Union Home Minister Amit Shah on a day-long visit to Gujarat, Sunday, harped on rural development as the key factor to becoming self-reliant. He stressed on the need to uplift the rural sector to achieve the target of making India a $5 trillion economy.
His day was portioned into three important events. In the morning, he was the guest of honour at the Institute of Rural Management, Anand. The premier establishment was hosting its 41st convocation ceremony.
In his address, the minister congratulated the institute for playing a pivotal role in strengthening the rural sector through innovations in education and professional management. “Villages remain the unit of our societal structure. Unless each village is equipped with water and electricity, development is bound to lag. The BJP has worked towards providing electricity and LPG connections in villages,” informed Shah. He recalled Mahatma Gandhi’s advocacy: “a country’s soul resides in its villages.”
Nearly 250 students received their degree in rural management and Shah encouraged them to work towards fortifying India by harnessing the potential in the villages. The minister also drew attention to the Centre’s priority to work on rural development in villages.
“Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government has done the work of providing electricity, clean water and toilets to every household in the country,” he noted. Added, he pointed out that the Centre opened bank accounts of crores of people in every nook and corner of the country in the last eight years.
The second programme at home turf Gandhinagar saw Shah at convention centre, Mahatma Mandir. He inaugurated various developmental programs of the civic body and of Gandhinagar Urban Development Authority in the presence of state CM Bhupendra Patel. His last program for the day at 5 pm took him to Shela in Sanand where the minister laid the first stone to inaugurate the renovation work.
Watch the Sanand programme here: