Bhubaneswar: Dear PM First let me make it clear that Sardar Patel was a Great Leader and as a Indian I m Proud of Patel,Sir we all know you are the best in Playing with Emotions of Common plebeians , but shouldn’t be Education, Employment,Healthcare be in your Priority list instead of building Statues
Sir, The Statue of Unity, built at an estimated cost of Rs 2,989 crore, could have instead funded two new Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) campuses, five Indian Institute of Management (IIM) campuses and six Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) missions to Mars and Feed Lakhs of Malnourished Kids
The statue’s construction cost is more than double the estimated amount for proposals submitted to the central government by the Gujarat government to include in Pradhanmantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana (Prime Ministers Agriculture-Irrigation Scheme). The construction cost could have been used to irrigate 40,192 hectares of land, cover repair, renovation & restoration of 162 minor irrigation schemes and the construction of 425 small check-dams.
Resentment among Gujarat’s Farmers
Thousands of tribals and farmers in Gujarat are planning a mass protest against the unveiling of the statue. They are unhappy with the cost of the project and with the lack of adequate rehabilitation efforts and water shortages in the catchment area where the statue is located.
The statue’s construction has affected 75,000 tribals across 72 villages in Gujarat’s Narmada district, of these villages, 32 have been most affected.
In 19 villages, rehabilitation has allegedly not been complete while compensation has been paid but further commitments like land and jobs have not been fulfilled in 13 villages.
Farmers have also threatened to drown themselves in the Narmada river as protest
Over eight times the amount (Rs 3.65 bn) alloted to Gujarat by the central government in 2017-18 under the Rashtriya Krishi Vikash Yojana (National Agriculture Development Scheme) as well as nearly five times the amount (Rs 6.02 bn) approved by the state government for 56 new schemes and 32 continuous projects under the scheme.
Sir,whose money was it? You will agree it was of Taxpayers money across India and Hope all will not agree to your Perception of building Statues
Sardar Patel – independent India’s first deputy prime minister and home minister – was popularly known as the ‘Iron Man of India’ for his role in bringing about the merger of the princely states post-independence.
I wonder after learning all this , will Sardar Patel’s Soul Rest in Peace