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Nadda stresses BJP-govt's commitment for poll-bound TN's welfare

India has got the maximum recovery rate from theinfection which is more than 97 per cent.It shows how thecountry has fought from the front, he said.In line with the efforts taken by the Centre, Naddasaid Tamil Nadus health infrastructure did the same and alsoresponded in fighting the pandemic.Referring to the Atmanirbhar Bharat initiative, hesaid Rs 20 lakh crore have to be spent and one has to ensurefarmers take advantage of it in agriculture developmentthrough farmers producers organisation.PTI VIJ SA BNWELCOME BNWELCOME

PTI | Chennai | Updated: 14-01-2021 21:41 IST | Created: 14-01-2021 21:40 IST
Nadda stresses BJP-govt's commitment for poll-bound TN's welfare
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Chennai, Jan 14 (PTI):BJP president J P NaddaonThursday underlined his party-led government's commitment forpoll-bound Tamil Nadu's welfare, andlisted the Centre'svarious measures taken for the state,including setting up ofthe All India Institute of Medical Sciences and openingof the Chennai-Bengaluru defence corridor.

Participating in the 'Namma Ooru Pongal' celebrations,organised by the party's state wing on the occasion of theharvest festival, Nadda asked cadres to ensure that Centre'scampaign of 'Atmanirbhar Bharat' also works in Tamil Nadu.

His visit assumes significance as the state assemblypolls are due in April-May.

Clad in traditional white shirt and dhoti, Nadda wasaccorded a warm welcome by party functionaries led by Statepresident L Murugan at the airport.

Beginning his speech in Tamil, Nadda said Tamil Naduwas a land of saints and sages who have contributed tohumanity and the state has got a rich culture and contributedfor the people of the country.

''I remember Saint Thiruvallur's contribution which isnot only to Tamil Nadu but to the whole country.Tamil is theworld's oldest language and Tamil Nadu is proud of it.'' ''In the same way, famous Kings of Cheras, Cholas,Pandiyas, Pallavas have contributed in the development ofTamil Nadu,'' he said.

Religious sentiments have also been takencare of by religious leaders and saints.''I always saythat all the 63 Nayanmars (saivite saints) and 12 Alwars(Vaishnavite saints) are from the land of Tamil Nadu which wehave to remember. We feel proud of it,'' he said.

On the role of Tamil Nadu in the independencemovement, he recalled the valiantefforts of freedom fighterslike 'Tirupur' Kumaran, Subramanya Bharathi, Velunachiyar, andV O Chidambaram Pillai.

Referring to Tamil poet Kaniyan Poongundranar's lines'Yathum Oorae, Yavarum keleer'(we belong to all places, and toeveryone), Nadda said India was proud when Prime MinisterNarendra Modi referred to these lines in the United Nationsassembly.

''That is the love and affection which Prime MinisterNarendra Modi has for Tamil Nadu.Time and again he speaksabout the poets and poems of Tamil Nadu at the internationalforums,'' he said.

On initiative for the state's welfare, he said theCentre has taken care of Tamil Nadu so that it takes a bigleap as far as development was concerned.

''...The 13th Finance Commission during UPA governmentgave Rs 94,000 crore to Tamil Nadu for development.But the14th Finance Commission under the NDA government gave Rs 5.42lakh crore...this shows what feeling the Prime Minister hasfor the people of Tamil Nadu,'' he said.

On tapping the silk and textile industry in thestate, Nadda said, ''the central government has allotted Rs1,600 crore only for the development of Textiles.This isAtmanirbhar Bharat, this is vocal for local.'' Nadda said 94 lakh of people from Tamil Nadu havejoined Jan Dhan Yojana scheme while 30 lakh gas connectionswere provided to beneficiaries in the State under the Centre'sUjjvala Yojana scheme.

As many as 30 lakh LED bulbs were distributed to thestate under the LED bulb scheme launched by the Centre.

On the Defence Corridor between Chennai andBengaluru, Nadda said it was not only a defence corridor but'opening of an economic corridor' for the State.

The Centre has also earmarked Rs 2,800 crore forthe Chennai Metro Rail extension programme in Chennai andanother Rs 3,267 crore for Monorail programme, he said.

Noting that 12 cities in the state would be upgradedto smart cities, he said, when he was the Union HealthMinister the Centre accorded the All India Institute ofMedical Sciences for TN at an investment of Rs 1,300 crore.

''World class AIIMS hospital is coming toMadurai.Nearly 100 seats will be there for MBBS and more than100 seats will be allocated for staff nurses,'' he said.

Besides the AIIMS hospital in Madurai, the Centrealso approved setting up of 11 medical colleges in the state.

On disbursement of loans under Pradhan MantriMUDRA Yojana Scheme, he said highest number of beneficiarieswere from Tamil Nadu in which 48 lakh accounts were opened andRs 50,000 crore was spent for the scheme in the state.

Nadda said during the COVID-19 pandemic thewestern world which had better health facilities collapsedwhile PM Modi led the country against COVID-19 from the front.

Prime Minister took the decision for lockdown andmade the country prepare for the fight against the outbreak,he said, adding, during the outbreak there was not (even) onededicated hospital for COVID-19 in the country.

''Now we have got 2,500 plus dedicated hospitalsfor COVID-19.During the pandemic, we did not manufacturepersonal protection equipment (PPE) kits..today the countrymanufactures 5 lakh PPE per day.This is Atmanirbhar Bharat.'' The BJP chief said testing of samples, which was1,500 per day during the pandemic,has increased to 5 lakh perday now. India has got the maximum recovery rate from theinfection which is more than 97 per cent.It shows how thecountry has fought from the front, he said.

In line with the efforts taken by the Centre, Naddasaid Tamil Nadu's health infrastructure did the same and alsoresponded in fighting the pandemic.

Referring to the Atmanirbhar Bharat initiative, hesaid Rs 20 lakh crore have to be spent and one has to ensurefarmers take advantage of it in agriculture developmentthrough farmers producers' organisation.PTI VIJ SA BNWELCOME BNWELCOME

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)


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