Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said that Bundelkhand, which was formerly known for drought, misery and anarchy, had reached new heights of development.
While launching 102 development projects worth Rs 328 crore in Jhansi, Chief Minister Yogi said, “Natural resources were abundant in Bundelkhand but they were previously looted. The prime minister wanted Bundelkhand to emerge from this situation”
He added: “The Bundelkhand Expressway was constructed, and the prime minister dedicated it to the nation this year, as a result of which Bundelkhand is now seeing unprecedented growth. Now the distance from Bundelkhand to Delhi can be covered in five hours.”
Addressing the Prabuddhjan Sammelan, the chief minister expressed gratitude towards the people for bringing Bharatiya Janata Party back to power during the assembly elections.
“As per the vision of the prime minister, we implemented the Jal Jeevan Mission, and now water is reaching every house. Very soon, each and every house in Bundelkhand will have pure drinking water, which itself will cure half of the diseases,” the chief minister said.
He added that access to clean drinking water made it simpler to achieve the objective of "Ease of Living."
Stating that two important units of the defence manufacturing corridor were being built in Jhansi and Chitrakoot, the chief minister said, “Development works are continuously going on in Bundelkhand. Today, the connectivity of Bundelkhand has improved a lot. The youth of Bundelkhand are getting jobs and employment.”
Bundelkhand is becoming free of dacoities, Yogi said, adding, “The influence of mafia and criminals has come to an end here. “The mafias used to grab the properties of the poor and businessmen earlier. Now the government has started the recovery along with interest. Now, the process of building houses for the poor on their property has been started.”
“Before 2017, even the police used to find themselves helpless. Today, the police in UP are ensuring that mafias are destroyed,” the chief minister said.
The chief minister also released a coffee table book on tourism development during the programme.
Recalling the contribution of Maharani Lakshmi Bai who sacrificed her life for the freedom of the country, the chief minister assured the people that Bundelkhand would no longer be in poor condition. “The development is continuously being carried out by the government here. The government is working to give the poor access to homes, water, toilets, cooking gas and electricity connections, among other things,” he said.
The chief minister said that CCTV cameras had been installed at several locations. He said that the BJP government's responsibility was to create a sense of security among the people. “Security environment is excellent right now; there are no riots, hooliganism, or chaos in the state,” he added.
The chief minister went on to say that the government's top priority was to execute the prime minister's schemes. He said the government was working to give pension to every widow, every disabled, shelter to every poor person, and a job to every unemployed person.
He added that in Mann Ki Baat, the prime minister had lauded the Jhansi woman's daughter for cultivating strawberries under one roof.
Informing the people that the Global Investors’ Summit would be held in Lucknow from February 10 to 12, 2023, in which there would be discussions on investing widely in the state, the chief minister asked people to join the state in making Uttar Pradesh a one-trillion-US dollar economy.