Ludhiana, April 29, 2023 (22G TV) Reacting over completion of his first year as a Member of Rajya Sabha, Sanjeev Arora has said, “The first year has been an experience of achievements and disappointments. However, the biggest disappointment is not getting enough time to debate in Parliament.”
Arora had filed nomination on 21st March, 2022 as the AAP candidate from Ludhiana. He was elected unopposed and notification was issued on 10th April, 2022. The Oath was taken on 2nd May, 2022.
On his performance in the Upper house, he said, “Despite disruptions I tried my best to perform. I had an attendance of 81% against a National Average of 78% and got 73 questions answered against a national average of 45.29.”
The key issues that Arora took up were related to Affordable Health Care, Farmers, Civil Aviation, NHAI, Textile Industry, Railways and many more.
Further elaborating his achievements, Arora said he met Cabinet Ministers Amit Shah, Nitin Gadkari, Jyoti Raje Scindia, Mansukh L. Mandavia, Anurag Thakur, Nirmala Sitharaman, Ashwini Vaishnaw, Piyush Goel, Bhupender Yadav, Anupriya Patel. He added, “During my meetings, I took up State and National importance issues with all these Hon’ble Ministers.”
Adding, Arora said other than Ministers he had the honour of meeting Hon’ble President Smt Draupadi Murmu, Hon’ble Vice Presidents M. Venkaiah Naidu and Jagdeep Dhankar, Speaker of Lok Sabha Om Birla. “Off course not to mention my colleagues in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha”, he remarked.
Citing another major achievement, he said, “I enrolled in the Parliamentary standing committee on Health & Family Welfare and have attended meetings regularly and discussed various issues like Budgetary allocations, Mental Health, Research in Health etc.”
Arora is satisfied that his concrete and sincere efforts are showing results. “My efforts paid off in getting Halwara Airport take off and will be completed in record time at a cost of around Rs.100 Crores”, he said, adding that all NHAI projects were put on fast track in the State. Besides, four more Bridges were approved by NHAI in Ludhiana and the make-up of Railway Station in Ludhiana has been put on fast track with an investment of around Rs.500 Crores. Also, it has been promised to upgrade the ESI Hospital in Ludhiana with an increase in beds from 300 to 500. All Focal Point roads in Ludhiana have been taken up by PSIEC and MC after almost 10 years with his initiative and follow-up. Many industry issues were resolved at the State Level. All MPLAD Funds have been sanctioned for the first year. 90% of the funds are given to Educational and Health institutions.
He also recalled that during the year Monsoon Logging, Covid preparedness, Lumpy Skin Disease were discussed with Local Authorities and corrective steps were discussed and taken up. Also, had a meeting with the Municipal Commissioner on ongoing projects in Ludhiana, he said.
At the same time, he had law and order discussions with the Police Commissioner, Ludhiana and other concerned police authorities from time to time.
Arora said, “All this has been made possible only under guidance of the Punjab CM Sh.Bhagwant Mann and with the support of central and state ministers, my colleagues, team members and Ludhiana residents, organisations and NGOs.” He added his efforts would continue in the future also for overall development and bringing a positive change in the city and welfare and betterment of Ludhianvis. He said his achievements encourage him to work more with more enthusiasm and dedication.