Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday visited the Naxal affected Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh to look after the development work being undertaken there. This is PM Modi’s first visit to the Maoist hotbed after becoming the PM last year.
PM Narendra Modi urged Naxals to abjure gun and allow peace so that the macabre drama of death will end to pave the way for development.
“Only plough on the shoulders and not guns can bring development. And this will bring everyone to the mainstream of the country. There is no future for violence. The future is only of peaceful means.
“The birth place of Naxal movement Naxalbari has already given up this violent means. Don’t get disheartened. The macabre drama of death will end,” PM said.
On a short visit in Chhattisgarh, Prime Minister initiated welfare schemes worth Rs 24,000 crore for the Maoist hotbed of Bastar region which include setting up Ultra Mega Steel Plant, a railway line, slurry pipeline and pellet plant.
The Prime Minister asked the ultras to shun the gun for a few days and visit the families affected by their violence.
“This experiment will force you to change your heart and make you shun your violent means,” he said.
He said Dr Raman Singh, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister, has already given pen and computer in the hands of children whose families were eliminated by bombs and bullets.
PM Modi said a lot of people have been killed by “mad men on the path of violence” and after meeting the families of victims he could say that they are fraught with many challenges and problems in their lives.
“Perhaps it is for the first time that in a programme like this, MoUs worth Rs. 24,000 crore have been signed. This rail link will connect you to the mainland and mainstream of India…Send iron out and get steel from outside. This would go on but now this has to stop. We will make steel from the iron ore,” PM said.
PM Modi further emphasized that fruits of development must reach the poorest of the poor with employment for the youth are at the priority of government policies.