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CM kicks off national junior swimming competition in Rajkot

The four-day competition that has been held for the first time in Saurashtra and after 25 years in Gujarat will see a participation of 500 junior swimmers of the age group of 9-12

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Kicking off 29th national junior swimming competition at Rajkot today Chief Minster Narendra Modi expressed his resolve to develop sports tourism in Gujarat. “There is a great scope of development for sports tourism and hence the state government desires to link various sports related competitions with tourism”, he said.

The national-level junior swimming competition has been held for the first time in Saurashtra and after a span of 25 years in Gujarat under the auspices of Gujarat State Aquatic Association, a branch of Swimming Federation of India, and Rajkot District Swimming Association in cooperation with NALCO. The four-day competition which is taking place at Sardar Patel swimming pool in Rajkot will see a participation of 500 junior swimmers of the age group of 9-12. Teams from 25 states, apart from the teams of railway and Central Service Sports are taking part in the competition.

Welcoming the junior swimmers in Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi said that Gujarat is celebrating the present year as Yuva Shakti Varsh to commemorate 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda. The state will give priority to organizing various sports competitions during this entire year.

He said the state government is giving special attention for developing beach-sports along the 1600 km. coastline of Gujarat. He outlined the state’s surge in swimming and skating and the state’s world record in the game of chess. He also spoke of the state’s planning for setting up a sports university. He expressed desire to develop sports related infrastructure in Gujarat with a view to provide best training and facilities to the sportsmen.

Speaking on the occasion, president of Swimming Federation of India and former Chief Minister of Goa Digambar Kamat expressed happiness for organizing of this swimming competition. He also expressed happiness for Gujarat has put in place the necessary infrastructure for holding international level swimming competitions.

Union Mine Minister and president of Gujarat State Swimming Association Dinsha Patel expressed happiness for the organization of this competition in Rajkot district. He said that swimming holds high importance as it has a capacity to save lives of people.

Finance Minister Vajubhai Vala, Rajkot Mayor Janak Kotak, MLAs Govind Patel, Bhanuben Babariya, Deputy Mayor Dipaben Chikani, former MP Vijay Rupani, City BJP president Dhansukhbhai Bhanderi, Rajkot municipal corporation commissioner Ajay Bhadu, Collector Dr. Rajendrakumar, office bearers of Gujarat State Aquatic Association and Rajkot District Swimming Association, contestants and their parents were present on the occasion.

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The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today chaired his twelfth interaction through PRAGATI - the ICT-based, multi-modal platform for Pro-Active Governance and Timely Implementation.

The Prime Minister reviewed the progress towards handling and resolution of grievances related to disbursement of scholarships/fellowships to students. He sought to know the reasons for the delay, and enquired about the progress of Aadhaar-linkage to disbursal of benefits to students. He urged the concerned officials to increase the speed of addressing grievances, and aim for quick and effective resolution of students’ issues with regard to scholarships and fellowships.

The Prime Minister reviewed the progress of vital infrastructure projects in the road, railway, steel and power sectors, spread over several states including Tripura, Mizoram, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, Odisha, Telangana, Chhattisgarh and Maharashtra. The railway projects reviewed included the Akhaura-Agartala rail line, which will be a vital link between India and Bangladesh.

The Prime Minister reviewed the progress of modernization and expansion works for the Bhilai Steel Plant. Taking serious note of the delay in this project, he asked the Steel and Heavy Engineering Ministries to sort out all issues, and complete the project at the earliest.

Shri Narendra Modi reviewed the progress of the “waste to wealth” initiative under the Swachh Bharat Mission. This includes both “waste to compost,” and “waste to energy” components. Various States gave details about the progress of works under this initiative.

Turning to the health sector, the Prime Minister reviewed the progress under the Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme, aimed at further reducing the incidence and mortality rate of the disease. He directed that necessary equipment for timely detection of Multi-Drug Resistant Tuberculosis be installed in the districts on priority. He also called for a review of the progress towards combating the disease to be undertaken at the district level.

The Prime Minister reviewed the progress towards further reducing Infant Mortality Rate and Maternal Mortality Rate (IMR and MMR), and the initiatives that have been taken in various States in this regard.