New Delhi: Charging the successive Congress
governments with making "dead investments" in sectors like
aviation and hospitality, BJP President Nitin Gadkari today
said rural India has been deprived of infrastructure leaving
to large-scale migration to urban areas.
"The first Prime Minister, Jawahar Lal Nehru preferred
the Russian model after a lot of debate and the government
invested heavily in sectors like aviation, power, hotels,"
Gadkari said here.
Dubbing it as "dead investment", he said the government
preferred to spend Rs 60,000 crore in buying civil aircraft
recently instead of investing in godowns, cold storages and
green houses in rural India.
"Where private sector is already involved, what is the
point in investing in aviation," he questioned.
He said entry of private players in aviation and
telecommunication have brought down prices and helped the
Addressing a meeting of BJP`s Kisan Morcha office-bearers
here, Gadkari said while a few years ago, 90 per cent of the
country`s population was located in rural areas, the
percentage has increased to nearly 50 per cent as villagers
were migrating to big cities for want of work.
"The reason is wrong economic policies and bad
governance," he said attacking the UPA government.
Batting for inter-linking of rivers, he said the problem
of simultaneous floods and droughts in parts of the country
could be solved.
The BJP President also suggested that irrigation should
be shifted from the State List to the Concurrent List of the
"This will help both states and the Centre in developing
the irrigation facilities. It will increase agricultural
produce and bring prosperity in rural India," he said.
Attacking the government`s nuclear policy, he said while
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was talking of nuclear power,
the government should instead be investing in solar energy and
other non-conventional means.
"Villages today face 16 hours of load-shedding. By using
solar power and other alternative means of energy, villagers
can get uninterrupted power," he said.