Mega projects should contribute to welfare of local people: Mukherjee

Last Updated: Tue, Apr 30, 2013 08:40 hrs

President Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday said that mega projects should contribute to the welfare of people in places where they were being set up.

He was speaking after laying the foundation stones for 1320 mega watt thermal power plant, a mega textile cluster, a model college, and a pPolytechnic at Godda in Jharkhand.

Mukherjee said industrial projects like power plants should abd would act as a catalyst for greater regional development. He said the local people should have access to power.

He further pointed out that the idea of a textile cluster was developed when he was finance minister to provide village handloom weavers and artisans with modern technology and marketing techniques.

Mukherjee also stressed the importance of education, especially vocational education and said it was important to equip our youth with the best education possible and build a knowledge society.

He said Jharkhand holds a special place in the hearts of Indians.

"This land is witness to one of the first uprisings against the British rule. 'Baba' Tilka Manjhi had revolted in 1779 against oppression and sacrificed his life fighting the British. Sidho and Kanho were inspiring revolutionaries who struggled for the rights and upliftment of the people. Birsa Munda was considered 'bhagwan' by the people and was one of India's important freedom fighters. He resolutely stood for liberty and equality. He paid tribute to these worthy sons of India and the land which has given birth to them," Mukherjee said. (ANI)

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