‘Potato and mint farmers set to benefit from the new line’
Describing the Food Security scheme of the UPA government as a revolutionary step, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi said in Amethi on Tuesday that the scheme was set to change the face of the country. Addressing a public meeting, Mr. Gandhi said 35 kgs of food grains would be given to each poor family across the country, under the scheme.
“For thousands of years [poor] people used to sleep hungry; now this will not happen. The old slogan aadhi roti khayenge (we will eat half a roti) has now been replaced with poori roti khayenge (we will eat a full roti),” the Amethi MP said, after laying the foundation stone of the 67-km-long Unchahar-Salon-Amethi railway line built at a cost of Rs. 380 crore, and flagging off two new trains at a function in Salon, Amethi.
To eradicate poverty, Mr. Gandhi said the UPA government had introduced several public welfare schemes such as the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Programme and the Food Security Scheme.
Stating that visiting Uttar Pradesh is something “special” and “precious”, Mr. Gandhi said his father, former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi had wanted a rail line be laid in Amethi. “His dream has been fulfilled,” he stated.
Mr. Gandhi said the potato and mint farmers of the region and the women stood to benefit the most from the new railway line. Potato growers would be able to send their produce to the rest of the country from Fursatganj, he said. “ We also want to connect Amethi with Delhi and Mumbai… with the world,” Mr. Gandhi added.