New Delhi, Jan 11 : Steel Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Saturday launched Purvodaya, an accelerated development of eastern India through the integrated steel hub, in Kolkata. Speaking on the occasion, he said 'Whether it is our freedom movement or social reform, eastern India has provided leadership to the nation.
Eastern India is a land of infinite opportunities. Despite being endowed with natural resources, this region has lagged behind in socio-economic development, as compared to some other parts of the country. 'Today, we start Purvodaya in steel sector, a new chapter which will script the rise of eastern India by accelerated development of steel sector through an integrated steel hub,' he added. Talking about the government's efforts to develop eastern India, he said the government under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given unprecedented focus to the development of eastern India.
'About half of aspirational districts are in this region, which are becoming the hotspots of socioeconomic development. Our Government has come up with a Rs 102 lakh crore worth of National Infrastructure Pipeline. 'Whether it is pipelines, inland waterways, shipping, air or road, our Government is building infrastructure at an unprecedented pace. Eastern India holds special focus in our infrastructure development efforts,' he said in a statement here. About technology, Mr Pradhan said, 'The 21st century is going to be the age of knowledge and technology. New technologies are reshaping the economy and society.
Industry 4.0 driven by digitisation holds immense promise. Embrace of Industry 4.0 by manufacturing in steel sector will ensure eastern India benefits from the wave of Industrial Revolution 4.0.' Stressing upon the need of improving business climate, he said the Ease of Doing Business is not a mere slogan for the Modi government. (UNI)