Focussed on economic welfare of farmers and poor: Govt
Aiming to win Dalit votes in the UP Assembly elections scheduled for the next year, the BJP-led Centre has decided to observe Bhim Rao Ambedkar’s birthday as the Bharat Swaraj Abhiyan.
The campaign, which will start from Mau in UP on April 14, will have a series meeting with farmers in villages across the country, wherein the public will be made aware of the pro-poor and pro-farmer initiatives taken by the Narendra Modi government.
The 11-day-long programme, christened ‘Gram Uday Se Bharat Uday’, will culminate on April 24 in Jamshedpur (Jharkhand).
Union Rural Development Minister Birender Singh said the campaign aims at improving the financial condition of farmers living in 2.58 lakh hamlets, while ensuring social harmony across villages.
His Cabinet colleagues Radha Mohan Singh, Narendra Singh Tomar, Krishan Pal Gurjar, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore and Nihal Chand were also addressed mediapersons.
Countering charges levelled by Opposition parties that the government was trying to woo Dalits through the campaign, Tomar said votes were noit that important for the government as strengthening of all did.
Rathore charged Congress with framing policies in line with its vote bank and alleged that political rivals should instead engage in “politics of development”. “What is wrong in strengthening farmers financially? What is wrong in ensuring countrywide social harmony? In strengthening Panchayati Raj? And this (programme) doesn’t belong to any political party, but all, states and central government. These parties too should work on politics of development,” Rathore said.
He said the ‘Gram Uday Se Bharat Uday Abhiyan’, which will belaunched by PM Modi, is part of the Centre’s efforts to strengthen villages, while ensuring social harmony across hamlets, empowerment of women and uplift of people belonging to Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe and persons with disabilities.
The campaign will be run jointly by the Union Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, Agriculture, Social Justice, Labour and Information and Broadcasting Ministries, along with states.