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PM Modi attends 'Samajik Adhikarita Shivir' in Varanasi, hands over aids & assistive devices to the 'Divyang'
PM Modi hands over sewing machines, Braille kits, hearing aids, smart canes to the 'Divyang' in Varanasi
The focus should not be on disabilities, but on the extra-ordinary abilities of the 'Divyang': PM Modi
Government’s Sugamya Bharat campaign aimed at providing easy accessibility to differently-abled people
PM Modi flags off Mahamana Express from Varanasi

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today attended a Samajik Adhikarita Shivir for distribution of aids and assistive devices in Varanasi.

The distributed material included sewing machines, Braille kits, hearing aids, smart canes, and other smart devices. The beneficiaries included differently abled persons and widows.

Speaking on the occasion, Shri Narendra Modi recalled his speech even before taking oath of office as Prime Minister, where he had mentioned that his Government would be devoted to the service of the poor and downtrodden. He said the Union Government has taken a series of steps in this direction.

He said this camp in Varanasi is just one of about 1800 such camps that have been held across the country since his Government came to power. This number, he asserted, was far greater than the comparable number in the case of previous governments. He said these camps had eliminated middlemen from the activity of distribution of aids and assistive devices.The Prime Minister said that he has been the target of personal attacks, because middlemen are being eliminated and governance is being tightened. He said these personal attacks will not deter him from his path, which is the service of the poor and weaker sections of society.

The Prime Minister spoke at length about replacing the word “viklang” with “divyang” in everyday usage, to describe differently-abled people. He said the focus should not be on disabilities, but on the extra-ordinary abilities that differently abled people are blessed with.

The Prime Minister spoke of his Government’s Sugamya Bharat campaign to provide easy accessibility to differently-abled people.

He complimented the Railways for the launch of the Mahamana Express with modern passenger amenities, which he flagged-off on the occasion.

The Prime Minister spoke about the bus accident involving some people who were coming to attend this event. He said Ministers and officers had rushed to the hospital, and the injured would be well taken care of. He also met some of the people with minor injuries, who had made it to the function nevertheless.

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Mr. Khalid Al-Falih calls on the Prime Minister
February 23, 2018
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His Excellency Mr Khalid Bin Abdulaziz Al-Falih, Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, called on the Prime Minister today.

The Minister conveyed personal greetings of His Majesty the King and His Highness the Crown Prince. The Prime Minister requested the Minister to convey his best wishes to them. The Prime Minister also conveyed his thanks for their guidance to strengthening of bilateral retlations, and for according the status of ‘Guest of Honour’ to India at this year’s Janadriyah festival.

The Prime Minister said that there are immense opportunities for Saudi public and private investors in India. Indian economy is growing at a fast pace and as a result there are profitable prospects in sectors such as energy, agriculture and food processing, pharmaceutical and medical devices, fertilizer, petrochemicals and mining. He noted that synergy exists between the objectives of Saudi Vision 2030 and various programmes of the Government for economic development of India.

The Prime Minister emphasised that the two countries should look at ways to enhance and diversify bilateral trade and investment and expand all aspects of economic cooperation in accordance with our strategic partnership.