4,000 join Gujarat Chief Minister’s fast during Sadbhavna Mission in Dangs

Ahmedabad, Tuesday: Chief Minister Narendra Modi today called for making the goodwill earned through Sadbhavna Mission stronger, taking everybody along the path of development, instead of wasting time in political squabbling and bickering.

Rounding up his daylong fast as part of the district-wise Sadbhavna Misison at Ahwa in the Dangs district, he said thatGujarat’s model of development for Sadbhavna through unity and harmony for the last ten years has dumped the past Congress style of divide and rule politics, create conflicts and mislead people.

Mr. Modi said that six-crore people ofGujaratare like his family. The feeling of goodwill as propagated by the Sadbhvna Mission is ingrained in the veins of the people. The vote bank politics of rulers inDelhihas spread an atmosphere of widespread gloom and dejection, whileGujaratprovides the rays of hope to the people to come out of the rot. The Congress rule has only poisoned the minds of the people with communalism and casteism. He had a word of caution against those trying to disturb the atmosphere of peace now prevailing inGujarat.

Speaking about Gujarat’s relations with the Centre, he said that Gujarat does not owe any dues to the Centre but a lot ofGujarat’s money is lying in the nation’s coffer. It is people’s money and nobody can touch it.

The Chief Minister was overwhelmed by the feelings of 4,000 tribal people, including many from neighbouring Maharashtra, who in their colourful attire joined him in the day-long fast for Sadbhavna and extended support to his development model. He recalled how the post-Independent previous rulers have only thrown crumbs to the tribal people in those prolong 40 years and have never cared to ensure their development. The present government has for the first time set up higher secondary schools with science stream providing opportunity to the tribal people to become engineers or doctors. The government has helped tribal womenfolk set up Sakhi Mandals for their economic empowerment.

It was his tenth day-long fast at the district-level since he had launched the state-wide Sadbhavna Mission from Ahmedabad on September 17. He is schedule to undertake day-long fast in each of the 26 districts and seven municipal corporations as a means to what he calls his penance for Sadbhavna. He said that 4,000 people joining him in the fast a very significant number as there is only one taluka in the forested Dangs district.

The Chief Minister announced on this occasion a slew of development projects totaling Rs.575-crore for the Dangs district. They include Rs.185 for roads renovation, Rs. 30-crore for drinking water projects, Rs.100-crore for improving educational infrastructure,Rs.77-crore for developing Saputara hill station, Rs.30-crore for developing Dandakaranya, check dams and other projects.


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MoS Dr. Jitendra Singh’s Statement after meeting with the political parties of Jammu-Kashmir under the leadership of the Hon'ble Prime Minister
June 24, 2021

A discussion with the political parties of Jammu-Kashmir under the leadership of the Hon'ble Prime Minister has just ended. This has been a very positive effort towards the development and strengthening of democracy in Jammu-Kashmir. The meeting took place in a very cordial atmosphere. All the participants expressed their full allegiance to the democracy of India and the Constitution of India.

The Home Minister apprised all the leaders of the improvement in the situation in Jammu-Kashmir.

The Prime Minister listened to every party’s arguments and suggestions with all seriousness and he appreciated the fact that all the people's representatives shared their point of view with an open mind. The Prime Minister laid special emphasis on two important issues in the meeting. He said that we all have to work together to take democracy to the grassroots in Jammu-Kashmir. Secondly, there should be all-round development in Jammu-Kashmir and development should reach every region and every community. It is necessary that there should be an atmosphere of cooperation and public participation.

Hon'ble Prime Minister also pointed out that elections to Panchayati Raj and other local bodies have been successfully held in Jammu-Kashmir. There is improvement in the security situation. About 12,000 crore rupees have directly reached the panchayats after the conclusion of elections. This has accelerated the pace of development in the villages.

The Prime Minister said that we have to approach the next important step related to the democratic process in Jammu-Kashmir i.e. assembly elections. The process of delimitation has to be completed expeditiously so that every region and every section gets adequate political representation in the assembly. It is necessary to give a proper representation to the Dalits, backwards and people living in tribal areas.

There was a detailed discussion in the meeting regarding the participation of everybody in the process of delimitation. All the parties present in the meeting have agreed to participate in this process.

The Prime Minister also emphasized the cooperation of all the stakeholders to take Jammu-Kashmir on the path of peace and prosperity. He said that Jammu-Kashmir is moving out of the vicious circle of violence and moving towards stability. New hope and new confidence have emerged among the people of Jammu-Kashmir.

The PM also said that we will have to work day and night to strengthen this trust and work together to improve this confidence. Today's meeting is an important step for strengthening the democracy and the development and prosperity of Jammu-Kashmir. I thank all the political parties for attending today's meeting.