Congress President and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi launched a Rs 2,938-crore drinking water supply project at Jayal in Nagaur district of Rajasthan on thursday. This drinking water project would benefit more than 23 lakh people from six towns and 890 villages of Nagaur district. The project, being supported by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), will be completed in four years.
Congress President and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi laid the foundation stone of two units of 660 MW each at the super thermal power plant at Suratgarh in Rajasthan. While addressing the gathering Sonia Gandhi slammed the opposition for blocking the welfare measures by the Congress-led Government at the Centre and assured that Congress is determined to carry on with its pro-poor measures. She also praised the Rajasthan Government in the state for its various development measures aimed at the benefiting the common man.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh alongwith Congress President and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi undertook an aerial survey of the flood affected areas of Uttarakahand to assess the damage. The Prime minister also announced Rs.1,000 crore for disaster relief measures in flood-devastated parts of Uttarakhand where 102 persons have been killed and thousands left stranded at various places.
Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi turned 43 today. When the Congress workers and supporters celebrate their favourite leader's birthday by organising several welfare programmes across the country, here are some glimpses from his life.
Eight new faces were inducted in the Council of Ministers today, with Sisram Ola and Oscar Fernandes making a re-entry after a gap of four years. President Pranab Mukherjee administered the oath of office and secrecy to the new ministers. Ola, along with Girija Vyas and K S Rao, were inducted as Cabinet Ministers. The Ministers of State inducted were Manikrao Gavit, Santosh Chowdhury, J D Seelam, E M S Natchiappan. Ola and Fernandes were ministers in the UPA-I but did not find a place in the UPA-II government. With the new inductions, the strength of the Council of Ministers went up to 77.
Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi was in J&K to inaugurate a scheme meant for women named "Umeed". While interacting with the media he said, Where ever we are in Government , where ever we are in partnership we do our job. We do it aggressively. That is why I have come to Kashmir. It's very important to me. I come from Kashmir historically. And I would like to see participation of people in Kashmir at the local level and I would like to see it progress possibly one of the fastest progressing state of our country. Replying to a question on the relationship with ruling party he said, We have a healthy constructive relationship. On change of leadership in Pakistan and it's impact on J&K Rahul Gandhi said, the real change has to come from within. We cannot be dependent on what is going on in the rest of the world. How can we involve our people in Kashmir, how can we give them more voice , how can we involve them in the government at the local level, how can we involve these women , how can we ensure that youngsters have jobs. How can we ensure progress. Whether the leadership in Pakistan is good or bad, that's not in our hands. He further said UPA2 and UPA1 has transformed the mood in Kashmir. Progress takes time. But there is massive progress in Kashmir. Progress in the sentiment of the people. There is a progress in the connectivity that Kashmir is having. There is progress in Tourism. We are on a upward forward path. We are going to ensure that the people of Kashmir get the development they deserve.
Amethi: Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi interacts with leading agriculturists of his constituency at a forest department guest house in Amethi
Congress vice President Rahul Gandhi, along with Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah launched the UMEED programmme for the empowerment of women in central Badgam district in Jamju and Kashmir. Rahul Gandhi said that active participation of women is a must for holistic development of the society. The Congress Vice President argued that Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra developed because once women there were empowered and they actively participated in development programmes. Rahul Gandhi also said that Congress-led UPA government at the Centre had sanctioned Rs.750 crore under UMEED to the state to organise self-help groups (SHG) of women for addressing their economic challenges and curb social evils like drug addiction and female foeticide. Rahul Gandhi added that the UMEED initiative had gone a long way in making women confident and enabling them to stand on their own feet. The young congress leader said that he had visited Jammu and Kashmir last year and met youth at Kashmir University, and invited them to visit Amethi and see the benefits that women received from the UMEED, just so a similar one could be taken up in Jammu and Kashmir. "I took Chief Minister Omar Abdullah with me to Amethi so that he could also take a view of the success of this programme", said Rahul Gandhi, adding that the trip had culminated in the launch of UMEED in Jammu and Kashmir. "We can provide help, but you have to work yourselves to achieve the goals of welfare, social justice and development", he said.
Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi visited his parliamentary constituency Amethi .In Amethi, Rahul Gandhi while addressing a gathering said that he wants to develop Amethi as one Agriculture hub. 40 food processing units and one Hotel management college will open soon here. A paper mill will also be brought in Amethi. All these initiatives would provide employment opportunity to at least 10 thousand people. Further he said that he wishes to develop Amethi as a role model of development.
Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi, on Thursday, addressed the Annjual General Body meeting at the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) at New Delhi. He requested India Inc to forge a good relationship with the Government to ensure inclusive growth and to empower the people.