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"Gujarat Chief Minister inaugurates 100-bed BAPS Yogiji Maharaj Hospital in Ahmedabad"
"Shri Narendra Modi remembers the seers and saints of India for their selfless services to the society "
"Tendency to spread canards against Mutts and Seers but it is from them we take inspiration on how to serve society not from today but from centuries: Shri Narendra Modi"

On Friday 18th May 2012, Gujarat Chief Minister Shri Narendra Modi inaugurated 100-bed BAPS Yogiji Maharaj Hospital in Ahmedabad.

Speaking on the occasion, Shri Modi stated that he was extremely honored to be a part of such a distinguished programme with Raviji Maharaj. The Chief Minister lauded the distinguished efforts and contribution of seers and saints of India and believed that even if the hospital was not built, their contribution had still been immense after all, seers not only take care of our physical health but also our mental health. This hospital was just one form, he added. Shri Modi recalled the role of Pramukhswami Maharaj Yogiji in the de-addiction of 40- lakh people and expressed hope that this Hospital would work for society with the same spirit. He also added that the seers who worked towards this hospital would be extremely happy with this effort and that Swamiji has a Midas touch, making every penny into a valuable contribution for good of others.

Shri Modi listed a big challenge of the lack of adequate healthcare facilities today. He shared that not only doctors bur even number of nurses were lacking possibly due to an assumption by earlier rulers that no one would fall ill! But now, he was filling the gaps, Shri Modi pointed out and conveyed with confidence that they would successfully overcome this challenge. He also thanked Swamiji for helping the Government for sharing a part of the challenge with them.

On the occasion, Shri Modi said that there are canards and false impressions being spread about our Mutts, Temple and Seers and the same people who point these so called flaws ask people to look at Missionaries for inspiration. But, he confidently stated that not today but from centuries, the work seers have done have no parallel in the world. He cited the example of Kathiawar, where there is no place where in a 20 km radius one could not find a Seer or religious Centre where ‘rotla’ wont be served to passers by. The Chief Minister also gave the example of Badrinath and Kedarnath where it was seers who would help pilgrims if facilities were not adequate.

Shri Modi spoke about how India is a nation that has always believed in the ‘Daridra Nayaran’ philosophy and that we have always been a ‘Sevadhram Desh’. He added that when he saw this hospital, he felt immense pride and could show the world what our seers and sages have been doing. For seeking inspiration to serve society, we don’t need to look anywhere else but must learn from our seers only!

He lauded Swamiji for integrating the latest technology in the hospital and expressed happiness that he was moving with the times yet along with keeping the cultural core intact. The Chief Minister also talked about the Guru Bhakti and how if there were no Swami Vivekananda, Ramakrishna Paramhansa would be incomplete. Similarly without Sardar Patel, Gandhiji would be incomplete and without Pramukh Swamiji, Yogiji Maharaj would be incomplete. Shri Modi further pointed that the Swamiji has imbibed the essence of Ayurveda and passed on the knowledge to his disciples, which could be seen in this hospital where the lower floor was kept for Ayurveda related treatment.

With overall life expectancy rate rising to almost 80 years as compared to 55- 60 in the earlier days, old age health problems would rise due to which more health facilities would be required. But Shri Modi expressed serious doubts as to whether the Central Government would tackle these problems and how they would do so but expressed with assured the people that Gujarat Government is making determined efforts in towards enhancing medical facilities.  Shri Modi recalled the earlier days when there were few medical colleges but Governments spoke of giving one doctor to every village! Now, there are not only more medical colleges but also more medical seats, rising from 500 a decade ago to 6000! Every district has a nursing College, Institute for para-medical staff and all these institutes have all the latest technology and training facilities, said Shri Modi.

He concluded by seeking the blessings of the seers present and thanked Pujya Pramukh Swamiji for his efforts.

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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.