Tribune News Service
New Delhi, September 29
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today inaugurated six sewage treatment plants worth over Rs 500 crore in Uttarakhand under the Namami Gange mission, saying with the projects’ completion the sewage treatment capacity of the state has gone up nearly four-fold in six years.
The six STPs were inaugurated at Haridwar, Rishikesh, Muni-ki-Reti and Badrinath via video-conference.
On the occasion, the PM lashed out at the Congress for having made it a “habit” to oppose Union government’s reform measures, including the three agricultural laws enacted by Parliament during the monsoon session.
They do not want welfare of any section of society, be it youth, women, poor, farmers or Defence Force.
He accused them of challenging everything from GST, One Rank One Pension, Rafale deal, Statue of Unity, 10 per cent reservation for the poor and celebration of November 26 as Samvidhan Diwas.
Doubling down on the Congress, Modi said its government did nothing to strengthen the Army and the Indian Air Force, in spite of the latter raising concerns periodically.
Attacking those opposing the new farm laws, the PM said they wanted only the middlemen to thrive and referred to the burning of a tractor in Delhi by Congress workers as an insult to farmers.
“They are opposing the freedom of farmers and want their problems to continue forever. By torching farming equipment, which the agriculturists worship, these people are now insulting farmers,” he said without naming the Congress.
He asserted that the government would not be deterred by the opposition and the reform measures would continue apace.
Referring to the farm laws, he said they would emancipate the farmers, including from middlemen and brokers, as they give freedom to sell produce in the open market.
The MSP regime would continue simultaneously.
Regarding the agitation against the laws, he said the Congress leaders were peeved as they “plug one more of their avenues to amass black money”.
He said the project to clean the Ganga during earlier governments was pockmarked with loopholes.
Homing in on the government’s flagship Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM), he announced a project under it to connect all schools and anganwadi centres in the country with piped water within 100 days.
He also inaugurated a museum on the Ganges at Chandi Ghat in Haridwar.