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Modi Inaugurates Mega Paradip Refinery, Blames Congress For Project Delays

PM says he is 'trying to bring a work culture where projects are conceived in time and completed on time'

Blaming Congress for delay in implementation of plans and policies, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday the government is trying to bring a culture of completing projects well in time.

"We are trying to bring a work culture where projects are conceived in time and completed on time. The initiatives have to be futuristic and completed before the designated time period," Modi said.

"Delays shouldn't occur as they affect people," Modi said while addressing a public rally in Odisha after inaugurating Indian Oil Corp's largest greenfield refinery at Paradip.

The Prime Minister was of the view that it is not good that tendering, agitations and unnecessary processes delay projects and plans as this affects people.

Attacking the Congress he said: " My Congress friends often say it was started by us. I don't relish such ceremonies, rather I would have been happy if the projects were completed 15 years ago (well in time)."

On Saturday, the Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) said the Congress-led UPA government must get the credit for the Rs 35,000 crore Paradip oil refinery project.

The Paradip refinery has a 15 million tonnes of annual capacity.

"The Paradip refinery project was solely the contribution of Congress and Congress-led UPA government," OPCC president Prasad Harichandan told reporters.

However, Modi said on Sunday the foundation stone was laid by former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in 2000 and completed again during the NDA government's tenure.

Citing another example of delay in implementation by previous regimes, Modi said, "Around 26 lakh cooking (LPG) gas connections were given in last 60 years in Odisha whereas Dharmendra Pradhan gave 11 lakh connections in one year in the state after he took over as Petroleum Minister. This is the way work should be done."

"For the development of the country, we all - citizens, bureaucracy, industry and policy makers - have to give birth to such a culture where projects start on time, progresses within the scheduled time, and finishes within the pre-decided time so that the country gets the benefit, (and) the benefit comes before scheduled time," he said.

The government, he added, was "trying to bring in this change so that there is no serious loss to the exchequer because of delay."

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