Over 18,000, belonging to all age, brave chilly morning to take part in the marathon; 40 per cent women

Marathons to be linked to socially useful causes: Narendra Modi


Ahmedabad, Sunday: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi today flagged off the 3rd Sabarmati-Ahmedabad Marathon here early morning. It is being organized first Sunday of every January.

Over 18,000 runners braved chilly weather to participate, including 600 in 42-km full marathon, 2,100 in 21-km half marathon and 16,000 in dream run. They belonged to all age groups, while 40 percent of them were women, besides 53 visually challenged. There were runners from different parts of the country and abroad, too.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Modi said that marathon first started in 1896 used to be an all-male affair and it remained so for about a. He complimented the runners. He said that marathon race is at present organized in four cities in the state and would be linked socially useful causes.

Reliance Group offered support to make a success of the marathon. Prominent among those present on the occasion included Ahmedabad Mayor Asit Vora, office-bearers and officials of Municipal Corporation and representatives of Reliance Group.


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PM Modi meets all Secretaries to the Government of India, reviews work done so far in several sectors
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The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today met all Secretaries to the Government of India. Cabinet Ministers and Ministers of State for Independent Charge were also present at the meeting.

The Cabinet Secretary made a brief presentation on the work done so far, as a follow up to the reports presented by the eight Groups of Secretaries to the Prime Minister in January this year.

The rapporteurs for two out of the eight groups also made presentations on the status of implementation of the recommendations of their groups.

Ten new Groups of Secretaries are being formed, who will submit their reports on various Governance issues, by the end of November. As compared to the earlier groups, which worked on specific themes, the focus of the groups this time will be on sectors, such as agriculture, energy, transport etc.

Addressing the Secretaries, the Prime Minister complimented them for the work done by them as part of the eight thematic groups in the month of January. He urged them to undertake a critical review of the work done by the Union Government in the respective sectors that they will be studying. He also asked them to engage young officers to research related issues.

Speaking of demographic dividend, the Prime Minister said all groups must prioritize harnessing the strengths of the 800 million youth of India as part of their recommendations. He said that the team of Secretaries to the Government of India, has the collective wisdom and experience to create policies to fulfil the hopes and aspirations of India’s people. He exhorted them to put their best foot forward to the task ahead.