Gujarat News

  • Use of environment-friendly energy like wind and solar should be promoted ? CM

    Gujarat Chief Minister Smt Anandiben Patel today firmly expressed a desire to promote environment friendly energy generation through wind and solar technologies. CM Smt Patel was speaking after inaugurating Suzlon Group’s, world’s tallest hybrid wind turbine tower.

    Gujarat’s present wind power generation capacity is 10,000 MW, which was merely 51 MW in the year 2002. In past the farmers were getting insufficient power supply, however, today Gujarat is a power surplus state and the farmers are getting sufficient electricity, said CM Smt Patel. She added that the world is now looking at clean and renewable sources of energy to combat climate change.

    Welcoming the private energy generation projects in Gujarat, CM Smt Patel said that Gujarat government is not only eyeing the developmental vision for today’s Gujarat, but, of tomorrow too. The 20th century was belonging to the Information Technology (IT), but, the 21st century will be surely of Environment Technology (ET), she added.

    Nearly one-and-half decade ago just like other states of the country, Gujarat too was highly power-shortage state and its power plants were largely based on coal and gas. But, the coal supply was of poor quality, irregular, and transportation cost was also very high. Even the gas found in Gujarat, was under the control of the Union Government. Thus, the allocation to gas to Gujarat was also meeting with a callous approach. In these adverse circumstances, Gujarat concentrated on strategic development of renewable energy resources and now it has become an energy surplus state.

    Others who graced the occasion included Kutch district in-charge and Minister of State for Health Shri Shankar Chaudhary, Minister of State Shri Tarachand Chheda, GEDA Chairman Shri Ishwar Bhavsar, senior government and Suzlon officials and others.

  • Hon?ble Chief Minister Smt. Anandiben Patel laid foundation of several developmental works at Bhuj

    Chief Minister of Gujarat Smt Anandiben Patel inaugurated many citizen-centric developmental works at Bhuj today. CM dedicated Abdasa Taluka’s new Prant office, Marine police station at Mandvi, Gadhshisha police station and a health centre at Palasava. On the occasion, CM Smt Patel said that Bhuj holds a significant position in the demographics of Gujarat and appealed to them to assist the state and the country in its progress.

    In her address, CM Smt Patel shared details of various schemes and projects initiated by the state government in the benefit of the people. She spoke of her efforts in the direction to increase the skill base and employment opportunities for the women of Gujarat. CM Smt Patel also said that there are many housing schemes that are being put in place for the middle class people who do not belong to BPL but need government support to lead better lives. She informed the people that those who have makeshift homes on their own land will be given a grant to develop pucca homes. This will give them stability to work towards education, skill development, cleanliness and other virtues, which in turn will help eliminate poverty from the state, she added.

    In her address, CM Smt Patel appealed to the people to take benefits of various government schemes. She also urged the people to join government’s initiative to attain 100% in-house toilet facilities across the villages of Gujarat.

    At this event, CM Smt Patel presented red book to Bhuj relocation site beneficiaries, provided housing plots to relocated earthquake victims, conducted draw for plots to be allotted to officers and employees and also provided housing plots to Madari community.

  • Centre clears proposal to allocate Railways? spare-land for Ahmedabad Metro Rail Project

    The Central Government has given a green-signal to the proposal to allocate unused land of Botad-Sabarmati meter gauge line in Ahmedabad for city’s Metro Rail Project.

    Spokespersons of the Government Mr. Nitinbhai Patel (Health Minister) and Mr. Saurabhbhai Patel (Finance Minister) said earlier during the regime of UPA government then chief minister Mr. Narandra Modi had repeatedly demanded to allocate unused land of Sabarmati-Botad meter gauge line for Ahmedabad Metro Rail Project. In addition, then state Urban Development Minister Mr. Nitinbhai Patel had also written the letter to the Center to consider and to take the proper decision on demand made by Gujarat Government.

    Considering the importance of Ahmedabad Metro Rail Project and long pending demands before the Central Government, Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi has adopted proactive approach and directed the Rail Administration to solve the problems without delay.

    For this, Gujarat Chief Minister Mrs. Anandiben Patel expressed her gratitude on behalf of people of the state towards the Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi and his Government at Center.

    Earlier on October 18, the Union Cabinet had sanctioned Rs. 10,773-Cr for 36 Km. long phase-1 route of the Ahmedabad Metro Rail Project. And now the approval of allocating unused land of Railways will expedite the Metro Rail Project, she added.

    The duo ministers said that during her recent visit to New Delhi in August last, the Chief Minister had made deliberation on the issue with the Railway Minister and Chief of Railway Board. And a successful outcome of this deliberation has cleared the permission to make as many as seven stations between Vejalpur and Nava Vadaj areas of the Ahmedabad city.

    The duo ministers said, in the backdrop of the deliberation meeting held recently between Mrs. Patel and Railway Board’s Chairman Mr. Hemant Kumar in Gandhinagar, the meeting conducted between Vice-Chairman and managing director of the Metro Rail Project and high-ranked technical officials of the Western Railways have taken few important decisions.

    These Important decisions included in principle clearance for constructing pillars, wherever essential within the railway territory between Vejalpur-Jivraj Park-Vadal, for elevated corridors and seven stations for the Metro.

    These stations can be constructed on the lands of Railways but the railway authorities would consider to grant permission for them only if their designs are as such that any of the pillar is not making any obstructions. In the cases of encroachment, the Railway Authority, with the help from the State Government, would try to resolve the issue to use the land for the Metro Project.

    The spokespersons said, the Metro project would facilitate to the commuters and the problems of burden of the vehicular traffic on the roads would be eased.

  • USA to be the eighth partner country in the upcoming Vibrant Gujarat Global Investors Summit 2015

    In the upcoming seventh edition of Vibrant Gujarat Global Investors Summit (VGGIS 2015), United States of America will be the eighth partner country. Kathleene Stephens, USA Ambassador to India, through a letter accepted Gujarat Chief Minister Smt Anandiben Patel’s invitation to be the partner country to this global event. With USA, Canada, Holland, Great Britain, Australia, Singapore, Japan, South Africa are the other partner countries for VGGIS 2015.

    Spokesperson of the state government, Health Minister Shri Nitinbhai Patel and Finance Minister Shri Saurabhbhai Patel said that USA’s participation in VGGIS 2015 will prove to be very significant in developing mutual business and tourism opportunities. They informed that USA will organize country seminar at Vibrant Gujarat trade show. Recently, two international delegations from Gujarat Government paid visit to USA west coast and east coast, that has helped in enhancing the relation between the two countries.

    The US India Business Council has also announced that a high-level delegation will also participate in VGGIS 2015.

  • Hon?ble CM takes historic decisions for regularizing bonafide purchase of land and statewide uniformity in NA extension norms.

    For the benefit of common man and farmers of the State, Honourable Chief Minister of Gujarat Smt Anandiben Patel has taken historic decisions in form of adding a new section in Bombay Tenancy and Agricultural Land Act, 1948 and modifying provisions of Kutch Tenancy and Agricultural Land Act and Saurashtra Gharkhed Act. The nitty gritties of these decisions, cleared by the Legislative Assembly earlier, have been finalised in form of government resolutions.

    Many a times, the bonafide buyers of land have to face undue trouble, since permanent tenancy of the original owner is questioned after the land is sold and thereafter resold number of times. The authenticity of ownership of the current holder gets into limbo because of improper decisions by the competent authorities in the past due to uncertainties prevailing in the interpretation in the statute. To resolve this tangle, the state government has taken a historic decision to add Section 70A to the Bombay Tenancy and Agricultural Land Act, 1948. As per this amendment, the person currently in possession of such new tenure land will have to pay a penalty of rupee one and a 25% premium as per the local jantri of agricultural land to regularize the purchase of the land. This decision will go a long way in easing the trouble of bonafide buyers who were unaware of the issues related to the such land.

    Another historic decision is to bring uniformity in the NA extension norms across the state. Three different Acts for Tenancy and Agricultural Land are in force in Gujarat viz. the Kutch, Saurashtra and Bombay Acts. Till now, the norms for extension of time limits within which NA land has to be put to the specified use after obtaining NA permission, varied under the three above mentioned Acts .The State government has now brought uniformity in norms under the three Acts. District Collector is now empowered to give an extension in such cases up to 5 years upfront. Further extensions are also provided for by this amendments allowing such extensions granted from the State level.

    These decisions reflect the rich experience of Hon. Chief Minister Smt.Anandiben Patel in Revenue matters and her keen interest in decentralizing powers at the district level and simplifying the complications prevailing in age old revenue Laws.

  • Hon. CM Smt. Anandiben Patel Inaugurates Tana-Riri Music Festival at Vadnagar

    Smt. Anandiben Patel was gleaming with pride and joy while handing over the prize money of Rs. 5 lakhs and the TanaRiri award to Dr. Prabha Atre, in the memory of Vadnagar’s legendary classical musician sisters Tana and Riri. The CM Smt. Anandiben Patel reminded the audience about the importance of Vadnagar in the history of India. She also said that if daughters are educated, there is nothing they cannot accomplish; much like the legendary sisters Tana and Riri who provided soothe to Tansen with their unmistakeable melody of the Raag Malhar.

    The CM Smt. Patel took this opportunity to appeal to the MLAs to adopt one village in their constituency and provide necessary infrastructural facilities to make it an ‘Adarsh Gram’. She also expressed that District and Taluka Panchayat members and municipal councillors too may adopt villages, ward or even street in similar way. She told the audience to abide by the requests of Prime Minister Modi to help bring the country higher in the global radar. She explained that unless and until the youth of Gujarat join the many multinationals that come to their towns, the economic structure of the country will not reach its true potential.

    Smt. Anandiben Patel welcomed and felicitated Dr. Tejal Pathak for her sheer talent and skill at sharing the art of music. Hon. CM also felicitated Dr. Janaki Mithaiwala for her tireless work at teaching classical music. Sandeep Joshi from Saptak Group was also felicitated for their commendable work in the field of music at a global level.

    Smt. Anandiben Patel welcomed the many patrons of music attending the function with utmost respect, showing the stature of music in her heart.

  • Hon. CM lays foundation stone of ?Shreshtha Bharat Bhavan? near Sardar Sarovar Dam on Narmada

    Hon. CM Smt. Anandiben Patel performed the ground breaking ceremony of ‘Shreshtha Bharat Bhavan’ to be built at a cost of Rs.176 crore as part of the ‘Statue of Unity’ near the Sardar Sarovar Dam on Narmada River near Kevadia colony, on the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel today.

    Speaking on the occasion to a large number of tribal and other people assembled at the site, she said the Bhavan would not be just an edifice of stone but a multidimensional centre of research to study India’s struggle and with multimedia hall, humming with activity like skill development to create job opportunities.

    Smt. Patel said the Statue of Unity, as conceived by her predecessor Hon. PM Shri Narendra Modi to commemorate Sardar Patel as the Maker of United India, to be taller than Statue of Liberty in the USA, to attract tourists from all over the world, and be a source of inspiration for the new generation.

    She said the concept of ‘Ek Bharat – Shreshtha Bharat’ is a natural corollary to honour the stellar contribution Sardar Patel. She added that a ‘Run for Unity’ was also arranged today to involve people’s participation as a befitting tribute to the Sardar.

    Hon. CM asked the Narmada district administration and leading citizens to ensure there remains not a single house without a toilet, not a single child should die of malnutrition and check feticide.

    Prominent among those present included Vidhan Sabha Speaker Shri Mangubhai Patel, Chief Whip Shri Pankaj Desai, Food Corporation Chairman Bhupendra Lakhawala, District Panchayat President Shri Manjibhai Vasava, District In-charge Secrtetary S. J. Haider, Youth Services and Cultural Affairs Secretary and Information Commissioner Shri Bhagyesh Jha, SSNNL Joint MD Shri K. Srinivas, Collector Sandip Sagle and DDO N.K. Damor.

  • CM urged farmers to computerize land documents to curb duping

    Gujarat Chief Minister Mrs. Anandiben Patel today urged the farmers to computerize their farm-land documents to curb the duping with them in buying and selling of lands.

    The Chief Minister said, the farmer should take advantage of the government’s new thump impression and computerization system for computerizing their land documents as it curbs the irregularities and duping in the land deals. So, the farmers must computerize their land documents with the revenue department of the state government, she further pleaded.

    Mrs. Patel was speaking at the function organized on auspicious day of labh-pancham to launch the Sugar Industry of the Sugar Cooperative Society at Saras village in Olpad in Surat district, today. She had also dedicated newly constructed Seva Sadan, built at a cost of Rs. 12-Cr, at Olpad to people. Beside these, she also unveiled the name plate of the railway over bridge to be constructed at a cost of Rs 135-Cr.

    The Chief Minister also inspired the sugarcane farmers to construct clean and healthy Gujarat and India as a gift to Father of Nation Mahatma Gandhi on his 150th Birth Anniversary in year 2019. She also urged them to erase the black spot of making toilet in open space by taking pledge to contruct in-house toilet in every home of the state.

    On the occasion, as their contribution towards the state wide Cleanliness Drive of Mrs. Patel, the local donors had donated a fund of Rs 3.50 lakh toward Chief Minister’s Fund.

    Speaking on the occasion, Gujarat Finance Minister Mr. Saurbhbhai Patel urged the sugarcane farmers to use drip-irrigation system, latest technology and farming system to get maximum crop. Gujarat Agriculture Minister Mr. Babubhai Bokhiriya also spoke on the occasion.

  • Taking precautionary measures against natural calamities is the responsibility of the government - CM

    Hon. CM Smt. Anandiben Patel today laid the foundation stone of 2,970 metre long embankment on the right bank of the River Tapi in Surat, to be built at a cost of Rs.16.42 crore for flood protection.

    Speaking on the occasion, Smt. Patel expressed a clear view that it is the government’s responsibility to save people’s life and property from flood or any other natural calamities.

    Areas from Nehru Bridge up to low-lying Adajan-Pal and Magdalla on the right bank of the River Tapi are considered as floodplains. Whenever there is a heavy rain in the upstream, 2.5 to 3 lakh cusec or more water is released from Ukai Dam from time to time, and this flood water enters residential areas of this region. Now, on the completion of this flood prevention work, it could save 3 lakh people from about 6 lakh cusec flood water.

    There was a great damage due to the heavy floods in the month of August, 2006 as the water was overflowing the banks of Tapi. Considering the frequent flood situation in the river, the Government has raised 32.18 km long embankment wall on both banks of the river from Nehru Bridge to Kathor at a cost of Rs.174.30 crore to withstand up to 8.5 lakh cusec flood water and finished nearly 13 works of sluice regulators at the cost of Rs.52 crore. In addition to this, works of 2.30 km length are under progress at a cost of Rs.43.27 crore.

    Mentioning the message of cleanliness Surat had given to the whole country after the plague epidemic, Hon. CM said that attempts will be made in the direction to make entire Gujarat clean and beautiful by learning lesson of cleanliness from Surat.

  • Govt of Guj is taking all precautionary measures in the wake of impending cylcone Nilofar ? CM

    Hon. CM Smt. Anandiben Patel provided guidance in a high-level meeting organized to review the anticipatory measures taken by the State Govt. to cope up with the situation of possible natural calamity which may arise in the coastal districts of the State due to ‘Nilofar’ Cyclone originated in the Arabian Sea.

    In this context, Smt. Patel gave instructions to all the in-charge Ministers and Secretaries of the concerned districts to reach in their respective areas and provide directions for all the precautionary works going on to combat the possible cyclone by staying in constant coordination with the district administration.

    Chief Secretary Dr. Varesh Sinha and other senior level secretaries remained present in this meeting and gave details on the operations of the concerned departments.

    Smt. Patel warned all the concerned district administration to remain attentive and to take precautionary steps to prevent casualties. She also gave instructions to provide timely intimation to fishermen families for not going to the sea and to ensure that the fishermen who have already gone for fishing come back within 24 hours.

    Hon. CM collected thorough information on the preparedness of providing alternative power and the supply of water, essential commodities, storage of medicines, etc. in the possible cyclonic situation.

    Considering the seriousness of the cyclone, Smt. Patel instructed to deploy about 10 NDRF teams in the coastal districts and also got details of the arrangements made to keep the State Reserve Police (SRP) force ready for rescue and relief operations.

    Hon. CM also gave instructions to keep comprehensive coordination with regard to the intensity, speed and divergence of ‘Nilofar’ cyclone by staying in constant contactwith Meteorological Department and coast-guards to keep a close eye on the situation.

    She emphatically said that the concerned district collectors must see that atmosphere of fear is not created or rumours are not spread, and also said that people continuously get the correct information.

    She added that the Cabinet Secretary of the Central Govt. is providing guidance regarding this possible cyclone by staying in constant contact with the Chief Secretary and other senior Secretaries of the State.

    In this meeting, Chief Secretary Dr. Varesh Sinha collected the detailed information from the secretaries of the different departments on their readiness to cope up with the possible disastrous situation and informed the CM.

    He informed that there are chances of strong wind at the speed of 100 to 150 KM with rain due to ‘Nilofar’ cyclone originated in the Arabian Sea and the possibility of its divergence towards coastal regions of Gujarat within 72 hours, but the administration is alert and fully prepared to combat the disaster.

    Senior officers of the Meteorological Department, Air Force, Coast-guard, NDRF and Army also remained present in this meeting.

  • CM chaired a high-level meeting regarding comprehensive review of work of RTO & Sales Tax check posts.

    Hon. CM Smt. Anandiben Patel gave instructions for complete automatization and central monitoring of RTO Check Posts of the State just like Sales Tax Check Posts. .

    A comprehensive review of procedures and for strengthening infrastructural facilities at RTO Check Posts of the State was carried out in a high-level meeting chaired by Hon. CM Smt. Anandiben Patel. .

    Hon. CM warned to prepare an action plan for the automatization of RTO and Sales Tax Check Posts and its immediate implementation in this meeting. .

    Hon. Transport Minister Shri Nitinbhai Patel, Hon. Finance Minister Shri Saurabhbhai Patel, Hon. MoS (Transport) Shri Shankarbhai Chaudhary together with senior secretaries remained present in this meeting. .

    Hon. CM provided guidance for quarter’s facility for the employed staff, integrated procedure of RTO and Sales Tax Dept. with the modern facilities in the tax collection booths and to make comprehensive online system on all the check posts including inter-state RTO check posts. .

    In this high-level meeting, Smt. Patel also instructed to install girders-angles as per the pattern of railway culverts to prevent tax evasion and to control vehicular traffic of rural roads parallel to the check posts. .

    Itshould also bepointed outherethat the detailed plan was formed in this high-level review meeting today was in connection with the observations Hon. CM made during her recent surprise visit at Bhilad RTO Check Post on inter-state boundary.

  • of Unity will boost tourism and facilitate employment opportunities ? Gujarat?s CM

    The work order for construction of 182-meter tall Statue of Unity was issued to L&T Company today in the presence of Gujarat Chief Minister Smt Anandiben Patel. Shri K Srinivas of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Rashtriya Ekta Trust formally handed over the work order to S N Subrahmanyan, board member of L&T.

    Statue of Unity will be the world’s largest statue, a structure that will be 182 m tall, twice as tall as Statue of Liberty. CM Smt Patel said that this is a step forward towards realizing PM Shri Narendra Modi’s vision of ‘Ek Bharat, Shreshtha Bharat’. Visitors at this statue will be able to get a picturesque view of Narmada dam from a height of almost 450 feet. Thus this memorial will help boost tourism in the state and facilitate employment opportunities, said CM.

    CM Smt Patel said that the construction work of the statue will be completed in four years at a cost of Rs 2,989 crores. The Government of India had in its last budget allotted Rs 200 crores for this purpose, thus declaring it as a national project.

  • Student Police Cadets Program is to ensure that youth develops respect for the police and not fear ? CM

    Gujarat Chief Minister Smt Anandiben Patel today called upon the student police cadets to take up the responsibility of eradicating social evils, along with their studies, build a healthy state and take the nation to greater heights. Addressing the gathering at the Navsari Sai Garba Ground, she said the youth have faith in the rule of law and discipline and they have the inherent nature to fearlessly fight against the social evils. They have the capacity to take the government schemes to the last man in the last mile, she added.

    CM Smt Patel said that the object of Student Police Cadet project is to ensure that youth develops respect towards police and not fear. This will create a bond between today’s youth and police, she added. CM Smt Patel said that it was her dream to join police but could not do so due to circumstances beyond her control. It was for the first time that the ‘student police scheme’ was launched under the aegis of Suraksha Setu Society of the State Home Department from Navsari in south Gujarat. She was also impressed by the awakening among the parents of students about nation building.

    The function was followed by an interactive question-answer session. CM Smt Patel also inaugurated e-Suraksha scheme of Navsari District Police, while the data of the police department is being upgraded as part of e-governance. The scheme helps people to approach the police through emails, whatsapp, facebook, android and other applications and share various information.

  • CM Smt. Anandiben Patel distributes land titles among tribals at a function in Nanapondha village of Valsad district

    CM launches ‘Toilet Monitoring Software’ developed by district administration to achieve target of toilet in every house

    While handing over land titles and benefits of several tribal welfare initiatives of the state government at ‘Tribal Rights and Empowerment’ programme at Nanapondha village of Valsad district, Smt. Anandiben Patel said that her government will always ensure all-round development of the tribal districts.

    Under ‘Gatisheel Gujarat’ initiative, Gujarat government had set the target of giving land rights to 5000 tribals. However, a total of 7000 beneficiaries from all seven tribal districts of Gujarat have been given land rights, with 5098 beneficiaries from Valsad district alone.

    On this occasion, Chief Minister expressed her distress over malnutrition among pregnant women and appealed women to avail benefits of ‘Doodh Sanjeevani Yojana’ which has now been extended to expectant mothers.

    Talking about Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ambitious project ‘Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana’, Smt. Patel said that 86 lakh bank accounts have already been opened in Gujarat and 100 percent target is planned to be achieved by the year end instead of the set deadline of March 31st, 2015. She urged people who do not have bank account to open their bank accounts and avail benefits of government.

    Stressing on the importance of education in personal growth and development of nation, the Chief Minister shared, “I come from a humble background. I have worked in fields and reared cattle in my young age. I had to travel long distances for education. But with determination and effort I have achieved all this. My parents knew the importance of education and they encouraged me. Education is the best inheritance parents can give to their children.” She urged parents to educate their children – both boys and girls by availing several government schemes and making proper use of scholarship provided by the state government.

    Chief Minister also gave details about state government’s provision of providing milking machine and land to construct house to women cattle-rearers.

    Smt. Anandiben Patel made a fervent appeal to the people to help government achieve the target of toilet in every house and ensure that all 97,000 houses of Valsad district which do not have toilets get the same within next one year. She said once 100 per cent target is achieved, it would enhance Gujarat model of development which has been lauded across the world.

    On this occasion, Smt. Patel also launched ‘Toilet Monitoring Software’ developed by district administration to track places which do not have toilets. She also appealed people to have a look at the toilet exhibition organized by the district administration which would give them understanding of importance and cost of constructing toilets.

    Union Cabinet Minister Shri Mansukhbhai Vasava and several other dignitaries were also present at the occasion.

  • Gujarat CM Smt Anandiben Patel kicked off the 7th edition of state-wide Garib Kalyan Mela from Jamnagar today

    Launching the seventh edition of Garib Kalyan Mela at Jamnagar city today, Gujarat Chief Minister Smt Anandiben Patel said this initiative has opened up new frontiers of economic growth for the rural poor, particularly the women.

    On the occasion, CM Smt Patel distributed assistance worth Rs 5.80 crore among 10,559 beneficiaries. In seventh edition of Garib Kalyan Mela, the state government will hold 127 melas covering over a million poor and deprived people and distribute assistance worth Rs. 1,000 crore.

    CM Smt Patel said that since 2009, six editions of Garib Kalyan Mela have been held through which assistance worth Rs 12000 crore has been distributed to over 81 lakh beneficiaries, through 1098 melas conducted across the state. This initiative has a specific agenda, to help the poor and the deprived section of the society to be self-reliant and to empower the women, she added.

    CM Smt Patel also appealed the people to actively participate in state-wide ‘Swachhta Abhiyaan’ (Cleanliness Drive) starting in Gujarat from October 2, the birth-anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.

  • CM Smt Patel inaugurated annual conference of Neurospinal Surgeons in Ahmedabad

    Hon’ble CM Smt Anandiben Patel inaugurated SPINE 2014, Annual conference of Neurospinal Surgeons Association of India (NSSA) in Ahmedabad today. About 50 eminent faculties and 300 delegates from India and across the world will participate in debates on various subjects of spinal diseases and injuries. On the occasion, CM Smt Patel said that it is important for such an event to be held in Gujarat at a time when Gujarat has evolved to be a remarkable medical tourism hub.

    CM Smt Patel said that India stands in a paradoxical situation. On one hand, Indian doctors are one of the best doctors in the world and people all over have full trust in the medical talent available here. She expressed grief saying that on the other hand, people of India are suffering in terms of timely and affordable medical treatment. India lags behind in terms of doctor-patient ratio, bed-patient ratio, even for availability of paramedical staff. The sheer size of India’s population makes government health facilities inadequate and out of reach for the poor and neo-middle class people.

    Talking about the persistent efforts made by Government of Gujarat in the direction of providing better health services to all sections of people, CM Smt Patel said that two years back government introduced Mukhya Mantri Amrutam Yojana, popularly known as MA yojana for providing health cover for critical illnesses to families living below poverty line. The poor can have access to the best of treatment in private super speciality hospitals free of cost, upto Rs.2 lakhs per year. The new Vatsalya yojana gives access also to the women and children of families having annual income upto Rs.1.20 lakhs, she added.

    CM Smt Patel said that Gujarat is also focussing on medical and para-medical education. In last 13 years, the number of medical colleges has increased from 9 to 19 and medical seats from 1125 to 2930, she added. Also, Gujarat has increased the intake capacity of its paramedical institutes almost six times in last five years.

    Referring to PM Shri Narendra Modi’s vision, CM Smt Patel said that PM Shri Modi has been talking of providing not just health insurance, but also health assurance. She appealed the delegates, faculties and other professionals present on the occasion to moot an idea of Professionals’ Social Responsibility, on the lines of Corporate Social Responsibility. This will facilitate the process of improving health facilities and providing it to every needy person of the country, she added.

  • India CEO of Japan?s Mizuho bank pays courtesy visit to CM

    Mr. Shinichiro Kashiwagi, India CEO of Japan’s Mizuho bank paid a courtesy visit to Gujarat Chief Minister Smt Anandiben Patel today at Gandhinagar.

    Mr. Kashiwagi apprised the Chief Minister that Mizuho bank has already obtained license from Reserve Bank of India and the bank will start its branch in Ahmedabad from June 2015. CM Smt Patel discussed about Mizuho bank’s participation in upcoming Vibrant Gujarat Global Investors’ Summit -2015. She suggested Mr. Kashiwagi to sign MoU pertaining to the bank’s partnership in Gujarat’s canal top solar power project.

    Mr. Kashiwagi also informed CM Smt Patel that Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi, during his Japan visit, had proposed the bank to start its branch in Gujarat and that the bank has accepted his proposal considering the wide scope of business in the state.

  • Chinese delegation met CM Smt Anandiben Patel to deliberate upon the roadmap for sister agreements signed yesterday

    Blueprint of the institutional mechanism of the MoUs will be prepared soon In a move to extend the talks regarding the sister agreements signed yesterday between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian PM Shri Narendra Modi, a Chinese delegation met Gujarat Chief Minister Smt Anandiben Patel today at Gandhinagar. The high-powered delegation comprised of Executive Vice Governor of Guangdong Xu Shaohua and Mayor of Guangzhou Chen Jianhua.

    As a part of signing ceremony on September 17, an agreement was signed on establishment of twining relationship between Guangdong province and Gujarat state. On the same lines, a sister city agreement was also signed between Guangzhou and Ahmedabad. The delegation deliberated on various aspects as to how the sister agreement will result in mutual cooperation in the fields of sports, youth affairs, urban planning, infrastructure, environment, public health and exchange of economic and trade delegations. In the meeting with CM Smt Patel, the delegation also shared that the MoUs will facilitate knowledge sharing in areas of mutual interest.

    CM Smt Patel expressed that an action-plan should be prepared to come up with a blueprint regarding an institutional mechanism to take forward the sister agreements. She also extended an invitation to the visiting delegation for the upcoming Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit as well as the Pravasi Bhartiya Divas hosted by Gujarat this year in January. CM Smt Patel said that it would boost the economic and social ties between the two countries if China participates in these events.

    The delegation expressed joy about the successful visit of Chinese President to Gujarat and the grand welcome given to him by the people of the state.

  • Hon?ble PM Narendra Modi launched 11 Gujarat Govt. Schemes under ?Swavalamban Abhiyaan?

    Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi launched 11 welfare schemes of Gujarat Government today under ‘Swavalamban Abhiyaan’. These 11 schemes focus on empowering women, labourers, cattle-rearers, youth and farmers through various initiatives, assistance, relief, benefits and opportunities. PM Shri Modi marked the e-launch of ‘Swavalamban Abhiyaan’ through laser torch, in the presence of State Governor O P Kohli and Chief Minister of Gujarat Smt Anandiben Patel at Mahatma Mandir, Gandhinagar.

    Speaking at the event, PM Shri Modi said that the commencement of ‘Swavalamban Abhiyaan’ on the day of Vishwakarma Puja is symbolic of the various welfare schemes launched for the needy and the deprived. Appreciating the nature of ‘Swavalamban Abhiyaan’, he said that qualities of swashraya (self-help), swavalamban (self-reliance) and swabhimaan (self-respect) are deeply instilled in the people of Gujarat. PM Shri Modi said that once the people of India will live a life of self-respect, only then they will become self-reliant, which in turn, will make the country self-reliant.

    Government should continue to empower every section of the society and help them become self-reliant in every walk of life, he added. PM Shri Modi also congratulated the Government of Gujarat for persistent efforts and hard work under the initiative of Gatisheel Gujarat.

    PM Shri Modi added that, initiatives like tablets and benefits in interest on self-employment loan to ITI graduates and Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay young entrepreneurs scheme under ‘Swavalamban Abhiyaan’ are significant in empowering the youth and shaping their dreams. Talking about the entrepreneurial qualities and abilities of women, PM Shri Modi lauded the efforts of women of Gujarat engaged in dairy sector and cattle-rearing.

    On the occasion, CM Smt Anandiben Patel said that Government of Gujarat is committed to endlessly work towards PM Shri Modi’s vision of Gujarat. The motto of ‘Swavalamban Abhiyaan’ is to ensure that the poor and needy people are not deprived of any opportunities and that they should also be a part of the progress of Gujarat, she added. Talking about the difficulties of BPL and neo-middle class families, CM Smt Patel said that no one should be deprived of basic necessities of life like employment, good health and one’s own home. Everyone has a right to live a better and dignified life, she added. CM Smt Patel also expressed her joy saying that Gujarat is fortunate to have the esteemed presence of Hon’ble PM Shri Modi in the state on his birthday.

    During this event, PM Shri Modi distributed tablets and cheques to the select beneficiaries of various schemes under ‘Swavalamban Abhiyaan’.

  • With 3 MoUs, a new chapter unfolds in India-China relationship on the land of Gandhi and Sardar

    President of China Xi Jinping received a grand welcome at Ahmedabad airport, as he arrived in Gujarat as a part of his three-day visit to India. Gujarat Chief Minister Smt Anandiben Patel and Gujarat Governor O P Kohli were present at the airport among the others, to welcome the Chinese President and the first lady of China. President Xi Jinping was given the ceremonial Guard of Honour by police women of Gujarat and various cultural performances from across the state were performed as a welcoming gesture at the airport.

    Gujarat witnessed an epic moment today as President of China and Prime Minister of India marked the beginning of a new relationship between the two countries. Three MoUs were signed between the two Asian giants in the presence of Chinese President Xi Jinping and PM of India Shri Narendra Modi, will forge further development in the state.

    As a part of signing ceremony, an agreement was signed on establishment of twining relationship between Guangdong province and Gujarat state. Through this MoU, both the sister provinces will extend mutual cooperation in various fields and exchange of economic and trade delegations. Guangdong is China’s richest province with the highest GDP growth compared to all Chinese provinces. Thus, is a way, Gujarat and Guangdong share the same identity of being the growth-engine for their respective countries. With a population of over 100 million, Guangdong has an annual growth of 8.5 percent.

    On the same lines, a sister city agreement was also signed between Guangzhou and Ahmedabad. This will facilitate engagements in fields of economy, trade, public policy, education, technology, tourism and culture.

    The third MoU was signed between China Development Bank and Industrial Extension Bureau (iNDEXTb), the nodal agency of Government of Gujarat, under which an industrial park will be set up in Gujarat. This will help promote domestic industry and will encourage adoption of new technology by local firms.

    Chief Minister of Gujarat Smt Anandiben Patel, heads of Gujarat’s top industrial and business groups and ministers were present during the MoU ceremony among others.

  • President of China Xi Jinping tried his hand at ?Charkha? at Sabarmati Ashram

    The Chinese President Mr. Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi today visited Mahatma Gandhi’s Sabarmati Ashram, a place inspiring the people world over even today with the message of peace and non-violence.

    The dignitaries were welcomed at the Sabarmati Ashram, also known as Gandhi Ashram, by Gujarat Chief Minister Smt. Anandiben Patel along with young girls of the Ashram. PM Shri Modi and CM Smt Patel offered khadi garland to Mr Xi Jinping.

    At the Ashram, the Chinese President tried his hand at the ‘Charkha’ to pay a tribute to Gandhiji. Mr. Jinping and PM Shri Modi offered flowers to Mahatma Gandhi’s statue. They also saw the photo exhibition depicting the life of Gandhiji. The young girls of the Ashram played Gandhiji’s most loving and popular bhajan “Vaishnav jan to tane re kahiye”.

    The Chinese President described his visit to Gandhi Ashram as one of the most memorable and enlightening moments of his life.

  • Chinese President Xi Jinping and First Lady enjoy Gujarati cuisine in dinner with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi

    The Chinese President Mr. Xi Jinping and his wife today had choicest ethnic Gujarati cuisine, including the famous Thepla-Dhokla in dinner with Indian Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi at the Sabarmati Riverfront Park here this late evening.

    The Chinese Head and the First Lady were visibly impressed by the Gujarati delicacies and a variety of entertainment programme by folk dancers from across the state to the tunes of folk songs.

    The event was attended by guests and invitees.

  • CM reviews preparations made for visit of Chinese President, Indian PM

    Gandhinagar, September 14: Gujarat Chief Minister Smt. Anandiben Patel today reviewed in details the preparations made by the state administration for the two-day visit of the Chinese President Mr. Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi to Gujarat on September 16 and 17.

    The Chief Minister today visited the Ahmedabad airport to review the preparation made for the grand welcoming of both the dignitaries on their arrival.

    Smt. Patel also reviewed the preparations made at the famouse Sabarmati Ashram as Mr. Jinping is also going to visit it. At the Ashram, she also gave required guidance and suggestions to the concerned secretaries.

    The Chief Minister also visited the River Front in Ahmedabad as Mr. Jinping and Mr. Modi are going to spend an evening together there. She also reviewed the place where the Chinese President is going to stay.

    Smt. Patel was accompanied by her council of ministers – Mr. Saurabhbhai Patel, Mr. Rajanibhai Patel, Mr. Pradipsinh Jadeja, Mr. Shankarbhai Chaudhary along with Ahmedabad city Mayor Smt. Minaxiben Patel, Chief Secretary Dr. Varesh Sinha, government office bearers and high ranking officials.

  • Hon?ble CM launches magazine Samaj Samvedna, an initiative to re-awaken Dalits

    Hon’ble Chief Minister Shrimati Anandiben Patel launched a social reformer magazine Samaj Samvedna – Ek Vaicharik Aandolan (Social Empathy — a movement of thoughts) at Ahmedabad Management Association on Sunday. She congratulated the entire team of the magazine for coming up with the noble thought of encouraging community bonding through the medium of literature.

    Sharing one of the instances of her life, Smt. Anandiben Patel disclosed that going against the tradition of her community; she called the police to her relative’s place to stop child marriage, changing the outlook of the community.

    On this occasion Chief Minister said that unless affluent people from different communities don’t take their community along, a society cannot progress. She appealed aware and educated people to help government in spreading awareness about government schemes and volunteer for social work and also urged people to ensure that state government’s scholarship given to dalit students and girls for education is properly utilized, which will help transform the society.

    Chief Minister appealed dalit community to step forward and bring change in the society by adopting Anganwadi and supporting children coming from the poor section of the society. Stressing on the importance of cleanliness and hygiene, Smt. Patel said that sanitation, especially for women, is need of the hour and society should come together to resolve the issue.

    Smt. Anandiben Patel urged people to rise above superstitions and abolish social evils that tarnish societal structure. Elaborating on eradication of social ills and superstitions, she said, “Stand up against social begot and superstitions for eradication of social ills and development of society.”

    She earnestly asked people to spread awareness about government schemes in sections and classes so that government can succeed in achieving objective of schemes. Chief Minister also briefed about soon to commence government initiative of providing ‘Health Card’ worth Rs. 2 lakh to the families having annual income of Rs. 1.20 lakh and appealed people to support state government in the efforts to reform the society.

    Shri Ramanbhai Vora, Minister Social Justice and Empowerment, renowned social reformer Satchitanad Swami, MP and Dalit spiritual leader Shambhunath Tundiya were among other dignitaries who attended magazine launch.

  • CM reviews preparation of Chinese President?s meeting with Prime Minister in Ahmedabad on Sep 17, 2014

    Chinese Ambassador to India, Mr. Le Yucheng called on Gujarat Chief Minister Smt. Anandiben Patel today in capital Gandhinagar. Smt. Patel is the first state head, whom Mr. Le Yucheng is visiting after assuming the charge as ambassador.

    During the meeting, Chief Minister and Chinese Ambassador discussed about President of China’s historic visit to Gujarat along with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the coming week. Mr. Le Yucheng showed keenness in further strengthening economic ties with Gujarat.

    Smt. Patel extended an invitation to participate in the upcoming Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit 2015.

  • Smt. Anandiben Patel attended Sabar Dairy Golden Jubilee celebrations in Sabarkantha, Himmatnagar

    Gujarat Chief Minister Smt. Anandiben Patel attended Sabar Dairy Golden Jubilee celebrations in Sabarkantha, Himmatnagar, today. In her address, she appreciated the efforts made by Sabar Dairy in serving the people and empowering the farmers since its inception in 1964. CM Smt. Patel also lauded the contribution of Sabar Dairy in ‘Doodh Sanjivani Yojana’, under which primary school students of Vijaynagar Taluka are distributed free milk tetra packs of 200 ml every day. She said that eradication of malnutrition from the state should be the utmost priority of the people.

    While addressing the people, CM Smt. Patel shared details of various initiatives launched by her at Khedbrahma earlier today. She said that initiatives like ‘e-shikshak’ (android app that connects 500 teachers) and ‘Digital Setu’ (wifi connectivity to 32 villages of Khedbrahma) are in the direction to modernize and digitalize Gujarat with latest technology and in turn, obtain desired results in the benefit of the people.

    Appreciating the involvement of today’s women in various fields, CM Smt. Patel said that government initiative to provide ‘Milking Machines’ to women to facilitate milking cattle is a move to encourage more women in cattle rearing. She also appealed the people to work towards the target of building 100% in-house toilet facility in the state. In her address, CM Smt. Patel appealed the people to take benefits of various government schemes like Amrutam maa Yojana and Jan Dhan Yojana.

  • Gujarat CM launches a gamut of initiatives to digitalise the state, at Khedbrahma, Sabarkantha

    CM launched Seva Sadan (Prant Office) at Khedbrahma, Sabarkantha, that will be well-equipped and have modern facilities to serve the people more effectively and efficiently.

    CM said: This modern office is set up for the better functioning of the taluka. It will help the administration to become more accountable and more transparent. I appeal the officials to keep the office clean and make sincere efforts to serve the people.

    CM launched a bilingual, interactive website of Collector’s office

    CM said: With the Collectorate’s website, every person will be able to be informed about the functioning of all the departments and details of various schemes and policies.

    CM marked the launch of ‘Digital Setu’ – making all 32 villages of Khedbrahma WiFi-enabled. ‘Sakhi Mandals’ are handed over the responsibility of execution and implementation of WiFi enability.

    CM said: Following PM Shri Narendra Modi’s vision of ‘Digital India’, this is our initiative to give birth to ‘Digital Khedbrahma’. This will be the first of its kind project where all the 32 villages of a taluka will be connected. For a progress of any village, the young generation needs to be connected with the world and updated with today’s information technology. Also, in the implementation of this process, women of ‘Sakhi Mandals’ will also be empowered and employed.

    CM launched the initiative of ‘Swasthya Samvedna Sena’ under which interactive tablet devices where handed out to ASHA wokers, health workers and women of aanganwadi.

    CM said: The modern tablet devices will equip the health workers, women and mothers and help them in providing better health services. Also, the devices will impart health education to the users. Our aim is to fight against the evils of malnutrition. I appeal the users of this device that record of every malnourished child should be maintained and then efforts should be made to improve his health.

    CM launched ‘Doodh Sanjivani Yojana’, where 200 ml of milk in tetra packs will be daily distributed to every student of primary schools in Vijaynagar Taluka

    CM said: Children needs nutrition for physical, emotional and mental growth and thus it is necessary that they should be healthy. I appeal the workers to measure the height and weight of every child before the daily distribution of milk packets start. So that every 3 or 6 months, their health and growth records can be compared. Also, children should pledge to keep their schools clean and not throw empty milk packets in the school premise. Teachers should encourage the use of dustbins in the schools.

    CM launched the initiative of E-Shikshak, an android app that will connect 500 teachers and help in betterment of education system

    CM said: Teachers need to be innovative in their approach with children. Students should be engaged in innovative learning processes. This android app will help the teachers to stay connected and share various innovative ideas. Also, the progress in various schools will be recorded through this app.

    CM visited police headquarters of Khedbrahma

    CM said: Police department are selflessly working for the society. As our responsibility, Government of Gujarat will work for the welfare of the police families and will also allot funds, if necessary.

  • Gujarat CM meets senior officials of Emirates Airlines, discusses possibilities of new flights from Surat and Vadodara

    Senior Vice President of Emirates Airlines, Sheikh Majid Al Mualla, along with other senior officials, paid a courtesy visit to Gujarat Chief Minister Smt. Anandiben Patel today. Impressed with Gujarat’s growth, senior officials showed keenness in strengthening tourism and trade links with the state. Minister of state civil aviation Shri Saurabhbhai Patel was also present in the meeting.

    Mr Majid shared that Emirates Airlines has flight connectivity to 145 international destinations across the world. He said that their airline is willing to promote Gujarat as a tourist destination across the world, for which they are willing to sign MoUs with the tourist department. CM Smt. Patel shared the details of medical tourism prevalent in the state and asked them to look into the opportunity to promote that aspect. Emirates Airlines officials also discussed scope of coming up with new connecting flights from Surat and Vadodara.

    CM Smt. Patel invited them to participate in the upcoming Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit 2014. She added that Emirates Airlines can extend their assistance to fly people from across the world to Gandhinagar, when Gujarat hosts the Pravasi Bhartiya Divas in January next year.

    Along with Emirates Airlines officials, special envoy of Pennsylvania Ms Kanika Choudhary also met CM Smt. Patel. She conveyed that manufacturing companies from Pennsylvania are eager to come to Gujarat and contribute in the development of the state.

  • Gujarat CM Smt Anandiben Patel reviews heavy rains situation in the state

    Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel held a review meeting today in Gandhinagar in relation to heavy rains in various parts of the state. Gujarat has already received 87 percent of its average annual rainfall, out of which, 8 percent has been witnessed only in last 24 hours. CM Smt. Patel reviewed the details of the rainfall till date and the forecast of very heavy rainfall in various parts of Gujarat.

    During this review meeting, attended by Finance and Health minister Shri Nitin Patel, Chief Secretary Dr Varesh Sinha and other senior officials and presided over by CM Smt. Patel, discussions on current situations of road and building, water flow of dams, amount of water released from dams, supply of electricity were made.

    CM Smt. Patel said that three teams of NDRF (National Disaster Response Fund) have been put on alert and rescue boats have been deployed to deal with the flood-like situations in Vadodara. CM Smt. Patel asked the administration to streamline supply of electricity and road conditions across the state beforehand. Also, 240 health teams are already active to prevent situations of epidemic outbreak and ensure cleanliness and hygiene in the state, she added.

    Reviewing the roads in the state, CM Smt. Patel said that total 27 roads in the state are affected because of rains, and asked the administration to work for its repair as soon as the rains end.

    In this review meeting, Smt. Patel also expressed grief over the flood affected Jammu and Kashmir and the loss of lives and properties in the state. She announced to extend an aid of Rs 5 crores to J&K CM’s relief fund. Also, she said that daily 1 lakh food packets will be airlifted and sent out to the people of J&K. Smt. Patel said that circuit houses of Ahmedabad, Surat and Rajkot will be made functional to ensure the packing and sending of these food packages.

  • CM shares thoughts on Women Empowerment and Inclusive Development with Mauritius MP Kalyani Jugo

    The woman Member of Parliament of the ruling party of Mauritius, Ms. Kalyani Jugo paid a courtesy visit to Hon’ble Chief Minister Smt. Anandiben Patel today in Gandhinagar.

    Hon’ble Chief Minister discussed varied facets of Gujarat’s developmental journey. Ms. Kalyani was pleased to learn about several women empowerment initiatives like 33 per cent reservation for women in police force, Gender Budget, Mission Mangalam and many more undertaken by the state government. She also briefed Smt. Patel about the socio-economic and political standing of women in Mauritius.

    Smt. Patel extended her best wishes for better participation of women in the upcoming 2015 elections in Mauritius.

    Expressing her gratitude for having got the opportunity to listen to the Ministers of Mauritius during Vibrant Gujarat Summit 2013, Hon’ble Chief Minister Smt. Anandiben Patel extended heartfelt invitation to Mauritius to participate in Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit 2015.

  • Acharya Dr. Lokesh Muni, founder of Ahimsa Vishwa Bharti, pays courtesy visit to Hon?ble CM

    Eminent Jain Acharya and Founder of Ahimsa Vishwa Bharti Dr. Lokesh Muniji paid courtesy visit to Gujarat Chief Minister Smt. Anandiben Patel in Gandhinagar today.

    Acharya Shri Lokesh Muniji congratulated state’s first woman Chief Minister Smt. Patel for undertaking women empowerment and initiating public movement on issues like toilet in every house, malnutrition and girl child education.

    Acharya extended his best wishes and blessings to Smt. Patel for transforming Gujarat into a role model of development world-wide under her visionary leadership.

  • Let every day be celebrated as Teachers? Day ? CM

    On the occasion of Teachers’ Day, Gujarat Chief Minister Smt. Anandiben Patel honoured 33 teachers, including 12 women teachers, from across the state. In the event organised at Mahatma Mandir, Gandhinagar, CM Smt. Patel gave an inspirational address to the students, parents and the entire teaching community. She also personally interacted with the students by answering their questions on various subjects like quality education, security of women, health and governance.

    In her address, CM Smt. Patel appealed the awardee teachers of secondary schools to adopt atleast one primary school in their locality. Similarly, awardee primary teachers can adopt an aanganwadi. She said that this could bring a sea of change in the education system.

    Smt. Patel said that a teacher can be the true agent of change for the society and the nation. Along with education, teachers should also focus on health and hygiene of the students. Teachers should also take care of cleanliness of schools, discipline of children, quality of food consumed by students, proper dissemination of iron-folic pills to girl child, she added.

    Stressing on the concept of activity-based learning, Smt. Patel said that innovative ideas and newer methods should be incorporated by teachers to make education effective and engaging for the children. She shared a few ideas how practical and non-bookish approach to learning can result in the betterment of the education system. Through activity-based education, better results can be delivered in no time and individual skills of children can be groomed effectively, she added.

    Talking about the visionary approach of CM, one of the awardees, Smt Suniti Karulkar, shared an incident when Smt. Patel was the education minister and within five minutes she had resolved a pending issue of the need for a new classroom for the school.

    Talking about the importance of ‘Guruvandana’, Smt. Patel said that every child looks up to their teachers as Almighty and thus, teachers should work hard to live up to this responsibility. She urged that activities related to betterment of education should not be limited only to one day, let every day be celebrated as Teachers’ Day, she said.

  • Suzuki Motors CEO Osamu Suzuki paid courtesy visit to CM

    મુખ્‍યમંત્રી શ્રીમતી આનંદીબહેન પટેલની આજે વિશ્‍વખ્‍યાત મોટર ઉત્‍પાદક કંપની સુઝુકી મોટર્સના અધ્‍યક્ષ શ્રીયુત ઓસામુ સુઝૂકી (OSAMU SUZUKI) એ ગાંધીનગરમાં સૌજ્ન્‍ય મૂલાકાત લીધી હતી.

    મુખ્‍યમંત્રીશ્રીને શ્રીયુત સુઝુકીએ તાજેતરમાં ભારતના વડાપ્રધાનશ્રી નરેન્‍દ્રભાઇ મોદીના સફળ જાપાન પ્રવાસની વિગતોથી માહિતગાર કર્યા હતા.

    મુખ્‍યમંત્રી શ્રીમતી આનંદીબહેને આગામી જાન્‍યુઆરી-ર૦૧પમાં યોજાઇ રહેલા વાયબ્રન્ટ ગુજરાત ગ્‍લોબલ સમિટમાં સહભાગી થવા સુઝુકી મોટર્સના અધ્‍યક્ષને નિમંત્રણ પાઠવ્‍યું હતું.

    શ્રીયુત સુઝૂકીએ આ નિમંત્રણનો સાનુકુળ પ્રતિભાવ આપતાં એક ઉચ્‍ચસ્‍તરીય પ્રતિનિધિમંડળ વાયબ્રન્‍ટ સમિટમાં ભાગ લેવા આવશે તેમ મુખ્‍યમંત્રીશ્રીને જણાવ્‍યું હતું.

    મુખ્‍યમંત્રીશ્રી અને સુઝૂકી મોટર્સના અધ્‍યક્ષે ગુજરાતમાં સુઝૂકી મોટરકાર પ્‍લાન્‍ટ વિષયક વિચાર-વિમર્શ પણ આ મૂલાકાત બેઠક દરમ્‍યાન કર્યો હતો.

    આ બેઠકમાં મુખ્‍ય સચિવશ્રી ડો. વરેશ સિન્‍હા અને નાણાંના અધિક મુખ્‍ય સચિવશ્રી ડો. હસમુખ અઢિયા ઉપસ્‍થિત રહયા હતા.

  • CM appeals the farmers to practice organic farming at a seminar on Farm Income Insurance

    Presiding over the seminar on Farm Income Insurance, organized at Mahatma Mandir, Gujarat Chief Minister Smt. Anandiben Patel said that optimum benefits of such schemes should reach to the farmers so that they can be protected against uncertainties of nature and markets. Responding to Government of India’s move towards farm income insurance from crop insurance, Government of Gujarat has organised this seminar for experts to deliberate, which was inaugurated today by Union Minister of Agriculture Shri Radhamohan Singh.

    CM Smt. Patel expressed that with the help of various innovations, developments and expertise in the field of agriculture in Gujarat, the agriculture growth rate of Gujarat has reached 10.8. On the occasion, she also encouraged the farmers to practice organic farming and drip irrigation in order to avail better produce and earnings out of it. She added that Government of Gujarat will soon come up with women-friendly schemes in agriculture.

    Talking about the growth of Gujarat in agriculture, State Agriculture Minister Shri Babubhai Bokhiria said that Gujarat stands first in the production of many significant crops like cotton, castor-oil, onion, potato and groundnut. Union Minister of Agriculture Shri Radhamohan Singh also congratulated Government of Gujarat for its progressive approach in the field of agriculture. He said that empowering the farmers will lead to empowerment of the nation and so more welfare schemes for farmers should be implemented. He shared that with the vision of strengthening the farmers, Gujarat has 28 Krishi Vigyan Centres and more such centres will be set up in seven other districts.

    Besides farmers and experts of the field, representatives from Indian Government, Agricultural secretaries, Managing Directors from State Marketing Boards were also present at the seminar, who deliberated on various aspects of farm income insurance.

    This seminar is organised as a part of the on-going three-day Agri-Tech Asia exhibition where more than 200 companies from 14 nations have participated to display latest innovations and developments in farm technology and dairy farming. Smt. Patel appealed Kisan Sangh and many other young farmers to attend this exhibition and come up with ideas that can be incorporated by Government of Gujarat.

  • American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin ? American Heart Association visits CM

    American Heart Association wants to serve rural Gujarat

    A delegation of American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin-American Heart Association (AAPIOAHA) today met Chief Minister Smt. Anandiben Patel to express its willing to serve poor children ailing from severe heart diseases and others in rural areas of Gujarat.

    During the meeting, the delegate’s members told Smt. Patel that they want to provide their services in rural areas of Gujarat for poor children with an aim to curtail the child mortality ratio in the state.

    The delegation said it wants to provide its services as an extension to the Chief Minister’s drive to eradicate the malnutrition among the poor children of Aaganwadis. In this reference, during the meeting, the delegation made deliberation with Smt. Patel that it could provide its help to the children suffering from severe heart ailments and thus curtailing the child mortality ratio.

    Mr. Mark Creager of American Heart Association (AHA) has been running the local divisions of the AHA across the world with help of thousands of its volunteers.

    Smt. Patel also briefed the delegation about the Gujarat Government’s state wide services like ‘Doodh Sanjivani Scheme’ which is aimed at providing good health to child and mother, 108-Emergency Medical Service, and ‘Khilkhilat’ scheme that is carrying pregnant mother to health centre and later mother and child back to home.

    Welcoming the AHA delegation’s decision, the Chief Minister expressed confidence that its service would surely bring down the child mortality ratio in rural Gujarat. Smt. Patel termed that as “Godly Services” and it would surely enhance the scope of health services in Gujarat, she added.

  • UK?s parliamentary under-secretary of state for Ministry of Justice, Shailesh Vara paid a courtesy visit to CM

    Chief Minister Smt. Anandiben Patel today met Shri Shailesh Vara, North West Cambridgeshire Member of Parliament & United Kingdom Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Ministry of Justice in Gandhinagar.

    Shri Vara, who originally hails from Gujarat, was impressed with the strides taken by Gujarat in skill and human resource development and infrastructural facilities in the sector of education.

    Smt. Patel briefed him about ‘Sakhi Mandals’ and various parameters set by state government to provide employment to women. She also gave details about the women empowerment initiatives take in agricultural and dairy-animal husbandry sector.

    While stating that lot of foreign investors are willing to invest in Gujarat based on the development model of the state, Smt. Anandiben Patel extended an invitation to Shri Vara, to participate in the forthcoming Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit 2015.

    The development model of Gujarat has become Global model of development. Shri Shailesh Vara expressed his desire of India becoming the Global model of development under the aegis of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi.

  • Indian Navy setting up a well-equipped naval base at Porbandar in name of Sardar Patel is a matter of pleasure : CM

    Gujarat Chief Minister Smt. Anandiben Patel met Rear Admiral of Indian Navy, Ashok Kumar, Flag Officer Commanding of Gujarat and Maharashtra at Gandhinagar today. He was in Gandhinagar to pay a courtesy visit to the CM.

    A Vishist Seva Medal recipient, Rear Admiral Ashok Kumar informed CM Smt. Patel that Indian Navy is soon to set the foundations of a well-equipped naval base on the sea coast of Porbandar. CM Smt. Patel had expressed her joy on this update, especially as the naval base is to be named after the Iron Man of India and son of Gujarat, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.

    In their meeting, CM Smt. Patel and Rear Admiral Ashok Kumar also discussed on how Indian Navy and Government of Gujarat can come together and ensure development as well as security of 1600 km long coastline of the state.

  • CM inaugurates Agri-Tech Asia exhibition, a platform that displays latest innovations in farm technology

    Gujarat Chief Minister Smt. Anandiben Patel inaugurated a 3-day long ‘Agri-Tech Asia 2014’ exhibition at Mahatma Mandir in Gandhinagar today. This exhibition, showcasing the knowledge on modern agricultural technique, crop produces, and new researches, comes as a pre-cursor of the Vibrant Gujarat Global Investors’ Summit-2015 to be held in January, next year.

    Spread across an area of 15000 sq. mts., Agri-Tech Asia displays latest innovations and developments in farm technology and dairy farming. Nearly 200 agriculture related companies, from countries like USA, Israel, Belgium, Italy, Spain, Japan, Germany, Canada and Holland have displayed their products in this exhibition.

    Also, a seminar on farm income insurance has been organised on 4th September where experts would deliberate on how to provide an effective shield to the farming community against uncertainties of nature and markets. Nearly 500 delegates representing Gujarat and other states of the country will take part in this event. Besides them, representatives from Indian Government, Agricultural secretaries, Managing Directors from State Marketing Boards will make deliberations on farm income insurance.

    Smt. Patel urged farmers of Gujarat and other states to avail optimum benefit from this exhibition.

  • CM joins the people of Ahmedabad in Ganeshotsav celebrations

    Let us pray Lord Ganesha to guide Gujarat and India on the right path to success and development – CM

    Gujarat Chief Minister Smt. Anandiben Patel participated in the Ganeshotsav celebrations with the people of Ahmedabad on Tuesday night. She visited Vastrapur, Sola road and Ghatlodia areas and joined in the auspicious ceremonies of pujan and aarti of Lord Ganesha.

    Smt. Patel urged the people to pray Lord Ganesha to guide Gujarat and India on the right path to success and development. She expressed her belief that people of the state should come together to celebrate various festivals and auspicious occasions, irrespective of their caste, community, religion or cultural differences. Inspite of her hectic routine, Smt. Patel spared time to connect with the people and to share their happiness on the occasion of Ganeshotsav.

  • Gujarat Chief Minister meets Beach Handball competition winners from Gujarat

    Chief Minister Smt. Anandiben Patel today met young athlete boys and girls, who with their spectacular performance achieved second and third spot in the 10th National Beach Handball competition.

    Smt. Patel extended her best wishes to the entire team for the upcoming National Games which will be held in January-2015 in Kerala. She also blessed them to bring glory to the state in the field of sports.

    On this occasion, the women players’ team representing India and Gujarat in the upcoming Asian Games at South Korea, who had come to Gandhinagar for training, visited the Honourable Chief Minister and sought her blessings.

    Sports Secretary Bhagyesh Jha, officials of Gujarat Handball Association and Sports Authority of India (SAI) were also present on the occasion.

  • CM pays surprise visit to a primary school in Haripura village of Amreli district

    As the celebration of ‘Gyan Saptah’ commenced across the state, Chief Minister Smt. Anandiben Patel paid a surprise visit to a primary school in Amreli district’s Haripura village.

    Smt. Anandiben Patel who had reached Dhaari taluka for a Loksamvad Setu Programme, visited Haripura Primary School without any prior intimation. She interacted with the teachers and the students to explain to them the motive of ‘Gyan Saptah’and guide them for its execution. She, thus, reinforced her commitment to celebration of education in general and celebration of Gyan Saptah in particular.

  • CM marks a promising beginning of state-wide celebrations of ?Gyan Saptah?

    CM Smt. Anandiben Patel today marked the beginning of ‘Gyan Saptah’ celebrations through live satellite address to teachers, parents and children across the state. She gave an inspirational message on the occasion and appealed the people to join in building model schools for the state, on the footsteps of Gujarat Model.

    In her message Smt. Patel ensured that ‘Gyan Saptah’ celebrations will help in boosting up the spirits of students and teachers, which will lead to the betterment of the state education system. She stated that strong foundations of primary education will result in brighter future for the students. And so, utmost importance should be given to inculcate basic skills of reading, writing and counting in children.

    Talking about the significance of cleanliness in a student’s life, Smt. Patel mentioned that qualities of cleanliness of the surroundings and personal hygiene should be instilled in children at an early stage. Role of parents, teachers and the entire society is vital in this process, she said. Smt. Patel insisted that parents should also keep themselves aware and informed about various school activities, cleanliness of school premise, sanitation and behaviour of teachers.

    In her message Smt. Patel appealed the teachers to be punctual, polite and disciplined themselves, so that they can set illustrious examples of ideals and principles for the students. She emphasized to strengthen the education system through better coordination between aanganwadi, primary, secondary and higher-secondary schools. In emotional words, she also appealed the parents, teachers and trustees of schools to work together to eradicate the issue of malnourishment of children.

    Smt. Patel ensured that various activities like cleanliness of schools, various competitions, science experiments, story-telling, tree plantation and many such programmes during ‘Gyan Saptah will prove to be a platform to groom skills and capabilities of the children. She announced that on September 5, on the occasion of Teacher’s Day, ‘guru vandana’ ceremony will be organised in all schools throughout the state. She said that the motive behind this is to strengthen mutual affection and respect amidst students, teachers and parents.

    This thought-provoking message from CM inspired thousands of students, parents and members of education fraternity and marked a promising beginning of ‘Gyan Saptah’.

  • CM resolves 170 public grievances during ?Loksamvad Setu? programme in Amreli district

    As a part of the ongoing ‘Loksamvad Setu’ drive, one such programme was organised today in Dhari taluka of Amreli district, where CM Smt. Anandiben Patel directly addressed pubic grievances and resolved more than 170 issues on the spot.

    During this programme Smt. Patel stressed on achieving the goal of 100% in-house toilet facility in every home. She appealed the women to take up the responsibility of this movement and spread awareness about the same. She said that the news of more and more women pledging for 100% toilet facility depicts the success of Loksamvad Setu initiatives.

    On this occasion, Smt. Patel also distributed water-purifiers, sports related equipments and kitchen tools to 165 model aanganwadi of Amreli district. She also expressed that benefits of Government schemes like ‘Amrutam maa Yojna’ should reach out to more and more people. During the programme, Smt. Patel also emphasized that health should be given utmost importance. Birth of healthy children will lead to healthier society, she added. She said that Government of Gujarat is committed to work relentlessly towards health and hygiene of people across the state.

    Under the initiative of ‘Gatisheel Gujarat – Target 100 days’, ‘Loksamvad Setu’ programmes are being organized throughout the state to bring speedy redressal of people’s grievances. Talking about the execution of these programmes, Smt. Patel mentioned that till date, they have achieved success ratio of 87 % by resolving more than 6500 cases at the local level through around 70 Loksamvad Setu programmes organized under ‘Gatisheel Gujarat’.

    On this occasion, Member of Parliament (Amreli) Mr Naranbhai Kachchadiya announced to grant Rs 2 crore for aanganwadis, from MP’s grant fund. Also, Dhari Taluka Panchayat announced to contribute Rs 25,000 in Kanya Kelavni fund.

  • Gujarat Chief Minister Smt. Anandiben Patel inaugurated Japanese company, TOTO Industry?s Sanitaryware production plant at Halol in Panchmahal district

    Taking Gujarat and Japan’s long-standing relationship forward, Chief Minister Smt. Anandiben Patel inaugurated Japanese company, TOTO Industry’s Sanitaryware production plant at Halol in Panchmahal district. This is the highest investment by the company in South Asia.

    On this occasion, the Chief Minister said that TOTO industry’s sanitaryware production plant is one more example of Gujarat being the most preferred destination for investment. Business friendly environment and strong fundamentals like uninterrupted power, world class roads, adequate water, negligible labour strife and security, which are the defining aspect of Gujarat’s development have attracted Japanese companies towards Gujarat. She added that state government’s initiatives like Single-Window System and Vibrant Gujarat have given pace to the state’s development.

    While mentioning about the training given to youth by TOTO group, Smt. Patel said that the production plant constructed at the cost of Rs. 350 crore will provide livelihood to more than 700 youth.

    Chief Minister urged youth to take benefit of vocational training skills imparted by the state government. She said that in order to provide vocational training to the youths, government has setup ITI in every taluka and is in the process of setting up 19 more ITIs. Adding that state government’s decision to setup Central University in the region will enhance capabilities of youth, Smt. Patel gave details of government’s plan to set up Skill Development University and Sports University.

    She also briefed the audience about Government’s plans to encourage establishment of SMEs for which Rs. 100 crore have been allocated in the state budget of the current year. About 1 lakh units would thus be established.

    Smt. Patel gave details of state government’s decision of constructing multi-storeyed buildings in the remaining plots of GIDC to provide space to small-medium scale industries. Another ambitious project mentioned by Honourable CM in her speech was setting up a World-Class Convention Center in Vadodara, at the cost of Rs. 50 crore.

    Chief Minister, while giving details about the provision made in the state budget to provide ‘MA’ card to organised and unorganised labour class involved in construction, appealed business houses to ensure that labourers receive the card and avail medical treatment.

    Smt. Patel reiterated her resolve to make Gujarat free from malnutrition and build toilet in every house of the state. TOTO company having an expertise in building toilets, the Chief Minister appealed to them to develop technology for lowering the use of water in toilets and also for building toilets for poor.

    Japanese Ambassador Takeshi Yagi and other dignitaries were present on this occasion.

  • US Ambassador Kathleen Stephens pays courtesy visit to Chief Minister Smt. Anandiben Patel

    On 20th August, 2014, US Ambassador Kathleen Stephens paid courtesy visit to Chief Minister Smt. Anandiben Patel in Gandhinagar.

    Smt. Patel congratulated Ms. Stephens for affable diplomatic ties between India and United States of America and said that upcoming visit of Prime Minsiter Narendra Modi to US will further strengthen the ties between the two countries.

    Chief Minister said that Gujarati community residing in America is eager to welcome India’s Prime Minister and expressed India’s readiness to develop strong friendly relations with US.

    While stating that Gujarat is a self-sufficient state in the energy sector and a manufacturing hub, Chief Minister discussed possibilities of partnering with USA and scaling new avenues in the energy sector. Smt. Patel also suggested Ms. Stephens to setup working group between US-India-Gujarat to encourage low carbon emissions.

    She also extended invitation to representatives of American government and industrialists to attend Vibrant Gujarat Summit being held in January 2015..

    Smt. Patel discussed about the problems faced by students from Gujarat in getting visa to US and urged to setup American Visa Centre in the state. Ms. Stephens took note of the problem and gave assurance to resolve the matter.

    US Ambassador also lauded efforts of the state government in energy sector especially in solar energy and expressed confidence in improving ties between India and United State of America in coming times.

  • Gujarat Chief Minister greets Parsi families on the occasion of Pateti.

    Chief Minister Smt. Anandiben Patel greeted Parsi families on the occasion of Pateti – the Parsi New Year.

    In a message, Chief Minister said the Parsi community form an integral part of Gujarat’s social and cultural heritage and have set a distinctive precedent of social harmony.

    Wishing all the Parsi families ‘Pateti Mubarak’, Smt. Patel hoped that the New Year will usher in happiness and prosperity for all.

  • Gujarat Chief Minister wishes people on the eve of Janmashtami.

    Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel today extended greetings to the people of Gujarat for on the auspicious festival of Janmashtami.

    In her message, Smt. Patel said that Gujarat is worshipper of Lord Shri Krishna, who spent his last days in the state. In Gujarat, Janmashtami is a festival that revives people’s bond with the nature. Lord Krishna’s message of taking a stand against oppression and injustice is a lesson for everyone relevant even today, she said.

  • Gujarat Chief Minister Smt. Anandiben Patel Inaugurates Kutch Branch Canal Siphon at Jhajham in Patan District

    As a part of on-going state-level celebration of 68th Independence Day in Patan district, Chief Minister Smt. Anandiben Patel inaugurated engineering marvel 2550 meter long canal siphon constructed at the cost of Rs. 386 crore. She also inaugurated work of Kutch branch canal chain of 45 to 82 kilometers.

    On the occasion, Chief Minister thanked Hon’ble Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other union ministers for giving permission to construct gates on Narmada dam and also for resolving other pending issues of Gujarat.

    Smt. Patel said that being a farmer’s daughter she is well aware of the problems faced by farmers due to lack of irrigation water in arid areas. She said that waters of river Narmada have come as blessing for Sami, Radhanpur and Santalpur talukas which have been facing lack of drinking and irrigational water and also farmers who have been hoping for better irrigation facility.

    Chief Minister said that with the completion of canal siphon and branch canal, Narmada waters will travel 467 kilometers from Kevadiya Sardar Sarovar and reach Madhutra of Santalpur taluka in Patan district. She expressed her determination to end Kutch’s thirst by completing works along 144 kilometers Kutch branch canal by December 2014. Once the work is done, waters of river Narmada will flow till Jesada village of Rapar Taluka.

    On the occasion, various organizations and prominent people gave a warm welcome to Chief Minister.

  • Gujarat FM urges Centre to encourage, promote all development oriented initiatives of the states

    New Delhi: Gujarat Finance Minister Shri Saurabhbhai Patel today urged the Central Government to encourage and promote all the development oriented initiatives of the states that have the potential to contribute to the economic resurgence of the nation.

    While speaking at the pre-budget meeting convened by Union Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley to obtain ideas and suggestions from State Governments, Shri Patel appraised that there is a need to kick-start the Indian economy by giving an impetus to investments in infrastructure and manufacturing with a focus on employment generation. He further suggested that the role of Micro, Small & Medium enterprises in generating employment and tapping local entrepreneurial talent must be recognized fully by making specific provisions in the Union Budget and in Government policies.

    Shri Patel said that Gujarat welcomes well—rounded effort for reforming the indirect tax system that would rationalize tax collection as well as improve economic efficiency across the nation but loss to States’ revenues due to switch to GST should be compensated by the Centre and dues of CST should be re-imbursed by the Central Government.

    Taking the issue of reduction of custom duty from 5 per cent to zero per cent on import for ship breaking, the Gujarat Minister strongly demanded that Government of India should consider waiver of Custom Duty on import of ships and bring it at par with import of melting scrap. He also requested the Union Finance Minister to bring in anti-dumping duty in the ceramic industry as huge imports were taking place from China. Also to promote the fertilizers industry, the custom duty on raw material for DAP i.e. Phsophoric acid, Ammonia etc is same as that of finished product. Therefore, a review of the duty structure of inputs and fertilizers is called for.

    Speaking about expansion in banking services in order to ensure access to credit for the rural sector, Shri Patel urged the Union Finance Minister to ensure that the Union Budget 2014-15 emphasise on the speeding up of the process of financial inclusion by covering the unbanked villages at the earliest.

    Hon’ble Minister emphasized the need to bring about clarity in promoting SEZs and export-oriented industries. Because of certain tax-related provisions, SEZs have become unattractive now, and hence a lot of infrastructure of SEZs remains unused now.

    Shri Patel appraised that under AIBP guidelines, Central Government provides financial assistance to the tune of 90 per cent in Drought Prone Area Programme (DPAP) areas and only 25 per cent in Desert Development Programme (DDP) areas. In the “modified AIBP Guidelines” made effective from October 2013, this anomaly has been removed for new projects benefitting DDP areas/Drought prone areas with 75 per cent assistance. However, the ongoing projects remain stuck at the 25 per cent Central assistance, the Minister stated requesting the Union Minister to extend the same level of Central aid for ongoing project works as well.

    Shri Saurabhbhai Patel also demanded exemption of tax for Urban Development Authorities which are statutory authorities and performing planning and development functions.

    The Gujarat Finance Minister assured the Centre that Gujarat will readily extend necessary support and cooperation to all initiatives that may be taken by the Union Finance Ministry, in the overall national interest.

    Shri Hasmukh Adhia Additional Chief Secretary (Finance) also participated in the meeting.

  • Gujarat CM Anandiben Patel asks council of ministers, bureaucrats and stakeholders for qualitative improvement of primary education

    9th June 2014 at Gandhinagar, With the beginning of the new academic year, Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel today called upon her council of ministers, bureaucrats and all stakeholders to ensure qualitative improvements of primary education in the state. She stressed on the need to sensitise officials about repaying their debts to the society. There is need to spread energy and whiff of satisfaction among the target groups.

    Mrs. Patel was addressing the education department’s preparatory meeting for the 12th annual Kanya Kelavani and Shala Praveshotsav at the Swarnim Sankul to achieve enrolment of all school-going children, with stress on girls.

    The twin campaign will be held in the state for rural areas from June 12 to 14, 2014 and in urban areas from June 19 to 21, 2014.

    Mrs. Patel recalled that primary education was in a state of neglect, but the Shala Praveshotsav launched 11 years ago the mission brought about a social change. She said the government could provide the physical infrastructure, but it is for the administration, teachers, guardians and society to bring about the change. She asked the officials to maintain year-long live contacts with all the stakeholders, including women, retired teachers and prominent citizens, listen to their problems and find solution in coordination with departments concerned to achieve the goal.

    For urban areas, the Chief Minister asked the education department officials to concentrate their efforts on children coming from the labour areas for school enrolment and spreading girls education.

    Earlier, Minister of State for Primary Education Nanubhai Vanani and Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan Director Mukesh Kumar gave details of the twin campaign.

    The meeting was attended by Education Minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasma, Minister of State for Education Vasuben Trivedi, Chief Secretary Varesh Sinha, among others.

    The meeting was telecast live through the medium of e-Governance to officials at the district level.

  • Gujarat Chief Minister Smt. Anandiben Patel paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi

    During her meeting with the Prime Minister, she discussed ways for early solution to various important projects pending with different Ministries at the Centre for long.

    Smt. Anandiben Patel had a detailed discussion on raising the height of the Sardar Sarovar Project (SSP) main dam on the Narmada pending without adequate reasons. She requested the Prime Minister to issue appropriate direction to the Tribunal for permitting sluice gates at the dam, treat SSP at par with DPP for AIBB for accelerated completion of the irrigation project with eligibility for Central assistance.

    She requested the Prime Minister to recognise the Statue of Unity near SSP dam on the Narmada to commemorate Sardar Patel as a national project.

    The Chief Minister sought Central assistance for starting phase-1 of the Ahmedabad Metro Rail project, developing Sabarmati station as second railway terminal, extending the Ahmedabad-Vadodara Expressway up to Mumbai, including Gujarat’s1,600-km long Coastal Highway as National Highway.

    She asked for the Centre’s second instalment of the Dandi Heritage Marg as well as expanding the Sabarmati Ashram, the applications for which were pending with the Union Government.

    Looking to the strategic importance of the border state of Gujarat, the Chief Minister asked for setting up the regional centre of National Security Guard (NSG), Coastal Security Guards Training Centre, constructing a jetty for the coastal security, hastening the slow pace of work on border fencing with Pakistan, early settlement of environmental clearance for the Gaduli-Santalpur Road.

    Referring to a number of projects in Gujarat stalled due to environmental clearance, Smt. Anandiben Patel suggested that permission for environmental clearances should be rested with the regional offices, so also Gujarat’s Clusters Development Projects, besides the Centre paying reasonable crude oil royalty to Gujarat pending past quite sometime.

    She also requested for ensuring a ‘No Objection Certificate’ from Neyvelli Lignite Corporation for Gujarat to go ahead with the lignite-fired 1,500 MW power plant in south Gujarat and for GMDC to mine bauxite in Gujarat for which as many as ten applications were pending with the Centre.

    The Chief Minister Patel urged the Prime Minister to grant AIIMS Hospital Complex and a Cotton Research Centre of Excellence in Gujarat, besides an IIT at Surat.

    The Prime Minister said he would look into Gujarat’s’ problems pending with the Centre at the earliest.

  • Gujarat CM Anandiben Patel releases Information Department?s ?Career Guidance Special-2014? for post-Standard X and XII students

    Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel today released the annual ‘Career Guidance Special-2014’, published by State Information Department, to help students choose future course of studies or career after passing out Standard X and Standard XII.

    Speaking at a function to mark the occasion, Mrs. Patel said the book of vital importance should be very useful to the students in straightway going for employment, or higher education or choosing a professional course for better employment. She said the book fulfilled the government’s commitment to skill development of the youth as well as their employability.

    Giving details of the book, Commissioner of Information Bhagyesh Jha said that it is divided into four major sections for post-Standard X and post-Standard XII, about courses for higher education offered by universities, career options, scope for self-employment and entrepreneurship, besides related information available in websites.

    He said the most significant objective of the book is to encourage the students choose the right career or go for higher education to suit individual temperament and qualification.

    The highly valuable book will be available from Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at Rs.20 (Rupees Twenty only) from district offices of the State Information Department, as well as from authorized dealers.

    Those present on the occasion included Joint Directors of Information Arvind Patel and Pulak Trivedi, Deputy Director of Information K.A. Karamta, other officers of the department Parimal Desai and Pravin Sonaria.

  • Gujarat CM to donate food items she receives as gift in Krishi Mahotsav

    Chief Minister Anandiben Patel will donate the gifts such as vegetable, fruits pulses and other eatables which she would receive during Krishi Mahtosav programmes to the state anganwadis with an objective of the empowerment of malnourished children and pregnant mothers.

    Smt. Patel came up with this noble decision when she was at Morbi for launching of Krishi Mahotsav-2014 for Saurashtra region.

    Farmers, Agriculture Produce Market Committees and local leaders of Saurashtra welcomed Gujarat’s first female Chief Minister at Morbi by gifting her cereal crops and other eatables.

    Smt. Patel expressed her resolve to fulfill the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s aim of making Gujarat a malnutrition-free state. She also appealed famers, donors and people in common to lend their support for achievement of this goal.

    It was the 10th instance of statewide Krishi Mahotsav and was the first for Smt. Anandiben Patel after her assuming the charge as the Chief Minister.

  • CM Anandiben Patel launches i-Kisan Portal Mobile Apps for disseminating farming info

    Gujarat’s newly elected first woman Chief Minister Smt. Anandiben Patel today gave full credit for the success of Gujarat’s Green-Revolution Model & Krushi-Mahotsav-2014 to farmers of the state.

    Smt. Patel inaugurated the 10th chapter of Krushi Mahotsav- a yearly event which has been initiated from year-2005, at Morbi town of Saurashtra region here this morning.

    With an aim to make the farming information available on their fingertips, the Chief Minister had also launched i-Kisan Portal Mobile Apps. This Mobile Apps will provide instant, updated information such as prices of agri produces at farm-markets, availability of fertilizers and others to the farmers of Gujarat.

    The inaugural function was also attended by Gujarat Agriculture Minister Babubhai Bokhiriya and other cabinet ministers – Bhupendrasinh Chudasma, Saurabh Patel, and ministers of state, MPs, MLAs, and other government officials. In addition to them, BJP state president R. C. Faldu and farmers and women from six districts of Saurashtra region had attended the function.

    Addressing the large number of farmers and women, who defying the scorching heat of mid-summer had arrived to attend the Krushi Mahotsav-2014, Smt. Patel said, “The agriculture development ratio of Gujarat has touched the remarkable mark of 17% and agriculture produces was 1.11 lakh crore. The yearly Krushi Mahotsav event was initiated by the former chief minister, also a newly sworn-in Prime Minister Narendra Modi in year-2005. Mr. Modi’s approach to adopt scientific methods in farming has completely revolutionized the farm-economy of the Gujarat.”

    With a view to enhancing the milk production through animal husbandry along with farming, the navigation of the milk producing co-operative societies would be handed over to the Nari-Shakti (women power) of the Gujarat, she said. And for that she urged to launch a drive at the district level to encourage the administrative power of the Jilla Mahila Doodh Utpadak Mandlis (District Women Milk Produce Committee) be handed over to women leaders.

    In this regards, she set targets and preferred to create an environment for the healthy competition about to inspire drip irrigation system-micro irrigation system in all the districts of Gujarat.

    By water harvesting in Saurashtra-Kutch regions and by “SAUNI” Yojna the waters of river Narmada would be brought to 115 water-lakes. She gave confidence that now the water of river Narmada will change the entire dry region.

    Along with the Krishi Mahotsava, at the Animal Husbandry Mela, CM also observed the treatments and operations of diseased of the animal and their care. Gujarat has launched a massive drive of animal mercy, under this more than 6 crores animals have been treated at over 30,000 animal health melas. Beside these, 122 animals were completely cured from their diseases. For all these efforts, Chief Minister had congratulated the workers and others involved in this.

    At the beginning of the Krishi Mahotsava, Smt. Patel had honored progressive farmers by giving them a shawl and award. And she had also honored the students of the Krishi University of Junagarh, for their efficiencies.

    On this occasion Gujarat Agriculture Minister Mr. Babubhai Bokhiriya, District-in-charge Minister Mr. Saurabh Patel, Education Minister Mr. Bhupendrasinh Chudasama and BJP State President Mr. R.C. Faldu and State Ministers had also delivered their occasional speeches.

  • Narendra Modi donates for the well-being of daughters of Government employees

    Even as he bid farewell to Gujarat and headed for Delhi to be sworn-in as India’s Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi once again showed his compassion and commitment to girl child education

    Before leaving for Delhi, Shri Modi donated Rs. 21 lakhs from his personal savings towards the upbringing and welfare of the daughters of drivers and peons employed with the State government. A corpus fund would be created for this and a foundation would be set up for its administration, under the Chief Minister and the Chief Secretary.

    Shri Modi has always been committed towards ensuring girl child education, and for this he had initiated the Kanya Kelavani campaign in Gujarat. The gifts received by Shri Modi were also auctioned and the proceeds were donated to the Kanya Kelavani Fund.

  • Smt. Anandiben Patel takes oath as Chief Minister of Gujarat.

    Smt. Anandiben Patel took oath as the first woman Chief Minister of Gujarat, on the afternoon of 22nd May, 2014. Smt. Anandiben was administered the oath by Gujarat Governor Smt. Kamla Beniwal, at Mahatma Mandir in Gandhinagar.

    Shri Nitin Patel, Shri Ramanlal Vora, Shri Bhupendrasinh Chudasama, Shri Saurabh Patel, Shri Ganpatsinh Vasava and Shri Babu Bokhiria were the six ministers of the Cabinet rank who were sworn-in, along with 14 Ministers of State.

    PM designate Shri Narendra Modi, BJP President Shri Rajnath Singh, Shri L K Advani, Dr. Murli Manohar Joshi, Shri Venkaiah Naidu, Shri Nitin Gadkari, Smt. Sushma Swaraj and Shri Subramanian Swamy were among the senior BJP leaders present on the occasion. Punjab Chief Minister Shri Parkash Singh Badal and BJP Chief Ministers Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan (Madhya Pradesh), Smt. Vasundhara Raje Scindia (Rajasthan) and Dr. Raman Singh (Chhattisgarh) were also present.

  • A National Summit on ?Financial Services ? A key driver for economic growth

    The need to make the financial sector inclusive in the Nation’s development story and give prominence to human resource development for the creation of a vibrant economy was the focus of Shri Narendra Modi’s address at the plenary session of the National Summit on “Financial Services – A key driver for economic growth” at GIFT city in Gandhinagar.

    Addressing the august gathering, on the afternoon of 19th February, Shri Modi spoke of the fundamental role of financial institutions in driving the economy and highlighted how no industry can progress without the development of the financial sector. “We need to give importance to inclusive financial sector for growth,” said Shri Modi, while underscoring how this inclusion will contribute immensely to the growth and success story.

    Shri Modi stressed on the need to involve ICT into taking the financial sector to great heights, and said that for this the focus should be on providing ICT security, offering real time service, creating next-generation ICT utility and ensuring high-end solutions. He said that development of financial institutions was not about development of real estate, but was about service-providing.

    Shri Modi shared his idea of giving importance to human resource development, as much as infrastructure and technology, and thereby create a vibrant economy. “The importance we are giving to infrastructure and technology, we are giving the same importance to human resource development. We have to export both our labour and talent. Till we do not do that, we cannot compete,” said Shri Modi, while underscoring the need to focus on skill development and value-addition.

    While speaking on job creation, Shri Modi emphasized on giving due prominence to human resource development. He said, “Job creation is a priority for us. Our development model is leaning towards low-end activities. We want to upgrade that into high-end activity,” while adding that the sooner we did this, the better we could position our country on the global platform.

    Speaking on the tremendous potential of tourism, Shri Modi called for a paradigm shift to tap this potential, and called for the need to create required facilities and modern infrastructure. He put forth the idea of introducing a modern urban concept by creating new world-class cities with special characters, like knowledge city, finance city, sports city and medicity. “Let us create most modern urban infrastructure and let us create world-class cities. We also need to focus on skilled manpower,” said Shri Modi, while adding that the creation of world-class cities, with the most modern infrastructure, would propel the growth for the country.

    In his trademark style of wit and humour, Shri Modi brought out the recent directive to levy service tax on his large rallies across the nation. Shri Modi said, “The nation has seen the true picture during the vote-on-account. The Finance Minister says he is working hard. But about what is he working hard…last evening I learnt that there will be service tax on my rallies. Now I have come to know what this hard work was all about! Even my speeches are contributing to the nation and I am happy to know this.”

    On the occasion, Shri Modi also gave away allotment letters to the Managing Directors and CEOs of companies who have established their presence at GIFT city. Dignitaries to grace the occasion included Dr. Varesh Sinha, Chief Secretary, Government of Gujarat, Dr. Hasmukh Adhia, Additional Chief Secretary – Finance, Government of Gujarat and Shri Hari Sankaran, VC & MD, IL&FS.

  • Run for Unity - Vadodara

    “We are running to unite the people, unite the villages and unite the nation,” said Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, as he flagged off the ‘Run for Unity’ in Vadodara on December 15, 2013. Over 40 lakh people from 1100 locations from all over India participated in the run which was held to mark the 63rd Punya Tithi of the Iron man of India, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. The main aim of organising the Run for Unity was to integrate the youth with the message of unity.

    Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi while flagging of the run paid rich tributes to Sardar Patel and emphasised some of the qualities which the iron man of India stood for. “Sardar Patel devoted his life to unify the nation. He integrated the common people in the freedom struggle and made efforts to rid the nation of the colonial mind-set. He undid the mindset of divisiveness and united the nation. When we remember Mahatma Gandhi we remember truth, non-violence, sacrifice, simplicity, Satyagraha; when we remember Sardar Patel we remember Ekta, Surajya and Kisan (unity, good governance and the farmer),” he said.

    A stand out message given out by the Gujarat Chief Minister during Run for Unity was that India’s diversity is its strength. ‘Akhandata Me Ekta, Hindustan Ki Visheshta’ (Unity in diversity, this is India’s strength), he said. He elaborated further that, “Our diversity is not something that is on paper. It is the manifestation of our strength. It is not only our identity but also our tradition.” Citing this Chief Minister Modi emphasised that there can be no bigger inspiration for unity than Sardar Patel. He called on the citizens to approach the Statue of Unity movement as an apolitical movement and strive to root India to its three pillars of unity, good governance and people’s participation. Chief Minister Modi flagged off the 21 km, 15 km run and 5 km at Vadodara. The ‘Run for Unity’ generated a phenomenal response all over the nation. Former Deputy Prime Minister of India, L.K. Advani flagged off the run in Ahmedabad.

    The event was earlier planned for only 565 locations, symbolic of the 565 princely states that Sardar Patel united. However, enthusiastic response from volunteers and participants from all over the country ensured that the event was held in over 1100 locations.

    The event comes in the backdrop of the Statue of Unity which is a fitting tribute to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Rashtriya Ekta Trust’s (SVPRET) Statue of Unity is aimed at building the world’s tallest statue of Sardar Patel at a height of 182 meters which is set to pip, Christ the Redeemer (39.6 meters), Statue of Liberty (93 meters), and Spring Temple Buddha (153 meters) to be the world’s tallest statue. On October 31, 2013, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and Former Deputy Prime Minister of India L.K. Advani laid the foundation stone of the statue at Sadhu bet in Narmada district of Gujarat.

    At the foundation stone laying ceremony, both leaders resonated that Sardar Patel is known for rooting India to democracy as he integrated all the princely states. Truly so, Once Mahatma Gandhi remarked to Sardar Patel, “The problem of States is so difficult that you alone can solve it,” with respect to the unification of the 565 Princely States. Regarded for ensuring political unity of the nation soon after independence, Sardar was indeed the unifier who carved out a place for himself by integrating all 565 Princely States as the Republic of India and this too with remarkable speed. He dealt with every king in a manner in which he alone was capable of. Statue of Unity comes as a humble dedication to this inspiring visionary from India.

    Sardar’s contribution to India has been relentless and remarkable. One of his remarkable contributions was to put in place a Constituent Assembly and also involve leaders like BR Ambedkar to head the drafting team of the Indian constitution. India will remain forever indebted to Sardar for instating robust mechanisms such as our constitution which has been the very pillar on which India has governed till date.

    While laying the foundation stone for the statue, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi categorically stated that the Statue of Unity will not just be the world’s tallest statue but also stand out for various other significant reasons such as educating the citizens, imbibing in common man the historical importance of Sardar Patel and his vision, enthusing nationalism among all, and spirituality. Armed with this, he affirmed that Statue of Unity will be a source of inspiration for all.

    In essence the statue will help us to remember the inspirational Sardar Patel. When we remember Sardar, we remember the common man as he fought for the rights of common man. One striking example is that through his service, he ensured that the common man must never suffer. The Bardoli Satyagraha contributed to Sardar being recognised as a national leader in the Indian independence struggle. Widely respected by everyone in the State, Sardar led the farmer’s struggle and restored the confiscated lands and properties of the villagers from the British, as well as cancelled revenue payment not only for the year, but cancelled the 30 per cent tax raise. It is pertinent to note that the women of Bardoli had bestowed upon him the title of Sardar which means chief or leader. True to his title, he enthusiastically served for the rights of the farmers and ensured he got people to identify with the vision of Mahatma Gandhi. Thus the Statue of Unity comes as a perfect dedication from the Government of Gujarat.

    The Run for Unity was a curtain raiser to the Statue of Unity Movement, considered the largest country-wide drive to honour the memory of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. The movement aims to revive and reinforce Sardar Patel’s values of unity, good governance and grassroots development. Promoting the concept of ‘Ek Bharat, Shreshtha Bharat,’ the Statue of Unity movement encompasses the following activities: Write for Unity (WFU): An Essay writing competition on Sardar Patel and his ideals of unity and good governance in 1.67 Lakh secondary and senior secondary schools across the country, Photo Collage: A photo collage of elected representatives at grassroots level from over 2.5 Lakh governing bodies (Gram Panchayats and Wards). This will be showcased in a museum inside the statue complex. Locality Meetings which includes collection of 700 tons of used farm iron tools from over 5 lakh villages, collection of soil samples from all village panchayats and obtaining signatures of 2 crore people on the ‘Suraaj Petition’ ( good governance petition) in support of a developed India.

    Statue of Unity – A Nation Unifier

    “Sardar Patel is the architect of modern India. Overcoming various obstacles he integrated the entire nation and today, if we can celebrate our unity, it is due to the efforts of Sardar Patel. At a height of 182 metres, the Statue of Unity would be among the tallest statues in the world, celebrating and paying tributes to the Iron Man of India.” – Chief Minister Narendra Modi.

    The Statue of Unity is Gujarat’s homage to one of the greatest sons of India Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. At 182 meters, the Statue of Unity as it is officially called, will be the largest statue in the world, almost double the world famous Statue of Liberty.

    The name ‘Statue of Unity’ was decided to be befitting to this great man who had singlehandedly united nearly 550 princely states within Union of India, and provided good governance as an able administrator in diverse fields like modern farming and empowerment of tribal communities. The statue is a tribute to this great architect of modern and united India. The statue is expected to be the source of inspiration for the upcoming generations and also remind the great works of Sardar Patel.

    The ‘Statue of Unity’ has become an ideal which has inspired several nation building initiatives. The ‘Run for Unity’ was one such initiative which turned out to be wildly successful, with over 29 lakh participants across the country. Post the wildly popular ‘Run for Unity’ mega event, a very unique and patriotic initiative was launched.

    In order to celebrate the Iron Man’s legacy of having united the nation, Chief Minister Narendra Modi was determined that the ‘Statue of Unity’ have the imprints of every village in the country. On December 28, 2013, the Chief Minister flagged off a caravan of trucks, which fanned out in different directions on a massive pan-India ‘iron tools collection’ drive from seven-lakh villages for constructing ‘Statue of Unity’, to commemorate Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s stellar contribution in uniting India at the time of Independence. These trucks carrying about three-lakh empty kit boxes would visit the villages to collect specimen of soil and scrap-iron farm implements on the basis of prior intimation already sent to 1.87 village panchayats. The soil and scrap iron thus collected will be used in the Statue of Unity project, billed to the world’s tallest statue, to be constructed near the Sardar Sarovar Project (SSP) dam on an island in River Narmada.

    The volunteers accompanying the trucks are carrying the message of ‘unity despite disparity’.

    The statue will be located at Sadhu Bet, an island situated 3 km away from the Sardar Sarovar Dam in Gujarat. The Sardar Sarovar Dam is gravity dam built on the river Narmada and is a part of Narmada Valley Project. The height of the statue is 182 metres which makes it the tallest one in the world. It is also one of the largest projects of the country. Tourists have to embark in a boat to reach the statue.

    The agency involved in building the statue is of great repute. Turner Construction of US is known for building many famous and giant structures such as Burj Dubai, the Yankee Stadium of New York etc.

  • SAUNI Yojana performed in Rajkot

    ‘Narmade Sarvade’ was the essence of Shri Narendra Modi’s address at the historic inaugural ceremony of the SAUNI (Saurashtra Narmada Avtaran Irrigation) Yojana pipeline in Rajkot, on the morning of 17th February.

    The project focuses on providing the Narmada water to more than 900 villages across Saurashtra. On the occasion, Shri Narendra Modi also did the digital inauguration of the National Land Resurvey Programme.

    Laying increased emphasis and focused efforts at taking forward the agricultural sector of the State, and the country, by introducing latest approaches and bringing in modern techniques, was the crux of Shri Modi’s address.

    Shri Modi spoke of how the focus on ensuring availability of water to the farmers was given precedence than providing electricity, and how the use of techniques like drip irrigation proved to bring about the revolutionary change in this sector. “We had said it back then that our farmer needs water first and the foremost, even ahead of electricity. And today we are seeing fruits of what we said back then – farmers are realising the importance of water and are ahead of the Government too,” said Shri Modi.

    Shri Modi gave due credit to the farmers for being enthusiastic towards adapting the changes, and highlighted how this had evolved an arid region like Kutch to become an exporter of high-quality mangoes. He also mentioned the prominence of Gujarat in the export of potatoes and bananas, which was all achieved due to the adoption of modern techniques, which not only ensure good-quality produce in the least possible land, but also led to saving of water resources. “We are committed to ensuring how productivity will increase in agriculture,” said Shri Modi while speaking about the many innovative programmes of the Gujarat government that promised increased agricultural produce. These included the revolutionary Jyotigram Yojana, drip irrigation, subsidies for Greenhouses and promoting use of sprinklers.

    “Value addition is important in agriculture. It will help the farmers immensely,” said Shri Modi while focusing on how value-addition in agriculture was the need-of-the-hour and for this due focus must be laid on the aspects of agri-infrastructure (providing wells, modern techniques for irrigation), agri-tech (ensuring human resource development through establishing ITIs and engineering colleges for agriculture) and agro-based industries.

    Shri Modi also spoke of giving due prominence to 3 aspects so as to make the life of the farmer more secure. These included a focused approach on traditional agriculture, emphasizing on the dairy industry which gave regular source of income, and cultivation of trees on the borders of every field so as to reap returns in due course of time. “I remember how dairies suffered. We changed that and we put new life into the sector,” said Shri Modi while putting forth the Gujarat government’s emphasis on the dairy industry, whereby Pashu melas were organized to improve cattle-breeding and modern tools were given for extraction of wool from the sheep.

    Sharing his focus, Shri Modi spoke that he was not keen on politicizing the Narmada project. “Narmada Yojana is not the scheme of one party, person or government. Every Chief Minister and all past governments have made efforts and I give the credit to everyone. There is no question of politics on Narmada but yes, if work is getting stalled we have full right to voice our protest. I met the PM several times for the installing of gates, as the work after that will take time too. The PM keeps saying your point is right but nothing happens. I also told the Centre to allow the gates on Narmada and I will give credit to Congress and their leaders, their family too,” said Shri Modi, while stressing on the difficulties faced in terms of getting approvals from the Central government for the erection of gates at the Narmada canal. “Currently just 40 per cent of the water is being used, and this has already made the Kutch belt greener. Imagine the scope when 100 per cent of the water is used,” said Shri Modi.

    Highlighting Gujarat’s remarkable progress on the agriculture front in the past decade, Shri Modi spoke of how earlier the State was left behind in this sector owing to the less-rainfall and drought-prone conditions that were predominant then, but a focused approach at introducing modernization and adopting new techniques had gone a long way in resulting in a surge in the agriculture activities. “For years we were hearing that Narmada will come and we will gain from it,” said Shri Modi, while adding that finally the water of Narmada was now to reach the people across the State. “SAUNI Yojana will go a long way in giving water here but I will again reiterate my demand to farmers to embrace drip irrigation,” said Shri Modi.

    Amongst the dignitaries to attend the occasion included Shri Vajubhai Vala, Shri RC Faldu, Shri Saurabh Patel and Shrimati Vasuben Trivedi.

  • News update for book released on "ModiNomics ? Inclusive Economics, Inclusive Governance"

    Shri Arun Jaitley ji released the book ‘ModiNomics – Inclusive Economics, Inclusive Governance’, in New Delhi, today.

    Written by Mr. Sameer Kochhar (Chairman of Skoch Group), the book focuses on how Shri Narendra Modi has brought about a sea change through his unique brand of ModiNomics. Mr. Sameer Kochhar has been interacting with Gujarat Government officials since 2003, and for much of the last decade, the annual Skoch Summits organised by Mr. Kochhar have featured case studies on Gujarat’s governance. Mr. Kochhar has also interacted with Shri Modi to know his mind on Gujarat and the nation first hand.

    This book is an outcome of all the above and tells the Gujarat story in all its riveting details. It presents the vision behind Shri Modi’s thought process, his economics and governance vision, while also seeking to highlight the economic and development strategies adopted by Shri Modi.

    Speaking on the occasion, Shri Jaitley said that though he had only glanced through the book, he was sure that the analysis put forth through data would make it ‘eminently readable and a great addition to the library’.

    Putting forth his observations on the book, Jaitley ji spoke about the inspiring success story of Gujarat which had emerged as a favoured investment hub. He said that the Gujarat Chief Minister Shri Narendra Modi had faced criticism like no other leader, but instead of getting involved in the mud-slinging campaign, he chose to set his own agenda and move on. Citing the example of the successful Narmada, which Shri Modi relentlessly focused on achieving inspite of the severe opposition to it, Jaitley ji said that it was this dedicated and decisive approach of the Gujarat CM that had played an instrumental role in changing the face of the State. He spoke of how this project had triggered a subsequent growth in agriculture and also ensured availability of water to drought-rid regions. “The rural economy in Gujarat became stronger. Ports were developed, there was white revolution and all this created jobs,” said Shri Jaitley.

    He further added how this approach had given the much-needed boost to the manufacturing segment. “The Manufacturing sector changed the face of Gujarat. Gujarat became known for that, and infrastructure too improved,” said Shri Jaitley.

    Shri Arun Jaitley ji applauded the non-traditional thinking adopted in Gujarat, and said, “I think it was decisiveness in terms of decision making that played a key role and this decisiveness was not merely political. The State’s Civil Services and the Bureaucracy also attuned themselves to this changed culture.” This approach, he said, had also encouraged many investors as they found the environment to be more hospitable.

    “It was effectiveness of the leadership that got things to be implemented,” said Shri Jaitley, while adding that the Nation needed not just a politician but a hardcore politician and a leader who could show the direction, implement decisions and be clear about the direction his country needs to move.

    “I think eventually the model that grew is the model that India conceived of. One that ensured a high growth rate, investment, job creation, much larger economic activity and revenues,” said Shri Jaitley.

    Shri Jaitley also spoke about the misdoings of the current government and said that scams like the 2G scam and Coal block only reflected the nepotism and misgovernance of the Central government. He also spoke of how corruption and subsequent mismanagement had had a spiral effect on the investment environment of India.

    He spoke of the political credibility that eminent leaders like Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri had, and the kind of inspiring footprints they had left on the Indian economy. Strongly opposing the Hon’ble Finance Minister’s question challenging Shri Narendra Modi’s knowledge of economics, Shri Jaitley retorted by asking what according to the Finance Minister made a good leader of the government. “Politicians are essentially known not by the number of years spent in the office but by the footprints they leave behind,” said Shri Jaitley, while adding that, according to him, India could not afford a non-politician as a Prime Minister.

    Other dignitaries to attend the occasion include Mr. Rana Kapoor, President, Assocham, Dr. Surjit Bhalla, Economist, Mr. Ashishkumar Chauhan, MD & CEO, BSE, and Ms. Sudha Pillai, Distinguished Fellow, Skoch Development Foundation and former Member Secretary, Planning Commission.

  • NASSCOM India Leadership Forum (NILF) 2014

    Information Technology and its unparallel impact on the India of tomorrow was at the core of Shri Narendra Modi’s address to the IT professionals at the NASSCOM India Leadership Forum (NILF) 2014, on the morning of 14th February.

    Speaking on the theme of transforming India through technology, Shri Modi addressed the session via video-conference, and spoke about the need to bring about the IT revolution in India, considering the fact that the country had all the basics required for this. He also urged NASSCOM to get actively engaged in this pursuit. “I see the role of IT as a change agent. It empowers, connects and can binds isolated parts of India and create harmony. IT can join people with governments, bridge the gap between demand and supply, and can bring us closer to knowledge,” said Shri Modi.

    Signifying the current day relevance of IT in the corporate world, Shri Modi said that it is a known fact that those corporate houses where information goes freely from bottom to top and where effective guidance comes from top to bottom succeed. He spoke of his confidence in the impact and effectiveness of IT by stating, “I keep saying IT+ IT= IT (Indian Talent+ Information Technology = India Tomorrow). The IT sector can be the shining light of Brand India.”

    Shri Modi underscored the significance of IT in the domain of e-governance, while also stating the tremendous impact it could have in grievance redressal. “E governance can bring minimum government and maximum governance. It is easy, effective and economic governance. It brings empowerment, equity and efficiency of the economy. It is a very useful field that can be the greatest problem solver of people,” said Shri Modi, while sharing his concern that most leaders in power today were further confusing the issues rather than bringing solutions.

    While speaking on the vast potential of IT in converting challenges into golden opportunities, Shri Modi emphasized on the need to empower the youth with necessary skills. “We are among the most youthful nations of the world. Just imagine the energy and potential of this talent pool. We need to empower our youth with skills for their development and the growth of India. This way we will succeed in putting India on the road to fast and inclusive development,” said Shri Modi.

    Stressing on the imminent need to focus on ICT training, Shri Modi highlighted Gujarat’s efforts towards this by citing the eMPOWER (electronic manpower) programme. He spoke of how ICT training was the need-of-the-hour, and could enable India emerge as a big service sector and business hub. “What we need is the skills. NASSCOM should focus on this on its silver jubilee,” said Shri Modi.

    Highlighting his vision of creating a Digital India, Shri Modi said, “India should become a digital India, which is a knowledge-based society and economy. We are a very diverse nation, with every district having its specialities. We need networks to integrate this and the IT industry can do this. By 2022, when we celebrate 75 years of freedom, we must be a different nation. And IT can be the growth engine of New India.” He said that by then our market should become a knowledge market where every seller and buyer knows everything, and the workers in every sector are knowledge workers. “Use of technology can further enhance grassroot services,” added Shri Modi.

    Shri Modi also cited the need to focus on promoting software as much as hardware, while stating that such an approach would only ensure inclusive growth. He put forth that it was the collective responsibility of software engineers, IT professionals and hardware manufactuers to promote software since, according to Shri Modi, real strength lies in software utility.

    He encouraged NASSCOM and its representing companies to focus on Corporate Social Responsibility, enabled by IT. “Through CSR can you take up any one problem that India faces. You can take up a problem, form task forces and focus on resolving the issue,” said Shri Modi, while giving an example of tackling the drop-out ratio in schools via IT-enabled tools.

    Stressing on the need to adapt IT into governance, Shri Modi spoke of how we need to focus on bringing features of like and share in governance, and how effective this could prove in the One Day Governance model adapted in Gujarat. “We have to bring features of like and share in governance. Through social media we must ensure every citizen is involved in governance,” said Shri Modi.

    He also urged the decision makers of the IT world to ensure that the digital divide being experienced in India does not percolate further. “Digital Divide means that what a person can get through IT in a city is not available to a person in remote villages. We cannot let the digital divide spread. We cannot have 2 Indias like this, where one is running fast but the other is on the reverse gear,” said Shri Modi.

    Putting forth his views of the immense scope of IT in varying domains, Shri Modi mentioned how the application of IT in infrastructure could change the face of the country. “Information Highway Network can play a very big role in transforming the nation. It can be a matter of great strength. The sooner we adopt IT the better, the sooner we deploy it, the better it and the sooner we master it the better,” stated Shri Modi, while also speaking about the need for the government and the IT industry to join hands for the creation of harmony in the society, to reduce the gap between demand and supply and thereby get the people closer to knowledge.

    He spoke of his belief in the power of IT, by saying, “I am personally a great advocate of technology. IT can and will transform our lives…it is an inevitable force in the modern world.” He further spoke of his fondness to stay connected with the people of the country through social media network, and how their feedback and suggestions had been a source of inspiration for him.

    Aspects of cyber security and the role of Information Technology in the security concerns of the Nation were also shared by Shri Modi.

  • Various development projects in Vadodara

    On the evening of 14th February, 2014, Shri Narendra Modi dedicated various development projects in Vadodara, including the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel bus depot and the Manjalpur Sports Complex. The bus station, which is built on the PPP model, encapsulates the history of Vadodara by the depiction of photographs and paintings around its walls.

    Shri Modi spoke about the growth and development model adopted by the Government of Gujarat by citing the revolutionary initiative of canal top solar power projects and their impact, and said, “Today the development of Gujarat is being discussed all over the world. Say you are from Gujarat and see the response.” He highlighted how a long term vision was significant towards bringing a change in the quality of life, and added that such focused efforts at rendering quality living was way beyond mere politics.

    Underscoring the effective steps taken towards equipping the State’s economy, Shri Modi compared the scenario at the bus stands and the airports, and put forth how the Government had been focused at delivering effective infrastructural solutions. “The number of people in airports is lesser than bus stand. But see how the airports look and how bus stations look. We thought of building a bus station that can match a good airport also,” said Shri Modi, while adding that the bus station was built through the PPP model.

    Speaking on the need to develop sports and enable the coming generations to excel in it, Shri Modi said, “Sports is essential for sportsmanship. Where there is sports there will be sportsmanship. Our kids have to be on the sports field. We want them to play and excel in sports.”

    Shri Nitin Patel, Shri Saurabh Patel, Shrimati Anandiben Patel, Mr. Gagan Narang and Ms. Lajja Goswami were amongst the dignitaries present on the occasion.

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  • Newly built Sanjeev Kumar Auditorium in Surat

    On the afternoon of 14th February, Shri Narendra Modi dedicated various development projects of Surat city at the newly built Sanjeev Kumar Auditorium in Surat. The state-of-the-art auditorium has been built at a total cost of over Rs. 102 crores.

    These included the Surat BRTS (with facilities of automatic fare collection, level boarding and alighting), the revolutionary green project of Tertiary Treatment Plant (which will treat the industrial grade water, so as to provide water to industrial plants and thereby conserve drinking water), the Dr. Jagdishchandra Bose marine aquarium (which will have marine and fresh water fish tanks) and the Surat Municipal Corporation’s smart governance initiatives, which include the establishment of 16 Civic centres, mobile vans, e-tender and e-payment facilities, info kiosks, mgovernance, elibrary and the SMC mobile app.

    Shri Modi, apart from performing the computerized draw for the beneficiaries of the Mukhyamantri Gruh Yojana, also unveiled different projects, including the Software Technology Park of India and the e-souvenir.

    Highlighting the immense scope of the development projects inaugurated today, Shri Modi said that while the Software Park will offer a golden opportunity for the youth by providing them with required infrastructure, the environment-friendly water treatment plant will ensure that every drop of water is utilized for people’s good. He also said that the marine aquarium would fascinate everyone and emerge as an attraction for tourists, along with being instrumental in educational purposes on marine life.

    While performing the computerized draw for selecting winners of the Mukhyamantri Gruh Yojana, Shri Modi highlighted the inclusive growth model that was being replicated through this initiative. “We are committed to give housing to the poorest of the poor, and such programmes are happening across 16 places. Building homes is not about real estate but it is about a change in the worldview for those who get their homes. When such houses are built can you imagine how many jobs are created! The poorest of poor get work,” said Shri Modi.

    Congratulating the winners of the computerized draw, Shri Modi assured them that work on the projects would progress fast, and so they better get thinking about their new lives. To those who didn’t win, Shri Modi asked them not to get disheartened as there will be more such draws focused at ensuring that everyone gets houses.

    Speaking on the remarkable success of BRTS in Gujarat, Shri Modi put forth his thought of developing the project such that it becomes the most preferred way of Mass Rapid Transit System.

    Addressing the occasion, Shri Modi said that the inauguration of so many projects at the same time and under one roof was reflective of the vibrancy of Surat. He also appreciated the city’s efforts at acknowledging the contribution of its artists. Shri Modi said, “Surat has honoured its proud son Sanjeev Kumar very well and I congratulate them for it. Today an artist has been honoured and when an artist an honoured we honour our arts and culture. I also want to thank Sanjeev Kumar’s families for allowing all the trophies won by him to be placed here.” He further shared his vision of developing the auditorium not only as the cultural centre of Surat, but also as an abode that nurtures more artists.

    Shri Modi also spoke of his vision of a Digital India while elaborating on the need to make appropriate use of technology and innovation in every sphere of life. He urged the audience to make the State and nation a better place to live in the next 5 years, when the Nation celebrates Gandhiji’s 150th birth anniversary. He also encouraged the adoption of the Smart City concept and called for the need to move towards mobile governance.

    Shri Modi also gave away certificates to the winners of the draw.

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  • Inaugurated Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Bus Station in Vadodara

    Shri Narendra Modi inaugurated this unique bus station named as Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Bus Station in Vadodara. The station is built on PPP model and encapsulates the history of Vadodara depicted through Photographs and Paintings around the walls of the Bus Station.

    Let us have quick look at the interior and exterior artifacts of this first-of-its-kind Bus Station

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  • Inaugurated the state-of-the-art Sanjeev Kumar auditorium

    On Friday 14th February Shri Narendra Modi inaugurated the state-of-the-art Sanjeev Kumar auditorium. Shri Modi recalled the rich contribution of Sanjeev Kumar to Indian cinema and expressed confidence that the Auditorium will serve as the cultural centre for Surat and will also encourage youngsters.

    A state-of-the-art auditorium to remember the proud son of Gujarat and versatile actor, Sanjeev Kumar.

    Sanjeev Kumar Auditorium

    • A tribute to the versatile actor when film industry is celebrating 100 years.
    • Awards won by Sanjeev Kumar will be placed in the auditorium.
    • The auditorium celebrates the life of this talented actor.
    • State-of-the-art auditorium built at a cost of over Rs. 100 crore.
    • Strategically located in one of India’s most upcoming cities of Surat.
    • Adequate parking for cars and 2 wheelers. Over 100 cars and about 250 2 wheelers can be parked.
    • Auditorium can house 1140 people.
    • Excellent infrastructure for artistes- 6 AC green rooms with attached toilets, facilities for make-up tables, wardrobe in the Back Stage.
    • 2 rehearsal rooms can accommodate 30 artistes.
    • 2 crèche rooms and a projection room.
    • Large stage (20.00 mts X 11.00 mts) to accommodate all kinds of programmes.
    • State-of-the-art lighting, which can support all kinds of performances.
    • 100% back up power by DG set giving uninterrupted power.
    • Top quality 34,000 watt capacity audio system has been installed.
    • Food court with good food and environment.
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  • Full speech of NASSCOM India Leadership Forum (NILF) 2014

    Ladies and Gentlemen!

    It is a matter of great pleasure for me to address the India Leadership Forum of NASSCOM. I would have been happy to come there personally. But for want of time, I could not make it. But your technology has enabled me to reach to you. I have also received a number of questions from you. I will try to cover them in my talk itself.

    Let me congratulate NASSCOM on completing 25 years of its fruitful activities. The India Leadership Forum has been organized at a time when the whole country is thinking of the roadmap for speedy and all-round development of India. We are faced with demographic, fiscal and technological challenges. However, I have always believed that these challenges can be converted into golden opportunities. We can, we should and we will put the country on the road to faster and inclusive development. Information Technology can be a great enabler in this process. I hope and wish that your deliberations will show us the way.

    Friends! We are one of the youngest nations in the world. Nearly 65% of our population is below the age of 35 years. Just imagine the energy and potential of this Talent Pool. It can write a new history for our Nation. In fact for the whole world. We just need to empower our youth with skills so that they can ensure their own development and growth of India. NASSCOM can play a very big role in this process. Our IT industry and IT manpower have enhanced the image of the country in the world. Now, it is time the IT revolution takes place in India.

    NASSCOM, as the leader of the Industry should engage actively in this process. This can be done as your CSR activity. We have all the basics available. We have 85 crore mobile phones in the country. Almost one fourth of the population is already connected with internet. However, people don’t have the necessary applications or knowledge which can help in their day-to-day life. If you make IT work in people’s lives, the market size of your industry goes up automatically. To start this process, training in the field of ICT is a major requirement. In Gujarat, we have launched a programme called eMPOWER for this purpose.

    You will be happy to know that in the very first year, over one lakh youth have registered. This includes the women and youth from rural areas. The Government, the institutions and IT industry will have to create stronger ties to bring the results on ground.


    I see the role of IT as a change agent. It empowers. It connects.

    • IT can bind isolated parts of a country;
    • IT can create harmony in society;
    • IT can join people with Governments;
    • IT can converge schemes and programmes ;
    • IT can reduce the gap between demand and supply
    • IT can bring us closer to precious knowledge;
    • IT can help us monitor what is critical;
    So, what is lacking is the necessary skills and systems to empower us. I request NASSCOM to focus on this on its Silver Jubilee. After eight years, India will be celebrating the Diamond Jubilee of its Independence. By that time, we must be a different Nation.

    Information Technology can be the Growth Engine of this New India. My vision is that by that time, India should become ‘DIGITAL INDIA’. We must be a knowledge based society and economy.

    Our Markets should become Knowledge Markets where every seller and purchaser knows everything. Our Villages will be Knowledge Villages. Our workers will be Knowledge Workers. Our farmers will be Knowledge farmers. Use of Satellite Technology can further enhance grass root information and services. That is why I keep saying: IT + IT = IT (INDIAN TALENT + INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY = INDIA TOMORROW). Thus, internally and globally, our IT sector can become the shining light of Brand India.

    Friends! Good Governance has become a very heavy subject today. People don’t know how to get the information and services. The road to grievance redressal is quite unknown. We don’t know the relation between outlay, output and outcome. We don’t know how to track a child for his education or health. Unfortunately, we have leaders who, instead of bringing solutions, are further confusing the issues.

    I have always said that e-governance is the most easy, effective and economical governance. It is one of the most useful fields of information technology.

    E-Governance has the potential to become the greatest problem solver for the people. It brings about Empowerment, Equity, Efficiency and is Economic. It has the ability to deliver the desired goal of ‘Minimum Government and Maximum Governance’.

    We have been talking of the DIGITAL DIVIDE. What does it mean? Is it relevant only for seminars and conferences? To my mind, Digital Divide means that what a person can get through IT in a city is not available to the person in a remote village.

    For this, the software is as responsible as the hardware. We have marketed hardware a lot. From phones to laptops. We see strength in that. But real strength lies in software utility. What are we doing about that?

    Why can’t the parents get information of their children dropping out from a school? It comes to knowledge after six months. We can make it instant. Similarly, in health sector a pregnant woman can be alerted through SMS about the necessary periodical check- up.

    In Gujarat, we have found ways to partly bridge this digital divide. Our 14,000 e-Gram Centres provide a basket of services to the rural citizens. Our One day Governance centers give the experience of a VISA office. You deposit the documents in the morning and get the certificates by evening. We are using IT for delivering value in areas like education, health-care, public distribution system and agriculture.

    The ease with which information can be published over internet allows for more transparent, democratic and participatory processes. Social Media has further enhanced this. We have to bring the features and feelings of ‘Like’ and ‘Share’ in governance. Social Media can be used effectively to ensure that every citizen is engaged in policy making. That he is duly heard and responded to. NASSCOM and the Indian IT industry have taken some leaps which are noteworthy. A recent example is the Green IT Initiative.

    So far, software and internet had been limited to people. When it reaches to things and activities, the digital divide will truly go away. The IT industry will flourish. Your market will expand. Our country will progress.

    Friends! Today, security has become an equally important issue. Those who don’t know IT, don’t know its security hazards. But those who know, they know that Cyber security is a very important matter. We are living in a time where wars will be fought in the Cyber Space. Your pocket will be picked through cyber mediums. Your homes may be broken in through the same. We have to work on this.

    Our cities, roads, societies and banks can be equipped with cheaper and higher resolution CCTV cameras. This will be yet another way to bridge the Digital Divide, and take IT to the people.

    Some of your questions relate to Manufacturing in electronics. This is very important. Already our electronics imports are a big share in the import basket. In a few years from now, it is estimated that their import bill will become bigger than even Oil. The hunger for electronics goods is going up. Thus, you can understand the challenge. We must focus on manufacturing.

    We have to particularly hurry up on manufacturing in strategic sectors like defence. We cannot afford to keep importing for all our needs.

    Friends! To conclude, I would like to say that I am personally a great advocate of Technology. I know that IT can and will transform our lives. It is an inevitable force in the modern world. The sooner we adopt it; the better. The sooner we deploy it; the better. The sooner we master it; the better.

    Once again, I wish you the very best.



  • NASSCOM India Leadership Forum 2014

    Information Technology and its unparallel impact on the India of tomorrow was at the core of Shri Narendra Modi’s address to the IT professionals at the NASSCOM India Leadership Forum (NILF) 2014, on the morning of 14th February.

    Speaking on the theme of transforming India through technology, Shri Modi addressed the session via video-conference, and spoke about the need to bring about the IT revolution in India, considering the fact that the country had all the basics required for this. He also urged NASSCOM to get actively engaged in this pursuit. “I see the role of IT as a change agent. It empowers, connects and can binds isolated parts of India and create harmony. IT can join people with governments, bridge the gap between demand and supply, and can bring us closer to knowledge,” said Shri Modi.

    Signifying the current day relevance of IT in the corporate world, Shri Modi said that it is a known fact that those corporate houses where information goes freely from bottom to top and where effective guidance comes from top to bottom succeed. He spoke of his confidence in the impact and effectiveness of IT by stating, “I keep saying IT+ IT= IT (Indian Talent+ Information Technology = India Tomorrow). The IT sector can be the shining light of Brand India.”

    Shri Modi underscored the significance of IT in the domain of e-governance, while also stating the tremendous impact it could have in grievance redressal. “E governance can bring minimum government and maximum governance. It is easy, effective and economic governance. It brings empowerment, equity and efficiency of the economy. It is a very useful field that can be the greatest problem solver of people,” said Shri Modi, while sharing his concern that most leaders in power today were further confusing the issues rather than bringing solutions.

    While speaking on the vast potential of IT in converting challenges into golden opportunities, Shri Modi emphasized on the need to empower the youth with necessary skills. “We are among the most youthful nations of the world. Just imagine the energy and potential of this talent pool. We need to empower our youth with skills for their development and the growth of India. This way we will succeed in putting India on the road to fast and inclusive development,” said Shri Modi.

    Stressing on the imminent need to focus on ICT training, Shri Modi highlighted Gujarat’s efforts towards this by citing the eMPOWER (electronic manpower) programme. He spoke of how ICT training was the need-of-the-hour, and could enable India emerge as a big service sector and business hub. “What we need is the skills. NASSCOM should focus on this on its silver jubilee,” said Shri Modi.

    Highlighting his vision of creating a Digital India, Shri Modi said, “India should become a digital India, which is a knowledge-based society and economy. We are a very diverse nation, with every district having its specialities. We need networks to integrate this and the IT industry can do this. By 2022, when we celebrate 75 years of freedom, we must be a different nation. And IT can be the growth engine of New India.” He said that by then our market should become a knowledge market where every seller and buyer knows everything, and the workers in every sector are knowledge workers. “Use of technology can further enhance grassroot services,” added Shri Modi.

    Shri Modi also cited the need to focus on promoting software as much as hardware, while stating that such an approach would only ensure inclusive growth. He put forth that it was the collective responsibility of software engineers, IT professionals and hardware manufactuers to promote software since, according to Shri Modi, real strength lies in software utility.

    He encouraged NASSCOM and its representing companies to focus on Corporate Social Responsibility, enabled by IT. “Through CSR can you take up any one problem that India faces. You can take up a problem, form task forces and focus on resolving the issue,” said Shri Modi, while giving an example of tackling the drop-out ratio in schools via IT-enabled tools.

    Stressing on the need to adapt IT into governance, Shri Modi spoke of how we need to focus on bringing features of like and share in governance, and how effective this could prove in the One Day Governance model adapted in Gujarat. “We have to bring features of like and share in governance. Through social media we must ensure every citizen is involved in governance,” said Shri Modi.

    He also urged the decision makers of the IT world to ensure that the digital divide being experienced in India does not percolate further. “Digital Divide means that what a person can get through IT in a city is not available to a person in remote villages. We cannot let the digital divide spread. We cannot have 2 Indias like this, where one is running fast but the other is on the reverse gear,” said Shri Modi.

    Putting forth his views of the immense scope of IT in varying domains, Shri Modi mentioned how the application of IT in infrastructure could change the face of the country. “Information Highway Network can play a very big role in transforming the nation. It can be a matter of great strength. The sooner we adopt IT the better, the sooner we deploy it, the better it and the sooner we master it the better,” stated Shri Modi, while also speaking about the need for the government and the IT industry to join hands for the creation of harmony in the society, to reduce the gap between demand and supply and thereby get the people closer to knowledge.

    He spoke of his belief in the power of IT, by saying, “I am personally a great advocate of technology. IT can and will transform our lives…it is an inevitable force in the modern world.” He further spoke of his fondness to stay connected with the people of the country through social media network, and how their feedback and suggestions had been a source of inspiration for him.

    Aspects of cyber security and the role of Information Technology in the security concerns of the Nation were also shared by Shri Modi.

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  • Inauguration of GSRTC Bus Depot and Manjalpur Sports Complex in Vadodara

    On 14th February, 2014, Shri Narendra Modi will dedicate various development projects in Surat and Vadodara.

    Shri Modi will inaugurate the GSRTC Bus Depot and Manjalpur Sports Complex in Vadodara, and address the ceremony at 6.30 pm.

    You can watch the events LIVE


  • US Ambassador Ms. Nancy Powell accompanied by other American officials met Shri Narendra Modi at Gandhinagar

    Gandhinagar: US Ambassador Ms. Nancy Powell accompanied by other American officials met Shri Narendra Modi at Gandhinagar today.

    Ambassador Powell held comprehensive and wide ranging discussions with Shri Modi, covering all facets of the Indo-US relationship and cooperation, in the wider global context.

    She fondly recollected her earlier visits to Gujarat, and expressed happiness on having come again. She also said that she was impressed by the changes and development she saw in Gujarat. She also appreciated the fact that American businesses were pleased with the speed of decision making, as well as clear procedures in place in the State.

    Ambassador Powell expressed keenness to take best practices of Governance from Gujarat to be incubated and implemented in developing countries for the benefit of people there. This included the Chiranjeevi Yojana, which has improved mother and child health through institutional delivery.

    While discussing the situation in Afghanistan, Gujarat’s involvement in training Afghan officials, as well as rural Afghan women for self-employment were discussed in detail. Shri Modi suggested that Gujarat’s model of dairy cooperatives could also be of immense value to the rural economy of Afghanistan. Ambassador Powell welcomed the suggestion and said that she would take it forward.

    Shri Modi highlighted the strong foundations of the US-India ‘Strategic partnership’ laid by former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. He also mentioned Shri Vajpayee’s various initiatives for peace in India’s neighbourhood. Shri Modi reiterated the Bharatiya Janata Party’s commitment to further strengthen this partnership.

    He expressed concern over the recent ill-treatment of an Indian lady diplomat in New York, and expressed hope that a permanent solution would be found soon. Ambassador Powell reassured that the US government was fully committed to resolving this issue at the earliest possible. Shri Modi stated that for strengthening the Indo-US ‘Strategic partnership’ and realize its full potential, it is important that such irritants should not be allowed to happen.

    Shri Modi stated the need to have a single global yardstick on terrorism, as well as the need to isolate terrorist groups irrespective of their base or victims. He emphasized that the perpetrators of the 26/11 Mumbai attack must be quickly brought to justice. Various other issues including defence, security, counter-terrorism, disaster management, student exchange and economic cooperation were discussed in detail.

  • Pran Pratishtha Mahotsav in Ambaji

    During his address at the 51 Shaktipeeths’ Pran Pratishtha Mahotsav at Ambaji, on the afternoon of 13th February, Shri Narendra Modi spoke about India’s cultural diversity and spiritual affinity, even as he laid due emphasis on need to mobilize resources and tap the tourism potential of India’s spiritual abodes.

    The Pran Pratishtha Mahotsav of the 51 Shaktipeeths at Ambaji was a three-day cultural festival, which began on 11th February. The 51 Shaktipeeths in Ambaji, a first-of-its-kind initiative built under the vision of Shri Narendra Modi, gives every devout a unique opportunity to visit all the sacred 51 Shaktipeeths of the Indian subcontinent at Goddess Bhagwati’s abode at Gabbar Hill. Out of the 51 Shaktipeeths, 47 are Shaktipeeth temples and the remaining 3 are Shaktipeeth temples in caves. “Maa Amba is the Shaktistrot, and her people should be Shakti-sampanna and Samruddha. This should be our focus,” said Shri Modi.

    Beginning his address, Shri Modi said, “We are the glorious culture where women are worshipped as Goddesses, and this is reflective of how deep our ancestors thought.” He further highlighted the fervent spiritual inclination towards Maa Amba, prevalent not only amongst the people of Gujarat but also outside the state. “The Yatra of these Shaktipeeths manifest the unity of Bharat Mata,” said Shri Modi.

    Sharing his thought of developing the tourism prospects in all spiritual locales of India, Shri Modi said, “Tourism enhances the economic livelihood of the poor.”

    Shri Modi spoke of the need to take initiatives that will boost the tourism industry in Ambaji, and shared his thought of how this spiritual abode should not remain limited to being only a divine place but should also emerge as a place for business too. “By serving Maa Amba, we have got to serve our Adivasi sisters and brothers. They will get work opportunities. When you develop those areas, the poor are helped. May Maa’s blessings remain with us, bless the poor, this is what we pray,” said Shri Modi.

    Shri Modi spoke of how one should make the most of latest technology and innovation to cash in on the growth prospects of every spiritual destination, while emphasizing that most such places lacked proper economic growth owing to their unfavourable geographical location. He said, “We need to make our Tirth Sthans with modern facilities and infrastructure. We need to create such facilities that people are drawn to staying here for a few days. This will help the poor too.”

    Shri Modi also spoke of how there were no facilities in Mecca nearly 40 years ago, but with the passage of time it started getting developed slowly and now a set-up is in place.

    Appreciating the arrangements made at Ambaji, Shri Modi said, “The arrangements made here are very good. Technology has also been used so that people can learn about Shaktipeeth’s history.”

    Shri Modi also shared the idea of using technology and adapting the concept of modern kitchens to provide healthy food to the children availing the mid-day meal programme at schools in Ambaji.

    Stating the reverence attached to the Yatra of 51 Shaktipeeths in India, Shri Modi spoke of how the idea to have all 51 Shaktipeeths at one place was born. “The Yatra of 51 Shaktipeeths is not easy, even for the most devout Bhakts. At the most, people can visit 5-7 of the Shaktipeeths during their lifetime. We thought, why not have all the 51 Shaktipeeths here so that whoever comes to worship Maa Amba can also worship the 51 Shaktipeeths,” said Shri Modi. He further said that in the initial stages, due research was done and emphasis was given to ensure that the rituals followed in each of the Shaktipeeths across India, would precisely and faithfully be replicated here too.

    Minister for Health, Finance and Transport Shri Nitinbhai Patel, Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment, and Sports Shri Ramanlal Vora, Minister for Welfare of Socially and Educationally Backward Classes Shri Liladhar Vaghela, Ministers of State Pradeepsinh Jadeja and Parbatbhai Patel and MLA- Shankar Chaudhary were present on the occasion.

  • Chai Pe Charcha

    On the evening of Wednesday 12th February 2014 Shri Narendra Modi joined ‘Chai Pe Charcha’ a unique interaction during which Shri Narendra Modi took questions from people across the length and breadth of India on issues relating to good governance. Shri Modi affirmed that it is the need of the hour to bridge the trust deficit and focus on development in order to attain Surajya.

    ‘Chai Pe Charcha’ is a first of its kind initiative that was organized across India with the help of 5 different types of technologies. Questions, ideas and suggestions for Shri Modi were shared on the Internet and social media in the last few days.

    Shri Modi answered questions directly from the people. Questions poured in from Vadodara, Varanasi, Patna, Cuttack, Thiruvananthapuram, Nashik, Udaipur, Chandigarh, Gurgaon, Noida, Pune, Lucknow, Kanpur, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Faridabad among other places.

    On the very important issue of Black Money, Shri Narendra Modi assured the people of India that the NDA government would form a taskforce, and if necessary even amend the existing laws to bring back every Rupee of black money back to India. “Incentives to the honest and punishment to the guilty. This will be our work culture,” said Shri Modi.

    Answering the question on why the benefits of the scheme do not reach the intended beneficiary, Shri Modi pointed, “This is more a question of Niyat not Niti!” He stressed on the importance of service delivery and delivering the fruits of governance to the very last person in the queue. Shri Modi even shared the example of the Garib Kalyan Melas in Gujarat, where the government has gone to the poor instead of the poor coming to the government.

    Through Facebook, people asked Shri Modi on his vision on energy and technical courses. Shri Modi talked at length about the importance of energy sector and especially harnessing solar and wind energy. He shared examples about Gujarat’s innovative canal roof top project that conserves water and even generate energy. Shri Modi talked about the importance of skill development and the need to supplement degrees with the right skills.

    Responding to a point made on strengthening railways and infrastructure, Shri Modi said that unfortunately the railways was never a priority for previous governments and that the nation could not change with the times in improving our railway infrastructure. He gave the idea of integrating our ports with the railway network as a way to give impetus to economic development. Shri Modi even spoke about the importance of infrastructure in a nation’s development.

    Answering a question on the importance of learning from the events and people of the past, Shri Modi said that our nation has a history of a glorious culture and has been the land of some of the finest individuals. At the same time, he added that a lot has changed over the years. Thus, Shri Modi stated that we must change with time as well as embrace the good things of the past.

    Shri Modi pointed that the federal structure of the nation must be respected in letter and spirit. “Government is for those who voted, those who did not vote and even for those who did not vote for us. A government is for the people and there is no compromise on this,” declared Shri Modi.

    In his answer on the lack of development in Bihar, Shri Modi said that not only Bihar but also several parts of the nation where development has not reached but be developed and brought at par with the rest of the nation. He called for breaking the regional imbalance for the development of India. On Bihar, Shri Modi said that the state of Bihar is not poor and even its people are talented but the decay has come due to poor governance and an anti-development political culture that prevailed in the last two decades.

    Shri Modi was asked a question on the poor law and order situation in Uttar Pradesh, to which he stated that a basic tenet of good governance is proper law & order and safety for citizens. He added that due to poor law and order situation, UP was losing out a lot such as a potential increase in tourists in the state.

    One of the questions pertained to the need to give a strong fight to terror. Shri Modi affirmed that internal security is a very serious issue and we need toughest laws on this. He called for Zero Tolerance towards terror.

    Answering questions on poverty, Shri Modi stated that the poor have the first right to the resources and we must leave no stone unturned in the fight against poverty. He said that technology and a focus on outcome rather than output will go a long way in poverty alleviation.

    Shri Modi concluded the Charcha by thanking all those who made the Charcha possible all over India and at the same time said that this is just the beginning and that such interactions would continue in the days to come. Striking a personal note, Shri Modi said that it is natural for him to go back to his younger days when he sold tea and recounted his experiences that time.

  • Average failure ratio of drugs made in Gujarat low: State FDCA

    In the backdrop of several pharma manufacturing plants in the country coming under the scanner of the US drug regulator, the food and drug control administration in Gujarat pointed out that the average failure ratio of drugs made in Gujarat was lower at 3.5 to 4% compared to an overall average of around 5-6%, highlighting better quality compliance.

    Interestingly, no facility from the state has come under ban from the US Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) in the last one year, claimed senior officials in the Gujarat Food and Drug Control Administration (FDCA).

    Gujarat has 40 USFDA approved plants. Around 20% FDA approved plants in the country are in Gujarat, and the state enjoys a similar share in terms of India's drug exports to the US.

    The Gujarat FDCA conducts regular quality checks on randomly selected samples from the market. H G Koshia, commissioner of Gujarat FDCA said, "Of the 7,000 odd samples tested last year, the average failure ratio was in the range of 5-6%. Of this, drug samples made in Gujarat registered an average failure ratio of 3.5 to 4%, highlighting the fact that quality control mechanisms are well in order here."

    In the wake of rising cases of quality control violations, the commissioner of USFDA, Margaret Hamburg is visiting India between February 10 to 18. Only recently the USFDA has banned Ranbaxy's Toansa plant from exporting to the US. Big pharma like Ranbaxy, Wockhardt, RPG Life Sciences, Aurobindo Pharmaand Strides Arcolab have received import alerts from the USFDA or approvals have been withdrawn from specific facilities. India is the second largest exporter of drugs to the US after Canada. During her visit, Hamburg is expected to meet the drug regulators from some of the Indian states.

    The Bavla plant of Claris Pharmaceuticals had received a notice from the USFDA in November 2010 that barred the company from exporting products manufactured at its Bavla facility to US.

    FDA investigators had found violations in the current good manufacturing practices (CGMP) regulations for finished products or pharmaceutical formulations at the Bavla site, and hence imposed a ban on exports. Finally, the issue got resolved around August 2012. In another case, Zydus Cadila's Moraiya facility in the outskirts of Ahmedabad had received a warning letter from the USFDA in June 2011, which was eventually revoked in July 2012.

    Ever since the cases of FDA ban, the local drug regulator has upped its vigil. Koshia said, "We try to monitor facilities on a regular basis, and more than that, we are trying to create a culture of quality compliance in the state, such that even medium sized companies do not fail on compliance tests." As per the directives of the Drug Controller General of India directives, at present, local drug inspectors accompany USFDA officials when they visit plants for inspection.

    Koshia would be giving a presentation on the scenario of the pharmaceutical industry in Gujarat before Hamburg in Delhi this week.

  • Gujarat to have 10 MW solar power plant on Narmada Canal in Vadodara

    GANDHINAGAR: Giving a shot in the arm to Gujarat's initiative in tapping solar energy, state-owned Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam Limited (SSNNL) is all set to start building a 10 Mega Watt (MW) solar power generation plant over Narmada canal in Vadodara.

    The foundation stone of the canal top solar photovoltaic grid connected power plant that will come up at a cost of Rs 109.91 crore will be laid by chief minister Narendra Modi on February 14.

  • Gujarat scientists float novel concept

    A time may soon come when farmers who feed the people of India will also produce electricity to feed the national power grid.

    That is the conclusion of an innovative study by Tirumalachetty Harinarayana, director of the Gujarat Energy Research and Management Institute (GERMI) Research Centre in Gandhinagar, and Vasavi Kamili, a student of the Medha Engineering College in Hyderabad.

    Their research published Feb 11 in the online version of the international journal "Smart Grid and Renewable Energy" suggests that farmers can use their land for dual purpose rather than growing only food crops.

    While continuing to grow foodgrains, farmers may simultaneously produce power by laying a roof of appropriately configured photovoltaic (PV) solar panels over the same land to generate electricity from sunlight, Harinarayana told IANS.

    The power so produced can be used to pump water for irrigating their crops and any excess electricity generated may be sold to the power grid.

    In other words, farmers can augment their income by renting out their land to the government or to the solar developer who will erect the solar panels while they grow food crops as usual in the same land.

    The scientists have found this novel concept feasible after ensuring -- through computer modelling studies -- that the reduction in sunlight caused by the solar roof has no adverse impact on the growth of crops below.

    Harinarayana said his scientists systematically examined different solar panel design configurations to identify the one that caused the least reduction in sunlight.

    Their studies have shown that a set of PV panels placed at a height of five metres above the cultivated land and "arranged like a chess board with gaps in between" was the ideal configuration that would allow enough sunlight to fall on the crops while generating power at the same time.

    They claim that the observed small reduction of sunlight may in fact help the plants to grow better as the reduction was limited to noon time when the level of harmful ultraviolet radiation coming from the sun is high.

    "The PV panels help to filter off the UV radiation that agricultural scientists know is not good for the plants," Harinarayana said.

    For the purpose of computer modelling, the scientists used the solar radiation data pertaining to places in Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu where mostly rice is grown, and wheat growing states of Uttar Pradesh and Punjab.

    "While our conclusions are based on computer simulation studies, one needs to make a real estimation during the actual crop season," Harinarayana said.

    The researchers say about 50 percent of India's villages were not connected to the power grid due to which farmers were unable to get enough water for cultivation.

    At the same time, it was expensive for governments to establish the network of transmission and distribution lines to remote villages.

    "What we have proposed is an innovative solution to both problems: it helps to increase farmers' income and also save money for governments," Harinarayana said.

    The novel idea is the latest innovation of GERMI scientists who had earlier made two proposals.

    One involves stacking two layers of solar PV panels one above the other, separated by a small distance, instead of using a single layer. They showed that using this approach, a given land area can be used to generate 70 percent more energy than what is possible with a single layer solar panel.

    In the second proposal, they claimed that India's major roads can double as "solar highways" by having a roof of solar panels over their entire length.

    They estimated that a PV roof cover over the four-lane 205 km Ahmedabad-Rajkot highway can generate 104 MW of power while the Ahmedabad-Vadodara highway, 93 km long, can reap 61 MW of electricity.

    At present, solar farms and solar parks planned to be set up in India under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission require vast areas of barren land that is increasingly becoming scarce.

  • Gujarat government to set up special force for port security

    The state government has decided to set up a special 690-men strong force for securing some of the key non-major ports in the state. A senior official said that the project is expected to cost Rs10 crore in the region initially and Rs5 to 6 crore per annum later, which would be borne by the Gujarat Maritime Board.

    The state home department recently cleared the proposal to recruit personnel for the special force to strengthen security at Mundra, which is one of the largest ports in the country, Alang, the ship-breaking hub, and some other non-major ports in the state. The personnel, who will be called marine commandos, will be divided into six battalions.

    SK Nanda, additional chief secretary of home department, said that special training would be provided to the proposed force.

    “The headquarters of the proposed marine security force would be in Jamnagar. The force will function under the home department, but its expenditure would be borne by Gujarat Maritime Board, which operates the non-major ports,” said an official.

    The government has established 22 marine police stations, having manpower of around 500, to secure ports and coastal areas. The manpower at the existing marine police stations will complement the proposed force.

    The other ports that will be guarded by the special force are Magdalla, Navlakhi, Okha, Bedi, Jakhau, Bhavnagar, Porbandar and Mandvi.

    The proposed security force to be created will be on the lines of the special forces that guard the Narmada dam and IOCL refinery in Vadodara, said an official.

    “We have also initiated steps to create higher awareness in coastal areas for early detection and prevention of untoward incidents,” said an official.

  • Embracing drip irrigation

    Embracing drip irrigation has taught us the importance of conserving both soil and water, said Devji Ratna Vora, a farmer in Gada village, Bhuj. Devji was nominated by the village watershed committee in the gram sabha of the Gada gram panchayat to implement the pilot drip irrigation model in one hectare of his land as part of the Integrated Watershed Development Programme (IWMP).

    Farmers in Gada village, those who were part of the Village watershed committee refused to accept drip irrigation as a viable model and doubted its capabilities of benefitting them.

    Toeing the line of the farmers, Devji too was a reluctant man as he was unsure of the results that drip irrigation could help him achieve. “None of our farmers in the village were used to implementing drip irrigation. So there were doubts. Though we have heard about it, the practical advantages and disadvantages were not in our notice. There was always doubts that what if our seeds get harmed, so on and so forth,” he said.

    But that is where the village watershed committee decided to back Devji and bear the consequences if the adopted practise of drip irrigation did not work to Devji’s advantage. “The committee encouraged me to go in for this and said whatever the consequences they were right behind me. After having got their support and confidence, I decided to take the next step in planning and implementing drip irrigation,” he said.

    After which, with intensive participatory planning of the village watershed committee, and the project level watershed team, Devji was nominated as a beneficiary to the pilot drip irrigation model in his agricultural field.

    Devji said that with the advent of drip irrigation many valuable lessons have come his way. “Earlier when we used to irrigate, massive water used to be wasted resulting in minimal productivity. With drip irrigation, productivity has increased and the requirement of water to irrigate has also drastically reduced,” he said.

    Results were visible for Devji to take note of, as he began to take stock of the increase in productivity soon after embracing drip irrigation. “I noticed that flood irrigation resulted in 70% productivity whereas drip irrigation resulted in 130% productivity. So there was an automatic increase of close to 60%,” he said.

    There were other notable advantages as well which Devji noticed with the implementation of drip irrigation. “With this field levelling is not necessary. Most importantly fertilizer and nutrient loss is quite minimized,” he said.

    Another direct impact which Devji mentioned was that there was always the danger of soil getting eroded with flood irrigation, but with drip irrigation soil erosion has been completely minimized as water distribution in the agricultural farm land is quite uniform. “Crops are not being destroyed because we can always regulate the supply of water through drip”, he said.

    Saving money to irrigate has also come as a relief for Devji. “I use less water to irrigate as a result of having drip irrigation installed. If I were on a well then that would add to my increasing pumping costs. It is all dependent on the irrigation controller. Because of this maintenance costs have also dropped,” he said.

    Drip irrigation is also an extremely versatile watering system which can easily be installed on hillsides or flat terrains. In essence it is the perfect irrigation method for oddly shaped landscapes and windy areas.

    After having noticed Devji’s successful implementation of drip irrigation, many farmers in Gada village are following suit. “Now that they have noticed that as a pilot it has turned out to be successful, many farmers are taking to this form of irrigation for better productivity and with a purpose to conserve water,” said Devji.

    Devji embracing drip irrigation is an example of how IWMP has succeeded in working towards its priorities of need-based watershed planning with the active participation of the entire village watershed committee in Gada.

    This article features in the book ‘Good Governance: People’s Voice’ published by the Commissionerate of Information, Government of Gujarat.

  • Gujarat NCC Cadets in Gandhinagar and congratulates them for their contribution

    Gandhinagar, Monday: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi today felicitated National Cadet Corps (NCC) cadets of Gujarat for popularizing their ‘One-Nation-One-People-One-Mission’ campaign across India through social media.

    He was talking to a delegation of prize-winning NCC cadets from Gujarat who brought laurels to Gujarat in various competitions. He also recalled his own days as an NCC cadet in the school, and felt indebted to the organization for inculcating patriotism, bravery and discipline in his conduct.

    Mr. Modi had a praise of word for Additional Director-General of Gujarat NCC Major General Dilwar Singh for instilling sense of discipline, infusing team spirit, leadership qualities and patriotism among the cadets.

    Maj. Gen. Singh said there are about 51,000 school and college students in Gujarat who are enrolled with the NCC. He thanked the Chief Minister for providing guidance to the cadets in the process of nation building.

  • Delegation from JICA

    Gandhinagar, Monday: A delegation of Japan International Co-operative Agency (JICA), led by its Senior Vice-President Hideaki Domichi called on Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi here today and expressed satisfaction at the pace of development projects of mutual interest.

    They discussed in detail progress of various projects on anvil such as Ahmedabad-Mumbai fast track train, preparing pre-feasibility report of international airport at Dholera SIR at JICA’s cost, and Gujarat’s social forestry ‘Vaniki’ project.

  • Gujarat's CM Shri Narendra Modi encouraged the students of SRM University

    Crediting the immense scope of education in bringing about a change, Shri Narendra Modi encouraged the students of SRM University to make the most of their educational prowess and contribute to Nation-building, during his address at the 9th Convocation of SRM University on the morning of 9th February.

    Urging the students to always remember their motherland which has contributed throughout the journey of their lives, Shri Modi said, “Do whatever you can to make India innovative and competitive.” Sharing the success story of Microsoft CEO Satya Narayana Nadella, Shri Modi encouraged the students to succeed and reach great heights in life. “Satya Nadella’s success is good news. I am sure you aspire to reach where he has. My advise – create a Microsoft and Apple here in India.” He also urged the students to value the fact that they were amongst the privileged few who could study in a prestigious institution, while asking them not to forget the less privileged. ““SRM according to me stands for Selfless service, Research for nation building, and Man-making instead of money making,” said Shri Modi.

    Underscoring the significance of education Shri Modi spoke of how education was the strongest way to counter poverty and its tremendous impact towards Nation building. He acknowledged the fact that India was home to the brightest minds, and called for the need to establish more educational institutions like SRM.

    Shri Modi accented the need to ensure the development of 3 important aspects that are relevant to the present-day growth and development module. These were skill development, speed and scale. He called for the need to give a boost to skill development activities, while ensuring that the pace of every development effiort was quick and effective. He also spoke of how the scale of operations for each of our initiatives mattered in its reach and impact.

    Speaking about the power that lay with each of us, Shri Modi said, “Every voter is a Bharat Bhagya Vidhata,”, but added that in order to encash on this potential, we must provide every individual with the right system that ensures good education, technological institutions and an effective system at the societal level. He also highlighted the need to focus on the improvement of various sectors including agriculture, forestry, mining, rivers et al, while urging the audience to contribute at reducing our dependence on imports. He called for the need to take sincere efforts at securing our sovereignty and integrity.

    Shri Modi also stressed on how important it was to focus our initiatives at ensuring a better tomorrow, so that the coming generations could live well. “The young generation of today is globally connected. They want to live in an equitable and efficient India. We have to be ready for this, and work for this,” said Shri Modi.

    Emphasizing on India’s unparalleled demographic dividend, Shri Modi put forth his view of ensuring skill development, while adding that if given the power to perform, the youth of our country would achieve in a mere 60 months what could not be achieved in the past 60 years.

    On the occasion, Shri Modi also unveiled the statue of founder Pachaimuthu ji’s mother Valliamai in front of the college.

  • Inaugurated the centenary meet organized by the Kerala Pulayar Maha Sabha (KPMS) in Kochi, Kerala

    On the afternoon of 9th February, Shri Narendra Modi inaugurated the centenary meet organized by the Kerala Pulayar Maha Sabha (KPMS) in Kochi, Kerala.

    At the meeting, which was organized to mark the centenary of “Kayal Sammelanam”, Shri Modi called for the need to follow Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar’s idea of ‘educate, organize and agitate’, and thereby free ourselves from age-old superstitions and blind beliefs. He spoke of how the progress of a person and the nation was dependent on two important factors – ensuring good education and freedom from blind beliefs.

    Speaking about the change that the nation yearns for, Shri Modi affirmed that the government in Delhi would change in 100 days, and that the new government would cultivate brotherhood, instead of spreading poison.

    Expressing his concern over the prevalent present-day governance, Shri Modi spoke of how the Central government only believed in playing votebank politics, and was an expert in doing zeher ki kheti. “Those doing votebank politics are expert at doing zeher ki kheti. The Ranganath Mishra commission is for this Zeher Ki Kheti,” said Shri Modi. Urging the audience to not get bogged by the dismal system, and instead take the lead and bring the change, Shri Modi said, “Justice is our right. We will no longer keep pleading for justice. In the next 100 days we will ensure Zeher Ki Kheti stops. We all together must make Mother India great.”

    Shri Modi also spoke of how most leaders focus on only enriching their families, while he himself had not done anything for his family ever since he came into power.

    At the meet, Shri Modi reflected upon the vice of untouchability that had been prevalent for over a century, and spoke about the efforts of revolutionary leaders towards eradicating this. Mentioning the year 1913 as a Red Letter day in the history of India, since the Kerala Pulayar Maha Sabha was formed then to work for the upliftment of the Scheduled Castes, Shri Modi drew the crowd’s attention to the fact that many of the saints and social reformers in the past century had belonged to either the Dalit or backward sections of the society. Taking a dig at the absence of the Mayor of Kochi at the meet, Shri Modi said how even till today he was being made a victim of untouchability.

    Sharing his humble beginnings, Shri Modi spoke of how he was born into a poor family and how he had seen his mother wash utensils, even as he sold tea to earn a living. Putting forth his keenness to serve all sections of the society, Shri Modi said, “I was told before shifting to CM residence that you should do a Puja. I said, call the child of the senior SC peon to do the Puja.” He also cited examples of an equalized approach. In Gujarat had nominated the Dharm Guru of the Dalit community for the Rajya Sabha, and how a fisherman was also chosen for the Rajya Sabha. He also questioned the audience why a memorial honouring the momentous contribution of Mahatma Ayyankali was still not built.

    Underlining the tremendous yet untapped potential of the marginalized sections of the society, while also citing this potential as the power that will bring the change, Shri Modi said, “The coming decade will be the decade for the marginalised sections of society.”

  • Vision for Digital India

    Addressing the India Digital Summit via video conferencing on the afternoon of 7th February, Shri Modi shared his vision for a Digital India:

    • High-speed Digital Highways unite the Nation
    • Knowledge is strength – and empowers the People
    • Access to Information knows no barriers
    • Quality Education reaches the most inaccessible corners driven by Digital Learning
    • Cyber Security becomes an integral part of our National Security
    • e-Commerce drives Entrepreneurship
    • The World looks to India for the next Big Idea
    • The Netizen is an Empowered Citizen

    Underscoring the significance of Digital Technology in the current times, Shri Modi said, “Digital technology has changed the way we view things.” Shri Modi stated that technology had enabled the common people to surge ahead, but expressed concern if the current day laws were complimenting this. He called for the need to bring dynamism in the present-day rules and regulations, while stating, “We should have a set up that is dynamic so that we can welcome the latest changes in technology.” He further added, “Current Account Deficit is a matter of concern. We all are worried but we differ in the solutions we have.”

    Terming ‘technology intervention as a great way to get transparency’, Shri Modi spoke about the significant reach and impact of technology in providing good governance. He also mentioned about the lack of real time data, and the grave impact it had on present-day governance. “Real time data is a big hindrance to our development, even in this age of technology. This is unfortunate,” said Shri Modi.

    Stating the vast potential of the optical fibre network, Shri Modi said that soon cities would emerge, not on the basis of water bodies or highways, but on the basis of optical fibre network. “We need to increase the optical fibre network all over India,” said Shri Modi, while also emphasizing on the need to intensify and cash in on the world of Wi-Fi connectivity. “We talk of wi-fi networks. Can we make our national capital Wi-Fi? We are working towards that for our state capital,” said Shri Modi.

    Urging the decision-makers of the digital world to create more user-friendly innovations, Shri Modi said, “Digital world has not compromised in making their innovation user friendly. All companies and innovators must think about this,” said Shri Modi. He underscored the significance of using the digital technology by stating, “Convergence of technology is important. One people, one mission, one nation, this will be possible then.”

    Addressing the Summit, Shri Modi spoke about the tremendous reach and impact of the One-Day governance model initiated in Gujarat, while also stressing on the need to move towards mobile governance, in the coming days.

    Suggesting on the need to focus on the untapped potential of our demographic dividend, Shri Modi urged the key players of the digital world to involve the youth in the adaptation of latest technology. “Our demographic dividend is our strength. The youth have what it takes to engage with the latest technology,” said Shri Modi, while adding that e-governance initiatives should also be replicated in the North-East states of India, where the children possess excellent command over English. “I urge you to think about how to move to the smaller towns, not only the big cities,” added Shri Modi.

    Speaking about the tremendous skill of the youth in India, Shri Modi said, “Our youth are skilled, and full of creativity and innovation. When we give our youth the opportunity we too can give a lot to the world.”

    Shri Narendra Modi questioned the sluggishness witnessed in the manufacturing of electronic goods in India, and stated that this lagging behind had a direct effect on the financial prowess of the country. He said that the obstacles causing this must be tackled, and for this a combined effort of the innovations team, the manufacturing segment, the government and the society is the need-of-the-hour.

    I dream of a Digital India where – High-speed Digital Highways unite the Nation
    I dream of a Digital India where – 1.2 billion Connected Indiansdrive Innovation
    I dream of a Digital India where – Knowledge is strength – and empowers the People
    I dream of a Digital India where – Access to Information knows no barriers
    I dream of a Digital India where – Government is Open – and Governance Transparent
    I dream of a Digital India where – Technology ensures the Citizen-Government Interface is Incorruptible
    I dream of a Digital India where – Government Services are easily and efficiently available to citizens on Mobile devices
    I dream of a Digital India where – Government proactively engages with the people through Social Media
    I dream of a Digital India where – Quality Education reaches the most inaccessible corners driven by Digital Learning
    I dream of a Digital India where – Quality Healthcare percolates right up to the remotest regions poweredby e-Healthcare
    I dream of a Digital India where – Farmers are empowered with Real-time Information to be connected with Global Markets
    I dream of a Digital India where – Mobile enabled Emergency Services ensure Personal Security
    I dream of a Digital India where – Cyber Security becomes an integral part of our National Security
    I dream of a Digital India where – Mobile and e-Banking ensures Financial Inclusion
    I dream of a Digital India where – e-Commerce drives Entrepreneurship
    I dream of a Digital India where – the World looks to India for the next Big Idea
    I dream of a Digital India where – the Netizen is an Empowered Citizen

  • Sardar Patel Smruti Kendra to be established at Sardar Vallabhai Patel?s School in Karamsad

    આણંદ : શુક્રવાર : સરદાર વલ્લભભાઇ પટેલે કરમસદ ખાતે જે પ્રાથમિક શાળામાં પાયાનું જ્ઞાન મેળવ્યું હતું તે શાળાના પુનરોધ્ધાર કરીને સરદાર પટેલ સ્મૃતિ કેન્દ્ર બનાવવાનું રાજય સરકારે નકકી કર્યુ છે.

    સરદાર પટેલ ટ્રસ્ટ, કરમસદના સેક્રેટરીશ્રીએ સંમતિ આપતા સરદાર પટેલ જે શાળામાં અભ્યાસ કરતા હતા તે શાળાની જમીન નગરપાલિકા, કરમસદને વાર્ષિક રૂા.૧/-ના ટોકન ભાડેથી આપવાનું ઠરાવ્યું છે.

    સરદાર પટેલની શાળાની જમીન ઉપર સરદાર પટેલ સ્મૃતિ કેન્દ્ર બનાવવામાં આવશે. સામાજિક ન્યાય અને અધિકારીતા મંત્રીશ્રી અને આણંદ જિલ્લાના પ્રભારી મંત્રીશ્રી રમણલાલ વોરાએ સરદાર સાહેબની શાળાની મુલાકાત લીધી હતી અને નગરપાલિકાના અધિકારીઓ અને જિલ્લા કલેકટર ર્ડો.રાહુલ ગુપ્તા પાસેથી વિસ્તૃત માહિતી મેળવી હતી.

    નગરપાલિકા દ્વારા આ જમીન ઉપર સરદાર પટેલ સ્મૃતિ કેન્દ્ર બનાવવા માટે રૂા.૧.૨૫ કરોડની દરખાસ્ત મંત્રીશ્રીને સુપરત કરી હતી

    મંત્રીશ્રીએ જણાવ્યું હતું કે સરદાર સાહેબે જયાં પાયાનું જ્ઞાન મેળવ્યું હતું ત્યાં સ્મૃતિ કેન્દ્ર બનાવવા રાજય સરકાર તમામ મદદ કરશે અને વહેલી તકે આ જગ્યાએ સરદાર વલ્લભભાઇ પટેલ સાહેબના માનમાં સ્મૃતિ કેન્દ્ર બનાવવામાં આવશે.

    મંત્રીશ્રીએ રાજય સરકાર સરદાર સાહેબની યાદગીરી રૂપે ભાવિ પેઢીને માહિતગાર કરવાના આશયથી અને તેમણે ભારત દેશના આઝાદી અપાવવા માટે આપેલ મહત્વનો ફાળા માટે અને દેશને એક કરવા માટે કરેલ કામગીરીની યાદગીરી રૂપે સ્મૃતિ કેન્દ્ર બનાવાશે તેમ ઉમેર્યુ હતું.

    આ પ્રસંગે રાજયસભાના સાંસદશ્રી લાલસિંહ વડોદીયા, આણંદના ધારાસભ્યશ્રી દિલીપભાઇ પટેલ, કલેકટર ર્ડા.રાહુલ ગુપ્તા, કરમસદ નગરપાલિકાના પ્રમુખશ્રી, ચીફ ઓફિસરશ્રી હાજર રહયા હતા.

  • Ensuring security, equality, prosperity and equity is instrumental to the Nation?s growth

    The need to adapt a growth model that ensured equality for one and all, irrespective of their cast, creed or religion, formed the crux of Shri Narendra Modi’s address at the Ummat Business Conclave 2014, held in Ahmedabad, on the morning of 7th February, 2014.

    Emphasizing on the 4 most important facets of Gujarat’s growth and development story – Security, Equality, Prosperity and Equity – Shri Modi spoke about how adherence to these in all government and societal initiatives had ensured a safe and secured living for the people of Gujarat, irrespective of their cast, creed, religion or status.

    Speaking about the cotton industry of Gujarat, Shri Modi underscored the need for not just the export of cotton but also its value addition. He encouraged the producers to adapt the 5 F formula, which involved farm, fibre, fabric, fashion and foreign. Highlighting the immense scope entailed in this segment, Shri Modi spoke of the need to ensure maximum production at minimum cost by ensuring that the entire process – beginning from production to the export of cotton – happens at the same place. Shri Modi urged the industrialists to come up with projects that will ensure the progress of the economy and prosperity of the poor, while ensuring them complete cooperation from the Government.

    Speaking about how a fair approach, adopted in Gujarat, had gone a long way in contributing to the growth of all sections of the society, Shri Narendra Modi gave the example of the Jyotigram Yojana that ensured 24-hour electricity to all villages. This, he said, had enabled even the lower sections of the society to prosper, as the regular electric supply had ensured better production capacity and manufacturing ability. “24-hour electricity not only ensured comfortable living, but also enhanced the financial growth of the economy,” said Shri Modi.

    Shri Modi highlighted how a participative and fair approach, wherein the Government and the society working together, had contributed to the development of all sections of the society in Gujarat. Citing the example of Ismail Sheru, a Muslim farmer in Banaskantha, Shri Modi spoke about how his adaptation of the government initiative of drip irrigation had earned him the record of producing the maximum potatoes per hectare, even while ensuring the best of quality.

    Underscoring Gujarat’s growth story in every domain, Shri Modi spoke of how the State, which was earlier attributed only as a trader state, had today succeeded in making its mark on the manufacturing front, by focusing on its entrepreneurial skills and through adaptation of technology. He emphasized on the need to focus on delivering Zero defect product and promote global marketing so as to ensure our position on the global platform and thereby aid the creation of Brand India.

    Recalling his early days as a young child, Shri Modi spoke about how the members of the Chhipa Samaj in his village had worked relentlessly and delivered good quality in the printing of cloth, but could not go beyond a certain level of production and productivity due to lack of technology. Citing the current day scenario, he said that, with the right guidance and training, the same community had today prospered with the adept use of technology. “Why shouldn’t there be change, why shouldn’t we adapt modernity,” stated Shri Modi.

    Putting forth the need to make our kids job creators, instead of job seekers, Shri Modi spoke about the significance of skill development. He highlighted the need for a ‘development partnership’ – through the participation of society and government – which would enable the youth to better their skills and thereby contribute to personal, as also the country’s growth. “The more we give importance to skill development, the more competent will be our youth,” said Shri Modi. He also spoke of the need to map the talent of the Muslim youth through research, and provide them with due growth opportunities. “We need to map which are the areas where the Muslim youth have shown immense talent. They can give a lot and we will help them,” said Shri Modi. He assured of the Government’s support to develop the untapped skill, while adding that by providing the youth with the right guidance and proper environment, we could involve them in the Nation’s growth process. He said that with the mantra of ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas’, the nation and its people could achieve new heights of growth and development.


  • Gujarat Winning Four Prestigious National e-Governance Awards

    Gujarat Chief Minister Shri Narendra Modi Congratulated Team Gujarat for Winning Four Prestigious National e-Governance Awards out of a total of 16 Awards, the highest amongst all States.

    These Awards were given away by the Governor of Kerala and the Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office, Govt. of India.

    The National e-Governance Awards for 2013-14 were announced at a function held during the 17th National Conference on e-Governance at Kochi, Kerala on 30-31 January, 2014 organized by the Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances, Government of India, in association with the Department of Electronics & Information Technology, Government of India.

    These awards were given in different categories concerning various aspects of e-Governance. The objective of these awards is to recognize and promote excellence in implementation of e-Governance initiatives.

    The award winning projects of Gujarat are:
    • Effective Seismological Monitoring through e-Governance to save lives & Damage due to earthquakes
    • Investors Support System (ISS) Software
    • GIS School Mapping-ensuring Access to Elementary Education
    • Barcoded Ration Card & Biometric Food Coupon System for Effective & Efficient Service Delivery (Targeted Public Distribution System)
    So far Gujarat has won around 125 awards in the field of e-Governance.

  • Opening of Swarnim Sankul 2 building inaugurated by elderly employee Maganbhai Ninama

    Shri Narendra Modi today attended the opening ceremony of the new building – Swarnim Sankul 2 – which was inaugurated by Maganbhai Shambhuji Ninama, an elderly Adivasi employee.

    Maganbhai Ninama, an employee of Class-4 grade, did the inauguration by cutting the ribbon and lighting the lamp in the presence of Shri Narendra Modi, Shrimati Anandiben, Dr.Varesh Sinha and other Ministers of Gujarat Government.

    The 4-storeyed building, located near the Gujarat Vidhan Sabha at the Sachivalaya, is spread over 17000 sq meter, and will house the offices of the Ministers of the State. Equipped with fire-fighting technology, earthquake-resistance construction, and built on the principles of Green Building, Swarnim Sankul – 2 has a courtyard and a conference hall along with rooms.

  • Gujarat Energy Transmission Corporation Ltd (GETCO) receives Gold and Silver for meritorious performance

    Gujarat Energy Transmission Corporation Ltd (GETCO) receives Gold & Silver for meritorious performance

    New Delhi: Gujarat, a power surplus state, once again shines through, as its power utility GETCO bagged two awards in the Union Ministry of Power’s Comprehensive Award Scheme for recognizing meritorious performance of power utilities. The awards—Gold and Silver shields — were received by Mr. B.B. Chauhan (Chief Engineer, Projects) and Mr. Romi Bhatia, GM (GETCO) from Union Minister for Power, Shri Jyotiraditya Scindia here.

    Gujarat Energy Transmission Corporation Ltd (GETCO) has been awarded the ‘Gold Shield’ for 220KV Charanka Substation in the category of early completion of power transmission projects for the year 2011-12. GETCO was also awarded ‘Silver Shield’ for 220KV Bhachau (Vondh) Substation in the category of early completion of power transmission projects for the year 2012-13.

    The Charanka Substation is executed in nine months and 24 days while the Bhachau (Vondh) Substation is completed in 18 months and 09 days against the reasonable time schedule of 24 months stipulated by GOI.

    GETCO has been awarded thrice in past for early completion of power transmission projects by Union Ministry of Power for 220 KV Bhutia (Silver Shield for year 2005-06), 220 KV Rajpar (Gold Shield for year 2007-08) and 220 KV Bhat Substation (Gold Shield for year 2009-10).

    Gujarat’s power sector has achieved a complete turnaround in last one decade. The total installed capacity in the state as on March 2012 was 15306 MW and the total generation of electricity in the state was 78651 MUs in the year 2011-12.

  • Development is our aim. Let there be any obstacle, including an old mindset, we are going ahead with development: Hon'ble Chief Minister

    Development is our aim. Let there be any obstacle, including an old mindset, we are going ahead with development: Hon'ble Chief Minister

    On 3rd February, 2014, Shri Narendra Modi inaugurated several pro-people initiatives of the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation in Ahmedabad. These included the inauguration of the flyover at IIM crossroads, the Gujari bazaar (Riverfront market) and the Dhobighaat (Organized Laundry Campus) at Sabarmati Riverfront. Shri Narendra Modi was present at the draw for allotting of houses for people. The draw was done through a computer.

    Inclusive development and a modern and technology-oriented approach at developing cities for the development of every section of society formed the crux of Shri Modi’s address at Sabarmati Riverfront. Shri Modi spoke about how the Mukhyamantri Gruh Yojana had, through its allocation of homes to the less privileged sections of the society, benefitted scores of poor families. “When people get a home they not only get a roof but a lot of other benefits too that help them. Today, due to the draw, the lives of several people changed. May they get their homes as soon as possible,” said Shri Modi.

    Highlighting the wide reach of the Mukhyamantri Gruh Yojana, Shri Modi said, “Over 22 lakh houses in cities and 28 lakh in villages will be made. I do not think work on housing has happened on such a large scale before.” Shri Modi underscored the importance of involving all sections of the society in the development process. He said, “Urban development initiatives must match the aspirations of the middle class and the neo middle class.”

    Talking about the need to fight every obstacle and take decisive steps for growth and development, Shri Modi said, “Development is our aim. Let there be any obstacle, including an old mindset, we are going ahead with development.”

    Shri Modi said that while the Riverfront projects witnessed several obstacles earlier due to vested interests, now things have changed. He urged the economists, research scholars and environmentalists of India, and across the world, to study the inclusive growth approach of the Sabarmarti Riverfront Development project, through initiatives like the Gujari Bazar and Dhobi Ghat. “Those talking of ‘inclusive growth’ should go see the Gujari Bazar. It is an example of how to enhance the livelihood of the poor. While earlier the market was held only on Sunday, now it can go on all 7 days. All arrangements for this are in place now,” said Shri Modi. Speaking about yet another pro-people initiative, Shri Modi put forth the example of the Kankaria redevelopment, which, in the current times, witnessed a cross-section of people, rather than only from the select sections, as was the case earlier.

    Shri Modi emphasized on the need to focus on development rather than living with old beliefs and an old mindset. “For so many years there was a mindset that considered urbanisation as a burden and a challenge. We have taken urbanisation as an opportunity, as a means to give people opportunity,” said Shri Modi.

    Stating that the mere objective of some people was to defame Gujarat, Shri Modi said that acknowledging or reverting to them did not make sense as people knew the truth. Urging the people to take the initiative towards development, Shri Modi said, “We have to take steps to ensure that we walk two steps ahead of the world in our development journey.

    On the occasion, Shri Modi also felicitated the applicants who were selected in the draw for the Mukhyamantri Gruh Yojana. Revenue Minister Smt. Anandiben Patel, Mayor of Ahmedabad Minaxiben Patel, former Mayor Shri Asit Vora were among those present on the occasion.

    The Gurjari bazaar (Riverfront market) :

    Development is our aim. Let there be any obstacle, including an old mindset, we are going ahead with development: Hon'ble Chief Minister

    The Dhobighaat (Organized Laundry Campus) :

    Development is our aim. Let there be any obstacle, including an old mindset, we are going ahead with development: Hon'ble Chief Minister

    Flyover at IIM crossroads :

    Development is our aim. Let there be any obstacle, including an old mindset, we are going ahead with development: Hon'ble Chief Minister

  • Terming Junagadh and Somnath as ?tourism capitals of Gujarat?, Hon'ble CM of Gujarat spoke of the tremendous scope for tourism and development in these regions

    Terming Junagadh and Somnath as ‘tourism capitals of Gujarat’, Hon'ble CM of Gujarat spoke of the tremendous scope for tourism and development in these regions

    On 1st February, 2014, Shri Narendra Modi was in Somnath to dedicate the Swarnim Kalash of Shree Somnath temple. Shri Modi also opened the Golden top of the temple and dedicated the completed golden conversion of the temple. On the occasion, he also inaugurated a new guest house built by Shri Somnath Maheshwari community.

    Development with Jan Bhagidari and scope for tourism-led development was the focus of Shri Narendra Modi’s address at the programme organized by Shree Somnath Trust.

    Shri Modi spoke about the Gujarat government’s emphasis on ensuring development with peoples’ participation.Terming Junagadh and Somnath as tourism capitals of Gujarat, Shri Modi spoke of the tremendous scope for tourism and development in these regions, and said that the creation of Gir Somnath as a new district was an effort at encompassing this untapped potential. Highlighting the contribution of great leaders like Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Rajendra Prasad and K M Munshi, Shri Modi said, “If there was no Sardar Patel, would we have Somnath with us? Would we have such a grand temple? Who had dreamt that the Somnath temple would once again have gold! I am sure this will make KM Munshi, Sardar Patel and Rajendra Babu very glad.”

    Putting forth the vast potential of coasts, Shri Narendra Modi called for the need to change our mindset and look ahead at making coasts the ‘Gateway to India’s progress’. Highlighting initiatives like the Sagarkhedu Yojana, Shri Modi said, “Under Sagarkhedu Yojana, ITIs were formed and this empowered our youth with skills. KVKs came up and youth joined the development journey”. Shri Modi also spoke about the lives of fishermen, and by putting forth the initiative of Sakhi Mandals -which involved cultivation of sea weeds – Shri Modi spoke about the need to empower them and thereby involve them in the Nation’s development journey.

    Making a strong statement on the Central government’s apathy in dealing with sensitive issues, Shri Modi spoke on how he had received a letter from 12-year-old Bhavika, who had lost her father recently. Shri Modi said that Bhavika was in search of justice, since her father – a fisherman – had been caught in Pakistan, and died in the jail. “Bhavika wants to know how her father died. She is in search of justice. I urge the Prime Minister to bring her father’s dead body back,” said Shri Modi.

    Speaking about the significance of going on Yatras in Hindu mythology, Shri Modi underscored the deep impact any kind of philanthropy has, wherein not only is the doer happy, but even the coming generations stand to benefit from the good deeds.

    Highlighting the pro-governance initiatives of Gujarat government, Shri Modi said that effectual efforts have been made towards providing electricity, healthcare facilities and development of the less privileged through the Anganwadis.

    Dignitaries to grace the occasion included Shri Keshubhai Patel and Shri Babubhai Bokhiriya, Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources.

    A soulful rendition of Indian classical ragas was also put forth by artists on this occasion.

  • Gujarat's Chief Minister meets Mr. Waytha Moorthy, Deputy Minister in Malaysia?s Prime Minister Office

    Gujarat's Chief Minister meets Mr. Waytha Moorthy, Deputy Minister in Malaysia’s Prime Minister Office

    On 30th January, 2014 Hon'ble Chief Minister of Gujarat met Mr. Waytha Moorthy, who serves as the Deputy Minister of the Prime Minister’s Office in Malaysia. The two leaders discussed avenues of cooperation between Gujarat and Malaysia and they spoke of a youth exchange programme between India and Malaysia. The Minister also shared the message of the Prime Minister of Malaysia.

  • Hon'ble Chief Minister of Gujarat meets delegation from leading chemical company BASF

    On Thursday 30th January 2014 Hon'ble CM of Gujarat met a delegation from the world’s leading chemical company BASF. BASF has invested in Gujarat in the form of a chemical plant worth Rs. 1,000 crore in Dahej. Dr. Kurt Bock, who serves as the CEO and Chairman of the Executive Board was a part of the delegation. The delegation discussed a wide range of issues and informed the Chief Minister that they would be adopting Shri Modi’s vision of Environment Technology in their plant. Shri AK Sharma (IAS) was present on the occasion.

  • High Level Delegation from Singapore

    On Wednesday 29th January 2013 a high level delegation from the Ministry of Trade and Industry led by the Second Minister for Trade and Industry Mr. S. Iswaran. Mr. Iswaran also serves as a Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office and a Second Minister in the Ministry of Home Affairs. The delegation discussed strengthening of ties between Gujarat and Singapore. The High Commissioner of Singapore to India, Mr. Lim Thuan Kuan was present during the meeting.

    The delegation stated that seeing the development in Gujarat, Singapore and the Singaporean companies are keen to partner with Gujarat and strengthen ties in a variety of sectors such as medical technology, electronics, urban development, port city development, waste management, water treatment realising technology and petroleum energy among other things. Shri Narendra Modi invited Singapore to partner the 2015 Vibrant Gujarat Summit. The Honourable Minister invited Shri Modi to visit Singapore.

    Present on the occasion were ACS Industry Shri Maheshwar Sahu, ACS Ports Shri HK Dash, Shri BB Swain and Shri AK Sharma.

  • Gujarat Cheif Minister Shri Narendra Modi unveils in-house magazine of Gujarat Maritime Board

    Chief Minister of Gujarat, Shri Narendrabhai Modi today unveiled the January edition of Maritime Horizon, an in-house magazine of Gujarat Maritime Board. The Hon’ble Chief Minister articulated vision, thoughts and plans for the port development in the State through an article in the Magazine.

    With more than 35% of the country’s traffic currently handled by Gujarat, its role in the development of the country is significant. Gujarat in the last decade had added almost 228 MMTPA to its port capacity, which is the highest so far by any state.

    Chief Minister suggested that ports should not be seen on a stand-alone basis, but should be seen in terms of overall logistics infrastructure and therefore, he highlighted the need for development of overall logistics and infrastructure including the hinterland connectivity and the access of port facilities to the land-locked states.

    Additional Chief Secratry Ports Shri H. K. Das, Vice Chairman of Gujarat Maritime Board Shri A. K. Rakesh & officials remained present on the occasion.

  • Shreshtha Bharat Programme

    On the evening of Monday 27th January 2014, the NDA’s Prime Ministerial candidate Shri Narendra Modi joined the Shreshtha Bharat programme to mark the completion of 51 years of the historic song, ‘Ae Mere Vatan Ke Logon.’ Bharat Ratna Lata Mangeshkar ji, who sang the song in a historic gathering on this day in 1963 in the presence of the first Prime Minister of India Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, was present on the occasion. Lata Didi also sung parts of the song and was greeted with a standing ovation by the audience. Former Chief of Army Staff, General VP Malik was present on the occasion.

    Speaking on the occasion, Shri Narendra Modi said that the song ‘Ae Mere Vatan Ke Logon’ has inspired generations and inspires our brave soldiers. He said that whenever we hear that song we are reminded of the bravery of our soldiers on the battlefield. “The words, the song can touch the hearts of the people,” he affirmed.

    Shri Modi paid rich tributes to the brave armed forces of India, saying that whenever we see our soldiers today, we feel extremely proud of them. “Society worships the brave and remembers their bravery. We get inspired by them. A soldier is always proud that his is a life in service of the nation,” pointed Shri Modi.

    In his speech, Shri Modi asked why after so many years of Independence our nation still does not have a war memorial to commemorate the bravery of our soldiers and said that to have such a war memorial is extremely important. He called for self-sufficiency in defence manufacturing and asked why is it that India still has to import arms from overseas. Shri Modi spoke about the wonderful work done by the NDA government under Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee for the armed forces including initiatives for their housing. Shri Modi profusely lauded the phenomenal contribution of the Indian Army be it in Uttarakhand and in Gujarat during the 2001 Earthquake.

    Bharat Ratna Lata Mangeshkar ji recalled the time when she first sung the song in 1963 and said that when she had sung the nation the entire nation was in a somber mood. General VP Malik recalled his service in Ladakh during the China war and he spoke about the rich contribution of the Indian Army.

    Shri Gopinath Munde, Shri Devendra Fadnavis, Shri Kirit Somaiya were among those present on the occasion.

  • Republic Day Celebrations at Himatnagar

    Republic Day celebrations organized at Kanknol ground in Himatnagar, Sabarkantha, witnessed a series of programmes including parade by police personnel, march-past, tableau presentation on the State’s growth and development story, cultural programme by school students and people of nearby regions, dog show and a dare devil motorcycle show.

  • Khodaldham Agri Vision India 2014

    On the morning of 21st January, 2014, Shri Narendra Modi inaugurated the Khodaldham Agri Vision India 2014 at Kagwad in Rajkot, Gujarat.

    Speaking on the occasion, Shri Modi emphasized on the significance of agriculture for our economy, and underscored the need to embrace science and technology and make farming modern. Shri Modi also stated the Gujarat government’s efforts at ensuring regular water supply to the farmers. He spoke about the adoption of micro irrigation and drip irrigation methods by the farmers of Banaskantha, and the revolutionary change this had brought in the overall quality of the produce and the productivity, whilst ensuring saving of water and electricity.

    Stressing on the aspect of value addition for agriculture, Shri Modi said, “Land is not going to increase. It is about increasing productivity, getting more from the land. Value addition will always help and the farmer will gain more.”

    Shri Modi stated the need for farmers to understand the importance of micro irrigation and urged them to focus on water conservation. He spoke about the rising preference in the State for Green houses and cited the government’s support extended to ensure the same.

    Shri Modi stated that Sardar Patel was a great Indian, who served India, and it was the duty of every citizen to honour and appreciate the leader’s contribution. Speaking about the revolutionary contribution made by Sardar Patel in the nation’s freedom struggle, Shri Modi said that it was not restricted to any particular political party. He went on to add, “If Sardar Patel was not there, then we would have to take a visa to go to Junagadh, while Gir lions would be in Pakistan.” He spoke of how Sardar Patel had integrated farmers in the freedom struggle.

    Shri Modi also spoke of Sardar Patel’s relentless work for unity, and stressed that the recently conducted ‘Run for Unity’, which witnessed participation from lakhs of people across India, was amongst the many initiatives undertaken to ensure national unity.

    Shri Narendra Modi requested the leaders of Congress to leave politics aside and allow work to happen on the Sardar Sarovar dam project. He said that he did not wish to receive credit for the project, and duly accredited every government for having worked towards realizing the project.

    Addressing the Krushi Mela, Shri Modi spoke highly of religious institutions and underscored the wonderful work done by them in times of any calamity. Applauding Saurashtra for having excelled in generosity and philanthropy, Shri Modi said that it is this attitude and aptitude that will take the Nation forward.

  • Racing ahead with an inclusive approach

    A one-of-its kind initiative for the tribal segment was recently conducted at Vijaynagar taluka in Sabarkantha.

    The Tour De Polo Green race, conducted on 12th January, witnessed enthusiastic participation from scores of cyclists. Shri Pradipsinh Jadeja, Minister for Law and Justice and Parliamentary affairs, graced the occasion, which witnessed participation from cyclists from across the country.

    With a view to invite participants from across the country, the Gujarat government had also launched a website A help centre to facilitate the travel arrangements for the participants was also set up at the Ahmedabad Railway station. The cycle race had 3 categories, for professionals

    , men and women, and the category for professionals was won by Meerut-based Sachin Panwar. More than 10,000 people gathered across the cycling stretch to show their support to the participants.

    Shri Jadeja also said that, henceforth, the rally would be organized every year on 26th January.

  • The Cybermedia ICT Business Awards in Delhi

    New Delhi: Gujarat Chief Minister Shri Narendra Modi has underlined the need to develop an information highway through Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to achieve the goal of “One Nation, One Vision and One Mission”. He said that only IT sector can “lift” up the nation to an all-round development and inclusive growth with a focus on tapping the fullest potential of the country especially youth and women.

    Speaking at the XXth Dataquest ICT (Information and Communication Technology) Business Awards function organized by CyberMedia group on Friday , Shri Modi said that the global ICT and Electronics market is ever expanding.

    Information Technology is becoming the growth engine which has the potential to transform India into a knowledge-led economy and society, Shri Modi said. Not only are scientists and engineers knowledge workers but so are farmers (who are putting knowledge to their farming activity to maximize the yield). ICT sector can play a major role in bringing a turnaround in agricultural revolution in the country with farmers under the age of 35 employing techniques and innovations to raise their produce, he informed.

    Shri Modi alleged that 2G Spectrum scam in telecom sector has dented India’s reputation, it is not only in terms of monetary damage due to corruption but has ruined the future of youth talent of our country. Now challenge before us is how we recover from it, he said.

    Shri Modi praised the vision of telecom sector during Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s NDA Government and said that it was for the first time that a separate IT ministry was formed, new IT Act and policy was passed and separate task force for telecom sector was established.

    In order to empower common man Communication Technology should integrate all vernacular languages and make maximum use of signages in regular communication.

    Referring to the current financial deficit, Shri Modi said that India has full potential and capability for electronic goods and products manufacturing but UPA has lost all opportunities and currently imports of electronic goods is at peak of 65 per cent and only 35 per cent is domestic production.

    Emphasizing on an urgent need to establish a stronger foothold and build upon existing capabilities and competence, resource base and talent pool in this sector, Shri Modi appraised that there is a great scope for diversification, expansion and growth in the IT sector.

    Earlier, the Gujarat Chief Minister interacted with 30 leading IT sector industrialists and professionals in a roundtable interaction and deliberated on sturdy growth of IT and telecom sectors in India.

    He told the leaders of IT industry that innovation as well as use of technology is the inherent strength of common man but it should be institutionalized. Narrating success stories of technology-driven initiatives in Gujarat, he said that we should think out of the box to promote IT sector on skill, speed and scale. He added that Gujarat has established an Innovation Commission and I-create – world class incubation centre for innovative talent and entrepreneurship. All the 18,000 villages of Gujarat are equipped with broadband connectivity, he told the gathering after honouring IT professionals for their outstanding performance during the year 2013.

    Shri Modi said that our population of 1.25 billion is, in fact, our asset. We are one of the youngest nations in the world with nearly 65 per cent of the population below the age of 35. Just imagine the mighty and the potential of this promising young talent pool. It can script a new history for the nation and the mankind. I have tremendous faith and confidence in India in general and Young India in particular.

    As far as e-Governance is concerned, we not only need reform and innovation but we need to increase the scope as well. We need to work in a direction whereby the e-Governance application of the various states is effectively integrated. Gujarat has received tremendous success in its e-Governance initiatives.

    He further pointed out that social media is fast becoming the voice of the common man and a very powerful tool employed in the cyberspace to connect millions of people. Government should utilize best potential of social media in citizen engagement.

    While we take up the promotion of ICT, Electronics and e-Governance in a pro-active way, we must also be fully alive to the concerns of bridging the rural-urban digital divide, ensuring balanced regional development and all-round empowerment of the masses. Gujarat has subscribed to good governance through e-governance which is, in fact, easy effective and efficient governance.

    Shri Modi pointed out that ICT sector faces both challenge and opportunity in present scenario. To become a superpower we don’t have to accomplish huge military brass but our ICT capability is what will count to make us a global leader, he said.

    He welcomed valuable suggestions from the floor to bring in desired changes in existing policies in the IT sector for the development of telecom industry.

  • FICCI National Executive Meeting at Gandhinagar

    Gandhinagar, Wednesday: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi today called for pulling India out of the present economic crisis and particularly the Current Account Deficit (CAD) to frame policy, after consultation taking the captains of industry and business into confidence, in the interest of the nation.

    Inaugurating the national executive meeting of Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) at Mahatma Mandir here, Mr. Modi said that India has lost many an opportunity during the last decade in absence of leadership and direction. There is need to regain people’s confidence in leadership in every sector during the coming decade.

    “If we decide,” he said, “we can change the pitiable condition of Indian economy. We have to take up the responsibility and show commitment.”

    Mr. Modi stressed on the need for the urgency of preparing plan for human resource development, keeping possibilities of India’s potential in view. Citing the efforts of Mahatma Gandhi, he said, we have to augment our capacity take the fruits of development to the last person in the last mile.

    Welcoming nearly 100 representatives of FICCI assembled here from all over the country, he said that there was no attempt, no talks about frame policies and strategies, optimum utilization of natural resources during the second half of the 20th Century. There was a ray of hope at the turn of the 21st Century, but it was too short lived. Lack of trust has become the biggest bane for a large country like India. Policy paralysis

    Mr. Modi exuded confidence that Gujarat model has the capacity to take the country out of gloom and bring about the change. India has to take bold decisions, change the mindset and system and leadership. There is need to empower common man, strengthen the rural sector, to increase productivity and value-addition in the manufacturing and service sectors, to create next generation infrastructure facilities and jobs. Sloganeering for socialism is unlikely to serve any purpose. Policy paralysis and wrong policies have crippled the Indian economy. We have to face and not escape from the problems, notwithstanding failed attempts to foil corrections as during his rally at Patna in Bihar.

    He said that India’s biggest internal strengths are its democracy and demographic dividends. The need is to deploy them in India’s development, launch skill development among the existing manpower as a mission.

    Mr. Modi’s address was followed by question-answer session on wide range of subjects ranging from manufacturing defence equipment to taxation and labour laws reforms. Excerpts:

    • Focus on research and technology in manufacturing defence equipment and privatization for self-reliance
    • Labour laws should be made a State Subject. Gujarat’s labour laws ensures almost zero man-days loss because of family-like relation between employers and employees
    • Involving participation of poor in MNREGA
    • Ending ‘tax terrorism’ and holding brainstorming debate on sustainable tax reforms
    • Taking the country out of policy paralysis for economic growth
    • Needed ‘balanced growth’ of agriculture, industry and service sectors for ‘balanced economic growth’ and
    • Needed qualitative improvement in health services, introducing preventive healthcare polices.

    FICCI President Siddharth Birla presented the outline of the apex trade organisation’s executive committee’s agenda.

  • Salman Khan meets Shri Narendra Modi on Uttarayan

    On 14th January, 2014, Shri Narendra Modi met Bollywood superstar Salman Khan at Circuit House Annexes in Ahmedabad.

    Shri Modi exchanged greetings with Salman on the occasion Eid-e-Milad and spoke to him about Gujarat’s all-round development, particularly the State Government’s efforts at promoting tourism in the state. Salman said that he was impressed by Gujarat’s good governance and peoples’ zest for celebrating festivals.

    Shri Modi and Salman flew kites on the occasion of Uttarayan and savoured Gujarati delicacy undhiyu.

  • International Kite Festival in Ahmedabad

    The 3-day International Kite Festival witnessed a glittering start at the beautiful Sabarmati Riverfront on the morning of Sunday 12th January 2014. Participants from several countries joined the occasion and children performed Surya Namaskar and other cultural exhibits. Shri Narendra Modi extended his greetings to the people of India on the occasion of Makar Sankranti and Uttarayan. Speaking on the occasion, Shri Narendra Modi said that the Patang Utsav demonstrates Prakruti Prem, Paryavaran Prem and Paryatan Prem (love for nature, the environment and tourism). He added that a special energy is derived from festivities such as this.

    Shri Modi spoke about the importance of tourism and the need for India to keep pace with the developments across the world in strengthening tourism. Shri Modi pointed that tourism and festival such as this enhance the livelihood opportunities of the poorest of the poor. Giving an example, Shri Modi talked about the kite makers, who would earn a lot of money during Uttarayan. He stressed on the need to integrate the local people with the tourism industry so that the results can be better.

    Shri Modi expressed particular joy on the fact the poor children performed Surya Namaskar at the programme. He pointed that their participation makes everyone proud and it shows the wonders these little children can do if they are given the opportunity.

    On the occasion, Shri Modi paid tributes to Swami Vivekananda. He described Swami Vivekananda as a source of immense inspiration and a revered figure who taught Rashtra Bhakti through the medium of spirituality. He urged people to get inspired by his message of serving Daridra Narayan.

    Tourism Minister Saurabh Patel spoke on the occasion. Present during the programme were top Minister including Smt. Anandiben Patel, Shri Ramanlal Vora, Shri Bhupendrasinh Chudasama, Shri Babubhai Bokhiria, Ministers of State, Senior officials and other dignitaries.

  • National Education Summit in Gandhinagar

    On the morning of Friday 10th January 2014 Shri Narendra Modi addressed the start of the National Education Summit organised in Gandhinagar. Shri Modi described the Summit as a grand opportunity to learn. Sharing his thoughts on the importance and future of education in India, Shri Modi envisioned an education system that creates harbingers of change. “Hume Yug Nirmata aur Samajh Nirmata Taiyar Karne Hain” Shri Modi affirmed, adding that through the medium of education we should dream of giving something to the world.

    Shri Modi called for creating the right environment where education can shine and this does not only include proficiency with books. “Man Ki RachnaKitabon Se Hi Nahi Hoti. Hume Environment create Karna Hoga” (the mind does not only develop with books…an environment has to be created). Shri Modi opined that in addition to the head, both the hand and the heart are important for all round learning. Shri Modi stressed on the fact that every type of work is important and must be respected. He pointed, “I do not know this craze for white collar jobs. It is as if doing small things is bad. This must change.”

    Elaborating further he said, “One day I switched on the television and I saw a debate on why school children must not join cleanliness drives. I was surprised. Weren’t we always taught to give importance to Shram Karya? Even Mahatma Gandhi gave importance to this.” Shri Modi avowed that change is possible when each and every pupil is treated like a celebrity. Seeking a paradigm shift from the prevailing mindset Shri Modi asked, “Schools give character certificates. What is the use of these? We suggested why not give Aptitude Certificates? School children go for school trips to Udaipur or Taj Mahal but at the same time why cannot we take our children to a manufacturing plant where cutting edge research is taking place?”

    In his speech Shri Modi talked about some of the steps taken by the Gujarat government for the growth of the education sector. He shared that the government has given importance to the syllabus and has also revamped the course structurefor ITIs that have benefitted several youngsters.

    33 states and Union Territories were present on the occasion. Over 100 Vice Chancellors and Directors from institutions across India were present on the occasion. Scholars, innovators and experts from various fields were present on the occasion.

    Italy’s Ambassador to India Mr. Daniele Mancini spoke about bridging the gap existing between academia and the real world, while also laying emphasis on giving due importance to both, classic studies and scientific disciplines.

    Prof Dinesh Singh, Vice Chancellor, University of Delhi, spoke about the reformatory phase that India is going through and highlighted the significance of education and technology in effecting a change for the nation.

    Dr. Rajan Welukar, VC, University of Mumbai, shared the need to comprehend the revolutionary 21st century changes, whilst creating an environment of innovation and approaching the same with a positive mindset.

    Prof Charles Zukoski, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, University at Buffalo, the State University of New York, spoke about the role of engineering education in the development of the country and mentioned that successful practical education of the next domain should involve deep domain expertise, with a substantial component of that education in liberal arts and social sciences.

    Dr. Kishore Singh, responsible for Right to Education at UNESCO and special reporter on Right to Education at United Nation Human Rights Council, mentioned about skill development and institutionalized cooperation as being the need of the hour.

  • 3-day International Kite Festival-2014 at Sabarmati Riverfront on January 12

    Ahmedabad, Friday: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the annual International Kite Festival-2014 at the Sabarmati Riverfront here on Sunday, January 12 at 9 a.m. He will also take round of various stalls and other attractions, besides the Theme Pavilions to be inaugurated the previous evening.

    Other highlights of the three-day festival include march-past by competitors from different parts of the country and abroad, acrobatics and ‘Surya Namaskar’ by 2,000 students of Bhagwat Vidyapith.

    The kiters will also fly ‘tukkal’ (oil lamps or candles tied to kites) at the same venue after sunset, all the three days at the same venue. A cultural function has been organized on January 13, also at the same venue. It will reach its feverish pitch on January 14, coinciding with Makar Sankranti being celebrated all over the country.

    On January 14, the kiters and tourists will be exposed to Ahmedabad’s traditional culture of people living in closely-knit houses in the lanes and bye-lanes of the city, locally called ‘Pol’, and to flying kites from the terrace.

    According to Gujarat’s Tourism Minister Saurabh Patel, the international kite festival, jointly organized by Gujarat Government and Tourism Department, is drawing more competitors and visitors with the passage of every year. The festival is involving participation of greater number of artisans in the form of providing jobs and improving the state’s economy.

    In Gujarat, the Minister said, the kite festival will be an eight-day affair from January 7 to 14, 2014.

  • National Education Summit 2014 on 10-11 January

    • Italy will be a partner country for this Summit
    • Planning to conduct various seminars, competitions and discussions in presence of different educationalists across the nation

    The education department of Gujarat has organised a two-day National Education Summit-2014 with a view to helping the Indian youth avail global quality education and similarly to discuss on the opportunities and challenges prevailing in the fields of education, at Mahatma Mandir of Gandhinagar.

    The State Education Minister Mr. Bhupendrasinh Chudasama, while outlining about the summit to reporters said, ‘‘21st Century is an era of knowledge, and it’s hugely important to enlighten our youths about international level education and knowledge so that India can impact its presence across global levels. And bearing this in mind, Gujarat have therefore organised such a national level education summit.’’ Minister of State Education Smt. Vasuben Trivedi, Minister of State for Primary Education Mr. Nanubhai Vanani have also provided additional information to the reporters.

    The Education Minister said, ‘‘during last decade, Gujarat initiated several innovative steps in the fields of Education under the inspirational guidance of Chief Minister Mr. Narendra Modi. The summit is to be organized with a view to informing the entire national and global education arena about the achievements of Gujarat and similarly to discuss on the opportunities and challenges prevailing in the fields of education.

    ‘‘This summit will eventually create a roadmap for making India, a global knowledge center by providing world-class education in the nation. 11- anchor universities, more than 85 speakers and 100 chancellors of Indian universities including 1000 professors and foreign students of as many as 40 countries pursuing education in Gujarat and more than 5000 representatives from 204-districts of India will participate in this summit,’’ minister said.

    While briefing about the programmes of this summit, minister said, ‘‘ as a part of this summit, alongside two seminars to be held by 11 universities of Gujarat, there will also be organized various competitions in dance, music, photography sculptural arts etc from 3 -9 January. The work-of-arts of the winners will be displayed at Mahatma Mandir.

    Furthermore, during 10-11 January, there will be five discussion sessions in the first day and the other seven sessions will be organized in the second day of the summit including the subjects such as engineering education, special universities, architectural arts, Indian heritage and organization, higher education and also the success of Gujarat by a range of universities. A digital tableau enlightening the achievements of Gujarat will become a centre of attraction in this summit.

    ‘‘A directory explaining a wide range of education programmes in Gujarat and a book release of 15- notable achievements of this state along with a web portal called ‘Institution in Gujarat’ will be launched during the summit,’’ Education Minister Mr. Bhupendrasinh Chudasama added.

    Principal Secretary of dept. of education Mr. A.M Tiwary (IAS) and state project director of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan Mr. Mukesh Kumar (IAS) gave their valuable presence.

  • Special Interactive Session of 12th Pravaasi Bharatiya Diwas in Delhi

    On 9th January 2014 A special interactive session of the Pravasi Bharatiya Session 2014. In addition, the pavilion of the state of Gujarat will feature the all round development in the state in the last decade under the leadership of Shri Modi. This will include the development in the fields of industry, education, tourism, Jan Bhagidari. The pavilion will also feature information about the Statue of Unity project.

    In addition to this, the Gujarat Government will be putting up a stall at the Overseas Indian Facilitation Centre where industry specific information will be available.

    Minister Pradeepsinh Jadeja and Principal Secretary Shri Pankaj Kumar will accompany the Chief Minister. Last year, on 9th January 2013 Shri Modi had addressed NRIs during the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas in Kerala. Shri Modi’s speech was lauded by members of the Indian diaspora.

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  • Innovative bracelets earn group a whopping order!

    Little did the Siddheshwari Sakhi Mandal (self-help group) in Patan realise that their talent will be recognised and put to optimum use. The group known for making hand bracelets struck gold after bagging an order of delivering 10 lakh bracelets to the Swami Narayan Temple in Baroda by 2015 after participating at the Baroda Saras Mela (fair).

    Much deserved are the women in the group who belong to the Parmar community (SC). Societal oppression from the upper class was a regular feature for them to deal with.

    Having put in intense hours of labour work in agriculture, the group decided to move on by decisively stepping into making bracelets, japa mala (accessory used for chanting), and other accessories. They were ably trained by Manjula Vaghela, a member of the group. She brought together people who were genuinely interested to learn and formed the sakhi mandal.

    “We set out to train and it took us nearly 6 months to gain confidence that we could indeed deliver the goods by making these accessories such as bracelets etc,” explained Manjula.

    Having gained in confidence and with Mission Mangalam showing faith in their abilities by providing them with necessary market linkages, the group began to set up stalls in Patan district bus stand to showcase their skills. They even went to the extent of visiting nearby temples and setting up stalls.

    “Yes there is travel, but we have learnt that this is part and parcel of managing your own livelihood, so we do not shy away from showcasing our products anywhere,” said Aruna Makwana, another member of the group

    Mission Mangalam ensured that the group participates in the Saras melas across Gujarat, so that others can witness their talent.

    “During the Saras Mela in Baroda, we had members from the Swami Narayan Temple come over and look at our work. They were impressed with our bracelets and have placed an order of 10 lakh such bracelets to be delivered to them before 2015,” said Manjula, with a beaming smile on her face.

    The group on an average sells for Rs. 10,000 every month and during festive occasions such as Diwali and Shravan months, they sell close to Rs. 25,000 per month. All the members of the group earn a steady Rs. 3,000 per month to sustain their livelihood and have managed to balance their household work and profession.

    “We give two-three hours soon after we have completed our household work in making these accessories. We have the support of our family,” said Lakshmi Vaghela, another member of the group.

    The group procures its raw materials from Ahmedabad and Manjula’s husband offers his support to the group by shuttling to and fro from Ahmedabad to get them the required materials.

    Women in the group are happy that this mode of livelihood generation has given them an opportunity to work from home. “It is convenient for us, as we can pursue this right from our houses,” said Champa Vaghela, another member of the group.

    Siddheshwari Sakhi Mandal is indeed an example of how Mission Mangalam has provided the group with successful and innovative marketing platforms for their produced materials.

    In sync with one of Mission Mangalam’s core objectives, the group is also provided with opportunities to participate at various fairs at district and state level to showcase their products.

    This article features in the book ‘Good Governance : People’s Voice’ published by the Commissionerate of Information, Government of Gujarat

  • Flags off Sabarmati Marathon

    On the morning of Sunday 5th January 2014 Shri Narendra Modi flagged off the Sabarmati Marathon 2014. Shri Modi profusely congratulated all those who have joined the marathon. He said that be it Ahmedabad, Surat and Rajkot, Gujarat has now joined the places across the world that are regularly hosting marathons. He described the large participation in the marathon as a big victory in itself. “Some people say that competition is all about winning but I would say to take part and join a programme like this is a victory in itself,” Shri Modi stated. He added that such occasions integrate an entire city. Shri Modi opined, “Jab Kadam Milte hain to man milte hain aur jab man milte hain maksad aasani se prapt hota hai.” Shri Modi also congratulated the AMC for marathon.

    At the venue, Shri Modi flagged off the full marathon, half marathon, dream run and marathon for the specially abled. Over 19,000 runners have joined the marathon. Ahmedabad Mayor Smt. Meenakshiben Patel, former Mayor Shri Asit Vora, Municipal Commissioner Ahmedabad Shri Guruprasad Mohapatra were among the dignitaries present on the occasion.

  • Inauguration ?Loha Abhiyan? from Ahmedabad on 28th December, 2013

    Shri Narendra Modi will inaugurate the ‘Loha Abhiyan’ programme at Nicol Ward in Ahmedabad on 28th December at 3:00 pm, by flagging off a motorcade of 75 trucks at a length of 1 km.

    These trucks, carrying over 75,000 environmental friendly Statue of Unity Resource Kits, will travel throughout the country to collect soil and used agricultural iron tool from all villages of India. These will be then used to construct the 182 meter tall statue of Sardar Patel – which will also be the world’s tallest – at the banks of River Narmada near the Sardar Sarovar Damn in Gujarat

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  • Khel Mahakumbh 2013 Concludes

    On the evening of Monday 23rd December 2013 Shri Narendra Modi addressed the concluding function of the Khel Mahakumbh 2013. Shri Modi talked about the success of the Khel Mahakumbh in a remarkably short span of time. He described Khel Mahakumbh as an effort to find sporting talent from all over Gujarat, give them proper training so that they can shine on the field at various competitions. Shri Modi commented that Gujarat has succeeded in creating an environment in which Gujarat can produce good sportspersons. He shared that the Gujarat government is committed to focusing on harnessing the immense talent in the state’s sportspersons.

    Shri Modi said that in order to create a healthy Gujarat, it is important to ensure that the children of Gujarat go out and play on the fields. He pointed that in initiatives such as Khel Mahakumbh, it is not only the athletes but also their families who join this event, which celebrates sports and sportsmanship. Shri Modi remarked that Gujarat has also succeeded in enhancing capacity building in sports.

    Shri Modi talked about the participation of specially abled athletes and congratulated them for their efforts. He said that Gujarat is very proud of the specially abled athletes who won gold medals in Australia. Shri Modi shared that self-defense training for women has started and lot of women are joining the training.

    Sports Minister Shri Ramanlal Vora, Revenue Minister Smt. Anandiben Patel, Chief Secretary Dr. Varesh Sinha, Shri Bhagyesh Jha among others were present on the occasion.

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  • State Government is on the go for the tribal empowerment

    As per the forest right act all the tribal who possess the ownership rights of the forest lands can avail the benefits of a wide range of government schemes, said Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi during the Gujarat tribal advisory committee headed by him.

    The tribal of the state should not only avail the land rights but also get hold of the benefits offered by government schemes to empower themselves and thereby they can play their roles in the development. The state government is always committed to help them out, said Mr. Modi. He further appealed to the officials to play rather pro-active roles for the same.

    In this tribal advisory committee, tribal welfare and forest minister Ganpat Vasava, minister of state Jashvantsinh Bhabhor, MLAs, chief secretary and all the senior secretaries made representations on various subjects related to all-round development and empowerment of the tribal communities in Gujarat.

    The state government has prioritized the tribal welfare matters and the works worth Rs. 40,000 crores are under implementation under the five-year second phase of (2012 to 2017) Vanbandhu Kalyan Yojana in 43 talukas of the eastern tribal belt of Gujarat.

    The new generation of the schedule tribes is extremely aware of higher education and bearing this in mind, the state government has decided to provide the coaching classes to the tribal students in every tribal talukas so that they can crack the entrance test for pursuing medical education.

    With the successful implementation of Vanbandhu Kalyan Yojana, there are new 33 I.T.I, three engineering colleges, two science and agricultural colleges and four polytechnic colleges have been started up in the entire tribal areas of Gujarat. In this year, there are new seven Eklavya Model Residential Schools and seven Girl residential schools have also been started. During the first five years of Vanbandhu Kalyan Yojana, the works worth Rs. 17,200 crores for infrastructural facilities, development and empowerment have been completed against the total budget of Rs. 15000 crores, which were oulined during the meet.

    In 2001, the tapped potable water connections were just 3.9% in the tribal houses, which are now increased by more than 43%. Moreover, new 64-electricity sub-station has also been started for the tribal areas. In this meeting, it has been informed that the water management project worth Rs. 3850 crores in the eastern tribal belt from Ambaji to Umagam will surely enrich the tribal lands.

    Earlier, the annual income limit for the tribal families in order to recieve benefits of various schemes including housing was Rs. 11,000 and Rs.24,000 in rural and urban areas. This has been increased to Rs. 27,000 and Rs. 36,000 respectively.

  • Golden Jubilee celebrations of JN Medical College in Belgaum

    On the evening of Thursday 19th December 2013 Shri Narendra Modi joined the Golden Jubilee Celebrations of the JN Medical College in Belgaum, Karnataka. The JN Medical College is a part of the KLE University. Shri Narendra Modi congratulated the KLE University and the JN Medical College family for their commendable work in serving society. He talked about the importance of both health and education in society at large. Shri Modi pointed that in addition to health insurance, the focus must be on health assurance and the prevention of illness.

    Speaking about the importance of education Shri Modi said, “A society that does not give importance to education cannot progress. Let there be any Government, it must have a vision to make India shine in the field of education.” He went on to say, “Whenever we have entered a Gyaan Yug, India has led the way. The 21st century is also a century of knowledge.”

    Talking about healthcare he noted, “There is a matter of great concern. Illness and ill people are increasing. And we need more and more doctors. We are the world’s most youthful nation but still we need skilled manpower for paramedical staff. Even technology is very important. Why is it that we still get medical equipment from the west?” Shri Modi called for greater research in the health sector as well. He said that the poor are hit very badly during times of illness.Shri Modi shared his belief that success to a healthy India can be achieved through Jan Bhagidari.

    Shri Modi said that social hygiene is as important as personal hygiene. He affirmed that as India celebrates Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary celebrations in 2019, a mission for cleanliness could be taken up across India. He pointed that this could be a big agent of change.

    Chairman of KLE Society and Rajya Sabha MP from Karnataka Shri Prabhakar Kore thanked Shri Modi for gracing the occasion and described him as the future Prime Minister of India. Shri Kore lauded the exemplary work done by Shri Narendra Modi in Gujarat.

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  • Allocating budgets will not suffice. We need to make focused efforts at developing the tribal belt of Gujarat

    Upliftment of the tribal population and development of the regions they reside in was at the core of the hour-long speech by Shri Narendra Modi at Mahatma Mandir. Organized by the Tribal Development Department of Gujarat, the event had Shri Modi addressing a workshop on ‘Vanbandhu Kalyan and Developing Talukas: Marching Ahead’ in the morning hours of 19th December.

    Underscoring the phenomenal growth of Gujarat on various fronts, Shri Modi emphasized on the need for more focused efforts towards development of the State’s tribal belt. “This is possible only if we link things, take a holistic approach and initiate comprehensive efforts at bettering the way-of-life for the tribal population of Gujarat,” said Shri Modi.

    Urging the audience to do their bit towards improving the lives of the underprivileged, Shri Modi cited the example of Kutch and its transformation in the past decade and how it had contributed to a rise in tourism. “With places of religious significance, the tribal belt from Umargam to Ambaji entails tremendous scope for tourism. A step further can also be taken by developing prospects for adventure tourism. After the emphasis on eco tourism, the shift now needs to be made to adventure tourism, as this will attract the current-day generation to visit these spots, and thus promote better financial prospects for this region,” said Shri Modi.

    Underscoring the agricultural brilliance of this region, Shri Modi said, “The agricultural produce of this region is devoid of any chemicals. Taking this forward, we should look at branding the produce as organic and promoting it across the world, resulting in revenue generation for the Adivasis. Also, efforts at training the farmers to improve productivity, without compromising on nutrition, and providing them with marketable opportunities, should be our focus,” emphasized Shri Modi.

    “With extensive advertising and promotion, we have drawn the attention of everyone to Saputara. Tourism increased by manifold and even led to employment creation. When Saputara develops where does the money go? It fills the stomachs of our tribal brothers and sisters,” said Shri Narendra Modi, while citing the tremendous development potential put forth by Saputara. He asked the audience to direct their efforts and focus upon practical solutions towards improving the tribal segment. “Allocating budgets will not suffice. We need to be determined to develop these areas on various fronts, one of which could be water, wherein the concept of ‘terrace talavdi’ – prevalent across the tribal stretch – could be given an impetus. This will, in turn, boost other related segments like agriculture, animal husbandry and poultry farming. Yet another segment worth putting a focus on is the dairy industry, wherein focused efforts could lead to an increase in the financial situation of the tribal populace. Teaching tribal kids and training them in sports, promoting modernization in farming in regions like Dahod, and allocating funds, which is nearly 40,000 crores, in the right manner, will go a long way in promoting development of the tribal belt. A revolutionary change can be brought only if we look at the scenario in a holistic manner. Rather than taking only economic development as the goal, we should focus equally upon the aspect of human development index,” said Shri Modi.

    Other workable efforts put forth by Shri Modi included proactive efforts at the taluka level, with brainstorming sessions on the development of the taluka through active contribution from one and all, and the resuming of the Wadi project which empowered the tribal women. “We should have detailed brainstorming on how to develop Talukas more. A roadmap can be prepared,” said Shri Modi. Applauding the Vanbandhu Kalyan Yojana, Shri Modi encouraged the audience to contribute and develop it as the benchmark for quality of life, sustainable growth and a matter of pride for the nation.

  • Delegation of students from Stanford University

    On Wednesday 18th December 2013 Shri Narendra Modi met a delegation of students from Stanford University. The delegation comprised on 33 MBA students from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and 1 faculty advisor. This visit is a part of the school-sponsored study trip to India.

    The students had a wide-ranging interaction with Shri Modi covering topics from his personal life, his motivation to is vision for tackling corruption, international relations, education, human resource development, women empowerment and manufacturing.

    Responding to a question on who he considered his mentor Shri Modi explained how he continues to be a good student, and thus looked forward to learning something from even the interaction today – making each member of the delegation a possible mentor. To a question on tackling corruption, Shri Modi explained a multi-pronged approach. He opined that Governments must be policy driven, leaving no scope for discretion. Policymaking must be made transparent and open. And technology must be leveraged upon to the maximum to reduce possibility of corruption

    When asked about his vision for India in 10 years time, he laid out 3 crucial future landmarks, to inspire and enable the country. The first comes in 2015 (marking 100th year of Gandhi ji’s return to India in service of the nation) and that can inspire the Indian diaspora to similarly give back to the motherland. 2019, which marks 150th birth anniversary of Gandhi ji) can inspire a national goal of a Clean India and 2022, which will mark the 75th year of Indian Independence must inspire achieving 75 parameters of development as a tribute to the people.

    It may be recalled that a similar delegation from Stanford had met Shri Modi in Mar 2012. A letter from the Business School’s Dean, Mr Garth Saloner – terms the meeting with CM Modi as the Highlight of their Trip, and explains how the students were looking forward to meeting him given the great feedback received from previous student groups he had met earlier.

  • Gujarat's CM meets delegation from Germany?s Hof University

    A 27-member student delegation from Germany’s Hof University called on Shri Narendra Modi on the evening of Tuesday 17th December 2013 in Gandhinagar. Shri Modi interacted with the students on a variety of issues and answered their questions. The students were deeply impressed with the development journey of Gujarat and praised the leadership skills of Shri Narendra Modi. The students are on a ten-day tour of Gujarat to study Gujarat’s development under Shri Modi, particularly his rise from humble background to leading Gujarat’s development journey.

    One of the students asked Shri Modi about the main challenge India faces and what would be his top priority when he becomes the PM. Shri Modi answered that policy paralysis at the Centre is the main challenge India is facing today. He added that no decisions are being taken and this is causing great problems. Giving an example he said, that 20,000 MW power cannot be generated because there is no fuel. Due to that there is energy shortage, due to which industries are closed, which in turn is causing unemployment and is affecting the growth story.

    Another student wanted to know about Shri Modi’s daily routine and asked him the secret behind his hardworking nature. Shri Modi answered that when a person is clear (in thoughts), when he or she knows their responsibilities well and how to fulfill them then time follows and the body also adjusts. He shared that he works for an average of 14 hours per day, sometimes it goes up to 18. Shri Modi also pointed that he is a very organized person and that has also helped him immensely. He shared that he has been a non-stop traveller for the last 45 years and this has helped him to understand the people better.

    Answering a question on whether he wanted to become a politician, Shri Modi stated that he never thought he would become a politician. He said that he belonged to a very poor family and he left his family at the age of 17 with a determination to serve the poor. It was only later on the insistence of friends, who were impressed by his oratory and organisation skills, that he joined a political party in the late 1980s and then finally he was given the responsibility to serve Gujarat in 2001.

    Shri Modi described youth and democracy as the two greatest strengths of India. He spoke about empowering the youth. He also talked about development of agriculture and villages. Shri Modi spoke about the relevance of Gandhi today. He even talked on the relations between India and Germany and what can be learnt from Germany, be it focus on renewable energy, healthcare and organizing global events well.

    The students were very impressed after meeting Shri Modi. One of them said that he was very impressed during his visit to Gujarat and added that he found the state very clean. Another student said that Gujarat was developed than another state he had been to. He said that there is no problem with power and the roads are developed. The students were impressed with the good infrastructure of Gujarat too.

    The delegation was led by Professor Dinesh Patel. Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister Shri AK Sharma was present on the occasion.

  • Kutch Rannotsav 2013

    Ahmedabad : December 16: 2013: In a bid to attract large number of tourists with many new attractions, the Gujarat Tourism Department has organized a two-months long world renowned ‘Kutch Rannotsav-2013’ in the desert of Kutch between December 17, 2013 and February 15, 2014, Gujarat Tourism Minister Mr Saurabh Patel, who is also spokes person of the state government, said here today.

    Under the able guidelines of Gujarat Chief Minister Mr Narendra Modi, who has dreamt and determined to put the state on world tourism map with its unique Rannotsav, the Gujarat Tourism Department has organized camel safari in white-sands deserts of kutch in moon-lights near Ghordo and in tandem with the traditional culture of the Kutch in two-months long rannotsav, Mr Patel said.

    The minister said, “This year, the Rannotsav has evoked a warm response from Indian as well as foreign tourists. This year, in the first package the Tent City has already made 45 % bookings of its tents, so far. This rannotsav has been organized with public-private partnership model by the Gujarat Tourism Department.”

    The drive launched by Gujarat Tourism’s brand ambassador and mega super star of Indian movie and television industry, Mr Amitabh Bachchan has given a good thrust in increasing the tourists turn-out at the event. In year 2007-07, the event had attracted 771,000 tourists which had risen to 1619,000 tourists in year 2012-13, the minister added.

  • Statue of Unity, Run for Unity

    On the morning of Sunday 15th December, which is the Punya Tithi of Iron Man of India Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Shri Narendra Modi flagged off the ‘Run for Unity’ in Vadodara. Over 40 lakh people across over 1100 locations all over India joined the ‘Run for Unity.’ Shri Narendra Modi said that this run is being held with a determination to unite the people, unite the villages and unite the nation. He described the ‘Run for Unity’ as a matter of Rashtra Bhakti and an effort to fulfill the dreams and aspirations of the people of India. Shri Modi called for integrating the future generations with the message of unity.

    Shri Modi paid rich tributes to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel on his Punya Tithi. He said, “Sardar Patel devoted his life to unify the nation. He integrated the common people in the freedom struggle and made efforts to rid the nation of the colonial mindset. He undid the mindset of divisiveness and united the nation. When we remember Gandhi ji we remember truth, non-violence, sacrifice, simplicity, Satyagraha; when we remember Sardar Patel we remember Ekta, Surajya and Kisan (unity, good governance and the farmer).

    He categorically stated that India’s diversity is India’s strength. Shri Modi gave the Mantra of ‘Akhandata Me Ekta, Hindustan Ki Visheshta’ (Unity is diversity, this is India’s strength). He further stated, “Our diversity is not something that is on paper. It is the manifestation of our strength. It is not only our identity but also our tradition.” Shri Modi avowed that there can be no bigger inspiration for the message of unity than Sardar Patel. Shri Modi said that good governance is the need of the hour and that it is India’s tradition to move ahead with a spirit of Jan Bhagidari.

    Earlier, Shri Modi flagged off the 21 km and 15 km run. He also flagged off the 5 km run. The ‘Run for Unity’ has generated a phenomenal response all over the nation. Former Deputy PM of India and senior BJP leader flagged off the ‘Run for Unity’ in Ahmedabad.

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  • Launches video film on ?Statue of Unity? Project to commemorate Sardar Patel

    Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi here today launched a video film on the ‘Statue of Unity’ Project, being built near the SSP dam on the Narmada, to commemorate Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.

    The video film has been made for the large screen through 3D Mapping Technology for screening at different places across India. The launch was held under the aegis of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Rashtriya Ekta Trust at a largely attended function at the Gujarat University Ground.

    Mr. Modi sat through the function along with other dignitaries to view the film. They included Gujarat Assembly Speaker Vajubhai Vala, Cabinet Ministers Nitin Patel, Anandiben Patel, Ramanlal Vora, Ganpatsinh Vasava, besides Ministers of State, State President R.C. Faldu, party whip Pankaj Desai, Ahmedabad Mayor Meenakshi Patel and Gujarat University’s acting Vice-Chancellor Mukul Shah.

  • Gujarat's CM Shri Narendra Modi donates on the occasion of Armed Forces Flag Day

    Gujarat Chief Minister Shri Narendra Modi donated on the occasion of the Armed Forces Flag Day. Shri Modi called upon the people to donate generously on the Armed Forces Flag Day. Shri Modi said that many young and dedicated armed forces personnel have made sacrifices. It is the responsibility of every citizen to care for the welfare of the families of these martyrs, and the rehabilitation of the disabled and retired servicemen.

    Funds collected on the Armed Forces Flag Day are utilized towards the welfare schemes for the benefit of ex-servicemen and their families.

    Speaking at the Armed Forces Flag Day celebration, Mr. Modi warmly congratulated the brave soldiers and officials of all the three wings – army, air-force and navy and said that the dutifulness and patriotism of our armed forces have outstanding prestige across the world. He further added, “All the three wings – army, air-force and navy – have performed their duties promptly and resolutely with head high even in very difficult terrains and during any natural and manmade calamities to protect sovereignty and unity of the nation and thereby always helped local governance.

    Mr. Modi specially expressed that these armies and officers are the real saviours of our society who protect our security borders throughout the day-and-night even in adverse circumstances and further made an appeal to all the citizens of Gujarat to re-pay the debt of their humble services on Armed Forces Flag Day celebration.

  • Shiv Sena leader Uddhav Thackrey pays courtesy visit to Gujarat Chief Minister

    Gandhinagar, December 7, 2013: Maharashtra’s popular public figure and Shiv Sena leader Uddhav Thackrey today paid a courtesy visit to the Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi at his official residence here.

    The meeting between the two leaders was lasted over 75 minutes, during which they discussed on several subjects, an official release said.

  • Members of Bar Council of India meet Gujarat's CM Shri Narendra Modi

    Ahmedabad, Saturday: A delegation of Bar Council of India (BCI) led by its Chairman Manan Kumar Mishra today called on Chief Minister Mr. Narendra Modi and invited him to address the valedictory function of the golden jubilee of Gujarat Bar Council to be held under the aegis of BCI in February 2014.

    The delegation regretted the Central Government’s apathy towards the professional problems of the 17-lakh strong members of the BCI, despite illustrious lawyers like Mahatma Gandhi having remained the member of Ahmedabad City Advocates Association once.

    They discussed ways with Mr. Modi as to how to uphold the dignity of the profession befitting the high tradition of our judicial system and make it people-oriented. The delegation respected Mr. Modi’s nationalism and expected Mr. Modi to stand up to future expectations.

    Mr. Modi called for optimum application of technology in Bar Council, judiciary and profession. He listed the steps undertaken in this direction in Gujarat, notably the facility of e-Library in Gujarat Bar Council, advanced studies and training in Forensic Science University for fast and simple justice.

  • Inauguration of new building of Gujarat State Co-operative Bank

    On the evening of Wednesday 4th December 2013 Shri Narendra Modi inaugurated the new building of the Gujarat State Co-operative Bank in Ahmedabad. Shri Narendra Modi talked about the importance of co-operative sector and said that for Gujarat, the co-operative sector have been a part of the value system of the state. Shri Modi called for the need to move towards next generation co-operative banking. He suggested looking at online cash transactions and even said that we need to move beyond cash transactions. Shri Modi affirmed that the best way to end menace of black money is to have online transactions.

    Shri Modi recalled how tough decisions by him and the Gujarat government were instrumental in winning the people’s trust in the co-operative sector once again after the series of bank collapses that plagued the sector in 2001. He said, “I remember what happened after the Madhavpura Scam. It was like we had suffered 2 quakes- the quake in Kutch and the bank. Economy was affected and the trust of the people was broken. It was upto us to rebuild this trust. And during those days people were expert at spreading rumors. They would say A Bank is falling or B bank is falling.”

    He added, “We wanted to take strong steps. People would tell me, Narendra Bhai this is the right thing but you will not be able to do it. But, for me this was not about politics. We did take strong steps, people were even sent to jail. No one was sparred and we one the trust of the people. The message was clear- what happened, happened in the past. And I must say you all cooperated with me for which I thank you. People told me- Narendra Bhai if I was the CM I would never have taken such decisions.”

    Cooperatives Minister Shri Babubhai Bokhiria, former Deputy CM Shri Narhari Amin, Shri Vipul Chaudhary and others were present on the occasion.

  • A conference on Healthy Gujarat ?Agenda for Action? on 3rd December, 2013

    The need for a holistic approach towards comprehensive healthcare was the crux of Shri Narendra Modi’s address at the conference on ‘Healthy Gujarat ‘Agenda for Action’. Conducted at Mahatma Mandir on December 3, the conference, which focused on charting a progressive approach for the medical spectrum, had Shri Modi highlighting the significance of an inclusive approach to facilitate the reach of better healthcare services to the rural and urban population of Gujarat.

    Stating that singular approaches would not suffice in giving desired results, Shri Modi urged the medical fraternity of the state to come together, whilst encouraging all government departments to unite in the direction of providing holistic and comprehensive medical services. “Our goal is to have a ‘Swastha Samaj’, which promises good health to its residents. Our effort is aimed at collaborating with all government departments, charting a roadmap for further action, resource mobilization, and ensuring optimum utilization of human capital, to achieve the desired results. Only if this happens, will the State be able to take a quantum jump in the healthcare sector,” said Shri Modi.

    Citing the example of preventive healthcare wherein the aspect of cleanliness assumes supreme significance, Shri Modi stressed that all efforts to ensure impediment of diseases will go in vain if a particular department does not follow the required cleanliness standards. “Strength comes from uniting, and my effort is focused at eliminating the discrepancy arising in collaboration. In the context of health, we need to sensitize all departments, initiate coordination, facilitate cooperation and make them proactive,” said Shri Modi.

    Underscoring Mahatma Gandhi’s emphasis on cleanliness, Shri Modi encouraged the medical fraternity to focus on achieving the status of – ‘Swachch Gujarat, Nirmal Gujarat’. “Let us affirm that when we celebrate Gandhiji’s 150th birth anniversary, we will have a movement for a clean Gujarat. The medical fraternity of Gujarat needs to dedicate atleast one hour every week and take an initiative at raising awareness on social and personal hygiene by conducting classes in schools and rural areas. As important as personal hygiene is social hygiene. We need to create an atmosphere for awareness on both. Improvement in urban health could also be brought upon by individual initiatives, whereby doctors from across the state come together once in a month, and discuss about the disease patterns in their region. This step will go a long way in preventing the breakout of epidemics, as timely intervention and coordination with various departments could be facilitated.”

    “My focus is not merely a beautiful city, but a city that’s made beautiful on the parameters of good health and cleanliness,” stressed Shri Modi, while calling upon the members of the healthcare segment to collaborate and create a healthier society by the year 2022, when the Nation will celebrate 75 years of freedom. Shri Modi also mentioned about the need to avail the benefits of the ‘Mukhyamantri Amrutam Yojana’.

    Stating the current-day relevance of technology intervention in the healthcare segment, Shri Modi spoke about the need to train the medical fraternity, and proposed the provision of a personal e-library to medicos and hospitals, so as to facilitate easy and quick access to the latest updates on healthcare, globally. He underlined the need for knowledge dissemination by the State’s renowned doctors, whilst underscoring the importance of providing prompt medical services.

    Declaring the quantum rise in the State’s budget for healthcare, Shri Modi said that lack of funds should never be a concern for the fraternity since nearly Rs. 5500-5600 crores has been allotted in the current year, as opposed to Rs. 1200-1300 crore allotted in 2007-08.

    Encouraging the medical fraternity, across the village, district and city levels, to unite, Shri Modi concluded by emphasizing on the need to make Gujarat shine on the healthcare spectrum, in the coming years.

    Shri Nitinbhai Patel, Minister for Health and Family welfare, Government of Gujarat, Shri Parbatbhai Patel, Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare, Dr Nata Menabde, Representative to India, WHO, Dr Genevieve Begkoyian, Chief of Health, UNICEF, India country office and Prof. K Srinath Reddy, President, Public Health Foundation of India, were among the dignitaries who graced the occasion.

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  • Systema Group Delegation meets Hon?ble CM Shri Narendra Modi

    ગુજરાતના મુખ્યમંત્રી શ્રી નરેન્દ્રભાઇ મોદીની સૌજન્ય મુલાકાતે આવેલા રશિયન કંપની SISTEM GROUP (સીસ્ટેમા ગ્રુપ)ના ચેરમેન શ્રીયુત વ્લાડીમીર એવતુશેન્કોવ (Mr.Vladimir Evtushenkov) ના નેતૃત્વે હેઠળ આવેલા રશિયન કંપનીના બિઝનેસ ડેલિગેશને ગુજરાતમાં ડિફેન્સ ઇકવીપમેન્ટ મેન્યુયફેકચરીંગ, ઇ-ગવર્નન્સ(માં હાઇટેક સેટેલાઇટ ટેકનોલોજી ટ્રાન્સફર, નેચરલ એન્ડ મેનમેઇડ ડિઝાઇસ્ટર ક્રાઇસીસ મેનેજમેન્ટરનાં સીટી સિક્યોરીટી સીસ્ટ‍મ જેવા ટેકનોલોજી સોલ્યુ‍શન સહિતના ક્ષેત્રોમાં પ્રોજેકટ સ્થાપવા અને સ્થાનિક સહભાગીદારી કરવાની તત્પરતા વ્ય‍કત કરી હતી.

    સીસ્ટેકમા ગ્રુપ ફોર્ચ્યુંન ગ્લોબલ-500 માં રેન્કીગ ધરાવે છે અને રશિયાની ટોપ-ટેન કંપનીમાં અગ્રેસર છે. મુખ્યમંત્રીશ્રીએ રશિયન કંપનીની ગુજરાતમાં સહભાગીતાને આવકારતા ટેકનોલોજી ટ્રાન્સ-ફર અને ડિઝાસ્ટર મેનેજમેન્ટી સહિત ડિફેન્સ ઓફસેટ મેન્યુજફેકચરીંગની આવશ્યકતા ઉપર ભાર મૂકયો હતો.

    શ્રીયુત વ્લા‍ડીમીર એવતુશેન્કોવે ગુજરાતમાં આર્થિક પ્રગતિની અનુભૂતિ થઇ રહી છે તેમ જણાવી ગુજરાતમાં પ્રોજેક્ટી સહભાગીતા માટેની ખૂબ જ ઉત્સુકતા પ્રદર્શિત કરી હતી જેની સફળતા થઇ ભારતમાં તેમની કંપની વધુ મોટા ફલક ઉપર પહોંચવા આતુર છે તેમ જણાવ્યું હતું.

  • Guajrat's CM Shri Narendra Modi meets Shri Manohar Joshi in Gandhinagar

    On Tuesday 3rd December 2013, Shri Narendra Modi met Shiv Sena leader, former Maharashtra Chief Minister and former Speaker of the Lok Sabha Shri Manohar Joshi in Gandhinagar.

    Meets Shri Manohar Joshi

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  • Impressed by vibrant Gujarat, Italian envoy Daniele Mancini keen to partner Gujarat?s growth story

    Tuesday at Gandhinagar, A high-level business delegation from Italy led by their Ambassador to India Mr. Daniele Mancini on a visit to Gujarat paid a courtesy call on Chief Minister Narendra Modi here today and held detailed discussion to explore areas of mutual co-operation.

    Impressed by vibrant Gujarat, Mr. Mancini evinced keen interest to partner Gujarat’s growth story. Top executives of Italian companies offered assistance in green technology in construction sector and infrastructure, logistic, ceramic, small city concept in industrial clusters, agro business and technology support in university-knowledge partnership.

    Gujarat’s Additional Chief Secretary for Industries Maheshwar Sahu and Chief Minister’s Additional Principal Secretary were also present during the meeting.

  • BIGMAS Sanskritik Mahotsav in Ahmedabad

    Shri Narendra Modi addressed the Sanskritik Mahotsav of the Bihar Gujarat Mitrata Sangh (BIGMAS) in Ahmedabad on the evening of Sunday 17th November 2013. In his speech Shri Narendra Modi highlighted the close bond that exists between Bihar and Gujarat and saluted the people of Bihar for the courage they had shown during the BJP’s Hunkaar Rally on 27th October 2013. Shri Modi said, “What I saw in Patna on 27th October showed me the strength of the people of Bihar and I salute them. There were bombs but people were helping the injured and retuning to the public meeting. Imagine the Mansik Shakti of the people of Bihar! And one need not view what happened that time only from a political view. The strength of the people was beyond that.”

    Shri Modi said that the people of Bihar worship all forms of the Sun God and he lauded the commitment that the people of Bihar have towards cleanliness.

    Shri Modi talked about integrating people of the nation so that the nation can work together to achieve goals. He gave the example of his visit to Japan where everywhere he say stickers of Tokyo getting the Olympic games in 2020. Shri Modi stated that he had gone to Japan before the games were awarded to Tokyo but there an atmosphere was created that the games must come to Japan. He asked why we couldn’t replicate the same in India.

    Shri Modi called upon the people of India to think of Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary on similar lines and urged the people to come together and decide what they want to do from now itself. Shri Modi added that among the many ideals of Mahatma Gandhi, one ideal that must be embraced is Mahatma Gandhi’s importance to cleanliness. Modi ji called for creating a Nirmal Bharat where cities and villages are kept clean.

    He described unity in diversity is India’s specialty and other nations are not blessed with such uniqueness. Shri Modi said that the nation does not want Vibhajan but it wants Vikas. He also talked about the Statue of Unity as a tribute to Sardar Patel.

    Former Bihar Minister Shri Giriraj Singh spoke during the occasion. Also present was Rajya Sabha MP Shri Parimal Nathwani.

  • Hon'ble Chief Minister meet with Germany?s Ambassador to India Mr. Michael Steiner in Gandhinagar

    Gujarat Chief Minister Shri Narendra Modi met the Ambassador of Germany Mr. Michael Steiner in Gandhinagar today. Shri Modi and the Honourable Ambassador held discussions on a wide range of issues and discussed the strengthening of relations between Gujarat and Germany.

    Ambassadors and High Commissioners from various nations have been meeting Shri Modi in the recent past. Last months, the Ambassador of France Mr. Francois Richier met Shri Modi in Gandhinagar. In April the Ambassador of Switzerland Mr. Linus Von Castelmur met Shri Modi in Gandhinagar. In the last one-year High Commissioners and Ambassadors of United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and South Korea are among those who have met Shri Modi.

  • Inauguration of TCS's Garima park in Gandhinagar

    Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi today inaugurated IT Garima Park of TCS in Gandhinagar and called for maximum use of information technology for empowering common man and to solve the existing problems.

    The IT Garima Park of TCS is constructed on the area of 25 acres land, allotted by the state government in Gandhinagar. TCS has always been a strategic partner with the government of Gujarat for E-Governance and has provided wider horizons to IT professionals for exploring their IT skills. Garima Park will be the symbol of the development of Gujarat’s IT sector, Chief Minister said.

    Mr. Modi said that in the current era, the influence of IT will be increasing on each and every stage of life. India has already arrived at the point of transformation in every sector and the use of technology will help the poor to cope up with their problems and similarly will empower the common man. This will thereby, turn out to be beneficial to solving the problems of the country. He emphasized the need to provide opportunities for novel research to the Indian youths as their intellectual prowess and capabilities can bring desired changes in today’s competitive world.

    Gujarat has successfully initiated in the sectors of IT application and E-Governance across the country. With the round the clock electricity, IT facilities in the form of GSWAN and optical fiber network across the villages of Gujarat, even a common man can now feel the atmosphere of effective governance and rapid and transparent deliverance of justice, he added.

    Chief Minister spoke of how the state government has used IT services for bringing about qualitative changes in delivery of public services, for public distributing system and for redressal of grievances through SWAGAT online programme along with expanding the scope of health and education sectors. He also gave outline of the state initiative of curbing corruption using IT surveillance application.

    He said that there is a great scope of employment for women in IT sector, and also the field does not have any gender bias. He suggested that TCS should develop a task force for the good of common people through IT intervention.

    TCS TATA group Chairman Cyrus Mistry, CEO Mr. Chndrashekhar and the company’s office bearers had discussions with Mr. Modi on his vision for IT sector.

    Mr. Mistry expressed faith that the Garima Park would establish a bridge of relationship between TATA group and Gujarat.

    By the result of the business geniuses and consumer growing market of Gujarat, the Tata Group availed an opportunity to develop business relationship in a range of sectors in Gujarat. By the co-operation of TCS, Gujarat’s IT networks has shown the direction of administrative transparency and dynamism in public services, he said.

    On this occasion, Mr. Cyrus Mistry happily said that around 10,000 skilled youth will get an employment opportunity in the Garima Park of TCS.

    On this occasion, MLAs’ Mr. Shambhuji Thakor, Mr. Ashokbhai Patel, Mayor Mr. Mahendrasinh Rana, Chairman of Khadi-Gramodyog Board, Mr. Vadibhai Patel, Guda Chairman, Mr. Ashokbhai Bhavsar and several representatives, Experts in Information Technology, Principal Secretary Dr. Varesh Sinha, I.T. Secretary Mr. S.J. Haidar, other invitees and employees of TCS were present.

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  • Delegation of 17 District Governors from Afghanistan pay courtesy visit to Gujarat's Chief Minister

    A delegation of 17 district governors from Afghanistan who headed to India for a training program, paid a courtesy visit to Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi today and were hugely impressed with the achievements of Gujarat’s development.

    This delegation of district governors from Afghanistan visited India as a part of Indo-Afghan Partnership for strengthening Sub-Governance in Afghanistan which is undertaken by Indian Institute of Public Administration, Government of India. And for two days they took a study tour of Ahmedabad and Banaskantha.

    The Afghan delegation said that the administrative specialties of India and Gujarat will be useful for Afghanistan.
    During this courtesy visit with Mr. Modi, the afghan district governors were very eager to know about the backgrounds and secrets of Gujarat’s development. According to them, public partnership has been inspired for the development of Gujarat.

    Following the success of dairy development in Gujarat, Afghanistan is willing to decentralize in dairy development and administration. And for this purpose, they expected co-operation from Gujarat, of what Mr. Modi responded.

    Chief Minister also gave the outline of the contribution to the earth-quake rehabilitation in Afghanistan led by disaster management mechanism of Gujarat. The Afghan delegation was pleased to know that the farmers of Banaskantha export tomatoes to Afghanistan by implementing micro-irrigation system.

    On this occasion, The Additional Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, Mr. A.K. Sharma and Principal Secretary of General Administration Mr. Pankaj Kumar were present.

  • New building of Banaskantha Central Co-operative Bank at Deesa

    Ahmedabad, Sunday: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi today took strong exception to the Congress-led UPA Government at the Centre hell bent on systematically strangulating Gujarat’s vibrant co-operative sector.

    Addressing a farmers rally to dedicate the newly constructed Banaskantha Central Co-operative Bank building at Deesa, he said that Gujarat’s co-operative banks are committed to empower the state’s farmers, but the Union Finance Minister framing income-tax rules for the banking sector is out to finish them. Since Gujarat leads in the nation in the co-operative sector, the Centre’s maneuverings hit Gujarat the hardest. He said that Gujarat sets the benchmark in various fields but the Centre is habituated to criticizing Gujarat for no reason, on some pretext or the other.

    Moreover, he said, the Centre owes Gujarat Rs.250-crore as two per cent rebate on four per cent interest on crop loans advanced by the co-operative banks. He said that it is Gujarat Government which had extended special assistance of Rs.85-crore to ensure co-operative banks in all the districts of the state did get the Reserve Bank of India licences.

    Mr. Modi invited political scientists, economists and other pundits to study the co-operative sector’s contribution to the Gujarat’s development model. There are 15 sugar mills in the co-operative sector in the state, but none of them allow the private parties, known to exploit sugarcane growers, to enter. He said that this sector needs all the more support to thrive, particularly in the wake of black sheep like Madhupura Urban Co-operative Bank betraying depositors’ confidence.

    Mr. Modi said that if the farmers ask the Centre in unison to allow sluice gates at the Sardar Sarovar Project (SSP) dam on the Narmada, the job could be done faster. He also appealed to the farmers to contribute generously to constructing the majestic Statue of Unity.

    Gujarat’s Finance Minister and District Guardian Minister Nitin Patel said that the new building of the Banaskantha Central Co-operative Bank in itself is the symbol of the progress of the co-operative banking. He said that Gujarat is an example of peace and development and Mr. Narendra Modi is the icon of development. Just as Gujarat ensured no person or no place remained untouched by development, it would be Mr. Modi’s endeavor to ensure the same for entire India. He had a word of praise for Bank’s Chairman Shankarbhai Choudhry and other members for economic empowerment of the farmers of the district.

    Minister of State Parbatbhai Patel, MP Haribhai Chaudhry and MLA district unit president Keshaji Chauhan, speaking on the occasion, said that people are keen to see the Vikas Purush Mr. Narendra Modi as the Prime Minister of India unfurling the Tricolour atop the Red Fort.

  • Inauguration of Reliable Hospital in Kheda district

    On the afternoon of Sunday 10th November 2013 Shri Narendra Modi inaugurated the Reliable Multi Speciality Hospital in Kheda district. Shri Narendra Modi extended his best wishes to the management of the hospital for this noble initiative.

    Shri Modi talked at length about the initiatives of the Gujarat government to provide better healthcare to the people of the state. He opined that when a rich person falls ill the world’s best doctors come to treat him but the same is not the case when a poor person falls ill, which is why special attention must be given to healthcare for the poor. He shared that a lot of people call him and share with him how the 108 service has saved the life of so many people in their families. Shri Modi added that the service has made a big difference in the lives of pregnant women. He talked about the success of the Chiranjeevi Yojana and also shared the active participation of Gujarati community in blood, eye and organ donation.

    He affirmed that what the people, especially the poor need is not merely health insurance but health assurance. Shri Modi spoke about the steps of the Gujarat government to provide clean air and water to the citizens. He gave the example of how Ahmedabad, which used to be one of the most polluted cities in India became cleaner due to the government’s efforts to bring CNG.

    Shri Modi further shared that in the last 7 years Gujarat has been polio free. He credited Delhi’s former Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan for starting the drive, which he said was later replicated all over by Atal ji’s Government. Shri Modi took on the Prime Minister’s statements in Chhattisgarh yesterday, giving him a fitting response on the lack of historical and geographical sense in among the Congress.

    A large number of community organisations and members of the Muslim community attended the programme and greeted Shri Modi. Sports Minister Shri Ramanlal Vora was present on the occasion.

  • ISRO scientists on successful launch of ?Mangalyaan?

    5th November, 2013 Hon'ble Chief Minister Shri Narendra Modi congratulated scientists of ISRO for successfully completing Mission ‘Mangalyaan’. “I congratulate all the scientists, technicians and everybody associated with this mission. Due to the successful efforts of scientists, today India will be able to put its name at the highest scientific platform,” Shri Modi said while congratulating the scientists.

    Shri Modi recalled “Previously during the success of Mission Chandrayan I personally visited ISRO to thank the scientists and technicians. Today, I am not able to go there but I congratulate all those involved in the successful launching of the Mission Mangalyaan”.

    Before the launch of the Mission Shri Modi tweeted in the morning: “Best wishes to our scientists for the Mars Mission. It is a proud moment for the nation & we all pray for the Mission’s success.”

    Best wishes to our scientists for the Mars Mission. It is a proud moment for the nation & we all pray for the Mission’s success.

  • Gujarat wins Most Competitive State award

    The State Competitiveness Report is a joint effort by MintAsia, a publication of the Hindustan Times Group and the Institute of Competitiveness. It measures and ranks the states of the country on parameters that are critical for the Indian Economy.

    Factors like availability of land, labour and capital, the role played by the Government in facilitating businesses and the profile of consumers in the state were considered, and a state competitiveness index was created. In this report, Gujarat was classified as an innovation driven economy, with hubs of industrial activity.

    Vice President of India Hamid Ansari presented this award in New Delhi where it was received by the Resident Commissioner of Gujarat.

    The article is originally published in The Gujarat (Magazine), Vol-III, Issue-4.

  • SOCIAL FORESTRY: A Model Sector in Gujarat

    According to the National Forest Policy 1988, one-third of the geographical area of the country should be maintained as forest and tree cover. According to the State forest report of 2009, Gujarat has only 9.83% of its geographical area declared as forest, which is much below the national average. Under the given circumstances the only way forward for Gujarat was to increase tree cover in the non-forest areas. For this purpose, the Government of Gujarat launched the Social Forestry Programme in 1969-70 and Social Forestry divisions were established.

    This was a people’s programme. Under this programme, the state embarked upon an ambitious mission of organising and motivating people to take up tree plantation on lands like Panchayat lands, wastelands, roadsides, canal sides, farmlands school and college compounds and other government lands.

    The results of the programme were encouraging, and were appreciated internationally. After the success of the initial efforts, the State was encouraged to formulate a project extending to all the districts. This project was launched in 1980 and has been implemented in two phases since then. In the last 10 years or so, the project has been funded by the state and consequently Gujarat has switched from being a food deficit to a food surplus state today. As a pioneer in the social forestry sector, the success of Gujarat has been globally acclaimed.

    The main objectives of the social forestry programme as it was started were to improve tree resources and provide for timber, fuel wood and fodder needs of the state and thereby complement supplies from the forest areas; to increase the green cover; to accentuate NTFP and bio-resources; to integrate all available land under the tree cover programmes and to improve Carbon stock in the tree cover outside Gujarat.

    Schemes of area development, community and individual benefits, extension activities and distribution of fuel saving devices and motivation have been implemented to attain these objectives.

    A brief overview of these social forestry activities – Development of areas

    • Gram Vans(village forests) were raised in gaucher lands, trees were planted on roadsides, canal sides and railway sides, grasslands were developed and energy plantations were raised, thereby providing and improving tree cover
    • Barren hills, degraded areas and ravines were afforested.

    Community and Individual beneficiary schemes, Trees were planted in school and college compounds

    • Government, semi-government, private/ non-government organisation’s campuses were used to plant trees
    • Community lands, cremation grounds, banks of rivers, lakes /ponds were used to plant trees.
    • Private and degraded farmlands were also used for tree plantation
    • A special component was included for raising trees on the lands of the poor section of the society.

    Fuel Saving Devices

    • Improved crematoria was distributed for reducing the use of fuel wood
    • Non-conventional energy devices like solar-cookers and bio-gas were distributed
    • Improved stoves were also distributed to save fuelwood

    Transfer of Technical know-how, motivation and extension

    • Technical know-how was transferred and children were involved in planting trees through school nurseries
    • Farmers were given technical knowhow through Kisan nurseries and farmer shibirs or farmer training camps
    • Improved variety of fruit species were planted which helped in supplementing income. Further, medicinal plants were also planted to make available health imparting medicines
    • Van Chetana Kendras and Shibirs were set up for motivation.

    Apart from these initiatives several other schemes of tree plantation in the non-forest areas have been carried out using the State and Central funds. One such initiative taken by the Forest Department is the initiation of the celebration of Van Mahotsav on a giant scale. Gujarat is the first state to have launched the concept of Cultural Forests, to set up strong links between trees and people. The celebration of Van Mahotsav happens at the district, taluka and village levels to create awakening towards tree plantation. Tree plantation campaigns are conducted in urban areas and seedlings are supplied to farmers, institutions and organisations.

    In a recent development, the Forest department has launched Agro-Forestry as a major part of the Social Forestry Programme. Accordingly it has focused on the production of high quality seedlings and a total of 22 clonal production centres have been established to produce about 171.5 lakh clonal plants of Eucalyptus, Casuarina and Teak.The following schemes have been implemented to promote agro-forestry in the state:

    Quality planting stock (Clonal and tissue culture plants)

    As mentioned earlier clonal and tissue culture plants have been functional at two dozen sites since 2010-11 and the capacity of these plants is to produce 15 million clonal plants for agro-forestry which are supplied to farmers at concessional rates.

    Supply of Seedlings

    About 90 to 100 million seedlings were supplied annually at nominal charges under Van Mahotsav programme and about half of them were planted by farmers on their lands and the rest was distributed among industries, institutions, cooperatives, schools, individuals and other sectors.

    Rehabilitation of degraded farm land

    The Forest Department supports small and marginal farmers to take up plantation on their lands, especially degraded lands. During the last decade on an average, about 9,500 ha of the farm lands were planted every year at the cost of the Government

    Raising teak plantation in the tribal lands of the Dangs

    Modified in 2012, with the objective of restoring tree cover on private lands, uder this scheme, tree crop will be raised on the tribal’s land through Government funds and a provision for adequate assistance every month has been kept for the farmer for twenty years.

    Farm forestry under MGNREGA

    In 2011, this scheme was initiated for raising 400 trees per hectare on farm lands using MGNREGA funds. The Government of India has accepted this scheme as a part of individual beneficiary scheme under MGNREGA.

    Farm forestry extension activities

    Annually about 750 farmer camps are organised in the state to promote farm forestry and transfer technology.

    Agro-forestry species

    At present, species such as – Neem (Azadirachta indica), Deshi babool (Acacia nilotica), Nilgiri (Eucalyptus sp.), Sharu (Casuarina sp.), Ardusa (Ailanthus sp.), Teak(Tectona grandis), Subabool (Leucanea leucocephola), Bengali babool (Acacia auriculiformis) and Bamboo are dominant and they are economic species in agro-forestry plantations. Eight exotic species-Eucalyptus sp., A.tortalis, Casuarina equisetifolia, Leucanea leucocephala, Pithocolobium dulce, Ailanthus excels, Acacia auriculiformis and Prosopis chilensis, which were absent or rarely seen five decades ago, are now dominant species, constituting over one third of total TOF in the State. In other words, these exotic species have changed the landscape of the state and also improved the wood production and economy of the state.

    A case in hand-Replication of the Anand Model

    Anand, a non forest district in central Gujarat has good canal irrigation, which has turned it into one of the greenest districts in India with highest density of trees in the non forest areas. In this district, the land and water are used in such a fashion that productivity is optimise in all three sectors-agriculture, animal husbandry and agro-forestry. As per the recent tree counting, about 211.7 million trees grow with highest density of 66.1 trees per hectare which is four times the average tree density in the entire state. A good number of trees are cut annually to produce substantial wood, beyond the local need. Earning from agro-forestry has become one of the main economic activities for farmers in the district. Anand is also famous for Non Timber Forest Produce as huge quantity of Aonla is exported to other states in India. Tree density is improving fast after commencement of

    Narmada canal in Nadiad, and in a few years, tree cover in Nadiad may be similar to Anand. Extent of tree cover in Mahesana and Gandhinagar in semi-arid zone is also high and these districts are now wood surplus districts. Timber trade and export of wood to other states are excellent in Anand and Nadiad districts as unique market system operates in the area. In fact, this district is a model district in sense of true rural development, including agro-forestry. A large scale timber based industries in Nadiad and Anand are integrated with timber production in the area. The state has aimed to replicate Anand model in about a dozen districts in Gujarat in Narmada Command Area.

    Future of Agro Forestry

    Agro-forestry in Gujarat has been one of the most successful greening programmes in the world. At present, it needs new initiatives, innovation and technological advancement to increase productivity of farm land plantations. The Forest Department re-visited the schemes and has decided to provide new momentum by supplying quality seedlings. With expansion of irrigation under Narmada canal systems, tree cover is expected to improve in the command area. The Forest Department has planned to pay attention in these areas for taking up different types of plantation, including supply of quality seedlings to farmers. Replication of Anand and Kheda model in the Narmada command area is a focused programme of the Government. It is expected that improving tree cover in the agro-forestry plantation in the State may accelerate in near future, taking tree population from about 301 million to about 350 million in the next two five years plan. Development of agro-forestry provides another opportunity to the state to become global leader in improving tree cover, initiating a new approach to address global warming and also to evolve a model of rural development in the line of the dream of Mahatma Gandhi for “Gramya Swaraj”.

    Finally, the result of social forestry in arid region of Gujarat is impressive. The various reports indicate consistent improvement in the TOF in Gujarat. Status of the TOF, including agro-forestry plantations, was monitored through tree counting. Total number of trees in the non forest areas in 2003 was 251.0 million which increased to 301.0 million in 2013. Thus, tree population has increased at an annual rate of 5 million trees.

    Further, with increasing environmental problems such as climate change, tree plantation and wood consumption are expected to increase considerably in the near future. Agro-forestry provides an opportunity to improve rural economy and environment. Economic contribution of the TOF in the GDP of the state in form of wood was about Rs 43,578 million in 2009 and this might become very high when other produce from the TOF is added to this figure. With increasing tree cover in agricultural land, growing stock is expected to increase, resulting in increased production of timber (3.1 million cubic meter), poles, fuel wood, NTFP and also the Carbon store in the TOF.

  • Gujarat Chief Minister extends Vikram Samvat New Year greetings to State Police Force

    Monday, At Ahmedabad: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi today called on the State Police Force to convey their commendable performance in maintaining peaceful law-and-order situation during the last decade, to the people.

    Extending his Vikram Samvat New Year to the police officers at their get-together organized by State Police Force on the occasion of Diwali, he asked all police personnel from constable to top officer to use social media and other mediums to leave the footprints of their achievements among people.

    Mr. Modi said that maintaining law-and-order in the society against odds is no small achievement for which the police personnel could legitimately feel proud.

    He said that Gujarat Police has undertaken an initiative of modernizing social security through e-Governance technology. The police force has to maintain utmost calm and remain extra alert during the forthcoming General Election, a proud moment for the democracy, next year.

    Gujarat’s Director-General of Police Pramod Kumar and other police officers, besides Chief Secretary Varesh Sinha, extended warm welcome to the Chief Minister.

  • Celebrates New Year by visiting Panchdev Mahadev Temple in Gandhinagar

    Shri Narendra Modi marked that start of the New Year, Vikram Samvat 2070 by visiting the Panchdev Mahadev Temple in Gandhinagar. After that he met people in Gandhinagar and exchanged greetings with them. Shri Narendra Modi also called on the Honourable Governor of Gujarat, Her Excellency Dr. Kamla ji and exchanged greetings. Here are photographs from the various programmes in Gandhinagar.

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    CM calls on Governor to exchange greetings on New Year

    CM met people in Gandhinagar

  • Hon'ble Chief Minister Shri Narendra Modi meet with Ahmedabad's people on Gujarati New Year

    On Monday 4th November 2013 Shri Narendra Modi celebrated the Gujarati New Year with the people in Ahmedabad. Shri Modi met people in Ahmedabad and offered prayers at Ahmedabad’s Bhadrakali Temple.

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  • Gujarat's CM while laying foundation stone for Statue of Unity

    On the morning of 31st October 2013, which is Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s Birth Anniversary, Shri Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone of the Statue of Unity. Former Deputy Prime Minister of India and Lok Sabha MP from Gandhinagar Shri LK Advaniji was present on the occasion. The Statue of Unity is a statue to commemorate the Iron Man of India and India’s first Deputy PM Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. The Statue will be 182 metres and would be built on the banks of the Narmada River. Narendra Modi described this occasion as historic and described the Statue of Unity as a grand effort to integrate our future with our glorious history. “Our society needs to be conscious about its history and through this statue we want to give a perspective to the future. This will be both a Prerna Teeth (centre of inspiration) and a Pravasan Dham (tourism sport) for the people…this Statue is not because of the dam or because Sardar Patel belonged to Gujarat. The dream is much bigger. It will draw the world to India,” Shri Modi affirmed.

    Narendra Modi gave a clarion call for national unity in his speech and said India’s specialty is the unity in diversity. He said:

    “BhashaAnek, Bhav Ek. Rajya Anek, Rashtra Ek. PanthAnek, Lakshya Ek. BoliAnek, Svar Ek. Rang Anek, Tiranga Ek. Samaj Anek, Bharat Ek. RivajAnek, Sanskar Ek. KaryaAnek, Sankalp Ek. Rah Anek, Manzil Ek.ChehreAnek, Muskaan Ek.”

    Paying rich tributes to Sardar Patel, he stated that after Chanakya, if there was a person who integrated the entire nation it was Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.

    Narendra Modi came down heavily on the attempts by certain parties and leaders to reduce our heroes on partisan lines and said that the nation is always greater than the party (Dal se bada Desh). In this regard Shri Modi pointed, “Were Maharana Pratap, Rajguru, Sukhdev BJP members? Will we only remember BJP members? To associate Sardar Patel with any party would be great injustice. Yes, the party was an important part of his life but his greatness transcends party lines.” Modi ji question whether an inspiring person like Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar who is considered as a God by the marginalized sections of society can be associated only with a party.

    Shri Modi said that he agreed with the Prime Minister when the PM said that Sardar Patel was secular and that the nation needs the secularism of Sardar Patel not the secularism of votebank politics. Modi ji pointed that the secularism of Sardar Patel integrated and did not divide the nation. Shri Modi affirmed in this regard, “Dal koi bhi ho sakta hai, dil desh ke liye hona chahiye (party can be any but the heart must beat for the nation and every great it has produced).

    He also pointed that earlier the advertisements in the newspapers ignored Sardar Patel but today there are more advertisements and this is due to the ‘Gujarat effect.”

    Shri Modi came down heavily on the PM and the Centre for the delay in installing gates in the Narmada Dam, which can potentially benefit a lot of people spread across four states. He shared that Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat, which have Congress and BJP governments have completed the rehabilitation work and all that is needed is for the Centre to call a meeting and give permission for the gates but for obvious reasons that is not happening. He expressed hope that Prime Minister realizes that there is no politics in the issue and he gives permission for installing the gates. Referring to the PM he avowed, “You can come for the inauguration, I will not even come but at least do it.”

    During his speech Narendra Modi talked about the importance of water and termed the Sardar Sarovar Dam as the brainchild of Sardar Patel. He talked about how Kutch used to be a district of negative growth where people wanted to move away from but the Gujarat Government got water to Kutch and today the district is developing very fast. The Chief Minister stated that a decision has been taken to create a new Garudeshwar Taluka for the people of the newly created Narmada district, which will further the development journey of the people.

    He also called for emerging out of the colonial mindset and position India strongly at the world level. Giving examples, he said that it was the Vajpayee Government that conducted nuclear tests that made the world take note of India. Similarly, it was the Vajpayee government that stopped the practice of presenting the budget at 5 in the evening because it was morning in Britain.

    Shri Modi shared details of the initiative to gather iron implements from farmers across the nation and called for participation in the Run for Unity Programme on 15th December 2013, which is Sardar Patel’s Punya Tithi.

    Shri Modi thanked the people and the various individuals and organisations that contributed towards this initiative. He shared that the Statue of Unity has been a dream for many years and many people have added colour by giving their suggestions. Shri Modi also said that a lot of Manthan has gone into the building of this statue. He specially thanked Shri LK Advani ji for gracing the occasion with his august presence.

    Apart from Advani ji and Shri Modi, the top Ministers of the Gujarat Government, Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha MPs, senior officials and others were present on the occasion in large numbers.

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  • Inaugural ceremony of National Museum Dedicated to Sardar Patel.

    National Museum on Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel was inaugurated today in Ahmedabad.Speaking on the occasion, Shri Narendra Modi paid rich tributes to the Iron Man of India, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel and affirmed that if Sardar Patel had become the first Prime Minister of India, both the ‘Taqdeer’ and ‘Tasveer’ of India would be very different today. Narendra Modi lauded the contribution of Sardar Patel in uniting the nation and even shared an anecdote about his vision as a counselor in Ahmedabad’s Municipal Corporation where he had called for women reservation and effective urban planning in the early part of the 20th century.

    In his speech, Shri Narendra Modi strongly urged those elements that have taken the path of the bomb and the gun to leave that path, join the mainstream and work towards development of society. Modi ji noted that while Sardar Patel worked towards unity of the nation, there were elements like Maoists and terrorists who are posing a challenge to this unity. “From the land of Mahatma Gandhi and Sardar Patel I would like to tell those who took arms that your path will not succeed. Violence neither helps society, nor did it help the nation and nor does it give anything to the future,” he said.

    Shri Modi talked about the importance of Surajya and thanked the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh on Gujarat winning several awards from the Centre for the state’s development works. Modi ji shared that Gujarat has won these awards in several fields and has also won over 200 international awards from various bodies including the United Nations.

    Modi ji congratulated Union Minister Shri Dinsha Patel for the efforts on the inauguration of the Memorial and said that a person coming to see Sabarmati Ashram will now also come to see this.

    Speaking on the occasion, Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh paid his tributes to Sardar Patel. He said it was a matter of honour for him to be a part of the inauguration and he described Sardar Patel as one of India’s tallest leaders. The Prime Minister talked about Sardar Patel’s contribution in uniting India and spoke on the close relationship he enjoyed with Gandhi ji.

    Union Minister for Mines Shri Dinsha Patel said Sardar Patel was a person who spoke less and worked more and that he is an individual who has made history. He thanked the various people and organisations who contributed towards the Museum.

    Present on the occasion were the Governor of Gujarat Her Excellency Dr. Kamla, Heavy Industries Minister Shri Praful Patel, Ministers Shri Bharat Solanki, Shri Tushar Chaudhary, Leader of Opposition in the Gujarat Assembly Shri Shankersinh Vaghela among others.

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  • 14th Finance Commission

    In the meeting with 14th Finance Commission held at Gandhinagar today, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi stressed for a paradigm shift in Finance Commission’s approach for allocating central funds to the states.

    Mr. Narendra Modi suggested to bring about a qualitative change in the current formula for allocating funds to the states and to adopt an approach to allocate more funds to the states having higher fiscal discipline and growth.

    Finance Commission members, led by the Finance Commission chairman Dr. Y.V. Reddy, included Mr. Abhijeet Sen, Dr. Sudipto Mundale, Dr.M Govindram ,Ms. Shushma Nath and Additional Secretary to Government of India Mr. N.N. Jha.

    Chief Minister said that Gujarat is rapidly going ahead for the development of nation wherein water management is prioritized. He further added that had Gujarat not succeeded in water management, it would have become a burden on the nation.

    Chief Minister said the State Government annually spends huge amount of Rs. 5000 crores only for Sardar Sarovar Yojana and its waters have been primarily planned to be utilized for the developmental purposes. Chief Minister emphasized to allocate 90% grant for the Narmada Yojana under Accelerated Irrigation Benefit Program (AIBP) covering the DPP and DPAP territories.

    Chief Minister said that Gujarat has given equal importance to agriculture, manufacturing and service sectors with a view to strike balance in the state economy. He suggested having centre’s encouragement for developing infrastructure in the field of agricultural and natural resources.

    Chief Minister further suggested for central incentives to the states which initiate novel steps for saving subsidies. Government of Gujarat spent on its own to construct gas grid pipelines and thereby saved the central subsidies worth crores of rupees.

    Mr. Modi suggested that states should be encouraged to chalk out their own ‘export promotion policy’ and thereby strengthening export.

    He underscored the need to chalk out parameters for ‘outcome’ instead of ‘output’. He said the measures for curbing naxalism in the states which are prone to this problem are directly linked with the country’s growth and that the parameters should be prepared keeping in mind such kind of issues.

    Mr. Modi suggested launching a national sanitation and cleanliness drive keeping in view the Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary celebration in 2019.

    Chairman of Finance Commission Dr. Y V Reddy lauded the approach of proactive contribution for giving thrust to the national economy. He welcomed Mr. Modi’s suggestions on empowerment of states and development on the present global scenario.

    Chief Minister Narendra Modi told that because of the present attitude of finance commission, various states which don’t have good finance discipline gets more benefit same time states which are in process to achieve progressive growth rate does not get motivation. This approach should be change and fair financial allocation should be given to those states which has higher share in national GDP to meet infrastructural needs and development.

    He said the present approach of Finance Commission favours the states with poor fiscal discipline while leaving the states with higher growth rate disappointed. Mr. Modi said the Commission should change its approach and allocate higher funds to the states that contribute more in the national GDP with a view to give impetus to development and the creation of infrastructural facilities.

    He suggested using ‘vertical approach’ for allocating central funds to the states. Mr. Modi also suggested the Central government should provide 50% of its tax revenues to the states instead of 32%. “No objective parameters are followed for allocating funds to states for implementation of central government sponsored schemes, which may lead to injustice to certain states”, he said. Citing the example of Sarva Siksha Abhiyan Mr. Modi said that while Hariyana has been given per capita allocation of Rs.356 and the national average has been Rs.386 under the scheme during past five years, per capita allocation for Gujarat has been merely Rs.245.

    Suggesting the formula for the allocation of central funds to the states the Gujarat government said the allocation has to be 25% based on population, 5% based on migration, 10% based on area, 35% based on the fiscal capacity distance, 5% based on state’s contribution in national economy and 20% based on the state’s fiscal discipline.

    Gujarat government pointed out that the state needs massive funds for improving human development index (HDI), drinking water and developing infrastructural facilities. The state officials suggested several sectors such as education, health, nutrition, urban development, salinity ingress for receiving grant-in-aid given by the Finance Commission.

    State Finance Minister Nitin Patel, Energy Minister Saurabh Patel, Chief Secretary Dr. Varesh Sinha and senior officials of all major departments of state were present on the occasion.

  • ?Statue of Unity? : Birth Anniversary of Sardar Patel - 31st Oct.

    Gujarat set to build the 182-mt. tall statue of Sardar Patel, the world’s tallest one, as a tribute to the ‘Iron man of India’ Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi will lay foundation stone of the world’s tallest statue of Sardar Patel- ‘Statue of Unity’ – near Sardar Sarovar dam in Gujarat on Oct 31 2013. The statue will be constructed in remembrance and as a tribute to the ‘iron man of India’ and the architect of united India – Sardar Patel. The day also coincides with the Sardar Patel’s birth anniversary. The state will be erected at Sadhubet, about 3.32 km. far from Sardar Sarovar dam. The place is expected to emerge as a world-class tourist place.

    In a unique approach, a drive will be launched on Oct 31 for collecting discarded iron farm tools from the farmers all over India for the making of the statue.

    Sardar Patel played a pivotal role in dissolving the then princely states in one united India. Gujarat Chief Minister made it a resolve to build the statue of Sardar Patel so that the name of this great son of India is remembered for ages to come.

    The statue which is going to be matchless across the whole world is aptly given the name, ‘Statue of Unity’, having the height of 182 meters that will be the tallest statue in the entire globe. It will be even three times taller than America’s most popular liberty goddess’ statue called, ‘Statue of Liberty’.

    It will be constructed on Sadhubet situated around 3.32 kilometres from Sardar Sarovar dam. This statue is to be constructed under PPP model and will render excellent platform for research and developmental activities.

    Further, onlookers will avail benefit to adore the wonderful scenery of Sardar dam through the spectator gallery built on at the height of 450 feet. There will be audio visual gallery, laser light and sound show demonstrating the life of Sardar Patel, virtual tour explaining an array of aspects of Sardar Sarovar Yojana, agriculture development, water management and scheduled tribe upliftment programs etc.

    A museum and an exhibition center demonstrating the farsightedness and contributions of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel will be the main attractions of the venue. Ferry services will also be made available to help the visitors reach the statue.

    For constructing this statue, most advanced and long-lastingly efficient designs and technologies will be used. Made up of structural steel framework, this statue can sustain during adverse weather and will be resistant to heavy winds and earthquake. Damper and perforated penal are used to construct this statue in order to resist the wind load.

    Chief Minister Narendra Modi says, ‘‘The significance of this statue isn’t merely in feet or meters but will be much more valued for the educational, historical, national and spiritual values. My dream is to develop this place as a source of inspiration for ages to come”.

    ‘Statue of Unity’ will truly pay glowing tribute to the ‘Ironman’ on his birth anniversary.

  • Centre of Excellence to come up at five engineering colleges in Gujarat

    The Industries Department of Gujarat signed MoUs with Siemens Software and other well-known companies for setting up of five centres of excellence for engineering students of Gujarat in the presence of Chief Minister, Narendra Modi. The MoUs were signed during a seminar related to qualitative improvements in higher education at the Mahatma Mandir in Gandhinagar.

    The Chief Minister appreciated the project which involves setting up of a centre of excellence on public-private partnership at the cost of Rs. 500 crore. He said that in Gujarat as many as 13 centres of excellence in engineering colleges have been set up so far and around 50,000 engineering students will be benefitted with the setting up of these five new centres of excellence.

  • Indiachem Gujarat International Conference 2013

    Thursday at Gandhinagar, Gujarat's Chief Minister Shri Narendra Modi today called for creating corpus fund for combined research in chemical industry’s responsibility towards the society and environmental technology for healthy growth of the industry in India, like that for common effluent treatment plants.

    Inaugurating India Chem Gujarat-2013 International Conference at Mahatma Mandir here, he said that Indian chemical industry is 1,000-year-old which speaks of its developed stage then, but its present share in global turnover is just three per cent. He wondered as to why India cannot produce specialized chemical ink for printing our currency notes?

    Mr. Modi said there is tremendous scope for producing next generation chemicals, increasing productivity and value addition in chemical industries. For instance, there are over 300 derivatives of castor oil alone.

    He said that chemical and petrochemical industry faced an extra challenge from hazardous substances, posing environmental threats to the society. The onus is on the industry, which should observe the extra-sensitive safety norms and stringent laws. He said that global warming has its worst effect on chemical sector.

    Gujarat’s Energy Minister Saurabh Patel said that Gujarat has made long strides under the farsighted leadership of Chief Minister Narendra Modi, thanks to the state’s policy of inclusive growth, transparency, free from red-tape, registering double digit growth in industry, electricity, petrochemical, special economic zones and maritime trade, during the last decade. He said the current conference is focused on specialized chemicals, new research, create more job opportunities and save the environment.

    In all, 30 distinguished speakers will address the three-day event being attended by 6,000 delegates from India and 12 other countries and 150 exhibitors.

    Earlier, Mr. R.B. Kanoria of FICCI welcomed the guests and delegates and lauded the role of Gujarat’s CM in the global map. Others present on the occasion included Gujarat’s Chief Secretary Varsh Sinha, Additional Chief Secretary for Industry Maheshwar Sahu.

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  • Multi-speciality hospital in Surat

    Gujarat CM Shri Narendra Modi performed the ground breaking ceremony of proposed Patel community hospital at Katargam in Surat on 21st October 2013.

    This hospital will be constructed under Public Private Partnership. The Surat Municipal Corporation has allotted land for the proposed hospital which will be constructed through donations collected by over 150 donors belonging to Patidar community. The hospital will serve people belonging to all communities.

    The people of Surat as well as the donors were present at the event.

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  • Hon'ble Chief Minister hands over land allotment letters to 15,000 tribals in south Gujarat

    Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi today handed over land allotment letters to the tribals of five districts of south Gujarat in Vansda, entitling them to cultivate on forest land. Addressing huge mass gathered at Vansda, Mr. Modi said now tribals will not get cheated by the middleman as the state government has provided land, water and electricity facilities to the tribal farmers.

    The state government has begun campaign of giving land cultivation rights to the tribals under Forest Right Act-2006. Chief Minister Narendra Modi today handed over land allocation letters to more than 15,000 tribals, total 95,206 acre forest land amounting Rs. 1,425 crore at Vansda of Navsari district.

    Large number of tribals from Navsari, Surat, Tapi, Valsad and Dang districts of south Gujarat today gathered in the event- Tribal Rights and Empowerment- jointly organized by Tribal Development and Forest Department in Vansda.

    With the commitment of economic and social empowerment of tribals, Chief Minister Narendra Modi distributed cheques of Rs. 12.90 crore under the various schemes of forest department to 715 beneficiaries.

    Claims of individual and collective succession rights of 61,974 tribals on total 6.41 lack acre have been granted under Forest Right Act. Tribals and Dalits account 22% in the total population of the state. The state government has implemented human welfare programme and has begun mission to empower this 22% of population, adding them to the mainstream of development, Mr. Modi added.

    Tribals were struggling for rights of cultivation of forest land since many of their generations but the present government willingly used the satellite technology of BISAG, locating the right beneficiaries and giving them their rights, the chief minister said.

    Mr Modi said, “The state government made a fresh deliberation and granted 22,000 new claims so that the tribal framers need not have to bow before any of the politician or government functionaries’. Under Forest Right Act 2006, the government has provided land cultivation rights to the tribals so that the middlemen and wasted interests could not snatch their lands. Chief Minister Narendra Modi has approved package of Rs. 40,000 crore for five years under Vanbandhu Kalyan Yojna for the development of tribals.

    It is Gujarat government’s priority to take tribals in development process. The state has taken various initiatives on this direction ranging from encouraging girl child education to higher education and technical education among tirbals, he said.

    Gujarat Government has set up 95 Science Stream higher secondary schools in tribal regions, ITIs, Engineering, Nursing and Agriculture colleges in every talukas. The former governments did not provide any budget under tribal head, against that this government has provided budget of Rs. 15,000 crore under Vanbandhu Kalyan Package. By the time of the completion of the scheme tenure the government made an expenditure of Rs. 17,000 under this package. And for next five years the government has increased this package to Rs. 40,000 crore. With this budget the infrastructural facilities will take shape in tribal sector with much more rapid pace. The 108 emergency services saved the lives of tribal pregnant mothers and children. The 108 had saved lives of poor tribals on the instances of snake bite, Mr. Modi said.

    He said that our government showed a path for tribals to be partner in nation building by empowering them. For the first time after independence it was the non-congress government of former prime minister Mr. Atal Bihari Vajpayeeji which formed a separate ministry for tribals. Congress has merely deceived tribals for vote-bank.

    The State Tribal Development Department and Forest Environment Minister Mr. Ganpatsinh Vasawa gave outline of the budged which Mr. Modi allotted for tribal development. The farmers living in eastern tribal sector of South Gujarat have now turned to improved farming due to state government’s stimulus policy.

    The Deputy Speaker of State Assembly Mr. Mangubhai Patel lauded such an event which has been organized for the tribal empowerment. He said that Mr. Modi had struggled with central government for giving tribals the rights of forest land. “As a result of his efforts the tribals of Vansda are getting their rights today”, he added saying that it is surely a happy and pride moment for the beneficiaries.

    The MP of Rajya Sabha Mr. Bharatsinh Parmar and former minister & former MP Mr. Kanjibhai Patel described the atmosphere on the event as that of Diwali.

    In his welcome speech Mr. Agarwal, Principal Secretary to Tribal Development Department gave outline of the programme.

    The beneficiaries acquainted those on present their improved financial condition due to the forestation initiatives of the government and the cultivation rights given to them by the state government.

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  • Hon'ble Chief Minister Addresses Tribal Rights & Empowerment Program in Vansada, Navsari

    On 21st October 2013 Shri Narendra Modi will address “Tribal Rights & Empowerment Program” in Vansada, Navsari at 11 am.

    During the event, beneficiaries from Navsari, Dang, Tapi and Valsad will be given the right to cultivate around 4 lakh hectare of forest land.

    The event is jointly organized by Tribal Development Department and Forest and Environment Department of Gujarat. Ministers of Gujarat, Smt. Anandiben Patel and Shri Ganpatbhai Vasava to be present at the event.

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  • Best Solutions for an Urbanized India From Gujarat's Hon'ble Chief Minister

    A recent striking example was discernible at the National Summit on Inclusive Urban Development, where he laid out ‘solutionsfor an urbanized India.’

    Select towns for solid waste management and waste water treatment

    In order to adapt to the demands of the rapid urbanization, experts have often stated that two critical facets have to be adhered to which is solid waste management and waste water treatment.

    In his talk, Chief Minister Narendra Modi said that in one of his meetings with the Prime Minister of India, he brought up the idea of identifying 500 towns in India, where solid waste management and waste water treatment could be implemented.

    He stressed upon the fact that this will ensure that what is being produced in the citieswill be passed on to villages. Say for example fertilizers in the citiesproduced could be passed on villages for multiple purposes. This mutual relationship between the cities and the villages will never give rise to conflicts. This will ensure farmers and those living in the cities are also happy.

    To this suggestion, the Prime Minister had responded saying that ‘The idea sounds good, please show us a pilot model and then present it to the planning commission‘, and as expected sadly it stopped there.

    But the Gujarat government on its part has taken up 50 towns in the state and has embarked on initiatives like ‘Clean city, Green city’ in partnership with countries like Japan to implement solid waste management and waste water treatment.

    Evolve social mechanisms to reduce inequality

    In order to reduce inequality,Mr. Modi opined that one must focus on inclusive growth and there is no shortcut to it, while elaborating he said that we must identify the most backward areas in our cities and towns and make note if they indeed have their basic amenities in place. If they don’t thenthere is an urgent need to evolve social mechanisms which will help reduce inequality and ensure the basics like health, sanitation, education etc. reach those who have been deprived of the same.

    Mr. Modi was spot on that there is a need to constantly reinvent and adapt to the growing demands of the world in order to reduce inequality.

    Conserve natural resources

    Citing the example of Mahatma Gandhi’s house in Porbandar, Mr. Modi said that it is a must that we conserve natural resources. The example transported everybody to Mahatma Gandhi’s house to visualize an infrastructure built more than 200 years ago used for rain water harvesting. It all the more came with a pinch, that when our ancestors took such great care of conserving natural resources more than 200 years ago, why cannot we do so now? , Mr. Modi asked

    Focus on Human Resource Development

    Mr. Modi stated that most of the urban activities are technical in nature, but the personnel who handle these jobs are often clerical by description. Therefore this poses as a serious limitation.

    Thus the focus he said should be on opening universities on urban planning, urban infrastructure, urban development for the benefit of youngsters to learn the nuances in meeting the demands of urbanization. Indeed it is true, without manpower there would be no solution and if people have to play an integral role in democracy then getting the knowledge and putting it into action is by far the need of the hour.

    Train Urban police

    Citing the need for training urban police, Mr Modi emphasized that police personnel in urban areas require a specific kind of training to meet the demands of the law and order situation. Thus it becomes essential for both Central and state government to train urban police in view of the safety and security of its people.

    Change the psyche of the people

    Citing a striking example which resonated with the audience, Mr. Modi said how he made the widely acclaimed BRTS a huge success. A list of all top personalities, political leaders, bureaucrats, lawyers etc. was made and they were all asked to travel in the BRTS, why this the Chief Minister himself admitted that he also travelled by the BRTS.

    Mr. Modi did not fall of explaining the logic behind it, by stating that while offering citizen centric services it is also important change the psyche of the people towards utilizing these services.

    Well, applause was all that to follow, as the audience were gripped in attention in awe of an able leader.

    Serve with a vision

    In my opinion, what struck an emotional chord with all those present is the fact that Mr. Modi outlined a vision for all to serve towards.

    Two very vital landmark dates were placed in front of the audience, one, August 15, 2022 when India will celebrate 75 years of Independence. He said that all of us must envision how our cities will be like when India celebrates 75 years of independence and persistently work towards it. This he reckoned will be a great contribution to this wonderful nation.

    Secondly, October 2nd 2019 will be Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary, as our dedication we must work towards keeping our places clean and spread the message of cleanliness, which Mahatma Gandhi stood for. This will undoubtedly be a remarkable contribution to the father of our nation.

    Each one of us should serve our nation with an intention to contribute significantly and leave a legacy for everyone to emulate, to substantiate this Mr. Modi said if a government is elected by the people for 5 years, then it should serve in such a way that there is a significant impact and that it leaves a legacy for others to emulate.

    As was evident, the solutions resonated with every one of those present from 411 districts and 26 states of India, to the 50 plus international delegates, to the 134 mayors, deputy mayors, to the 22 plus municipal commissioners and deputy commissioners from various municipal corporations in the country.

    Not only did they intently follow every word spoken, but admired a man of substance by even applauding with conviction and went back with a motivation that India has hope.

  • PDPU Convocation

    Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi while speaking at the convocation of Pandit Dindayal Petroleum University (PEPU) today called upon the Indian youths to show their mettle for delivering the world from the energy crises.

    PDPU, which has been in the field of creating skilled manpower and research in energy sector with the inspiration of Mr. Modi, organized its third convocation today at its campus near Gandhinagar. As many as 671 youths were handed over degrees and medals in PhD, post graduate and graduate categories by the Chief Minister, Chairman of Reliance group Mukesh Ambani and Group Executive President of British Petroleum Mr. Bob Dudli.

    Wishing bright future to the degree-holders Mr. Modi exuded faith these vigourous youths would instill the country with fresh energy.

    “If we can employ India’s youth for the good of humanity, the loss we made in past 60 years could be covered in next 10 years”, Mr. Modi said. He stressed on taking the youth population as India’s ‘demographic dividend’ in order to take the country to new heights even in the midst of many difficulties.

    Speaking of Mahatma Gandhi, Rammanohar Lohiya and Pandit Dindayal Upadhyay the Chief Minister said their thoughts and inspiration for nation building is still relevant.

    He said that India had its influence over the world for 1800 years in the times of Nalanda, Takshshila and Valabhi Universities. But India’s prowesses get paralyzed during 800 years of its slavery. “Now, PDPU should resolve to show new direction to the world not merely as a petroleum university but as an energy university”, he suggested.

    He spoke about the State’s innovative initiatives like putting rooftop solar penal over Narmada canal that would harness the solar power and stop water from evaporating. He asked PDPU to get into research in this direction and take on the challenge of making Gandhinagar a solar city.

    He also suggested that PDPU should come up with a new model of energy savings for auto sector, as Gujarat is pointing towards top position in auto sector.

    He said that investments worth Rs. 1.25 lakh crore in the power projects of 20,000 MW have been of no use due to UPA’s lack of planning for energy sector and hence the non-availability of fuel for power generation. “Where you have fuel in place, you don’t have transmission network. And where you have everything in place, you have UPA’s politics as a hurdle”, he said, suggesting that this unfortunate situation has way out in empowerment of youths. He said that youths should imbibe the mantra of “India first” in order to bring about real change in the country.

    Congratulating the degree-holders PDPU president and chairman & managing director of Reliance Industries Mr. Mukesh Ambani said that every successful PDPU student is not merely a university pass-out but India’s ambassador on international level. And therefore the hard-work of students has been connected with development of the nation.

    “Within only 6-7 years of the functioning this university has earned fame on global level. The inspiration from Gujarat Chief Minister Mr. Narendra Modi and the university management are in the basis of this fame”, he added.

    He described the university as “Global Centre of Excellence”. He said that getting a degree is not the end of the study, but it is the fresh beginning of more serious study and further research in one’s career. “You also need inner energy in order to succeed in the energy sector on external front”, said Mr. Ambani.

    Mr. Bob Dudli, group chief executive of British Petroleum Co. and the chief guest of the convocation ceremony said that today the whole world is facing energy crisis. While this crisis is going to become more terrible, the line of study chosen by the PDPU students to be experts in the field of energy is well suited to the demand of the time. “Today’s need is not only the energy security, but we also have to look for the green and clean energy for the benefit of the environment”, he added.

    Acknowledging the development in Gujarat’s energy sector Mr. Bob Dudli said that in order to succeed there are three elements which are most useful: technology, co-operation in policy making and the partnership. Gujarat has put in place all these three elements and its development is witnessed by the whole world.

    On this occasion the former chairman of Shell Group Mr. Vikramsingh Mehta said that the energy security is the demand of this time and the students from PDPU will contribute in this sector.

    In his welcome speech Mr. D.J. Pandian, principal secretary to state energy department said that PDPU achieved a place in the top three universities of Gujarat and within short period it will secure a place in top 100 universities of the world. The university also inculcates the human values along with the technological knowledge in its students, he said.

    The 671 students who received degrees include one Ph.D. student, 172 post-graduate and 476 graduate and other students. Among these 22 students received gold medal.

    Energy Minister Mr. Saurabh Patel, high officials, leaders and parents of pass-out students were present on the occasion.

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  • National Summit on Inclusive Urban Development commences at Mahatma Mandir, Gandhinagar

    National Summit on Inclusive Urban Development commences at Mahatma Mandir, Gandhinagar

    Hon'ble Chief Minster of Gujarat addressed the National Summit on Inclusive Urban Development at Gandhinagar’s Mahatma Mandir on the morning of Thursday 17th October 2013. Shri Narendra Modi affirmed that instead of treating urbanisation as a burden, it should be treated as an opportunity and a matter of strength. He said, “We kept expressing concerns about villages reducing and the number of people in cities increasing. But what if we had accepted the truth from Day 1? Urbanisation is not something on which we can express tears. It is not a challenge. Why not consider it as a strength? Once you see it like an opportunity, work can be done effectively and there will be great results.” He rightly pointed that with urbanisation happening at a great pace, the old mindset cannot change anything. What is needed is invigorating our approach with things like latest technology and modern initiatives like solid waste management, waste water treatment etc.

    Narendra Modi ji said that the glory of a city does not merely come by installing big gates or infrastructure only but it comes when each and every person of the city is integrated into the development journey. Shri Modi even talked about increasing the human resource development potential among the urban population, which can go a long way in developing our cities.

    Modi ji inspired the gathering to look ahead at two events that can go a long way towards India’s urban regeneration. Shri Modi urged the people to look at 2022, when India will celebrate 75th year of Independence and asked them to think on how they dream their city to be in 2022. The other is to work towards clean cities keeping in mind the 150th birth anniversary celebrations of Mahatma Gandhi, a Yug Purush who gave lot of importance to cleanliness during his lifetime.

    At the same time, Shri Modi shared the Gujarat Government’s Rurban Mantra. In this context he shared, “We came up with the Rurban concept- Aatma Gaanv Ki, Suvidha Sheher Ki (the spirit of the village and the facilities associated with a city).” Shri Modi talked about the success of initiatives like the Jyotigram Yojana which gave three phase uninterrupted power to the villages due to which migration to the cities reduced. Modi ji opined that the vision of the Gujarat Government is two fold- to enable people to remain in the villages and to strengthen the cities as well. Modi ji also called for embracing Jan Bhagidari model in the cities of Gujarat, even throwing light on his PPPP model going a step ahead of the PPP model.

    Shri Modi also called for leading from the front with new ideas in the field of urban development. He shared the Gujarat Government’s dream to make Gandhinagar a solar city, which would be an effort towards mitigating global warming. Mr. Modi recalled his meeting with the Prime Minister a few years ago where he gave the idea of choosing 500 cities all over India where the focus would be on solid waste management and waste water treatment. Shri Modi also urged the PM to look at next generation programme of JNNURM. Modi ji shared that the PM appreciated the idea but nothing happened. Gujarat did pilot testing as well but again, there was no response from the Centre, forcing the Gujarat government to start these initiatives in their cities so that it can be effective in the times to come.

    During his speech Shri Modi congratulated the authorities for organizing the National Summit on Inclusive Urban Development. Describing as an unofficial parliament of urban India, Shri Modi expressed confidence that the sessions during the summit would be fruitful and the suggestions would go a long way in making the future of urban India brighter. 26 states of India, over 400 districts and many Mayors, Deputy Mayors and other officials from various Indian cities attended the summit.

    Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Takeshi Yagi, the Honourable Ambassador of Japan said that he has very fond memories of his visit to Gandhinagar for the Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit 2013. He welcomed the idea of holding thematic summits like this. Ambassador Yagi talked about the close ties between Japan and Gujarat, saying that ten years ago there were 6 Japanese companies in Gujarat but today there are more than 60 companies with several other companies yet to come.

    Dr. M Ramachandran, former Secretary Urban Development (Government of India) listed out the challenges faced by urban India today including water shortage, waste management and sanitation.

    Urban Development Minister (Government of Gujarat) Smt. Anandiben Patel welcomed the dignitaries on behalf of the Government of Gujarat and talked about the role of cities in the growth of nations. She said that urbanisation cannot be seen as a burden but should be an opportunity. She then talked about Gujarat’s efforts in creating better cities be it the BRTS in Ahmedabad and Rajkot, the changes in Surat, the Sabarmati Riverfront and Kankaria Lake projects.She opined that Gujarat has presented a new model of urban development.

    A coffee table book ‘Gujarat: Unveiling Urban Development; Emerging Trends’ was released by Shri Narendra Modi on the occasion.

  • Hon'ble Chief Minister inaugurated the scenic gardens at Sabarmati Riverfront , Ahmedabad

    Hon'ble Chief Minister inaugurated the scenic gardens at Sabarmati Riverfront , Ahmedabad

    On the afternoon of 16th October 2013, Senior BJP leader Shri L K Advani and Shri Narendra Modi and inaugurated the scenic gardens at Sabarmati Riverfront , Ahmedabad.

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  • Hon'ble Chief Minister addressed the Inauguration of Institute of Infrastructure, Technology, Research and Management (IITRAM)

    Hon'ble Chief Minister addressed the Inauguration of Institute of Infrastructure, Technology, Research and Management (IITRAM)

    Shri Narendra Modi attended the inauguration ceremony of Institute of Infrastructure, Research and Management (IITRAM), which is situated in his Assembly constituency of Maninagar. IITRAM was inaugurated by former Deputy PM of India and Lok Sabha MP from Gandhinagar Shri LK Advani ji. Shri Narendra Modi stressed on the need to create a strong and skilled manpower that will take India to newer heights and talked at length about the importance of human resource development in taking India ahead on the path of development. He said, “Need of the hour is to create skilled manpower that can help in Rashtra Nirman. And we will need so much manpower in the coming days. Human resource development is linked to the future of the nation. And we are blessed with tremendous youth power. Imagine how much they can contribute towards nation building.”

    Narendra Modi ji recalled that earlier experiencing poverty and difficulty was considered to be a virtue but that has changed. “In this era when we are living in a global world it is important to make our place in the world and this cannot happen merely by reciting quotes. The world will see the strength you have, the state of your economy, how you are embracing technology and how you are working towards human resource development,” Modi ji affirmed.

    He added, “Perhaps earlier strength was accepted due to military or economic power but today there are several other factors that determine the strength of a nation and one such factor is knowledge. It is very important to scale new heights of knowledge.” Modi ji spoke about the strides Gujarat has been making in education especially with the addition of facilities such as long distance learning through technology and the specialized universities that have given more opportunities to the students.

    Shri Modi pointed that the world also sees how good a nation’s infrastructure is and added that a lot of private investment is coming into the infrastructure sector. He avowed that India was slow on the development of human resources and skilled manpower and there was neither vision nor foresight.

    Modi ji categorically stated that development is one that touches every single person and that mere words are not enough to guarantee development. “Aspirations are rising and people are saying we want better services. It is for the government to fulfill these aspirations,” Shri Modi said. He went on to say that the way lies in empowerment of youth and opined.

    During his speech Shri Modi came down heavily against the attitude of the Centre of suppressing the democratic voices, particularly in states that elect Governments of other parties. Giving the example of IITRAM itself Shri Modi said, “Infact, we are late in the setting up of IITRAM. We passed the bill but the Governor refused to sign it. It was passed for the second time as well. Still the bill remained pending for six months. They were determined not to let it pass till December 2012. Then we said pass it in March so that we can commence with admissions in June but that did not happen,” and added, “Those states that are particularly against the Centre are facing this problem. Who is bigger, the six crore people of Gujarat or select people holding office?”

    Shri Modi extended his gratitude to Advani ji and said that he agreed with Advani ji that there will be change in 2014 and the BJP will for the Government.

    Apart from Shri Advani ji and Shri Modi, Urban Development Minister Smt. Anandiben Patel, Education Minister Shri Bhupendrasinh Chudasama, Minister of State Smt. Vasuben Trivedi were present on the occasion. Mr. Sudhir Jain spoke and explained the idea behind IITRAM to the audience.

  • Global Meet of Emerging Markets Forum on 14th October 2013

    On Monday 14th October 2013 Shri Narendra Modi will address the 2013 Global Meeting of the Emerging Markets Forum via video conferencing. Shri Modi’s speech will commence at 8:30 AM local time (which is 6:30 PM IST). Shri Modi will speak on ‘Effective Governance: Getting Results in a Democracy.’

    The Emerging Markets Forum was is a non-profit initiative that was created to bring together high-level government personalities and corporate leaders to discuss key issues related to the emerging markets.

    Apart from Shri Modi several leaders from across the world would address the Global Meeting 2013. This includes Mr. Horst Koehler, the former President of the Federal Republic of Germany, Mr. Raila Odinga, the former Prime Minister of Kenya and Mr. Carlos Mesa, who served as the President of Bolivia.

  • Gujarat's CM Narendra Modi performs Shastra Puja on Vijayadashmi

    On the morning of Sunday 13th October Shri Narendra Modi extended his greetings to the people on the occasion of Vijayadashmi. As he does every year, Narendra Modi ji joined ‘Shastra Puja’ in the presence of the police and security personnel.

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  • Chief Minister Mr. Narendra Modi completes 12 years at the helm of Gujarat

    Gujarat chief minister Mr. Narendra Modi, who took over the office of chief minister on October 7, 2001, will complete 12 years at the helm of the state’s governance. Under Mr. Modi’s leadership Gujarat’s development journey has established unique identity and stature in the country and the World across.

    Tomorrow – October 7, 2013, the present state government will enter into the 13th year under the leadership of Mr. Modi. This is record in the history of Gujarat’s political and public life making Mr. Modi as the longest serving chief minister for the state.

    On this occasion, Gujarat government’s people’s welfare oriented achievements and an outline of all-round development has been presented in this article.

    Remember the situation of Gujarat in the 21st Century… ravaged by the earthquake… windstorm and scarcity hit Gujarat…electricity deficiency…degraded agriculture and industrial sectors… unemployment problems…and so many other difficulties and challenges had gripped Gujarat. People of Gujarat who witnessed all these problems in the beginning of 21ST Century, have seen a new wave of change-transformation from the year 2001… all-round development has dawned and Gujarat is shining under it…people are witnessing their dreams and decisions getting realized…and the reason behind these is because Gujarat had initiated a ‘Panchamrut’ –inclusive and unstoppable development journey on October 7, 2001 under the leadership of Mr. Narendra Modi. Today with completion of twelve glorious years, this chapter of phenomenal development has got engraved in the hearts of the people of Gujarat.

    For Gujarat, when it got carved out as separate state from the Brihan Mumbai State on May 1, 1960, all the Gujaratis took a pledge of creating a very special state of Gujarat. All the Gujaratis have been working so dedicatedly and contributing to the development of Gujarat and to realize the dreams initiating a ‘mahayagya’ where it has been following in the footsteps of Gandhiji, influenced by decision making power of Sardar Patel, piousness of Pandit Ravishankar and cohesiveness and simplicity of Induchacha… and because of the all the hard work and industrious efforts, Gujarat has been shining and became vibrant in entire World.

    Gujarat’s development strategy could be attributed to enforcing of a focused 360 degree growth model and it has its over 6 crore of population at the centre stage of it. Because of its all-round development, it is not just the country but countries from around the globe are looking at Gujarat. State has adopted three-tier model focusing on proper development of industry, agriculture and service sector in the state. And, because of a balanced development of all these three sectors speed of Gujarat’s economic growth never goes into a slump.

    Gujarat’s industrial development has attracted the entire world and it has become the growth engine of nation. Having 5% population of India, Gujarat’s achievements are exemplary and commendable. For entire country’s share, the state contributes around 98% of soda-ash, 80% of diamond polish and exports, salt production 75%, petrochemicals 62%, crude oil 53%, chemicals 51%, cargo handling 35% and natural gas (offshore) 30%. Because of an investor friendly environment Gujarat has been able to attract investment for over six Vibrant Summits.

    Of the total DMIC corridor, state has around 60% share of it and 40% of freight corridor passes from Gujarat, and to leverage such opportunities Gujarat became first state to develop Special Economic Zones (SEZs). In Dholera it is building a city on the scale of an international business hub and GIFT City in Gandhinagar. For over 135 projects, the state has implemented plans in ports; power, road, water and other internal infrastructure needs worth Rs 1 lakh crore and these all are being done under PPP model.

    In agriculture sector Gujarat has taken so many initiatives giving due importance to different aspects of the field. Linking knowledge and research of agri varsities to the farm under land to lab project and even introduced soil health card. With all such all round efforts, today it has annual agriculture produce touching worth Rs. 1.11 lakh crore which once was just Rs 9,000 crore. While cotton production has jumped from 21 lakh bales to 1.20 crore bales, 42 lakh farmers have got soil health card and 1.25 crore animals are being checked under health camps. Entire nation’s agriculture growth rate is around 3.5% while Gujarat is marching ahead of all over 10.7% rate of growth. In the beginning 40 years of Gujarat, only 6.30 lakh agriculture power connections were given while in last one decade it has given 4 lakh new connections. Similarly, the amount of electricity subsidy for farmers went up from Rs 300 crore to Rs 3000 crore. Completed canal work of Narmada for over 458 km and of 38 planned, works for 29 canals have been finished. Till date over Rs 35,000 crore have been spent on these works and generated electricity of 2160 crore unit from its hydro power plants.

    For the development of service sector and making it people oriented, state has done micro level planning to take the fruits of development to each person of the state. It has made health services speedy and efficient. Over 500 ambulances under the 108 emergency services reach the affected people within few minutes and it has taken the problems of malnutrition head on to eradicate it and under this different projects are being implemented for strengthening, implementing and monitoring of the schemes and results. It has given 24 hour three-phase power supply and initiated mass programs for school enrollment and also to promote girl child education. Empowered the panchayats and became the first state to decentralize the powers.

    On the IT front, Gujarat has made strides taking major initiatives on e-governance. It has laid over 1.5 lakh km of fiber cable network and linked majority of government functioning under Gswan making it Asia’s largest network. Chief Minister Mr. Modi handles people’s complaints online using Gswan while state has also become hub for green energy where so many projects have been implemented under solar, wind and canal-bed power production systems.

    Correct yardstick of development of any state is based on the how much it has done for the deprived. Gujarat has given land plots to over 8 lakh below poverty line families in rural areas and over 1000 Garib Kalyan Mela are being held where over 85 lakh beneficiaries are directly awarded with benefits of over Rs 13,000 crore to do away with the middlemen.

    For all-round development of Vanbandhu, state has implemented Rs 15000 crore Vanbandhu Kalyan Yojana, Rs 11000 crore Sagarkhedu Yojana and Rs 13000 crore for urban poor. State government has always remained ever ready to be at the help of needy section of the society.

    Under Mr. Modi’s leadership Gujarat has made progress in all the directions and not only for country but for entire World it has given a new inspiration for development.

  • Grand start to Navratri festivities across Gujarat

    The 9-day Navratri celebrations got off to a grand start on Saturday 5th October 2013. Attending the celebrations in Ahmedabad Shri Narendra Modi extended his greetings for the auspicious festival and said that this is a festival observed all over India with great Bhakti. He shared that many people also fast during these days.

    Shri Modi said that the celebration of festivals such as Navratri and Kite flying have showcased the strength of Gujarat to the world. He stated that through this Gujarat has made a mark for itself on the world stage and for which it is getting the benefits in every sphere. Narendra Modi also said that these festivals have become a festival of the youth and he wished everyone for a great festival ahead.

    Tourism Minister Saurabhbhai Patel pointed that Gujarat is a state where life is a celebration and he talked about how Garba created a global identity across the world.

    Also present on the occasion were Revenue Minister Smt. Anandiben Patel, Sports Minister Shri Ramanlal Vora, Minister of State Shri Pradeepsinh Jadeja, Rajya Sabha MP Shri Parimal Nathwani, Chief Secretary Shri Varesh Sinha, Shri Bhagyesh Jha among others were present on the occasion.

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  • Shri Narendra Modi inaugurates Gymkhana of the Sachivalaya, Gandhinagar

    On the evening of 5th October 2013, Shri Narendra Modi inaugurated the Gymkhana of Sachivalaya, Gandhinagar. The Gymkhana Green building has the modern facilities of Gymnasium, Yoga Room, Swimming Pool , Badminton Court and Library

  • Gujart's CM meets Sandip Kumar & Tahira, beneficiaries of a Kidney Transplant

    On Thursday 3rd October 2013 Shri Narendra Modi met two individuals, Shri Sandip Kumar and PhD Student from Aligarh Muslim University Tahira. These two individuals received the kidney of a brain dead person from Surat Manjulaben Dhola through transplantation. Both Sandip ji and Tahira ji expressed their happiness at this noble gesture. Shri Modi expressed his best wishes and prayed for their healthy life.

  • Gujarat chief minister Mr. Narendra Modi on Thursday congratulated the newly appointed Deputy Speaker of the assembly Mr. Mangubhai Patel

    Gujarat chief minister Mr. Narendra Modi on Thursday congratulated the newly appointed Deputy Speaker of the assembly Mr. Mangubhai Patel. Member of the legislative assembly (MLA) representing the Gandevi constituency of South Gujarat, Mr. Patel has been appointed as the deputy speaker for the 13th State Assembly here on October 3.

    During the assembly session, the House unanimously nominated Mr. Patel for the post of deputy speaker and following which he was formally appointed as the new deputy speaker. Leader of the House, Mr. Narendra Modi, Finance Minister Mr. Nitin Patel and Tribal Welfare Minister Mr. Ganpat Vasava while welcoming Mr. Patel accompanied him to the honourable chair, and complimented for accepting the post.

  • Guajrat's CM Shri Narendra Modi addresses finale of Manthan in Delhi

    Addressing a record number of youngsters at the finale of Manthan in Delhi, Shri Narendra Modi inspired the youngsters to believe in themselves and said that the only solution to all problems is development. He answered the questions put forward by youngsters from all over the nation. Over 8000 questions came from all the parts of the nation, which Shri Modi answered in his unique and inspiring style.

    The questions Shri Modi received were diverse in nature. A girl asked him on whether the ideas they have shared today will be implemented. Mayank from IIT Delhi wanted to know- if I want to vote for a party but the candidate is a criminal what shall I do? There was another question on India’s defence self sufficient in producing weapons.

    A question on agriculture and farmer suicides was asked to Shri Modi. A resident from Gujarat wanted to know about Gujarat’s development once Shri Modi becomes the Prime Minister of India. A girl from Assam asked Shri Modi about what prospects Shri Modi finds appealing from the North East. Thoughts on women’s safety were also raised.

    Youngsters wanted to know about Shri Modi’s own political journey, how did he start it. One youngster asked about the fears a middle class youngster would have if he or she wanted to join politics. Questions went about the link between terrorism and Pakistan and where Shri Modi sees India in 2020.

    The youth were keen to hear Shri Modi’s views on agriculture and why there are farmer suicides despite such big promises of food security. Shri Modi’s views on secularism were also sought. Shri Modi as asked a question on how he views secularism and what needs to be done to increase voter awareness and participation among the young.

    On the development of the North East, Shri Modi called for the strengthening of tourism in the area. He said, “It is my conviction that terrorism divides, tourism unites.” Shri Modi shared that two years ago he had written to the Chief Ministers of North Eastern states for an initiative where 200 women police personnel from each North East state can come to Gujarat. This can strengthen integration and their fluency in English can give a great push to the concept of tourism police.

    Commenting about the need for transparency in policy making and the importance of people participation in governance Shri Modi shared, “People participation in policy making can make a big difference. We need openness in Governance. So we put draft policies online and this has been very successful. After framing policies we never have to look back because after all it is the people who made them!”

    Narendra Modi ji also called for integrating universities into policymaking as there is a lot to gain from their academic expertise. He commented, “There is a disconnect. Thinkers are at one place, decision makers are at another place and those who work are at another place.”

    On the state of agriculture, Shri Modi strongly pitched for the lab to land approach. He called for dividing agriculture into three aspects- regular farming, animal husbandry and agro forestry. He recalled that he was made the head of an expert committee by the Prime Minister on issues pertaining to agriculture but nothing has been done on the recommendations made. Referring to that Shri Modi pointed, “We had a lot of meetings, did a lot of studies and worked very hard. We gave the report but it has been two years since we gave the report and what followed I do not have to say. 62 actionable points were given. It was also suggested to divide the FCI into three parts – for buyers, those who keep the grains and the distributors.” Likewise, Shri Modi also pointed that technology must be used to ascertain what is needed where, which will help agriculture. He also called for the need for land measurement, which has not been done for years.

    Narendra Bhai called for focusing on outcome over outlay and called for going ahead of outcome to work towards social auditing. Likewise, he spoke about the need to integrate technology in every aspect of our lives. He opined that technology goes a long way in improving transparency too.

    Answering the question on poor candidates, Shri Modi said that the Honourable Supreme Court has already answered that question and removed the tension among the voters.

    Removing the fears of the youngsters who felt that their background may be an impediment to work for the nation Shri Modi stated, “Forget if you are rich or poor. You must have faith in yourself. I come from a very poor family. I said it for the first time recently that in my childhood I sold tea in the Railways. Before being the Chief Minister I did not even know how a CM’s chamber looks like. I never fought an election at school, not even for the post of monitor…forget all this about your background and where you were born. If you have the passion to work then just get up and set forth and you will find the way!”

    Narendrabhai said that for him secularism means India First. He added, “Justice to all, appeasement for none. No votebank politics. Poor is poor. Immaterial if he or she goes to a Temple, Mosque or Gurudwara. For some secularism has become a tool to mislead the people.” Shri Modi expressed confidence that the nation has moved ahead from the dialogues of the 1980s and the people recognize those misleading them.

    Shri Modi called for integrating women in the decision making process and to make them self-sufficient. He shared that Asian countries have accepted women leaders.

    During the interaction he stressed on the need for youngsters to register as voters, saying that becoming a voter must become a matter of great pride. He urged youngsters to join the India272 platform and share their thoughts with him there.

    As Shri Modi concluded his speech the youngsters gave him a standing ovation and said, “WE WANT MODI, WE WANT MODI!”

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  • Grand finale of Manthan in Delhi

    On the afternoon of Wednesday 2nd October 2013 Shri Narendra Modi came to Delhi to attend the grand finale of Manthan. Speaking at the beginning of the programme, Shri Modi said that he looks forward to sitting among the youngsters as a student and hear their thoughts and ideas. Shri Modi went on to say that the youngsters have done Manthan that is both online and offline. He added that this is a Manthan that has seen participation by all types of people and it has been done democratically.

    The dignitaries who were present were former Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh (1995-2004) Shri Chandrababu Naidu of the Telugu Desam Party and eminent lawyer and MP Shri Ram Jethmalani.

    In his speech, Shri Naidu gave an open call to defeat the Congress so that India can prosper. He added that if this does not happen, everyone would have to suffer. Shri Chandrababu Naidu showered praise on the working of the NDA Government under Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Shri LK Advani. He opined that the pace of reforms that was very slow through the Congress years picked pace. He spoke about how it was the TDP and the NDA that added value to Andhra Pradesh and especially Hyderabad, where leaders like Mr. Bill Clinton and Mr. Tony Blair visited, giving the example of their Vision 2020. He credited the NDA for the telecom revolution, the work in roads, the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan and power reform among other things.

    Referring to the situation today, Shri Naidu affirmed that the common man is suffering due to rising prices, agriculture is in the doldrums, law and order is a problem and schemes are mere slogans. He urged the youngsters to use the 2014 elections as an opportunity to begin India’s journey as a superpower.

    On Shri Narendra Modi, Shri Chandrababu Naidu said, “After 2004 people are talking about Gujarat. There is a total shift to Gujarat (like it was for Hyderabad before.”

    Large number of youngsters are present on the occasion.


    On 2nd October 2013 Shri Narendra Modi will interact with college students at the finale of Manthan. He will also deliver the closing address for the event. The programme will be held at New Delhi’s Thyagaraj Stadium and is being organized by the Citizens of Accountable Governance (CAG). Manthan is among India’s biggest youth movement that is seeking to set a positive agenda before the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. Over 7000 students from over 200 top colleges across the nation will attend the interaction with Shri Modi. The colleges include the IITs, IIMs, Business Schools, Law Schools and other universities.

    The movement encouraged college students to come up with innovative solutions to 14 most crucial challenges facing India today. Over 20,000 students from over 700 colleges spread across 250 cities participated. The adjudication happened using a two-pronged approach. Over 5 lakh students voted on the Manthan website to select the best ideas and at the same time over 50 experts from various fields provided their inputs. The top 3 ideas from each theme have been selected.

    Shri Narendra Modi has been invited as the speaker for the Manthan finale on the popular request of the youth. In an online poll during the last two months over 80% of youngsters voted for Shri Modi as the leader they would like to listen.

  • Narendra Modi meets students from Jammu and Kashmir

    On Tuesday 1st October 2013 Shri Narendra Modi met a group of 20 students from Jammu and Kashmir. The group of students has embarked on a Bharat Darshan journey across the nation. They have visited various places in Gujarat. Today they met Shri Narendra Modi at the Gujarat Vidhan Sabha in Gandhinagar. They lauded the development journey of Gujarat during the last decade.

    The students who came study in schools across various districts of Jammu and Kashmir. They lauded the peace and progress in Gujarat while they met Shri Modi.

    Officers of the BSF were present on the occasion.

  • Narendra Modi to address finale of Manthan on 2nd October in Delhi

    On 2nd October 2013 Shri Narendra Modi will interact with college students at the finale of Manthan. He will also deliver the closing address for the event. The programme will be held at New Delhi’s Thyagaraj Stadium and is being organized by the Citizens of Accountable Governance (CAG). Manthan is among India’s biggest youth movement that is seeking to set a positive agenda before the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. Over 7000 students from over 200 top colleges across the nation will attend the interaction with Shri Modi. The colleges include the IITs, IIMs, Business Schools, Law Schools and other universities.

    The movement encouraged college students to come up with innovative solutions to 14 most crucial challenges facing India today. Over 20,000 students from over 700 colleges spread across 250 cities participated. The adjudication happened using a two-pronged approach. Over 5 lakh students voted on the Manthan website to select the best ideas and at the same time over 50 experts from various fields provided their inputs. The top 3 ideas from each theme have been selected.

    Shri Narendra Modi has been invited as the speaker for the Manthan finale on the popular request of the youth. In an online poll during the last two months over 80% of youngsters voted for Shri Modi as the leader they would like to listen.

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  • Apex Court?s decision in favour of Gujarat

    The Apex Court of India has directed the Centre to give (APM) CNG gas to Gujarat on the same rate as it is given to the other states.

    Giving details of the Supreme Court judgment Gujarat Energy Minister Saurabh Patel said the court has given this judgment during a hearing on a public interest litigation regarding CNG price hike in Gujarat. The Court has directed the Central government to give CNG to Gujarat on low cost as per APM formula, as it is given to the other states by the Centre.

    Energy Minister termed the verdict as Gujarat’s victory against the Centre’s injustice towards the state. He demanded to implement the court’s decision with immediate effect, so that 2.35 lakh vehicle owners of Gujarat can get CNG on the lower rates. This will ease the lives of large number of rickshaw drives and vehicle owners in the present scenario of heavy price-rise.

    He said the verdict has exposed the Center’s policy of favoritism in CNG allocation. The Apex Court has clearly said the Center cannot discriminate between two states while allocating the gas. This has uncovered center’s step-motherly treatment towards Gujarat and its double-standards, Mr. Patel said.

    Even after the Gujarat High court’s order to center, directing it to give CNG to Gujarat on the same rates as other states, the union ministers were harping blatant lies that there was no injustice to Gujarat. The Supreme Court’s verdict makes it clear that what they were saying was utter lie, said Mr. Patel.

    Mr. Patel said the UPA government was scared that if Gujarat government could succeed in giving CNG to its people on low cost, the BJP government’s popularity will touch the sky. And so the Centre compelled the Gujarat government to purchase CNG on high rates. But owing to the fighting spirit of Gujarat, the center’s injustice was challenged in the Supreme Court and so the Apex court’s today’s judgment can be equated with the victory of people of Gujarat.

  • Inauguration of Diamond Hall at the Bharat Diamond Bourse in Mumbai?s Bandra-Kurla Complex

    After a grand welcome at Mumbai airport on Monday 30th September 2013 Shri Narendra Modi inaugurated the Diamond Hall at the Bharat Diamond Bourse at Mumbai’s Bandra-Kurla Complex. Shri Modi stated categorically that the nature of politics had changed but some politicians prefer to stay in the mindset of the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. He added that nobody can put the poison of caste or divisive in the minds of the youth, who understand only one Mantra and one language- that of VIKAS (development).

    Narendra Modi ji spoke at length about the growing trust deficit that prevails across the nation today. He recalled that the end of the 20th century and the first few years of the 21st century were years of hope but that changed in the time to come. He said that the nation placed faith in the current Government but that balloon of trust burst after 2009 and since then it has been a great fall. “The Government has not been able to keep the nation together. This is a Government with whom the entire nation is not ready to walk with. This never happened earlier,” declared Shri Modi. He went on to say that even the allies of the UPA, one of whom is from Maharashtra will not be happy with the state of affairs prevalent today.

    He told the audience gathered on the occasion, “There have been a series of problems for the past nine years. Now it is for you to decide. Like the diamond, we need to make our nation shine. Many diamonds have shone, now it is for the nation to shine. And if you all decide no one can stop the nation form shining. There has been some of the other eclipse but it wont last beyond 8-9 months. After that we will reject all the problems and move ahead with new strength..”

    Referring to Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh’s meeting with Pakistan Prime Minister Dr. Nawaz Sharif, Shri Modi said that efforts were made to show the courage of the Government and even in the press conference all the strongest words in the dictionary were used to give the message to the people.

    Shri Modi attacked the Centre for the blatant misuse of central agencies like the CBI and the Income Tax Department. He stated, “They have lost control over everything else except the CBI and a little control over the Income Tax. Now they will see who welcomed Modi, who garlanded him and where do we start an IT raid from. Can a nation run with such revenge mindset?” Shri Modi avowed that for a decade a Centre tried to vilify Shri Modi with lies but he is made of the same soil as Mahatma Gandhi and Sardar Patel!

    During the function Shri Modi was weighed against silver and Shri Modi shared that the money from here would go towards building the Statue of Unity, which would be the tallest statue in the world to commemorate Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.

    Thanking the people for their warm welcome, Shri Modi said, “You have given a strong signal for change and this warm welcome illustrates that. It strengthens our resolve and will give them sleepless nights.” He added that the response he has got here much like a programme in a university among youngsters.

    Also present on the occasion were Shiv Sena President Shri Uddhav Thackeray and Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha Shri Gopinath Munde.

  • Gujarat's CM Shri Modi stresses on the importance of building Brand India at IAA celebrations

    Addressing the platinum jubilee celebrations of the International Advertising Association (IAA) in Mumbai, Shri Narendra Modi spoke about the need to establish Brand India on the world stage and called for having faith in ourselves and the products we make to give Brand India that global standing it deserves. He expressed concern over the colonial mindset due to which we have lost an opportunity to project Brand India to the world.

    Shri Modi said that we have two choices, either to impress or to inspire. In continuation he said, “To impress someone will not sustain whereas inspiring will sustain…let us forget impressing the world and think of inspiring the world. Let us walk ahead with that.”

    Narendra Modi ji avowed that as far as communicating and inspiring is concerned, there is no greater face in the last century than Mahatma Gandhi. He said, “He spoke of Ahimsa but carried a stick. He never wore a cap but the world wears a Gandhi Topi. Imagine the strength. That time the media was less yet his message reached everyone. Few have such communication skills.”

    He called for recognizing our strengths and then properly marketing them. Giving examples, Shri Modi said, “The World is talking about Global Warming and finding ways to mitigate it. Those who exploited nature are talking about it the most. But, we are the people who have such a rich culture and we can convince the world on ending global warming.” He further elaborated that as long as we considered the Ganga our Mother everything was going well but the moment we treated the Ganga as H2O, things changed. Shri Modi opined that we were never taught to exploit nature by our ancestor.

    Similarly, he called for presenting our heritage, culture and values to the rest of the world. Shri Modi shared that we have the oldest port cities and oldest cities in the world but did we present it to the world?

    Shri Modi said, “World did not run with military or economic power only. Biggest strength is soft power. We are so rich in soft power and no one can be as rich as us. What do we not have. We need to market it.” Giving the example of our music Shri Modi pointed, “See our music. It is not something merely for the years but it is integrated with the mind. Western music thrills the body but Indian music thrills the mind. What thrills the body has a short duration but what thrills the mind is eternal.” He further gave the examples of Yoga and Ayurveda to illustrate the importance of proper marketing and packaging. “We have all the things that the world wants but we lack faith in ourselves,” he opined.

    Modi ji called for taking pride in our cultural icons like Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore and called for popularizing vegetarianism as another facet of our culture. He also commented on a lost opportunity to market Brand India in a time when Indian Cinema is celebrating 100 years.

  • Hon'ble Chief Minister reviews situation in the wake of heavy rainfall in Gujarat

    Friday at Gandhinagar, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi today took stock of the overall rescue and relief operations for damage control on war footing in the aftermath of widespread heavy rains and flood since September 21, 2013 in most parts of the state.

    Presiding over a high-level review meeting here, Mr. Modi hailed the disaster management authority for alerting district administration on time to take emergent preemptive steps, immediately after receiving warning about likely heavy rains in different parts of the state.

    It was decided at the meeting to send a memorandum to the Union Government for Central assistance for rescue and relief operations.

    Gujarat received an average rainfall of 244 mm in seven days, resulting in rise in of water reservoirs from 13 to 23 percent in Kutch, from 23 to 45 percent in Saurashtra, with overflowing in 88 out of 135 dams in the region. The rise in underground water table should mitigate water shortage in this region.

    CM reviews situation in the wake of heavy rainfall in Gujarat The Chief Minister called for greater involvement and participation of the people, as part of the state’s long-term strategy, for maximizing use of the disaster management machinery to make the disaster management system more effective. The suggested steps include periodic checking of lifeboats, swimmers, fire brigade and other modern equipment.

    Mr. Modi asked the authorities concerned to establish more foolproof inbuilt systems to monitor and check inflow and outflow of rainwater at dams and reservoirs. He called for increasing the capacity of reservoirs on Tapi and Vishwamitra rivers for Surat and Vadodara respectively.

    He directed the administration to take up preventive steps for hygiene and cleanliness to check outbreak of monsoon-related diseases by urban, rural and local-government organizations, in all seriousness.

    Earlier, Revenue Minister Anandiben Patel and Energy Minister Saurabh Patel, besides Chief Secretary Varesh Sinha and senior Secretaries of Departments concerned, briefed the meeting about the directives and revised guidelines issued to respective District Guardian Secretaries and Collectors to send rescue and relief teams to the affected areas in time. The district administrations were in constant touch with their respective Guardian Ministers and Guardian Secretaries. This saved the state from major damage due to the fury of natural calamity.

    Relief Commissioner P.K. Parmar said that emergent rescue and relief operations saved loss of life and property to a great extent. As many as 1.10-lakh people had to be evacuated to shifted to safer places. In all, 478 medical teams of the Health Department are working are deployed in affected areas. Traffic has been temporarily restricted or diverted on 106 stretches of roads. Electricity supply has been restored.

  • Mata Amritanandamayi is inspiring people towards Madhav Seva

    On Thursday 26th September 2013 Shri Narendra Modi attended the 60th birthday celebrations of Satguru Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi in Amritapuri, Kerala. In a deeply motivating and inspirational speech, Shri Modi lauded the rich contribution of the Saints and Seers in building our nation, saying there in every corner of the country there are Saints and Seers who are doing noble acts of social service. Shri Modi stated that the real spirituality is living the Mantra of ‘Sarvajan Hitai, Sarvajan Sukhai’ and that it was our forefathers who taught us that more than everything else, we should wipe the tears of the poor.

    Shri Modi praised the noble initiatives of community service being done by Mata Amritanandamayi. He affirmed that our Rishis talked about everyone’s happiness and Amma is showing the way to achieve that happiness for everyone. He went on to say that leading spiritual lights such as Swami Vivekananda and Sri Aurobindo dreamt of a glorious India and it is respected leaders like Amma and other Saints who are carrying forward that mission.

    Narendra Modi ji said that India is a land that has given the Mantra of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam and that we have lived this Mantra for ages. Referring to the unfortunate attacks in Nairobi, Peshawar and in Jammu this morning Shri Modi said, “There are two images that come to the mind. One of the attacks in Nairobi, Peshawar and Jammu and the other here. One side there are rivers of blood but here there is a Ganges of love.”

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  • Hon'ble Chief Minister lauds contribution of Saints and Seers in nation building

    Hon'ble CM attends 60th birthday celebrations of Satguru Sri Mata Amritanandamayi in Kerala

    On Thursday 26th September 2013 Shri Narendra Modi attended the 60th birthday celebrations of Satguru Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi in Amritapuri, Kerala. In a deeply motivating and inspirational speech, Shri Modi lauded the rich contribution of the Saints and Seers in building our nation, saying there in every corner of the country there are Saints and Seers who are doing noble acts of social service. Shri Modi stated that the real spirituality is living the Mantra of ‘Sarvajan Hitai, Sarvajan Sukhai’ and that it was our forefathers who taught us that more than everything else, we should wipe the tears of the poor.

    Shri Modi praised the noble initiatives of community service being done by Mata Amritanandamayi. He affirmed that our Rishis talked about everyone’s happiness and Amma is showing the way to achieve that happiness for everyone. He went on to say that leading spiritual lights such as Swami Vivekananda and Sri Aurobindo dreamt of a glorious India and it is respected leaders like Amma and other Saints who are carrying forward that mission.

    Narendra Modi ji said that India is a land that has given the Mantra of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam and that we have lived this Mantra for ages. Referring to the unfortunate attacks in Nairobi, Peshawar and in Jammu this morning Shri Modi said, “There are two images that come to the mind. One of the attacks in Nairobi, Peshawar and Jammu and the other here. One side there are rivers of blood but here there is a Ganges of love.”

    Congratulating Mata Amritanandamayi for the innovations in healthcare under her guidance Shri Modi noted that it was a big thing to see professionals and experts leave their respective careers to make a difference in the lives of the people. “Through Manav Seva, Mata Amritanandamayi is inspiring people towards Madhav Seva.” Shri Modi said he looked forward to attending Amma’s 100th birthday as well.

    Shri P Parameshwara, the President of the Vivekananda Kendra delivered an inspiring address. He called the gathering a national celebration where people from all over the people are attending. He described Shri Modi as the nation’s pride, strength, hope and future.

    Noted intellectual Shri S Gurumurthy described the gathering as a wonderful blend of science and spirituality. He said that when he saw Amma for the first time he felt how many would have felt on seeing Ramakrishna Paramhansa ji for the first time.

    Others dignitaries who were present on the occasion were SNDP General Secretary Shri V Natesan, Nobel Prize winner Dr. Lee Hartwell, one of India’s most decorated police officers Shri Ajit Doval, Nivedita Didi ji, Shri Bhaiyyaji Joshi, Shri V Satish, Shri Ram Lal, Shri Kuldeep Bishnoi and Shri SS Dhindsa.

  • Hon'ble Chief Minister speaks at National Conference on Skill Development

    The National Conference on Skill Development commenced in Mahatma Mandir on the morning of Wednesday 25th September 2013. Speaking at the start of the conference Shri Narendra Modi called for strengthening skill development initiatives in our nation so that it can help the youth of our nation. “In the last century we were very proud of IITs. It is a very good thing no doubt but in this century we need to think about ITIs and give it the same importance,” said Shri Modi. Like there are industrial cluster, Shri Modi called for the setting up of Human Resource Development clusters that enable individuals to pick up skills that would give them ample opportunities near their homes. Shri Modi avowed that there would be development where there will be skilled manpower and that the time for the reverse to happen has long gone.

    During his speech Shri Modi paid rich tributes to Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya on his birth anniversary. Shri Modi stated that Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya worked for the welfare of the poor and the marginalized communities and gave the 7M Mantra- Man, Machine, Material, Money, Management, Motive and Market, which are very important for this conference as well.

    Speaking about the importance of holding such a conference, Shri Modi pointed, “There are conferences on doctors etc but no one looks at the real Rashtra Nirmatas (nation builders), the real Vishwakarmas. It is the small Karigar who will think of making things perfectly. The nation is built by their hands, it is they who take the nation ahead.” The Chief Minister stressed on giving importance to the dignity of labour (Shram Ki Pratistha).

    Shri Modi opined that on one hand we hear things like the youth do not have jobs but on the other hand we hear things like a driver, plumber, cook is needed in many houses. “We have youth, we have skill, we have everything we only need to join it. Through this conference we seek to integrate these strengths,” he added. He affirmed that there cannot be any nation or government that would not focus on skill development, further stating that those nations blessed with youth are skill development and those without youthful population are focusing on how to get skilled manpower. The Chief Minister called for upgrading the scale at which the skill development initiatives were going on In India. Recalling a National Development Council meet five years ago, Shri Modi shared that he was surprised when he heard the PM say that India is working on 500 works towards skill development when China is focusing on 50,000! He spoke about the efforts in nations such as Germany, Malaysia on skill development.

    Shri Modi affirmed that it is not as if the youth of the nation does not want to learn. Given the right opportunity, he or she would never want to live off what the Government is giving. He shared that the Centre formed a Minister’s National Council on Skill Development in 2008 but nothing happened. They formed a Skill Development Board too and in 2009 they came up with National Skills Policy that looks good only on paper. Thus, in 2013 they abandoned these committees and formed a National Skill Development Authority. “They are great at forming and dissolving committees!” he remarked. Shri Modi shared that the Centre looked towards Gujarat’s initiatives on skill development and that Gujarat’s initiatives received the Prime Minister’s award for excellence in 2013. He called for a need of changing the laws and guidelines that prevail in this sector, sharing the present rules date back to 1961!

    Narendra Modi ji spoke about the changes Gujarat has brought in the ITIs. He opined, “The more the skilled manpower, the more productivity, the better manufacturing and this will increase exports.”

    The Chief Minister stated that in this world that is developing rapidly doing things in isolation would stop progress. He shared that the way ahead lies in learning best practices from every part of the country, to understand and to accept them. Shri Modi further stated, “Not only India but also the world is changing. Technology has changed how we think. It has altered processes too…we cannot develop isolated we have to develop in context of global requirements and we should see to it that we do not remain behind.”

    An insightful speech was made by Dr. John Blomquist, an eminent economist. Labour Minister Shri Saurabhbhai Patel also spoke on the occasion. The vote of thanks was given ACS Shri P Panneervel.

  • Hon'ble Chief Minister addresses Chintan Shibir organized by Indian Institute of Teacher Education

    Hon'ble Chief Minister addresses Chintan Shibir organized by Indian Institute of Teacher Education

    Addressing the Navchintan Shibir organized by the Indian Institute of Teacher Education at Mahatma Mandir on Tuesday 24th September 2013, Shri Narendra Modi affirmed that the success of Ganatantra lies in Gunatantra (importance of merit) and that the IITE seeks to give emphasis to Gunatantra. Shri Modi said that in a time when the student is getting inquisitive to learn more, a true teacher must be one who inspires students to ask questions. “Let students come to school with lot of questions in their mind. Teachers should answer them and if a teacher does not know he or she must say I will answer it during the next period,” said Shri Modi. Speaking about the important of teachers, Shri Modi opined that a Mother gives birth to a child and it is the teacher who gives life to it.

    The Chief Minister said that the idea of a Teacher’s University came to provide the right opportunities and training to those who aspired to be teachers and serve society. He talked about the importance of providing proper training to the teachers. Shri Modi believed that we cannot only live in the past and that we must think of future and create teachers on those lines. He pointed that IITE has completed only two years but the nation has taken note of this and it is seen as an initiative worth doing all over.

    Shri Modi talked about the relevance of the teaching profession in today’s age. Recalling his interaction with a girl from Dahod’s tribal communities who won a quiz competition, Shri Modi shared that the young girl dreamt of becoming a teacher and hearing this made him really happy. He opined that merely having knowledge is not enough, a good teacher must understand the mind of the student and connect with him or her. Likewise, he spoke about the importance of good communication skills in teaching.

    He pointed that in our culture knowledge was never merely served but it is earned. “Time is to embrace learning and not simply teaching. The importance of leaning is increasing,” said Shri Modi.

    During his speech Shri Modi spoke at length about the Gujarat Government’s Gunotsav and Shala Praveshotsav, saying how these initiatives were celebrated as Utsavs to bring about a positive change in the society.

    Shri Modi placed prime importance on the dignity of teachers and there cannot be any harm on according adequate dignity to the teaching community. He also called for sending out teachers to the rest of the world and harnessing the skills of India’s young population in this regard. The Chief Minister called upon the teachers to embrace latest technology, saying that we should not even move an inch backwards when it comes to technology.

    Noted spiritual leader, Bhai Shri Ramesh Oza said that no teacher is ordinary, but is a Guru to the students. He described the role of a teacher as a 24/7 duty and something that is different from other jobs. He also stressed on EQ along with IQ. Rameshbhai Oza congratulated Shri Modi for the completion of Mahatma Mandir with remarkable speed.

    Education Minister Shri Bhupendrasinh Chudasama spoke on the need of good teachers in society and pointed that Shri Modi is working in that direction. He shared that when Shri Modi took over in 2001 he dreamt of making Gujarat the Number 1 state and today he has succeeded in his dream. Professor Devraj of UGC congratulated Shri Modi for organizing such a meet and said that Gujarat is scaling great heights of progress under his leadership. Several academics from across the country joined the Chintan Shibir.

  • Gujarat's Chief Minister writes a letter to the Prime Minister on the safety of Indian community affected by the attack on a Nairobi mall

    In a letter to Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, Shri Narendra Modi has urged the Central Government to ensure the safety of the Indian community abroad in the wake of terrorist attacks. This letter comes in the aftermath of the gruesome attack at a Nairobi mall where several people including many Indians lost their lives.

    Shri Modi pointed that the State Government is in touch with the Indian authorities in Kenya and have requested them to ensure the safety of the Indian community including the Gujarati community there.

    In his letter Narendra Modi ji also wrote that the Indian community has been living in Kenya for generations and they have contributed to the cultural, social and economic life there in a big way. He added that this attack has left the Indian community in great shock and that their concerns must be addressed by the Indian government.

    He opined in the letter that having been victims of such attacks, we can understand the pain among the people in such time. Shri Modi called for the coming together of all humanitarian forces across the world to spread the message of peace and fight the menace of terror. He also added that there must not be any stone unturned in the fight against terror.

  • Hon'ble Chief Minister of Gujarat presides over State Monitoring and Vigilance Committee (SVMC) review meet for the Schedule Caste and Schedule Tribes

    Hon'ble Chief Minister of Gujarat presides over State Monitoring and Vigilance Committee (SVMC) review meet for the Schedule Caste and Schedule Tribes

    Gujarat's chief minister today chaired the review meeting of State Monitoring and Vigilance Committee (SVMC) on the Schedule Caste and Schedule Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act. Chief Minister Mr. Modi, during the meeting, expressed the state government’s commitment of extending all the social rights and justice to the Dalits, deprived and all those victimized section of the society.

    Mr. Modi said, “Be it dalits or tribal, all of them want to grow and progress amidst peaceful and harmonious environment. Also there is a need to keep strict watch over those with vested interests and having a mentality of causing social tension and conflicts.” This was the first review meeting of the committee after it was reconstituted in June 2013 following a formation new state government in December 2012.

    Others who participated in the SVMC meeting include ministers; Mr. Nitinbhai Patel, Ramanbhai Vora, Ganpatbhai Vasava, MLAs of the ruling party and MPs, chief secretary Dr. Varesh Sinha and other secretaries and senior officials of the state.

    While giving a detailed background on state government’s commitment to bring social harmony (Samarasta), Mr. Modi said, “It is our joint social responsibility and priority to extend all the possible help and speedy justice to Dalits, tribal and those who are victimized. Also there is a need to keep a guard against those with a mentality of causing social tension and conflicts and in turn initiate efforts to make the environs of this social harmony (sadbhavana) stronger.”

    Reaffirming state government’s commitment of extending quick help and justice, the meeting reviewed cases filed under Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, and also reviewed important issues like whether pending cases are resolved, progress made in special courts, extending of police protections and immediate help.

    State government stresses complete seriousness and priority to the crimes committed against Dalits and tribal. With this there is also a need to keep a check proper over those factors having a mentality to cause social tensions among the Dalits and tribal living in social harmony and those making efforts to mislead this section of the society. Mr. Modi also appealed the District and Taluka level monitoring and vigilance committees to perform their social responsibilities more positively and even lawyers and the bar associations can discharge their social responsibility (of Samajik Sadbhaav) towards the Schedule Caste and Schedule Tribes.

    In Gujarat there are 25 special courts are formed and equal numbers of judges have been designated to bring speedy justice and solution to cases filed under this Act. In Gujarat, the number of cases filed under this Act is low compared other states and the state is also leads in filing of charge-sheet under such cases.

    During the meet, chief minister Mr. Modi also suggested bringing of qualitative changes in the overall process of giving a speedy justice for such cases and there should not be any delay on the part of government in proceedings with such cases. And, even if there is any legal confusion or comprehensive legal opinion to be taken, it should be taken immediately, said Mr. Modi, adding that support of everyone for development of all in Gujarat means we are committed to social harmony.

  • Hon'ble CM of Gujarat to Inaugurate National Conference on Skill Development

    To showcase the huge skill potential available in India, Government of Gujarat is organizing “National Conference on Skill Development” on September 25, 2013 at Mahatma Mandir, Gandhinagar which will be inaugurated by Gujarat Hon’ble CM and BJP’s PM candidate for 2014 General Elections, Shri Narendra Modi. It would focus on “Transforming youth through Skilling…”

    The conference will be focused on knowledge sharing of best practices in Skill Development, creating better job opportunities for the youth, networking and encouraging participation from the Private Sector.

    Skill and knowledge are the driving forces of economic growth and social development for any country. Skill development is critical for achieving faster, sustainable and inclusive growth on the one hand for providing decent employment opportunities to the growing young population on the other. Countries with higher and better levels of skills adjust more effectively to the challenges and opportunities of world of work.

    India has gradually evolved as a knowledge-based economy due to the abundance of capable, flexible and qualified human capital. With the constantly rising influence of globalization, India has immense opportunities to establish its distinctive position in the world. However, there is a need to further develop and empower the human capital to ensure the nation’s global competiveness.

  • Gujarat's Chief Minister appeals to prominent personalities to encourage Youth Voter Registration With a unique digital initiative

    With a bipartisan appeal, Shri Narendra Modi urges influential voices on social media to encourage young voter registration among youngsters. Twitteratis join him in creating awareness to give a boost to voter registration!

    Chief Minister engages in a conversation with personalities to motivate youngsters to register themselves as voters. The personalities included H.H Dalia Lama, Dr. Manmohan Singh, Smt. Sushma Swaraj, Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Mr. Shashi Tharoor, H. H. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Anupam Kher, Dr. Kiran Bedi, Sachin Tendulkar, Mr. Amitabh Bacchhan , Shahrukh Khan ,Akshay Kumar , Salman Khan, Aamir Khan, Priyanka Chopra , Deepika Padukone, Preity Zinta and Hrithik Roshan.

  • Hon'ble CM of Gujarat at state level Bankers Committe meet

    गुजरात के मुख्यमंत्री श्री नरेन्द्र मोदी ने देश की राष्ट्रीयकृत बैंकों से सर्वसमावेशक विकास के लिए बैंकिंग सेक्टर का प्लान-मॉडल अपनाने की हिमायत की है। गुजरात की स्टेट लेबल बैंकर्स कमेटी की बैठक में उन्होंने कहा कि बैंकिंग बिजनेस और बैंकिंग सेवाओं में सर्वसमावेशक विकास के रोड मैप के लिए नये आयामों और पहल की अपेक्षा की पूर्ति के लिए बैंक प्रो-एक्टिव बने यह समय की मांग है।

    गांधीनगर के महात्मा मंदिर में १३८वीं गुजरात स्टेट लेबल बैंकर्स कमेटी (एसएलबीसी) की बैठक आज आयोजित हुई थी। बैठक में मुख्यमंत्री ने राष्ट्रीयकृत बैंकों को देश के आर्थिक विकास में योगदान देने की भूमिका के साथ आम आदमी, गरीब, किसान, युवा, महिला एवं नवोदित मध्यम वर्ग को मानवीय अभिगम के साथ बैंकिंग सेवाओं को सरलतम स्तर पर उपलब्ध कराने का प्रेरक सुझाव दिया।

    श्री मोदी ने कहा कि गुजरात की राष्ट्रीयकृत बैंकें, बैंकिंग सेवाओं और सर्वसमावेशक विकास (इन्क्लूसिव ग्रोथ) को मिशन मोड पर ले जाने में समग्र देश के लिए पथप्रदर्शक बन सकती है। गुजरात सरकार ने सर्वसमावेशक सर्वदेशीक विकास की जिन सार्वत्रिक उपलब्धियों का माहौल खड़ा किया है, उसमें बैंकों के उत्तम योगदान प्रदान करने की अनेक संभावनाएं मौजूद हैं। उन्होंने कहा कि बैंक गुजरात में अपनी सेवाओं के दायरे में विस्तार के साथ गुणात्मक बदलाव ला सकती हैं।

    गुजरात में राष्ट्रीयकृत बैंकों का क्रेडिट-डिपॉजिट रेश्यो (सीडीआर) अन्य राज्यों की तुलना में काफी कम होने और बैंकों द्वारा बतायी जाने वाली इसकी वजहों को अस्वीकार्य बताते हुए मुख्यमंत्री ने कहा कि अन्य राज्यों का सीडीआर सौ फीसदी से ज्यादा है जबकि गुजरात में ७५ फीसदी सीडीआर है।

    बैंकों द्वारा इस सन्दर्भ में यह बात कही जाती है कि मुंबई में पंजीकृत हुए उद्योगों एवं कंपनियों के बचत-कर्ज की इसमें गणना नहीं की जाती। यदि इस तर्क को स्वीकार करें तो यह बात और भी गंभीर सवाल खड़े करती है, क्या गुजरात की बैंकें शेष २५ फीसदी क्रेडिट-डिपॉजिट रेश्यो के लिए मुंबई की कुछ गिनी-चुनी कंपनियों के लिए सेवारत बनी हुई है।

    इस सन्दर्भ में मुख्यमंत्री ने गुजरात में बैंकों के क्रेडिट-डिपॉजिट रेश्यो की परिभाषा और मानसिकता बदलने की अपील की। उन्होंने ऐसा विश्वसनीय वातावरण स्थापित करने को कहा जिसमें उद्योग-कॉरपोरेट सेक्टर को जितनी तेज गति और सरलता से बैंकिंग सेवाओं का लाभ मिलता है, उतनी ही तत्परता और मानवीय अभिगम के साथ आम आदमी और लक्षित लाभार्थियों को भी बैंकिंग सेवाओं का लाभ मिले।

    उन्होंने प्रेरक अनुरोध करते हुए कहा कि राष्ट्रीयकृत बैंकें अपनी बैंकिंग सेवा के कानून-नियमों की परिसीमा के परंपरागत दायरे से बाहर निकलकर नवोदित मध्यम वर्ग, गरीब और जरूरतमंद व्यक्तियों, युवाओं, कर्जदार किसान, श्रमयोगी समाज-कारीगर और ग्रामीण महिला सखी मंडलों जैसे लक्षित लाभार्थियों को बैंकों के रुपये-पैसों से नहीं बल्कि मानवता के अभिगम से मददगार होने की विश्वसनीयता खड़ी करे।

    मुख्यमंत्री ने गुजरात सरकार की अफोर्डेबल हाउसिंग योजनाओं में बैंकिंग सेक्टर से अपना निर्णायक योगदान देने का आह्वान किया।

    उन्होंने कहा कि देश में नवोदित मध्यम वर्ग समुदाय का उदय हो गया है। विकास की उनकी आशा-आकांक्षाओं की पूर्ति के लिए बैंकिंग क्षेत्र के प्रेरक रूप से मददगार साबित होने की विशाल संभावनाएं हैं। मुख्यमंत्री ने कहा कि नवोदित मध्यम वर्ग गरीब बस्ती में से बाहर आया है, उसे नई दिशा में अपनी प्रगति के सपने को साकार करना है। अपने परिवार में बुजुर्गों के स्वास्थ्य, संतानों को अच्छी शिक्षा के साथ ही इस वर्ग की चाहत खुद की मालिकी के एक अदद घर की है। बैंकें सामाजिक जिम्मेदारी निभाने की भावना के साथ इस नवोदित मध्यम वर्ग की मदद करने का प्रेरक नेतृत्व करे।

    श्री मोदी ने कहा कि भारत जैसे दुनिया के सबसे युवा देश में एक ओर करोड़ों युवा रोजगार के अवसर की तलाश में हैं तो दूसरी ओर विश्व भर में ओबामा से लेकर डॉ. अब्दुल कलाम तक सभी महानुभाव स्किल डेवलपमेंट के लिए हुनर-कौशलयुक्त मानव शक्ति की विशाल संपदा उपलब्ध करने की अग्रिमता पर जोर दे रहे हैं। उन्होंने बैंकों से युवाओं की शैक्षणिक जरुरतों की पूर्ति के लिए शैक्षणिक कर्ज लेने वाले युवाओं को सरल प्रक्रिया से मददगार होने का अभिगम अपनाने को कहा।

    कृषि क्षेत्र में ऋण एवं किसानों को समय पर मदद देने के लिए बैंकों को अपनी परंपरागत मानसिकता से बाहर निकलने का प्रेरक सुझाव देते हुए मुख्यमंत्री ने कहा कि हमारे देश में कर्ज में डुबे किसानों की आत्महत्या एक गंभीर समस्या का रूप अख्तियार कर चुकी है। कर्ज में डुबकर खुदकुशी करने वाले बदनसीब किसानों को साहूकार के ब्याज के चंगुल में से बचाने के लिए बैंकों ने मिशन मोड पर कोई विचार ही नहीं किया है।

    कृषि से संबंधित ढांचागत सुविधाओं के विकास के लिए बैंकों को अग्रिमता के स्तर पर कार्ययोजना तैयार करने की हिमायत करते हुए श्री मोदी ने कहा कि भारत में खेत उत्पादों के लिए संग्रह-भंडारण के लिए वेयरहाउसिंग, माल गोडाउन और कोल्ड स्टोरेज चेन के ढांचागत विकास का भी बैंकिंग सेवा के प्रायोरिटी सेक्टर में क्यों न समावेश किया जाए। इससे कुल मिलाकर भारत की अर्थव्यवस्था को ही ताकत मिलेगी।

    आधुनिक खेती में खेत उत्पादों के मूल्यवर्धित बाजारों और निर्यात की विशाल संभावनाओं को ध्यान में लेते हुए मुख्यमंत्री ने खाद्य प्रसंस्करण इंडस्ट्रीज और वैल्यू एडेड ऑर्गेनिक फार्मिंग को बैंकिंग सेवाओं में प्रधानता देने का सुझाव दिया। प्रायोरिटी बैंकिंग सेवाओं में टुरिज्म-इंफ्रास्ट्रक्चर सेक्टर का समावेश करने की जरूरत पर श्री मोदी ने जोर दिया। उन्होंने कहा कि बैंक सामाजिक दायित्व की भूमिका निभाने के लिए पर्यटन क्षेत्र में ढांचागत सुविधा खड़ी कर देश के पर्यटन क्षेत्र में अपना योगदान दे सकती है। इतना ही नहीं, कम पूंजीनिवेश से सबसे ज्यादा रोजगार उपलब्ध कराने वाले पर्यटन क्षेत्र का भी बैंकिंग सेवा की अग्रिमता में समावेश करना चाहिए।

    गुजरात में बैंकिंग सेवाओं में गुणात्मक बदलाव के लिए उपलब्ध टेक्नोलॉजी नेटवर्क के व्यापक ढांचे की रूपरेखा पेश करते हुए मुख्यमंत्री ने कहा कि भारत सरकार की योजना के तहत ऑनलाइन फाइनेंसियल ट्रांजेक्शन का सबसे ज्यादा ३० फीसदी हिस्सा गुजरात का है और गुजरात के १८ हजार गांवों में ब्रॉड बैंड कनेक्टिविटी की सुविधा उपलब्ध है, बैंकों को इसका अधिकतम लाभ लेना चाहिए।

    वित्त मंत्री नितिनभाई पटेल ने गुजरात के सर्वांगीण विकास में मुख्यमंत्री श्री मोदी के शासनकाल में जो नये क्षेत्र तेज गति से प्रगति कर रहे हैं उसमें बैंकों से सार्थक भूमिका निभाने की जरूरत पर बल दिया। उन्होंने कहा कि सरकार की अनेक गरीबलक्षी योजनाओं में गारंटी दी जा रही है। ऐसे में, बैंकों का दायित्व व्यापक स्तर पर खड़ा होना चाहिए। उन्होंने सुझाव दिया कि गुजरात में सहकारी बैंकिंग क्षेत्र की विश्वसनीयता और लोकस्वीकृत सेवाओं के सन्दर्भ में राष्ट्रीयकृत बैंकों की सेवाएं ज्यादा मानवीय अभिगम के साथ स्वस्थ प्रतिस्पर्धा करे।

    एसएलबीसी के अध्यक्ष और गुजरात की लीड बैंक देना बैंक के चेयरमैन सह मैनेजिंग डायरेक्टर अश्विन कुमार ने अपने स्वागत भाषण में कहा कि गुजरात के विकास में मुख्यमंत्री के सफल और प्रेरक नेतृत्व से हासिल हुई उपलब्धियों को आगे बढ़ाने में राष्ट्रीयकृत बैंक अपनी भूमिका निभाने को प्रतिबद्ध हैं।

    बैठक में रिजर्व बैंक के प्रादेशिक निदेशक सुदर्शन सेन, नाबार्ड के चीफ जनरल मैनेजर एम.के. मुद्गल, भारत सरकार के वित्त विभाग की संयुक्त सचिव श्रीमती श्रेया गूण सहित गुजरात भर की बैंकों के पदाधिकारी, जिला विकास अधिकारी सहित बैंकिंग क्षेत्र के अग्रणी उपस्थित थे।

    मुख्यमंत्री ने राष्ट्रीयकृत बैंकों से भारत को शक्तिशाली बनाने के सपने में सहभागी बनने का प्रेरक आह्वान करते हुए कहा कि भारत जब अपनी स्वाधीनता की शताब्दी मनाए तब भारत का सामर्थ्य और शक्ति का दर्शन दुनिया को कराने के लिए अभी से भारत विजन-२०४७ पर विचार करना चाहिए और बैंकों को शक्तिशाली भारत के निर्माण में अपना योगदान सुनिश्चित करना चाहिए।

  • Hon'ble Chief Minister of Gujarat launched eGujCop project in Gandhinagar

    On September 19th 2013 CM of Gujarat Shri Narendra Modi launched the eGujCop project, which is a unique system that integrates IT into the working of the Home Department. Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister urged officials to derive maximum benefit of the initiative and expressed confidence that just like the police uniform gives a sense of safety to the people, this initiative will prevent wrongdoers from committing wrongs in society. He stated, “The strength from this application will be much more than holding AK 47s for our police force.” The Programme and the Chief Minister’s speech was heard by police and home guard officials across Gujarat.

    Shri Modi described technology as a means to provide easy and effective governance and that he hoped to increase the trust of the people in the police through this eGujCop project. Shri Modi pointed that another aspect the Government is trying to achieve through this initiative is simplification. He pointed that the number of paperwork in police department is more than that of other departments also and this can be a step towards changing that.

    He affirmed that the eGujCop project will help in crime detection as it would enable police officials to easily obtain entire case histories to nail the habitual offenders.

    The Chief Minister talked about integrative governance and how one initiative can lead to a difference even in other spheres. Giving an example he said, “When we were working on Jyotigram Yojana, we knew it was not only about electricity. Once Jyotigram happens, so many other things happen. Due to power we could work on broadband connectivity. We could achieve long distance education.”

    Talking about the police reforms in the state Shri Modi affirmed, “After infrastructure we focused on manpower. We worked on how to get the youngest and most techno savvy police force for the state. Due to that we changed the recruitment guidelines and the result is we have a techno savvy police force.”

    Expressing confidence about the eGujCop project Shri Modi said, “This project will add a lot of strength. A lot can happen. Take the case of our Forensic Lab. Once its data attached with this, a big difference can take place.”

    Urging the officers of the police force to take interest in technology the Chief Minister affirmed, “Let us take interest in technology. Let us learn this the way we learnt using mobile phones, What’s App and SMS. Let us derive maximum benefit from this and make a big contribution.”

    Present during the function were Minister of State for Home Shri Rajnibhai Patel, Additional Chief Secretary Home Shri SK Nanda, Acting DGP Shri Pramod Kumar, Principal Secretary DST Shri Haidar among other dignitaries.

    More About eGujCop

    eGujCop is the integration of IT systems in the working of the Home Department. It is a big initiative in terms of scale. It has a wide coverage, available at over 1100 locations including 450 police stations, 59 CPI offices, 35 CP/SP offices and 60 SDPOs. The projects will enable improved transparency and better efficiency. It will eliminate duplicate records, which will save a lot of time. It will enable fingerprint identification.

    The initiative will give several benefits to the citizens. Through ‘Citizen Portal Service’ citizens can request police services online as well. Citizens can access details of missing persons as well as details of stolen vehicles. They can view the progress of their cases online and download important forms and certificates. Citizens can also apply for various permissions like verification, licenses and view progress of their applications online.

  • Greetings on Vishwakarma Jayanti

    Dear Friends,

    I would like to extend my heartfelt greetings on Vishwakarma Jayanti. We salute the zeal and determination of our sisters and brothers who are carpenters, masons, plumbers, craftspersons, technicians, turners, and many more such people without whose hardwork and skills we could not have reached where we are today.

    You will vividly recall your very first job interview but while you revel in the success of that interview do you recall the washer man and the person who ironed your spotless white shirt and trousers, which may have played a role in impressing your interviewers? Similarly, when we eat a tasty dish we make it a point to appreciate the cook but we should remember that it was made only because of the hardwork and sweat of a farmer working in India’s villages. That is why today, we express our gratitude to them for their immense contribution in our lives.

    We believe in the Mantra ‘श्रमेव जयते’ (let the work triumph). For us, every work is worship. It is all about enjoying the work you do and doing it to the best of your abilities. And, if there is anybody that has imbibed this Mantra to the fullest, it is our industrious Vishwakarmas.

    From the pages of history till the present, the large Vishwakarma worshippers have been an important foundation on which our society has developed. In the past, it was due to their efforts that the villages became self-sufficient. Today, our economy is strengthened by small and medium scale enterprises and the lakhs of skilled manpower that work there. The success of these small and medium scale enterprises would not be possible without the efforts of the countless workers, electricians, technicians, drivers, plumbers etc who toil day and night to ensure things work properly.

    If we want to move ahead as a nation, we must understand the relevance of skills and must take strong steps towards encouraging our citizens towards picking up of new skills. The best place to begin this is by focusing on skill development. From upgrading infrastructure in ITIs and engineering colleges to modernizing the course material to even giving due weightage to ITI diplomas there is a lot we can do to change the lives of our youngsters. At the same time, we must ensure that adequate dignity is accorded to our skilled-based jobs, dignity that must be no less than that of a white-collar job.

    In the last few years we have devoted a lot of energy and resources towards this in Gujarat and I am glad to share that our skill development initiatives have received various awards including an award from the Prime Minister.

    We keep hearing that 65% of our population is under the age of 35. It is upto us to either keep seeing it as a mere statistic or as an opportunity to strengthen the hands of our youth with skills that will help them stand on their feet. That is why on the 25th of September we are organizing a National Conference on Skill Development that will cover all of the aspects related to skill development. The conference will be held on the birth anniversary of Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay, who inspired us with the ideal, “हर हाथ में काम, हर खेत में पानी!” Till we have not created meaningful opportunities for our citizens we cannot rest.

    Lord Vishwakarma is the deity of design, craftsmen and architecture. In him, we not only worship creation but also worship aesthetics and mechanics. Apart from Swarga (heaven), many ancient cities including Dwarka and Hastinapur are Lord Vishwakarma’s architectural wonders. Thus, on a day like this we should think about the importance of innovation and design. Cannot we make ‘Made in India’ a global phenomenon? If we infuse innovation and design into our education and industries, I am sure it is possible.

    I assure the Vishwakarma family that we will undertake very possible effort to guarantee the overall welfare of themselves and their families including safer working conditions and a bright future.

    Narendra Modi

  • Gujarat's Hon'ble CM greets Malayali community on the festival of Onam

    On September 16th, 2013 Hon'ble Chief Minister of Gujarat greeted Malayalis living all over the world on the festival of Onam. In his Onam message, delivered in Malayalam, Shri Narendra Modi said that Onam is a festival of prosperity, unity, virtue and truthfulness. He described Onam as an occasion to remember the golden age of benevolent King Mahabali and a day that gives a message to recreate those days of prosperity and unity, which is the need of the hour.

    Shri Narendra Modi pointed that the Malayali community has travelled to various parts of the world and has made a mark through their hardwork and intelligence. Yet, irrespective of any hardships in life, the community never forgets to celebrate Thiruvronam in the month of Chingam with family. Shri Modi also said that he is visiting Kerala on 26th September to participate in the 60th birthday celebrations of Mata Amarathananda Mai Devi and that he is looking forward to being in Kerala.

  • Vibrant Gujarat Global Agriculture Summit

    On the evening of Tuesday 10th September 2013 Shri Narendra Modi addressed the valedictory session of the Vibrant Gujarat Global Agriculture Summit at Mahatma Mandir in Gandhinagar. Shri Modi said that we should dream of filling the world’s stomach and shared his vision on the growth of agriculture sector.

    Shri Modi stressed on holistic water management that can help our farmers. He said that while some parts of our nation face problems due to abundant water, the other parts face problems because they do not get much water and this is what holistic water management could solve. He recalled that when Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee was the Prime Minister, the Government was working on a dream of integrating the rivers. Shri Modi shared that in Gujarat, the Narmada has been integrated with over 20 rivers and a prime example is that the water flowing in the Sabarmati is actually water of the Narmada river! He opined that such things can be done on a bigger scale across the nation. “Interlinking of river water grid is what we as a nation must think about in the coming days,” stated the Chief Minister.

    Likewise, Shri Modi talked about the importance of wastewater treatment and that if they reach the farmers, it can remove tension between the villages and the cities.

    The Chief Minister called for integrating the youth, especially the rural youth of the nation into agriculture. He recalled his visit to an agriculture University where he noticed that out of 35 farmers he was honouring, about 25-28 were around the age of 30. He noted that changes in agriculture would help the young farmers immensely and added that it is not essential that the young farmers face the same problems as their previous generations did.

    In his speech, Shri Modi also drew focus on combining agriculture with allied activities be it poultry farming, fisheries, agro-forestry etc. He also talked about seaweed cultivation in the coastal areas and the steps Gujarat has taken to promote the same. He even stressed on the importance of agro marketing linkages to help the farmer.

    Shri Modi said that there are a lot of PHDs in agriculture and there is a lot of research in agriculture but that research must go into helping someone. Thus, he called for ‘lab to land’ approach and also called for compiling together all the research done on agriculture so that it can help the concerned people on the ground. Shri Modi spoke about strengthening financial networks for the farmers.

    Referring to the opposition from vested interest groups who questioned the Gujarat Government’s decision to award progressive farmers from other states Shri Modi said, “Today some have questioned why Modi is giving Rs. 51,000 to farmers of other states. But, this nation is one. Do we not owe it to farmers of other states? In times of drought is it not farmers of other states who help us? Do we not thank the farmer, wherever he or she is, who fills our stomachs? We gain so much due to our farmers. No divisions must be made among farmers. We need to unite and integrate. May this land be Sujalam Sufalam.” Shri Modi pointed that while there is news of states fighting over water, Gujarat gladly gave Narmada water to Rajasthan when the state required it. “We have to help each other in this nation and that is when he will succeed,” said Shri Modi.

    He also thanked the participants for attending the 2-day summit and apologized if there was any visitor faced any difficulty. Shri Modi also invited people to participate in the next edition of the Summit.

    The session was attended by Cabinet Ministers of Gujarat including Finance Minister Nitinbhai Patel, Revenue Minister Anandiben Patel, Forest Minister Ganpatbhai Vasava, Sports Minister Ramanlal Vora and Ministers of State. The Agriculture Minister of Chhattisgarh attended the programme. Also present was Agriculture Secretary, Government of India Shri Ashish Bahuguna and Dr. Ayappan.

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  • Agritech Asia exhibition at Mahatma Mandir

    Chief Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated ‘Agritech Asia’ exhibition at Mahatma Mandir in Gandhinagar today. The state-of-the-art exhibition is a part of Vibrant Gujarat Global Agriculture Summit 2013.

    Inaugurating the exhibition in the presence of farmers’ delegations from different states of the country and a large number of farmers Mr. Modi said the exhibition is an effort of Gujarat to highlight the importance of research-based agriculture in the national economy, which will prove to be a historic step.

    The Chief Minister said that such summit has been organized for the first time in India. As many as 14 countries of the world and 23 states of India have taken part in it.

    Describing the Agritech Asia as the biggest fair of India Mr. Modi said that Israel has made repute in the field of agriculture. Israel organizes such summit every three to four years. He hoped the fair will prove beneficial in providing information to the farmers about latest agriculture technologies. This step of Gujarat government which aims at benefiting Indian farmers will turn out to be an important one.

    The global agriculture summit cum exhibition is organized with a view to acquaint farmers at the doorstep and at one place with the latest techniques in the field of agriculture, new machineries, seeds, dynamics of market etc. The exhibition is open for people to visit on Sep 09, 2 pm to 6 pm and on Sept 10, 11 and 12, 10 am to 6 pm.

    The exhibition is spread over in 15,000 sq. meter of area and about 250 national and international companies have taken part in it. Over two lakh visitors are expected to visit it.

    The exhibition has covered about 25 different sectors with the agriculture field. Companies dealing with irrigation, greenhouse plasticulure, agro industries, dairy technology, livestock fabrication, animal husbandry, fertilizer, agro chemicals, and food technology, among others have taken part in the exhibition.

    The exhibition aims at helping farmers in knowing about new avenues of employment, getting more crops in lesser land and to reduce wastage of cultivated crops etc. Gujarat cold storage association, national seed association of India, irrigation association of India, Gujarat agricultural machinery manufacturers’ association, national association of welfare of animal and research has also extended their co-operation in the organization of this exhibition.

  • Chief Minister Narendra Modi announced creation of 23 new talukas on the auspicious occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi.

    Gandhinagar, Monday: Chief Minister Narendra Modi today announced creation of 23 new talukas on the auspicious occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi. He had earlier announced the creation of seven new districts on last Independence Day.

    Giving details, Gujarat’s spokespersons Finance Minister Nitin Patel and Energy Minister Saurabh Patel said the total now adds up to 33 districts and 248 talukas. These revenue units would make administration simpler, accessible and speedier and serve as the pillars of all round development of the state.

    The Council of Ministers accepted the proposals submitted by Revenue Minister Anandiben Patel on the basis of recommendations of the Cabinet Sub-Committee.

    The new units have been carved out keeping in view people’s expectations, welfare of the people, reducing the geographical distances, decentralization and administrative convenience. It is part of the State Government’s policy of ‘Aapno Taluko, Vibrant Taluko’, in pursuance of which 115 new prant officeres were appointed. Incumbents for the new talukas would be appointed and infrastructure built soon.

    The 23 new talukas have been carved out of the following one or more talukas (within brackets). They are: Gir-Gaddha (Una), Junagadh City (Junagadh), Lakhni (Deesa, Deodar, Tharad), Jesar (Mahuva, Gariadhar, Palitana), Khergam ((Chikhli), Shankheshwar (Sami), Saraswati (Patan), Vapi (Pardi), Waghai (Dangs), Subir (Dangs), Jotana (Kadi, Mehsana), Netrang (Jhagadia, Valia), Suigam (Vav), Thangadh (Chotila, Muli, Sayla), Dholera (Dhandhuka, Barwala), Vinchhia (Jasdan), Galteshwar (Thasra), Bodeli (Sankheda, Jetpur-Pavi), Poshina (Khedbrahma), Sanjeli (Zalod), Gozaria (Mehsana, Vijapur, Kadi, Visnagar, Mansa), Vaso (Matar, Nadiad) and Desar (Savli).

  • Guajrat's CM attends Kisan Panchayat

    On the first day of the Vibrant Gujarat Global Agriculture Summit 2013, Shri Narendra Modi attended the Kisan Panchayat at Mahatma Mandir in Gandhinagar. During the Kisan Panchayat Shri Modi honoured progressive farmers from various states of India for their exemplary work in agriculture and related fields such as horticulture, animal husbandry, fisheries, water conservation, apiculture, sericulture, agro forestry, dry/irrigated farming, value addition, green/net house and organic farming. Shri Modi felicitated the farmers with a cash prize of Rs. 51,000, a shawl, memento and a certificate. He also interacted with farmers of the other states.

  • Vibrant Gujarat Global Agriculture Summit 2013 commences in Gandhinagar

    On Monday 9th September 2013 Shri Narendra Modi addressed the inaugural session of the Vibrant Gujarat Global Agriculture Summit 2013 at Mahatma Mandir in Gandhinagar. The Vibrant Gujarat Global Agriculture Summit is the first of its kind initiative that gives farmers the opportunity to learn about the latest and best practices in agriculture from across the world. Over 200 companies from over 15 nations will showcase their expertise in agriculture. The Summit will include a Kisan Panchayat where over 10,000 farmers will be a part of the Panchayat. There will also be country seminars by Israel, Netherlands and Denmark. Punjab Chief Minister Shri Parkash Singh Badal was present on the occasion.

    Speaking about the success of Gujarat in agriculture, Shri Modi said that earlier Gujarat was never on the agriculture map of the nation but that has changed in the last few years. He stated that this Vibrant Gujarat Global Agriculture Summit is a platform that enables progressive farmers from all over the nation to share their experiences. He recalled his earlier visit to Israel and added that when he visited Israel for an agriculture fair, he thought why not have such a fair in India as well. The Chief Minister opined that this event is for the entire nation. Shri Modi noted that despite being the auspicious festival of Ganesh Chaturthi, several progressive farmers have come from Maharashtra.

    The Chief Minister talked about the steps taken by Gujarat to enhance irrigation facilities for the farmers. He shared that when he took over, the land under irrigation was 12,000 hectares but now the figure stands at 9,00,000 hectares. Shri Modi added that irrigation is not only about saving water but also about saving hard work.

    Shri Modi pointed that as the families are increasing, the amount of land is remaining the same, which makes it important to increase productivity. He stressed on the need to work on how to grow more in reduced land. Shri Modi affirmed that while politicians are working on how to protect the size of the land, efforts must also be made to worry about the health of our land. He talked about Gujarat’s efforts of giving soil health cards.

    During his speech Shri Modi called for the integration of technology and e-governance into agriculture. He stressed on giving the benefits of the IT revolution to benefit the farmers in order to help make our farmers more global. He remarked that it is unfortunate that the share of farming in the GDP has dropped considerably.

    The Chief Minister stated that while we talk about loan waiver to the farmers, we should also look at preventing our farmers from falling under debt at all. He commented that the Centre talks about banking success in agriculture but less than 30% of the farmers get loans from banks. Shri Modi further added that the rate of farmer suicides is high and the reason is debt, which is why we need to work towards integrating our farmers with the banking setup. For that, the Chief Minister called for placing trust in our farmers and simplifying processes as methods to help our farmers.

    Shri Modi questioned why is it that productivity is low despite having the best talents, universities and scholars? He asked why is it that despite having so many animals, milk production is still lesser than what it should be. He shared that no research has been done to increase the productivity of pulses. Likewise, the Chief Minister called for proper measurement of land, which was last done during the time of Todar Mal. Shri Modi also expressed his concern that there is no mechanism to map real time production in our country.

    He said that he had proposed to the Centre that along with JNNURM, 500 towns should be selected to work on solid waste management, produce fertilizer and recycled water that can be given to farmers in the nearby villages. But, Shri Modi pointed that the Prime Minister appreciated the idea but nothing happened subsequently. Yet, Shri Modi introduced this initiative in Gujarat, where 50 towns have been identified for this. Similarly, Shri Modi shared that he headed a committee appointed by the Prime Minister which made some key recommendations but unfortunately no progress has taken place on them.

    Shri Modi commented that in the coming days the importance of organic farming will increase and the focus would be on holistic healthcare. He called for empowering the farmers so they can fill the stomach of the world. On the occasion Shri Modi released a book as well. At the end of his speech, a video film on the proposed Statue of Unity was played.

    Speaking on the occasion, Punjab Chief Minister Shri Parkash Singh Badal congratulated Shri Narendra Modi for organizing such an event for the first time in India’s history. He affirmed that such an event should happen all over and that Punjab would also be doing a Summit on the lines of what Gujarat has done. Shri Badal made wonderful points on the important role of agriculture. He came down heavily on the Centre for neither consulting Chief Ministers of experts on issues related to agriculture. He opined that for so many years the farmers have contributed to the nation thus, it is for the Government to help the farmers when they face any crisis. He spoke against the inability of the Centre to understand farmers and said that both villages and farmers are being neglected when they should be given priority. He said that farmers are very docile but when the farmer stands up, it will be difficult to control his anger. Shri Badal also talked about the development in Punjab during the last six years.

    Madhya Pradesh Minister Dr. Ramkrishna Kusmaria described Shri Modi as the future of India. He talked about the success of Madhya Pradesh in agriculture. Dr. Ashok Gulati gave an insightful speech on agriculture during the start of the session. Gujarat Agriculture Minister Shri Babubhai Bokhiria welcomed all the participants on behalf of the Government.

    Top members of the Gujarat Cabinet, dignitaries from overseas and farmers from all over India were present on the occasion.

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  • Best teachers of Gujarat honoured on Teacher?s Day

    On the morning of Thursday 5th September 2013 Shri Narendra Modi honoured the best teachers of Gujarat on the occasion of Teacher’s Day. He congratulated the teachers for their wonderful work and spoke about the importance of teachers in the life of a child. Shri Modi remarked that moving from the era of teaching, we are now in the era of learning and that we must think of ways through which we can make our children learn more. He added that the strength of learning is more important than the strength of teaching.

    The Chief Minister paid rich tributes to former President of India Dr. S Radhakrishnan and said, “We have seen many Presidents, Prime Ministers, Ministers etc but some people inspire for generations to come. Dr. Radhakrishnan is one such stalwart. We do not remember him for the files he signed or the decisions he took but we remember him as an excellent teacher.”

    He recalled that earlier, this function of honouring teachers was held at a very small scale and the Chief Minister would not even be present on the occasion. But, this has changed in the last decade. Shri Modi remarked that the honouring of teachers is a matter of immense pride for the state and that it should be held on a larger scale.

    Shri Modi shared that there are some fresh ideas in his mind regarding the teaching community. He said that the Government is looking at increasing the scale of this event as well as the prize money, which has become imperative considering the fact that the Rupee is in the ICU!

    The Chief Minister expressed joy that the teachers are doing great things such as caring for the specially abled and shared that it is good to see teachers reading a lot to satisfy the intellectual curiosity of the students.

    Shri Modi stated that there is no age limit as far as learning is concerned and added that it is important that there be a student in every teacher. Shri Modi opined that if the teacher aspires to learn, it shows in the students.

    Speaking on the occasion, the Honourable Governor Dr. Kamla congratulated the teachers and opined that education is not merely reading books and taking a degree but it is something beyond that. She stressed on the need of giving back to the society.

    Education Minister Shri Bhupendrasinh Chudasama said that apart from Shikshan (Education), Sanskar (values) are equally important. MLA Shri Ashok Patel, Gandhinagar Mayor Shri Rana, Principal Secretary (Education) Shri AM Tiwari and others were present on the occasion.

    The teachers Shri Modi honoured include Madhviben Joshi (Sabarkantha district), Maheshbhai Patel, B Mafatbhai Patel (Patan district), Anjanaben Patel (Dahod district), Shobhnaben Vyas (Kutch district), Ambabhai Patel (Banaskantha district), Ramanbhai Somabhai (Anand district), Bakulaben Bhatt (Kheda district), Lakshmanbhai (Vadodara district), Rameshbhai Patel (Navsari district), Gamanbhai Jogibhai Patel (Navsari district), Geetaben Vaghela (Surat district), Chandubhai Amrutiya (Jamnagar district), Kishorebhai Parmar (Rajkot district), Pravinbhai Modasaia (Rajkot), Kanchanbhai (Amreli district), Sureshchandra Mehta (Talala Taluka), Vallabhbhai Faldu (Junagadh district), Sajjansinhbhai (Dahod district), Kanjibhai Bharwad (Anand district), Abdullah Ali Patel (Bharuch district), Kamleshbhai Shukla (Jamnagar district), Parshottambhai Patel (Amreli district), Narsinhlal Barot (Banaskantha district), Amrutlal bhai (Ahmedabad), Navinchandra Patel (Navsari district), Mohammed Hussain Ali (Rajkot district), Sureshbhai Kantilal (Kutch district), Sudhaben Joshi (Ahmedabad), Dr. Dineshbhai Anandbhai (Junagadh district), Ritaben Phulwala (Surat district), Ramanbhai (Vadodara).

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  • Narendra Modi answers questions from students

    On the occasion of Teacher’s Day, Shri Narendra Modi interacted with over 1.5 crore students of Gujarat through technology and answered some of their questions on a wide range of issues ranging from his personal beliefs, his personal habits and issues of governance. Shri Modi answered each question in his quintessential style and shared many anecdotes from the yesteryears. The young children enjoyed the interactive session. On the occasion, Shri Narendra Modi felicitated best teachers from across Gujarat and also paid tributes to former President of India, Dr. S Radhakrishnan.

    A girl from Bharuch district asked Shri Modi about the upcoming Statue of Unity and from where he got the idea. Shri Modi shared that this was the best way to commemorate a person who worked towards uniting the nation and added that the Statue of Unity will be double that of USA’s Statue of Liberty. He also pointed that Sardar Patel was a Loh Purush (Iron Man) and a Khedut Putra (Child of a farmer) and thus, the Government is seeking agriculture tools used by farmers from all parts of the country to build this statue.

    A girl from Junagadh district questioned Shri Modi on three of his favourite development initiatives in the past decade. Shri Modi replied that this is his toughest exam ever and went on to say that there have been various development works that have touched his heart. “There are so many development works…ask me to find three and I will not pass…tell me to find a thousand and I will pas,” he avowed. He shared he feels equally touched when a widowed mother calls him to say that the 108 service saved her young son’s life as he feels when someone tells him about the success of Jyotigram or when people tell him how SWAGAT initiative has made a difference in their lives.

    Answering a question of a girl from Vadodara on how many times he gets angry in a day and what he does about it, Shri Modi shared that he too is human and is now above the shortcomings that humans have. He went on to opine that anger can be controlled but it is about controlling it at the right moment. Shri Modi rightly said that getting angry on others reflects nothing but a failure of the self. He affirmed that the more one’s patience increases anger decreases.

    A young boy asked Shri Modi if he will meet youngsters in Gujarat on 5th September next year after he becomes the Prime Minister, Shri Modi answered, “I am here to serve you till 2017 and that is what I am doing. I will answer your questions not only on 5th September but whenever you ask me.” He opined that he has never worked to become something but only worked to serve society.

    Shri Modi talked at great length about his Mantra of ‘India First’ in answer to a question of a Class XII student from the newly created Aravalli district. He said, “Let us do everything for the nation first! India First! That way we will rise above division and differences.” He urged the people to work with a determination that what they are doing is for the good of the country and went on to state that no work is small.

    The Chief Minister was asked about how he celebrates his birthday and whether he accepted any greetings or not. He answered that on his birthday he prefers to give time to himself and that on that day he does not take any calls or meets people. Shri Modi pointed that not celebrating his birthday was something he has been doing since childhood but he told the youngsters that they are most welcome to send him greetings through email or mediums such as social media.

    He went on to talk about how he learnt Yoga while answering a question of a student of Tapi district. Shri Modi affirmed that the best way to remove poverty is education.

    A Class VIII girl wanted to know how many siblings Shri Modi had and that whether they fought when they were young. He answered, “I have two elder brothers, two younger brothers and a younger sister. What is the fun if siblings do not fight? There were no daily but hourly fights. But, there is no bitterness in any fight only love and affection.”

    A question was posed to Shri Modi about a picture in which he is dressed like a member of the Sikh Community. The student wanted to know if this photo was real and whether Shri Modi belonged to the Sikh community or not. He told her, “This photo is real but it is not during a play. It is not that I like dressing differently. This photo was in 1975, when the Emergency was imposed and opposition leaders were jailed. That time there was no television, mobile phones or social media. It was as if an entire nation is imprisoned. That time I was working for the RSS and I also had a warrant in my name. We were fighting for democracy. This dress is a memory of the time when we were saving democracy and I am proud of that.”

    Shri Modi was questioned whether he liked to stay in a village or in a city by a girl from Kutch district. He answered that the real spirit of India lies in its villages. He also called for greater interaction between youngsters living in villages and the youngsters living and studying in the cities.

    An interesting question was asked by a boy from Anand district- you have to travel with security for the whole day. Do you not get bored of this? In his witty style Shri Modi remarked, “My friend, you have spoken exactly what is in my mind. This bulletproof car is also comfort proof. Travel in it for an hour and see what happens to your back! But this is a professional hazard….”

    A girl from Patan district asked Shri Modi on which deities he worships. Shri Modi opined, “We have many deities. Our diversity is our strength. We have believers and non-believers also. We say Jaisa Bhakt, Vaise Bhagwan. A wrestler will serve Lord Hanuman, those who are more interested in money serve Lakshmi ji.” He added, “Personally, I have believed in Shiva and Shakti. I do Shakti Upasna during Navratri. When the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra started, I went there. However, I am not attached to rituals. I am away from that. I feel there are divine blessings that have given me the opportunity to serve common people.”

    In the end, Shri Modi stood for photographs with the youngsters and thanked them for taking him back in time. Education Minister Shri Bhupendrasinh Chudasama, Principal Secretary Education Shri Tiwari and others were present on the occasion.

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  • Hon'ble Chief Minister will Celebrate Teachers Day 2013 in Gandhinagar

    On 5th of September 2013, Hon’ble CM of Gujarat Shri Narendra Modi along with Hon’ble Governor Dr. Shrimati Kamlaji will present the Best Teachers Award to teachers of the State in a grand function to celebrate Teacher’s Day 2013 at Town Hall, Gandhinagar. The function will be attended by many of State ministers and thousands of teachers and students from across Gujarat.

    Education is a topic very close to Shri Narendra Modi’s heart. He will address the gathering with his inspiring address on Teacher’s Day which will be broadcasted LIVE. You can watch it LIVE here from 10:30 am onwards.

    In the 2nd phase of the programme, Shri Narendra Modi will interact with thousands of children from across Gujarat who will be present on the occasion. This is not the first time he will be doing that on Teacher’s Day. Several times before, he has answered questions on his ambition, his dreams, his life, his inspiration and to many other questions posed by the students on Teachers Day. Do not Miss to witness this lively dialogue straight from Shri Modi’s heart. Watch it LIVE on

  • Folk Fair of Tarnetar

    Tarnetar fair is an oldest and unique festival in Saurashtra, because of its religious and pious significance. This year the fair is to be held from 8th to 11th Septmber 2013.

    Tarnetar is the corrupt word (Apabhransh in Hindi & Sanskrit) of Trinetreshwar i.e. a God with three eyes- namely lord Shiva- Shankar. This temple of tarnetar is located 65 Kms from Surendranagar District Head Quarter in South-West direction. There is a holy ancient temple believed to be constructed during the mahabharat times by pandavas.

    There is also a kund (swimming pool) named “papnashi” cleanser of the sins pilgrims and other tourist before going to the darshan of the temple always take a bath dip in this kund. Its design is different, in the sense that this kund is “U’ shaped and it surrounds the temple from three sides.

    Tarnetar fair is organized in the bright half shukla paksha of bhadrpad for three days i.e. 4th to 6th thitis. Normally 7/8 lakh pilgrims, bevellers and tourists gather to gather during the fair if there is good rainfall in Saurashtra. Apart from stalls of various items and eatables there are several giant wheels and merry go rounds; which the village folks do enjoy. Then of course some tattoo makers are there who paint name design and picture on the skins of hands, feet, wrists and even on neck, lips, checks of young boys and girls.

    However main attraction of tarnetar is “Raas” Koli, Bharvad, maldhari (cattle breeders) young and old, in their traditional costumes, both bright and multicolored play vigorous “Raas” near open ground of the tarnetar mahadev temple. Shanai and Dhol (Drum) are played by the musician and people go on and on in a circle. And of course at a little distance from this Raas, there are devotees who are singing Bhajans. These Bhajans are also sung round the clock. Tambura (string instrument) Manjira (cymbals) and Tabla, are played by the Bhajniks. During night time the crowds are larger and one can see groups of people lying on the grounds and relaxing or eating. They may sleep if tired, but normally the forget what fatigue is.

    Another outstanding feature of Tarnetar Mela is Umbrella. Its black canopy is embroidered with artistic design in coloured threads with bright “Tikka” round and square shining metal chips stitched, and at times Ganesh, Shesh Naag, Goddess Amba and others are also embroidered. The spokes of the umbrella are tied with fancy colored hand-kerchief. A tall and stout Maladhari carries this “Chhatri” (umbrella) around the fair. While singing some “Dohas” and songs. In this fair these “Chhatriwala” are one of the main attraction.

    This entire region is called “ Panchal Pradesh”, which has a direct connection with our religious and historic epic Maha Bharat. As per the popular belief and the legend. The Draupadi Swayamvar was held here near the Trinetreshwar Temple. A toy fish was hung a bamboo stick and Arjun was asked to pierce the fish with his arrow by looking at the image of that fish in the water of kunda. Where other princes had Arjuna had hit the fish and won the hand of Draupadi.

    There is another and most popular and powerful belief for organizing Tarnetar fair. It is said that Gangaji is surfacing in this kund on the 5th of bright half of Bhadrapada month of hindu calendar. So to take a dip in the kund is considered to very pious. Hence the fair and festival.

    As the time of this fair and artistic exposure spread film and photo artists from all over India and abroad started coming to tarnetar. Then loud speakers, morden media of publicity also came. The tourism department started setting up huts and tents for foreign and Indian tourists. This sophistication has some adverse effect also poor villager are shy of coming and mixing with those jins & T-shirts doing city youth with cola culture. But still the grandeur and importance of Tarnetar is as good as ever.

    The Government of Gujarat has started to encourage the young village youth to show their worth and vigour in numerous village games and also artistic imagination and decorating carts, bullock and horses with their zool(artistic cloth cover their body) winner are given prices.

    The credit for entire successful management of tarnetar fair goes to Gram panchayat and The District administration both revenue and police are efficiently and economically provides full facility to the visitor and devotee.

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  • CM prays at Somnath Temple on last Monday of Shravan

    On the morning of Monday 2nd September 2013 Shri Narendra Modi offered prayers at the Somnath Temple. The special occasion was the last Monday during the holy month of Shravan. Shri Narendra Modi was felicitated by local fishermen.

    Agriculture Minister Shri Babubhai Bokhiria, Shri PK Laheri and other members of Somnath trust were present.

    The Somnath Temple is situated in the newly created district of Gir Somnath, where Shri Modi was felicitated.

  • Gujarat's CM at Gir Somnath and Botad districts

    On Monday 2nd September 2013 Shri Narendra Modi visited two newly created districts of Gir Somnath and Botad. The Chief Minister was felicitated for the creation of the new districts, which came into existence on 15th August 2013. Shri Modi had made a promise to the people of Gujarat to create the districts and on Independence Day that promise was fulfilled.

    The new district of Gir Somanth has been created from the existing Junagadh district and consists of 5 Talukas- Kodinar, Una, Veraval, Talala and Sutrapada. The district of Botad has been created out of the Ahmedabad and Bhavnagar districts. It consists of 4 Talukas. He wished the people of the new districts the very best in their development journey ahead.

    Shri Modi pointed that the creation of small districts will help the people and described the 33 districts as the pillars of the development of Gujarat. He added that with the creation of the new districts there will be recruitment for the police forces and 30% of the recruitment will be set aide for women.

    Gujarat’s coasts as the gateway of progress

    Shri Modi affirmed that Gujarat’s 1600 km long coastline would become the gateway to India’s progress. He spoke about the importance of coastal security and highlighted Gujarat’s efforts in this direction including the setting up of the coastal police, which will make the coasts of Gujarat safer and increase the prosperity of the coastal regions. He talked about popularizing seaweed cultivation and said that it has made a great difference in the lives of the women of coastal areas.

    Shri Modi raises issue of fishermen captured by Pakistan

    During his speech, Shri Modi came down heavily on the inability of the Central Government to act against the poor treatment meted out by Pakistan to the fishermen of India. He criticized the Government for its failure to bring back fishing boats belonging to Indian fishermen that are with Pakistan. He urged the Centre to raise the issue of safety of Indian fishermen and the safe returning the boats belonging to Indian fishermen with Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif.

    Lauding the contribution of Gujarat’s fishermen community, Shri Modi declared that in a time when the Centre is helpless over the economic recovery of nation, Gujarat’s fishermen are scaling new heights and making a great contribution to the development journey.

    CM pays tributes to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel

    Shri Modi remarked that had our political leaders taken the path of good governance (Sushasan) for the past 60 years, things would be different today. He said that in such times it is natural to remember a personality like Sardar Patel. He recalled the steps Sardar Patel took in the area of urban development when he was the Mayor of Ahmedabad and recalled that it was Sardar Patel who introduced the idea of setting aside 30% of seats for women in local bodies but the colonial rulers did not accept this.

    Shri Modi attacks anti-Gujarat mindset of Congress-led UPA

    The Chief Minister affirmed that the same Central Government that is trying to pass the Food Security Bill in the name of the poor is leaving no stone unturned as far as rendering injustice towards Gujarat is concerned. He shared that the Gujarat Government is already providing 35 kg grains to the poor with wheat at Rs. 2/- per kilo and rice at Rs. 3/- per kilo and 35 kg but with the Food Security Bill this will reduce to 25 kg per month. He attacked the UPA Government for fooling the people of India in the name of providing food security.

    He also came down heavily on the Centre for their refusal to grant permission to install gates on the Sardar Sarovar Dam despite repeated requests to the Prime Minister. Shri Modi avowed that even if they like it or not, the Centre will not be able to stall the development of Gujarat.

    Those who attended the two functions include Agriculture Minister Shri Babubhai Bokhiria, Energy Minister Shri Saurabhbhai Patel, Ministers of State Smt. Vasuben Trivedi, Rajnibhai Patel, Shri Nanubhai Vanani, MPs Shri Dinu Solanki, Shri Rajendrasinh Rana, MLAs, former Ministers and other dignitaries.

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  • Hon'ble Chief Minister at Chhota Udepur district

    On Friday 30th August 2013 Shri Narendra Modi was felicitated in Mahisagar and Chhota Udepur districts. The Mahisagar and Chhota Udepur districts were among the seven districts created on 15th August. The creation of new districts was a promise Shri Modi had made to the people of Gujarat. The new district of Chhota Udepur has been carved out of the existing Vadodara district and consists of five Talukas- Chhota Udepur, Sankheda, Naswadi, Kawant and Jetpur Pavi. Mahisagar district was carved out of Kheda and Panchmahal districts and consists of six Talukas. Shri Modi affirmed that unlike those who have been making false promises for the last 60 years, the Gujarat Government has fulfilled the promises it has made to the people.

    Shri Modi said that it is natural for the people of the new districts to feel happy on the creation of the new districts. He stated, “The entire state apparatus is coming here to the new district to serve you. The poor and marginalized will gain immensely from this”. Shri Modi wished the people of Mahisagar and Chhota Udepur districts the very best in their development journey and expressed confidence that the district will scale heights of progress in the coming years. He shared his optimism that Mahisagar and Chhota Udepur districts will grow in the areas such as education, skill development and giving employment to the youth.

    Grand felicitation for Narendra Modi in newly created Chhota Udepur district

    The Chief Minister recalled that earlier the Surat district extended till the borders with Maharashtra but then the Government created a new Tapi district that created a new ray of hope among the people. Likewise, he affirmed that other districts have now been created.

    Shri Modi invited the farmers to attend the Vibrant Gujarat Global Agriculture Fair that is being held in September 2013. He stated that the Fair would be a historic one where latest discoveries, tools and best practices in agriculture will be exhibited. Shri Modi recalled that farmers had to travel to Israel for such a fair but the Gujarat Government decided to hold such a fair in Gujarat so that the farmers need not travel great distances but instead can get the opportunity closer home. Shri Modi said in his speech, “Progressive farmers from various countries will be coming. I urge my farmer friends from all over to come to Gandhinagar. Come see what has changed in agriculture, how can production be maximized, how can returns be maximum?”

    Shri Modi reaffirmed the commitment of the Gujarat Government towards the development of the Tribal Communities and shared, “Development must reach the last person in the queue. Even if one part of the body is injured can we say it is fit? Likewise, if one community is lagging behind in development can we say we are developed?” Shri Modi talked about the 108 Ambulance services and how it has helped the Tribal communities, particularly the women. He also said that the Government has spent crores of rupees for irrigation facilities in the Tribal stretch from Umargam to Ambaji. He even talked about growth of WADI project for the growth of farmers of tribal communities.

    Grand felicitation for Narendra Modi in newly created Chhota Udepur district

    The Chief Minister opined that while the nation attained Swaraj, the nation has not been able to attain Surajya, adding that Sushasan or good governance is very important. He affirmed that misgovernance brings with it several other diseases and pointed that in order to be a healthy nation we need to be free of the disease called misgovernance.

    Shri Modi offered condolences to those who lost their lives in the unfortunate collapse of two buildings in Vadodara on Janmashtami day. He said that the State Government has set up a comprehensive inquiry to find the truth and added that all assistance will be offered to those affected. Shri Modi said that as a society, it is our duty to stand with people at every juncture. He also came down heavily against those who make hay in the midst of tragedies. Shri Modi questioned them, “I want to ask those who make hay in the midst of tragedies, what did they do in Uttarakhand? Instead of wiping the tears of the people, all they do is politics!”

    Shri Modi raises important issue of safety of women

    Grand felicitation for Narendra Modi in newly created Chhota Udepur district

    During his speech, Shri Narendra Modi raised the important issue of women safety and made it clear in very specific terms that explanation of women is a blot on society.

    Shri Modi said on the occasion, “In this nation, the land of Sita, Savitri, safety of women has become a big concern. I am not making any political statements but I want to ask the men- what has happened that the women are not safe? If things go on like this, we have no right to call ourselves men.”

    Coming down sharply against the mindset of blaming the women, Shri Modi minced no words and made it clear, “Many blame women but women cannot be blamed. If there is a fault, it lies in the mindset of men. Exploitation of women is a blot on any society and we need to be free of it. One can be anything but if they do not respect women, society sees them as Rakshasas (demons). It is a blot on any society. From any corner of the nation if such news (on incidents against women) comes, it shames us. May Almighty give us strength and let us affirm that the women of our nation lead a life of safety and dignity.”

    Social Justice Minister Shri Ramanlal Vora, Law Minister Shri Bhupendrasinh Chudasma, Finance Minister Shri Nitin Patel and Forest Minister Shri Ganpat Vasava were present on the occasions in the two places.

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  • Guajrat's CM Blogs on National Sports Day

    Character, Community and Country: The Essence of Sports

    Dear Friends,

    Greetings to my fellow countrymen on National Sports Day! On this day we remember the legendary sportsman Major Dhyan Chand, who mesmerized the world with the magic of his hockey stick and made India a force to reckon with in hockey. I also congratulate all the sportspersons and coaches who would be honoured with the various sports awards this year!

    I am sure every one of us has a lot of memories attached with sports. We still remember the first time we held a cricket bat. As youngsters, how we wished that the frequency of the games period were exchanged with long classes on grammar, algebra or history! Did you not rejoice when India won a world cup or a medal?

    In my view, the three Cs that wonderfully blend with sports are- Character, Community and Country.

    All round character building is incomplete if sports are not a part of our lives. With reference to sports I feel, “जो खेले वो खिले!” (The person who plays, shines). Without sports, there cannot be any sportsmanship! Every sport has something or the other to offer. It is a unique opportunity both to sharpen our skills and for our personality development. No wonder Swami Vivekananda once said, “You will be nearer to heaven through football than through the study of the Gita.”

    We all live in a community and there are only few better ways to strengthen community bonding than sports. It is a great leveler and a unifier- when we play in a team we are not concerned with the caste, creed or community of our teammates. Neither does their economic status bother us. What matters is the victory of our team. I have seen so many lifelong friendships that have originated from the games field.

    We are blessed to see such kind of a wonderful atmosphere of oneness and social harmony during our Khel Mahakumbh. Cutting across all age groups and districts of Gujarat, the athletes compete in various sporting events. Khel Mahakumbh 2012-2013 witnessed a record participation of lakhs of athletes. For this year’s Khel Mahakumbh we are starting a new Under-12 category that will enable us to tap young talent. The Government will also bear the various expenses of the talented youngsters, which will help them pursue their sporting dream in the years to come.

    A few years ago, we integrated specially abled athletes to participate in Khel Mahakumbh. The genesis of this happened when a group of young specially abled athletes who had won in a tournament in China came to meet me. I spent two hours with them, spoke to them…this touched my heart. We decided to further our resolve to provide maximum opportunity to them so that they can shine on the field and that is when we decided to integrate them in Khel Mahakumbh. Thousands of specially abled athletes left Khel Mahakumbh 2012-13 spellbound with their stellar performance.

    Winning a medal or a cup is a great gift to give to our country. Invariably, success on the games field becomes linked with national pride. Sports also blends with culture when a nation hosts an important sporting tournament like the Olympics or a World Cup that enables it to showcase its history to the entire world. Not to mention the boost to the economy and tourism due to such events.

    Thus, it is very important to inculcate a spirit of sports and sportsmanship especially among our youth. Apart from the Khel Mahakumbhs I talked about, Gujarat has set up a Sports University, a unique initiative to harness sporting talent from all across the country. Furthermore, every district will have a sports school to give an impetus to sports. By integrating sports with education, a lot can be achieved. As a part of 150th birth anniversary celebrations of Swami Vivekananda, Vivekananda Yuva Kendras were set up in every corner of Gujarat with an aim to promote sports. Among the other initiatives under its auspices, sports kits were distributed to the youngsters.

    Yet, despite all these efforts there is a lot we have to do. I notice that due to academic pressures, the attendance on games field in decreasing. And if children are not studying, they are playing games on their computers. This is a very big shortcoming on our part. As citizens, let us create the right atmosphere and provide the right opportunity so that every child goes out to play for some time. Is it not better to hit a six or score a goal in a park nearby rather than on the computer screen? Another good idea is to devote some time where the entire family comes together and plays a game together.

    I am aware that there are several sports players who are extremely talented but they miss the bus due to financial and logistical constraints. As a Government, we are trying but I also seek your help in this. What if corporates can come together set up a corpus so that budding sportspersons can get constant world class training opportunities along with other facilities, with an aim that India emerges with many medals in the future Olympics and other sporting tournaments? This can be a part of their CSR. Likewise, our NRI friends who never shy away from helping their Motherland can contribute in the same way or even by sponsoring tournaments and helping create sporting infrastructure in their villages.

    Together, let us pledge to give our youngsters a happy and play-ful childhood that prepares the foundation of a glorious future devoted to the service of our nation.

    Narendra Modi

  • Gujarat's CM Shri Narendra Modi visits 500 year old auspicious Banyan Tree, Mahakali Vad at Kantharpura

    On the morning of 28th August 2013, Shri Narendra Modi visited the auspicious 500 year old Banyan Tree, Mahakali Vad at Kantharpura in Dehgam Taluka, Gandhinagar district. The grand tree covers an area of almost half an acre. He guided various government officials on the development of the Vad as a spiritual and holy place. Earlier, he visitedthe holy tree during Shala Praveshotsav in June 2013. Here are a few assorted pictures of his today’s visit to the Vad:

  • Steps taken by Gujarat Government in the wake of unfortunate collapse of 2 buildings in Vadodara

    In the wake of the unfortunate incident of the collapse of two buildings in Vadodara, the Gujarat Government has announced a comprehensive inquiry and rushed a team of experts on the spot. Rs. 2 lakh relief was announced for the kin of the deceased. Chief Minister Shri Modi is closely monitoring the rescues operations.

    The other steps taken by the state Government are:

    • Inquiry under Ms. Manjula Subramaniam, a retired IAS officer who has previously served as Chief Secretary, Additional Chief Secretary Urban Development and Vigilance Commissioner, Government of Gujarat.
    • Experts from the Gujarat State Disaster Management Authority (GSDMA); Institute of Seismological Research, Gandhinagar (ISR); Gujarat Engineering Research Institute, Vadodara (GERI) and Road & Building Department, Government of Gujarat are collectively doing testing and finding out the reasons behind the unfortunate collapse.
    • Material from collapsed building will be tested to decipher the cause of the collapse.
    • Experts are deciphering if liquefaction effect had any role in this collapse.
    • People have been evacuated from adjoining buildings to further minimize any scope of losses. Non destructive testing for structure stability is going on there.
    • Finance Minister & Guardian Minister of Vadodara District Shri Nitinbhai Patel and Energy Minister Saurabhbhai Patel are present in Vadodara.
    • The buildings have been built between 1999 and 2001.
    • It may be noted that Vadodara has received 120% excess of the average rainfall this year. It is being explored in this and water logging is a cause behind the collapse.
    • 500 people from NDRF, local fire services and EME are involved in the rescue operations.
    • 9 people have lost their lives and 5 lives have been saved. Rescue operations will be completed very soon.

  • Donors from Valsad donate Rs 61 lakh for relief of Uttarakhand victims

    MLA of Pardi Mr. Kanubhai Desai and district administration today met the Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and handed over a cheque of Rs. 61,96,000 for the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund with a view to help the Uttarakhand flood victims. The amount has been collected from the voluntary donations from various donors, organizations and industrial houses.

    Chief Minister appreciated the gesture of Valsad donors of extending support to the victims.

    District Collector of Valsad Vikrant Pandey and District Development Officer Udit Agarwal were also present on this occasion.

  • CM greets the people of Gujarat on Janamashtami

    The Chief Minister Narendra Modi has greeted the people of Gujarat on the joyous occasion of Janamashtami.

    In a message, the Chief Minister said that people of Gujarat are devotees and worshipers of Lord Krishna. Janamashtami is a festival of people that revives man’s bonding with the nature. Lord Krishna’s message of standing up to the oppression and injustice of miscreants is still relevant, he said.

  • Queensland of Australia led by deputy premier Jeffrey Seeney meets CM

    The visiting Deputy Premier of Queensland from Australia, Mr. Jeffrey William Seeney today met Gujarat chief minister Mr. Narendra Modi and held one-on-one talk dwelling on various range of mutual aspects to develop mutual ties with Australia especially between Queensland and Gujarat. For Queensland, Mr. Seeney is also holding charge of Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning.

    The visiting delegation from Queensland also comprised Consul General in Mumbai Mr. Mark Pierce while additional Principal Secretary to Gujarat chief minister Mr. A K Sharma, additional chief secretary Mr. Maheshwar Sahu and Indian industrialist Mr. Gautam Adani were too present during the meet.

    During the meet, members from both sides exchanged their views and ideas to developed policies, and build more comprehensive economic and cultural relations between Gujarat and Australia with in the backdrop of ever-changing global economic scenario world over.

    Gujarat chief minister Mr. Modi and Mr. Seeney also discussed on the aspect like economic mobility and especially of sustainable economic development, and in this context the various available possibilities, which could unfold a wider cooperation between Gujarat and Queensland for wide range of fields.

    Sharing details on those either settled for professional reasons and those students from Gujarat studying in Australia, Gujarat chief minister Mr. Modi extended an invitation to the visiting Deputy Premier and Consul General to depute a governmental and business delegation to take part in the upcoming Global Agricultural Summit scheduled on September 9 and 10 this year. The visiting Australian delegation was also informed of the successful visit of Gujarat-based business delegation that visited Australia.

  • CM hands over employment letters to Vidya Sahayaks in Gandhinagar

    On the evening of Friday 23rd August 2013 Shri Narendra Modi handed over employment letters to Vidyasahayaks at a function in Gandhinagar. Similar functions were held in the various districts where Ministers were present to hand over the letters to the Vidyasahayaks. Speaking on the occasion, Shri Modi spoke about the State Government’s focus on education for the strong future of Gujarat. He said that education is a mass movement that can nurture citizens of the future. “We are doing all this for the future of Gujarat, to take its development to new heights and for that education is important”, he said. He also congratulated those who got the letters and expressed confidence that they would serve the state.

    Speaking about the importance of teachers Shri Modi said, “Under a teacher, an entire generation is created, which determines how a nation’s future will be”. Shri Modi said that for a teacher to be successful, it is important that there is a student in him or her. He added that having a student within us could also mean that a little student sitting in front of us becomes our teacher, from whom we can imbibe something new. He recalled that when he took over as CM people wondered how would a person with no prior experience succeed but he said that today Gujarat has a Government that it can be proud of and this is because there is also a student in him.

    He told the teachers, “Achieving a PTC or B.Ed does not mean the journey is over. Infact, it is a sense of responsibility. It tells us what one’s duties are”. He urged the teachers to inspire their students and said, “I have seen teachers whose fathers were teachers and they would come to class with their father’s notes. No student will accept this.”

    The Chief Minister talked about the various steps taken by the Gujarat Government in the field of education. He recalled that when he took over as CM, Gujarat was lagging behind in education especially enrollment of women students. Shri Modi stated, “We worked towards 100% enrollment, where we attained success. Then we saw teachers are less, so we recruited lakhs of teachers. Then we realized that we need classrooms so we built thousands of classrooms. We worked towards giving every school a computer, broadband, electricity and long distance education. One by one we were bringing changes and then we realized that it would be good if we set up a separate cadre of principals. Through manpower, budget, technology…through every way we worked towards strengthening education”. He added, “Now the students who enrolled since 2001 are growing up and they are leaving their villages to study. So we allotted Rs. 200 crore for building hostels across the state. Let everyone who wants to study get the opportunity”.

    He went on to say that in addition to providing the necessary support, the Government started the Gunotsav initiative where primary schools are graded and everyone from the Collector are involved in the process.

    Shri Modi shared that back in 2001 Gujarat had 11 Universities but now that number has risen to 46 in a decade. He stressed on the fact that with the same system and the Government schools, it is possible to make a difference. Shri Modi said, “Narendra Modi is a product of a Government school. It was the same government teachers who taught me.”

    Shri Modi affirmed there is a perception that for jobs and transfers there are price tags but things are different in Gujarat. He went on to say that there is not a single instance of corruption as far as appointment and transfers are concerned in Gujarat and expressed confidence that with a visionary approach it is possible to do recruitment and transfers without corruption. Shri Modi declared that the nation is fed up of corruption and people are asking how to combat it.

    Principal Secretary Education Shri AM Tiwari and other officials were present on the occasion.

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  • Narendra Modi congratulates women recurve team for Gold in Archery World Cup

    On the afternoon of Monday 26th August 2013 Shri Narendra Modi congratulated the Indian women’s recurve team for winning the Gold in the Archery World Cup.

  • Gujarat's CM felicitated in the newly created district of Morbi

    On Saturday 24th August 2013 Shri Narendra Modi visited the newly created district of Morbi. He described the creation of the new district as a move towards quicker progress of Gujarat and towards integrating the people in the development journey of the state. He affirmed that Gujarat is developing and contributing to the development of the nation but while the people of Gujarat can see it, the anti-Gujarat vested interest groups cannot. As the new district of Morbi commences its development journey, Shri Narendra Modi announced a development project of Rs 25 crore to build 1008 Pukka Houses for the poor. On the occasion the Chief Minister expressed confidence that the creation of these new districts would positively contribute to Gujarat’s development.

    The new district, which was created on 15th August was a promise made by Shri Narendra Modi to the people and the happiness of the people was evident when Shri Modi visited the district today. The district of Morbi has been created out of parts of Rajkot, Surendranagar and Jamnagar district. Shri Modi declared that this district, which is the land of the social reformer Swami Dayananda Saraswati would also become a land of progress in the coming time.

    During the public meeting, that was attended by thousands of people from all Talukas of the district, Shri Modi was weighed against silver. 85 kg of silver was arranged to weigh Shri Modi and was presented to him by representatives of the ceramic industry of Morbi. The Chief Minister announced that the proceeds of this would go to build the Statue of Unity, to commemorate the Iron Man of India Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel on the Narmada River. Over 100 local organisations felicitated the Chief Minister.

    In his speech Shri Modi affirmed that the development journey cannot be stagnant or static but it has to be Sarvasamaveshak and Sarvasparshi (all inclusive) and that Gujarat has shown the way in this direction. He shared that out of the seven new districts created, four are from Saurashtra.

    Shri Modi said that the people of Gujarat have shown the way by rejecting those vested interest groups who have been spreading lies. He stated that in 2012 the Gujarat Government faced the people by giving them answers on their work in the last five years and in 2014 it is the turn of the Centre to answer the people what they have done. He also added that he is confident the people will give a fitting reply to the Centre in 2014.

    Attacking the policies of the Congress-led UPA Government, Shri Modi said that both the Rupee and the leadership of the UPA, PM Dr. Manmohan Singh have turned mute. He said that to save the nation from crisis, it is essential to make the nation free from the UPA Government.

    Energy Minister Shri Saurabh Bhai Patel, Minister of State Shri Jayanti Bhai Kavadiya, Shri Govind Bhai Patel, MLAs Shri Kantibhai Amrutiya, Shri Mohanbhai Kundaria, new collector Shri S. Raval and several other dignitaries were present on the occasion.

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  • Grand felicitation for Shri Modi in newly created Aravalli district

    On Sunday 25th August 2013 Shri Narendra Modi visited the newly created Aravalli District, where he was felicitated by the people of the district. He said that the creation of new districts will increase the pace of development across Gujarat. He affirmed that while the people of Gujarat have faith in the State Government, the people of India have lost faith in the Centre and the reason is that the Gujarat Government is committed to overall development of society. He categorically stated that the way ahead lies in development and there is no stopping or slowing as far as development is concerned.

    Shri Modi’s visit to Aravalli district is a part of his visits to the seven newly created districts across Gujarat. Shri Modi had promised the people to create new districts and on 15th August the promise was duly fulfilled. There is immense enthusiasm among the people for the creation of the new districts. The Aravalli district has been created from Sabarkantha District. The newly created Aravalli District will consist of six Talukas with a population of over 10.27 lakh people. The new district will have a substantial Tribal population. Shri Modi said that this will be new step in the development of Tribal communities in Gujarat.

    The Chief Minister said that the dignity of the post of the Prime Minister has been adversely affected due to the events of the last nine years including corruption. He added that the people of Gujarat had overthrown the corrupt elements during the Navnirman Movement of the 1970s and that the movement had inspired several people across India.

    He affirmed that the Gujarat Government is working day and night not because of accolades for the government but for the welfare of Gujarat and went on to say that today Gujarat has made a mark in the field of development. Shri Modi stated the commitment of the Gujarat Government to scale even greater heights of progress that will make Gujarat proud in front of the world.

    During his speech Shri Modi avowed that the Gujarat Government passed with distinction in the eyes of the people during the 2012 elections and now it is the turn of the Centre to give an answer to the people about their performance when the 2014 elections approach.

    Shri Modi stated that there was a conspiracy to forget the contribution of Sardar Patel in the history of India but Gujarat will never be a part of this and that is why the state is building a majestic Statue of Unity to commemorate the Iron Man of India. He said that apart from being a ‘Loh Purush’ or Iron Man, Sardar Patel was a ‘Kisan Putra’ (son of farmer) and a champion of integration and to commemorate that the Gujarat Government is seeking contribution of agriculture implements made from iron from across the nation that will be used for the Statue of Unity.

    The Chief Minister declared that in a time when the Centre’s failures are increasingly coming to the fore, Gujarat is showing the way with its work culture and decentralization in order to make people partners in the process of development. He also talked about the ‘Aapno Taluko, Vibrant Taluko’ project.

    Sports Minister Shri Ramanlal Vora, Minister of State Shri Pradeepsinh Jadeja, MP Dr. Mahendrasinh Chauhan, former Ministers Shri Jaysinh Chauhan, Shri Praful Patel, IAS officer Smt. Jayanti Ravi among other dignitaries were present.

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  • CM condoles death of Gujarat DGP Shri Amitabh Pathak

    On the afternoon of Friday 23rd August 2013 Shri Narendra Modi condoled the demise of Gujarat Director General of Police (DGP) Shri Amitabh Pathak. Shri Modi said that the state will remember the services of Shri Pathak and added that he has spoken to his son to offer condolences.

    The Chief Minister said that this was a sad moment for the state and its police force. He said that Shri Pathak led the police force of the state with great team spirit. He also appreciated the working style of Shri Pathak.

    Shri Amitabh Pathak was an IPS officer of the 1977 batch. He served the state in various capacities including Director Anti-Corruption Bureau, Ahmedabad Police Commissioner, IGP (Law and Order) and Range IG, Gandhinagar.

  • The Gujarat Experience

    According to some estimates, India will need 500 new cities in the next two decades. Existing infrastructure is barely able to meet the needs of residents with significant shortfalls in the areas of power supply, water & sanitation, housing and transportation. Urban and infrastructure development are critical issues facing India and the Gujarat experience provides multiple lessons. On the back of its infrastructure, even with only 5% of population and 6% of the geographical area, Gujarat contributes to 25% of India’s exports, 17% of Indian Industrial output and 37% of the cargo handled by ports in India (up from 29% in 2000). Here are a few learnings of how it has been able to achieve leadership in areas of urban development, energy, water & transportation.

    Gujarat’s % share in total shipping traffic of India

    Total traffic at major and minor shipping ports (‘000 Tonnes)- Note the substantial improvement of Gujarat’s numbers

    Urban Development:

    Cities are the hub for human development and help attract investments and improve quality of life. Urban development requires both creation of new cities as well as development of existing cities. New cities face significant regulatory, governance and infrastructure challenges. Keeping these challenges in mind, Gujarat pioneered the concept of SIR (Special Investment Regions) in the country. Gujarat passed the SIR act in 2009 to enable local governance for these regions and is now developing thirteen SIR cities in the state including the flagship Dholera project on the Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC).

    Dholera with 2 million planned residents will be among the top fifteen cities in India and double the size of last planned city Chandigarh which is 45th in terms of size in India. Dholera comes with highway and metro connectivity to cities like Ahmedabad as well as high end technology access. Similarly GIFT (Gujarat International Finance Tech-City) is another 986 acre greenfield development initiative at advanced stage of development which will offer one of the best options to entrepreneurs and residents.

    In terms of development of existing city development, Ahmedabad is a good example. Sabarmati riverfront was transformed in line with other world-class cities like Paris, London, Singapore etc. Ahmedabad BRTS (Bus Rapid Transport System) is the only successful BRTS in India and was awarded by ITDP (USA) for showing how large cities can reduce carbon emissions with smart systems.


    Gujarat pioneered the development of parallel grid system to provide quality and continuous power supply to farms, households and industry (an idea now being replicated across states). In addition, an aggressive clean power generation focus was developed in areas like solar power where Gujarat now has 2/3 of India’s solar power capacity.

    Power Supply Situation in Top Five States (2013-14)

    Source: CEA

    To reduce distribution losses, special police stations and community reporting was started to control power theft and state electricity board started turning profits.

    The results was 24X7 three phase, high quality power across the state with distribution losses going down to 20% from 35%. The results are all the more outstanding when compared to top five power consuming states in India which suffer power upto 25% power deficit while Gujarat is power surplus.

    Similarly in gas sector, Gujarat is the only state to have two LNG terminals plus a state wide gas grid of 2,400 km built with private participation.

    Water: A massive water harvesting and conservation campaign was started with development of 650,000 water management structures. Community based 14,000 water committees for drinking water distribution & management, a concept which has since been awarded by UN. A state wide water grid of 1,900 km of bulk pipelines, 100,000 km of distribution pipelines with filtration plants covering 10,000 villages was setup which is now able to supply tap water to 75% of households.

    Gujarat also became the only state in the country where ground water level has risen, thus assuring high quality water supply for generations to come.

    Transportation: A focus on roads led to 92% paved roads in Gujarat vs a national average of 58%. Gujarat also has the highest road network density per sq km in India. Currently, it takes around 2 days to travel from Ahmedabad to Delhi by road. Through DMIC, Government envisages creating roads where one can travel from Ahmedabad to Delhi in just 5-6 hours by road, which is on the similar lines of highways in foreign countries like Japan, China, United States etc.

    Gujarat’s marine policy is now being replicated by many other states and led to 37% of India’s sea cargo carried by Gujarat ports alone. Similarly, Gujarat has the highest number of airports in the country (fourteen including one international airport).

    Gujarat also developed the largest fiber optic network in Asia which connects all government offices right up to 18,000 villages.

    The result of this infrastructure and urban development is evident in the quality of life and industrial growth in the state. Gujarat also leads the country in per capita income growth and industrial output. For states with rich potential like Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat and may of those who will be newly formed, it is prudent to share more successful ideas especially as most infrastructure development companies come from the region. If one collaborates on bigger ideas backed by great vision the urban landscape of India can change. The people of the two states as well as the rest of the country can benefit immensely if the best ideas and successes from Gujarat in the areas of urban and infrastructure development are used as case studies across the country.


  • Gujarat PDS an innovative example for nation to follow

    Government of Gujarat’s Biometric Bar-coded ration Public Distribution System (PDS) Coupon system is an innovative model of service delivery that leverages Information and Communications Technology (ICT) to improve the accountability and transparency of the Targeted Public Distribution System (TPDS) in the state to ensure the rightful cardholders get the ration and minimise leakages.

    Less than two years back, the Supreme Court has lauded the model of computerised PDS implemented by state of Gujarat and directed the central government to ask all states and union territories to implement the same.

    The apex court’s direction was based on the recommendations of a committee headed by Justice D P Wadhwa, a former judge of the Supreme Court. It was noted that Gujarat’s PDS is a model in electronic authentication of delivery and payments at the fair price shop. Even the United Nations World Food Programme has noted the success of Gujarat’s targeted PDS reforms model. It should be noted that the Gujarat’s TPDS reform model has been fully funded by the state government and has been one of the most cost effective projects.

    The Gujarat state government has also taken an initiative for solving the problems of migrating families by permitting temporary extension of the validity of the ration cards to any Fair Price Shop (FPS) in the destination of his choice. Another reason for the success of Gujarat’s TPDS reforms has been the elimination of bogus cards. Along with that the state has achieved the auto nomination of TPDS, which has improved the response time of TPDS administration and curbed corruption, if any.

    Under the current system of PDS, the government of India allocates food grains for 21.2 lakhs Below Poverty Line (BPL)/Antyodaya Anna Yojana (AAY) families only. Although the Gujarat government has identified about 32 lakhs BPL/AAY families and has repeatedly requested government of India to enhance allocation of BPL food grain, unfortunately the government of India has not acted upon such request of the state government. Consequently, the state government, in the interest of the BPL families, had no option but to divert part of Above Poverty Line (APL) allocation and this was endorsed by the government of India. Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi has written to the prime minister on the shortcomings of the National Food Security Ordinance (NFSO) and urged him to convene a meeting of all chief ministers to deliberate on the provisions for better implementation of the same.

    As it may be known to all that the state governments are required to implement the programme, it is more appropriate to weed out certain issues likely to pose practical hindrances to its implementation. The Gujarat Chief Minister has raised pertinent issues for the benefit of all the targeted beneficiaries, even whose number is fixed by the Union government without consulting the states. Even, for the Implementation of the National Food Security Ordinance, the number of the beneficiaries have been fixed by the Centre and the states are left to identify those many beneficiaries, which itself is exclusionary. As per the NFSO, the entitlement of BPL families has been reduced from 35 kg per family to only 25 kg per month to an average family of five persons. Reducing food entitlement to poorest of the poor cannot be the objective of any food security legislation. In fact, it is a cruel joke with the poor of this country.

    They have been promised food security and assured supply of 35 kg of food grain has been reduced to 25 kg. The distribution of 5 kg food grains per month per person implies the supply of only 165 gm per person per day. Individuals involved in labour intensive activities require at least 2,500 calories per day. The entitled 165 gm grains would provide only 500 calories per day which is hardly 20 per cent of one’s daily calorie requirements. Even in the Mid Day Meal (MDM) scheme, school going children are entitled to about 180 gm of food grain. As against this, an ‘adult food insecure person’ is proposed to be given only 165 gm for two meals per day. This does not address even the ‘calorific security’, not to talk about ‘nutritional security’, which is the main objective of food security. Further, the Centre has refused to take any responsibility to ensure supply of the required quantity of food grains. Instead, this responsibility has been cast upon the respective state governments to fulfill the shortage of food grains. If there is drought and/ or states which are food grain deficit, state governments will find itself in a very difficult situation to manage/procure the food grains. The central government with huge wherewithal could have taken this responsibility to make available the food grain during drought/ scarcity. These deficiencies pointed out by the Gujarat chief minister, which if taken in positive spirit would have made the ‘Right to Food’ a proper and appropriate legislation in letter and spirit.

  • Our country needs quality education, Gujarat shows how

    Swami Vivekananda’s famous quotation on education, ‘We want that education by which character is formed, strength of mind is increased, the intellect is expanded and by which one can stand on one’s own feet’. This quote of Vivekananda will be fulfilled when children from remote areas of the country will get quality education. The promotion of quality education is indeed necessary in small towns and remote villages. Gujarat is known as a very progressive and highly industrialised state. But very few people know that Gujarat has got 15 per cent of tribal population. A decade ago, the state leadership took account of this and decided to aggressively spread mass awareness, not just for enrolment but for providing quality education in remote tribal areas.

    With the objective to provide quality education to meritorious students coming from over 15 lakh tribal families of the state, the Gujarat government has established 80 high standard world class educational institutions for tribal students throughout the state. These special schools are residential in nature. They are run by the state government as also under public private partnership model, for children between classes VI to XII.

    Considerable investment is made on educational facilities, teachers, students’ nutritional needs, teaching aids, and co-curricular activities. The students are provided education in English medium in many of these schools in order to enable them to compete with the non-tribal population, says senior officer from Gujarat government.

    Giving an example of Vejalpur village of Panchmahal district, he apprised that the English medium school that was started in this village in 2007-2008 imparts high standard education. The school is from standard VI to XII and places a great deal of emphasis on pedagogy and the teachers meet on fortnightly basis to prepare their teaching plans. In addition to classroom teaching, teachers spend extra time on students to enhance their knowledge repository.

    The teachers at Vejalpur continue to work out strategies so that children take off on a learning adventure everyday. Sports are accorded importance too, and for many Scheduled Tribe students, it is the first time that they are being introduced to structured sports such as football, volleyball etc.

    The students of Vejalpore participate in sports tournaments at national and international level. At the international level, 16 students participated in Taekwondo tournament in Sri Lanka in 2011-2012 and won 13 gold and 3 silver medals. At the national level, 33 students participated in Open Tournament in 2012-2013 at Mumbai and won 15 gold, 11 silver and 7 bronze medals.

    The students also participated in khel mahakumbh of the government of Gujarat, winning Rs 3.5 lakh in various sports such as Kabaddi, Volleyball, Hockey, Football, Table Tennis, Taekwondo and athletics. Career counseling is also conducted regularly. The school also features a green house and a two court badminton hall. Very recently, the students met former president A P J Abdul Kalam and presented to him paintings made by them and his portrait, prepared by class IX students. In 2012-2013, the 10th Board result of the school was 100 per cent. Equal emphasis is given on male and female education.

    Surya Eklavya Sainik School, in Kherencha village, of Sabarkantha started in 2007-2008, is given to Surya Foundation for running and maintenance. The vision of Surya Eklavya Sainik School is to prepare students for the country’s defence forces. The students passing out from the school are capable of competing in exams for IAS, IPS, Medical, Engineering etc. Being a Sainik School, special focus is laid on physical activities like army drill, running, PT, Yogasan, Karate etc. and games like Volleyball, Football, Kho-kho and Kabaddi. The school has registered with NCC and every year 50 students take part in training of Junior Battalion.

    The school is running from standard VI to XII.

    In 2011-2012, the school hosted the Science Fair in which schools across the state had participated. Last year, 50 students participated at the district level parade in NCC. At the national level, a cadet participated at National Rifle Shooting Competition, NCC, Delhi, representing Gujarat state. Seventeen students participated in Athletics, Archery, Kabaddi and Kho-Kho at the national level. In December 2011, students participated in National Science Congress, Jaipur.

    Through rigorous academic programmes, athletics, cultural activities and community services, ST students studying in the special education initiative of the Tribal Development Department are being prepared for meaningful and efficient participation in the mainstream for economic prosperity and to be a part of national pride.

    The author is deputy director of information, government of Gujarat

  • Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi asks administration to send a clear message to those harassing innocent citizens to be afraid of law

    Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi today heard online the citizens’ problems at the Secretariat’s Public Relation hall in Gandhinagar as part of the monthly SWAGAT Online programme to redress their grievances to their satisfaction, giving an impression of delivering impartial justice.

    Mr. Modi directed the Secretaries and District Administration of respective departments to send a clear message to those harassing the common man and particularly innocent citizens that they should be afraid of law.

    Gujarat’s SWAGAT Online programme is spread over to the entire state, down to the district, taluka and village level. On an average, 78 per cent of the complaints are settled on the spot, no wonder if the programme had won the UNO’s Best Public Service Award.

    Those present during the day’s programme included Minister of State Vasuben Trivedi, Secretaries, Collectors and other officers of department concerned, besides Chief Minister’s Additional Chief Secretary A.K. Sharma.

  • Interlinking of Rivers in north Gujarat has redefined the surplus rainwater management

    The multi-purpose interstate Sardar Sarovar Project (SSP) on Narmada River has proved to be a boon to the water-starved north Gujarat region too, thanks to the Sujalam Sufalam Yojna built under the guidance of Chief Minister Narendra Modi.

    Nearly 1,200 cusec of surplus rainwater, overflowing the SSP and Kadana dams, is now being released to the 310-km long Sujalam Safalam Spreading Canal, which serves the Gandhinagar, Mehsana, Sabarkantha and Patan districts. These districts are situated at a higher elevation than the Narmada Main Canal Command Area.

    Similar efforts to divert the surplus rainwater from Narmada Main Canal (NMC) and other dams in the region have helped release total 18,600 cusec of water to recharge the seasonal smaller Heran, Karad, Kun, Sabarmati, Rupen and Banas rivers.

    While Sujalam Safalam Yojna has filled up 36 lakes and the NMC-based nine lift irrigation schemes another 174 lakes, totaling 210 lakes, besides filling up innumerous khet talavdis (farm ponds) and recharging underground water table in the region. It has been made possible only because of pre-monsoon preparedness by the State Irrigation Department, in absence of which these

    Interlinking of rivers in north Gujarat region has thus redefined the concept of management of surplus rainwater, which would have gone down the rivers into the sea.

    The irrigation department had earlier recharged Saraswati River near Sidhpur with the help of Khorsam-Saraswati lift irrigation scheme, as well as canal escape route.

    The Dharoi dam on the Sabarmati has so far stored 344 mcm of water as against its capacity of 813 mcm.

  • Celebrate Raksha Bandhan Festival with Hon'ble Chief Minister in Gandhinagar

    On Tuesday 20th August 2013 Shri Narendra Modi celebrated the festival of Raksha Bandhan in Gandhinagar. Over 5,000 women belonging to different parts of India as well as various countries of the world met Shri Modi and tied Rakhis to the Chief Minister. Shri Modi extended his best wishes to all the women across India and also called for affirming on this day to protect Bharat Mata.

    Shri Modi observed, “I have experienced that while serving the society and the nation I am protected by the Kavach (cover) of Strength given by the women of India. Due to this I can overcome various challenges. Also I am inspired to serve the poorest of the poor, the marginalized. I extend my gratitude to the women of India.”

    He further said, “For the last few days Pakistan and China are attacking our Nation and our Jawans. If we are not able to protect them (our Jawans) then how can they protect our nation? On this day, let us affirm to protect our Bharat Mata.”

    The Chief Minister took on the UPA over the prevailing economic situation in the country. He described it as a grave concern and said that no one thought such a huge mess would be created. He went on to say that there is a lack of confidence in the leadership and that the current leadership in the Centre only cares about staying in power instead of strengthening the Rupee. Shri Modi avowed that for the last five years the nation has been hearing inflation would come down but that has not happened.

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  • National Conference on Panchayati Raj and Rural Development

    Speaking at the start of the National Conference on Panchayati Raj and Rural Development on the morning of Saturday 17th August, Shri Narendra Modi remembered Mahatma Gandhi’s vision of Gram Swarajya and stated that Mahatma Gandhi’s vision for development of villages is 100% relevant today. Shri Modi called for efforts to make villages self-sufficient in all spheres and said there should be development of the villages that enables people to stand on their feet instead of focusing on winning elections through a culture of charity. Calling for the strengthening of Gram Sabhas, Shri Modi avowed that the Gram Sabha must be as important for the village as the Lok Sabha is for the nation. He also called for the optimum use of technology for enhancing the development of villages. The Chief Minister spoke about the importance of de-centralization in order to develop our villages, saying that sitting in the state capital authorities cannot take decisions about the needs of the various villages.

    The National Conference on Panchayati Raj and Rural Development is being held at the Mahatma Mandir in Gandhinagar. Over 5000 delegates representing 26 states and 4 Union Territories have joined the Conference. Shri Modi thanked the delegates and said that this Conference is like a ‘Mini-Rural India.’ He added that the idea of this conference came because of the celebrations of 50 years of Panchayati Raj. On the occasion Shri Modi paid tributes to Sardar Patel and Shri Balwantrai Mehta, the former Chief Minister of Gujarat who left a great mark in institutionalizing Panchayati Raj in India. Shri Modi expressed confidence that experts will effectively brainstorm during this Conference on ways to strengthen Panchayati Raj and Rural Development.

    Recalling the vision of Mahatma Gandhi, the Chief Minister said, “Mahatma Gandhi spoke of Gram Rajya and Gram Swarajya. He spoke of health, education in villages, he dreamt of freedom from all social evils and he spoke of jobs. Had we implemented Gandhi ji’s vision in letter and spirit our villages would have gone far ahead of our cities. And if we implement it even today, no will think of going to the cities, everyone will stay in the villages.”

    Shri Modi gave a comprehensive address on the steps taken by the Gujarat Government for strengthening Panchayati Raj and Rural Development. Talking about de-centralization Shri Modi said that the State Government empowered village Panchayats to take decisions upto Rs. 5 lakh on their own without seeking permissions from the higher authorities. Likewise, he gave the example of the Tribal Communities, that have touched many lives in the villages dominated by Tribal Communities. He also talked about the importance of community participation in the development of villages and gave the example of the Gujarat Government’s efforts of building schools in quake-affected Kutch to restore normalcy.

    The Chief Minister talked about the Samras Gram Yojana. He said, “I became Chief Minister on 7th October 2001 and I addressed my first press conference on 11th October 2001, which was Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan’s birth anniversary. I announced two decisions- the strengthening of the Gram Sabha and the Samras Gram Yojana.” He explained that unlike in Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabha elections, Panchayat Elections tend to bitterly divide villages, which is why the idea of Samras Gram Yojana originated. Recalling the mindless criticism Shri Modi said, “When we announced Samras Gram Yojana, I remember there were lot of critics who were criticizing it. They also called it undemocratic. But, with the blessings of Almighty I stuck to my stand. We said, if 51-49 is democracy, 60-40 is democracy, 80-20 is democracy why is 100-0 not democracy?” Shri Modi spoke on the women controlled Samras Grams and expressed joy at the manner in which women have become equal and active towards the development of village.

    Shri Modi also talked about the Pavan Gram and Tirth Gram initiatives of the Gujarat Government. He spoke about the E-Gram Vishwa Gram Yojana and called for the integration of technology with the development journey of the villages of Gujarat. Shri Modi affirmed that Gujarat has also started the concept of animal hostels and urged the delegates to visit the animal hostel near Gandhinagar. Shri Modi shed light on the Jyotigram Yojana and also congratulated the MP Government for the Atal Jyoti Abhiyan.

    The Chief Minister pointed that emphasis must be given on the cleanliness of the villages. He said, “Once I gave a slogan- Pehle Shauchalaya, Badme Devalaya (First sanitation facilities and then temples),” and spoke about the importance of creating adequate sanitation facilities for the people. Shri Modi affirmed that in the past the manufacturing sector was only reduced to the cities but this needs to change and industries, particularly cottage industries must spread to the villages. He opined that the key lay in value addition. Shri Modi further said that those revenue laws that are archaic must be changed. The Chief Minister called for infrastructural additions in rural areas.

    Shri Modi gave the message that true reform is the reform of the villages and not big money or big companies. He said that the aspirations of the people of the villages are growing and it is for the government and society at large to understand and fulfill them.

    Earlier, Panchayat Minister Shri Bhupendrasinh Chudasama spoke on the occasion. Development Commissioner (Panchayati Raj) in the MP Government Dr. Aruna Sharma (IAS) also spoke on the occasion. Shri Modi felicitated Sarpanchs form various parts of the country and released three book, even in the e-book format. The books Shri Modi released are, ‘Gram Vikas Se Desh Vikas- Gujarat Ke Anubhav’, ‘Anokhi Pehel’ and ‘Mahila Sashaktikaran.’ Chief Secretary Shri Varesh Sinha was present on the occasion. A short video film on Sardar Patel Statue of Unity was played on the occasion.

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  • Vivekananda Vikas Parishad in Bhuj

    Addressing the Vivekananda Vikas Parishad in Bhuj as a part of the state level Independence Day celebration, Shri Narendra Modi said that in contrast to the earlier times, celebration of festivals such as Independence Day and Republic Day have become important occasions for Lok Shikshan and development. He recalled that earlier Independence Day celebrations were confined to the state capital where authorities, school children and few other citizens would come and disperse. But, that has changed in the past few years. He further added that when the Gujarat Government organized the first state level celebrations outside the state capital, in Patan, the media and the Congress made a mockery of it. He shared that instead of the Tricolour, they were furling black flags but in due course of time they realized the bigger picture.

    We did not get opportunity to die for the nation but we have got the opportunity to live for it

    The Chief Minister paid tributes to all the freedom fighters who dedicated their lives to the freedom of the nation. He affirmed that patriotism is not manifested by wearing crisp white Kurtas and going to Parliament and Vidhan Sabhas but it is manifested in even the smallest of things. Giving an inspiring example of Mahatma Gandhi he said, “To show your love for the nation you need not do big things but you have to do small things. Mahatma Gandhi explained this very well. He taught that even if you sweep the floor or teach someone else, it is Desh Bhakti. We have to appropriate this.” Shri Modi stressed on the need of being compassionate towards the larger society around us, including towards animals. He urged people to immerse themselves in the service of others. Shri Modi avowed, “We did not get the opportunity to die for the nation, join the freedoms struggle, go to jail and bear the sticks of the British. But, we have got the opportunity to live for the nation.”

    Narendra Modi urges youngsters to enroll as voters

    In his speech, Shri Modi strongly urged all youngsters to register themselves as voters and encourage others to register as voters as well. He said, “We are in a democracy and the biggest power in a democracy are the people, who have power of the vote. There should be no university student who is not a voter. And not only us people around us must also be encouraged to become voters.” He stressed on the need for the youth to become partners in the development. He pointed that we need to rise and work hard towards realizing Swami Vivekananda’s dream of an India at the pinnacle of world leadership.

    CM lays foundation stone for several development works

    During the Vivekananda Vikas Parishad Shri Modi inaugurated and laid the foundation of several development works. He remarked that very often people wonder where does he get this money from but he said that the money was always there, only that it did not reach the people earlier.

    “Every morning I feel like seeing the map. I am scared has Delhi removed Gujarat from the rest of India?” Questions Narendra Modi

    Shri Modi hit out at the Centre for treating Gujarat like an enemy state. He stated, “Every morning I feel like seeing the map. I am scared has Delhi removed Gujarat from the rest of India?” Further hitting out at the Centre for weakening the Federal Structure the Chief Minister declared that our nation stands on the strong pillars of the states and if these pillars are weakened the entire nation stands weakened. He affirmed that there are many who devote hours in splitting hair vis-à-vis Gujarat but added that such elements had got their answer in December 2012. Shri Modi pointed that the Congress will have to answer the people of the nation in 2014 and tell the people what they have done in these years.

    He declared that on 15th August the nation will want to know what is being said from Lal Quila as well as from Lalan College, where the state level celebrations will be held. “On one side there is disappointment and on the other side there is hope and optimism,” he affirmed. Shri Modi talked about the developed of Kutch that brought in record tourism and the efforts of the Gujarat Government to further skill development among youth. Shri Modi expressed happiness that youngsters from all over the nation are coming to Gujarat because of the path of development that Gujarat has adopted. Shri Modi spoke about his wonderful experience while inaugurating a hospital for animals in Kutch earlier today and said that a small part of Kutch has emerged as an inspiration for the entire world.

    Minister Shri Parbatbhai Patel, former Minister Shri Vasanbhai Ahir, MP Poonamben Jat, Chief Secretary Shri Varesh Sinha, MLAs and other dignitaries were present on the occasion.

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  • Opening of Kalapoornasuri Karunadham Animal Hospital in Bhuj

    Ahmedabad, Wednesday: Chief Minister Narendra Modi today said that Gujarat has remained the biggest source of inspiration for mute animals’ checkup. Empathy for the fauna has been flowing in this land for time immemorial, as reflected by arrival of migratory birds from all over the world. He expressed the state’s commitment to preserve the near-extinct bird Great Indian Bustard in Kutch.

    He said the Gujarat Government’s most significant campaign for the wellbeing of the mute animals and birds has been the annual Animal Health Camps, nearly 35,000 such camps to treat crores of animals in the first initiative of its kind in India by any state. The campaign resulted in complete eradication of 121 out of 161 animal diseases, and also qualitative improvement in the form of 63 per cent increase in milk production. Gujarat also leads in dentistry, ocular treatment, cataract surgery and orthopedic operations in the country.

    Mr. Modi was inaugurating the modern Kalapurnasuri Karunadham Veterinary Hospital run by the Suparshwa Jain Seva Mandal built at a cost of Rs.10-crore at Sedata village near Bhuj on the eve of 67th Independence being celebrated in Kutch district this year. He took round of the hospital’s orthopedic theatre, operation hall, rest house for cattle owners, rescue vans.

    He described the effort as truly religious for which he profusely complimented the Jain donors, monks and gurus.

    Legislator Tarachand Chheda, associated with the Seva Mandal and its head Kaushal Mehta spoke on the occasion.

    Prominent among those present on the occasion included Kutch District Guardian Minister Parbat Patel, MP Poonamben Jat, District Panchayat President Trikam Chhanga, MLAs Nimaben Acharya, Ramesh Maheshwari, Vasan Ahir, Vaghji Patel, Chhabildas Patel, District BJP President Pankaj Mehta, besides Valuben Mangeria, Bhuj Nagarpalika President Hemlataben Gor, Sedata Sarpanch Latif Rathod, donors Latif Rathod, donors Sundarji Shah, Dungarshi Vora, Gautam Adani of Adani Group, Laher Dedhia, ex-MP Pushpdan Gadhvi, Mukesh Zaveri, Bhopal’s Goseva activist Pritiben Potwal and Mahesh Shah.

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  • Australian High Commissioner pays courtesy visit to CM

    Australia’s High Commissioner at India Mr. Patrick Suckling paid courtesy visit to Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi today and expressed keenness in expanding ties between Australia and Gujarat.

    Mr. Patrick said that India has been on the top in Australia’s foreign policy owing to smooth relations and parallels between both the countries. Developing relations with Gujarat has been on the top priority since last ten years, he said.

    He elaborately discussed about the possible ties between both the regions in different sectors such as education, sports, agriculture, dairy technology, water management and infrastructural facilities, among others. The Chief Minister discussed with him about extending benefits of Australia’s best practices in quality education to Gujarat, vocational courses that can be launched by Australia in India and about joining hands in the sectors such as energy technology, water management, agriculture and dairy processing.

    Mr. Patrick Suckling also made academic level discussions with Mr. Modi on the issues such as present state of global economy, structure of foreign policy in the context of socio-economic change, good governance and development.

    The Chief Minister invited Mr. Patrcik Suckling to Vibrant Gujarat Global Agro Tech Summit and Exhibition which is scheduled in coming September and to the Vibrant Gujarat Global Investors’ Summit in 2015. The Australian High Commissioner also invited Mr. Modi to visit Australia.

    Chief Secretary Dr. Varesh Sinha, Additional Chief Secretary to Industry Maheshwar Sahu and Additional Principal Secretary to Chief Minister A.K.Sharma was also present on the occasion.

  • Hon'ble Chief Minister's powerful thoughts through a PPT on ?Government should have only one religion ? India First!?

  • Kutchhdo Bare-Maas in Bhuj on Independence Day 2013

    On the evening of Wednesday 14th August 2013 Shri Narendra Modi attended the cultural programme Kutchhdo Bare-Maas in Bhuj. Describing Kutch as a Mini-India, the Chief Minister spoke at length about the development on Kutch in the last few years and described it as a peace loving, harmonious district that has made rapid strides in progress despite facing several obstacles in the past. Shri Narendra Modi paid homage to the Navy personnel who lost their lives on board INS Sindhurakshak this morning. He felicitated eminent citizens of Kutch and released various books on Kutch. This programme was a part of the state Independence Day celebrations. Shri Modi recalled that earlier people only remembered Kutch in context of a border district or with regard to the Earthquake but now Kutch is seen as a land of development.

    Shri Modi said that today Gujarat has emerged as a benchmark for development- those who appreciate it praise and want to emulate it while those opposed to it say we are better than Gujarat. Referring to all those who keep asking about the Gujarat model of development, Shri Modi said that forget Gujarat, even Kutch presents a unique model of development. He listed the various challenges Kutch faced including drought, extreme heat, cold and lack of perennial rivers and recalled that earlier if any officer was transferred in Kutch it was considered a punishment posting. Shri Modi remarked that those never considered the growth of Kutch as important are now talking about inclusive growth.

    In his address Shri Modi urged people to rise above votebank politics and said that growth with the Mantra of Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas is the way ahead. He shared that Kutch has a higher Muslim population as compared to the national average yet there is complete harmony in Kutch. Similarly, there are Sikh families who are living in Kutch and practicing agriculture after Lal Bahadur Shastri ji asked them to come to Kutch after 1965 war. Referring to the recent controversy about Sikh farmers in Kutch, Shri Modi said that there is no question of removing those who have been farming in Gujarat since 1965. He added that if any officer would try to remove them, the officer would go but not the Sikh farmers. However, Shri Modi avowed that the brokers of land who are immersed in the ‘Sarkari Damad’ culture are not welcome in Gujarat. He opined that these are people evicting poor farmers but they will not be welcome in Gujarat. Referring to the close bond between Kutch and the Sikh community, Shri Modi pointed that the revered Guru Nanak Dev himself spent ten days in Kutch and the Gurudwara where he stayed was rebuilt when it was destroyed during the 2001 quake.

    Shri Modi paid tributes to the revolutionary freedom fighter Shri Shyamji Krishnavarma and said that he had the honour to bring back Shri Krishnavarma’s ashes in 2003. He came down heavily on the UPA for refusing to give the go ahead to name Bhuj airport after Shyamji Krishnavarma despite the fact that the NDA Government had given the go ahead.

    Speaking about the development in Kutch Shri Modi said that the dairy sector that had shut down received an impetus in the last decade. Likewise, there is a lot of industries that are coming to Kutch. He added that despite not featuring in any advertisement campaign of the Centre, Kutch made a mark in tourism. He talked about the Pani Samitis in Kutch and how their success was replicated in the rest of Gujarat.

    The eminent citizens of Kutch whom Shri Modi honored include Shri Bachubhai Rambhia, Shri Ratanbhai N Shah, Shri Navinbhai Bapat, Shri RR Patel, Shri Laljibhai Prajapati, Shri Mohabatsinh Bhai, Ms. Aminaben Khatri, Shri Khatri Abdul Gafoor and Shri Bipinbhai Soni. The books Shri Modi released are ‘Kutch Anmol Virasat’ that is published by the district administration, Vikas Vatika, Forrest & Wildlife of Kutch and a General Knowledge Quiz book for little children.

    MLAs, dignitaries, Chief Secretary Shri Varesh Sinha, ACS Home Shri SK Nanda and other officials were present on the occasion.

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  • Hon'ble Chief Minister meet with BSF Jawans at India-Pakistan border in Kutch

    On the occasion of Independence Day Shri Narendra Modi visited the BSF Jawans at the Dharamshala Border Post at the India-Pakistan border in Kutch. Shri Narendra Modi is in Kutch to attend the state level Independence Day Celebrations. On the occasion Shri Narendra Modi dedicated a war memorial and a water supply pipeline on the occasion. Shri Narendra Modi profusely lauded the contribution of the BSF in safeguarding the borders of the nation. He said that is a matter of immense pride that these Jawans are ready to fight for the Tricolour in every circumstances, including in this desert district of Kutch.

    The water pipeline project that Shri Narendra Modi inaugurated is 27.50 kms long and is built at a cost of Rs. 8.27 crore. The pipeline will bring the water of the Narmada and will permanently solve the drinking water issues of the BSF Jawans, said Shri Modi. The pipeline will reach the further most post at the India-Pakistan border.

    Speaking about the war memorial, Shri Modi said that this was one pledge of his, dedicated to all the brave soldiers who sacrifice their lives for the nation. The war memorial has been built at a cost of Rs. 85 lakhs.

    In a time when the security of the nation is under immense threat, Shri Modi spoke out against the decision of the Central Government that has withdrawn the BSF’s right to retaliate at the India-Bangladesh border. Shri Modi affirmed that it is the right of every soldier to have the honour to fight for the country and demanded that this order preventing them to do so must be immediately withdrawn by the Centre.

    Shri Modi announced that the Gujarat Government has waived off the VAT on those commodities that are available at the canteen for the Jawans.

    Present on the occasion were Chief Secretary Shri Varesh Sinha, BSF Gujarat IGP Shri AK Sinha, IG Shri AS Rathore, DIG Shri MPS Bhati, Commandant Shri KS Johal, Water Supply Board Member Secretary Shri Mahesh Singh among other dignitaries.

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  • A public transport project based on PPP model to ply buses in different cities of Gujarat

    After having a busy field-day in morning at BSF border chowki and before that celebrating the state-level Independence Day celebration at Kutch, Chief Minister Narendra Modi today inaugurated host of projects and laid foundation stones for projects worth Rs 25 crore.

    While dedicating facilities like adventure mini golf course at Kankaria Lake Front and laying foundation stone for building a new Khokhra police station, Mr. Mod said, “Different cities of the state will undertake a pilot project to run public transport system plying city buses on PPP model. Around 18 municipalities falling under A-grade category will be part this pilot project.”

    Mr. Modi dedicated adventure mini golf course at Kankaria Lake Front prepared for an expenditure of Rs. 3.50 crore. He also laid foundation stone for constructing a new building for Khokhra Police Station, government MCA College in the KK Shashtri Educational Complex and launched renovation of Shyama Prasad Hall.

    Mr. Modi personally inspected the recently completed renovation and addition of facilities in the Rukshmani Hospital. It is the test of the good governance to emerge as deliverer of the poor and become support of those deprived, said Mr. Modi, adding that access to golf is not the prerogative of rich but government has made attempts to give gold facility to the youths and commoner at Kankaria. After it was renovated, Kankaria Lake has received over 5 crore visitors in five years.

    While referring the special efforts put in by the authorities in offering state government’s first MCA College at Maninagar, Mr. Modi said, “Hope the college will deliver best of the knowledge and practices to the students.” He said police stations have been renovated and despite growing population and wealth, Gujarat has been able to decrease the crime rate. Mr. Modi said, “Gujarat police cadre has most young, techno savvy and educated persons while Raksha Shakti University has served to become a prominent human resource development for these services.”

    Referring to the laxity shown by youths between 18-25 years of age in voting, Mr. Modi appealed the youth to exercise their right to vote and called upon them to launch a massive mission generating awareness for it.

    On the occasion those dignitaries who were present include: Minister of Revenue Anandiben Patel, Minister of Law Bhupendrasinhji Chudasama, state ministers Vasuben Trivedi, Pradipsinh Jadeja, Rajni Patel, MPS, MLAs, top officials of Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation and other. Large gathering of people witnessed the event while city mayor Patel gave the welcome speech.

  • Flag Hoisting Ceremony at Lalan College, Bhuj

    Addressing the state level Independence Day Celebrations at the Lalan College grounds in Bhuj, Kutch, Shri Narendra Modi said that Gujarat’s Mantra has always been ‘Gujarat’s growth for India’s growth.’ He pointed that the credit for the development of Gujarat goes to the 6.5 crore people of Gujarat. Shri Modi spoke about the need to create ‘Ek Bharat, Shreshtha Bharat.’ The Chief Minister unfurled the Tricolour in the presence of the Chief Secretary and the Director General of Police and other senior officials. This was followed by the singing of the National Anthem. Shri Modi declared that like India was freed from the British, it needs to become free from nepotism, arrogance stemming from power, corruption, price rise, obsolete mindset and this atmosphere of mistrust. “The country is in poverty and needs a Nayi Soch,” observed the CM.

    The Chief Minister extended his warm Independence Day greetings to the people of India. Paying tributes to the freedom fighters who sacrificed their lives for the nation Shri Modi said, “As we breathe in the air of freedom we remember those great men and women who devoted their lives to give us Freedom. They spent their youth in the prisons and went to the gallows.” He remarked that there were two different strands during the freedom struggle, one of non-violence and the other of revolutionary nationalism and both have very close links with the soil of Gujarat as it is home to Mahatma Gandhi, Sardar Patel (who led the non violent struggle) as well as Shyamji Krishna Varma (who inspired the revolutionary nationalists). Shri Modi affirmed that while we may have attained freedom, we have still not emerged out of the mental slavery and that is a need to change the status quo-ist mindset for the progress of the country.

    Shri Narendra Modi said that he heard the speech of the Prime Minister earlier today as a common citizen with a hope that it would give a new message but described the speech as extremely disappointing. Referring to Honourable President Shri Pranab Mukherjee’s address to the nation last evening, Shri Modi opined that the Honourable President raised several important issues but the Prime Minister did not answer them. “Rashtrapati ji said there is a limit to patience with Pakistan. This was a big indication. I was expecting the PM to say something about it but we could not hear anything about it from the PM. I do not say the Red Fort is a place to challenge Pakistan but surely it is a place to raise the morale of our Armed Forces. Today our security is under threat but we watch silently.” Elaborating further on his point, Shri Modi said, “The Honourable President spoke about corruption. It would have been good if something on corruption would have been said by the PM. Why is there no fight against corruption? People want answers. Earlier people used to say ‘Bhai Bhatijawad’ then came ‘Mama Bhanja’ but now it is ‘Saans, Bahu and Damad.” Shri Modi avowed that the points raised by the President are a matter of both Chinta (worry) and Chintan (introspection) and that both must come from the top.

    Shri Modi came down heavily on the PM for not being able to rise to the occasion to remember the greats of India in his address. Instead, Shri Modi declared that the Prime Minister was immersed in the Bhakti of only one family. Shri Modi said, “You are the Prime Minister of the nation. Many Governments have worked for it. But from Red Fort you only remember one family. Would it not be better if you remembered Sardar Patel as well? Lal Bahadur Shastri ji, who coined the slogan Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan was a PM of your own party, you could have remembered him. These greats gave their lives to the Congress” Likewise, Shri Modi pointed that while the Prime Minister spoke about the efforts of the Centre for relief in Uttarakhand, he did not talk about the efforts of the people of India and the contribution of every state towards relief for Uttarakhand. Attacking the lack of vision in the speech of the PM, Shri Modi affirmed, “You unfurled the Tricolour so many times but the issue you raised were the same as Pandit Nehru sixty years ago. So what has changed? What have you given?”

    On the economy front, the Chief Minister opined that the Rupee is falling but the Prime Minister did not say anything about this in his speech from the Red Fort. On the proposed Food Security Bill, Shri Modi said that he listed some of the deficiencies in Bill in a letter to the Prime Minister but the Prime Minister did not even speak on that. Shri Modi stated that he is not opposed to the Bill but said that the Bill being brought by the UPA is like putting salt and acid on the plates of the poor instead of serving them food. He shared that in Gujarat the poor get 35 kg grains but after the Food Security Bill it will be 25 kg, making him wonder is this filling plates or emptying them. Referring to the pessimistic atmosphere in the nation, Shri Modi said, “Yeh faasle janta ko naye faisle lene ke liye majboor karegi.”

    Shri Modi recalled that there was the 20 Point Programme going on from the time of Mrs. Indira Gandhi but when the Centre realized that that the top performing states are NDA ruled states, they stopped ranking the states instead of taking corrective measures. He also observed that when the NDA was in power under the leadership of Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Shri LK Advani, the world saw India as an emerging superpower but that momentum ended after the UPA assumed office. Shri Modi attacked the ruling party for the constant disruptions in Parliament as well. He said that there could be shortcomings in everything but never in thought. Similarly, the speech could be less but the targets cannot.

    The Chief Minister spoke elaborately on the development of Gujarat. He said that the development of Gujarat stands equally on the three pillars of agriculture, industry and services sector. He shared that Gujarat has the lowest unemployment rate in the country. He talked about the creation of the seven new districts and expressed confidence that the districts would development very fast in the times to come.

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  • Towards a better tomorrow! Hon'ble Chief Minister's blog on Independence Day 2013

    Towards a better tomorrow!

    Dear Friends,

    My heartfelt greetings and salutations to all of you on the special occasion of Independence Day. I would also like to convey my wishes to the Indian community settled all over the world on this historic day.

    There are a large number of people today who have not seen the Freedom Struggle closely either because they were born after 1947 or they were too young during those times. I am one of them. But, when I hear the accounts of the courage shown by our freedom fighters, I am overcome by a sense of pride and responsibility. Today, we do not have the honour of dying to free our nation but we have the golden opportunity to live for it and to see it transformed in a manner that it fulfills the dreams of our forefathers. Today we pay our tributes to each and every one of these heroes who sacrificed their lives for the nation’s freedom with a resolve that their sacrifices for our motherland will not go in vain.

    When I look at the recent events, however, a deep sense of pain overcomes me. Our brave soldiers have been repeatedly killed but our Government has not awakened from the deep slumber it has been in for the last 9 years. Our Armed Forces are our pride and no citizen of this country can accept the events happening in the last few months. It is indeed agonizing.

    The state of our economy is no source of comfort either with the constantly rising prices. The Rupee is breaking its own records against the Dollar. Does all this help the poor or the neo middle class, who have high expectations for a better tomorrow? Does our youth have adequate jobs? This is truly a very turbulent phase in the history of our nation and the atmosphere is that of deep mistrust, gloom and pessimism. And in times like these, we need be to most vigilant against those who promised the moon but have been unable to deliver anything. Tokenism filled acts are not the solution to the problems we face – it is time for action!

    For 65 years, there have been enough divisions that have bogged us down. It is time to rise above such divisions and reject forces inimical to progress of people, especially the poorest of the poor. As I had said at the public meeting in Hyderabad recently, a Government has only one religion and that is India First and it has only one holy book and that is the Indian Constitution! The only Bhakti it must be immersed in is Bharat Bhakti and Jan Shakti is the only Shakti it possesses. The sole ritual of the Government must be the well being of 125 crore Indians and the code of conduct must be ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas’. That is when we will fulfill the dreams of Mahatma Gandhi, Swami Vivekananda and Sardar Patel.

    Our work did not stop with attaining Swarajya on 15th August 1947. The more difficult part of our journey still remains and it is the attaining of Surajya. Let each of us become the torchbearers of a grand mass movement to bring Surajya. And as citizens of a vibrant and liberal democracy, the power of franchise is the strongest way towards commencing this movement to attain Surajya. This responsibility begins with Registering as voters. I strongly urge my young friends to register themselves as voters and encourage atleast 10 others around them to register as voters as well be it their families, friends, neighbours etc. Let us ensure there is no university student who is not a registered voter! Infact, we should be as proud of being registered voters as we are of being citizens of this great nation.

    I will end with a prayer for all the valiant Navy personnel we lost in the unfortunate tragedy on board INS Sindhurakshak. My deepest condolences to their families. May their souls rest in peace.

    Once again, I convey my greetings on the occasion of Independence Day. May our country scale newer heights of progress in the years to come. I am also sharing a video of my Independence Day message and a video on the need for high voter registration.

    Vande Mataram! Jai Hind.

    Narendra Modi

  • The National Food Security Ordinance will have a negative impact on the poor : Chief Minister

    Gandhinagar, August 13, 2013 : Under the National Food Security Ordinance (NFSO), issued by the UPA Government led by Congress, the food entitlements to the BPL families have been drastically reduced. According to the NFSO, the entitlement of BPL families has been reduced from 35 kg per family to only 25 kg per month to an average family of 5 persons. As is well known, it is the BPL families, which are most vulnerable and need adequate food supply at a subsidized cost in those remote areas and are not dependent on private merchants. In fact, more than 50% Scheduled Tribes population are under BPL and in those areas; access to food grains is a major issue. The Governments in various states have set examples in public distribution system (PDS) and ensured 35 kg food grains to BPL families. In fact, the work done in Chhattisgarh and Gujarat, have been highly appreciated even by Hon’ble Supreme Court.

    Reducing food entitlement to poorest of the poor cannot be the objective of any food security legislation. In fact, it is a cruel joke with the poor of this country. They have been promised food security and assured supply of 35 kg of food grain has been reduced to 25 kg. Gujarat Chief Minister objected very strongly to this reduction in the entitlement of those who have been identified as being below the poverty line.

    The NSFO’s proposed pricing structure for the food grain adds financial burden on BPL families who now have to buy the additional food requirements from the open market. The BPL family will now have to incur Rs. 85 more per month in Gujarat to avail 35 Kg food grain.

    The proposed entitlement also affects the required calorie intake of an individual. As per the Ordinance, the distribution of 5 kg food grains per month per person implies the supply of only 165 gm per person per day. Individuals involved in labour intensive activities require at least 2,500 calories per day. The entitled 165 gm grains would provide only 500 calories per day which is hardly 20% of one’s daily calorie requirements. Even in the Mid Day Meal (MDM) scheme, school going children are entitled to about 180 gm of food grain. As against this, an ‘adult food insecure person’ is proposed to be given only 165 gm for 2 meals per day. This does not address even the ‘calorific security’, not to talk about ‘nutritional security’, which is the main objective of food security.

    In a letter to the Prime Minister, Chief Minister of Gujarat, Shri Narendra Modi has expressed serious concern with the National Food Security Ordinance (NFSO) promulgated by the Central Government. He said the Ordinance does not fulfill the basic objectives of food security. In fact, this Antodaya card holders, who come under ‘poorest of the poor category’, this National Food Security Ordinance has no additional provisions to ensure food security.

    Strangely, Central Government has come out with this Ordinance but in case, there is a shortage of food grain supply, it has refused to take any responsibility to ensure supply of the required quantity of food grains. Instead, this responsibility has been cast upon the respective state Governments to fulfill the shortage of food grains.

    If there is drought and/ or States which are food grain deficit, State Governments will find itself in a very difficult situation to manage/ procure the food grains. Central Government with huge wherewithal could have taken this responsibility to make available the food grain during drought/ scarcity.

    It seems that the Central Government is trying to take away the bare minimum from the BPL families. On one hand, the Planning Commission has been claiming reduction in the numbers of BPL families by redefining the parameters of a BPL family. On the other, those who still qualify as a BPL family will now suffer because of the NFSO. Strangely, number of beneficiaries has been fixed in the ordinance without specifying eligibility criteria and fix individual entitlements. Between different States, there could be wide regional disparities.

    It is also surprising that the Central government chose not to consult any of the state Governments on the issue of NFSO. In a federal democracy, it is vital that the centre and the state Governments work in tandem with each other. In his letter, Shri Modi has pointed out that in the Ordinance, unworkable statutory responsibilities have been given to Central and State governments.

    Gujarat Chief Minister has requested the Prime Minister to call a meeting of Chief Ministers as it concerns both Centre and State Governments with huge implications. The Chief Minister has also written to all the State Chief Ministers for a meeting on the same.

    The insensitivity of the UPA Government has left very little for the states to decide. While some states have successfully provided food security to their people, the central Government fails to consult even these states for an effective food security ordinance.

    Effect of proposed National Food Security Ordinance (NFSO) on a BPL Family (monthly)

    Before NFSO (Quantity : 35 Kg)

    As Per NFSO (Expenditure for 35 Kg for a family of 5 persons)

    As Per NFSO : 25 kg

    Open Market : 10 kg

    Additional Expanses Rs. 85 per month

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  • Guajrat's CM to unfurl National Flag amid National Anthem at Kutch Bhuj on 67th I-Day

    Tuesday at Gandhinagar Chief Minister Narendra Modi will unfurl National Flag on the morning of 67th Independance Day at Lalan College Ground, amid playing of National Anthem by police band and a blend of beating of drums. Chief Minister shri Narendra Modi will also greet thousands of people gathered here to witness the State level celebration to be held for the first time at their home town and deliver a message of patriotism and national integrity. Shri Narendra Modi will visit Dharmashala boder and interact with jawans of Border Security Force at noon on I-Day.

    He will dedicate water pipe line network laid between India Bridge and Dharmashala under Gujarat water supply scheme on August, 15. Dedication and stone laying ceremonies of 46 development works worth Rs. 304.99 crore will be performed by the Chief Minister. Governor Dr. Shrimati Kamla accompanied by the Chief Minister, will meet and greet around 400 prominent citizens from various walks of life at the “At Home” programme that is to be hosted by Raj Bhavan in Bhuj on the eve of I-Day. It may be recalled that the State level celebration of Independence Day is going to be held at Bhuj in the bordering Kutch district, the land of unique white desert, to enable people of the district to participate in the State level event.

    Chief Minister will attend a series of programmes on 14th August that includes inauguration of a modern veterinary hospital, interaction with youth at Vivekananda Vikas parishad to be held at Kutch University auditorium and “At Home” programme.

    The CM will felicitate renowned citizens and release souvenirs published by district administration at the grand cultural programme “Kachdo Bare Mass”” to be held on I-Day eve at R. D. Varsani complex here. A series of cultural programmes will be performed by 131 renowned artists from Kutch and across Gujarat.

    Commissioner of Youth Services and Cultural activities Bhagyesh Jha has carried out a painstaking efforts to make this programme a grand success where more than 50,000 audience is expected to attend.

    Impressive Surya Vandana and Yoga will be performed by 1640 students of local schools to mark the occasion. An impressive march past ceremony will also be conducted on the tune of police band. Dog show and Horse show including tent-pegging and jumping will be the star attraction for the people of Kutch district. Russian P.T., Motor bike stunt, gymnastic demonstration and band display will be an added attraction.

    Chief Minister will greet freedom fighters of the district. Prizes to the winners of the best platoons will be given away. Kutch District administration under the leadership of collector Harshad Patel is all set to make this event a grand success. Kutch Range DIG Anilsinh Jadeja and SP Vidhi Chaudhary have tightened the security arrangenets at Lalan Capus where thousands of people are expected to gather to witness the flag hoisting ceremony.

    It may be recalled that 3302 works worth Rs. 433 crore have been dedicated and ground breaking ceremonies of 1560 works worth Rs. 397.81 crore have been performed in Kutch district by the State Government in the last one month as a part of I-Day celebrations.

  • Stopping of Opposition leaders to travel to Kishtwar is undemocratic!

    After landing in Hyderabad for the BJP public meeting, Shri Narendra Modi strongly condemned the manner in which Shri Arun Jaitley and other Opposition leaders have been prevented by the Jammu and Kashmir Government to travel to Kishtwar, which has been witnessing instances of violence over the last few days. He termed this step as undemocratic and said that it shows the Government does not want the truth about the violence to come out.

  • Shri Narendra Modi?s 7th August, 2013 letter to Prime Minister on NFSO

    On 7th August, 2013, Gujarat Chief Minister Shri Narendra Modi wrote to Prime Minister expressing serious concern with the National Food Security Ordinance (NFSO) promulgated by the Central Government. He said the Ordinance does not fulfill the basic objectives of food security.

    In his letter, he pointed out major deficiencies in the Ordinance. He stated that in the Ordinance, unworkable statutory responsibilities have been given to Central and State governments.


    Key deficiencies:

    • Strangely, number of beneficiaries has been fixed in the ordinance without specifying eligibility criteria and fix individual entitlements. Between different States, there could be wide regional disparities.
    • Even the Standing Committee of Parliament in January, 2013 recommended that that Government should formulate eligibility criteria in consultation with the State Governments. Sadly, the Central Government has chosen to ignore the recommendation of the Parliamentary Committee.
    • Ordinance proposes to reduce the entitlement of BPL families from 35 kg per family to only 25 kg per average family of 5 persons. This cannot be the objective of any food security legislation which reduces the entitlement of those who have been identified as being below the poverty line.
    • As per the proposed pricing structure for the foodgrain, the BPL family will now have to incur Rs. 85 more per month to avail 35 Kg foodgrain which they are getting without the ‘Right’.
    • The proposed entitlement of 5 kg per month per person implies the supply of only 165 gm per person per day. Persons involved in labour intensive activities require about 2,500 calories per day. As 100 gm of food grain gives about 350 calorie, 165 gm would provide only 500 calories per day which is hardly 20% of one’s daily calorie requirements.
    • Even in the Mid-day Meal scheme, school going children are entitled to about 150 gm of food grain, and 30 gm of dal for one meal i.e. about 180 gm of grain. As against this, an ‘adult food insecure person’ is proposed to be given only 165 gm for 2 meals per day. This does not address even the ‘calorific security’, not to talk about ‘nutritional security’, which is the main objective of food security.
    • On the one hand, Planning Commission has been claiming reduction in the numbers of BPL families but under the Ordinance food support is provided to about 2/3 of the population. This illogicality requires to be discussed with States.


    He said in the letter that poor families have been made ‘food insecure’ through this Ordinance. He requested the Prime Minister to call a meeting of Chief Ministers as it concerns both Centre and State Governments with huge implications.

  • Gujarat's CM congratulates PV Sindhu for winning Bronze Medal at World Badminton Championships

    On Saturday 10th August 2013 Shri Narendra Modi congratulated rising Indian badminton player PV Sindhu who won the Bronze Medal at the World Badminton Championships in China.

  • Judge in Bhutan?s Royal Court of Justice Shri Rinzin Penjor meets Shri Modi

    Shri Narendra Modi met Shri Rinzin Penjor, Judge in Bhutan’s Royal Court of Justice in Gandhinagar on 7th August 2013.

    Shri Penjor also met Gujarat’s Law Minister Shri Bhupendra Sinh Chudasma

  • Indus University-Electrotherm Co handover Rs.14.48-lakh to Gujarat Chief Minister?s Relief Fund

    Ahmedabad, Monday: Dr Nagesh Bhandari, Managing Director of Indus University and Electrotherm Group of Industries, personally met Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi today and handed over a cheque of Rs.14.48 lakh collected for Gujarat Chief Minister’s Relief Fund for the calamity-hit in Uttarakhand.

    Dr Bhandari and his mother had a word of praise for the Gujarat Government’s people-oriented policies and programmes.

  • Gujarat CM Narendra Modi greets Eid Mubarak

    Ahmedabad, Thursday: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi today sent his Eid Greetings to Muslim families on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr.

    Mr. Modi in his greeting wished Gujarat continued on its march to development in an atmosphere of peace and brotherhood prevailing in the state for the last decade. He wished each festival reinforced social bonds and unity.

  • Guajrat's CM meets two actors Paresh Rawal and Akshay Kumar in Gandhinagar

    On Wednesday 7th August 2013 Shri Narendra Modi met renowned actors Mr. Paresh Rawal and Mr. Akshay Kumar in Gandhinagar.

    During the interaction, the Chief Minister and the two actors discussed various steps take by the Gujarat Government to promote the development of sports as well as overall development of the youth. Both the actors expressed their desire to contribute in the development of disciplines such as judo karate and initiatives like the Sports University.

    Shri Modi spoke about the Sports University, Yoga University among other things.

  • Member of Parliament in Mauritius visit to Gujarat's CM

    Member of Parliament and General Secretary of the Labour Party in Mauritius Kalyani Jugo met Gujarat Chief Minister Shri Narendra Modi on 7th August 2013. She was full of praise for Gujarat’s achievements and progress under the dynamic leadership of Shri Narendra Modi.

  • Gujarat Lokayukta issue

    ગુજરાતમાં લોકાયુકતની નિમણુંક અંગે ઇરાદાપૂર્વક સર્જવામાં આવેલા વિવાદ અને તે સંદર્ભમાં, રાજ્યુ સરકાર ઉપર દોષારોપણ કરવાના અપપ્રચાર સામે, જાહેર જનતા સમક્ષ લોકાયુકતની નિમણુંકો, નિયુકિતની પ્રક્રિયા અને ગુજરાત લોકાયુકત અધિનિયમની જોગવાઇઓ હેઠળના અધિકારો-આ સર્વગ્રાહી પાસાઓને આવરી લેતી શ્રેણીબધ્ધક સત્ય હકિકતો આ પ્રમાણે છે.

    હકિકતમાં સર્વોચ્ચ અદાલતના આખરી ચૂકાદા પછી ન્યાયમૂર્તિ શ્રી આર. એ. મહેતાની લોકાયુકત તરીકે નિમણુંક બાબતે રાજ્ય સરકારે સતત પ્રયાસો કરેલા. સમગ્ર કાનૂની વિવાદની પ્રક્રિયામાં શ્રી આર. એ. મહેતાએ ઇરાદાપૂર્વક રાજ્યની વડી અદાલત કે સર્વોચ્ચો અદાલતમાં પક્ષકાર તરીકે જોડાયાની અનિચ્છા દર્શાવેલી. તેઓ પ્રથમથી જ આ પદભાર નહીં સંભાળવાનો મનથી નિર્ધાર કરી લીધેલો હતો તે સ્પ્ષ્‍ટ થાય છે.

    આમછતાં, છેવટે તેમણે રાજ્યોપાલશ્રી અને વડી અદાલતના મુખ્ય ન્યાયમૂર્તિશ્રીને જે પત્ર પાઠવ્યોભ તેમાં માત્રને માત્ર લોકાયુકતનું પદ નહી સ્વીકારવા માટે તેમણે રાજ્ય‍ સરકાર દોષિત ગણાવી છે એટલું જ નહીં, મિડિયામાં પત્ર લીક કરી દીધો તે તેમના જેવા ન્યાયવિદ્‌ને શોભાસ્પદ નથી.

    અહી દર્શાવેલી સત્યુ હકિકતો સ્વયં સ્પષ્ટ. છે કે લોકાયુકતની નિમણુંક બાબત, વર્તમાન ગુજરાત સરકાર પ્રથમથી જ નિષ્ઠાકપૂર્વક પ્રયાસરત રહી અને લોકાયુકતની નિમણુંકની પ્રક્રિયામાં ઇરાદાપૂર્વકના અનેકાનેક અવરોધો સર્જવાના પ્રયાસો સામે સાફ નિયતથી, સ્પષ્ટ, નીતિને જ અનુસરવામાં આવી છે.

    સાત વર્ષ અગાઉ ર006માં, રાજ્ય સરકારે ગુજરાત વડી અદાલતના મુખ્ય્ ન્યા્યમૂર્તિશ્રીને પત્ર પાઠવીને મુંબઇ હાઇકોર્ટના પૂર્વ મુખ્યો ન્યાયાધિશ જસ્ટીસ શ્રી કે. આર. વ્યાપસની ગુજરાતના લોકાયુકત પદે સૂચિત નિમણૂંક માટે તેમના મંતવ્‍યો-અભિપ્રાયો મંગાવ્યા હતા. ગુજરાતના રાજ્યુપાલશ્રીને પણ જસ્ટીસ શ્રી કે. આર. વ્યાયસની નિમણૂંક માટે વિનંતી કરવામાં આવી હતી. થોડાક મહિનાઓ બાદ કેટલાક તારણો સાથે આ દરખાસ્તઅ રાજભવન દ્વારા પરત મોકલવામાં આવી હતી.

    રાજભવન દ્વારા માંગવામાં આવેલી સ્પષ્ટતાઓની પૂર્તિ સાથે, જસ્ટીકસ શ્રી કે. આર. વ્યાસના નામની લોકાયુકત પદે ભલામણ માટે રાજ્યપાલશ્રીને વિનંતી કરવામાં આવી. અલબત્ત, આ દરખાસ્ત પણ રાજ્યેપાલશ્રી દ્વારા પરત મોકલવામાં આવી.

    રાજ્યપાલશ્રીએ સપ્ટે્મ્બ ર-ર009માં જસ્ટીસ શ્રી કે. આર. વ્યા‍સની લોકાયુકત પદે નિમણૂંક અંગેની દરખાસ્ત નકારી કાઢી હતી અને ગુજરાત હાઇકોર્ટના મુખ્ય ન્યાયમૂર્તિશ્રીને કોન્ફી ડેન્શી‍યલ પત્ર પાઠવીને, ગુજરાતના લોકાયુકતની નિમણૂંક માટેના નામોની પેનલ સૂચવવા વિનંતી કરી હતી. ત્યારબાદ તુરત જ મુખ્યમંત્રીશ્રીએ પણ વિરોધપક્ષના નેતાશ્રીને પત્ર પાઠવીને લોકાયુકત પદના સંભવિત ઉમેદવારની પસંદગી માટેની બેઠકમાં ચર્ચા માટે ઉપસ્થિત રહેવા જણાવેલું હતું. કમનસિબે આ નિમંત્રણ વિપક્ષના નેતાએ પરત મોકલ્યું. લોકાયુકત સંસ્થા ની મહત્તા ધ્યાને લઇને, મુખ્યમંત્રીશ્રીએ પૂનઃ વિપક્ષના નેતાને ત્યાયરબાદની મિટીંગોમાં ભાગ લેવા વખતોવખત વિનંતી કરી હતી. પરંતુ દરેક વખતે વિપક્ષના નેતાની નકારાત્મીક માનસિકતા અને ઇરાદાપૂર્વક અંતરાયો ઉભા કરવાની વિકૃતિ એ આ નિર્ણયમાં વિલંબ કર્યો હતો.

    રાજ્યપાલશ્રીએ સ્વતંત્ર રીતે અને તે પણ મુખ્ય મંત્રીશ્રીને જાણ કર્યા વગર વિપક્ષના નેતાશ્રી સાથે પરામર્શ કર્યો હતો. રાજ્યે સરકારે આ માટેની હકિકતોની સ્પષ્ટતા માટે વિનંતી પણ કરેલી, પણ રાજ્ય.પાલશ્રીએ તેની ઉપેક્ષા કરેલી.

    લોકાયુકતની નિમણૂંકની ઔપચારિક પ્રક્રિયાની ચર્ચા-વિચારણા માટે, મુખ્યમંત્રીશ્રીએ અગાઉ તા.પ-3-ર010ના નિર્ધારીત કરેલી બેઠક જેમાં વિપક્ષના નેતાએ ગેરહાજર રહેવાનું પસંદ કરેલું ત્યારબાદ ગુજરાતના રાજ્યપાલશ્રીએ મુખ્ય મંત્રીશ્રીને આ બાબતે ચર્ચા કરવા નિમંત્રણ આપ્યું અને તે બેઠક તા. 8 માર્ચ ર010ના રોજ યોજાઇ હતી.

    તેના અનુસંધાને, મુખ્યમંત્રીશ્રીએ ફરી એકવાર વિપક્ષના નેતાશ્રીનો સહકાર સુનિશ્ચિ ત કરવાના હેતુથી, અંતિમ પ્રયાસ કર્યો અને તા.રર-માર્ચ-ર010ના ચર્ચા-વિમર્શ માટે એક બેઠકનું આયોજન કર્યું-તેના સંદર્ભમાં પણ વિપક્ષના નેતાએ વાંધો લીધો કે તેમણે રાજ્યપાલશ્રી સાથે આ અંગે અગાઉ પરામર્શ કરી લીધો હોઇ, તેઓ મુખ્યમંત્રીશ્રી સાથેની પરામર્શ બેઠકમાં ભાગ લેશે નહીં.

    મુખ્યમંત્રીશ્રીના અધ્યાક્ષસ્થાધને તા.રર-માર્ચ-ર010ના રોજ મળેલી ઔપચારીક બેઠકમાં મુખ્ય્ ન્યાયમૂર્તિશ્રીએ તેમના તા.ર4-ર-ર010ના પત્ર દ્વારા સૂચવેલા ચારેય નામ વિચારણામાં લીધા અને એવું જણાવ્યું કે માત્ર જસ્ટીશ શ્રી જે. આર. વોરા જ નિમણૂંક માટે ઉપલબ્ધા છે અને તેમનું નામ રાજ્યએપાલશ્રીને મોકલવા માટે મંત્રીમંડળની ભલામણ કરવી. આમ રાજ્ય‍ મંત્રીમંડળે જસ્ટી્સ શ્રી જે. આર. વોરાનું લોકાયુકત તરીકે નામ સૂચવીને તા.31 માર્ચ-ર010ના રોજ રાજ્ય‍પાલશ્રીની સંમતિ અર્થે મોકલવી આપ્યું હતું.

    અંદાજે પાંચ સપ્તાહ પછી રાજ્યપાલશ્રીએ, રાજ્યના મુખ્યુમંત્રીશ્રીને જાણ કર્યા સિવાય આ બાબત ગુજરાત વડી અદાલતના મુખ્યન્યાયમૂર્તિશ્રીને રિફર કરવાનું પસંદ કર્યું.

    સાત મહિના બાદ, ગુજરાત વડી અદાલતના મુખ્ય ન્યાયમૂર્તિશ્રીએ ગુજરાત સરકારને જણાવ્યું કે ગુજરાત રાજ્યના મંત્રીમંડળે લોકાયુકત પદે નિમણૂંક માટે સૂચવેલા જસ્ટીસ શ્રી જે. આર. વોરાને તેમણે ગુજરાત સ્ટેલટ જયુડીશીયલના ડાયરેકટર તરીકે અન્યત્ર નિમણૂંક આપી છે. અલબત્ત, આ નિમણૂંક અંગે પણ રાજ્ય સરકારને ન તો વિશ્વાસમાં લેવામાં આવેલી કે ન તો તેને જાણ કરવામાં આવી. પરંતુ મુખ્યન્યાયમૂર્તિશ્રીએ અન્યે એક જસ્ટીંસ શ્રી એસ. ડી. દવેનું નામ લોકાયુકતની નિમણૂંક માટે ભલામણ કર્યું.

    આમ, હકિકતમાં રાજ્ય મંત્રીમંડળે જસ્ટીસ શ્રી જે. આર. વોરાના નામ પર સંમતિ આપી દીધી હતી. પણ એક વર્ષ પછી, તા. 7 જુન-ર011ના રાજ્યપાલશ્રીએ ગુજરાત સરકારને પહેલીવાર જણાવ્યું કે રાજ્યપાલ અને મુખ્ય ન્યાયમૂર્તિ વચ્ચે લોકાયુકત નિમણૂંક બાબતે સમાન્તાર પ્રક્રિયા હાથ ધરવામાં આવી હતી અને તેમાં જસ્ટી‍સ શ્રી દવેનું નામ લોકાયુકત પદના ઉમેદવાર તરીકે ઉભરી આવ્યું હતું. તેથી આ બાબતે તાત્કાલિક ધોરણે પ્રક્રિયા હાથ ધરવી.

    આથી રાજ્ય સરકારે, મુખ્યમંત્રીશ્રી મારફતે, ગુજરાત વડી અદાલતના મુખ્ય ન્યાયમૂર્તિશ્રીને જણાવેલું કે રાજ્ય સરકાર જસ્ટીસ શ્રી દવેને નિમણૂંક માટે અસંગત માને છે. જસ્ટીસ શ્રી દવે જવાબદારી સંભાળવા ઇચ્છા ધરાવતા નહોતા. તેથી જસ્ટીસ શ્રી જે. આર. વોરાને નિમણૂંક માટે પુનઃવિચારણા કરવા પણ રાજ્ય સરકારે વિનંતી કરી હતી.

    પરંતુ ગુજરાત વડી અદાલતના મુખ્યા ન્યાયમૂર્તિશ્રીએ રાજ્યક સરકારની વિનંતીની ઉપેક્ષા કરી અને જસ્ટીવસ શ્રી આર. એ. મહેતાનું નામ તા. 7 જુન-ર011ના પત્ર દ્વારા નિમણૂંક માટે સૂચવ્યું . આ પત્રના સંદર્ભમાં મુખ્યૂમંત્રીશ્રીએ તા. 16 જુન-ર011ના પત્ર પાઠવીને મુખ્યણ ન્યા્યમૂર્તિશ્રીને જસ્ટીસ શ્રી જે. આર. વોરા જેમનું નામ મુખ્યુ ન્યાયમૂર્તિશ્રીએ સૂચવેલી પેનલમાં હતું તેમને નિમણૂંક માટે પુનઃવિચારણામાં લેવા વિનંતી કરી હતી.
    તા. 18 ઓગસ્ટુ ર011ના મુખ્યમંત્રીશ્રીએ ફરી વિનંતી કરીને, તાજેતરમાં નિવૃત્ત થયેલા અન્યમ કોઇ ન્યાયમૂર્તિશ્રીનું નામ સરકારને લોકાયુકત પદે નિમણૂંક કરવા માટે ભલામણ કરવા જણાવેલું.

    દરમિયાન કમનસિબે વહીવટી પ્રક્રિયા અને બંધારણીય શિષ્ટાચારને સંપૂર્ણપણે અવગણીને, તા.રપ ઓગસ્ટટ-ર011ના રોજ ગુજરાતના રાજ્યંપાલશ્રીએ, જસ્ટીસ શ્રી આર. એ. મહેતાને ગુજરાતના લોકાયુકત તરીકે નિમણુંક આપતું વોરંટ જારી કરી દીધું હતું.

    આમ આ સમગ્ર બાબતમાં રાજ્ય મંત્રીમંડળની ભલામણ અને ગુજરાત લોકાયુકત એકટની જોગવાઇઓને અવગણવામાં આવી હતી.
    શું આ પ્રક્રિયા ન્યાઆયપૂર્ણ અને ઉચિત હતી?

    રાજ્ય સરકાર પાસે, જસ્ટીસ શ્રી આર. એ. મહેતાની નિમણૂંક અને તે અંગે જારી કરાયેલા વોરંટ સામે કોઇ વિકલ્પા રહયો નહીં તેથી ગુજરાત વડી અદાલત સમક્ષ આ નિમણૂંકને ચેલેન્જા કરતી પિટીશન દાખલ કરવામાં આવી.

    આ વિષયે જે કોર્ટ કાર્યવાહીઓ થયેલી તેમાં નીચે જણાવેલી બાબત ઉપસ્થિકત થઇ તેની ભૂમિકા સમજવા જેવી છે.

    બંધારણની કલમ 163 અન્વયે કાર્યરત ગુજરાતના ગવર્નરશ્રી રાજ્ય મંત્રીમંડળની ભલામણો અને સલાહો માનવા બંધાયેલા છે. આમ છતાં તેને અવગણીને રાજ્યપાલશ્રીએ જસ્ટીસ શ્રી આર. એ. મહેતાના લોકાયુકત તરીકે નિમણૂંક આપી દીધી. રાજ્ય સરકારની આ દલીલ-તર્કને સમર્થન આપતાં સર્વોચ્ચ. અદાલતે તેના તા.ર-1-ર013ના જજમેન્ટરમાં નોંધ્યું છે કે…રાજ્યપાલશ્રીએ રાજ્યે મંત્રીમંડળને વિશ્વાસમાં લીધા સિવાય, ભારતના એટર્ની જનરલ સાથે કાનૂની સલાહ માટે પરામર્શ કરીને તેની સીધી જાણ ગુજરાત વડી અદાલતના મુખ્યૂ ન્યાયમૂર્તિશ્રીને કરી હતી. આ સંદર્ભમાં, રાજ્યંપાલશ્રીને એવી ખોટી સલાહ આપવામાં આવી હતી કે તેઓ રાજ્યાના વડા તરીકે નહીં, પરંતુ વૈધાનિક સત્તાધિશ તરીકે વર્તી શકે છે.

    ભારતની સર્વોચ્ચ અદાલતે તેના તા. ર જાન્યુ.આરી-ર013ના ચૂકાદાને રાજ્ય્ સરકારની અપિલ નકારી કાઢી હતી. તેથી રાજ્યા સરકારના કાયદામંત્રીશ્રીએ જસ્ટીસ આર. એ. મહેતાની લોકાયુકત તરીકેની નિમણૂંકને આવકારીને, સામાન્યર વહિવટ વિભાગના સચિવશ્રી કે. શ્રીનિવાસ તથા રાજ્યંના એડવોકેટ જનરલશ્રી કમલ ત્રિવેદીને શ્રી આર. એ. મહેતાને પદભાર સંભાળવાનું વિધિવત આમંત્રણ આપવા નિયુકત કર્યા હતા. આ બંને પદાધિકારીઓ જસ્ટી સ શ્રી આર. એ. મહેતાને તેમના નિવાસસ્થાને તા. 6-જાન્યુઆરી-ર013 ના રોજ મળ્યાય હતા અને રાજ્યી સરકારના નિર્ણયની તેમને જાણ કરી હતી.

    રાજય સરકારે સર્વોચ્ચય અદાલતના ચૂકાદાનો આદર કરીને લોકાયુકતની નિમણુંક માટે શ્રી આર. એ. મહેતાને નિમવા નિષ્ઠાદપૂર્વક તમામ પ્રયાસો કર્યા.

    પદનામિત લોકાયુકત જસ્ટીમસ શ્રી આર. એ. મહેતાના નિવાસ સ્થાાને તા. 6-જાન્યુનઆરી-ર013ના રોજ યોજાયેલી બેઠકમાં તેમને લોકાયુકત કચેરીના પ્રવર્તમાન મહેકમ અને કર્મચારી ગણ પધ્ધોતિની નકલ આપવામાં આવી હતી. અને તેમને એમ પણ જણાવવામાં આવેલું કે મહેકમમાં યોગ્યધ સુધારા-વધારા તેઓ પદભાર સંભાળ્યા પછી સૂચવી શકે છે.

    પદનામિત લોકાયુકતશ્રીને એવું પણ જણાવેલું કે આગામી બજેટમાં લોકાયુકતના તમામ ખર્ચને પહોંચી વળવા પૂરતું પ્રાવધાન કરવામાં આવશે. તદ્‌અનુસાર લોકાયુકત કચેરી માટેનું બજેટ જે વર્ષ ર009-10માં રૂા. 33.40 લાખ હતું તે વધારીને રૂા. 63.40 લાખ કરવામાં આવ્યુંર.
    આ ઉપરાંત પદનામિત લોકાયુકત કચેરીની આનુષાંગિક વ્યવસ્થા્ અને નવી કાર માટે પણ ઇન્ડેન્ટલ ભરી દેવામાં આવેલું.

    આમ, લોકાયુકત પોતાનો કાર્યભાર સંભાળે તે માટેની પૂર્વ તૈયારીઓ અને સહકાર આપવા માટે રાજ્યદ સરકાર તરફથી કોઇ જ કચાશ રાખવામાં આવી નથી, તે પૂરવાર થાય છે.

    નિમણુંક અંગે નોટીફિકેશન બહાર પાડવાની પ્રણાલી પણ સ્વવયંસ્પયષ્ટર છે. ભારતના રાષ્ટ્ર પતિશ્રી કે રાજ્યડના રાજ્ય્પાલશ્રીઓ દ્વારા ઉચ્ચ જાહેર પદો પર નિમણૂંક માટે જારી કરાતા આદેશ પત્રો સંદર્ભે હોદ્‌ાના શપથ ગ્રહણ કરવાના થતા હોય છે અને શપથવિધિ સમારોહ બાદ જરૂરી વહિવટી પ્રક્રિયા પૂર્ણ થયા બાદ પદભાર સંભાળવાનો હોય છે અને તેઓ પદભાર સંભાળે ત્યા્ર બાદ જ એક જાહેરનામું બહાર પાડીને જનતાને જાણ કરવામાં આવે છે કે તેમને કચેરી કાર્યભાર સંભાળ્યોક છે. રાજ્યનપાલશ્રી, મુખ્યરમંત્રીશ્રી, મંત્રીમંડળ વગેરેની નિમણૂંક અને પદભાર સંભાળવાની આ સામાન્યે પ્રણાલિ રહેલી છે.

    ઉદાહરણ તરીકે :- ગુજરાતના રાજ્યાપાલ ડો. શ્રીમતી કમલાની ભારતના રાષ્ટ્રરપતિ દ્વારા રાજ્યણપાલ પદે નિમણૂંક કરતું વોરંટ તા.ર1-નવેમ્બરર-ર009ના જારી કરવામાં આવ્યુંય. આ વોરંટ રાષ્ટ્રપપતિશ્રીના સચિવશ્રી દ્વારા ડો. શ્રીમતી કમલાને તા. ર4 નવેમ્બવર-ર009ના બજવવામાં આવ્યુંલ. ડો. શ્રીમતી કમલાએ તેમના પદભારના શપથ તા.ર7-નવેમ્બંર-ર009ના રોજ ગ્રહણ કર્યા અને ત્યારરબાદ જ તે અંગેનું જાહેરનામું તે જ દિવસે બહાર પડાયું.

    લોકાયુકતશ્રીના પદભારના આ કિસ્સાઅમાં પણ આ જ પ્રસ્થાઅપિત પ્રણાલિ અનુસરવામાં આવી છે. ગુજરાતના રાજ્ય પાલશ્રીએ નિમણૂંક અંગેનું વોરંટ જારી કર્યું. આ બાબતની ન્યાયિક પ્રક્રિયા નિરાકરણનો ફેંસલો આવી જતા જ, રાજ્યા સરકારના સામાન્ય વહિવટ વિભાગના સચિવશ્રી કે. શ્રીનિવાસે તા. ર6 જુલાઇ-ર013ના એક પત્ર પાઠવીને, પદનામિત લોકાયુકતશ્રીને તેમને અનુકુળ સમય શપથવિધિ સમારોહનું આયોજન કરવા માટે જણાવેલું. આ શપથવિધિ સમારોહ બાદ જાહેરનામું સ્વાભાવિકપણે બહાર પાડવાનું હતું.

    આ પત્ર જસ્ટીસ શ્રી આર. એ. મહેતાના નિવાસ સ્થાને પહોંચાડવામાં આવ્યો ત્યારે એવું ધ્યા્ને આવ્યું કે તેઓ તે સમય દરમ્યાણન વિદેશમાં હતા અને સંભવતઃ તા. 6 ઓગસ્ટ કે તેની આસપાસના દિવસોમાં પરત આવવાના છે.

    આમ, રાજ્ય સરકાર શપથવિધિ સમારોહના આયોજનની તમામ તૈયારીઓ કરી રહી હતી અને લોકાયુકત કચેરીના ત્વ‍રિત નિર્માણ-રિનોવેશન માટે માર્ગ-મકાન વિભાગે પણ કાર્યવાહી હાથ ધરી હતી તેવે સમયે જ પદનામિત લોકાયુકત દ્વારા પદગ્રહણનો અસ્વીકાર કરતો પત્ર રાજ્યપાલશ્રી અને ગુજરાત વડી અદાલતના મુખ્ય્ ન્યાયમૂર્તિશ્રીને પાઠવી દીધો અને તેની સાથે જ આપત્ર મિડિયા દ્વારા પ્રસિધ્ધવ કરવામાં આવ્યો તે કેટલું વાજબી અને ઉચિત છે?

    કમનસિબી તો એ છે કે ગુજરાત રાજ્યના લોકાયુકત જેવા મહત્વવના સંસ્થાનને કાર્યરત કરવા અંગે રાજ્ય સરકારના નિષ્ઠાયપૂર્વકના સાત-સાત વર્ષના પ્રયાસો-વિફળ બનાવવામાં ક્ષુલ્લક કારણોને આગળ ધરીને, ઇરાદાપૂર્વક પોતાની જિદ સંતોષવામાં આવી છે, એ શ્રી આર. એ. મહેતાના લોકાયુકતનું પદ નહીં સ્વીકારવાના સાત પાનાના પત્રથી ફલિત થાય છે.

  • Gujarat government is committed to ensure no injustice done to them

    Monday at Ahmedabad: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi today talked to his Punjab counterpart Prakash Singh Badal and briefed him in detail about the self-explanatory facts about Sikh farmers of the Kutch district of Gujarat for the last several decades.

    Mr. Modi despised certain vested interests trying to malign Gujarat Government by spreading canards, distorting truths by political adversaires that his government has adopted a discriminatory attitude towards the Sikh farmers from Punjab tilling land in Kucth. He said that although the issue is sub-judice his government is committed to ensure no injustice was done to the Sikh farmers over the matter of land. There is no question of sending them back to Punjab.

    He said that Gujarat Government is not exerting any pressure on them; rather taking all steps to make sure the Sikh community lived peacefully in Gujarat, including Kutch. He recalled that the issue was created by the then Congress government 50 years back following a ordnance and notification in 1973.

    This was in response to representatives of Sikh community who after personally meeting Mr. Modi at Gandhinagar yesterday evening expressed their satisfaction at the Gujarat Government’s approach. They denied newspaper reports that their lands were being usurped. They said that Sikhs were being targeted to malign the Modi Government and that they were not a party to such canards.

    Leader of Sikh community of Lakhpat taluka in Kutch Jugraj Singh has also communicated in a letter to Mr. Modi that they were living in peace along with members of other communities and enjoying Gujarat Government programmes.

    Mr. Modi further said that the Congress party has no right to say anything about the Sikh community as the former was responsible for mass carnage of the Sikhs in New Delhi in 1984. He described the Congress concern about Sikhs in Gujarat as crocodile tears.

    He said that nearly 50,000 Sikhs lived peacefully in Gujarat intermingling with other communities, contributing to the state’s development. He recalled that when the Gurudwara in Lakhpat was razed to the ground during the earthquake in 2001, it was the present State Government that rebuilt the Gurudwara – acknowledged as world heritage architectural masterpiece.

  • Gujarat's CM meet with a delegation consisting of Karnataka?s former Chief Ministers

    મુખ્યમંત્રીશ્રી નરેન્દ્રભાઇ મોદીને આજે કર્ણાટકના પૂર્વ મુખ્યમંત્રીશ્રીઓ સર્વશ્રી સદાનંદ ગૌડા અને શ્રી કે. એસ. ઇશ્વરપ્પાના નેતૃત્વમાં ઘ્ખ્પ્ભ્ઘ્બ્ કંપનીના પ્રેસીડેન્ટ કોનકોડી પટ્ટમનાભ અને અન્ય આગેવાનોનું પ્રતિનિધિમંડળ ગાંધીનગરમાં મળ્યુ હતું અને સોપારી ઉપરના પ્રતિબંધ મૂકવાના મહારાષ્ટ્ર શાસનના આદેશની સામે રજૂઆત કરતાં જણાવ્યું હતું કે ગુજરાત, મહારાષ્ટ્ર અને કર્ણાટક સહિતના રાજ્યોએ ગુટખા ઉપર પ્રતિબંધ મૂકતો કાયદો કર્યો છે, તે સ્વાસ્થ્યના હિતમાં આવકાર્ય છે પરંતુ, સોપારીનો અન્ય વપરાશ હોવાથી તેના ઉપર પ્રતિબંધ મૂકવાનું વાજબી નથી, અને ગુજરાત સરકાર સોપારી ઉપર પ્રતિબંધ મૂકે નહી અને સોપારી પકવતા ખેડૂતોના વ્યાપક હિતોને ધ્યાન રાખશે એવી વિનંતી કરી હતી.

    મુખ્યમંત્રીશ્રીએ કર્ણાટકના આ પ્રતિનિધિમંડળની રજૂઆતો સાંભળી હતી અને જણાવ્યું હતું કે ગુજરાત સહિત ભારતીય સમાજોમાં સોપારી મહદ્‌અંશે પૂજાપાઠની વિધિઓમાં વપરાય છે તેથી સોપારી ઉપર પ્રતિબંધ મૂકવાનું રાજ્ય વિચારતું નથી અને હિતાવહ પણ નથી.

    કર્ણાટકના પૂર્વ મુખ્યમંત્રીશ્રીઓ અને ડેલીગેશને મુખ્યમંત્રીશ્રીના આ અભિગમને આવકાર્યો હતો.

  • Gujarat leading in social forestry

    While towns and cities of country turn into concrete jungle, Gujarat government has taken a unique initiative to boost the tree plantation in non-forest area to improve the ecology of the state. Since the year 2004, the state has embarked upon an ambitious drive with involving the people.

    The state was first in the country to initiate social forestry activities in 1970. Subsequently, the tree activities have been intensified and new dimension to the programme has been given during the last decade. The Van Mahotsav celebration during the last decade has brought qualitative changes in greening Gujarat. Forest cover in Gujarat is less but it is a leading state in tree cover. Nationally, about 2.77 per cent of the geographical area is under tree cover but tree cover in Gujarat is over 4.0 per cent of geographical area according to Report of Forest Survey of India, Dehradun in 2011.

    This year, 64th state level Van Mahotsav was celebrated at Nageshwar village of Dwarka in Jamnagar district where Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi opened 10th ‘Sanskritik Van’ for the people. The objective of establishing Sanskritik Vans or cultural forests is to increase active participation of the people and create awareness among them. The state Forest Department’s initiative is to not only create awareness among people but also involve them in tree plantation and protection. The concept of Sanskritik Van was introduced by Modi and senior officers from forest department drawing inspiration from scriptures like Vedas, Puranas, Upanishadas etc. These texts reflect the relation between human beings and trees. Such plantations are planned according to various Indian traditions like Navgraha Van, Nakashatra Van, Rashi Van, Panchvati, Trithankar, Saptarshi, Shriparni, Arogya Van etc. which have become popular amongst people of Gujarat.

    According to Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (Social Forestry), H S Singh, the Gujarat Forest Department manage a ‘Social Forestry Programme’ for planting trees on non-forest lands. The objectives were to increase the number of trees in Gujarat, promoting the participation of people and institutions to grow trees, make use of unproductive land to productive use apart from many other areas that called for attention towards sustainable growth.

    According to the National Forest Policy 1988, one-third of the geographical area of the country should be maintained as forest and tree cover. As per State of Forest Report (2009), Gujarat has only 9.83 per cent of its geographical area declared as forest, which is much below the national average. Forest and tree cover is in the extent of 11.74 per cent (7.46 per cent forest cover and four per cent tree cover outside forest-TOF) of its geographical area. More than half of the population of the state resides in the rural areas, which is directly dependent on forest resources for their fuel-wood, fodder, small timber and other requirements.

    Due to these reasons, regeneration, maintaining the productivity level and sustainability of the non-forest lands, particularly the common lands has become imperative for the state to meet the increasing rural needs. Promotion of tree planting on non forest land, through Social Forestry programme has, therefore, been considered to be the only answer to improve the green cover in Gujarat state. With this background, as early as 1969-1970, Gujarat Forest Department launched a ‘Social Forestry Programme’ for planting trees on non-forest lands.

    The success story of Gujarat in the field of social forestry has been highly acclaimed. Tree cover outside forest- about 7,837 sq. km. (four per cent of geographical area against only 2.8 per cent in India) and tree density outside the forest area in Gujarat is the second highest among the states of India today, although major part of Gujarat falls in semi-arid and arid zones. In a follow through, the first national seminar on social forestry was organized in Gandhinagar in 1976. Later in February 2011, a second national seminar on social forestry was organised in the same city.

    The number of trees outside the forest area increased from about 25.1 crores in 2003 to 26.9 crores in 2009 in the state. Tree cover or tree population has also improved by 19.2 per cent in a decade (2003-2013) and the total number of trees has increased from 25.10 crores (excluding Dangs) in the first counting in 2003 to 26.87 crores in second tree counting and then to 3014.14 crores in the third tree counting 2013.

    Under the Gujarat CM Modi, the idea was conceived at Gandhinagar Van Mahotsava in 2004 and executed in shape of Punit Van. Thereafter, a total number of 10 Sanskritik Van were established in the state. It is also noteworthy that annual contribution of the Trees Outside Forest (TOF) in term of tangible benefit to the state economy is over 5,000 crore. The Gujarat model is becoming a replica for other states in social forestry.

  • Gujarat's CM attends special screeing on the film ?The Light- Swami Vivekananda?

    On the evening of Tuesday 6th August 2013, Shri Narendra Modi attended a special screening of the film ‘The Light- Swami Vivekananda’ at City Pulse theatre in Gandhinagar. Cabinet Ministers, Ministers of State, MLAs and other dignitaries joined the Chief Minister at the screening.

    Speaking after the film, Shri Modi said that he thoroughly enjoyed watching the film and complimented the cast and crew for their efforts. He stated that through this film the youth can get inspired a lot and urged youngsters to go and enjoy the film.

    2013 marks 150th Birth Anniversary of Swami Vivekananda and on this occasion, to pay tribute to him, ‘The Light: Swami Vivekananda’ is a film that captures his life and times and his rise to spiritual enlightenment. The movie covers different phases of his life encompassing his transition from the young Narendra Nath Datta to the world renownedSwami Vivekananda who was a key figure in the introduction of the Indian philosophies to the Western world. The first trailer of the film was launched on Wednesday, 31st July on various internet sites and television channels and has already started receiving appreciation from audience across the country.

  • Monsoon Magic at Saputara : Gujarat?s ?Aankhon ka taara?

    It is monsoon season yet again! And this time the rain Gods are in a much more benevolent mood. The rains bring with them a much wanted respite from the sweltering summer heat and everyone, be it a child or an adult experiences the stirrings of wanderlust within themselves.

    While everything outdoors steadily turns clean and green, the call of Mother Nature becomes simply impossible to ignore. The din is growing louder and louder at Saputara, the quaint and picturesque hill station nestled in the plateaus of the Dang region in South Gujarat.

    Saputara which literally means ‘Abode of the Snakes’, is the venue for the month long ‘Monsoon Festival’ commencing from the 3rd of August, 2013. Droves of tourists numbering around 60,000 from neighboring states and other parts of Gujarat visited Saputara during the Monsoon Festival last year according to Gujarat Tourism Corporation officials.

    This year’s Monsoon Festival promises to be bigger and better with a plethora of activities lined up for adventure junkies, culture aficionados and ofcourse nature lovers. Kids are bound to have a great time with excitement packed games like Bamboo balancing, Jelly Jump, Bamboo Ball, Balloon blowing, Skip Master, Musical Chairs, Bamboo Ball, Brick Walk, Tug of war, etc. Parents and adults can chose from a wide range of Cultural Programs, Film Shows, Food and Craft bazaars. The entire family can enjoy Lazer shows and associated programs highlighting the culture of the Dangs.

    Adrenaline rush for adventure lovers is guaranteed with more than 13 adventure sports, including the 450 meters long Zip Line passing atop the Gira water fall, zorbing, ground obstacle and high rope obstacle, tree walk, hiking, rock climbing, mountain biking, ATV tours, tracking, etc.

    Visitors are delighted to learn about the historical and mythological significance of Saputara. ‘Sitavan’ is the place where Lord Ram, Sita and Lakshman spent years of their exile. The ‘Pandav Gufa’ is rumoured to have sheltered the Pandavas during their exile. It is from this hideout that Arjun began his appeasement of Lord Shiva for acquiring the celestial weapons. The ancient Arvalem cave complex stand witness to the rich cultural heritage of India.

    The thundering waterfalls, undulating meadows, sparkling fountains and crisp clean air of Saputara assume an ethereal aura in the monsoons with the clouds descending from the hills and engulfing everything around in tiny droplets of rain.

    The arts and crafts of the locals from the Dang region are to be seen to be believed. The Artist Village at Saputara gives tourists a great opportunity to explore and experience the Warli paintings and crafts associated with this region. The Tribal museum introduces visitors to the lifestyle, costumes, heritage and ecology of the Vanbandhu culture of the Dangs.

    The tourism department of Gujarat organizes customized tours like the ‘Dang Tribal Tour’ and ‘Monsoon Dang Tour’ that cover exotic locales and promise an unforgettable experience to tourists.

    Amitabh Bachchan calls Saputara the “Aankhon ka Taara” of Gujarat and no amount of words can truly justify the spellbinding beauty and pristine environs of Saputara. For a detailed list of activities, tourist spots and details about how to reach Saputara, Click here

    So if you find yourself being drawn to the enchanting environs of Saputara, you are not alone. Join the lakhs of revelers from across the country heading for the Monsoon Festival. The Tourism Corporation of Gujarat is waiting with open arms and first rate amenities to welcome you to soak in the splendid natural brilliance of Gujarat.

    For complete details of the Monsoon Festival click here

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  • A Glimpse of Gandhinagar on it?s Birthday

    Gujarat’s capital city Gandhinagar celebrates it’s birthday today. It depicts a remarkable journey of development. Today as people flock the city, they are pleasantly surprised at the diversity it offers. While it is the IT hub of the state, Gandhinagar also retains a distinct identity being the green capital of the state.

    Gandhinagar combines a perfect balance of natural elegance and modern planning. Wherever one goes, the greenery follows. It also houses some futuristic initiatives of the Gujarat Government. With the grand Mahatma Mandir present and the GIFT City coming up in addition to Akshardham, the city is a delight for it’s citizens and the tourists. The upcoming Metro Rail project would further augment the charm of the city.

    View pictures of this beautiful city

  • 64th Van Mahotsav 2013

    The Van Mahotsav 2013 commenced on a grand note with Chief Minister Narendra Modi dedicating Nagesh Van to the people. Nagesh Van is situated near the iconic Nageshwar Temple, which is close to Dwarka in Jamnagar District. Shri Modi spoke about the importance of social forestry, especially in the non forest areas and shared that due to social forestry Gujarat has witnessed an increase of over 5 crore trees in the last decade. He opined that Gujarat is not only giving importance to industrial development but also protection of the environment. Shri Modi further shared that the number of mangroves in Gujarat has increased by over two and a half times and this helps in preventing soil erosion in coastal areas of the state.

    Earlier the Van Mahotsavs used to be confined to functions in the state capital but in the last decade they have been celebrated all across the state. Every year, the Van Mahotsavs are celebrated in a place that is culturally significant and a special forest is inaugurated there. This year the Chief Minister inaugurated Nagesh Van. Shri Modi stated that doing this not only increases awareness about the environment but also increases tourism in the areas where the Mahotsav has been celebrated.

    The Chief Minister also spoke about the importance of sea weed cultivation in coastal areas and pointed that it will help the coastal communities immensely. He talked about how Jan Bhagidari can be effectively used to preserve the various species in the forest like the Gir Lion. About the importance of trees Shri Modi said, “Let trees become a part of our family, the pride of the village and cities. Let us create such an environment.” He urged the people to form a special bond with the oldest tree of the village. He also urged the people to plant five trees on the birth of the girl child, which will generate enough income for giving a prosperous life to the daughters.

    Shri Modi presented cheques to Gram Panchayats and awarded Van Pandit awards. Shri Modi said that Van Mahotsavs have played a major role in bringing the people of various districts of Gujarat closer to the environment.

    Forest Minister Shri Ganpatbhai Vasava, Agriculture Minister and Guardian Minister for Jamnagar district Shri Babubhai Bokhiria and Minister of State Smt. Vasuben Trivedi were present on the occasion.

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  • Narmada Dam overflows at 129.47 m on 2nd August 2013

    You can see pictures of the Narmada Dam overflowing. The Dam has been overflowing with a height of 129.47 meters on 2nd August 2013. Here are glimses of the breathtaking sight.

  • Liberation Day at Dadra and Nagar Haveli On Friday 2nd August 2013 : CM

    On Friday 2nd August 2013 Shri Narendra Modi greeted the people of Dadra and Nagar Haveli on the occasion of Liberation Day. Liberation day marks the anniversary of the liberation of Silvassa from the Portuguese. Silvassa serves as the capital of Dadra and Nagar Haveli.

    On 2nd August 1954, those associated with the liberation movement moved into Silvassa. The Portuguese Administrator and his team of administrative and police personnel fled and thus, Dadra and Nagar Haveli was declared as liberated on this day.

    Shri Modi said that Dadra and Nagar Haveli enjoys a special and very close relationship with Gujarat and wished the people of this historic day.

    Dadra and Nagar Haveli was subsequently merged into the Indian Union in 1961

  • Gujarat's CM exhorts ITIs to imbibe the mantra of ?Shramev Jayate?

    The chintan shibir was organized under the auspices of Labour, Employment and Training department at EDI, Bhat today and inaugurated by Labour and Employment Minister Saurabh Patel today morning. The shibir saw participation of around 400 staff members of Commissionerate of Employment and Training and discussions on six different topics.

    The Chief Minister congratulated the department for achieving Prime Minister’s award for Gujarat’s Kaushalya Vardhan Kendras and for making Gujarat a State with least unemployment rate in India. He attributed the successful celebration of Swami Vivekananda’s 150th birth anniversary as ‘Yuva Shakti Varsh’ to the committed efforts of the officials of Employment and Training department.

    Asking to emulate the Gujarat’s skill development model for capacity building and employment Mr. Modi said, “The Prime Minister set up four different agencies for making a well-thought-out planning for skill development, but at last, had to accept the Gujarat’s model, which shows that Gujarat’s direction for skill development is right.”

    Mr.Modi said the employment and training play a crucial role in strengthening country’s economy, but unfortunately these sectors have been treated indifferently in past. Gujarat has made unique moves in this direction and the outcomes of the chitan shibir like this will expand the horizons of skill development and employment with youth empowerment, he said.

    Gujarat has well-understood the importance of technical education on ground level and hence the state is deliberating on up-gradation and empowerment of ITIs. The most basic unit like aanganwadi has also earned dignified status in Gujarat, said Mr. Modi.

    Gujarat, which once known as traders’ state is now getting identity as a manufacturing state. “A state like this needs skilled manpower which is why we have strengthened the ITIs to cater to the needs of industries. Entrepreneurship is already there in the blood of Gujarati people, now to make presence on the global manufacturing market, it is important to create a pool of skilled manpower”, he said.

    Exhorting ITIs to imbibe the mantra of “Shramev Jayate” Mr. Modi said, “Cost effectiveness and quality control are necessary aspects in order to gain foothold in world manufacturing market. This can only be achieved by skill enhancement”. He also appealed to encourage such technology for zero defect production.

    In the beginning, the Labour and Employment Minister Saurabh Patel exuded faith that this chintan shibir will be instrumental in creating a new work culture with the spirit of “main nahi, ham”.

    Chief Secretary Dr. Varesh Sinha said the deliberation made in the shibir will prove path-showing for the country.

    Employment and Training Commissioner Mrs. Sonal Mishra spoke of the objectives of the chitan shibir. Executive Additional Chief Secretary to Labour and Employment Asim Khurana, senior officials and staff members were present in the shibir.

  • Guajrat's Chief Minister Concludes Sarvangi Shaheri Vikas Karyshibir at Mahatma Mandir in Gandhinagar

    Chief Minister Mr. Narendra Modi today while distributing monetary resources worth Rs 2,500 crore for Gujarat’s municipalities and municipal corporations said in entire country Gujarat has laid out a well-thought out empowerment plan in place to develop its local self governing bodies.

    Announcing the provisions made for Rs 75,000 crore to be spent on urban development in coming five years, chief minister Mr. Modi said, “Gujarat has taken an initiative to have major thrust on manpower, money resources, machinery and mobility.”

    Chief Minister Mr. Modi was speaking at the workshop organized by Department of Urban Development at Mahatma Mandir in Gandhinagar. Over 750 participants representing Gujarat’s eight municipal corporations, eight urban development authorities and 159 municipalities and other local self governing bodies including MLAs, MPs took part in workshop which was spanned over six sessions.

    During the workshop Minister of Urban Development, Anandiben Patel shared details on innovative steps taken and achievements gained by state in having a holistic urban development all across the state. State level ministers too took part in the workshop.

    During the closing session of workshop chief minister Mr. Modi gave away grants worth Rs 15,000 crore to the local self governing bodies for the second phase of Swarnim Jayanti Mukhya Mantri Shaheri Vikas Yojana.

    Mr. Modi said, “Our main purpose is to have a development where Gujarat take a lead for urban development translating into better facilities and overall welfare of the people especially the poor and thus bring marked improvement in standard of life for them.” Mr. Modi said Gujarat perceives urbanization as an opportunity to empower urban development and not a crisis.

    Mr. Modi gave details on how the well thought urban development plan was put in place to address neglected areas of urban development during year 2005, which Gujarat celebrated as Shaheri Vikas Varsh.

    Mr. Modi said, “Health services for the urban poor was neglected across the country and it was Gujarat’s initiative to set up services network for the urban poor’s health that the Central Government emulated and later on launched Urban Health Mission.”

    Gujarat has urban population of 42.18% and it will be around 50% if populations of surrounding different urban centres are added. In 2001, Gujarat has budget of Rs 127 crore and today it has crossed Rs 6,000 crore. This is excluding the local budgets of the municipal corporations. Mr. Modi, “It needs to be understood how seriously we are focusing on the urban development.”

    Chief Minister Mr. Modi said, “Local governing bodies has brought valuable changes in their functioning creating a synergy between technology and their available talents. It has offered an inspiration message to all. By going online in their activities like tax collection and other tendering process, it has brought in transparency too.”

    Mr. Modi said, “It is also duty of elected representatives of these bodies to see that urban development is done in right manner. They can inspire citizens at large to love their cities and set an example.”

    Mr. Modi said he called on the representatives to take on challenges posed by malnutrition in urban poor mothers and children, sanitation facilities especially in slums and give importance to have playgrounds for the youth.

    Taking about the grants, Mr. Modi said it remains to be seen that development works in urban areas bring satisfaction and overall welfare to the people at large and not by just spending the budget amount in stipulated period till March end.

    Talking about Urban Affordable Housing Project, the Chief Minster said, “It is our duty to see that those lower income group urban residents get the benefit of 22 lakh houses for which work has already begun.”

    Mr. Modi said, “CCTV camera can be put to good use in monitoring the cleaning activities of the city. Surat has taken a lead in this. Polluted cities like Ahmedabad and Surat have set an example becoming clean and environment friendly cities.”

    Mr. Modi also said requested to have such workshops at zonal and district level to have continuous dialogue and exchange of ideas on urban development.

    On this occasion, Minister of Urban Development Anandiben Patel, Minister of state for Law, Judiciary and Legislative Pradipsinh Jadeja, Minister of state for Education, Women and Children’s Welfare Vasuben Trivedi, city mayors of Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar and other municipal corporations, MLAs, MPs and members and officials of different Urban Development Authority in the state were present in the valedictory session.

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  • ?Ame Gujarati? ? Business Culture Event Organizers in London- Wembley

    Gujarat Chief Minister Mr. Narendra Modi today addressed the organizers of “Ame Gujarati” a Business Culture Event planned in London’s Wembley and extended his greetings for the success of the event. Mr. Modi said it is moment of immense pride and feeling of dedication to take Gujarat to newer heights when one says “Ame Gujarati” (we are Gujarati).

    Chief minister Mr. Modi’s video conference message is as follows. Mr. Modi said: I extend my wishes for the success of “Ame Gujarati”, a get-together function planned at Wembley stadium on July 27 and 28.

    “When we say that ‘Ame Gujarati’, who are we Gujarati? The meaning of Ame Gujarati is that those who are all-inclusive, those who are entrepreneurs. Centuries ago Gujaratis had left Gujarat for the World. They have reached wherever it was possible. It was not just trade and employment but they are adventurous in nature. When we say Gujarati the values of business, trade, adventure and sadbhaav run through our veins. Gujaratis never forgot their roots and even today you will find Gujarati families preparing daal using jiggery of which the taste epitomizes sweetness of the community. Even those go abroad from other states in India prefer to stay with Gujarati families because there one feels closer to home even though they have settled there for years. They feel Gujarat, which has the characteristic of getting mixed with local people anywhere in the world like sugar gets melted in milk.”

    Mr. Modi said you go anywhere in the World and you will find Gujarati to have become integral part of local community with no tension or dispute. No Gujarati will appear unlikeable to any of the society. Mr. Modi further said Gujarati will not interfere in the public life and will never be a miscreant to local politics, these are qualities of Gujaratis.

    The chief minister said when it is said that he is business minded person, it implies that he is practical man and has skills, intelligence and industrious nature which take them to places. Mr. Modi said it is this mentality of hard working nature has made Gujaratis lead a path to their bright futures and has today widely been discussed across World.

    When country got freedom things never happened which should have had happened, said Mr. Modi, added, “This had brought despair to people. We have started rectifying this and a common-man has developed a confidence that Gujarat is on right path and we claim the same. We have never claimed we have attained the goal and we are confident to take Gujarat to new heights and achieve its goal. The reason for this is we have proved our ways. Experience of last one decade has made it clear; it is the path of development, holistic development; inclusive development, development for all and no section of the society should be left out in the process.”

    Mr. Modi said, “Everyone get education, have houses, access to health, employment to all and welfare of everyone. Ultimately those who have sacrificed their lives like Mahatma Gandhi and Sardar Patel, and gave us the path to bring welfare to each and everyone in the society. But for that development is needed.”

    Gujarat chief minister said it is important to achieve new heights and they are doing it. Mr. Modi said, “It is my request to work for the human welfare, all of you…wherever you are, using your experiences, your intelligence and your strengths.” Mr. Modi said, “We are the people dedicated to Vasudhaiv Kutumbkam ideology and indebted to our society, our nation and we must not let any opportunity go waste in repaying it. It is moment of immense proud when we say “Ame Gujarati”.

    My best wishes for all of you… Jay Jay Garvi Gujarat

  • Salute to our Armed Forces on Vijay Diwas

    Vijay Diwas is the day India pays special homage to our brave sodiers who lost their lives in the Kargil war. It has been 14 years since the Kargil war where we saw our brave Jawans sacrifice their lives to protect the borders of the nation.

    On 26th July 2013, as the Kargil Vijay Diwas completed its 14th year, Shri Narendra Modi paid tributes to the brave soldiers who fought their lives during Kargil War. He also dedicated the legendary song “Ae Mere Watan Ke Logon” which marks its golden jubilee this year to the sacrifices of the brave soldiers. Written by Kavi Pradeep, the song Ay Mere Watan Ke Logon was sung by Lata Mangeshkarji in 1963 on occasion of Republic Day.

    Today the song reminds us all the unforgettable sacrifice of our brave soldiers and what they did for our country. It reminds the citizens that they should do everything to strengthen our armed forces. It is their sacrifice which makes us safer and secure. On the occasion of Vijay Diwas, salute to them. Jai Hind!

  • SWAGAT online session held

    In a SWAGAT online session held today at Gandhinagar the Chief Minister Narendra Modi heard the grievances of the people and gave necessary directives and instructions to the district officials for the urgent redressal of the people’s grievances.

    It is worth noting that the Chief Minister empathetically listen to the grievances of people under this popular programme and gave instructions to the senior district officials via video conference for ensuring justice to the people. So far, about 3,00,685 applications have been received under this programme and around 91.80% of grievances have been fairly redressed.

    Additional Principal Secretary to Chief Minister A K Sharma along with Secretariate’s senior Secretaries were present on the occasion.

  • Delegation impressed by the Gujarat?s growth

    A delegation, comprising 38 youths of the leadership project of Nasik Junior Chamber of Maharashtra, paid courtesy visit to Chief Minister Narendra Modi today.

    The youths, led by Kaustubh Mehta, President of JCI Panchvati Holy City, said they were impressed by the successful leadership of Gujarat Chief Minister and various aspects of the state’s development. They had a question-answer session with the Chief Minister. Mr. Modi’s leadership for good governance and economic development is hailed by the youths across the country, the delegates said.

  • In Gujarat New Encouraging Wind Energy Policy Approved

    Chief Minister Mr. Narendra Modi approves Wind Energy Policy to expedite and encourage development of wind power generation activities in the state, said the Minister of Energy and Petrochemicals Mr. Saurabhbhai Patel in an announcement.

    Giving details about the development, Minister of Energy and Petrochemicals Mr. Saurabhbhai Patel said in 2001 Gujarat had installed capacity of wind energy generation of 150 MW, which today in year 2013 has reached 3,147 MW. Of the India’s total 19,000 MW of installed capacity of wind power generation Gujarat alone has the 3,147 MW of power production capacity. This new policy is expected be an added fillip to the activities concerning wind energy installations in the state, said the Minister of Energy and Petrochemicals while expressing confidence in the newly declared policy.

    The existing Wind Energy Policy has come to an end in March 2013. Terming the Wind Energy Policy as an ambitious plan to make Gujarat’s 1,600 km of long coastline as a prosperous base for the development of energy sector especially to attract big scale investments from prospective investors from across country and abroad, said the Energy Minister.

    Energy Minister Mr. Patel said taking into consideration the huge potential that the state has in terms of unconventional energy sources like wind energy, chief minister has decided to focus on development of wind power base in the state.

    As per the new Wind Energy Policy the developers of such wind power plants will be able to sell the electricity to Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Limited (GUVNL), the state owned electricity company, or can sell it to any other company holding the licensed for electricity distribution. Wind energy generators will be able to sell it to the buyers at Rs 4.15 per unit, which in the outgoing policy was fixed at Rs 3.56 per unit.

    The new rates will be in effect for next 25 years for all those developers who are selling electricity to GUVNL or others.

    Energy Minister Mr. Patel said, “In order to encourage the developers the new Wind Energy Policy has exempted the electricity generated from windmills from paying the mandatory electricity duty.”

    Apart from this, the wind energy developers will be allowed to use the electricity in their own factories if located in Gujarat, said the Energy Minister, adding that provision for the self-consumption is done with the wheeling and transmission charges, however, if the developers wish to use electricity for self-consumption at more than one location then they will have to pay additional 5 paise per unit in addition to the wheeling and transmission charges levied.

    In case of self-consumption, if the industrial unit is left with surplus wind energy will face the cut of 15% and the energy left with them be considered to have been sold at Rs 3.52 per unit to the distribution company.

    Energy Minister also gave details on those developers who may not wish to use their wind energy for their self-consumption and also do not sell at discounted rate. In that case the developers will have to pay wheeling and transmission charges, not using the banking facilities, and will be allowed to sell it to third party within 15 minutes period block after the offsetting process.

    Policy has laid out clear provisions for allotment of state’s vast barren land tracts for the wind energy installations by the developers. In this way it will allow barren land otherwise unproductive and unused, become production source for clean and green energy. And in turn it will boost the environment friendly and efficient production cum use of energy.

    Gujarat government has decided to give major thrust to exploit unconventional energy sources when entire World is worried about the global warming and its impacts and as a part of this state government is committed to implement this new policy. Energy Minister Mr. Patel said Gujarat is leading the path with almost 10% of total energy produced come from unconventional sources while others states has meager 2-3% of wind energy productions.

    Energy Minister Mr. Patel said in order to rein in issues like power crisis across country, increasing mining production and rising fuel cost for power generation, damages being done to environment and global warming, Gujarat has decided to take a path breaking initiative to encourage eco-friendly unconventional sources of energy production like solar and wind power.

  • Zee Business India?s Best Market Analysts Award

    Shri Narendra Modi attended the Zee Business India’s Best Market Analysts Award event on 24th July 2013. He handed out the awards to the winners in different categories. He expressed thankfulness to Shri Subhash Chandra ji for selecting Ahmedabad as the destination for the awards event.

    He said that that the market analysts and the common man must be thinking that we need to come out of the economic mess and added that the country’s economic situation is worrisome. He said that there seems to be a competition between the Central Government and the Rupee as to who will fall further. Shri Modi observed that every nation sees good times and bad times but it is unusual that the leadership of India seems to have lost the confidence to take decisions. He quipped that while there is frequent talk of early elections it is highly unlikely that those who had failed take any decisions for 9 years can be expected to take any decisions now.

    Shri Modi said that when we got independence,1 rupee was equal to 1 dollar. When Atalji became PM,1 dollar was equal to 42 rupees and when he left, 1 dollar was equal to 44 rupees. He reminded that when we got independence after 1200 years, we had an outstanding amount worth millions to be taken from Britain. He said that it was in the tenure of Pandit Nehru, that India took loan for the first time and that started the fall of the rupee. At that time two conditions were laid down for the loan. Firstly, the money from the loan were to be spent on educating Indian scholars in USA. Secondly, the Indian rupee had to be depreciated.

    Shri Modi said that the trend of increasing imports is worrying. With increasing imports, our exports are decreasing, leading to increasing Current Account Deficit. Shri Modi elaborated on the Policy Paralysis affecting the Nation by observing that the absence of a single window of clearance means foreign Investors will continue be shy of India. Shri Modi also pointed out that even Small Investors were moving away from the markets as price rise was eating into their savings and they have turned shy of investing. Shri Modi pointed out that Black Money has created a parallel economy making it difficult for the common man to invest in real estate. He said that while Chidambaram ji advises not to invest in Gold, people are forced to invest in Gold because they have lost confidence in stocks. Shri Modi said that while today the nation is in darkness and under a huge economic crisis, looking at economic figures during Atal ji’s tenure makes one proud.

    Shri Modi observed that while India had become a large consumer market for Global Corporations it has now become a less attractive Investment destination as foreign investors have lost faith. Pointing out how India imports heavily electronic goods, Shri Modi called for Indian manufacturing to be competitive. Recalling the good work done by the Atal Bihari Vajpayee NDA Government Shri Modi criticized the UPA for undoing the good work done by Shri Vajpayee. Shri Modi reminded that during Atalji’s tenure inspite on the economic sanctions due to the nuclear testing, we managed to curb price rise. He said that today power stations worth more than 20,000 MWs are not functioning due to Government apathy.

    Shri Modi said that our Prime Minister says money doesn’t grow on trees. But Shri Modi said he felt that money can grow in farms and factories if correct leadership is provided. He said that when he took over as CM of Gujarat, it had a revenue deficit of Rs 6700 crore, but today it is revenue surplus. He expressed lament at the fact that a country like India which was revenue surplus inspite of 1200 years of dominance, became revenue deficit now.

    Shri Narendra Modi concluded his speech with a note of optimism that with the right decisions we can turnaround our Economy. He opined that the lack of optimism will give way to hope and our economy will be bounce back once we start taking the right decisions.

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  • Hon'ble Chief Minister meets two bright students from Rajkot

    Gujarat chief minister Mr. Narendra Modi today gave a special audience to two bright students from Rajkot who had cleared their 12th standard exam with flying colours. Pallavi Tankaria and Nirali Lunagariya, who hails from Rajkot specially visited chief minister Mr. Modi today and sought his blessing and wishes for the bright future.

    Nirali and Pallavi, the students of 12th standard General Stream, had cleared the Higher Secondary Education Board (HSC) exam this year with 92% and 91.29%, respectively.

    The two girl students from Rajkot travelled here for a courtesy meet with chief minister Mr. Narendra Modi in Gandhinagar. The duo sought blessings of chief minister for their bright future in professional career.

  • Hon'ble Chief Minister extends his best wishes to the children of staff from CM Office who cleared their SSC and HSC exams

    In a special gesture, Gujarat Chief Minister Mr. Narendra Modi today hosted the students along with their parents who are employed at CMO and his security personnel. The felicitation function was held for those students who have cleared standard 10th and 12th this year. Chief minster Mr. Modi met 30 students along with their parents personally today during them and wished them for bright future.

    Among the 30 students who caught the attention of all was one safai kamdaar named Dashrath Thakor, posted at Chief Minister’s Office, who has also cleared 10th examination this year. Thakor was inspired by chief minister Mr. Modi’s Kanya Kelvani and Shala Praveshotsav and took the exams for 10th standard as an external student.

    It should be noted that chief minister Mr. Modi, who got second term in office following a verdict of the people in 2007 giving him landslide victory, had started this new tradition of hosting and greeting the bright students of CMO employees, his security personnel along with their parents and personally meet them to wish them for a brighter future.

  • American Indian youngsters who worked among orphan and underprivileged children in Vadodara

    On the morning of Saturday 20th July 2013 Shri Narendra Modi met Indian-American students who are part of a social service organisation Uplift Humanity. These students worked among orphan and underprivileged youngsters at Bal Gokulam in Vadodara for two weeks in July this year. The Chief Minister interacted with these youngsters and heard their experiences of serving in Vadodara. He congratulated them for this noble service they have undertaken. The delegation was led by the founder of Uplift Humanity, Anish Patel. Uplift Humanity is keen to take up a similar project of working among orphan and underprivileged children near Indore in Madhya Pradesh.

    The youngsters who met Shri Modi are Mr. Anish Patel, Ms. Rajvi Kamdar, Ms. Krishna Dosapati, Mr. Rajesh Talati, Ms. Aashka Rathod, Ms. Shruti Patel, Ms. Heena Patel, Ms. Bianca Patel, Ms. Shriya Patel, Mr. Suril Butala, Mr. Mohin Patel, Mr. Bhavik Parikh, Mr. Kaivalya Patel, Ms. Hiral Patel and Ms. Kosha Patel.

    The youngsters shared their experiences about working at Bal Gokulam and meeting Shri Modi after the interaction concluded. Mr. Anish Patel, the founder said that it was inspiriting to work with the youth. On the meeting with the Chief Minister, he said that it was a once in a lifetime opportunity and that gaining Shri Modi’s support brightens the prospects of Uplift Humanity in a big way.

    Ms. Rajvi Kamdar described the meeting with Shri Modi as amazing and stated that it was easy to relate with the Chief Minister. Ms. Heena Patel shared how working with Uplift Humanity in Vadodara enabled her to make a difference in the lives of others. She described her meeting with Shri Modi as a great experience and added that he showed great interest in their initiatives. Ms. Aashka Rathod shared that it was great talking to Shri Modi, who appreciated their work.

    Ms. Bianca Patel appreciated the meeting with Shri Modi and lauded his ideas he shared during the interaction. She also said she looked forward to interacting with the Chief Minister in future. Ms. Krishna Dosapati shared that Shri Modi was extremely open and welcoming and he understood their mission along with giving them ideas for the future. Ms. Hiral Patel stated that meeting Shri Modi was an experience she will never forget. Mr. Kaivalya Patel expressed joy that their efforts got the recognition of Shri Modi.

    About Uplift Humanity

    Uplift Humanity is a USA based NGO that works among underprivileged children in Gujarat. It specializes in empowering at-risk youngsters by providing them mentoring. It has been active in Gujarat since the last three years and has been active in Bal Gokulam, that was inaugurated by Shri Modi a few years ago. Uplift Humanity has featured in the media and actively reaches out to the youth on social media.

  • 3 books portraying Gujarat?s glorious heritage by Makrand Mehta, Rasesh Jamindar, Navinchandra Parekh

    Ahmedabad, Monday: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi today unveiled three elegant books portraying Gujarat’s glorious heritage by senior authors and historians.

    The books are: Dr. Makrand Mehta’s ‘Gujarat-no Rajwadi Warso’, Dr. Rasesh Jamindar’s ‘Gujarat-na Sthal Nam-no Sarthkosh’ and Navinchandra Parekh’s ‘Ugta Rahejo Bhan’.

    Mr. Modi complimented the authors for their through-provoking books. Speaking on the occasion, he said that the society is still largely unaware of varied social, economic and political aspects of India’s princely states and their rule. The princes are not just the family trees of kings or stories of their valour. Rather, they depict and portray the life and times of the contemporary periods.

    The Chief Minister pointed out that Gujarat has maximum number of Sun Temples in India. The knowledge our ancestors had possessed about the Sun God and Environment is rare and fathomless. He advocated chronicling the history and past of every village and town of Gujarat and celebrating their birthdays, too.

    Mr. Modi said that Gujarat Government has undertaken research on history of the police force and the Revenue Department on Revenue Administration Reforms.

    Youth Services and Cultural Affairs Minister Ramanbhai Vora and Secretary Bhagyesh Jha were present on the occasion.

  • Hon'ble Chief Minister in Orissa

    On Tuesday 16th July 2013 Shri Narendra Modi travelled to Odisha. Shri Modi offered prayers at the Jagannath Temple in Puri and he also prayed at Gundicha Temple in Puri. He affirmed that Odisha and Gujarat have a strong bond in various areas. Shri Modi met Gajpati Maharaj, the Chairman of the Jagannath Temple in Puri. In Puri he met Jagatguru Shankracharya Swami Nisschlanda. He offered prayers for all those who lost their lives during the Uttarakhand floods.

    Talking to the media on the sidelines of his visit to Puri, Shri Modi said that he sought the blessings of Lord Jagannath for the prosperity of our nation. Speaking in both Oriya and Hindi, Shri Modi stated that he has come from the land of Somnath to the land of Jagannath to seek His blessings. The Chief Minister shared that Lord Jagannath has always blessed Gujarat and its people.

    Shri Modi stated that the people of Odisha have an immense contribution in the development of Gujarat. He pointed that there would be no district or Tehsil of Odisha whose people are not working in Gujarat. He went on to say that both Odisha and Gujarat are coastal states and both of them are blessed with the magnificent sun temples of Konark and Modhera.

  • Hon'ble Chief Minister visit the Sadhu Vaswani College of Nursing in Pune

    Shri Narendra Modi inaugurated the Sadhu Vaswani College of Nursing in Pune on 14th July 2013. Dada Vaswani addressed the gathered audience and called for unity and the spirit of giving in everyone. He thanked Shri Narendra Modi for gracing the occasion. Dada Vaswani said India needs the shakti of silent service. “We need leaders who will not scramble for power” said Dada Vaswani. Dada Vaswani told the youth of India to seek not power, but seek service. He urged the youth to be Indians first and volunteer for India first. Dada Vaswani also called for an end to the cult of empty commercialisation. He expressed sadness that India is known to be number one in the world for corruption.

    Shri Narendra Modi also addressed the audience gathered on the occasion. Shri Modi said that the seed that Sadhu Vaswani had planted in his lifetime, has been watered and brought up by Dada Vaswani, his disciple in a fine manner. He said that it is easier to find a good teacher, but to find a worthy disciple is rare. Shri Modi said that he is fortunate to be sitting next to Dada Vaswani. But this good fortune was not because of any merit or his public position, but it was due to the greatness of Dada Vaswani. Shri Modi also said that he would not have been able to understand how much spiritual affection Dada had for him, if he had not met him.

    Shri Narendra Modi said that he first met Dada Vaswani 23 years ago at a world religions conference in America. He added that Dada Vaswani’s words have summarised the way to a better person as well as a better nation. Shri Modi praised the humanitarian work done by Sadhu Vaswani mission. On this topic, Shri Narendra Modi mentioned that cataract operations have been done for the cattle in Gujarat. He also added that due to persistent efforts from the Government more than 112 cattle diseases have been eradicated.

    Shri Narendra Modi informed that when he took over as the Chief Minister of Gujarat, he was saddened and shocked on knowing about the state of girl child education in Gujarat. He said that it was found that girls were dropping out of school and it was also found that there were no toilets for girls in schools. He said that on knowing this, toilets were constructed for girls in schools and the girl child enrolment increased. Speaking further on the same matter, Shri Modi said that India is the only culture where God has been imagined in the feminine form.

    Shri Narendra Modi said that ‘Live and let live’ is a Western motto. But in India, we go a step ahead and say ‘Live, let live, and help people live’. He added that tolerance is touted as a great quality in the world but in India, acceptance, which is a higher quality, is inculcated in our lives. Shri Modi said that to think of service as a goal is what Dada has achieved through his efforts. He added that the way Dada has described him is what he must become. Shri Modi concluded his speech by saying that the whole world needs good nurses and this nursing college started by Pujya Dada will go a long way in helping mankind.

  • Hon'ble Chief Minister speaks at Fergusson College in Pune

    On the afternoon of Sunday 14th July 2013 Shri Narendra Modi addressed students of Fergusson College. The Chief Minister inaugurated the College auditorium that was renovated and visited the room where Veer Savarkar stayed as a student. In an inspiring speech Shri Narendra Modi spoke about the importance of education, research and human resource development as key aspects of nation building. The Chief Minister expressed confidence that the youth of India is very talented to solve the problems of India and the world, only that they need the right opportunities.

    Shri Modi pointed that what he is speaking to the students is the words of the more than 2500 youngsters on social media who responded enthusiastically to his request for sharing thoughts, views and ideas on various issues surrounding the nation. Shri Modi appealed to the youth on Facebook to post these thoughts, which he will refer to in his speech at Fergusson College. The response to Shri Modi’s posts was overwhelming. Youngsters from all over the nation shared their ideas with the Chief Minister. Shri Modi said that there is a perception that the youth of the nation is not concerned but this is not a correct perception- Infact the youth want to express themselves. He stated, “We are blessed to be the world’s most youthful nation. A nation with such a youth cannot have a dark future.”

    The Chief Minister opined that an atmosphere of despondency has entered the nation but he does not endorse this. “India is a Bahu Ratna Vasundhara, why is it that despite 1200 years of slavery we are still standing? What made Lokmanya Tilak say ‘Swaraj is my birthright?” Shri Modi affirmed, adding that we need to rise above this pessimism. He spoke about India’s glorious education system and pointed that our Mantra should be ‘From Gurukul to Vishwakul.’ Shri Modi shared that for 1800 years we were leaders in education with Nalanda, Vallabhi and Taxila making a mark as centres of education but this changed later on. He added that there was a chance to change this mindset after Independence but unfortunately that did not happen. Shri Modi observed that from a man-making machine, education has now come to become a moneymaking machine, which is also unfortunate.

    Shri Modi lauded the contribution of Saints such as Sree Narayana Guru for their efforts in achieving 100% literacy in education. He also stated that while he believes in modernization, he does not believe in modernization with westernization.

    Shri Modi further pointed, “We have heard very often that 21st century is India’s century but our ears are tired of hearing this. See South Korea, it gained Independence at the same time as India but in such less time it became so prosperous. It hosted the Olympic games and it showed the world what it can do. And see our Commonwealth Games. We were ashamed in front of the whole world. That is when questions are asked.”

    Talking about the need of human resource development, Shri Modi pointed, “We have to decide if we have to focus on university building or building the university. Buildings interest people because tenders are involved.” He gave the example of USA, where research done by students is used for nation buildings but we in India do not have correct data on who researched what, how it can be used and where the research can be kept. Giving Gujarat’s example Shri Modi pointed, “In Gujarat we thought why development of tribal communities did not happen despite such budgets being allocated. We got talent and research on this and the outcome was the Vanbandhu Kalyan Yojana. We started with a package of Rs. 15,000 crore and this time the package stands at Rs. 40,000 crore.” Shri Modi said, “It is not that we do not have talent or research…we need to link this talent and research.” Speaking on the importance of research in nation building the Chief Minister avowed, “We need to give impetus to research and this research must not be to put certificates on the wall but so that it can be useful for the nation.” He went on to say that without qualitative research, stagnation will take place.

    In his speech Shri Modi gave several examples on to showcase the importance of research and innovation be it using the youngsters of tribal communities to become tourist guides at the upcoming Statue of Unity, iCreate initiative or giving latest technology to our farmers. “Some are interested only in power whereas we are interested in EMPOWR. That is the difference,” declared the Chief Minister.

    He also said that while most people seek good education for their children, for a good education system we need good teachers. “We were prosperous because of good teachers. When a businessmen goes aboard he or she earns dollars or pounds but when a teacher goes abroad the teacher inspires generations with our ethos and culture,” said Shri Modi. The Chief Minister also stressed on the importance of skill development.

    On a personal note, Shri Modi shared that he considers himself extremely fortunate that he has got the opportunity to visit Fergusson College, which has been host to several greats including Mahatma Gandhi, Gurudev Tagore, Shri CV Raman, Lokmanya Tilak to name a few.

    The students enthusiastically heard Shri Modi and gave him a loud round of applause after he concluded his speech. BJP leader Shri Shyam Jaju was present on the occasion.

  • One must come to Parab Dham to see what Saints are doing: Hon'ble CM


    On Wednesday 10th July 2013 Shri Narendra Modi joined Ashadhi Bij celebrations at Parab Dham in Junagadh. He wished the Kutchi community all over the world on the start of their New Year. In his speech, Shri Narendra Modi lauded the contribution of Saints and Seers towards social work and in preserving our glorious culture and heritage for years. He pointed, “An image has been created among the people, especially when we were colonized…and it did not get repaired after Independence too…an image that our Saints do not do anything good for society. Even today this lies is active among certain sections of society. But, I tell everyone to visit Parab Dham to see what Saints are doing!”

    Shri Modi spoke at length about how Saints and Seers have made an invaluable contribution to society. He talked about how Saints and Seers worked among leprosy patients when it was feared that the disease is contagious. He recalled that Mahatma Gandhi spent a day in the week to work among leprosy patients. Remembering an anecdote on Mahatma Gandhi, Shri Modi said, “Once some people came to Mahatma Gandhi and asked him to inaugurate a hospital for leprosy patients. Mahatma Gandhi said he cannot come for the inauguration but he told them to come to him when these hospitals have to be locked. What Mahatma Gandhi said was totally correct.” He added that Mahatma Gandhi did not have the honour of attending a ceremony to lock these hospitals but due to the work of Saints and Seers influenced by him, leprosy has dropped drastically in Gujarat.

    The Chief Minister spoke about the excellent work of Saints and Seers in running schools, hospitals and working among the tribal communities from Umargam to Ambaji. He added that Saints have performed immense service in the field of women empowerment. Shri Modi shared that in Saurashtra especially where every 25-30 km one would fine an Ashram or a Seer serving people, there is no chance of anyone going hungry.

    Talking about Gujarat, Shri Modi affirmed that whenever there have been natural disasters, the Saints have rushed there to serve the people. He said that he observed the same in Uttarakhand recently. Shri Modi gave an example of a social organisation in Tamil Nadu that did a display on the work done by the Saints, which brought out their noble acts of service for society.

    He congratulated the Saints at Parab Dham for the cleanliness and affirmed that this is something that everyone can learn from Parab Dham. He declared that in a time when our colonizers tried to ensure that we get away from our culture and heritage, it was our Saints who kept this glory alive among the people.

    Most revered Karsandas Bapu of Parab Dham described Shri Modi as the ‘Ratna of Gujarat’ and expressed a desire that next year Shri Modi comes to Parab Dham, he does not come as the Chief Minister of Gujarat but as a national leader serving the of India. Present on the occasion were Minister of State Shri Govind Patel, former Ministers Shri Kanubhai and Smt. Jasuben Korat, MLAs Shri Mahendra Mashru, Shri Jayesh Radadiya, Shri Nalin Kotadiya, Shri JD Solanki among other dignitaries.

    Click here to view more photos

  • Today once again Lord Jagannath is setting out to give his blessings to the people: Hon'ble CM


    On the morning of Wednesday 10th July 2013 Shri Narendra Modi joined the Rath Yatra procession at Ahmedabad’s old city. He performed the Pahind Vidhi ritual, which involves the cleaning of the path for Lord Jagannath. He also pulled the chariot of Lord Jagannath out of the temple premises.

    Speaking on the sidelines of the Yatra Shri Modi said, “The Rath Yatra at Puri and Ahmedabad are known all over the world. For the last 136 this Yatra has been going and today once again Lord Jagannath is setting out to give His blessings to the people.”

    This is the 12th time Shri Modi has performed this ceremony at the temple. He said, “It is my privilege that time and again I have got the opportunity to come to Lord Jagannath and seek his blessings. We pray for peace, Sadbhavana, unity, happiness and prosperity for the people. The monsoons have started and let us hope with the blessings of Lord Jagannath the entire nation gets very good rain so that it benefits our villages, farmers and the poor.”

    He wished the Kutchi community on the occasion of the Kutchi New Year Ashadhi Bij.

    Click here to view photos of Rath Yatra 2013

  • Lajja Goswami win Silver Medal at ISSF World Cup

    Gujarat Chief Minister congratulated Lajja Goswami on winning the Silver Medal at the ISSF World Cup in Granada, Spain.

    Lajja Goswami won the silver medal in women’s 50-metre Rifle 3 Position event at the International Shooting Sport Federation being held at Granada, Spain.

  • Gujarat announces new policy for increased land holding for Kutch district, simplifying the age-old unscientific method

    Gujarat Chief Minister announced new policy for increased land holding for entire Kutch district, particularly for the farmers, with a view to simplify the age-old unscientific method based on estimates now in force and to remove inconsistencies.

    Greeting the people of Kutch as a gift on the eve of Kutchi New Year Asadhi Bij, Mr. Modi declared the decision after consultation with Revenue Minister Revenue Minister Anandiben Patel. He wished the people of Kutch district, developing at the fastest growing rate in India, would flourish in the agriculture sector too, besides tourism and industrial. The state government is committed to provide multifarious facilities for the development of Kutch, he said.

    It has been necessitated after the process of redrawing the land holding had begun. It is expected to solve thousands of case of settlement of disputes or to convert agricultural land into non-agricultural purposes, often resulting into misinterpretation of the clauses resulting in accumulation of disputed cases with the revenue department. The salient features of the new policy are as follows:

    • The land holding would be settled after recovering 20 per cent of the increased area as premium, keeping intact prevailing conditions concerning thoroughfare roads, bund, footpaths, water channels and other public places.
    • The jantri rates of all original land holdings in all rural areas, including nagarpalikas, will be decided after deducting 20 per cent of the increased area at the prevailing rates. In case of more than 20 per cent, it would be settled after recovering double jantri rates of additional land.
    • Several cases of discrepancies that had cropped up earlier, causing widespread dissent among land holders, are being settled.
    • The entire process is being decentralized empowering the Collector to settle 40 per cent of total area with financial limit of Rs.15-lakh (four acres of land), with a view to solve problems of small farmers and land holders.
    • In case the area is more than the aforesaid area or value, the power to settle the issue will rest with the government.
    • The earlier orders settled as per the old extra land would not be entitled for review, but could be considered in case of wrong interpretation due to huge discrepancy.
    • In case there is survey number in old records but left out in new records, such cases could be settled as per the new policy, with a view to benefit the land holders.

    Explaining the Chief Minister’s praiseworthy decision, Ms Patel hoped additional decision would remove all inconsistencies, decentralization with a view to provide maximum benefits with minimum efforts for inclusion of records of right to the local people, facilitating loans from banks and financial institutions, solving application for conversion into non-agriculture purpose, reducing the burden of the revenue department for rapid development with employment opportunity.

  • Hon'ble CM greets Kutchi community on Kutch New Year


    On the evening of Tuesday 9th July 2013 Shri Narendra Modi offered prayers at the Jagannath Temple in Ahmedabad. He did so on the eve of the annual Rath Yatra that commences on the morning of 10th July 2013.

    Speaking to the media after the prayers, Shri Modi said that he sought the blessings of Lord Jagannath and said, “May he shower his blessings on the poor, the farmers, the youth and may he give his blessings for a good rainfall.”

    He stated that Lord Jagannath is a Lord of the poor and shared that Ahmedabad being a city of poor mill workers has always sought the blessings of Lord Jagannath. Shri Modi said that there would be Rath Yatras across 130 places in Gujarat and that the people of Gujarat await Lord Jagannath’s chariot to travel across the state so that they can seek his divine blessings.

    The Chief Minister extended his greetings to the Kutchi community across the world on the occasion of Ashadhi Bij, the Kutch New Year.

    Earlier in the day, Shri Modi shared a blog on the Rath Yatra. He also shared pictures from earlier Yatras. He Tweeted, “Greetings on the eve of the Rath Yatras which will be held across 130 places in Gujarat. Sharing thoughts on the Blog”

  • Gujarat on alert after Bodh Gaya blasts: DGP

    An alert has been sounded across Gujarat in the wake of the serial blasts that rocked Mahabodhi Temple in Bihar’s Bodh Gaya district today, Gujarat Director General of Police (DGP) Amitabh Pathak said here today. “An alert has been issued across the entire state ahead of the Rathyatra procession on Wednesday and also in the wake of the blasts in Mahabodhi Temple in Bihar. All police units in the state have been alerted,” Pathak said.

    When asked whether security would be increased across temples and other religious places in the state, he said, “Security is already there. As of now, we don’t have any apprehensions and things are under control.” Nine serial explosions rocked the internationally renowned temple town of Bodh Gaya, including four in the Mahabodhi Temple complex, injuring two monks in the blasts.

  • Gujarat bets on indigenous UAVs to keep surveillance & help in public security

    When the 136th edition of the Jagannath Rath Yatra starts next week in Ahmedabad, the police of Gujarat will have the comfort of an extra pair of eyes manning the security of pilgrims as from the skies.

    The police will for the first time deploy two unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), which they bought in May, for the yatra. The 'eye in the sky' project will give the state police a bird's eye view in terms of surveillance, accoring to DIG

  • Hon'ble Chief Minister pays tributes to Dr. Syama Prasad Mookerjee on his birth anniversary

    On 6th July 2013, Shri Narendra Modi paid rich tributes to Dr. Syama Prasad Mookerjee on the occasion of his birth anniversary.

    Shri Narendra Modi along with other Government officials paid floral tributes to Dr. Syama Prasad Mookerjee’s portrait in Gujarat Vidhan Sabha.

    The ideals and thoughts of the stalwart Dr. Syama Prasad Mookerjee have always inspired Shri Narendra Modi and on various occasions, he has spoke about the importance of Dr. Mookerjee’s contribution in Indian history.

  • Raksha Shakti University will provide a large platform for education and research in the field of defence studies

  • Saturday evening at Bihar Hon'ble Chief Minister to talk with around 1500 senior district level party workers through audiobridge communication technique

    Ahmedabad, Friday: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi will talk from his residence at Gandhinagar to 1,500 senior district-level workers of Biharon Saturday, July 6, 2013 through audiobridge communication technique.

    It may be mentioned here that this audiobridge conversation with workers of Bihar is not a part of Election Campaign.

    Impressed by Mr. Modi’s successful implementation of the same technique, talking to the party workers over mobile phones, during the recent State Assembly and Lok Sabha bye-elections, their Bihar counterparts had requested Mr. Modi to address them in the same spirit. Mr. Modi accepted the invitation.

  • India?s first dedicated navigational satellite IRNSS 1-A

    On the afternoon of Tuesday 2nd July 2013 Shri Narendra Modi extended his congratulations to scientists of ISRO on the successful launch of IRNSS-1A, India’s first dedicated navigational satellite

  • Pro-corporate can also be pro-poor

    A leader from humble beginnings should feel the pain of the people and not corporates that impoverish them, Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar said recently, an obvious reference to Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi. Whether Modi is pro-business is not important, what’s important is what business can do for the poor if harnessed properly.

    Seven years ago Modi backed an officer who had innovative ideas for tribal welfare. Upon taking charge of the department, Anand Mohan Tiwari (now principal secretary, education) decided, after much debate and discussions, that low-yield, low-income agriculture was the root cause of tribal poverty. Gujarat’s 7.5 million tribals, or 15% of the population, are better off than tribals elsewhere but they do not measure up to other Gujaratis on most counts, except land holding, albeit stamp-sized ones. A study by Amita Shah of the Gujarat Institute of Development Research (GIDR) showed that in the 10 years to the middle of the last decade, poverty among tribals had actually increased, while it had fallen in rural Gujarat.

    Tiwari believed that tribals could be lifted above poverty by getting them to switch to high-yield, high-income agriculture—which is how the Green Revolution brought prosperity to India’s rural plains. For the sake of brevity, this report written after a three-week tour of tribal areas, made possible by Delhi’s Centre for Study of Developing Societies through its Inclusive Media Fellowship, will focus on maize (and not vegetables or dairying), the staple of the Gujarati tribal. There has been maize revolution in India since 2000. Production has risen by 66% to 20 million tonnes in 2011. Productivity is up 33%. Hybridisation has moved from 30% to 55%. Unlike the cotton revolution, initially triggered by Monsanto’s genetically modified Bt seed approved for commercial use in 2002, state research institutes are also responsible for the maize makeover.

    If private companies could roll out Bt-cotton over 93% of the crop’s area, make India the second-largest producer and as big an exporter, why not tap their enterprise and profit motive for an encore in maize, reasoned Tiwari. Coincidentally, Monsanto had around this time proposed to the tribal development department a pilot to demonstrate the gains from hybrid maize. The offer was accepted. Monsanto gave free seed, fertiliser and coaching in new farming practices to 15,000 farmers in 300 villages. It claims to have doubled the yield per acre and also the profit that farmers made.

    This became the basis for Project Sunshine (recently renamed), whereby the government brought seed from four private companies including multinationals Monsanto India and DuPont’s Pioneer Hi-bred International without ideological hang-ups. It provided 8 kg of hybrid seed and 150 kg of fertiliser to every poor tribal before the rains set in. The package costing R2,600 was given to the farmers at a deep discount. They paid R500 initially and R1,100 in the last season. The plan is to phase out the subsidy over the next three years, in the expectation that a sizeable number of tribals would have converted by then to persuade the private seed companies to roll out their distribution network in the tribal areas.

    Reputed non-government organisations with a record of service like Sadguru Foundation (founded by the Mafatlals and supported now by the Tata trusts), Gramin Vikas Trust (of the fertiliser cooperative company Kribhco) and Shroffs Foundation Trust (promoted by the Shroffs of United Phosphorous and Transpek Industries) were enlisted on the basis of World Bank-approved quality and cost parameters. These NGOs were supposed to distribute seed and fertiliser and guide the farmers in new farming practices through the crop cycle.

    A compact agency, outside of government, with professionals on contract was set up to monitor the project. It was called Development Support Agency of Gujarat or D-Sag.

    Five years later, what is the outcome? In Chhota Udepur one could sense the momentum of change. Courtyards with yellow cobs (desi maize is white) drying in the sun confirmed the switch. A former sarpanch said with a gleam that he had reaped 30 quintals an acre, and had made over R1 lakh in four months from his four-acre crop. The average yield from hybrids in this area was 11 quintals, though Monsanto’s seeds have the potential to deliver 36 to 45 quintals says its India region CEO, Gyanendra Shukla. A farmer said he would go to towns like Bodeli to get hybrid seeds, if they were not locally available. A woman baking yellow maize rotis for lunch had compromised in favour of her wallet than her palate (desi maize is tastier).

    Gujarat’s tribals are not all alike, like the terrain they inhabit. In Dahod, one could sense resistance to change. Two sarpanches (by no means poverty-stricken) said hybrids were more productive but they would sow them only if the government supplied the seed before the monsoon set in, indicating that they were hooked on to subsidies. One presumes they spoke for households in the villages they represent. One farmer who had used hybrid seed for three years (during the summer season) had not planted hybrids as a winter crop because he found them too expensive. A non-tribal school teacher who had planted hybrids on his own and got a good result said farmers were illiterate and were reluctant to grow yellow maize for fear that it sucked nutrients out (true, if not replenished, since high yields cannot come out of air).

    But an agri-inputs dealer in Dahod’s main bazaar who had feared that subsidised seeds would drive his business aground said they had instead boosted it. Last year, he had sold seven tonnes of hybrid seed (enough to cover nearly 900 acres) in just two months because government seeds were late in arriving. Above poverty level tribals were seeking out hybrid seed, he said, learning from the experience of their BPL card holding neighbours. Monsanto, which did not participate last year, said it had sold 12 tonnes of seed in the region.

    Evaluation studies done by Anand University and the GIDR over different areas and in different villages show that nearly all those officially certified as poor got their entitlement of seed and fertiliser in the right quantities and in time. The farmers had to wait two or three days at the taluka distribution centres resulting in loss of income, but these are small gripes when compared to the diversion (corruption) generally rampant in welfare programmes.

    The studies show that hybrid maize yields had indeed doubled but the savings for farmers had not kept pace. One study said that the profit was 46% of revenue and another recent study said it was 73% (around R4,700 in both cases). Apart from fertiliser, whose cost is globally dictated, high cost of seed was the reason.

    Since the government has opened up a virgin market for them, private seed companies must roll out their distribution networks rather than wait for demand to emerge after an end to subsidies. They should be active in creating awareness and dispensing agronomic advice. Above all, they must cut down the price of seed to tempt the farmers with bigger gains. The Maize Research Institute of Anand University must also step up production of seed, instead of whining that private companies are being favoured at public expense. Its Gujarat Makkai-6 hybrid is said to be as good if not better than Monsanto’s, and takes about 25 days less to mature. When rains are erratic, a month shaved is a crop saved. Sadguru Foundation’s Jagawat says he got GM-6 seed multiplied through seed villages, and 71,000 farmers brought them last year without subsidies. This year he expects to double the number of users.

    The GIDR recommends cotton and potatoes as better alternatives—the profit per acre was R16,700 and R8,300, respectively (but cotton takes three months more than maize or potatoes).

    High-yielding agriculture is a better way of helping the tribals than schemes like MGNREGA that consign them to eternal digging. But the Leftists will see it as just another pro-big business initiative in the guise of welfare. Incidentally, Monsanto India (which was the principal supplier of seed under Project Sunshine) was kept out by a Gujarat government Cabinet resolution last year, for political reasons. Modi may be pro-business, but is he pro-market?

  • Young Indian Leaders Conclavet

    Interacting with youngsters from all across the nation at the Young Indian Leaders Conclave, Shri Narendra Modi spoke on various issues of Governance and how to bring about a qualitative difference in the lives of the people. Shri Narendra Modi heard questions and comments from the youngsters and then expressed his views on the points raised by them.

    The youngsters, who hailed from all parts of the country shared their views on diverse topics ranging from education improvements, need for better healthcare facilities, importance of social indicators, safety of women to electoral reforms, a more proactive foreign policy, ending discrimination on religion, Kashmir issue, agriculture among other things. The youngsters lauded Shri Narendra Modi’s proactiveness on social media. Thanking the youth for their wonderful points, Shri Modi affirmed that in few words the youngsters had expressed a lot of things. He added that the points made by the youngsters would be noted by the officials of the Government.

    Talking about education, Shri Modi recalled that when he took over as the Chief Minister Gujarat was placed 20th in girl child education and this was a major issue of concern for them. He said, “We started a movement for girl child education. In June we go to the villages and tell parents to send their children to school. Today we have achieved 100% enrollment in primary schools.” He spoke about the other changes by the Government in the field of recruiting teachers and enhancing infrastructure to improve education. Shri Modi talked about the Gunotsav initiative of the state Government where a policy of self-assessment brought in a big change in education quality.

    Shri Modi spoke about the Garib Kalyan Melas and how they have made a marked difference in the lives of the poor. He said, “Once I called my officers and asked them if a poor widow wants to get a sewing machine, how will she get it? None of the officers could say from where. I told them you are in Government for so long, if you do not know how will that poor women know? We conceived the Garib Kalyan Melas. We went to the people, lists were made as to who requires what. Then in full transparency they were given what they need. Villages were told who got what. Transparency came on its own.” He shared that in Gujarat the Government places its draft policies online for people to give their views and suggestions. Shri Modi affirmed that before a debate in the Assembly on the policy, there is a debate among the people.

    The Chief Minister opined that in a democracy, no one has the right to thrust things on people and that Governments have to move ahead taking the people together. He recalled how he addressed farmers, showed power point presentations to them while building the Sujalam Sufalam canal due to which the earlier apprehensions in giving the land went away and in two weeks the desired work to give the land was done. “The more the Government in integrated with the people, the better things happen,” he said.

    Shri Modi gave an example of the Chief Minister’s Fellowship Programme and how that has drawn young talent to the Government and given the youngsters an opportunity to know about the working of the Government. He said that while this initiative still had a great scope to improve, it is surely a step in the right direction. He shared that youngsters who studied overseas left their plush offices to work in government chambers. He expressed his commitment to take this initiative further and get more youngsters to come and work in Gujarat. Shri Modi pointed that Gujarat is the first state to have an innovation commission.

    Responding to the point raised on religious and caste based differences in society Shri Modi said, “When I say 100% enrollment in schools then the secularism debate is automatically settled. There is no scope for such a debate because every section of society is included.” He recalled that he had heard a former Prime Minister address people from Red Fort as Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Christians and said that he was shocked to listen to a Prime Minister speaking like that. “Could the Prime Minister not have said Mere Deshvasiyon (my countrymen)?” asked Shri Modi, who went on to say that he addresses the people not on the basis of the communities but as the people of Gujarat. He affirmed that addressing people as one is a new political connotation that must be accepted.

    Talking about a point raised on increasing voting among people, Shri Modi said that the Gujarat Government has come out with a law on compulsory voting but unfortunately, the bill has not received approval from the Governor. He gave an insight into the Samras Gram Yojana of the state that was conceived with a vision to inculcate a culture of consensus among people of villages and at the same time end the acrimony that used to arise during Panchayat Elections. He pointed out that today, there are Panchayats in Gujarat that have all women. Shri Modi opined that it is not that al doors are closed, one has to open the mind and move ahead.

    On the point raised about improvement in agriculture, agreed that there is a need to enhance agricultural productivity and he stressed on the need of adopting a modern and scientific approach vis-à-vis agriculture. He shared that Gujarat will host an Agro-Tech Fair next year for the farmers. Shri Modi talked about the importance of small scale industries and reminded about the importance of skill development among the youth.

    Shri Modi said that with the changing geo-political scenario across the world, diplomacy would be beneficial among the neighbours but trade and commerce have become very important and that is why we need to change our approach to foreign policy, keeping this element at the centre. He also said, “We should leave this habit of competing with Pakistan…we should stop this. Let us compete with China, Japan.”

  • Hon'ble Chief Minister at National Convention of Chartered Accountant Students in Ahmedabad

    He began his address by emphasizing the importance of the profession of a Chartered Accountant and stated , “It is well known that a doctor treats the diseases but few people know that a CA looks after the health of the society”. Additionally he upheld the fact that the issue of black money in the country can be effectively resolved by a Chartered Accountant. He said, “Black Money is not merely only about currency but rather the outcome of a black mind”

    Shri Modi reminded the young students that the responsibility of a CA is not only to count numbers but it is to take care of the country’s economy. He said, “You will be responsible for extraordinary work, the common man’s financial decisions depend on your audit reports”. Furthermore, he added that one mistake in the audit conducted by a Chartered Accountant directly has an impact on the poor first and later on the concerned company. He draws attention to the aspect that it is the signature of a Chartered Account which provides financial security to an investor.

    Shri Modi spelled out that the life of a youth must always be driven by a mission. He elaborated, “Do not dream to become someone but dream of doing something!” He also said , “When you are going in the right direction, your goal automatically comes near you”

    Taking a dig at sections of the mainstream media, Shri Modi stated, “I never thought that my silence would also become news and silence sells! ” He also condemned the source of financing for five-star activist NGOs and sought for effective audits to keep a check on their credibility and make them more accountable.

    Highlighting the soundness of Gujarat’s public expenditure, Shri Modi said, “Before me there was an expense of 55,000 crore in 9 five year plans. In the 10th plan after I came, it was 1,75,000 crore. We have not levied any additional taxes, we have merely stopped the leakages”. He added that in contrast to Gujarat where nearly 35% of the expenditure is of the non- developmental kind, the Central Government’s expenditure towards non-developmental activities is approximately 70%.

    Shri Modi appealed the youngsters to connect to him on social media and invited student to share their views through the Citizen Journalism section of his website.

    The function concluded as Shri Modi unveiled a publication of the board of studies of ICAI.

  • Political interference harms good governance but political intervention encourages people?s participation: CM in Mumbai

    On the evening on Thursday 27th June 2013 Shri Narendra Modi spoke on ‘Good Governance Through Democracy’ at the launch of Shri Vinay Sahasrabuddhe’s book ‘Beyond a Billion Ballots’ in Mumbai. In an elaborate and inspiring speech, the Chief Minister stressed on the importance of trust and trusteeship in governance. Shri Modi said that in those who serve in the Government are not rulers but are servants (Sevaks) of the people. The Chief Minster affirmed that a Government is a ray of hope for the poor and recalled Mahatma Gandhi’s Mantra of recalling the face of the poor while making tough decisions. “As Mahatma Gandhi said, think if your decision will make that poor person happy and if it does, you are taking the right decision,” he said.

    Shri Modi described trust as the precondition of good governance and he stressed on building institutions rather than concentrating on individuals. He said, “Institutions cannot be people centric. We have made things centered around people…if one family goes away this will happen…but is this our nation? The need is to institutionalize ideas and good practices. We should create network of institutions. A person may be there or not but the framework must remain.” He added, “Stronger these institutions, the better things will work. A person may slip and in those times it is the institutions that saves things.”

    Giving an example of this Shri Modi affirmed, “What have we done for years? See how institutions have been broken in Delhi. There was a Planning Commission but then they created the NAC. All economic decisions are done by five star activists and then one PM tells the official PM do this and that is what happens.” Shri Modi went on to add, “Planning Commission was rendered useless due to NAC. Similarly, Article 356 was envisioned to strengthen federal structure but see how it was misused. See the CBI and the level of misuse that can happen. Had I not experienced it myself, I would not even know. Those who cannot accept victory and defeat through democratic means are misusing the CBI. And now, it is CBI vs IB. Does it happen in any nation? Institutions are being broken and just see how. Those companies that came for Vibrant Gujarat Summit get IT notices. They do this on one hand and on the other hand they shout FDI and no investment.” Giving another example of such institutional break down, Shri Modi recalled that in 1983 the Election Commission had warned Mrs. Indira Gandhi against holding elections in Assam but she went on to hold them and the result was the infamous Nellie massacre that killed so many people. Shri Modi opined that in a Federal Structure there is no big brother or small brother but the Centre fights some states much more than they even fight Pakistan.

    The Chief Minister stated that more than political interference, what is needed is political intervention. “Political interference harms good governance but political intervention encourages people’s participation,” said the Shri Modi. He also added that had the current leadership in the Centre emerged from the ground, there would be no policy paralysis. He spoke on the importance of Lok Bhagidari and shared that any policy that the Gujarat Government brings out is placed online so that people can see it and give their feedback. He gave the example of Pani Samitis in Gujarat where people participation has mitigated the water crisis and at the same time empowered women in Gujarat. “In Government there is only accountability of commission, no accountability of omission and we need to change that…we need to shift the focus from procedure audit to performance audit.” He affirmed that outcome, rather than output or outlay must be the emphasis.

    Shri Modi said that democracy is not merely about giving a contract to some people to work for five years but to come together and work for the nation. He pointed that the biggest strength of a democracy is the opportunity to correct one’s mistakes. He also expressed surprise as to why the anniversary of the Emergency did not receive much attention from the media when it was a time when our Republic was strangled.

    Speaking about good governance, Shri Modi recalled that Lokmanya Tilak had said ‘Swaraj is my birthright and I shall have it,” but now we should also state, “Su-rajya is our birthright and we must have it.” Shri Modi said that it is incorrect to keep blaming democracy for our problems and he shared that his Gujarat experience has shown that with the same system, laws, officials it is possible to bring change.

    Shri Modi congratulated Shri Vinay Sahasrabuddhe for writing the book and said that he has the honour of working with him for the past many years. Speaking on the occasion, former BJP President Shri Nitin Gadkari lauded the work done by Shri Modi in the field of water conservation. Shri Gadkari said that Shri Modi believes in the Mantra of Nation first, then the Party and only then the self. Deputy Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha Shri Gopinath Munde pointed that Shri Narendra Modi is neither corrupt nor does he tolerate corruption. Referring to the large turnout, Shri Munde said that such a turnout was last seen at the venue when President Clinton visited the place more than a decade ago. Several other BJP leaders were present on the occasion.

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  • Hon'ble Chief Minister interacts with eminent personalities of the business world

    Addressing to industry leaders at a national conference held under the aegis Confederation Indian Industries (CII) today at Mumbai Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi stressed upon the urgent need of creating an atmosphere of faith in the country by deliverance of stable administration and sustainable policies which proves instrumental in fulfilling the dreams of youths. Mr. Modi was speaking on the challenges and opportunities in making India a powerful country.

    “Though the youths undoubtedly possess mettle required for country’s growth, there is a feeling of unrest circulating among them today. We must awake their inner strength and provide them with development opportunities”, Mr. Modi said.

    He said the main agenda of 2014 loksabha elections would be knitted around the fulfillment of hopes and dreams of youths. “Our youths don’t want stand before the world with their heads down. One who will fulfill their dreams will win the election”, he added.

    The Chief Minister stressed on the need of imparting skill development training to the youths since the youths comprise 65% of India’s population. Speaking about Gujarat’s efforts in this direction Mr. Modi said the state has set up a network of Kaushalya Vardhan Kendra (KVK) which imparts training in about 976 skills useful in man’s life. The KVK project has also bagged the Prime Minister’s award for excellence in public administration. The state has also initiated in setting up of a Skill University.

    He said that India’s corporate world is showing concern for the environment and the interests of the society which is a good sign for the country’s future. “Collective deliberation will show us right direction for making India powerful”, he added.

    Speaking about the need of providing equal development opportunities to the downtrodden people of the country he said, “we must accept that people of some casts have not received due opportunities owing to a particular social setup of our country. “If we create abundance of resources and make sure that nobody’s rights are snatched, we will be able to infuse a fresh vigour and create a stress-free society”, he added.

    He also stressed on implementing the recommendations of Sarkariya commission and Punchi committee. “India will never become powerful until the states become powerful. Centre-State relationship must be viewed under the light of our federal and democratic values. Those sitting in Centre should not act as big brother but as colleagues of the states”, he added.

    There has to be a country-wide network and a logical formula for the financial management of the states for the implementation of GST. Interests of manufacturing sector should not be ignored. Nor me neither my party is against GST, he said.

    He said that good governance and development should go hand in hand. Gujarat has broken this illusion that elections can not be won on development agenda.

    Declining of the value of rupee is also decreasing the central government’s credit. Who will trust us if we lose our credit? he questioned.

    Mr. Modi also gave outlines of Gujarat’s model of water management through micro-irrigation and urban waste management model. He spoke zero level man-days loss in Gujarat and suggested that ‘labour laws’ has to be a State’s subject.

    On the occasion, CII President Mr. Gopalkrishnan welcomed the Chief Minister and said his leadership has earned global prestige for Gujarat.

  • Gujarat's CM meet former Himachal Pradesh CM Shri Shanta Kumar

    On Thursday 27th June 2013 Shri Narendra Modi meet Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Shri Shanta Kumar in Gandhinagar.

    Shri Shanta Kumar was present at the recently held Sankalp Rally in Punjab, where he had lauded Shri Modi for the development in Gujarat.

  • State cabinet members to give their one month salaries in Chief Minister?s relief fund for Uttarakhand flood victims

    In a state cabinet meeting headed by the Chief Minister Narendra Modi today all the cabinet members has decided to give their one month salary allowances in the chief ministers’ relief fund with a view to help the victims of devastating flood in Uttarakhand.

    The state government spokespersons Finance Minister Nitinbhai Patel and Energy Minister Saurabhbhai Patel gave details of this humane decision.

    Chief Minister Narendra Modi has decided to give an assistance of rupees five lakh on behalf of the Gujarat government to the families of each jawan who sacrificed their lives in air-force helicopter crash during the relief operations in the rain-ravaged areas of Uttarakhand.

    Mr. Modi has saluted the military jawans for their exemplary act of sacrificing their lives to save the victims and paid condolence to their bereaved families.

  • Gujarat's CM meet with Shri Daljit Singh, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief of SWAC

    Wednesday 26th June 2013 at Gandhinagar Hon'ble Chief Minister meet with Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, South Western Air Command (SWAC), Air Marshall Daljit Singh.

  • Gujarat Tourism wins CNBC award

    Gandhinagar, June 26:
    Tourism Corporation of Gujarat Ltd (TCGL) has won the prestigious "CNBC Awaaz Travel Award 2013" for the best state tourism board for a second time in row.

    The award was received by Vipul Mittra, State Principal Secretary, Tourism, Civil Aviation and Pilgrimage, in Mumbai, on Monday.

    The seventh series of the awards, presented by Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC), aims to recognise organisations, destinations, infrastructure and service providers dealing in the tourism industry, according to a press release here.

    Earlier this month, Gujarat had won the "Best Emerging Destination (Indian)" for the Lonely Planet Magazine India Travel Awards 2013, said Mittra.

  • Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) to generate power from treated water

    After initiatives to bring down its electricity bill by introducing solar power, Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) is now planning to set up hydroelectricity plant at the 106 MLD Pirana sewerage treatment plant. If all goes according to AMC’s plans, the project may be functional in the next three months.

    At present, the treated water of Pirana is released in to the downstream of the Sabarmati. It falls from a height of three metres and provides a perfect opportunity to generate hydroelectricity.

    Assessment by the civic body shows that 23 kilowatt electricity per hour (kWh) can be generated using this treated sewerage water.

    AMC has now opened financial bids for the tender and is calculating cost benefits and pay-back period, said a senior AMC official.

    He also said that the initiative will pave way for other such projects. “Once Pirana hydropower project is successful, there is a possibility of tapping this renewable energy source at Raska too. There we can generate 52kWh,” said the official.

    However, municipal commissioner Guruprasad Mohapatra was not convinced about the viability of the project. “The small hydropower project does not seem to be a viable option. We will go ahead only if it’s a cost effective project,” said Mohapatra.

  • Rescue and Relief Operations for Chaar Dham Yatri by Gujarat Government

  • A 10-step programme to tap India?s enormous potential

    It’s fashionable to say the era of strong emerging-market growth is over. As the US recovers, the global cost of capital will rise, holding back investment; against this background, avoiding the next crisis is the best that most emerging economies can do. If you take this view, India might seem a perfect example, with its widening current account deficit, heavy public borrowing, persistent inflation and weak currency.

    I don’t think so. As a general matter, emerging-market gloom is overdone. India, in particular, could teach the pessimists a lesson.

    Last week, I made a quick visit to see the chief minister of Gujarat, Narendra Modi. He’d asked me to give a presentation on how India could realize its still-enormous potential. I went through points I’d first discussed in a paper I co-wrote with Tushar Poddar in 2008: Ten Things for India to Achieve its 2050 Potential. It’s striking to me that, five years later, our recommendations don’t need revising (They do need elaborating, and I’ll get into more detail in an updated study and further columns. Modi and I are planning a conference of experts before the end of this year).

    I’ll state no opinion on Modi’s chances of becoming prime minister after next year’s general election—it has been announced that he’ll lead the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP’s) campaign. He’s a controversial figure. Detractors call him a sectarian extremist. I will say this: He’s good on economics, and that’s one of the things India desperately needs in a leader.

    Cultivating growth

    Like all Indians, Modi loves acronyms. Me too. I admire his MG-squared—minimum government, maximum governance—and P2G2—pro-active, pro-people, good governance. That sums it up pretty well. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that Gujarat has avoided the slowdown that has almost halved India’s national rate of growth. The state just keeps on growing at double-digit rates.

    Long-term growth depends ultimately on just two things—the number of workers and how productive they are. India’s demographics are remarkable. The country is on track to grow its workforce by 140 million between 2000 and 2020. That increase is the equivalent of the working population of France, Germany, Italy and the UK combined.

    Even with unspectacular growth of a little more than 6% a year, India’s economy could be 40 times bigger by 2050 than it was in 2000—about as big as the US economy will probably be by then (though not as big as China). But it could do so much better than that. Growth of 8.5% over the entire period is possible—with growth of more than 10% over the next 15 to 20 years not out of the question—provided it makes some changes. It’s all about productivity. India scores poorly on indexes of economic variables that are critical for economic efficiency—-worse than Brazil, China and even Russia. To change that, it needs to do 10 things:

    1. Improve its governance. This is probably the hardest and most important task— the precondition for the rest. Modi is right: Whoever leads the next government in 2014, India needs maximum governance and minimum government. There is no point having the world’s largest democracy unless it leads to effective government.

    2. Fix primary and secondary education. There has been some progress here, but a huge number of young people still get little or no schooling. I sit on the board of Teach for All, a global umbrella organization for groups that encourage the brightest graduates to spend at least two years teaching. Today India has about 350 teachers in these programmes. It could do with 350,000 or more.

    3. Improve colleges and universities. India has too few excellent institutions. Its share of places in the Shanghai ranking of the world’s top universities should be proportional to its share of global gross domestic product—meaning 10 universities in the top 500 (it currently has just one). Make that an official goal.

    4. Adopt an inflation target, and make it the center of a new macroeconomic policy framework.

    5. Introduce a medium to long-term fiscal-policy framework, perhaps with ceilings as in the Maastricht Treaty—a deficit of less than 3% of GDP and debt of less than 60% of GDP.

    6. Increase trade with its neighbours. Indian exports to China could be close to $1 trillion by 2050, almost the size of its entire GDP in 2008. But India has little trade with Bangladesh and Pakistan. There’s no better way to promote peaceful relations than to expand trade—and that means imports as well as exports.

    7. Liberalize financial markets. India needs huge amounts of domestic and foreign capital to achieve its potential—and a better-functioning capital market to allocate it wisely.

    8. Innovate in farming. Gujarat isn’t a traditional agricultural producer, but it has improved productivity with initiatives like its white revolution in milk production. The whole nation, still greatly dependent on farming, needs enormous improvements.

    9. Build more infrastructure. I flew in to Ahmedabad via Delhi, and out via Mumbai, all in a day. I got where I needed to go—but it’s obvious how much more India needs to do. Adopt some of that Chinese drive to invest in infrastructure.

    10. Protect the environment. India can’t achieve 8.5% growth for the next 30 to 40 years unless it takes steps to safeguard environmental quality and use energy and other resources more efficiently. Encouraging the private sector to invest in sustainable technologies can boost growth in its own right.

    I’ll have a lot more to say about the details as this project moves forward. For now, suffice to say that India’s potential is vast—and given the will, it can be tapped. Bloomberg

    Jim O’Neill, former chairman of Goldman Sachs Asset Management, is a Bloomberg View columnist.

  • Hon'ble Chief Minister takes important decisions in a high level meeting after returning from Uttarakhand

    Gandhinagar, Monday: Even as the relief teams of Gujarat led by 11 IAS officers is working for the last six days in flood-ravaged Uttarakhand, Chief Minister Narendra Modi here today announced ex-gratia payment of Rs.2-lakh to the next of the kin of each person who died in the tragedy.

    Addressing a high-level meeting of disaster management here to take stock of the situation in the hill state, he said that about 6,000 pilgrims from Gujarat have already come back, while another 2,500 are on the way and the remaining about 100 persons still stranded there are being contacted for their safe return.

    The Gujarat Government’s Relief Camp started at Hardwar proved quite helpful to the pilgrims who were brought back home in chartered planes, private luxury buses and trains. The Gujarat team headed by Relief Commissioner would continue to work there till required.

    Mr. Modi reiterated his government’s stand of extending all possible assistance, including medical staff, medicines and other provisions, to the people of Uttarakhand in their hour of tragedy. He also announced Rs.3-crore from the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund for the victims in Uttarakhand, in addition to Rs.2-crore he had announced on the first day.

    He appealed to the people of Gujarat to generously donate to the CM’s Relief Fund, collect necessary household kits for the flood-hit and send them as early as possible through relief trains. He directed District Collectors of the State to coordinate and this humanitarian task.

    The meeting was attended by Chief Secretary Varesh Sinha, CM’s Chief Principal Secretary K. Kailashnathan, Revenue Principal Secretary D.J. Pandian, CM’s Principal Secretary G.C. Murmu and Additional Principal Secretary A.K. Sharma.

  • Hon'ble CM: Youth must become central part of the development of Gujarat

    On Monday 24th June 2013 Shri Narendra Modi handed over employment letters to youngsters as a part of Swami Vivekananda Youth Employment Week. In the course of the week, over 40,000 youngsters from across Gujarat would be handed over employment letters. Shri Narendra Modi stressed on the need to make the youth a central part of the development and said that Gujarat’s approach towards skill development has been flexible, broad based, inclusive and with a long term vision. He also urged youngsters to communicate with him on social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook and share ideas on skill development initiatives among other things.

    Shri Narendra Modi talked about the steps taken by the Gujarat Government for development of ITIs. He shared that like medical admissions, the admissions for ITI would happen online. He also talked about increasing 10,000 seats in ITI for youngsters. Shri Modi declared that youngsters who studied in Gujarat’s ITIs are working overseas and that to not only in Gulf countries but also in USA, Canada etc. Shri Modi spoke about the efforts of the state government in creating Skill Development Corporation and the success of the Kaushalya Vardhan Kendras (KVKs) and declared that over 8 lakh people have gained from KVKs. Shri Modi said that the Government would set up a skill university through PPP model in Vadodara.

    The Chief Minister stated that due to the collective efforts, over 1,60,000 youngsters have got jobs in the last two years. He also pointed that Gujarat has the lowest unemployment rates in the country.

    Stressing on the importance of skill development Shri Modi said that from the richest countries of the world to the poorest countries of the world, they all agree on the importance of skill development. He shared that even President Obama talked about it after getting re-elected. The Chief Minister paid his condolences to all those who lost their lives in the devastating floods of Uttarakhand and urged the youth to support the efforts to help the state of Uttarakhand.

    During his speech Shri Modi launched a scathing attack of the Centre for the misuse of the CBI for political purposes. He said that the CBI is now the Congress Bureau of Investigation and that the nation has lost faith in the CBI. He asked the Centre not to show fear of CBI and that the Centre would have to answer the people of India for the same. Shri Modi suggested that instead of spending so much time on politicization of the CBI, the Centre should work on relief work in Uttarakhand and serve those people that are suffering. The Chief Minister affirmed that the fear of the CBI will not affect the development journey of Gujarat.

    Labour Minister Shri Saurabh Patel, Sports Minister Shri Ramanlal Vora, Ministers of State Shri Rajnibhai Patel, Shri Pradeepsinh Jadeja and Shri Liladhar Vaghela were present on the occasion.

  • Hon'ble Chief Minister reaches Dehradun

    At 8:00 PM on Friday 21st June 2013 Shri Narendra Modi landed at Dehradun airport. Shri Narendra Modi is visiting Uttarakhand in the wake of the devastating floods that have affected the state in the last few days. Speaking on arrival, Shri Modi expressed solidarity with those affected by the floods. Shri Modi spoke to people from Gujarat who were affected by the flood and at the same time, the aircraft that brought Shri Modi to Dehradun took back seven ladies who were left stranded in Uttarakhand. He stated that the destruction in Uttarakhand has reached the stage whereby it should be taken as a national disaster.

    At the Dehradun airport, Shri Modi held discussions with former Uttarakhand CM Shri BC Khanduri and sought more details about the flood situation in the hill state. He also held a review meeting with the Gujarat Government team that is stationed in Uttarakhand to coordinate the relief work.

    The Chief Minister also stated that he would be travelling to Badrinath, Kedarnath and that the Gujarat Government will extend every help possible in this hour of disaster.

  • Hon'ble Chief Minister undertakes aerial survey of parts of Uttarakhand affected by floods

    On Saturday 22nd June Shri Narendra Modi travelled across parts of Uttarakhand and undertook a survey of some of the places affected by the devastating floods in the fill state. He said that there is a need for food and medicine and to rescues those stranded in the floods. He also saluted the armed forces and all those who were involved in the relief work.

    Shri Modi Tweeted, “Undertook aerial survey of parts of Uttarakhand. There is a need of food, medicines and rescuing those who are stranded there.” He added, “I went to Devprayag, Tehri Dam, Badrinath, Rudraprayag, Karnaprayag, Chamoli, Gopeshwar, Gaurikund, KedarGhati, Joshimath, Agastmuni.”

    Saluting the armed forces for their efforts Shri Modi wrote on Twitter, “I salute the armed forces & all those who are courageously dedicating themselves to relief work across Uttarakhand.”

    The Chief Minister also visited a relief camp in Dehradun and is heading to the relief camp set up by the Gujarat Government in Haridwar. He Tweeted, “Visited a relief camp in Dehradun. Now, I will visit relief camp set up by the Government of Gujarat in Haridwar and meet people there.”

    In order to facilitate rescue operations, the Gujarat Government has undertaken several efforts. Yesterday, special flights were organized by the Government to bring back those affected in the floods. The place that brought Shri Modi to Dehradun also took back seven women to Gujarat. A high level five-member team from Gujarat is already coordinating the relief operations in the hill state. Shri Modi had announced Rs. 2 crore from the CM relief fund for flood relief operations. He also wrote a letter to the Union Railway Minister seeking special trains to facilitate return of those affected by the floods to their respective hometowns.

  • Gujarat ready to take responsibility of renovating the Kedarnath temple complex

    Saturday at Ahmedabad : Gujarat's Chief Minister during his high-level crucial meeting with his Uttarakhand counterpart Vijay Bahuguna at Dehradun late this evening offered to provide all possible assistance to restore normalcy and rebuild the infrastructure with the former’s men, money and machinery.

    Mr. Modi who met Mr. Bahuguna along with other leaders and senior officers of both the states made a humble request to take full responsibility of resurrecting the flood-ravaged Kedarnath, one of the ‘Char Dhams’ (Four Abodes of God), into a modern temple complex.

    He said that Kedarnath is in the hearts of crores of Indians as a centre of spiritual faith. While the main temple could be rebuilt by the local Trust and State Government, he said, Gujarat would develop the temple premises.

    Mr. Modi, who is the first Chief Minister to visit and make an aerial survey of unprecedented flood-affected Uttarakhand, said that Gujarat has the experience and expertise in tackling natural calamities of big scales and would be too willing to help Uttarakhand in this hour of tragedy with ‘Tan’ ‘Man’ ‘Dhan’.

    He said that Gujarat State Disaster Management Authority (GSDMA) has been developed into a model fighting fit corps for any eventuality. Gujarat would send a team of experts to study the problem and custom-made proposal to help Uttarakhand restore the flood-hit valley.

    He also expressed his condolences to countless people on their bereavement. He offered Gujarat’s expertise in identifying the bodies which have decomposed beyond recognition with DNA tests, video photography of their belongings and peripheral surroundings. He also suggested preventive steps to check likely spread of epidemics, normal after such huge calamities.

    Mr. Bahuguna thanked Mr. Modi for his gestures and compassion in the hour of Uttarkhand’s crisis.

    Mr. Modi earlier took round of Gujarat Government’s Relief Camp at Hardwar-based Gayatri Parivar’s Labh Kunj, gave solaced to pilgrims from the state and offered to provide all possible assistance to ensure return of the stranded families in luxury coaches.

    Despite being in distress, the affected families collectively donated Rs.75,000 to the Chief Minister which he handed over to the Gayatri Parivar Chief.

    Those present during the meeting included former Chief Minister of Uttarakhand Major B.C. Khanduri, party’s national general secretary Ramlalji, Gujarat’s Additional Principal Secretary A.K. Sharma, Relief Commissioner Pooamchand Parmar and Uttarakhand’s Chief Secretary.

  • Shri Modi to visit Uttarakhand on 21st and 22nd June 2013

    On Friday 21st June 2013 Shri Narendra Modi said that he would be going to Uttarakhand, which has been affected by devastating floods. He also shared that the Gujarat Government has organized for special aircrafts to get back people who were stranded in Uttarakhand in the wake of the floods.

    Shri Narendra Modi Tweeted, “Will be leaving for Uttarakhand today.” About the special flights the Chief Minister wrote, “Gujarat Government is organising special flights from Dehradun to Ahmedabad to bring back those affected by floods, giving preference to women & children.”

    A 17-seater plane from Gujarat government will bring back Gujarati families from Dehradun to Ahmedabad without charge today 4:30 evening. If necessary, the plane will also take a second flight today.

    Similarly a 135-seater plane will take first flight Saturday 7:30 morning to bring back Gujarati families from Dehradoon to Ahmedabad. If necessary, such flights will be continued further.

    Earlier, Shri Modi had announced an immediate assistance of Rs. 2 crore from the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund for the flood relied. He had also spoken to the Uttarakhand Chief Minister Shri Vijay Bahuguna and offered all possible support to cope with this disaster. Furthermore, a team of five senior officials from Gujarat is already in Uttarakhand to coordinate relief work there.

  • 400 Schools across Surat to Adopt Rainwater Harvesting System To Battle Scarcity

    SURAT: About 400 villages of Umarpada, Olpad, Kamrej and Mangrol talukas in Surat district were facing water scarcity because of poor monsoon last season. However, they should no more. This is because these villages have realized the importance of water conservation. A small village of Kosmada in Surat district’s Kamrej taluka had showed the way. It began with the primary school of the village becoming an eco school.

    This has inspired 400 other schools in these many villages of the district to follow suit, official sources said.

    The primary school in the village has become an eco school

    Kamrej taluka panchayat president Raju Modi said, “Eighty-four tribal children were drinking water directly from the taps. They were not only drinking impure water but wasting it too. We had got a rooftop rainwater harvesting system installed as a pilot project in Kosmada village school. Now, we plan to install this system in all the 65 schools in our taluka. This system installed by Sujalam Eco Solutions Private Ltd will help recharge the underground water level.”

    The pilot project was funded by former village sarpanch Natu Banker. The self cleaning maintenance free rooftop rainwater harvesting system has cost Rs one lakh. The rainwater on the rooftop is collected through 100 feet pipeline and diverted to the filter. Clean water is passed to a 5,000 litre capacity underground water tank. A hand pump is fitted on the sump to draw water.

    District development officer Remya Mohan had inaugurated the pilot project in the district on June 14.

    She said, “No government grant has been given to the panchayats. Villagers have taken up this initiative on their own. They realize that conservation of natural resources is a must. Rooftop rain harvesting systems will be installed in the parched villages of Olpad, Umarpada and Mangrol with the help from local donors soon.”

  • Gujarat?s Annual Plan finalized at Rs. 59,000 crore, 15.68% higher than Last Financial year


    On the evening of Tuesday 18th June 2013 Shri Narendra Modi spoke to the media after a high level meeting with the Planning Commission to finalize Gujarat’s Annual Plan of 2013-14. Shri Modi said that the Government had worked on a plan of Rs. 58,500 crore but the Planning Commission felt Gujarat is more capable and thus a plan of Rs. 59,000 crore was approved.

    The Chief Minister said that Gujarat is making its contribution in India’s growth. About the plan, he pointed that 42% allotment has been made to the social sector. He affirmed that Gujarat’s motto is Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas (All together, growth for all) and that the Government wants to ensure that the underprivileged and the marginalized sections of society get the fruits of Gujarat’s development.

    The Deputy Chairperson of the Planning Commission Dr. Montek Singh Ahluwalia said that Gujarat is one of the fastest growing states. Gujarat’s Finance Minister Shri Nitinbhai Patel and Minister for Planning Shri Saurabhbhai Patel accompanied the Chief Minister. Minister of State in the Centre Shri Rajiv Shukla was present during the meeting.

    More Details of Gujarat’s Annual Plan for 2013-14

    The Annual Plan for Gujarat for 2013-14 was today finalized at Rs. 59,000 crore at a meeting held here between Gujarat Chief Minister Shri Narendra Modi and Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Shri Montek Singh Ahluwalia. Planning Commission has increased Rs 500 crore more against proposed original plan of Rs 58, 500 crore by state government. The current plan size is 15.68 per cent higher than the previous year’s plan size of Rs. 51,000 crore and reflects the state’s strong financial position and vibrant development trajectory.

    Gujarat, widely known as the growth engine of India, has shown a high growth trajectory by achieving an average of 10.24 per cent growth rate from 2002-2012, which is highest among large states in India. Gujarat has also registered an increase of 13.8 per cent in the per capita income for 2011-12, which has been estimated at Rs. 89,668 as against Rs. 78,802 in 2010-11, at current prices. Agriculture, despite all challenges, has been a major success indicator with 11.11 per cent growth rate during the decade 2001-02 to 2011-12.

    Gujarat Government’s development vision is guided by continued emphasis on improving Human Development Index. Keeping to its determination that growth must advance hand in hand with human development, Gujarat’s Annual Plan allocation for Social Services Sector for the current fiscal is proposed at Rs. 24,586 crores, more than 42 per cent, which includes education, health, drinking water supply, housing and welfare of Backward Classes, women and child empowerment.

    Click here to read complete speech of Gujarat's Chief Minister during his meeting with the Planning Commission

    Gujarat Chief Minister Shri Narendra Modi said that space and speed of state development is sustainable and Gujarat’s contribution for nation’s growth is noteworthy. Gujarat is committed to apply planned development as a meaningful, relevant and effective process towards faster inclusive growth. The 42 per cent allocation earmarked in the Annual Plan for social sector will benefit the backward sections of the society, he added.

    In the meeting with Planning Commission members, Gujarat Chief Minister Shri Narendra Modi apprised that the State Government has taken new initiatives and implemented newer technology-driven approach to ensure that the meaning of growth is translated into the lives of people. He further emphasized that improving HDI and inclusive growth, promoting better governance, empowering youth and women and ensuring active participation of people in governance remain major priorities.

    The plan outlay of Rs. 3,850 crore in 2013-14 for the education sector is an unprecedented increase of 42.59 per cent over last year. The State Government’s sustained efforts of the innovative Kanya Kelavani – Shala Praveshotsav in the last decade have created a huge improvement in the enrolment and bringing the drop out ratios, to 2.06 per cent in primary education.

    In the health sector, State Government has intensified its comprehensive and holistic health programmes, covering the entire State comprising 18,600 villages with 1.5 crore children. There is an increase of 25 per cent in the outlay for health sector from Rs. 3,060 crore to Rs. 3,800 crore.

    The indicators in maternal and child health, namely MMR and IMR have shown an accelerated rate of improvement in the last few years. The improvement in IMR in the last decade has been in the order of 18 units while it was 10 units in the previous decade. Institutional deliveries, too, have risen from 58 per cent to 95 per cent during that period.

    The sex ratio which has been falling steadily at the All India level in 1991, 2001,and 2011 census i.e. from 945 to 927 and to 914. In Gujarat however, the decade between 2001 and 2011 has been seen a reversal in this falling trend i.e from 883 to 890.

    Gujarat has carried out various campaigns to save the girl child and initiatives such as e-Mamta, Chiranjeevi Yojana, Beti Bachao, Sickle cell Programme etc have majorly contributed to the state government’s efforts to curb the falling sex ratio.

    Gujarat pioneered an innovative approach to skill upgradation, that is the Kaushalya Vardhan Kendra (KVK). 335 KVKs have been started in the last two and half years and almost 8 lakh trainees have benefited, of which 59 per cent are women. Gujarat has also trained was also imparted to 3.32 lakh persons in a short time under eMPOWER scheme in computer and information technology at the taluka level and now plans to train a further 2 lakh persons under this programme. Gujarat state consistently provides new jobs on an average of more than 11 per cent increase in fresh employment opportunities. Gujarat has provided an outlay of Rs 841 crore for this sector.

    Gujarat is one of the most urbanized among larger States in the country with 42 per cent of its population living in cities and towns. The Swarnim Jayanti Mukhyamantri Shaheri Vikas Yojana has been continued in the 12th Five Year Plan with a total outlay of Rs. 15,000 crore. In 2013-14, an outlay of Rs. 6,650 crore has been made for the urban sector with a focus on augmenting urban infrastructure.

    Gujarat has also pioneered the concept of RURBAN: to provide urban-like amenities in larger villages while still retaining the rural soul in these places. This approach would also help tackle rural-urban migration.

    The State Government has undertaken a massive campaign to provide housing to the urban and rural poor. Moving ahead of the Indira Awas Yojana, Gujarat has provided housing assistance to BPL families with a score 17 to 20 in rural areas. Now, Gujarat will launch the Mukhyamantri Awas Samrudhhi Yojana with an outlay of Rs. 4,400 crore in 2013-14, for augmenting affordable housing for the poor and the lower middle class in rural and urban areas.

    The Gujarat state-wide Grid covers 3.85 crore population in 11,235 villages and 131 towns. A provision of Rs. 2,700 crore is made for the sector.

    Continuing to remain at the forefront of industrial development, Gujarat is poised to develop Dholera SIR over 50,000 hectares which would be the largest planned industrial area in the world.

    The Planning Commission has recommended the plan size of Rs.2,83,623 crore for the 12th Five Year Plan, against the 11th Five Year Plan size of Rs. 1,28,500 crore.

    Gujarat CM pointed out several issues which are pending with various Ministries in the Central Government, affecting the progress as well as the pace of development of the State and its financial resources. Despite repeated representations from State Government there has been no positive response from the GoI. It is unfortunate that some issues remain pending for years altogether.

    In the meeting, many issues were informed by the Gujarat CM through an audio-visual presentation which include:

    • The opaque and irrational policies relating to pricing and allocation of coal and natural gas have caused immense loss to national income, as about 5000 MW of installed power generation capacity lies unutilized in Gujarat alone.
    • Though Gujarat is a power-surplus state but in absence of a National Transmission Grid, the state cannot transfer surplus power to other power-deficit states.
    • Environment sub-group has not given permission for putting gates at the Sardar sarovar Dam. Therefore, Gujarat is losing benefits of additional irrigation of almost 7 lakh hectares and 40 per cent increase in power generation. It creates a loss of Rs. 3,788 crores per annum.
    • As the lack of coordination among the Central Ministries has become a bottleneck and development in the state is held up.
    • The lack of clarity on environment clearance for mining has also stalled innumerable state power projects.
    • Planning Commission has recommended for revised AIBP guidelines but Union Ministry of water Resources has not issued any revised guidelines. Therefore, irrigation projects are affected for the want of funds.
    • The Central Government has failed to define an effective policy and funding assistance for coastal security. A cogent national strategy to deal with developmental issues in areas vulnerable to the spread of militant extremism is also lacking.
    • The Centre has introduced RTE Act 2009 but it creates long-term financial liabilities for the State while SSA provides only a fraction of the additional costs involved. Therefore, the Central Government should fund the entire additional burden on the state.
    • Shri BK Chaturvedi Committee has given a report on philosophy, format and funding pattern of Centrally-sponsored schemes. These recommendations should be accepted.
    • The Central Government has changed formula applied to calculation on royalty on crude oil. Therefore, Gujarat is suffering losses of Rs. 8,600 crores.
    • CST compensation claims of Rs. 4500 crore are pending with GoI.

  • Gujarat's CM asks about the people from Gujarat who are affected by the floods in a telephone conversation with Shri Bahuguna

    On the morning of Wednesday 19th June 2013 Shri Narendra Modi spoke to Uttarakhand Chief Minister Shri Vijay Bahuguna. Shri Modi assured Shri Bahuguna of any help required in dealing with the worrisome flood situation in the hill state and also asked about the people from Gujarat who have been affected by the floods.

    Shri Modi Tweeted, “Spoke to #Uttarakhand CM Vijay Bahuguna ji. Assured him any help required in relief work & asked about people from Guj affected by floods.”

    Last evening, Shri Modi had extended solidarity with the people of Uttarakhand and prayed that normalcy is restored soon. He had Tweeted, “Seeing extremely disturbing visuals of floods in Uttarakhand. We stand by the people during this hour & pray things get back to normal soon.”

  • 96 schools and 10 residential schools of Amirgadh striving towards one goal : ?Educating its children.?

    Despite heavy rains, schools in Amirgadh taluka near Palanpur in Banaskantha district had plenty of reasons to celebrate during the 11th consecutive Shala Praveshotsav held across the state on 13th , 14th and 15th June. The reasons for elation were significant, one being the decrease in the drop out ratio in the last 10 years across all schools in the taluka and the other being the steady increase school retention rate.

    The result is just a reward of the consistent hard work being done by Gujarat even in remotest tribal villages towards the goal of inclusive development.

    With most of the families living in the villages leaning towards forestry, Amirgadh houses a population of 101104people ; in which there are 96 schools and 10 residential schools striving towards one goal : ‘Educating its children.’

    The 106 schools in the Taluka teach 24975 children, out of which 13683 are boys and 11102 are girls.

    The core area of focus for the school authorities in the Taluka has been to empower the eminent citizens who can inspire other members of the village in increasing education. Making them understand the importance of education through massive community awareness programmes have contributed to the overall increase in school enrolment.

    In this process of ‘awakening the members of the tribal community towards education’, evidently teachers have been important drivers in reaching out to the families in the Taluka. First and foremost the emphasis is laid on the teachers to learn the tribal dialect which is considered as the most important aspect in communicating to the children. Second, the methodology of teaching the subjects class wise is paid attention to and training is being given appropriately. Attempts are made to make studying as interactive as possible, such as bringing out books with pictorial representations. These books are given to the children by the State government. Amirgadh taluka has over 600 teachers who work to achieve their set goals.

    All teachers are called in specially at least 3-4 days in advance before the summer vacations end, in order for them to visit the houses again and to just inform the families that schools will reopen soon. It is the concept of door-to-door visits by school authorities and government officials who have helped families understand the importance of education that has resulted in Amirgarh achieving its targets in the field of education.

    A fascinating concept implemented in all schools in Amirgarh Taluka is the bio metric attendance mechanism. Both teachers and students have to give their attendance online. The initiative has been implemented since 2 years now.

    A specific School Management committee is set up which monitors and regulates the overall cleanliness of the schools in the taluka. They also organise meetings with the parents once in a month or so in order to get the feedback from the family as well.

    To encourage girl child enrolment, Vidhya Lakshmi Bonds are given to the families of the girls in villages and are directly admitted into Standard 1 in the schools. Villages which have comparatively low female literacy rates are identified and beneficiaries are selected from these villages . The bonds are given only to the children after they have completed Standard 8.

    Gujarat has also launched the Prajna initiative which is activity based learning. This has been implemented in 15 schools in Amirgadh taluka. The Block Resource Centres under which 12 Community Resource Centres work have also played a critical role in community mobilization in the taluka towards the goal of shunning illiteracy.

    With educationally backward tribal areas achieving the set objectives of Shala Praveshotsav and Kanya Kelavani, Gujarat has achieved in laying a strong foundation for the coming generations to come towards a holistic development of the state. The achievements are also reflective of the fact that school authorities and government officials operate with a sense of social responsibility that every child in the state must be educated.

  • Hon'ble Chief Minister and Mr. Jim O?Neill at interactive session on ?Achieving India?s Full Economic Potential?

    On the evening of Monday 17th June 2013 Shri Narendra Modi attended an interactive session on ‘Achieving India’s Full Economic Potential’ with Mr. Jim O’Neill, a world-renowned economist with an expertise on emerging markets. Mr. O’Neill also headed Goldman Sachs. The interactive session was a part of Vibrant Gujarat Lecture Series.

    Shri Modi recalled that it was back in 2003 when Goldman Sachs, led by Mr. O’Neill predicted that BRIC nations would overtake G-6 nations by 2050. “The world was taken aback and we were pleasantly surprised,” Shri Modi affirmed. However the Chief Minister pointed out that India has not been able to grow to its full potential during the last decade due to uncertain and uneven growth, which is further compounded by policy paralysis and mis-governance. “We have lost a historic opportunity in the process,” said Shri Modi.

    During his speech, the Chief Minister complemented Mr. O’Neill for his 2008 paper, ’10 Things for India to Achieve its 2050 Potential’ and stated that he had read his paper with keen interest.

    He recalled how Gujarat bounced back from the destruction of the 2001 quake to scaling new heights of progress in the last twelve years. Shri Modi affirmed that transparency, openness and people’s participation remained key aspects of the Government from the very beginning. He avowed, “The overall idea was to move from Government to Governance, from rules and acts to responsible action.” The Chief Minister expressed satisfaction in the fact that the seeds sown by the Gujarat Government a decade ago are now giving the desired fruits of development for the people. He shared that the Gujarat Government’s innovations in social sector and progress on HDI parameters have been appreciated far and wide and that initiatives of the Gujarat Government have won laurels at the national and international level.

    Shri Modi listed the various qualitative and quantitative changes in Gujarat that have greatly benefitted the people. He even spoke on Fiscal Responsibility Act, which has heavily reduced non-development expenditure. He said that Gujarat has grown both in agriculture and industry. He gave the example of the Vibrant Gujarat Summit and Gujarat’s consistent double digit growth in agriculture as compared to the national average of 2-3% to illustrate his point. Shri Modi attributed Gujarat’s growth in agriculture to the farmers and the steps taken for better irrigation practices and in ensuring greater use of latest advances in science and technology. The Chief Minister mentioned Gujarat advances in solar energy.

    Shri Modi said the Gujarat Government believed in the motto of ‘Gujarat’s Growth for India’s Growth’ and added that the development journey of Gujarat can be taken even higher if the Centre’s policies are aligned towards a greater vision of a developed India.

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  • Gujarat's CM at interactive session on ?Achieving India?s Economic Potential?

    Mr. Jim O’Neil, Mr. Jitesh Gadhia, my colleagues from the state government, captains and representatives of industry, ladies and gentlemen.

    It is a real pleasure to welcome and meet a person like Jim O’Neil. He has been a leading expert on the global economy, particularly the emerging markets. He is also well known as a currency guru. I welcome you Jim, to India and to Gujarat. I hope that today’s interaction will enrich my team and me. I am sure that we will leave the session with newer insights on the global and Indian economy.

    Friends, in 2003, Goldman Sachs led by Jim, had predicted that the BRIC countries would overtake the G6 countries by 2050. The world was taken aback. We, in India, were pleasantly surprised.

    In the following decade, the BRIC countries behaved to a great extent as predicted, particularly China. We were hoping that India too would grow at a similar rapid pace.

    Unfortunately, however, we have not been able to achieve our full potential. Not only that the last decade has been stuck in uncertain and uneven growth. This is further compounded by policy paralysis and mis-governance. We have lost a historic opportunity in the process.

    I have read Jim’s 2008 paper ‘10 Things for India to Achieve its 2050 Potential’ with keen interest. I am quite convinced about what he is saying. You will notice that many of the domains he talks about do not fall within the jurisdiction of a state government in the federal structure of India. Yet you will find considerable similarity in our approaches to growth and development. In fact, many of the ideas which Gujarat has followed and Jim professes as well are very common-sensical.

    They are the basics for the development of a developing region like India or its constituents. Many of you may recollect that we started our journey with strengthening governance. It was a bad time in 2001 as we were hit by a devastating earthquake. Amongst our initial steps were setting up mechanisms for inter-departmental sharing and coordination. E-governance, system re-engineering and rigorous monitoring, were other areas of focus.

    Transparency, openness and people’s participation were also insisted upon right from the beginning. The overall idea was to move from Government to Governance. From Rules and Acts to Responsible Action.

    I am now happy to say that these seeds that we sowed, have grown into towering trees. Our innovations in the social sector and progress on HDI parameters have been appreciated far and wide.

    Many of our initiatives have been recognized at national and international levels. This includes awards from World Bank, CAPAM and the United Nations. Another paradigm shift was weaving the entire development model around a well thought- out strategy. In the initial one month itself, we had laid out our strategy of Panchamrut or Five Nectars. This comprises of the domains of energy, water, knowledge, human resource and security.

    Since then, we have been working aggressively to develop these sectors and domains on a fast track basis. We have just completed our annual school enrollment drive, which we started 10 years back. This has had a tremendous positive impact on basic education, particularly the girl child education. Starting with our focus on strengthening the primary and secondary education, we moved on to creation of new age academic institutions and universities.

    The result is that today there is a six fold increase in the intake capacity of technical institutions and a four-fold increase in the number of universities. Not only the numbers, but in terms of quality as well; we have tried to engage with the global best. Earlier this year itself, 120 international and 52 national universities had come together to give a brighter shape to our higher education system.

    A decade before, the financial situation of Gujarat was weak. This was further compounded by crumbling of livelihood and infrastructure due to successive droughts and the earthquake. Our public sector units were running in losses. The state finances were running into severe fiscal deficits. Starting with tightening on the expenditure front, we improved the management of the public sector undertakings substantially.

    We also enacted the Fiscal Responsibility Act and adopted various means of reducing non-developmental expenditure. Thereby, we were able to allocate more money on the development front. The result is that we are in surplus now. Most of our PSUs have turned around and have enhanced their market cap. Another beauty of this exercise is that it is achieved without levying new taxes or enhancing them.

    Another front on which Gujarat stands out clearly is in establishing global linkages in trade and investment matters. In fact, Gujarat today is amongst the most preferred FDI destinations in India. Not only that, we have developed long term relationships with a large number of countries and their Industry. Our biennial global investors summit has become a platform for global tie ups. The last event held in January 2013 saw participation of 121 countries as well as most of the Indian states.

    Against India’s average 2-3% agricultural growth, Gujarat’s agriculture has been growing at around 10% annually over the last decade. This has happened due to a lot of hard work on the part of government, agricultural universities and scientists, and most importantly the farmers. We have focused on water harvesting on a wide scale. At the same time we have also introduced micro irrigation techniques to ensure more crop per drop.

    Simultaneously, we introduced scientific agricultural practices to enhance agricultural productivity and crop diversification. We have recently concluded our annual agri-fair which has become a platform for dissemination of knowledge in agriculture, food processing, horticulture and animal husbandry.

    On the infrastructure front, we have been working with the desire to benchmark it to the best globally. We already have the best in India, but we are going further. Both on the core and industrial infrastructure, as well as social infrastructure; we have evolved PPP models and practices which are considered to be the best in India. In 2011, a joint study of The Economist and ADB established that Gujarat is the best PPP destination in India.

    We are further making a huge shift in our approach by establishing large size investment regions. We are planning to promote them as global hubs of economic activity.

    Ensuring environmental safety and quality has been my pre-eminent desire. We have been insisting to do things in a way that we consume lesser Natural resources and still become more productive. We are the biggest earners of carbon credits in India.

    Going further, Gujarat has emerged as a global hub of solar energy in addition to its sizeable share in wind energy. We have established Asia’s biggest solar park with a capacity of 600 mega watts. We are also keen on developing eco-friendly practices and systems, particularly in our urban and industrial locations. We are working with the motto of Gujarat’s growth for India’s growth. We know that India cannot develop unless the States develop.

    We also know that there is a lot to be done by us in the states, particularly if India has to achieve its full potential.

    We can definitely do better if the national policies are aligned towards a greater vision of a developed India. I am a positive person. I am sure that we will do even better than predicted by Jim.

    Thank you.

  • Hon'ble CM visited schools in Junagadh District on 3rd day of Kanya Kelavani & Shala Praveshotsav abhiyaan

    Kanya Kelavani Day 3

    Ahmedabad, Saturday: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi today visited Chiroda, Samdhiyala and Rajesar villages in the Mendarda taluka of Junagadh district to mark the conclusion of phase-1 of the three-day statewide 11th annual Shala Pravesh Mahotsav to encourage enrollment drive in primary schools and Anganwadi playgroups in rural areas.

    Speaking at these schools, nestled in the forested foothills of the Girnar, he said that biometric attendance system for teachers and students is being introduced in government primary schools in rural areas. Students’ performance will be tracked with the help of technology. He said that Gujarat Government has already introduced a scheme for schools’ grading, setting the ball rolling for a competition among schools to be A-Grade.

    Mr.Modi said the campaign to ensure cent percent enrollment in primary schools during Shala Pravesh and Kanya Kelavni Utsav 11 years ago has started paying dividends, too.

    He regretted that crores of rupees were spent on school education by the previous governments for the last 60 years and yet a large section of the population remained illiterate. However, he said, the past could be corrected with the cooperation of parents and teachers. The present generation should ensure not a single child remain uneducated in rural areas. Ignorance, superstition and poverty are the biggest banes of the society.

    Mr. Modi distributed books, educational kits, toys and sweetmeats to tiny tots donated by villagers. He felicitated alumni of these schools who over a period of times became prominent citizens.

    He laid foundation stones and inaugurated projects worth Rs.101-crore for Menderda taluka of the Junagadh district.

    Prominent among those present at the functions included MP Vitthal Radadiya, MLAs Mahendra Mashru, Arvind Ladani and Jethabhai Solanki, District Panchayat President Diviben Baraiya, Vice-President Hiren Solanki, ex-Union Minister Bhavnaben Chikhaliya, ex-State Ministers Ratibhai Sureja and Kanubhai Kalala, ex-Parliamentary Secretary L.T. Rajani, Women’s Suraksha Parishad Vice-Chairperson Jyotiben Vachhani and others.

    Mr. Modi is scheduled to launch the phase-2 of the three-day Mahotsav for municipal primary schools in urban areas on June 20, 2013.

  • Hon'ble CM visited schools in Anand District on Second day of Kanya Kelavani and Shala Praveshotsav

    On 14th June 2013, Gujarat's Chief Minister, to spread the light of education in all the villages of Gujarat, has appealed villagers, teachers and schools to be bound with emotional attachment with each other and to develop this quality in the children from their childhood. The Chief Minister on the second day of statewide three-day Girl Child Enrolment drive visited Devavata, Bantwa and Meghalpur villages of Sojitra taluka of Anand district and enrolled students of these villages to the primary schools which are more than 100 years old in age.

    He urged the teachers and parents to develop the quality of curiosity in children for their all-round development. Teachers should be well prepared to satisfy their curiosity. Children should be taught in such a way that they develop the feeling of affection and love for their school and teachers, he added.

    He said”, we are living in the age of learning and not of teaching as learning is the best method to educate the child, he said. It is state of sorrow that rural parents spend more time after their cattle than after their children’s education”.

    Attributing his success to Government run schools he said,” it is a myth that there is a qualitative difference between Government run schools and modern private schools. He expressed his displeasure over parents’ negligent attitude towards their daughter and just treating her as a domestic help”. The Chief Minister urged parents to be attentive towards their child’s health and help Government to combat malnutrition.

  • Chief Minister blogs 3 extremely satisfying days with the future of Gujarat with Shala Praveshotsav and Kanya Kelavani Abhiyan

    For the next three days, the entire Team Gujarat goes to school! Yes, senior Ministers, officials and myself are going to spend the next three days in the rural areas of Gujarat, going to villages and asking parents to educate their children as a part of the Shala Praveshotsav and Kanya Kelavani Abhiyan 2013-2014. We will go to the rural areas of Gujarat on 13th-14th-15th June and in the urban areas of Gujarat on 20th-21st-22nd June.

    I vividly recall when I had taken over as the Chief Minister, an official came to me to discuss dropout rate in our primary schools. The numbers that were in front of me left me startled! Why does such a vibrant state have such high drop out rates? Why is the girl child lagging behind in primary education? We decided to tackle this menace immediately and that is how the Kanya Kelavani Abhiyan was born.

    Be it scorching heat or thunderous rain, my Cabinet colleagues, officials and I set out to the villages, we tell the parents, give us your child so that we can take them to school. I can say without doubt that taking a toddler to school is one of the most satisfying moments in my many years in public life. There is no better joy than laying the foundations of a strong future for these little children.

    After a decade of doing this, I am glad to share that our efforts have received immense success. The drop out rate, which stood at 17.83% in 2003-2004 has drastically come down to 2.04% in 2012-2013 for Standard 1-5 and the drop out rates for Class 1-7 has dropped significantly from 33.73% in 2003-2004 to 7.08% this year. The results of the Kanya Kelavani Abhiyan are also for all to see. In the last decade, female literacy has increased from 57.80% to 70.73% today.

    While there is tremendous improvement, we want to go higher. You must have noticed that whenever results of the Class X and XII Board Exams are announced, the most common headline is- girls outshine boys yet again. It just shows that if we give the right opportunity to our women, they can do wonders. This is what we seek to do through the Kanya Kelavani Abhiyan and Shala Praveshotsav.

    We noticed that a common reason for the high drop out rate among girl students was lack of adequate sanitation facilities. Thus, we constructed over 71,000 sanitation blocks. Similarly, we saw that the state did not have enough classrooms to facilitate quality education for our youngsters so we built over 1,04,000 classrooms in the last decade. We did not stop there. In this age, where technology is constantly redefining the world, it is a crime to keep our youth away from these advances. That is why we have equipped over 20,000 schools with computer facilities.

    Friends, let us all become partners in this quest for ensuring education for all. Look in your neighbourhood, in your offices, ask your support staff if they send their children to school and if they do not, inspire them to do so. Education brings employment as well as opportunity. And, by doing this, we are not only safeguarding the future of the child but also adding a new strength to the future of Gujarat. We are also doing a great service for our nation, who will greatly benefit from the intellectual power of these youngsters, the seeds of which we are fortunate to sow today.

  • Gujarat's CM talks about steps taken by Gujarat Government to improve primary education in the last decade

    On 13th June 2013 the Kanya Kelavani Abhiyan and Shala Praveshotsav drive of the Government of Gujarat commenced. For the next 3 days (13th-14th-15th June 2013) the ministers, officials and the Chief Ministers will travel to the villages of Gujarat and inspire parents to send their children to school. For the last eleven years, the Kanya Kelavani Abhiyan and Shala Praveshotsav have contributed in a big way in terms of increasing school enrollment as well as reducing drop out rates across Gujarat.

    On the morning of 13th June, Shri Modi travelled to Lihoda village in Dehgam Taluka (Gandhinagar District) to inspire parents and teachers to educate their children. Shri Modi gave a clarion call to make efforts, as a society, to ensure that the children and particularly the girl child go to school. He urged parents and the larger society not to differentiate between the girl child and boy child and added that when a girl is educated, two families enriched. He said, “I have seen families with four sons, with each son doing well but parents are in an old age home. But I have seen families where is a daughter who has sacrificed marriage to take care of her parents.” Shri Modi also said he would be donating books from his personal library to the schools he visits to give impetus to reading among young children.

    Shri Modi pointed out that it is not something to be proud of that after sixty years of Independence a Chief Minister has to come to take children to school. “But then someone had to find a way. We could let things go on and had to change the situation,” said the Chief Minister. He recalled that the previous Governments gave money to educate the elders but they did not get education and the money went into the pocket of a select few. He also urged people to plant a tree during the Shala Praveshotsav.

    In his speech the Chief Minister talked about steps taken by the Gujarat Government to improve primary education in the last decade. He shared, “When we took over we realized that over a lakh teachers had to be recruited. If we did not recruit teachers, generations would be left behind!” Likewise, he spoke on the Vijayalakshmi Bonds that have brought a major difference in the lives of girl students. The Chief Minster said that the state Government undertook efforts to build proper sanitation facilities for girl students and added that Rs. 200 crores have been set aside to build hostel related facilities for students. In this, he also sought the support of various community organisations.

    A large number of students, teachers and parents were present on the occasion to hear the Chief Minister.

  • Gujarat's CM took on the Centre, questioning them over the bringing of the ordinance on bringing on the Food Security Bill.

    On 13th June 2013 Shri Narendra Modi took on the Centre, questioning them over the bringing of the ordinance on bringing on the Food Security Bill. He said that for ten years the UPA has been in power but why is it that they remembered the poor only now? He added that what the UPA is doing is adding salt on the wounds of the common man, who is deeply affected by rising prices. Shri Modi also shared that Gujarat is giving wheat at Rs. 2/- and rice at Rs. 3/- through the PDS and asked if this is not food security?

    Shri Modi Tweeted, “गुजरात में १० वर्षों से गरीबों को दो रुपये किलो गेहूं, तीन रुपये किलो चावल PDS द्वारा उपलब्ध करवाया जा रहा है| क्या यह खाद्य सुरक्षा नही है?” (For the last ten years, Gujarat is providing the poor with wheat at Rs. 2/- and rice at Rs. 3/- through PDS. Is this not food security?). He further wrote, “दिल्ली सरकार को दस वर्षों के बाद आज गरीब की याद आ रही है, उनकी नियत पर शक होता है|” (After ten years, the Government in Delhi is remembering the poor. Their motive is suspect.). Attacking the Centre for adding salt to the wounds of the common man he Tweeted, “दिल्ली में बैठी कांग्रेस की सरकार महंगाई से त्राहि-त्राहि कर रही गरीब जनता के घाव पर नमक छिड़कने का काम कर रही है|” (The Congress-led Government sitting in Delhi has burdened the people with price rise and what they are now doing is inflicting salt on their wounds).

    Shri Modi had even questioned the motives of the Centre while addressing a public meeting in Vadodara on 12th June 2013, where he had gone to inaugurate development works. He had remarked, “I do not know when they will serve the food but they are only serving bills.” Referring to the Centre he said, “You formed the Government in 2004. If you were sincere about feeding the poor why are you thinking about this now? Were people not hungry in 2004?” Shri Modi added that the BJP wants that the poor are fed properly and have even taken steps in this regard. He pointed that had the Centre learned from the work BJP Governments across India are doing in feeding the power, a day like this would not have come. Shri Modi went on to question the Centre, “Do you now also want to make hunger a political issue? Will you now see how many Thalis give how many votes?”

    He even took on the Government over mismanagement of rotting food grains and the callous attitude of the Government in this regard. Speaking at the inauguration of Gujarat’s first agro mall in Surat the Chief Minister had affirmed, “The Supreme Court asked the Government to give food grains (that were lying unused) to the poor but you would be surprised that it did not happen. Right now for votes they are talking about various laws but they did not follow the Supreme Court and give grains to the poor. And what did they do? They gave the grains to alcohol manufactures at a price of 65p. The Centre is not bothered about the poor…they only talk and give new slogans.” Shri Modi added, “If they were so bothered about the poor then they should have followed what the Supreme Court said.”

  • Chief Minister visited 500 year old Banyan Tree at Kantharpura

    On Thursday 14th June 2013 Shri Narendra Modi visited a 500-year-old Banyan Tree at Kantharpura in Dehgam Taluka, Gandhinagar district. Shri Modi visited the Lihoda village in the same Taluka on the first day of Shala Praveshotsav. He interacted with the people of the village and visited the 106-year-old school.

    During his visit to the historic Banyan Tree, Shri Modi called for the need for environmental protection.

  • Hon'ble CM inaugurated Gujarat?s first agro mall in Surat

    On 12th June 2013 Shri Narendra Modi inaugurated Gujarat’s first agro mall, Krishi Bazar in Surat. Shri Modi profusely lauded this initiative, described it as a new start for the nation and said that with an agro mall like this, the farmer and the consumer stand to gain immensely. He also thanked the media for extensively covering this mall and giving an idea to the viewers as to what this initiative is about.

    Talking about the benefits this agro mall gives to the farmers, Shri Modi said that the mall would give the farmer a chance to directly interface with the consumer without any middleman. He also remarked that the farmer is as much a producer as he is a consumer and that in this agro mall, he can not only sell his produce but also buy essentials like oil, spices etc that the farmer requires for his own home. He pointed that this is a mall that can solve a lot of problems. He spoke about the large potential of a mall like this, vis-à-vis the rising demand for organic food etc. Shri Modi talked about the concept of a virtual mall where the consumer sees the virtual image of the products he or she wants to buy and can make the purchase on the click of a mouse. In a lighter vein, Shri Modi also said that he saw an entire department dedicated to ingredients of making the popular delicacy, Undhiya and added that he is sure this particular section will always remain full.

    The Chief Minister launched a no holds barred attack on the Congress-led UPA for their failure to check rising prices. He said, “Price rise is a big problem but just like the Centre is not concerned about corruption, it is not concerned about rising prices.” He recalled that about two-two and a half years ago the Prime Minister had called for a meeting of Chief Ministers to discuss price rise where various committees were formed and Shri Modi himself was made the head of a committee. However, he shared that the committee gave 64 actionable points, no action has been taken. He remarked that there might be a need to make a new committee to even find out what happened to that report!

    Shri Modi stated that one of the suggestions he gave was the trifurcation of the Food Corporation of India with each of the new entity looking at procurement, management and distribution. Shri Modi opined that till this is done under one head, nothing much can be expected. He recalled that the power sector of Gujarat faced similar problem when he took over but after dividing the work, the results were phenomenal. “We brought professionalism in the power sector, divided the work and the results are very good. I had said the same for FCI,” he affirmed.

    Shri Modi further said that Supreme Court of India had asked the Government to give away the rotting grain to the power but till date the Centre did not do that. He declared, “Right now for votes they are talking of various laws but despite SC saying give rotten grains to the poor, they did not do that. And what did they do? Gave the rotting grain at a price of 65p to alcohol manufacturers. They are not bothered about the poor, they only talk and give new slogans.” He went on to say, “If they were so bothered about the poor then they should have followed what the Supreme Court said.”

    During his speech Shri Modi remarked that the venue of the programme had to be changed due to the arrival of the rains. He said that this time the rains have come early, which seems like a good signal from the Gods to the farmers. He prayed for a good monsoon for the entire nation. Shri Modi also spoke on the Shala Praveshotsav and Kanya Kelavani Abhiyan that commence tomorrow in Gujarat’s rural areas and urged people to contribute in making this a success. He opined, “I urge you all, let us become partners in this. Give it some time, if there is someone working at your house ask them if their children are going to school or not. By doing this, we are strengthening the fight against poverty and increasing the happiness among the people. And if we do all this, we are the eventful gainers.”

    Shri Modi talked about the upcoming Statue of Unity to commemorate the Iron Man of India Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. He pointed that the statue must be built through Lok Bhagidari but not a Bhagidari of money but a Bhagidari of human bonding and emotions.

    Forest and Environment Minister Shri Ganpatsinh Vasava, Education Minister Shri Bhupendrasinh Chudasama, Minister Shri Nanubhai Vanani, former Ministers Shri Narottam Patel and Shri Mangubhai Patel, MPs and MLAs were present on the occasion.

  • Hon'ble Chief Minister inaugurated the Amit Nagar Flyover in Vadodara.

    Shri Narendra Modi inaugurated the Amit Nagar Flyover in Vadodara on 13th June 2013. He addressed the people of Vadodara on this occasion.

    He said that the present happenings in the country are a sign of things to come in 2014. He reiterated that he had said in Goa that Bharat Nirman in the real sense is impossible without a Congress Mukt Bharat. He said that in order to do real Bharat Nirman we have to undo the things Congress has done in the past 60 years. Shri Narendra Modi said that crores of rupees are being spent on TV ads which say ‘Bharat Ke Is Nirman Pe Haq Hai Mera’ but people hear it as ‘Bharat Ke Is Nirman Pe Shaq Hai Mera’.

    Shri Narendra Modi said that for years the Central Government has been directionless and did not worry about the health of the urban poor . They lacked the energy to find a way to ensure proper health care for the urban poor. Gujarat made an effort on this front and it is after this that Central Government realized that this is a work they did not do for so many years. If things go on like this who does common man trust? Common man has lost trust in the Centre Government. Daily events are going on that is breaking this trust even more. And if there is no faith then how can things work? The Government cannot get the support from the people if this carries on. Shri Narendra Modi said that another wrong doing on the part of the Central Government is that there is no consistency in policies. They change it arbitrarily. People become unnecessary victims of such frequent flip flops in policies, he affirmed.

    Shri Modi reminded people that Gujarat has seen many calamines- drought, cyclone, massive earthquake. The Earthquake was so bad, that forget coming out of, it was a fight for survival. At such times Gujarat affirmed that it will convert challenges into opportunities. And that is what it did. Quake rehabilitation in Gujarat is being lauded across the world. He further said that we did not get stop there. Today, during times of distress we have developed an institutional approach to fight such calamities . Capacity building efforts are on in this regard to empower the citizens in case of a natural disaster.

    Shri Modi said that small children, especially belonging to poor families go to Anganwadis. These children born in the slums have seen such life only. He affirmed that we need to get them out of this. They may be born poor but as a society, as a Government we must create the opportunities and create a ray of hope for them. And all this starts from the Anganwadis. If the Anganwadis are dirty then the children will feel the entire world dirty. Shri Modi said that the Government took an initiative and fixed a uniform for the Anganwadi workers. The Anganwadi workers thus got an identity. Shri Modi lauded the Vadodara Corporation for coming up with a great initiative called Nand Ghar for the poor children.

    Shri Modi said that a lot of discussions keep happening which regard Urbanisation as a bane and dangerous for the society. He said that rather than seeing urbanisation as a challenge, we should see urbanisation as an opportunity. He said that the Gujarat Government has come up with a package of Rs. 15,000 for the urban poor . Shri Narendra Modi informed the people about the momentous work undertaken by the Government in the field of skill development. He opined that we need to empower the people with necessary skills and then see the change. No one wants to remain poor. People must acquire the necessary skills to drive themselves out of poverty. Government of India too has honored Gujarat’s work in skill development. In a short time 40,000 people who have undertaken skill development will get jobs.

    Shri Modi said that the Central Government wants to bring bills on food but added that no one knows when food will be actually served to the people. The Government is interested in only serving the bill. If the Central Government was actually sincere about feeding the poor, why is it thinking of this bill only now when it has been in power since 2004. Shri Modi also pointed out that despite the Supreme Court directive to distribute the grains to the poor, the Central Government did not do it. It gave the grains to alcohol manufacturers at the rate of 65 paise. The Government is not bothered about the people. Farmers work hard and it gave away grain to alcohol manufacturers. The Government is making hunger also a political issue. It is trying to garner votes on the issue of hunger.

    He expressed satisfaction with the growth of infrastructure in Vadodara and said that it will soon become a flyover city.

  • Hon'ble Chief Minister at All India Livestock and Dairy Conference

    On the morning of Tuesday 11th June 2013 Shri Narendra Modi addressed the All India Conference on Livestock and Dairy Development at Gandhinagar’s iconic Mahatma Mandir. 20 states and over 200 districts of India were represented at the conference. The Ambassador of Denmark to India Mr. Freddy Svane was present on the occasion. Shri Modi spoke about the need to use modern technology in all aspects including agriculture and affirmed that the nation’s development rate will surge when the common man is integrated in the development journey and can make an effective contribution to the progress of the nation. Shri Modi said, “I will be with you for the entire day and will learn from you. What a farmer teaches, no university can teach.”

    At the start of his speech, Shri Narendra Modi paid tributes to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. He affirmed, “Sardar Patel was not only a proud son of Gujarat but also a pillar of unity who undertook great efforts to unify the nation.” Shri Modi shared that as a tribute to Sardar Patel, the Gujarat Government is building the Statue of Unity, which will be among the largest statues in the world.

    In an appeal to the farmers, Shri Modi stated, “(To build this Statue of Unity) I need your help, I need the help of farmers. I am talking about this idea you for the first time in public. You may think Modi is asking for money but no, I am asking for emotional attachment. An attachment that will last for years.” He added, “I expect something from you. Sardar Patel was Loh Purush (Iron Man) and I want iron pieces from your villages. But we do not want any piece of iron, we want iron pieces (tools) used by farmers during farming. From 31st October, which is Sardar Jayanti, till 26th January we will go to the villages and collect iron blocks. And we need your help in this. We need iron to commemorate the iron man and that too iron used in farming, because after all Sardar Patel was the son of a farmer.” Shri Modi also showed a short film on the subject.

    Talking about the reason for organizing an all-India conference such as this the Chief Minister said, “We have called so many experts here so that we can learn from you, your experiences and what you did in various fields including agriculture and rural development. We will discuss things and in the end several new things will come out, exchange of ideas will happen and best practices will be shared.” Shri Modi expressed confidence that a conference such as this will give new direction to what the Government can do for farmers and agriculture.

    Shri Modi stressed on the importance of productivity in the present circumstances when the population is increasing and the amount of land with an individual is decreasing. He further said that productivity must be increased through scientific methods with latest technology. Talking about the animal husbandry sector Shri Modi opined that Gujarat already has a good network of cooperatives and dairy but pointed that only increasing the population of animals will not help. “The need is to increase productivity. In an animal is giving 2 litres of milk everyday, how can we make it 3, 4, 5 or 6 litres? And how can we do it scientifically?” he asked.

    The Chief Minister affirmed that we must have complete faith in the path that we have embraced. Taking on the recent remarks by a Congress leader that Mahatma Gandhi’s vision of Gram Rajya was unrealistic in the modern age, Shri Modi said, “I was shocked when someone associated with the Government of India said this. If this is how they think then they have not been able to understand India. And if they are in decision making, I wonder what will happen to the villages?” The Chief Minster went on to say, “I can say this with conviction- that Mahatma Gandhi’s economic ideas are as relevant today as they were and we must be sure of this. If we see what Gandhi ji said on rural economy then we will not need to look for different paths of progress for decades. But then, those who do not have faith in themselves, how can they give faith to others?” He further opined that in a time when the world is reeling under global warming, we could find all our answers in what Gandhi ji said. Shri Modi avowed, “Gandhi ji never opposed science or change. That is why the great man gave a way for rural development, which is as relevant even today but the precondition is we must have faith in ourselves.”

    Shri Modi elaborately spoke about the efforts of the Gujarat Government in areas of animal husbandry. He said that the state Government has taken up a challenge to provide health cards for animals. He talked about the Pashu Arogya Melas of the Gujarat Government and remarked, “Many Melas have been held earlier in India too but they were held with the aim of votebank politics. We serve those who never even get to vote. Do animals have a right to vote? But then if we need to bring change we need to serve animals too!”

    Talking about the initiatives to provide treatment to the animals, the Chief Minister stated that the Government decided to ensure that no animal has to walk more than 3 kms to receive treatment. He also shared that the Gujarat Government sent doctors to USA for training in treating animals. He went on to state, “We tried to ensure operations of animals with laser technology so that no drop of blood comes. In Gujarat there is cataract operation for cattle as well. We also provide dental treatment for our animals and have purchased equipment for the same. We noticed that many animals have a problem in walking and they need orthopedic treatment. This time we gave orthopedic treatment during Pashu Arogya Melas.” He shared that 122 animal diseases have been eradicated in Gujarat.

    Likewise, the Chief Minister also spoke on Gujarat’s success in milk production. He shared that milk production in Gujarat grew by about 65% and that while the rate of growth for the nation in this sector was 5%, the rate in Gujarat was 7%, which is a commendable figure. He credited the farmers with this success. He added that the Government has made a rule that the payment for the dairy sector would be made to the women and not the men of the family. “These small steps have been taken to bring about change in the villages,” the Chief Minister opined.

    The Chief Minister also mooted the idea of having 4-6 zones as grassland zones which can be of help during the time of drought or when the natural conditions become adverse for farmers. He said that the Government has thought of making the areas next to the Narmada canal into grasslands, which can help during times of scanty monsoon. Shri Modi stressed on enhancement of human resource development potential. Shri Modi talked about the upcoming Agro Tech Fair in Gujarat and shared that while the Government was considering holding this fair in early 2014, they will now hold the fair towards the end of 2013 itself.

    Apart from Shri Modi, Gujarat’s Agriculture Minister Shri Babubhai Bokhiria spoke on the occasion. Bihar’s Minister Shri Giriraj Singh praised Gujarat’s development and made valuable points on agriculture growth.

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  • Gujarat's CM meet with a delegation from Denmark led by the Denmark?s envoy Mr. Freddy Svane.

    Chief Minister Narendra Modi today held a fruitful meet with a delegation from Denmark led by the Denmark’s envoy Mr. Freddy Svane.

    The delegation is on visit to Gandhinagar to take part in national seminar on livestock and dairy development at Mahatma Mandir. The delegation discussed with the Chief Minister for possible partnership between Gujarat and Denmark in different areas of development.

    “A high level delegation will visit Gujarat in coming months considering the possibility of partnership with Gujarat in the areas such as renewable energy, youth skill development, affordable housing, agro tech fair, water management and water leakage detection”, Mr. Svane said.

  • Gujarat's CM pays tributes to Iron Man of India Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel during All India Conference on Livestock and Dairy Development

    On Tuesday 11th June 2013 Shri Narendra Modi addressed the All India Conference on Livestock and Dairy Development at Gandhinagar’s iconic Mahatma Mandir. 20 states and over 200 districts of India were represented at the conference. The Ambassador of Denmark to India Mr. Freddy Svane was present on the occasion.

    During his speech the Chief Minister extended rich tributes to the Iron Man of India, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. Shri Modi also talked about the upcoming Statue of Unity Project and urged every village to contribute a piece (tool) of iron for this project. He affirmed, “Sardar Patel was not only a proud son of Gujarat but also a pillar of unity who undertook great efforts to unify the nation.” Shri Modi shared that as a tribute to Sardar Patel, the Gujarat Government is building the Statue of Unity, which will be among the largest statues in the world.

    In an appeal to the farmers, Shri Modi stated, “(To build this Statue of Unity) I need your help, I need the help of farmers. I am talking about this idea you for the first time in public. You may think Modi is asking for money but no, I am asking for emotional attachment. An attachment that will last for years.” He added, “I expect something from you. Sardar Patel was Loh Purush (Iron Man) and I want iron pieces from your villages. But we do not want any piece of iron, we want iron pieces (tools) used by farmers during farming. From 31st October, which is Sardar Jayanti, till 26th January we will go to the villages and collect iron blocks. And we need your help in this. We need iron to commemorate the iron man and that too iron used in farming, because after all Sardar Patel was the son of a farmer.” Shri Modi also showed a short film on the subject.

  • First automatic multi-storey public parking at Ahmedabad

    A seven story multilevel parking for two-wheelers and four-wheelers was inaugurated today near Kankaria lake front in Ahmedabad.

    The parking complex is standing over 3900 sq.m. plot with basement+ground+7 story builtup in 6650 sq.m area.

    It has capacity to accommodate 250 cars and 250 two-wheelers.

    There are two lifts for vertical movement and 4 shuttles for horizontal movements. A parked car will be brought to the exit gate in 3-4 minutes.

    Traffic barriers, ticketing machine, display of vacant slots, automatic parking system, swipe card, reader etc are used as technology support mechanisms.

    A sum of Rs 28.15 crore, spent for this complex came from Chief Minister’s urban development scheme fund.

    About Parking

    • Basement area: around 835 sq.m
    • Ground+seven floor area: around 5815 sq.m
    • 1st, 3rd, 5th floor for SUV(106 nos)
    • 2nd, 4th, 6th, 7th floor for general cars(144 nos)
    • 250 two wheeler parking


  • Fighting under-nutrition being a prerequisite to build human capital

    Education of women, improving the basic access to health services, quality of care for the child and pregnant mother and good hygiene practices have been the pillars on which Gujarat has tackled the silent epidemic of under-nutrition.

    With fighting under-nutrition being a prerequisite to build human capital, Gujarat has led from the front with proper planning and effective implementation of initiatives & schemes. The ability to take people centric decisions based on ground reality has prompted Gujarat to roll out initiatives which are aimed at community empowerment as well. Decisive steps taken by the State government to tackle under nutrition in children below 5 years have contributed in creating a Progressive Gujarat on all fronts.

    Emphasis to provide children with supplementary nutrition, immunization, periodical health check-ups and referral services have proved a handful in reducing under-nutrition in children below 5 years. Resilient political will, proactive governance and participative growth have shown that Gujarat is focused on acting on the problem rather than ignoring the same.

    So where does this vicious cycle of Malnutrition start? It starts with an underweight expectant mother, who is often burdened with pregnancy in her teens, inadequate spacing between successive children, excessive work and lack of appropriate nutrition and health care. The cycle continues with a low birth weight baby exposed to poor health, hygiene and nutrition practices who further develops into an underweight and stunted child. Thereafter, the new cycle of early marriage and pregnancy condemns yet another generation to this vicious cycle of malnutrition.

    Gujarat’s determination to identify the root of the epidemic and to exhaustively work to weed it out has set the tone in fighting under-nutrition. The catalysts to fight the epidemic have been the Anganwadis (Kindergarten). The holistic approach of the government to empower the Anganwadis and its workers on necessary information, services and skill building in tackling under-nutrition has reaped much needed rewards in seeing the discernible change in the state today. Gujarat is home to 52137 Anganwadi centers covering 62.60 lakh beneficiaries to all the schemes doled out by the State government which are operational in 336 blocks. Out of the 336 blocks, 80 blocks are in tribal areas and 23 blocks in urban slum areas. Anganwadis have also played a pivotal role in nutrition and health education for mothers and children below 6 years.

    57% of the population in Gujarat live in the villages, combatting the epidemic in villages has been the core area of focus for the State government. Through the Village Health sanitation and Nutrition Committee, the imperative has been to enhance community participation. In choosing women to play a significant role in this, Sakhi Mandals (self-help groups) and Matru Mandal (Mother support groups) were formed. Through this the State government was instrumental in giving women an opportunity for income generation and enhancing their social status by involving them in community care programs. Through Sakhi mandals, children in the age group of 3-6 years at Anganwadi centers are being provided hot cooked food like masala fada, sheera, sukhadi, gadya pudla etc, twice a week at Rs. 3 per beneficiary rate on no profit basis. In addition, a scheme for providing Sukhdi as Take Home Ration (THR) through 49,992 AWCs twice a week to 1,17,359 adolescent girls, pregnant women and lactating mothers is also operational.

    With an objective to inform, disseminate, sensitize and motivate the communities to utilize services like the ICDS, the Gram Sabhas (social audit forums), are organised by the Gram Panchayats twice a year. The ICDS in Gujarat is now revamping its strategy to provide the much needed focus on 10 most critical and essential interventions as suggestions as suggested by the Lancet, 2009 proven to reduce under-nutrition.

    Persistent efforts of the State government to raise the scale of skill development has prompted the Anganwadi centers to hold regular recipe shows/rasoi shows for the communities which showcase preparation of various nutritious recipes using the resources available locally.

    In a country which wants to reap its demographic dividend, the health of the under-six population is a huge concern. Malnutrition in infancy affects both the physical development and mental growth of a child. Thus, having understood that significant role that nutrition and mental stimulation received in the first three years of a child in his/her performance in school, Gujarat has paid specific attention to the under-six population. The Nutrition program has steered all the initiatives in tackling the epidemic for children below 6 years by ensuring periodic rise in supplementary nutrition given to them. Earlier, children under 6 years were given 300 calories and 8-10 grams of protein under the per child expenditure not exceeding Rs.2, the state government in 2009 revised these norms to 500 calories and 12-15 grams protein at the per child expenditure of Rs. 6 ( 2013-14). Children who are severely underweight below 6 years who were earlier given 600 calories and 16-20 grams of protein at the per child expenditure of Rs. 2.70, which was revised to 800 calories with 20-25 grams of proteins at the child expenditure of Rs.9(2013-14).

    Pregnant and lactating mothers has now been revised to serve 600 calories and 18-20 grams of protein at the cost of Rs. 7 per pregnant and lactating mother (2013 – 14).

    On understanding the criticality and the importance of the providing better to nutrition to girls, Gujarat began to give Sheera, Sukhadi, Upma and Ready to cook premix packets under SABLA since 2010 at Rs. 7 per beneficiary.

    In compliance with the Revised Feeding Norms (2009) by GoI, Gujarat initiated provision of ‘Ready to Cook’ Energy dense Micronutrient Fortified Blended Supplementary Food as Take Home Rations (THR). Bal Bhog for young children (6 m – 3 years) and Sheera, Upma and Sukhadi for adolescent girls, pregnant mothers were also provided. Pregnant mothers in Gujarat are now being educated on proper diet during pregnancy during Mamta Diwas [Village Health Nutrition Day]. Special schemes such as Kishori Shakti Yojana, SABLA, Mamta Taruni have also been launched to ensure education and nourishment of young adolescent girls. Under these schemes, the girls are given packets of premixes. The premixes are easy to make and act as supplements to the regular diet making up for the nutritional needs of the beneficiaries. In addition, adolescent girls, pregnant women and lactating mothers are also given iron folic tablets, calcium tablets and iodized salt at the Anganwadi centres.

    Under the Mission Balam Sukham of the Gujarat State Nutrition Mission (GSNM), Bal Shaktim Kendra is located at Anganwadis as a first level care centre for children without medical complications. This was introduced in the period January to March 2013; in total 2067 VCNCs were functional wherein 930 eligible children completed the 30 day camp. The strategy of Mission Balam Sukham will focus on both preventive and curative aspects, keeping in view the various stages of desirable interventions namely Adolescence, 9 months of pregnancy to first two years of life (critical 1000 days i.e. (-) minus 9 months to 2 years of age and for children up to 6 years of age. For the management of severely acute Malnourished Children, 26 Bal Sanjeevani Kendras [Nutrition Rehabilitation Centers] have also been set up. E-Mamta Mother and Child Tracking System have been developed for tracking every child.

    Mobile Anganwadi Vans are on the move in all the districts to address the nourishment needs of the people living in remote areas. Annaprashann Divas, which is celebrated on every fourth friday of every month, emphasizes the importance of initiation of Complementary Feeding (CF) at 7 months and to strengthen infant and young children feeding practices (IYCF) and Mamta Diwas, which is celebrated on a selected wednesday of the month, on this day services of ICDS i.e. vaccination, weighing, counseling and distribution of THR to all beneficiaries are provided.

    In essence after making rapid economic development for the past 10 years Gujarat has paid careful attention to social indices which guarantees human development. Proactive governance has helped the state stich the gap of Economic Development with Human Development ensuring holistic growth of demographic segments of Gujarat.

  • Surat will be the first city in Gujarat to have 24 hours water supply facility

    The city of Surat will be perhaps the first city in Gujarat to have 24 hours water supply facility.

    A proposal of tender process for execution of pilot project has been made in the standing committee meeting of Surat Municipal Corporation(SMC).

    The pilot project according to sources will be executed in Mota Varachha, Utran, Amroli, Kosad, Chhaparbhatha, Variyav areas. The tenders were floated, and tender of Shri Rang Sales Corporation’s Accord Marketing and Services, Mumbai is likely to get approval. A decision on this will be made on Monday.

    The contractor will be given five years contract. The SMC will supply daily 25-50 MLD water which would be later scaled up to 90 MLD. The SMC will also give rights to use the main line and internal pipe line network. The contractor will be responsible for water supply and maintenance of network. He will put meters and execute the billing process. The contractor will be responsible to solve complains regarding leaking in a day.

    Around one lakh people will get round the clock water supply facility. One shall need to pay Rs 4.50 per 1000 liter water. SMC will collect the money. Contractor will be paid Rs 20.59 crore for five years. SMC is likely to earn more than Rs 60 crore through this project which is likely to serve over four lakh people.

  • Gujarat CM condoles passing away of Finance Minister Shri P Chidambaram?s Mother

    On the morning of Friday 7th June 2013 Shri Narendra Modi condoled the passing away of Finance Minister Shri P Chidambaram’s mother, Smt. Lakshmi Palaniappan. Smt. Lakshmi Palaniappan passed away in Chennai this morning.

    Speaking after landing in Goa, where he will attend the BJP Office Bearers and National Executive Meet in the coming 2 days, Shri Modi said, “When I was leaving from Ahmedabad I got to know that the Finance Minister, Shri P Chidambaram’s mother has passed away. I pray to Almighty that her soul rests in peace and my condolences to the entire family. May God give them strength.”

    Before leaving for Goa the Chief Minister had Tweeted, “Sad to know about demise of Shri P Chidambaram’s mother, Smt. Lakshmi Palaniappan. My condolences to the family. May her soul rest in peace.”

  • AMC says, "Adopt a street" to Amdavadis

    AHMEDABAD: In yet another experiment in partnering with people, the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) plans to ask citizens to adopt streets and take care of their surroundings-right from taking care of the green cover to ensuring that no one litters the streets or their sidewalks. According to sources, the AMC will reveal its plan in a few days.

    This model is quite successful in some US cities and has been in use since 1998. In Ahmedabad, the plan is being formulated in partnership with the city's Rotary Club.

    "If you really want to make a difference to your neighborhood, here is your chance. Instead of blaming the municipal corporation for all civic problems, residential societies and corporate groups can take care of the streets. The AMC will provide them all help," said a senior AMC official.

    The 'Adopt-A-Street' program envisages partnership between the AMC and people living in various commercial and residential areas. Under the scheme, groups or individuals agree to adopt an area and take responsibility for keeping its street and sidewalks, and even storm drains clean. In return, the AMC will provide free facilities and perks.

    The AMC has also come up with a detailed list of trees that will be planted along central verges of roads and along the sidewalks.

    More than 20,000 trees will be planted along 250 km of roads in the city in the first phase. The trees that have been selected for the programme include gulmohar, jacaranda, tabebuia rosea, spathodea, neem, borsali, kadam, and peltophorum.

    "The programme envisages a cleaner, more pleasant environment for everyone who lives, works and shops in the adopted areas. It will also strengthen community ties as neighbors and merchants will work together to keep their streets clean," the official said.

  • Hon'ble Chief Minister addressing the primary school teachers Across Gujarat

    On the morning of Thursday 6th June 2013 Shri Narendra Modi addressed over 2.20 lakh primary school teachers from across Gujarat via video conferencing. The address was a part of the training programme for the teachers. The Chief Minister recalled the contribution of his own teachers and at the same time stressed on the importance of learning in our lives. He stated that one of the biggest successes of a teacher is when the teacher is able to teach the student in a method that inspired the student. Shri Modi urged the teachers to make optimum use of the training programme and absorb new things from here.

    Shri Modi affirmed, “The child of Gujarat, their lives and future are of utmost importance and we need your help in shaping their lives. It is about the future.” Summing up the essence of the training the Chief Minister declared, “After this training when you go among your students, they must feel inspired and can learn something new.” He also urged the teachers to understand the essence of this effort closely.

    In his speech, the Chief Minister asked the teachers to inspire their students to do creative things. Recalling an anecdote from his childhood the Chief Minister said, “I remember one of my teachers did something new. He kept a diary and asked the person who came first to write the first sentence. Then, the rest followed suit. We saw that the students were really excited to come and write the first sentence. Later, the teacher read out the sentences and we were shocked that we wrote all that,” and further said, “It was a teacher that inspired us to think, put our thoughts and these were no expert professors but school teachers.”

    Referring to the teachers, Shri Modi avowed, “You are not teachers only due to the degrees you have. You become a teacher from the mind and from your actions. Ask yourselves- are you a teacher? And if you are a teacher you must see the lives of the students that you are shaping. A teacher who is only waiting for the bell to end the day can never shape minds. But a teacher who thinks about the pupil, the pupil’s future is a true teacher.” He urged the teachers to take care of the pupils like they would do to their own children, saying, “Just like you do not see the growth of your children in parts but in entirety, you should see your students like that as well.” He also said that the teachers would feel very proud when a former student of theirs stops their BMW car and touches their feet recalling their experience in the classroom. “I am sure you all will be very touched. This is a true delight of life and what you are doing is the Shikshak Dharma,” he opined.

    The Chief Minister told the teachers that they have got an excellent opportunity to shape the lives of youngsters and they must not let go of it. Recalling an experience during one of his Gunotsav visits he stated, “I went to meet local teachers during Gunotsav. Usually the Chief Minister does not meet teachers so they were all surprised. During the meeting one teacher started crying. I asked what happened? The teacher said both my husband and I are teaching in this school for the last seven years but if we had taught properly, you would not have had to come.” Shri Modi went on to say, “You need not do anything more. Even if you do perform your basic responsibilities there is no way your school cannot get A grade.”

    Urging teachers not to let problems affect the child, Shri Modi declared, “Agitations and your demands are understandable, we can sort all of that out by talking but we cannot sacrifice the future of our little students, which is of prime importance. There may be problems but there is no fault of the child.” Shri Modi talked about the need for teachers to have a spirit of positivity in their lives so that they can wonderfully perform their role of making students powerhouses of knowledge.

    He affirmed that a good teacher is one who is present both from the mind and the body. Emphasizing on the importance of learning, he asked the teachers share with their families what new things they learnt and not shy away from admitting that they learnt something new. He said that it is important new thoughts keep coming in the minds of the teachers. Giving an example he said, “There was a teacher in Dahod. That teacher taught poems in a language that the tribal students understand. Students in Kutch speak a different language. We should make efforts to think of ways in which they too can understand what is being taught. All this is not in the syllabus but the mind must be ready. Once we affirm to make a difference in the mind, the results will be good.”

    Shri Modi pointed to the importance of the spirit of community and togetherness and how that is possibly in decline these days. He said, “We need to get the society towards Samoohikta. Earlier this was prevalent but today children are restricted to their own television, own games…the time of playing together is going. The West is taking great efforts to discover this sprit of Samoohikta but for us, it has been a part of our culture. You as teachers must think of how the entire class can flourish together as a community. Again, this is not in the syllabus but it is about living for the society and doing something for the nation.”

    Shri Modi recalled how after becoming the Chief Minister he invited all his teachers and honoured them. He also urged the primary school teachers to interact with him through social media such as Twitter and Facebook.

  • Hon'ble CM with Ministers and officials to brainstorm about upcoming Kanya Kelavani and Shala Praveshotsav drives

    Thursday at Gandhinagar Gujarat's CM participated in a dialogue with Ministers and officials to brainstorm about the upcoming Kanya Kelavani and Shala Praveshotsav drive. The drive will be held in two phases, 13th-14th-15th June in rural areas and 20th-21st-22nd June in urban areas. Shri Modi inspired the Ministers and officials to make the drive a success and spoke about the importance of these initiatives vis-à-vis the development journey of Gujarat. Shri Modi’s address was heard by senior officials in the various districts of Gujarat. Those officials who returned from deputation in Delhi were also present during the interaction, which was held in the Sabarmati Hall of Swarnim Sankul-1.

    The Chief Minister stated that the Kanya Kelavani initiative has been going on for the last decade and it has brought about a paradigm shift in the thought process of the state Government. He went on to say that it not only created a collective strength and a trust but also integrated every Government department with the education department and the entire team worked in mission mode to make it a success. Shri Modi remarked that this year the Government expects a significant reduction in the drop out rate after Class VII.

    The Chief Minister recalled that earlier the ritual of teachers coming and going when as soon as the bell rings was prevalent across the state but this initiative has brought about a change. Talking about Gunotsav he pointed out, “Earlier the picture was disappointing. There were districts with no school with A-grade. If we had not undertaken initiatives such as Gunotsav, salaries would have been paid to teachers, students would come and go but with Gunotsav, we also realized the problem and the cure.”

    Shri Modi urged the officials to make an emotional appeal to the parents and teachers alike. “You do not know what role you can play! When you go among the people, they will think- if the person standing in front of me has done all this then why can’t I? Thus, go meet them, create a trust,” he told the officials and Ministers who were present. He also added that people must not participate in this initiative merely for the sake of participating. He shared that the joy of participating in Kanya Kelavani and Shala Praveshotsav is extremely satisfying.

    Speaking about the success of the Shala Praveshotsav initiative, Shri Modi said, “Thanks to this initiative we came out of the stagnancy and now we want to work on quality…We want to give importance to capacity building.” He urged the officials to carefully check their programmes, including the minute details.

    The Chief Minister stressed on the use of technology in the working of the Government. He opined that a lot more can be done as far as integrating technology in the working of the Government is concerned. He said, “Like our lives are incomplete without mobile phones, it will be the same for technology. Everything will be linked to it. Just recently I got an email that showed the world’s first virtual mall. Everything was displayed digitally and one can come place the order and leave. See how technology has come in to our lives!” Likewise, he stressed on the need of integrating our youth with technology.

    Shri Modi opined that the problem of development for the urban poor was more complex that that of their rural counterparts. He said that this is because there is no clear monitoring mechanism. Shri Modi remarked that the problems associated with education of the urban poor are also very different. He urged the officials and Ministers to make the urban Kanya Kelavani and Shala Praveshotsav drive a success. “We get a chance to go among the people and to work towards bringing a change in their lives.”

    In his speech, the Chief Minister talked about the talent pool initiative that has had incredible results. “We have got almost 100% results…slum children have become skilled,” Shri Modi opined. He recalled his visit to Narmada district in a new school where children of tribal communities were speaking fluent English. He stated that there is no stone that cannot become a sculpture (Murthy), all it needs is a hand that can guide it.

    Education Minister Shri Bhupendrasinh Chudasama and Minister of State for Education Smt. Vasuben Trivedi spoke on the occasion. Ms. Sangita Singh, senior official in the Primary Education Department gave a detailed presentation on the occasion.

  • Hon'ble CM of Gujarat has attended CM?s Conference on Internal Security in New Delhi

    On Wednesday 5th June 2013 Shri Narendra Modi will travel to New Delhi to participate in the Conference of Chief Ministers on Internal Security, which will be presided by the Prime Minister.

    Shri Narendra Modi has always maintained a very tough line on internal security of the nation. In the wake of the gruesome attack in Chhattisgarh, Shri Narendra Modi had said that the attack was nothing but an attack on democracy and that the entire nation must adopt zero tolerance towards terrorism and Naxalism. He had also called for the entire nation to stand united and fight these menaces together.

    The Chief Minister had attended the last Conference on Internal Security called by the PM in April 2012 where he had slammed the unilateral approach of the Centre on issues on national security.

    He has been a leading voice in opposing the anti-federal spirit of the proposed NCTC for which he has not only written to the Prime Minister but also spoken at a CM’s Conference on NCTC in May last year.

    The Gujarat Assembly had also passed the GUJCOC Bill but it has been awaiting the nod of the Gujarat Governor for a long time.

  • Delegation of Latin American & Caribbean Countries calls on Gujarat's Chief Minister


    New Delhi: A delegation of Latin American & Caribbean Countries (LAC) today called on Gujarat Chief Minister Shri Narendra Modi here in Gujarat Bhawan to boost bilateral ties between the two regions. The Ambassadors and High Commissioners of 20 LAC countries met Shri Modi and discussed latest regional and international developments as well as ways to boost bilateral trade relations.

    Mr. Jaime Nualart, the Ambassador of Mexico in his capacity as Chair of the Group of LAC led the delegation.

    Addressing the delegation, Gujarat Chief Minister said that Latin America has always been a valued trade partner of India and a prominent investment region for Indian investors. Talking about Gujarat, we have a number of common interests like Hydro Carbon resources of your regions, agriculture, food processing as well as dairy, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, auto parts, diamonds, textiles and garments. Infrastructure sector and tourism promotion are other areas where Gujarat can offer a lot to LAC countries, he noted.

    Gujarat has recently acquired huge strength in iron and steel industries whereas plastics have been its traditional industry, Shri Modi said adding that tobacco is another area of Gujarat where we can add value and increase business.

    The Gujarat Chief Minister recalled the social patterns that both regions share with Latin America participating in last two Vibrant Gujarat summits and Navratri celebrtaions. We have been sending our delegations to invite the companies in LAC region to the mega-business event and to explore business opportunities. Many Gujarat-based companies are already doing good trade with LAC region, few of them also having physical presence in some of the countries, Shri Modi informed the gathering.

    The diplomats, in turn, congratulated Shri Modi for making Gujarat the growth engine of India and shown keen interest to strengthen the trade and business relations between State of Gujarat and LAC region. They were impressed with all round development of Gujarat under leadership of Shri Narendra Modi.

    Addressing the meeting which lasted for over two hours, Shri Modi said that like India, all Latin American countries are working to enable our respective people to enjoy quality life. There is tremendous scope to learn from each other especially in delivering various services with use of technology and people’s empowerment. In this field, we are natural partners, he added.

    Narrating the achievements of Gujarat in different sectors like healthcare, education, drinking water, sanitation, skill development, agriculture, agro-processing, water management, etc., where Gujarat has done truly remarkable work and people have benefitted tremendously, the Gujarat Chief Minister informed the diplomats that we would like to share these ideas, innovations, technology, processes, etc. for mutual benefit of both the regions.

    In Gujarat, we have four agricultural universities and world famous dairy industry. Gujarat is the only state in the world having a forensic science university. Shri Modi pointed out that Gujarat has a 200 sq km area where protein-rich wheat is cultivated. He further stated that such innovations can be tapped by Latin American Countries through collaboration in agriculture, dairy, horticulture, etc. Gujarat is known for using Information Technology in governance and service delivery, grievance redressal, etc. We would be too happy to share these innovations with you, he told the delegates.

    In Gujarat, we have State sector companies in fertilizer, petroleum, natural gas, etc. We would like to enter into partnership with LAC for the mutual benefit. Shri Modi also informed that Gujarat has an extensive skill development programme-engaging and harnessing its youth.

    Exploring the issue of tourism opportunities between Gujarat and LAC countries, he said that there is huge scope for Latin American investment in beach tourism and cruise tourism in Gujarat with its 1600 km coastline offering tremendous business opportunities.

    Besides Mr. Jaime Nualart, Ambassador of Mexico, Ambassadors who attended meeting include Mr. Julio De La Guardia (Panama), Mr. Javier Paulinich (Republic of Peru), Ms. Aashna Kanhai (Republic of Suriname), Mr. Carlos Duarte (Brazil), Mr. Cristian Barros (Republic of Chile), Mr. Juan Alfredo Pinto Saavedra (Colombia), Mr. Cesar Ferrer (Uruguay), Ms. Milena Santana Ramirez (Venezuela), Mr. Genaro V. Pappalardo (Paraguay), Mr. Frank Hans Dannerberg Castellanos (Dominican Republic), Mr. Jorge Cardenas (Bolivia) and Mr. Juan F. Cordero (Costa Rica) The diplomats from the country of Argentina, Republic of Ecuador, Guyana, Trinidad & Tobago, El Salvador and Guatemala also participated in the meeting.

    Shri G.C. Murmu, Principal Secretary to CM and Shri Bharat Lal, Resident Commissioner participated in the meeting.

  • Hon'ble Chief Minister demands white paper on internal security in Annual Conference


    New Delhi : Gujarat Chief Minister Shri Narendra Modi today demanded a white paper on internal security situation in the country, which continues to be vulnerable to the threats posed by cross border terrorism and left wing extremism; besides becoming increasingly susceptible to newer forms of security threats such as cyber-attacks, narco-terrorism and terror-financing. He also criticized the UPA Government for raising a pitch for national security but indulges only in political security.

    Speaking at the Conference on internal security convened by the Government of India under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh in the presence of various Chief Ministers at Vigyan Bhawan here, Shri Modi affirmed that a two-pronged strategy must be followed to tackle Left-Wing Extremism. We do not have a pre-emptive strategy but only a reactionary strategy. There is an urgent need to not only focus upon Maoist violence-affected states but also Maoist violence-targeted regions.

    From Pashupati to Tirupati, Maoists have spread a bloodied red corridor. Now they are targeting areas of the country which are the drivers of the industrial progress of the country, he said, adding that he had earlier informed the Prime Minister about the potential targeting of the ‘Golden Corridor’ of the Pune-Mumbai-Ahmedabad industrial belt by the Left Wing Extremism’s document on its urban plan. This had been proved in the written reply given by GoI in a Lok Sabha question on October 13, 2011. He demanded that the Central Government must convene a separate meeting of Maoist-targeted States on the lines of the meeting of Naxal-affected States slated later for the day.

    Urging the Prime Minister to disband the NCTC proposal for once and all, the Gujarat Chief Minister asserted that the Centre is constantly weakening the federal structure in the name of setting up newer superstructures. He further stated that this will add to multiplicity of existing agencies and will destroy the Constitutional fabric of the well-established agencies in the country.

    He cited the example of how MAC (Multi Agency Centre) was established under the Intelligence Bureau but now it is proposed to be shifted to Ministry of Home Affairs. There remains considerable scope for further strengthening of its functioning such that it can provide more actionable intelligence inputs on a real time basis.

    On the issue of Modernization of Police Force in the context of funding, many states had made a special request for 100 per cent central funding of the MPF Scheme central funding of the MPF Scheme and not burdening the State Government with a 25 per cent share. But, the Union government instead of agreeing to the same, chose to increase the state share from 25 per cent to 40 per cent. Is this how Go I react to the suggestions of State Governments, he questioned.

    Shri Modi pointed out that to strengthen the Coastal Security Mechanism inGujaratState, a Marine Commando Battalion has been created, with its recruitment already underway. In order to setting up of a Marine Police Training Academy in Gujarat, the Union Home Ministry had initially asked for 25 acres of land to set up such a training academy, which the Gujarat Government had promptly responded to, agreeing to provide it for free. Subsequently, the requirement of land was increased to 250 acres. This too the Government of Gujarat conveyed willingness to provide for free – identifying the land in Dwarka, inJamnagardistrict.

    He asked the Central government to call a separate meeting of Chief Ministers of all maritime states to discuss all such issues related to coastal and maritime security in a comprehensive manner.

    The Gujarat Chief Minister suggested entrusting border fencing to an organization created along the lines of the Border Road Organisation (BRO) – a company of defence personnel / engineering corps to undertake such work instead of the present CPWD.

    He further emphasized that to strengthen our border security solar parks should come up on international borders of Gujarat and Rajasthan, making the borders ofIndia more secure and also benefitting the energy sector of the country.

    Shri Modi also demanded speedy implementation of the recommendations of Sarkaria Commission and Punchchi Commission on settling the inter-state conflicts and Centre-States disputes in an amicable manner.

    Gujarat Chief Minister opined that a strong message should emanate from this meeting that the entire country supports the state of Chhattisgarh and its Chief Minister Shri Raman Singh. He further stressed on zero tolerance towards Left Wing Extremism.

    Shri Modi drew the attention of the august gathering to the Andhra Pradesh incident where a District Collector was kidnapped by Maoists who demanded release of their seven cadres, which included a chairperson of an NGO run by a member of the National Advisory Council!

    Gujarat Minister of State for Home Shri Rajanikant Patel, Principal Secretary Shri G.C.Murmu (Law & Order) Shri Amitabh Pathak, Director General of Police and Resident Commissioner Shri Bharat Lal attended the meeting.

  • Hon'ble CM's speech at the Conference of Chief Ministers on Internal Security in New Delhi


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  • Hon'ble CM of Gujarat calls upon people on ?Beti Bachavo? and ?Pani Bachavo? campaigns in north Gujarat

    Chief Minister Narendra Modi has called upon people of various communities in north Gujarat to embark on ‘Beti Bachavo’ (Save Girl Child) and ‘Pani Bachavo’ (Save Water) campaigns.

    Addressing to a huge gathering of Samasta Anjana Chaudhary Samaj at Arbudadham, 20 km from Mehsana, the Chief Minister asked people to stop discriminating between boy and girl and refrain from female feticide. He also appealed farmers to save water and make use of drip irrigation as the economy in north Gujarat is based chiefly on agriculture and animal husbandry.

    Pran-pratishtha mahotsav of Goddess Arbuda at Arbuda Dham, kuldevi of Samasta Anjana Chaudhary Samaj, concluded today near Gadha-Basana on Mehsana-Visnagar road. On the occasion, women of Anjana community vowed for undertaking the campaigns against female feticide and for conservation of water.

    On the occasion, the Chief Minister felicitated Mr. Pratap Ganpatbhai Chaudhary, who undertook a yatra for three years for building up Arbuda Dham and for raising people’s awareness. He also distributed educational prizes to students for higher studies. Mr. Modi also greeted the community leaders and donor families.

    Offering prayers at the temple of Goddess Arbuda Mr. Modi greeted the people of Chaudhary families who thronged the venue in large numbers. Mr. Modi said that it is a historical event to build a temple for social awareness and for edification purpose, and the efforts of all those who have contributed for this cause, including Mr. Pratapbhai Ganeshbhai Chaudhary is worth appreciation.

    Youths of 1253 villages donated their blood and such 1253 bottles of blood was collected on the venue as a part of the celebration, which was handed over to the blood banks by the Chief Minister.

    Speaking on the occasion the Chief Minister said our culture has worshiped mothers from ages in various forms such as Goddess Amba, Goddess Lakshmi, Goddess Bahuchar and Goddess Anjani, among others. It is contradictory to worship female power at one hand and to kill female fetus on the other. “With such a cultural backdrop it is necessary that our society take vow for refraining from the sin of female feticide. Besides, the female feticide will also disturb natural cycle and the gender balance in the society”, he said.

    Speaking about the girls taking lead in various areas in the present times the Chief Minister said, “Nowadays the girls are seen more capable of taking care of their parents and excel in education and professions than boys.”

    Referring to the farmers of Mehsana district lagging behind in using of drip irrigation comparing to their counterparts in Banaskantha, Sabarkantha and Ahmedabad the Chief Minister said the use of drip irrigation has witnessed leapfrog in last decade resulting into a huge increase in cultivable land from 12000 hectares to 12 lakh hectares. He said that since the state government gives 95% assistance to the farmers for drip irrigation setup the farmers only need to bear remaining 5%. Appealing farmers to conserve and use every drop of water Mr. Modi said the policy of ‘Per drop – more crop’ will fetch greater returns in the coming times.

    Mr. Modi who hails from Vadnagar in north Gujarat also acknowledged the contribution of his teachers from Chaudhary community in shaping up of his life. The society which has such strong teachers also have might to successfully embark on the campaigns like Beti Bachavo and Pani Bachavo.

    Speaking on the occasion Finance Minister Nitin Patel said the vows taken by the people of Anjana Chaudhary community today best describe their might to prosper. The community is also forefront in the field of agriculture and dairy production, he added.

    Pushpa Shashtriji, sadhvi from Hariyana-Revari, pointed out that people of entire nation has rest their only hope on Mr. Narendra Modi, who has committed his life for the unity and dignity of India.

    Ministers of State Parbat Patel and Rajanibhai Patel, Cooperative dairy sector leader Vipul Chaudhary, MPs, MLAs, leaders of Chaudhary community and trustees of Arbuda Dham were present on the occasion.

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  • To present priceless Indian treasures, Ancient age culture meets new age technology

    India with its vibrant culture and traditions has been guiding people from all over the world since ancient times. But there has been no organized effort to present all its scriptural treasures under one single roof. This wealth of information has to be stored and passed on to the coming generations. After spending considerable thought on this, I decided to contribute in whatever way I could, in reviving interest in our scriptural knowledge by initiating this website, an offering of Shrivedant Foundation which I had founded in the year 2001, which also got support from my husband Shri Kamal Shah.

    The Foundation is actively spearheading various charitable activities like building temples, starting an online Vedic University, designing online Vedic course curriculum, establishing Gaushalas, conducting yagnas and spiritual classes worldwide besides many others. More details of the activities can be found on the website  I am confident that we can bring our ancient Indian traditions and new age technology together, in a fascinating manner on the Internet. Here my educational background has come in handy. As a lifelong student of Vedanta, having read many of our sacred texts and scriptures I am quite certain I can put this knowledge to good use.

    My meeting with Shri Narendra Modi, Honourable Chief Minister of Gujarat in February this year was a blessing as I had the opportunity to present details about this unique portal to him in person. His guidance has been invaluable and based on the CM’s suggestions I was able to meet many people who are like minded and who would help in providing content and support for this project. The Chief Minister further helped in giving direction to many of my ideas and inspired me with his feedback and advice. His erudition and foresight would certainly encourage us to carry on our mission with zeal.

    India, in addition to being the largest democracy in the world, is a country of diverse languages, regional dance forms, dialects, food habits, political parties, different attires and musical gharanas. For thousands of years, it has been the land of rituals, traditions, scriptures, practices, manuscripts, shlokas, mantras, extremely advanced sciences, a complete lifestyle and more. Indian contributions to various fields such as mathematics, medicine, yoga, science, life science, relationships, music, dance forms, and so on, are a result of study, research and experimentation of many rishis and seers born millions of years back.

    This priceless collection is not easily accessible to everyone in today’s time as it is written in Sanskrit and we have unfortunately lost touch with the language and hence, very few of us are aware of its existence and practical importance in our daily life. Making generous use of latest technology in the presentation of the content and features in a manner most practical for everyday use, has core content that is contributed by authorities in the field and hence authentic and complete. USPs of the website are its completeness, authenticity, features, ease of practical use, elegant presentation, opportunity to participate in discussion forums, free registration, various courses available to choose from, opportunity to contribute to the content, and offer charity to save temples and manuscripts.

    Our goal is to create a one stop portal for Indian scriptures belonging to various school of thoughts such as Hinduism, Sikhism, Jainism, Buddhism and so on, epics and books contributed by renowned gurus, scholars and institutions, compiled and presented in logical, scientific and rational manner. The website is an online platform for people across the globe to connect to scholars and Vedic scientists. They can interact with them and exchange their views and ideas. It is created keeping in view everyone’s needs and hence surfers from all age groups will benefit from it.

    The site will effectively support those who want to save and promote libraries, manuscripts and rare books on Vedic culture. Online live support will be extended to all users to help clarify their doubts and queries. The site will be launched in various phases and viewers will get fresh content every month. Viewers will get an opportunity to get live relay of various temples, video conferencing, blogging, downloading various mantra, shloka and puja, learn various aspects of Vedic society in the form of course curriculum, watch videos of various rituals to learn more about them in the near future.

    With its interactive, user friendly features we hope to attract our readers to meaningfully contribute by participating in discussions, volunteer for other service activities mentioned in the portal so that it will be a rewarding exercise. Our Scriptural inheritance is very vast and each day helps us to uncover many new facets which bring about a fresh perspective in our understanding. Try hard as we might it would not be possible to completely exhaust exploring this treasure chest in our lifetime and so we would like you to join us in this mission of spreading the light of knowledge. Come let us journey together to rediscover the glory of Bharat.

    Vaishali Shah

    President – Shrivedant Foundation

  • Hon'ble Chief Minister of Gujarat meets Shri Manoj Vora, first person of Gujarati origin to climb Mount Everest

    On the morning of Saturday 1st June 2013 Shri Narendra Modi met Shri Manoj Vora, the first person of Gujarati origin to scale the world’s highest peak, Mount Everest. Speaking after the meeting with the Chief Minister, Shri Vora said that the meeting was very pleasant, inspiring and satisfying. Shri Vora shared that Shri Modi spoke to his family, heard a message from his parents and when his younger sister asked for an autograph, Shri Modi penned a short poem where he talked about Shri Vora’s feat. “It was out of the world, he (referring to Shri Modi) is so talented. I always respected him but it increased even more today,” Shri Vora pointed out.

    Shri Vora said that Gujaratis have made a name for their advances in business but he also wanted to inspire them to climb peaks. He recalled that in 2003 he read a book called Seven Summits, which covered the experiences of Richard Bass, who scaled the seven highest peaks in the seven continents of the world in 1985. The book inspired him and he embarked on this journey to scale the Seven Summits in 2004. Finally, on 22nd May 2013, nine years after he started, Shri Vora scaled Mount Everest and thus scaled all the Seven Summits.

    Hailing from a Jain, Vaniya and Vegetarian family, Shri Vora spoke about how his vegetarianism was not an impediment to scaling the peaks. He added that he has been in USA for the last 24 years but has remained a vegetarian. He said that he would remain a vegetarian for his entire life. Shri Vora pointed that it was the Namokar Mantra that kept in inspired and motivated him to scale the peaks.

    In his message to the youth, Shri Vora stated that he wanted to inspire the youth to start dreaming big and work hard to realize their dreams. He urged them to help others once their own dreams are fulfilled.

  • Gujarat's CM meets HJC President Shri Kuldeep Bishnoi in Gandhinagar

    On Thursday 30th May 2013 Shri Narendra Modi met Lok Sabha MP from Hissar and President of the Haryana Janhit Congress Shri Kuldeep Bishnoi in Gandhinagar. Shri Bishnoi described Shri Modi as a visionary and a legendary leader who has made a place in the hearts of people across the world and added that he has been deeply inspired by Shri Narendra Modi’s leadership.

    Shri Kuldeep Bishnoi, who is the son of former Haryana Chief Minister Shri Bhajan Lal is on his first visit to Gujarat and said that he is deeply impressed with the development in Gujarat and that he has seen for himself all that he has been reading about Gujarat’s development. He credited Shri Modi with the development and pointed that it can be an inspiration for other states as well. He affirmed that Shri Modi is a role model not only among the youth but also among the every section of society.

  • Microsoft senior executives meet Gujarat Chief Minister

    Microsoft’s government and business head for Asia Ken Wye Swa and its India operation’s Arun Rajamani met Chief Minister Narendra Modi here today and offered to provide mobile governance in Human Resource Management (HRM) to disseminate information about government services to the target groups and people in a simpler and more effective way.

    Mr. Modi said that Gujarat Government has prepared a long-term strategy for application of technology for good governance. He stressed on the need to apply technology to encompass every aspect of government employees’ service records from recruitment to retirement.

    He looked forward to software that would ensure seamless flow of records, from announcement of vacancies to transfer, posting and promotions, with optimum utilization of incumbents. He listed steps that the government had already taken in greater use of mobiles and smart phones, the objective being empowerment of the lowest strata of the people.

    Microsoft senior executives were impressed by Gujarat Government’s initiative in application of technology in good governance and expressed desire to partner Gujarat’s march to development.

    Chief Minister’s Principal Secretary A.K. Sharma was present during the meeting.

  • Union Cabinet Minister Shri Dinsha Patel meets Gujarat's CM in Gandhinagar

    On Tuesday 28th May 2013 Union Cabinet Minister for Mines and Lok Sabha MP from Kheda in Gujarat Shri Dinsha Patel met Shri Narendra Modi at Swarnim Sankul-I in Gandhinagar.

  • On birth anniversary of Veer Savarkar : Hon'ble Chief Minister

    On the morning of 28th May 2013 Shri Narendra Modi paid floral tributes to noted freedom fighter Shri Veer Savarkar at the Vidhan Sabha building in Gandhinagar today.

  • Gujarat model to manage highways

    As the UPA government approaches the end of its tenure, India’s roads and highways sector has hit a roadblock. In the first few months of 2013, two major bidders had backed out of contracts with the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) they had won earlier. They claimed that delays in approvals have led to major cost escalations and have asked for relaxation in the payment of premiums. During the last financial year, the NHAI has not received a single bid for building highways in the public-private partnership (PPP) mode. Many projects awarded in 2011-12 and 2010-11 on this basis have yet to take off. The situation is so bad that during 2012-13, the UPA government could award only 24 per cent of its target of 9,500km of road projects.

    Driven to desperation, the government has quietly dumped the much-touted PPP model and decided to revert to the traditional engineering procurement construction contracts (EPCs), in which the government funds highway constructions through taxpayer’s money. This is bound to upset calculations of the Planning Commission which envisaged that PPP projects would account for at least a quarter of the total investments in highway infrastructure by 2020. Builders attribute their reluctance to invest in highway projects to delay in land acquisition and environmental clearances.

    As NHAI returns to the EPC mode, fears about quality of roads and crony capitalism are bound to haunt the highway sector. New Delhi will do well to take a leaf from the Gujarat government’s management of the highways. Following the Chinese model, it is given sufficient powers at every level of the decision making and execution process. At the same time, it has ensured that there is total accountability at every level and has been taking quick action in case of negligence or wilful default. The state’s highways system has seen a massive expansion in the last ten years without compromising on quality and the World Bank has asked other states to replicate the Gujarat model.

  • BRTS win 2 awards at UITP World Congress in Geneva

    Ahmedabad BRTS popularly known as Janmarg , continues its glorious run both on and off the road. On the road, it caters successfully to thousands of people everyday. Off the road, Ahmedabad BRTS has won various award of national and international repute.

    The latest award comes from the International Association of Public Transport (UITP), which is the international body of Urban Transport agencies in the world. Ahmedabad Janmarg Limited –AJL has won two awards at 60th UITP World Congress, Geneva on 27th May, 2013. AJL-AMC and CEPT have received award in the category of ‘UITP India Political Commitment Award’ and ‘Design Award for BRTS’. This award was given by Mr. Peter Hendy, President Elect UITP, in the presence of other UITP delegates from all over the world and delegates from India.

    Ahmedabad started its BRT system in 2009. Since its inauguration in October 2009, Janmarg has been accepted as the first “complete” BRTS in India and has influenced planning and design choices in other cities – in India and abroad. The trans-vision of Ahmedabad is captioned as ‘Accessible Ahmedabad’. As part of this vision, the Ahmedabad BRTS is officially called ‘Janmarg’ – the people’s way.

    Janmarg in Ahmedabad went through the whole gamut of choices before choosing a certain design approach. Ahmedabad was willing to be flexible to change key design elements even during implementation stage. Janmarg was and is still seen as a long term infrastructure provision and every element was discussed, debated, and even experimented before the final decision. Many of these experiments led to innovations and best practices.

    Janmarg is designed as a strategic intervention, to attract latent transit demand, improve air quality and help the city remain compact. The guiding principles for the selection of the network corridors are the ability to reach a larger segment of people. Also considered was the corridor’s ability to accommodate BRTS treatment, integrate well within the existing infrastructure, contribute to ease the traffic problems in a significant way, provide opportunities for improvements in land use, be implemented quickly, inexpensively and provide potential for cost-recovery.

    In today’s world of advanced technologies, Janmarg employs an Intelligent Transport System (ITS) to improve customer convenience, speed, reliability and safety. This system continuously monitors buses from the control centre through GPS (Global Positioning System) devices fitted in all buses. ITS gives passenger’s information about the real-time bus arrivals at the bus stations. Announcements are made in the buses about the arrival of the stations.

  • Opening of Swaminarayan Gurukul International School at Morbi

    Ahmedabad, Friday: Chief Minister Narendra Modi today announced Gujarat Government’s latest three-fold initiative in education to build one technically-sound Model Smart School, one environmentally conscious Green School and one Modern Sports School in each district with people’s participation.

    He said the Centre’s step motherly treatment to Gujarat is visible even in the field of education. The Central Government does not pay even a paisa to Gujarat for the former’s Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan at the primary school.

    Speaking at a function to mark the Inauguration of a new sprawling campus of Rajkot Swaminarayan Gururkul at Morbi, Mr. Modi said hailed its feat to start 24 schools since its inception in 1948. He wished success to the traditional gurukul system of teaching under the direct tutelage of mentor, with equal importance to skill development befitting the needs of the time. He also felicitated donors at the function.

    Gurukul’s Swami Devkrishnadasji said the new Morbi International School is built on 22-bigha land on Morbi-Maliya Road having 80 classrooms with built-up area of 1.27-lakh sq ft to impart teaching in both English as well as Gujarat medium.

    Those present on the occasion included Minister of State Jayantibhai Kavadia, MLA Mohan Kundaria and GSRTC Chairman Babubhai Ghodasara, prominent citizens, sants, guardians and students.

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  • Gujarat's CM at Krishi Mahotsav in Dahod district

    Addressing farmers during the zonal Krishi Mahotsav at Limkheda in Dahod district on Monday 27th May 2013, Shri Narendra Modi credited the small and medium farmers of Gujarat with the agriculture revolution in Gujarat during the last decade. “95% of our farmers are small or medium sized farmers. We do not have any big zamindars. This agriculture revolution in Gujarat is due to our small farmers!” he affirmed. He also urged the farmers to look beyond farming and even focus towards animal husbandry and growing of trees. Shri Modi stated that with the population increasing and the land remaining constant, the only way ahead for our farmers is to increase productivity using latest technology. He described Krishi Mahotsav as an effort in this regard and asked the farmers to visit the exhibits and absorb as much information as they can from the experts and scientists.

    The Chief Minister expressed joy in the fact that more and more youngsters are taking to agriculture. He affirmed, “There was a time when the elders were involved in farming. The young ones worked elsewhere and only took rounds of the field. But today, youngsters between the ages of 30 and 35 years are drawn towards agriculture. Educated people are turning to farming. This is a big thing.”

    Comparing the approach of the present state government with that of the preceding Congress governments vis-à-vis agriculture, Shri Modi said, “Congress created a polity where they were interested in the chair and not the well being of our farmers. Congress did Kursi Bhakti whereas we are engaged in Krishi Bhakti,” and added, “Those spreading lies everyday and only playing power politics will never understand the efforts we are putting in.” The Chief Minister recalled how preceding Congress governments gave a loan of five hens to ‘empower’ the farmer but in a matter of weeks its meat was eaten by visiting officials. “This is what they did. We brought a change. We want to give loans of tractors, loans of machines, we want to give loans so that children of the Tribal communities can go overseas and study,” the Chief Minister avowed.

    Shri Modi also shared how earlier Congress regimes ignored the water problems of the state. He said, “If the earlier Governments had worked on the water situation, our farmers would have prospered but they did not do that. Congress leaders came to me and said there is no water but it is not as if we cut the taps they made! Infact, we are doing what they did not (in giving more water to our people).” The Chief Minister further shared that a sum of Rs. 3400 has been given for water-related issues only for the areas that are dominated by the Tribal communities. Shri Modi pointed out that the Congress has been in power at the Centre for the last nine years but has failed to take any step to add even a kilogram of fertilizers.

    During his speech, the Chief Minister talked at length about the initiatives of the state Government for the welfare of the tribal communities and the farmers such as the Vanlakshmi Yojana and Vanbandhu Kalyan Yojana. He pointed that the Budget for Vanbandhu Yojana was Rs. 15,000 crore earlier but now it is Rs. 40,000 crore. He shared that earlier, the innocent farmers were totally dependent on traditional agriculture methods and on rainfall for water but that is changing now. Shri Modi talked about how farmers from the Tribal communities are cultivating corn, soya bean, turmeric and garlic. He said, “I saw different types of onions and chilies also being cultivated. Experts from Anand’s agriculture university told me that in 1 Bhiga land, saffron is being grown in greenhouses and that too in 40 degrees. I want my farmer friends to know this. Infact, now Kheti seems to be out of the dictionary of our farmers from Tribal communities. They say we are doing ‘Phulwari’ and are growing flowers. This is a revolution.” The Chief Minister recalled that there was a time when people from Dahod and surrounding areas went to other places and built roads but today this region is producing road contractors and the strength for this came from agriculture.

    The Chief Minister avowed that forest fires were common a decade ago but with farmers leaning how to use leaves, that has become history. He also said that animal husbandry has been given an impetus and there has been a revolution in milk production, which has particularly benefitted the women of Gujarat.

    On the occasion Shri Modi met several progressive farmers and honored them for their commendable work. Progressive farmers presented Shri Modi with their produce and also with tokens of their affection. Shri Modi thanked them and said that the gifts that he gets are put in the state treasury and the money goes to Kanya Kelavani initiative. Ministers Shri Bhupendrasinh Chudasama and Shri Babubhai Bokhiria were present on the occasion.

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  • 228th birth anniversary of Sant Bhojalram Bapa in Amreli

    Ahmedabad, Saturday: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi today exhorted historians to rediscover afresh contribution of poet-saints as social and spiritual reformers in the backdrop of India’s freedom struggle over 200 years ago – a lesser known aspect of India’s glorious past.

    Mr. Modi who reached Bhojaldham Tirth to attend the 228th birth anniversary of Sant Kavi Bhoja Bhagat at Fatehpur in Amreli district, called for throwing fresh light on the role of poet-saints during the India’s Bhakti Yuga movement spreads over several centuries. The historians could dig into treasure hidden in the pages of the past and discover the role of such poet-saints to take Indians out of 1200 years of slavery. He said that India is equally indebted to the wisdom of great souls who showed path to India through the ages.

    Mr. Modi described Bhojalram Bapa as a social reformer whose every word not only showed the righteous path to mankind but also simpler ways to come out of difficult situations. He said that Bhojalram’s words have significance in the modern context of greed and arrogance that led to economic crisis facing man.

    He said that it happened to be birth anniversary of Gautam Buddha and Gujarat’s ‘Bhakta Kavi’ Narsinh Mehta today.

    The Chief Minister released a CD on the life of Bhojalram as a Ph.D. student Sonalben presented a book to him. A temple attached with guest house, dispensary and cattle shed to commemorate the Bapu is being constructed at a cost of Rs.11-crore.

    Member of Parliament Purshottam Rupala was himself uneducated but his words were like pearls of wisdom. He has also produced great souls like Jalaram Bapa, another seer of Gujarat.

    Others who were present at the function included Goseva Ayog Chairman Vallabh Kathiria, MP Naranbhai Kachhdia, MLAs V.V. Vaghasia and Nalinbhai Kotadia, ex-Minister Dilip Sanghani, prominent citizens, sants and mahants

  • Krishi Mahotsav in Jamjodhpur

    On the morning of Saturday 25th May 2013 Shri Narendra Modi addressed farmers during the zonal Krishi Mahotsav at Jamjodhpur in Jamnagar district. The Chief Minister talked at length about the success of the Krishi Mahotsav initiatives and expressed confidence that agriculture will continue to scale newer heights in Gujarat. “We started Krishi Mahotsav initiative. In the scorching heat exerts, scientists, officials to go the villages among the farmers. The work they do in the lab is taken to the land. This lab to land aspect is what is unique about Krishi Mahotsav,” stated the Chief Minister. He also launched the M-Gujarat application, which enables farmers to share their agriculture stories with Shri Modi through technology. Farmers will also be given a certificate for the same. Shri Modi described this as another instance of how technology can bring people closer to make a difference and said that he looked forward to interacting with farmers through this application.

    Shri Modi directly took on the Congress party for their anti-Gujarat mindset, which has been manifested time and again. Referring to the Congress he affirmed, “They are only abusing Gujarat day and night. People have given them the answer, those who abused most got a stronger answer but still they are neither willing to learn nor improve. There can be no greater misfortune than this.” The Chief Minister directly held the Congress led UPA responsible for the delay in the installing of the dates in the Sardar Sarovar dam, which can benefit so many farmers and asked the Centre to immediately give permission to install the gates. The Chief Minister declared that the project could have been completed at a cost of Rs. 5000 crore but now it has reached Rs. 50,000 crore and still a lot needs to be done. He added that he does not want credit for doing the work on the project and that he is willing to put name and photographs of Congress leaders if they are scared that Shri Modi will get the credit. “Please give us water and take the credit if you want. There cannot be any politics in this. This is for Gujarat,” he avowed.

    The Chief Minister shared that he also met the Prime Minister a dozen times regarding the issue of the gates but while he kept saying it must be done, there is no action taken on this. He further said that these gates are as high as a six-storey building and would take each gate would take two to three years to build. In total there are 40 gates to be built but still the Centre has done nothing on the issue. Shri Modi also pointed out that the Congress ruled Maharashtra and BJP ruled Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh have completed all their work but the Centre is refusing to do the needful. Shri Modi minced no words in taking on the Centre for their failure over the issue of providing crop insurance to the farmers of Gujarat, when the state received a bad monsoon for the first time in a decade last year. He asked whether the money for the crop insurance has met the same fate like that of 2G spectrum and India’s coal reserves? Shri Modi talked about how the state Government took key steps of waiving 50% of the power bill and interest concessions last year in the wake of the poor monsoon for the farmers.

    Shri Modi declared that the panic in the Congress was visible and that their party is on the verge of facing a whitewash in the upcoming Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabha elections in Porbandar, Banaskantha, Dhoraji, Jetpur, Limbdi and Morva Hadaf. He urged the Congress not to play politics over drought issues. “On one hand we are burning the midnight oil and tirelessly working towards welfare of the farmers and on the other hand Congress is making strategies to stop the state’s progress,” he affirmed.

    Talking about Gujarat’s progress in agriculture, Shri Modi spoke on how technology has made a qualitative difference in the lives of the farmers. He also recalled how successive Congress Governments ignored the dairy sector in Kutch and Saurashtra but now this has changed and the dairy sector is gaining strength in the region. He pointed out that milk production has shot up considerably in the last decade and farmers are even getting more money in their pockets due to this. He particularly pointed to the empowerment of women when the dairy sector grows. Shri Modi spoke on the steps the Gujarat government is taking to promote seaweed cultivation and opined that this will help women a lot. He also talked about how the coast of Gujarat, which was earlier seen as a burden is not becoming a hub of development for the people.

    On the occasion, various progressive farmers presented their agriculture produce to the Chief Minister. This included pomegranate and watermelon made using drip irrigation, tomatoes and chilies. The Salaya Nagar Palika welcomed Shri Modi. There was a presentation on Mega Seed Production High Tech Park in Junagadh and Shri Modi also honored progressive formers. Cheques were presented to Shri Modi for Kanya Kelavani initiative.

    The Chief Minister noted how a lot of youngsters are being drawn towards agriculture and urged farmers to visit the various exhibits and learn as many news things as possible from there. “I am honoring many progressive farmers and I see most of them are around 35 years. Who imagined that the youth of Gujarat is excelling in farming?” he asked.

    Ministers of State Shri Govindbhai Patel and Smt. Vasuben Trivedi spoke on the occasion. Agriculture Minister Shri Babubhai Bokhiria and Gujarat BJP President Shri RC Faldu were present on the occasion.

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  • Gujarat's CM at launch of Business Line newspaper?s Gujarat edition

    CM launched the Gujarat edition of Business Line newspaper on the morning of 24th May 2013. CM wished the very best for the growth of the paper and said that the newspaper should have entered Gujarat ten years ago, considering the fact that business is in the veins of the people of Gujarat. The Chief Minister pointed that when the paper will do well in the coming years, the editors will realize what it means to be ten years late (in Gujarat)! Shri Modi took on the UPA and said, “We have to accept that the nation is going through deep policy paralysis,” and added, “I felt happy that my glass example has touched the Prime Minister very deeply. I had given the glass example during my speech at SRCC in an optimistic context and now the Prime Minister said he got the glass empty. I do not know what he means but in the last nine years, the glass is filled with so much corruption that there is no room for trust and confidence. Even if the common man has to take something from that glass, it is full of corruption.”

    Shri Modi pointed out that technology has taken the media by storm and particularly gave the example of how social media has influenced the media in a major way. He said that the strength of social media has been accepted by the established media as well, which is seen in the fact that print media and magazines have had to launch online editions of their papers and journals. “This is because the reader will not wait…all this shows how the world is changing. There was a time when the impact of the share markets in Mumbai took 12-15 hours to reach Gujarat but now even news of the New York markets impacts us in a matter of seconds,” he opined. He also stated that social media has given a fresh perspective to everyone.

    Further talking on this point, Shri Modi stated the rise of social media and the quick dissemination of information has come as a big challenge to Governments as well. “Earlier, if something happened, Governments had 24 hours but now even 24 seconds is less! The world is changing fast and it is as much a challenge for Government. If these changes are not accepted there will be a big gap,” said the Chief Minister. He shared that moving ahead of E-Governance, M-Governance or Mobile Governance is where Governments will have to move towards.

    The Chief Minister declared that such is the strength of social media that even the mainstream media has to follow the events that are noticed by social media. He described social media as being the voice of the common man. Shri Modi recalled the face of the media in the wake of the Emergency and asked whether the mindset of 25th and 26th June 1975 existed today or not. He stated that while in the last many years he has not blocked anyone on a medium such as Twitter or his Blog but those in power have time and again blocked people who criticize them. He affirmed, “They are not willing to listen to any voice against them or any criticism. If there is no criticism, how can democracy be strengthened?” Shri Modi also pointed out to a difference between criticism and allegations.

    Earlier, Infosys Co-Chairman and President of CII, Mr. Kris Gopalakrishnan spoke on the occasion. Describing Shri Modi as a global leader who many want to emulate, he said that it was a privilege to share the dais with Shri Modi, under whom the state has progressed in all aspects of economic development. “In CII we say that if every state grows at the same pace like Gujarat, we can get double digit growth in the country,” he added.

    Thanking Mr. Gopalakrishnan and speaking in lighter vein the Chief Minister said, “I do not know if Mr. Gopalakrishnan has praised Gujarat or not but I will come to know in two days. If he gets an Income Tax notice, I will come to know he praised me. Mr. Narayana Murthy praised Gujarat and Infosys got a Rs. 500 crore notice on the 2nd day!”

    Journalists of both the print and electronic media were present on the occasion.

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  • Hon'ble Chief Minister at Lakulish Yoga University

    On the morning of 23rd May 2013 Gjarat's CM inaugurated the Lakulish Yoga University in Ahmedabad. He prayed to Almighty to bless the endeavour and pointed, “The law may see this as a Yoga University. But, it is much more. It is a Yuga University. From here a new Yuga will be born that will work towards the benefit of mankind.” Shri Modi recalled that when he talked about Gujarat having a Yoga University, there were skeptics who asked where is the university but today this dream has been realized. Shri Modi expressed confidence that this Yoga University will benefit not only Gujarat and India but also the world.

    Shri Modi talked at length about the importance of Yoga in our lives. He described it as the simplest way to work towards the good of the world. He said, “Many feel Yoga is a way towards Rog Mukti (eradication of diseases) but Yoga is not only about Rog Mukti, it is also about Bhog Mukti (desisting from worldly greed).” Shri Modi challenged the conventional belief of some people that only performing Asanas is Yoga. He affirmed, “Some think Asana is Yoga. Some say we cannot bend properly so we find Yoga tough. But ask yourselves- those who work in circuses are very flexible. But, is every one of them a Yogi? If only doing Asanas was Yoga then everyone working in a circus could be Yogi! But Yoga is much more. It is a blend of Gyan (knowledge), Karm (work) and Bhakti (devotion) together.”

    Shri Modi opined that another definition of Yoga is what integrates. He said that Yoga is far beyond and more important than converting dollars and pounds into rupees. Quoting a poem by former Prime Minister Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Shri Modi affirmed that it is possible to experience Yoga even in political life.

    The Chief Minister pointed out that Yoga gives the individual the strength to determine what the person wants to do in his or her life. He also added that in the history of our nation, there have been various types of Yoga that have been written about by great individuals and texts. He stated that time and again, our land has been home to saints and seers who have taken Yoga to the world in an extremely scientific manner. He also shared that some individuals have made the effort to make Yoga a collective exercise.

    In his speech, he also linked Yoga with stress management. He said, “Stress management is a big thing. A day is not far when stress management professional experts will assume immense importance. Earlier we had joint families, which were natural ways of mitigating stress. Now we are in micro families are common, both parents are working and stress among children is increasing. That is why they are taking to guns.” Shri Modi went on to say, “Take children to a toy shop. Eight out of ten children will chose guns. If this goes on, how can we build a social fabric?” He also stressed on the need to create good Yoga teachers and said that this University is a wonderful step in this direction.

    Shri Modi expressed joy that he has got the opportunity to share the platform with Rajarshi Muni ji, who he recalled meeting in 1979. Rajarshi Muni ji spoke about the importance of Yoga in his speech. Minister Shri Bhupendrasinh Chudasama also spoke on the occasion. Shri IK Jadeja and Shri Narharibhai Amin were present on the occasion.

  • Caring for our animals, caring for life : Gujarat

    Shri Narendra Modi has repeatedly stressed on the importance of caring for our animals. To provide quality healthcare facilities for animals, the Government of Gujarat organises Animal Husbandry Fairs along with the Krishi Mahotsavs. Due to such interventions, 122 animal diseases that have been completely eradicated from Gujarat. Cataract operations and dental surgeries have been performed on animals for a long time. Continuing with the efforts of providing healthcare to animals this time orthopedic treatment is also being provided to the animals. Shri Modi has strongly urged the farmers to visit the agriculture fairs and the animal husbandry fairs and gain insightful knowledge from them.

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  • Arunima Sinha becomes first Indian amputee to scale Mt Everest

    On Wednesday 22nd May 2013 Shri Narendra Modi congratulated Ms. Arunima Sinha, a former national volleyball player who has entered history as the first Indian amputee to climb Mount Everest. Ms. Sinha scaled the world’s highest peak at 10:55 AM as a member of Eco Everest Expedition from the Tata Group.

    Ms. Sinha faced immense adversity in the wake of her being pushed off a train for resisting chain snatching in 2011. Last year, she had climbed Mount Chhamser Kangri of Ladakh.

    Arunima Sinha, a former national level volleyball player who had lost one of her legs after being thrown off a moving train, created history on Tuesday by becoming the first Indian amputee to conquer Mount Everest. 25-year-old Sinha reached the 8,848 metre-high summit of the world's highest peak at 10.55 am today, as a member of the Eco Everest Expedition from the Tata Group, an official of the Tourism Ministry of Nepal said.

    Sinha, a resident of Ambedkar Nagar in Uttar Pradesh, was pushed out of the general compartment of Padmawati Express for resisting a chain-snatching attempt by some criminals, while travelling from Lucknow to Delhi on April 12, 2011. She was hit by a passing train and was seriously injured.

    She was hospitalised with serious leg and pelvic injuries and in a bid to save her life, doctors had to amputate her left leg below the knee. In an interview to an Indian TV channel before leaving for her expedition, Sinha recollected how she had decided to get her life back right in the hospital when she was recovering.

    Arunima becomes first Indian amputee to scale Mt Everest

    Sinha was pushed out of the general compartment of Padmawati Express for resisting a chain-snatching attempt in 2011.

    "At that time everyone was worried for me. I then realised I had to do something in my life so that people stop looking at me with pity. I read about people scaling the Mt Everest. I spoke to my older brother and my coach who only encouraged me," she said. Overcoming the scars of the accident and defying all odds, Arunima started training at the Tata Steel Adventure Foundation (TSAF)camp in Uttarkashi last year under the guidance of Bachendri Pal, the first Indian woman to conquer Mt Everest.

    Arunima successfully scaled the 6,622-metre-high Mount Chhamser Kangri of Ladakh last year, but her ultimate goal was to climb Mount Everest. On Monday, two 21-year-old Indian sisters scripted history by becoming the first twins ever to conquer the summit of Mount Everest together.

    Tashi and Nancy Malik from Dehra Dun achieved this feat along with other record-makers, including the first women from Saudi Arabia and Pakistan to have climbed the peak.

  • Gujarat's CM unveils Ritupriya Khare?s poetry collection ?Jai Jai Gujarat ? Jeevan Hey Utsav Jahan?

    Wednesday at Gandhinagar : Gujarat's Chief Minister today unveiled Hindi poetess Ritupriya Khare’s coffee table book on Gujarat titled ‘‘Jai Jai Gujarat – Jeevan Hey Utsav Jahan’, a collection of 50 Hindi poems on the characteristics of development under the leadership of Mr. Modi.

    Mr. Modi complimented the poetess and particularly appreciated a non-Gujarati poetess’ love for Gujarat and her decision to donate the proceeds of the sales to the Chief Minister’s Kanya Kelavni Nidhi for the cause of girls’ education.

    The poetess penned the poems during her husband, a Central Government officer posting in Gujarat between 2004 and 2009.

    Information Commissioner Bhagyesh Jha and the family members of the poetess were present on the occasion.

  • Hon'ble Chief Minister at Bhoomi Poojan of Vatsalya Gram

    On May 20th, 2013, Gujarat's CM at Bhoomi Poojan of Vatsalya Gram in Kheda District. The event saw the presence of various saints and seers including Swami Paramanand Ji Maharaj, Avichal Das ji Maharaj, Sadhvi Ritambhara ji and Indira Betiji.

    Sadhvi Ritambhara ji reposed faith in Shri Modi by saying “When I look at Shri Narendra Modi ji I feel all our questions can be answered.” She further pointed out that Shri Modi has the ability to instil hope among people.

    Shri Modi, in his address pointed out the rich heritage of the place on which Vatsalya Gram is going to be built. He said, “I feel it is God’s wish that Vatsalya Gram be created on this sacred land. The tradition that Shri Avichal Das ji Maharaj leads, originated in this land 200 years back. I am happy that Vatsalya Gram is being built here.”

    Shri Modi further stated that Vatsalya Gram encompassed all aspects of Swami Vivekananda ’s vision . He said, “All of Swami ji’s teachings including service to the poor and ensuring that India becomes Jagat Guru can be seen at Vatsalya Gram.”

    Shri Modi also pointed that it had become fashionable to label individuals. He said, “People are given labels and their work is seen through prisms.” He further went on to say that if one was to truly understand Sadhvi Rithambhara ji and her work one must also look at her role in building Vatsalya Gram. He said, “Until one sees Vatsalya Gram at Vrindavan, one cannot understand Didi Maa.” Shri Modi further welcomed Sadhvi Ritambhara ji’s vision of service to the poor and weak.

    The event was attended by a large number of people and Shri Modi expressed his satisfaction at being present at such an august gathering.

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  • Hon'ble Chief Minister at Krishi Mahotsav in Bharuch

    Gujarat's CM at farmers of South Gujarat at the Krishi Mahotsav in Bharuch (Bharuch district) on the morning of Saturday 18th May 2013. Shri Modi also visited the Krishi Melas and Pashu Arogya Melas during the programme. In his speech Shri Modi said that the need of the hour is to integrate technology in farming. He also added that the state Government is taking concrete steps to ensure that no farmer has to ever be under the burden of debt. The Chief Minister stressed on the importance on animal husbandry and shared that there are 122 animal diseases that have been completely eliminated from Gujarat. He further spoke that apart from the cataract and dental operations for animals that have been going on for many years, this time orthopedic treatment is being provided to the animals. He said that milk production in Gujarat has risen by over 65% and this is due to the efforts in animal husbandry. Shri Modi strongly urged the farmers to visit the agriculture fairs and the animal husbandry fairs and gain insightful knowledge from them.

    The Chief Minister recalled that for years, we were told that India is a nation of farmers, that it lives in the villages and that it is an agricultural nation but over the years, this importance receded. He categorically stated, “If we have to improve our economy, give jobs to our youth and strengthen our villages then there is no other way apart from strengthening our agriculture. The more our agriculture improves, the more our villages will improve. “ He added, “Nation is falling behind in agriculture. If Khedut Putra, Sardar Patel had become the first Prime Minister, this would not be happening to our farmers. Somehow we took the wrong way.”

    Shri Modi said that Gujarat and agriculture were never associated with each other. Gujarat was known as a drought prone state and not blessed with perennial rivers. “Earlier, Gujarat’s agriculture growth used to be half of that nation’s. If the nation’s agriculture grew at 3%, Gujarat would grow at 1.5%. But today this has changed. Our agriculture growth rate is 3-4 times that of the national average. This happened due to our farmers. I congratulate them!” Shri Modi declared. He described these strides in agriculture made by Gujarat as historic. The Chief Minister congratulated the lakh state Government employees who are going to the villages and meeting the farmers in this scorching heat.

    Talking about the Krishi Mahotsav initiative, Shri Modi said, “We started Krishi Mahotsavs because we wanted farmers to innovate, to do new things, so that the farmer can harness his or her skill. We want to improve the quality of land so that production can rise. This is why we started this Yagna.” He shared that he was amazed to see the Krishi Melas and said they showcased what results would be possible if our farmers work hard.

    In his speech he also talked at length about the Wadi Project for farmers of the tribal community. “Due to this project, our tribal farmers are growing cashew nuts! Former President Dr. Kalam spent a day with them to see the working of the project,” he avowed. He added that a budget of Rs. 4000 crore has been given to improve the water situation in tribal dominated areas. Shri Modi spoke on how the Government is encouraging women of coastal areas to embrace seaweed cultivation. Shri Modi told the farmers that the area of land is not going to increase but what can increase is productivity. He recalled that when he urged farmers of South Gujarat to embrace drip irrigation and sprinklers for sugarcane cultivation they did not take him very seriously but after they embraced drip irrigation and sprinklers, their production grew and water was conserved. He urged the farmers to grow more trees as well.

    Shri Modi also came down heavily on anti-Gujarat elements. He stated, “Today some people are busy doing one thing- negate Gujarat, at any cost. Anything comes on Gujarat, negate it. I am sure there will be a day when an NGO will start an award that will honor that NGO that defames Gujarat in the ‘best’ manner.”

    Earlier, Shri Modi honored progressive farmers. Several progressive farmers also welcomed the Chief Minister with their produce. Agriculture Minister Shri Babubhai Bokhiria was present on the occasion. Also present were Minister of State Shri Pradeepsinh Jadeja, Rajya Sabha MP Shri Bharatsinh Parmar, Lok Sabha MP Shri CR Patil, local MLAs and other dignitaries.

  • Nourishing the Children of Gujarat

    Children are the future of the Nation and the nation can progress holistically only ifthey are healthy both physically and mentally. Considering this, Gujarat undertakes an assortment of initiatives in order to ensure a healthy life to a child right from the time when it is in the mother’s womb. Be it E-Mamta or Chiranjeevi Yojana for pregnant mothers or Integrated Child Development Services for children after their birth, the state government ensures special care for both mother and child.

    Malnutrition among children is the burning issue faced by the nation yet, Gujarat has taken very strong and innovative steps to mitigate the same. And the results are there for everyone to see. According to the latest Comptroller and Auditor General report, Gujarat is the most successful state in tackling malnutrition, it has improved by 33%. Also, in the recent CAG report on the Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS), it states that Gujarat is the most improved state with malnourishment down to 38.77 percent – the sharpest improvement in India. Thanks to the various development scheme initiated by the state Government for a healthy life of every child of the state.One such unique initiative to fight against malnutrition is Doodh Sanjivani Yojana.

    Improving lives of Children of Tribal community:

    Doodh Sanjivani Yojana was launched in partnership with local dairies for improvement of the health of children of Gujarat. Initially the scheme was launched in few tribal areas of the state covering almost 300 primary schools and 26 Ashram schools.200 ml of fortified flavoured double toned pasteurized milk is provided to almost 50,000 students of these primary and ashram schools.

    The scheme worked wonders, not only did the health of the children improve but the attendance in the school also went up. A primary school in Pansa village noted 100% attendance since the ‘Doodh Sanjivani’ scheme was initiated.

    Milk and Fruits make a healthy combination:

    Apart from fortified flavoured milk the students under the scheme are provided with fresh fruits. According to the 12th five year plan report, 11.21 lakh children are provided with locally available seasonal fruits twice a week in 10 blocks of 6 tribal districts under the Doodh Sanjivani Yojana.

    CM Launches “Doodh Sanjivani” in Surat:

    In July, 2012 Shri Modi took the scheme forward to Surat, launching the scheme Shri Modi said, “Not only the society is being sensitized against malnutrition but even the government officials have also shown their concerns for the issue. Many of these officials have adopted Aanganwadis and many of their family members are also associated with it”.

    In Surat, “Doodh Sanjivani Yojana” is undertaken by Surat district Panchayat along with the participation of people. The Scheme covers more than 40,000 children of 1640 Aanganwadis of Surat district. Fortified Milk is provided to these Aanganwadis twice every week. An annual expenditure of rupees two crore is incurred, in which, Rs.90 lakh has been provided by various industrial houses as a part of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).

    1, 53, 473 students receive the benefits of “Doodh Sanjivani” Scheme:

    A recent assessment of the scheme showed that around 1, 53, 473 students in the schools of Gujarat are provided with the fortified flavoured milk. Categorically, 82, 172 students of Banaskantha, 28, 783 students of Panchmahal and 42, 518 students of Vadodara are provided with fortified milk.

    Malnutrition is a major challenge prevailing in the society, while the moves like Doodh Sanjivani by the state government under the able leadership Shri Modi truly serve as a blessing for the children who are to shape the society tomorrow.

  • Gujarat's CM attended a community programme organized by the Modh Vanik Samaj and inaugurated a school.

    On the morning of Thursday 16th May 2013 Shri Narendra Modi attended a community programme organized by the Modh Vanik Samaj and inaugurated a school. Shri Modi described this programme as a great step towards education and towards uniting the society. Shri Narendra Modi pointed that in this age, the importance of Sangathan is very important. He said, “More important than Shilanyas of a building, Shilanyas of unity among the community is important. Bricks and engineers can build a building but for unity every single person has to be the engineer,” and added that if we looked all around the world, we would see the importance of unity in terms of the various organizations that are being formed be it G-8, SAARC, OPEC etc. “Such is the world today,” the Chief Minister affirmed. In his speech Shri Modi categorically stated that the most important thing is to come out of the impoverishment of thoughts. He also affirmed that there must be no compromise when it comes to education.

    Shri Narendra Modi congratulated the Modh-Vanik community and recalled that he had attended a community programme almost 50 years ago when frequent quarrels would be common. He expressed confidence that all that is history now. He also said, “I have come after a very long time, I am sure you have many complaints, you will ask what did you do for us. But, I assure you that before I will do anything for myself, I will do something for you. Sitting at the feet of community elders is different!” The Chief Minister shared that he has been serving the people as CM for the last twelve years but never has anyone from this community come to him saying- I am a Modi please do this for me. He congratulated the members of the community and said that this shows the values they have been brought up in.

    Talking about the steps taken in the field of education, Shri Modi stated that in 2001 there were only 11 universities but that number has increased over four times in the last twelve years. Similarly, he shared that the seats in medical colleges has increased. The Chief Minister pointed that the fruits of their efforts are now showing. He also urged the members of the community to think bigger so that education can be promoted in a larger way. “I congratulate the elders of the society for this work but this will not do. How can you only think of a 2-3-floor building? Why only think of 40-80 rooms, why not 400? It is all possible,” he affirmed, adding, “You must not be happy scoring singles. Think of scoring a century.”

    The Modh Vanik Samaj felicitated Shri Modi on the occasion. The Chief Minister thanked the community for the affection showered on him but added that there were several others who gave their lives for the community and are worthy of this honor.

    Earlier, former Deputy Chief Minister Shri Narharibhai Amin spoke on the occasion. He described this event as a right step towards educating the society and showered immense praise on Shri Narendra Modi. Ahmedabad Mayor Smt. Minakshiben Patel lauded Shri Modi’s efforts to spread education among the people of Gujarat.

    Speaking on the occasion, Education Minister Shri Bhupendrasinh Chudasama said that for years people heard that children are the future, education is key but it was Shri Narendra Modi who tool steps in this direction. He praised the efforts of Shri Modi in increasing school enrollment and reducing dropout rates. “While you and me do, ‘Om Namah Shivay’ Shri Modi does, ‘Aapdu Gujarat, Aapdu Gujarat.” Several other community leaders were present on the occasion.

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  • Hon'ble Chief Minister Opening campus of Knowledge Consortium of Gujarat (KCG)

    On the evening of Thursday 16th May 2013 Gujarat's CM Opening Pragna Puram, the campus of the Knowledge Consortium of Gujarat (KCG). In a comprehensive speech, Shri Narendra Modi stressed on the importance of research, innovation and education and described Pragna Puram as an effort to further light the lamp of education in the lives of the people. Shri Modi pointed that Pragna Puram is an endeavour to merge the various streams of knowledge and add life into them. He also urged the people to support the effort made by the Government. Shri Modi declared that there is no bigger investment than spending on education and spending on educators because this is what creates generations.

    Shri Modi pointed out that a nation like China has the barrier of language, which our youth does not. At the same time our youth has made a mark in the IT field yet, in computer engineering education the Chinese are ahead of us. Likewise, he shared that while five Chinese universities rank among the top universities of the world, there is not a single Indian university in this list and these are challenges for us. Shri Modi stated that India is the world’s most youthful nation and this is a demographic dividend but while China created 13 crore jobs in the last decade, India could not even create a few lakh jobs from 2004-2009. He affirmed that Gujarat made an effort but overall, if the numbers between India and China are compared there is a vast difference. At the same time, he said that along with tapping the demographic dividend of the youth, we should harness the longevity dividend, which is the experience of our senior citizens.

    In his speech, the Chief Minister elaborated on the efforts of the Gujarat Government such as Gujarat Technology University, Innovation Commission and iCreate. “We have the ability to give to the world. The world is talking about a global village right now but our forefathers gave the Mantra of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam (the world is a family),” he said. Shri Modi also affirmed that there cannot be any barrier to knowledge nor can it be classified as being from east or west. “Let knowledge come from everywhere. Under what flag it originated, that cannot be a prism for measuring it,” opined Shri Modi.

    Shri Modi spoke about the importance of asking questions. He said that if there are no questions, how could one be inspired to see, hear and learn things? He declared, “We are from the land of Nachiketa, who even had the courage to question Yamraj on what is death!”

    The Chief Minister brought out the time-tested link between our civilization and knowledge creation. He shared that Vallabhi in Gujarat was a very renowned university, which drew students from across the world. He also stated that years of slavery brought about a decline, which was left unchecked in the last 60 years since we attained Independence. Shri Modi added that there is a vacuum of 60 years and a lots remains to be done.

    On the role of technology in our lives, Shri Modi said that it was increasing but at the same time we have to ask ourselves if we want to create robots or human beings. He added that while technology is important, there must be equal focus on the human angle, including art, literature, humour and emotions etc. Shri Modi spoke about the drawbacks of seeing everything only from an economic prism. He shared that God has given each human the inbuilt quality to rise but if society cannot help, then it becomes a burden.

    Earlier, Education Minister of Gujarat Shri Bhupendrasinh Chudasama spoke on the occasion. He spoke about the strides made by Gujarat in the field of education. Revenue Minister Smt. Anandiben Patel and Minister of State for Education Smt. Vasuben Trivedi were also present.

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  • Ahmedabad BRTS wins silver rating from globally renowned experts

    Ahmedabad BRTS, known as Janmarg has added yet another feather in its cap. It has received the Silver Rating from a technical committee comprising of world renowned experts in the field of BRT. This Technical Committee certifies corridors and recommends revisions to the BRT Standard annually. The benefit of certifying a BRT corridor as gold, silver, bronze, or basic is that it sets an internationally recognized standard for the current best practice for BRT. The Committee in 2013, gave Silver rating for Ahmedabad Janmarg. The BRT Standard Technical Committee members include people of eminence representing well-known international organisations. They are:

    Manfred Breithaupt, GIZ

    » Wagner Colombini Martins, LogitConsultoria

    » Paulo Custodio, Consultant

    » Walter Hook, ITDP

    » Colleen McCaul, Consultant

    » Gerhard Menckhoff, World Bank (retired)

    » Carlos Felipe Pardo, Slow Research

    » Scott Rutherford, University of Washington

    » Pedro Szasz, Consultant

    » Lloyd Wright, Asian Development Bank

    Ahmedabad started its BRT system in 2009. Since its inauguration in October 2009, Janmarg has been accepted as the first ‘complete’ BRTS in India and has influenced planning and design choices in other cities – in India and abroad. The trans-vision of Ahmedabad is captioned as ‘Accessible Ahmedabad’. As part of this vision, the Ahmedabad BRTS is officially called ‘Janmarg’ – the people’s way.

    Janmarg is designed as a strategic intervention, to attract latent transit demand, improve air quality and help the city remain compact. The guiding principles for the selection of the network corridors are the ability to reach a larger segment of people. Also considered was the corridor’s ability to accommodate BRTS, integrate well within the existing infrastructure, contribute to ease the traffic problems in a significant way, provide opportunities for improvements in land use, be implemented quickly, inexpensively and provide potential for cost-recovery.

    Today, Janmarg operates over a network of 63 km and has a daily ridership of 1.4 lakh people. 127 buses operate everyday with headway of 2 minutes in peak hour. Almost 20 per cent of the commutes on Janmarg today have shifted from their two-wheelers. By May 2013, the system would be operating 6-7 routes, and carrying an estimated 3 lakh passengers daily. Plans have been finalised now to extend the network by another 50 kilometres taking the corridor length to 135 kilometres by the end of 2015.

    Buoyed by the successful implementation of BRTS, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi also announced setting up a Multi-Modal Affordable Transport Authority (MATA) for integrated transport management, coordinating travel on all the three horizons – sky, land and water routes. The fast-growing urban population worldwide with corresponding rise in vehicles, mobility and incidence of accidents and the fast depleting fossil fuels along with rising pollution are major problems today. Initiatives like the BRTS address all these problems in one go.

    It is ironic that while Ahmedabad BRTS has leveraged itself as a model, nationally and internationally, the Delhi BRTS, located in India’s capital has been given the consolatory basic rating and occupies the bottom of the table. This reconfirms the success of the Gujarat Model and further highlights the necessity of will power and proper planning in implementing a project successfully. The Delhi BRTS also sums up the state of affairs in our nation illustrating the ill effects of political negligence and a weak administration.

    The Ahmedabad BRTS has won numerous national and international awards in the past too. The Prime Minister adjudged the BRTS as the best Mass Rapid Transport System in the country. It also won the ‘Best New Innovation Project’ award under Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) for excellence in Urban Transport. It won the Sustainable Urban Transport Award (2010) in Washington. The Central Government again lauded it when it won the National Award for ‘Best Intelligent Transport System – 2011’ at the 4th Annual Urban Mobility Conference, New Delhi. Ahmedabad BRTS