If State govt provides land, 200-bedded hostel for differently able persons can be established: Gahlot

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IMPHAL, March 23: If the State Government provides land to construct a 200-bedded hostel for disable persons or Schedule Cast or OBC persons at Imphal, the Centre would provide the funds assured Thaawar Chand Gahlot Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment.

This was mentioned by the Union Minister during a reception function organised by the BJP Manipur Pradesh at their office premises this evening.

Earlier arriving at the airport the minsiter said strengthening North East states is the priority of the NDA government as stated by Narendra Modi during his last visit to Manipur, and it is as per his direction that he and Union Minister of State, Social Justice and Empowerment Krishanpal Gurjar are making this two-day visit.

The minister further said that he will be distributing assistance in kind worth Rs. 50 lakhs in terms of artificial limbs and gadgets for blind on March 24 morning.

He further said that at least 721 differently able beneficiary of the State are going to be provided items like battery operated tricycles which can be totally free of petrol or diesel.

He further said that if the government is willing to provide land for the establishment of a hostel for SC, OBC or differently able persons the Central government is ready to provide the funds.

He said State BJP president Th. Chaoba always asked him for support for differently abled persons in their meetings in Delhi.

If anyone wants to runs a school, rehabilitation centre, old age home, NGOs works etc, his ministry can provide assistance in the interest of Manipur people, he offered.

His portfolio as Union Minister handed by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi is to serve the old age person, senior citizen, differently able persons, transgenders, OBC, SC etc, he said. His department can provide benefit to 70 crores people of India, he said.

His said his department provide scholarships for post metric, overseas studies, higher education aboard etc. For rehabilitation centres we have funds to be used in freeing youths from drugs in Manipur also he had visited the rehabs centre today.

He said that the people of India have taken the decision to remove Congress from India and reposed faith in Narendra Modi`™s leadership for a better society in India. He further mentioned that after completion of 10 months of NDA government, the gross domestic product rate has increased to 5.7 percent from about 4.5 percent during the Congress lead UPA-II government in the Centre.

He added that this gross domestic product rate was 8.4 percent when the Bajpayee Government fell in May 2004 but after UPA government came to power in July 8 2004 Prime Minister Manmohan Singh promised to increase the GDP rate to 9 percent. But instead of an increase the Congress Government plummeted it to 4.5 percent.

Modi Government is set to increase this to 6.4 percent, he claimed. The Government`™s target is to attain 9 point percent in next 5 years, after which India will be above China and Japan in world rate of GDP, he said.

Krishan Pal Gurjar Union Minister of state for Social Justice and Empowerment said that the burning issue of corruption facing Manipur happened would be addressed.

During the UPA government the Congress party was known as the father of corruption, he charged. He further said the Congress sold the prestige of India before the rest of world every day with cases of corruption of the UPA government exposed routinely.

He further said that within next two years people of India and Manipur can see the change in development in India.

The Manipur people therefore should repose faith in the BJP Government and be part of India`™s change Kishan Pal Gurjar added.

Th Chaoba president fo BJP Manipur Pradesh appealed to the Union Ministers for support to Manipur for welfare of schedule cast, OBC and differently able person especially.

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