PM Narendra Modi along with UP Governor Anandiben Patel and CM Yogi Adityanath during the inauguration of projects in Varanasi. (ANI)
PM praises Yogi’s ‘unprecedented’ way of handling of COVID crisis
PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday inaugurated and laid the foundation stones of multiple development projects worth more than Rs 1,500 crore at the IIT-BHU ground. Later, he inaugurated the International Cooperation and Convention Centre-Rudrakash, constructed with the Japanese assistance. Praising the Uttar Pradesh Government for its handling of the COVID crisis, the Prime Minister said that the way it had controlled the second wave of the infection was “unprecedented”. The Prime Minister, who arrived at his parliamentary constituency in the morning, also appreciated the Yogi Adiyanath-led Government for working with a development oriented approach rather than one based on corruption and nepotism, and bringing in rule of law in the State.
Describing the efforts of the Government in combating COVID-19 as “commendable”, the Prime Minister said, Uttar Pradesh’s population is more than a dozen big countries but the way “it has controlled the second wave of coronavirus and stopped its spread is unprecedented”. Earlier, even minor problems assumed monstrous proportions due to the shortage of health facilities and the lack of willpower, he said. The people of Uttar Pradesh, the Prime Minister said, had seen an era when there were problems in tackling diseases such as encephalitis. “And this (COVID) is the biggest problem the world is facing in 100 years. It is the biggest pandemic, and hence efforts made by Uttar Pradesh to tackle the corona are commendable.” “Even during difficult times, Kashi has shown it does not stop, nor does it get tired.” The State Government also came in for praise for the law and order situation.
“Another important thing the Government today is not run through corruption and nepotism (‘bhrashtarchar aur bhai bhatijawaad’) but through development (‘vikasvaad’). Therefore, in UP, the benefits of schemes are reaching people and new investments and opportunities of employment are increasing,” he added. Stressing that Kashi is emerging as a major medical hub for “Purvanchal” (eastern region), Modi said, medical treatment for which people had to go to Delhi and Mumbai earlier are now available here.