Haryana can be Delhi’s growth engine: PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Gurgaon.

GURGAON: Prime Minister Narendra Modi described Haryana as a potential growth engine for the country as he launched the state's golden jubilee celebrations in Gurgaon on Tuesday, linking its progress to that of Delhi's and, by extension, the rest of India's.
"People of Haryana must realise the power within as their state surrounds Delhi from all sides. The growth of Haryana will add to the growth of Delhi and the growth of Delhi will lead to national growth," the PM said at Tau Devi Lal stadium, where the Manohar Lal Khattar regime organised a mega event to kickstart the state's 50th anniversary celebrations.

However, the Haryana government appeared to have built more hype around the event than it was prepared for, driving up hopes on big-ticket announcements, as none came during the course of the evening, neither from the PM, nor the CM.

It had also been said that one of the key announcements at the event would be the launch of the Gurgaon Development Authority but the PM made no mention of it during his 22-minute speech. Neither did the CM.

What the PM devoted a sizeable part of his airtime to was Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao, a central project to save and educate the girl child that he had launched last year from Haryana because the state had India's worst sex ratio. Modi said he was satisfied with the response to the appeal he had made to people. "One thing which kept me worried was that why in a progressive state like Haryana, a girl child is killed even before birth. I begged to the people of the state to save the girl child. I am satisfied that the people of Haryana respected the feeling and brought change in the gender ratio of the state," he said.

CM Khattar had given out data in January this year that showed the sex ratio in Haryana had, for the first time in a decade, crossed the 900 mark after being in the mid-800s.

At Tau Devi Lal stadium, though, people wanted to hear more. Sunil Sukhija, a social activist, said he had expected several announcements. "I was disappointed. There was no word on the Metro, GDA or any other scheme. Certain ribbon-cutting formalities could have been done through video-conferencing without wasting funds and resources," he said. Gurgaon has, for long, been waiting for an extension of the Delhi Metro, watching Noida make tremendous progress on that over the past couple of years.

Sarvesh Sharma, a resident who attended the event, said, "The announcement of big-ticket projects was missing."
Source - Times of india

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