various initiatives to transform the lives of tribal and poor people as he, having lived in poverty, knew what it was to be poor.

Shah said the kept the tribal and poor populations underdeveloped, but the government gave them priority in development leading to their all-round progress in just four years.

The BJP president, on a one-day visit to to tone up the party organisation ahead of next year's Lok Sabha election, was addressing a function of intellectuals of "Janjatiya Samaj" (tribal society).

The had been talking of 'garibi hatao' but it is Modi who took pro-poor initiatives to transform the lives of the tribal and poor populace, Shah said.

"How life is without What happens to the poor when he or his family is struck by any And this is the reason his government is administering the country on the philosophy of 'Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas' (collective efforts, inclusive growth)," he said.

Accusing the opposition of "misleading" the people against the Centre and the BJP-ruled state governments, Shah claimed, "What the four-year-old government did, the Congress failed to do in 60 years of its rule."

Shah said that when the NDA government was formed, Modi had promised that the government would be of the poor, the Dalits and the tribals and it had worked in that direction only.

And it has shown results as for all most all the downtrodden including ST families has been completed, crores of have been opened under the Jan Dhan Yojana, 10 crore poor families, that is, 50 crore people are being insured under the new for Rs five lakh, he said listing the NDA government's achievements.

Most of the districts of Jharkhand, which were lagging behind in development, have been included in the central government's scheme for development at par with the other developed districts, he said.

The central government has disbursed over four lakh crore of rupees in the last four years to the government for its all round development. Out of the four lakh crore rupees, given to Jharkhand, Rs 1.7 lakh crore was given against the auction of mines.

He claimed that the has electrified 20,000 villages of the country that remained without even after 60 years of Independence and most of these villages were tribal-dominated or remote.

Shah said that it was a historic decision on the part of the to raise the minimum support price (MSP) for Kharif crops to one-and-half times the cost of production.

He appreciated the works being done by the Raghubar Das government in The was committed to providing to all homes in Jharkhand by this year-end.

Besides meeting the intellectuals, Shah held meetings with BJP's assembly constituencies in-charge and office-bearers of the party at party office. Shah is also slated to meet volunteers of the party's social media unit.

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First Published: Wed, July 11 2018. 18:20 IST