Prime Minister Narendra is currently in Gujarat for a two-day visit. This morning he reached Himmatnagar and inaugurated several plants in Sabarkantha. He also inaugurated and laid the foundation stones of various plants of Sabarkantha District Co-operative Milk Producers’ Union Limited (Sabar Dairy), the lifeline of cattle herders in Sabarkantha Aravalli district. He laid the foundation stone for a cheese plant, which will be built at a cost of Rs600 crore.
Furthermore, PM Modi addressed a public meeting and his speech made it clear that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is keeping both its eyes on the ball, which is not just upcoming Assembly elections. The party’s strategy is to attract maximum votes from the tribal communities, which account for 15% of the total population in the state.
Keeping this strategy in mind, PM Modi ensured to highlight the developmental projects taken up by the government in the tribal areas of the state. He said that the government is working on new road networks, especially those that will connect the tribal belt of the area from Ambaji to Surat. Due to this, the development of the tribal areas of the entire state will be accelerated, he said. He also talked about the government’s plan to establish Railway University in the tribal area of Vadodara.
Furthermore, PM Modi talked about the newly appointed President of India, Droupadi Murmu. He said that she was the first President who belonged to the tribal community. He insisted that she was appointed by his government at the centre.
Speaking about the development in Sabarkantha, PM Modi reminisced the sacrifices that the tribal leaders made during the struggle for India’s Independence. He was referring to the Pal Dadhvaav massacre, where at least 1,200 tribal freedom fighters in the Sabarkantha district were killed by the British in an unprovoked firing in 1922. He assured that his government has not and will never forget the contributions of the great tribal communities in India.
The Prime Minister also talked about the development achieved by the establishment of Sabar Dairy in the dry areas of North Gujarat like Sabarkantha. He recalled how Sabar Dairy was built by the efforts of Bhura Bhai. “Today, due to his efforts, millions of people of Sabarkantha have prospered on the strength of animal husbandry. Sabar Dairy has become the mainstay of life for the pastoralists of Sabarkantha today,” he said.
Talking about the women in the region, PM Modi said Sabar Dairy is prosperous because of the huge contribution by the women. He also felicitated the women herdsmen who provide maximum milk in Saber Dairy on the occasion. He considered cooperation as the basis of development and today, due to this movement of cooperation, Dedh has become self-sufficient in the milk sector. This model of cooperation is now being tried across the country.
Details of the Projects:
PM Modi inaugurated the Powder Plant at Sabar Dairy with a capacity of around 120 metric tonnes per day (MTPD). The total cost of the entire project is more than Rs300 crores. The layout of the plant meets global food safety standards. It is highly energy efficient with almost zero emission. The plant is equipped with the latest and fully automated bulk packing line.
The Aseptic Milk Packaging Plant was also inaugurated here. It is a state-of-the-art plant with a capacity of 3 Lakh Litre per day. The project has been executed with a total investment of around Rs125 crores. The plant has the latest automation system with highly energy efficient and environment-