New Delhi: Union Minister of Home Affairs, Amit Shah, presided over the foundation stone laying ceremony of development of Bharat Vandana Park in New Delhi today. Also present were the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi, Anil Baijal, and Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs, Hardeep Singh Puri.
Addressing the gathering on the occasion, Shah said that the proposed park would be a major tourist attraction once constructed. He added that proposed over an area of 200 acres and at a cost of Rs 550 crore, the park’s proximity to the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport and metro station will only add to its attractiveness as tourist destination.
Commenting on the ongoing protests on the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, Shah said that people are being misled on the issue by vested political interests and reiterated his promise that not a single minority citizen of India will lose his or her citizenship.
Shah said that, as legislation, the CAA is meant to enable and empower stateless refugees, and is not meant to deprive any Indian citizen. Shah also remarked that giving citizenship to refugees was part of the Nehru Liaqat pact, which was being implemented after 70 years under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Shah emphasized that people against the Amendment may oppose it as much as possible, Modi Government is committed to giving citizenship and a dignified life to refugees persecuted for the last 70 years.
Speaking on the regularization of unauthorized colonies, Shah said that Modi Government’s move would benefit 40 lakh people residing in 1,731 illegal colonies, and added that these people will finally have justice because of the efforts of the Union Government.
The Home Minister said that, under the leadership of Prime Minister Modi, the Government was committed to ensuring a sense of ownership and dignity for the 40 lakh people currently living in unauthorized colonies.
Shah said that the Ayushman Bharat scheme as conceived and implemented by the Narendra Modi Government would benefit 50 crore poor people belonging to 10 crore families, and would ensure a coverage of medical cost up to Rs 5 lakh, including medicines, hospitalization, and post-operative care.
The Home Minister enumerated the steps taken by the Government for holistic development, such as 33% female reservation in police recruitment, 18 projects with a total outlay of Rs 802 crore under AMRIT, and 112 km of new metro lines for Delhi Metro after 2014 at a cost of Rs 11,000 crore.
Shah added that Delhi was now ODF (Open Defecation Free) because of the efforts of the Narendra Modi Government. He also said that Badarpur Thermal Power Plant no longer suffered from coal shortage, and spoke of the proposed 6 lane elevated corridor at a cost of Rs 35,000 crore to facilitate smooth traffic on NH 148A, as well as the Delhi Mumbai Expressway Scheme with an outlay of Rs 90,000 crore.