Jaya­pur vil­lage has adopted me, says Modi

ALL IN A DAY Modi makes strong ap­peal to check fe­male foeti­cide, says coun­try’s top bu­reau­crats have been asked to es­tab­lish a ru­ral con­nect, as­serts that tall talk over the years has led to noth­ing and is­sues sub­tle warn­ing to mid­dle­men

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - - METRO - Man­ish Chan­dra Pandey man­ish.pandey@hin­dus­tan­times.com

Five months after this holy city over­whelm­ingly voted him as their MP, Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi ar­rived in the key east­ern UP con­stituency with an ‘ac­che din’ prom­ise for weavers be­sides launch­ing the adarsh gram yo­jana from ‘toi­let­less’ Jaya­pur vil­lage which he has adopted.

At the vil­lage, he also re­vealed his gov­ern­ment’s ru­ral fo­cus by declar­ing that top bu­reau­crats have been asked to es­tab­lish reg­u­lar vil­lage-con­nect.

“I have asked coun­try’s top bu­reau­crats to es­tab­lish a ru­ral con­nect through reg­u­lar vis­its es­pe­cially in those vil­lages where they ini­tially served. That way, the bu­reau­crats, who are vir­tu­ally in­ac­ces­si­ble to the common man, would also know that while they have ad­vanced in life, the vil­lages have con­tin­ued to wal­low in ne­glect,” the PM said in this vil­lage soon after land­ing here in a fleet of three MI 17 IAF he­li­copters barely half-an-hour after in­au­gu­rat­ing the trade fa­cil­i­ta­tion cen­tre for weavers at Lalpur.

Show­cas­ing his earthy side, the PM, who landed in Varanasi de­scrib­ing him­self as a ‘se­vak’, got up to ad­just the mike when Jaya­pur’s vil­lage head Dur­gawati Devi was de­liv­er­ing her wel­come ad­dress.

The ges­ture was ap­pre­ci­ated by the largely ru­ral au­di­ence. Per­haps an­swer­ing the crit­i­cism that an MP’s fo­cus on just one vil­lage would lead to the rest be­ing ne­glected, he said: “The model vil­lage will be­come a model for oth­ers to em­u­late. When one is ready, the rest will follow.”

He be­gan his speech with the emo­tional line – “I have not adopted Jaya­pur; rather it’s Jaya­pur that has adopted me.” The PM, who ar­rived to a warm, rather fren­zied wel­come, chose to quickly serve what ap­peared to be a sub­tle warn­ing to mid­dle­men.

He said there was a sud­den rush to get vil­lages se­lected un­der the ‘model vil­lage scheme’ un­der the “misplaced” belief that “money” is go­ing to flow into such vil­lages.

“That’s not go­ing to hap­pen for this is a self-driven scheme, which doesn’t have any fi­nan­cial pro­vi­sion. The gov­ern­ment will do its bit but please re­mem­ber that you don’t have to de­pend on the gov­ern­ment for ev­ery­thing,” the PM said while of­fer­ing a bou­quet of ‘choti choti baatein’ to the peo­ple of his adopted vil­lage.

The bou­quet in­cluded an ap­peal to vil­lagers to en­sure that their chil­dren wash their hands be­fore a meal.

He also made a rather strong ap­peal to check fe­male foeti­cide and to cel­e­brate the birth of girl child.

“Fe­male foeti­cide is so shock­ing. If left unchecked, it would play havoc with so­ci­ety. Sup­pos­ing the male-fe­male ra­tio is 1000:800, it means that 200 males won’t have a girl to marry. Can you imag­ine what this may ul­ti­mately lead to? Let’s be­gin a new chap­ter; let’s cel­e­brate the birth of girl child,” he said.

He fol­lowed it up with a typ­i­cal Modi-punch. “You may well think what kind of a PM is this who talks of pub­lic par­tic­i­pa­tion in solv­ing lo­cal is­sues, about tak­ing our chil­dren to po­lio booths, en­sur­ing clean­li­ness and the need to hon­our our el­ders. That’s the prob­lem. So far tall talk has led to noth­ing. I want to do big things by get­ting things done the right way,” he said.

PICS BY: ASHOK DUTTA/RA­JESH KUMAR/HT & PTI

HT/PTI PHO­TOS

(Left to right) BJP sup­port­ers cheer­ing dur­ing Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi’s visit, girls don Modi masks at Jaya­pur vil­lage and peo­ple queue up at Lalpur in Varanasi where the PM laid the foun­da­tion stone of Trade Fa­cil­i­ta­tion Cen­tre, on Fri­day.

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