Odisha’s Balasore in a way is a missile city, says PM


By Our Correspondent

BALASORE/BHUBANESWAR: The Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said Balasore in a way is a missile city,, it has been the working ground of former President late Dr APJ Abdul Kalam.

“I feel the pain for those mothers who do not get proper support and help during giving birth, I want to provide best facilities for them,” he said.

PM Modi compares development of BJP ruled states versus poor developments other states ruled by opposition parties.In the western part of India, there is economic development, why is there no development in Bihar, West Bengal, Odisha. We don’t want any state or any region in the country to be devoid of development and change.

Attacking Congress’ “gareebi hatao” slogan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said though intention of those who gave the slogan may have been good, the path they chose for delivering the promise was wrong.

Addressing a rally in this coastal Odisha town on completion of two years of his government, he called for a ‘balanced’ development in the country and wondered why the eastern belt had remained backward despite being generously bestowed with natural resources.

Pitching for development of Odisha, eastern Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Bihar and Assam, Modi said his government was committed to the welfare of the poor people who would be at the centre of all schemes.

Questioning former prime minister Indira Gandhi’s ‘gareebi hatai’ slogan, he said, “We have for the last 60 years heard the slogan of ‘gareebi hatao’. I do not doubt the intention of those who gave this slogan. The intention may have been good but the path they chose to eradicate poverty was certainly wrong because poverty, unemployment and disease grew.”

He said governments are not for the rich, but the poor and they should work towards fighting poverty. Till the time scientific solutions to the problems are found, poverty will not be eradicated, he said.

“I had said that my government is dedicated to the welfare of poor people in the country. When I said this, my purpose was that no state or area should be left behind in development. There should be a balanced development and everyone should benefit from it.”

“Governments are not for the rich but for the poor and should work for them. The poor should be at the centre of all governments schemes,” he said.


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