Gujarat Formation Day:

State celebrates its 52nd Formation Day with great fervour at Dahod.

500 Development works worth Rs. 903 crore for Dahod district: CM

CM announces Bulk Water Supply Scheme worth Rs. 456 crore

for 210 villages of North Dahod : Dahod city to get Under Ground Sewer facility

Our opponents have been celebrating “ The Decade of Lies”: CM

CM performs ground breaking ceremony of Kadana dam based water supply scheme for Dahod. 

Shri Narendra Modi pays tributes to tribal martyrs of 1857 from Dahod. 

Shri Narendra Modi unveils a statue of Mahatma Gandhi on Gujarat Gaurav Diwas


Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi has announced an ambitious bulk water supply scheme worth Rs. 456 crore aiming to provide clean and sufficient water for drinking and irrigation purpose for the 210 villages of northern part of Dahod district. He also announced an Under Ground sewer scheme worth Rs. 45 crore for Dahod city.

The Chief Minister announced this, while performing the ground breaking ceremony of 82 km long Kadana dam based water supply scheme, worth Rs. 127.12 crore, for Dahod city, and inaugurating the hostel for Engineering College, as part of the day long celebrations of 1st May, Gujarat Formation Day, that celebrated with great fervour and festivity at Dahod.
Significantly, Gujarat’s 52nd State Level Formation Day has been celebrated in a grand way at the tribal dominated Dahod district, popularly known as “the Region of Rising Sun”, in the presence of Chief Minister Narendra Modi.

“we are also planning to provide clean drinking water for the villages of southern part of Dahod district by laying 119 km long pipeline from Hafeshwar and it will be materialized soon”, he announced further.

Ground breaking ceremonies, inaugurations and announcements for 500 odd development works worth Rs. 903 crore, for a tribal dominated district like Dahod, in a single day has been made, as part of celebration of State Formation Day, said Mr. Narendra Modi. 

Shri Modi said, “Our opponents have been celebrating “the Decade of Lies” and we are celebrating “Development Festival” in Gujarat. We are not utilizing a single paisa from Centre’s fund for these development works to be carried out in Dahod. All the expenditure for the implementation of these schemes will be borne by the money of Gujarat’s exchequer. I am the custodian of public exchequer and not allow any body to misuse it”, he reaffirmed.

“Dahod was famous as a business hub before years and now we are committed to flourish it once again. We are determined to make our tribal districts, which spreads from Umargam to Ambaji, the best tribal districts among all the tribal districts of India”, he proudly announced.

On Gujarat Gaurav Diwas, Shri Modi stated, ““Our Nation owes a big debt of gratitude to the tribal dominated district of Dahod, as the historic revolution of 1857 AD had witnessed the first group of freedom fighters from Dahod district. Gujarat is grateful to the martyrs of this tribal region and that State level Van Mahotsav of the current year would be celebrated at Mangadh hills of Panchmahals to commemorate the sacrifice of local freedom fighter Govind Guru”.


 He added that it was unfortunate that sacrifices of a large number of tribal martyrs, who laid their lives for the freedom of our Nation, have been deliberately erased by some elements, so that people no longer could remember their martyrdom.

Chief Minister Narendra Modi also dedicated three facilities worth Rs.8.48 crore to people today at Muwaliya agricultural farm in Dahod. These include an agro engineering polytechnic at the cost of Rs.5.96 crore, boys’ hostel at the cost of Rs.1.94 crore and girls’ hostel at the cost of Rs.57 lakh. The agro engineering college has been equipped with the modern facilities like library seminar hall, agro testing lab and production lab. These facilities have been set up under Vanbandhu Kalyan scheme with a view to provide agriculture related education to the students of tribal belt.

During the day, Shri Modi dedicated a cold storage at Dahod market sub-yard to the people. The Chief Minister also performed ground breaking of a ripening unit at the market yard which is to be constructed at the cost of rupees seven crore. He appealed the farmers to adopt drip irrigation method. “By using modern methods of farming the farmers can change their lives”, he said.

Chief Minister also unveiled a statue of Mahatma Gandhi at APMC main gate. The performance of police band and traditional tribal musical instruments filled the atmosphere with patriotic fervor.

Assembly Speaker Ganpatbhai Vasava, Tribal Development Minister Mangubhai Patel, MOS Jashvant Sinh Bhabhor, Water Supply Minister Parbatbhai Patel, Chief Secretary A.K.Joti, Guardian Minister Bhagyesh Jha were present.

Significantly, eight development works including five inaugurations and three stone laying ceremonies were performed, in a single day, by the Chief Minister at Dahod.

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Package for Promotion of Digital and Cashless Economy
December 08, 2016
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Govt introduces a package of incentives for promotion of digital and cashless economy
0.75% discount on purchase of petrol/diesel through digital means
Deployment of 2 POS devices each in 1 Lakh villages with population of less than 10,000
Discount upto 0.5% for monthly or seasonal tickets from January 1, 2017, if payment is made digitally
All railway passengers buying online ticket shall be given free accidental insurance cover of upto Rs. 10 lakh

In the aftermath of the cancellation of the legal tender character of old Rs.500 and Rs.1,000 notes, there has been a surge in the digital transactions through use of credit/debit cards and mobile phone applications/e-wallets etc. To further accelerate this process, the Central Government has decided on a package of incentives and measures for promotion of digital and cashless economy in the country. 

These incentives/measures are following: 

  1. The Central Government Petroleum PSUs shall give incentive by offering a discount at the rate of 0.75% of the sale price to consumers on purchase of petrol/diesel if payment is made through digital means.

Nearly 4.5 crore customers buy petrol or diesel at such petrol pumps per day who can take benefit of this incentive scheme.  It is estimated that petrol/diesel worth Rs.1800 crore is sold per day to the customers out of which nearly 20% was being paid through digital means.  In the month of November 2016 it has increased to 40% and the cash transaction of Rs.360 crore per day have got shifted to cashless transaction methods.  The incentive scheme has the potential of shifting at least 30% more customer to digital means which will further reduce the cash requirement of nearly Rs. 2 lakh crore per year at the petrol pumps.

  1. To expand digital payment infrastructure in rural areas, the Central Government through NABARD will extend financial support to eligible banks for deployment of 2 POS devices each in 1 Lakh villages with population of less than 10,000.  These POS machines are intended to be deployed at primary cooperative societies/milk societies/agricultural input dealers to facilitate agri-related transactions through digital means.

This will benefit farmers of one lakh village covering a total population of nearly 75 crore who will have facility to transact cashlessly in their villages for their agri needs. 

  1. The Central Government through NABARD will also support Rural Regional Banks and Cooperative Banks to issue “Rupay Kisan Cards” to 4.32 crore Kisan Credit Card holders to enable them to make digital transactions at POS machines/Micro ATMs/ATMs.
  1. Railway through its sub urban railway network shall provide incentive by way of discount upto 0.5% to customers for monthly or seasonal tickets from January 1, 2017, if payment is made through digital means.

Nearly 80 lakh passengers use seasonal or monthly ticket on suburban railways, largely in cash, spending worth nearly Rs.2,000 crore per year.  As more and more passengers will shift to digital means the cash requirement may get reduced by Rs.1,000 crore per year in near future.

  1. All railway passengers buying online ticket shall be given free accidental insurance cover of upto Rs. 10 lakh.

Nearly 14 lakh railway passengers are buying tickets everyday out of which 58% tickets are bought online through digital means.  It is expected that another 20% passengers may shift to digital payment methods of buying railway tickets.  Hence nearly 11 lakh passengers per day will be covered under the accidental insurance scheme.

  1. For paid services e.g. catering, accommodation, retiring rooms etc. being offered by railways through its affiliated entities/corporations to the passengers, it will provide a discount of 5% for payment of these services through digital means.

All the passengers travelling on railways availing these services may avail the benefit.

  1. Public sector insurance companies will provide incentive, by way of discount or credit, upto 10% of the premium in general insurance policies and 8% in new life policies of Life Insurance Corporation sold through the customer portals, in case payment is made through digital means.
  1. The Central Government Departments and Central Public Sector Undertakings will ensure that transactions fee/MDR charges associated with payment through digital means shall not be passed on to the consumers and all such expenses shall be borne by them.  State Governments are being advised that the State Governments and its organizations should also consider to absorb the transaction fee/MDR charges related to digital payment to them and consumer should not be asked to bear it.
  1. Public sector banks are advised that merchant should not be required to pay more than Rs. 100 per month as monthly rental for PoS terminals/Micro ATMs/mobile POS from the merchants to bring small merchant on board the digital payment eco system.

Nearly 6.5 lakh machines by Public Sector Banks have been issued to merchants who will be benefitted by the lower rentals and promote digital transactions.  With lower rentals, more merchants will install such machines and promote digital transactions. 

  1. No service tax will be charged on digital transaction charges/MDR for transactions upto Rs.2000 per transaction.
  1. For the payment of toll at Toll Plazas on National Highways using RFID card/Fast Tags, a discount of 10% will be available to users in the year 2016-17.