Mangaluru, May 28: Union minister for environment and forests Prakash Javadekar on Thursday May 28th said that the biggest achievement of Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government in the last one year was that it was able to win the trust of the poor.
Addressing a press meet at hotel Ocean Pearl during his visit to the city, Javadekar said, the biggest achievement of Modi-led government in the past one year is that we have been able to win the trust of the poor. Huge crowd gathers in BJP rallies and wherever Modi goes because they trust the PM, he said.
Listing out some of the project introduced by the NDA government, he said, we have started Jan Dhan Yojana and schemes like Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana, through which, for the first time in India the poor have got social security.
Speaking further Javadekar said, eight crore people from poor families have already registered for social security schemes who even paid the premium. Modi government has implemented direct banking transfer of LPG subsidy and we have urged well-to-do people not to take subsidy. Already five lakh people have given up LPG subsidies, and now we are sending SMS to thank them.
Modi government is the first to involve public participation in governance. We are also planning four crore rural housing and two crore urban housing for the poor. By 2022, this project will be complete. This is for the first time in the whole world that any nation has taken up such a huge project, he said.
As part of BJP’s Maha Sampark Abhiyan, he has already visited Coimbatore, Palakkad, Manapurram, Kozhikode and Kasargod, and in the next two days he will participate in four meetings at Maharashtra, he said.
Regarding his environment ministry, he said, the environment ministry mainly aims at protection of environment. We have not discriminated between states and already 100 projects of Karnataka have been sanctioned. The ministry has come up with biomedical waste rules, hazardous waste rules and rules for environmental waste. The ministry has been made transparent in its functioning.
Conversing on the Bengaluru lake pollution issue, he said, Bengaluru is a beautiful city filled with lakes. I think the reason for formation of foamy water in Varthur Lake is that the buildings have given the sewage connection to lakes. My ministry is forming rules and we will direct every municipality not to permit sewage connections to lakes.
About the Kasturirangan report, he said, the Western Ghats has natural beauty and we need to protect it. There are about 7,000 villages and we have planned to visit each and every village and ask the villagers what kind of development they do not want. We have directed all the states coming under this to submit reports, and once the reports arrive; we will do the needful by the year end.
Asked to comment on the controversial statement regarding beef ban by his party colleague Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, he said, in most of the states beef is banned and as food is a personal choice, I do not want to comment on it, said Javadekar.
MP Nalin Kumar Kateel, former MLC Monappa Bhandary, BJP district president Pratap Simha Nayak, Ganesh S Rao, was present along with others on this occasion.