Monday, 19 October 2020

“We will strive to groom and nurture more grassroots leadership across the country”

By Uday India Bureau
Updated: October 5, 2020 11:26 am

In what has come as a filip for the aspirations of all young karyakartas, Tejasvi Surya was nominated as the BJYM National President by the Bharatiya Janata Party leadership. Surya thanked the party leadership, especially Narendra Modi (the Prime Minister), BJP National President JP Nadda, Rajnath Singh, Amit Shah and National Organising Secretary BL Santhosh for considering him for the post.

Addressing reporters after being nominated as the BJYM National President, Surya said the Yuva Morcha will nurture more grassroots leadership across the country. “A young karyakarta like me has been given the responsibility of the national youth wing of the world’s largest political party in the world’s biggest democracy and in the world’s youngest country. This is possible only in the BJP.

“From the BJYM, we will strive to groom and nurture more grassroots leadership across the country. The BJYM will continue to be the platform for all youngsters of the country. From the weakest sections of the country will come the strongest leaders. It is the BJYM which will be your platform.” Surya says focus as new Yuva Morcha president will be on nurturing grassroots leadership.

Surya told reporters that weapons and material are being marshalled for establishing a base in the forests of South India, for waging violent jihad in India. “My request for a regional branch office of the NIA is made in this background,” he said. Home Minister Shah has assured Surya that he would direct officials to establish a Permanent Station House manned by an office of the rank of the SP at the earliest.

Surya also addressed reporters on the work done by his Office for his constituency and Bengaluru during the Monsoon Session of Parliament. Apart from the push for an NIA Office for Bengaluru, Surya also raised several issues of importance related to the state of Karnataka during the recently-concluded Monsoon Session of Parliament. Some of them include an exemption for Bangalore Rose variety from export ban, setting up of a Kendriya Vidyalaya in Bengaluru South, allocation of funds for urban housing and a request to empanel over 5 private hospitals into the ESIC (Employees’ State Insurance Corporation).

Surya also requested for the expedition of the approvals for the Outer Ring Road and Airport lines of the Bengaluru metro. He placed a request before Defence Minister Rajnath Singh for the speedy approvals for 83 LCA Aircraft Tejas Mark 1A Variants and issuance of work order to HAL. He highlighted that the issuance of the work order will create more jobs. He also pointed out that work would be outsourced and there would be a tremendous downstream effect on Tier 2 and Tier 3 manufacturing in the high-tech defence aviation sector.

Coming from the Startup Capital of India, Surya has requested the Commerce Ministry to come up with incentives to promote more Indian investments into startups. He expressed concern over the fact that 18 of India’s 30-odd unicorns received investments from Chinese firms and requested a broader incentive package for Indian venture capitalists.

The Ministry of Commerce and Industry had notified a ban on the export of all onions on September 14 to bring down domestic prices. One of the varieties also included in the notification was the Bangalore Rose onions, which is grown widely in Chikkabellapura, Kolar and Bengaluru Rural districts.

Surya met the Commerce and Industry minister Piyush Goyal thrice during the Monsoon Session along with Kolar MP S Muniswamy to seek an exemption for the Bangalore Rose variety.

“The Bangalore Rose onions draw a high demand only in Southeast Asian countries. There is negligible demand for the vegetable in India. About 90% of the produce, estimated to be around 60,000 tonnes every year, is earmarked for export. I requested Piyush Goyal to exempt this variety from the current and future notifications of onion export bans,” Surya said.

An exemption order is expected to be issued soon. Approvals for Outer Surya  also met the Union Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs to request for the speedy clearances of the Outer Ring Road and Airport routes of the Bengaluru Metro.

“A 17-km stretch of the Outer Ring Road contributes to 32% of the total IT revenue of Bengaluru,” Surya said in his request. “This 17-km-long corridor directly employs 5.5 lakh citizens from all over the city but the same road corridor has a peak hour traffic speed of 4 km per hour. The existing metro route of 42 km does not cater to the airport or this important technological and financial hub of the city. There is an urgent need for the lines to be developed and I requested the Minister of Urban Affairs to clear the project from the Union government,” he said.

Surya and Karnataka Housing Minister V Somanna also held a detailed discussion with Union Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri over the completion of Housing projects for the poor in Bengaluru.

Many residents of Bengaluru South are Central Government employees. Their children are forced to opt for a Kendriya Vidyalaya in a different Parliamentary constituency.  Consequently, Surya has requested the Union Education Minister Dr Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank to establish Bengaluru South’s first and the city’s 50th Kendriya Vidyalaya in the Govindarajanagar Assembly Constituency.

“There is no Kendriya Vidyalaya in Bengaluru South despite the offices of various public sector units like CPWD, Central Silk Board, BHEL and BEML being based here,” Surya said in a statement. “A KV in Govindarajanagar will benefit a huge number of children of Central Govt Employees who reside at CPWD Quarters. Karnataka Housing Minister V Sommana, who happens to be the MLA of Govindarajanagar, and I requested the Union Education Minister for the expedited sanction of a KV. The minister will examine the proposal for his approval soon,” said Surya.

By Uday India Bureau

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