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The state’s magnanimity and stern resolve for destroying the network of middlemen and mediators is best judged by its sincere endeavors .Chief Minister expressed his stern resolve, 'We have launched the Abhiyan of Garib Kalyan Mela for the welfare of poor and deprived classes. State tenaciously defends the rights of poor people. '

Referring to his privilege and honor of serving Gujarat for the longest spell –the spell of 3000 days-, he said, 'It is an occasion to sharpen our commitment and pledge, it is an occasion to express indebtedness, also an occasion to serve them, fulfil the aspirations held by people.'

Six Talukas of Ahmedabad district, namely Viramgam, Sanand, Daskoi, City, Mandal, and Detroj were covered. As part of the State-wide drive, the 12th Garib Kalyan Mela was held at Viramgam delivering Scheme-benefits and tool-kits worth Rs. 40 Crores to 45750 beneficiaries.

Chief Minister outlined the theme and vision of Garib Kalyan Mela,' We have created a record ,the longest spell of governance- 3000 days long governance- ,we found it appropriate to dedicate the record to the poor people, by grabbing the opportunity to make path breaking attempts of their development and welfare. We have not preferred traditional methods of celebrations. In past, they befooled the poor; for the sake of votes, they had emptied the government funds. The exploitation of poor and deprived classes never ended. But, we found out the remedy. '

He added, 'We have launched the ‘Kalyan-Yagna’, ensured that the funds and benefits reach up to the poor without any corruption. Former Prime Minister Late Shri Rajiv Gandhi had said that the rupee sanctioned from Delhi Treasuries, till it reaches up to poor beneficiary, it gets only 15 paisa. For many years, nobody found the cure. But, Gujarat has addressed the issue successfully.'

We have launched a battle against poverty. With unflinching conviction in our vision, we are committed to empower the poor and deprived classes. In past, the mediators used to rob deprived classes of their rights and benefits. Present Government is safeguarding the rights of poor people.

He cautioned,' Don’t pay a single paisa to any agent or middleman. Government is there to help the poor. 'He gave details of various welfare schemes.

However he regretted the vote-bank politics played in past, which has not at all done any good to poor people. State is allotting residential plots to home-less poor .If the market cost of land is taken into account, it goes in to crores and crores of rupees. Government is allotting the dwelling-unit plots to poor; the allotment is totally free-of-cost.

He made a suggestion,' You can simply write a post-card to the Chief Minister, if the material received by you as Government-aid is of inferior quality. We are ready to do anything for the welfare of poor. Present Government gives huge scheme assistances to poor people, but the price-rise and inflation inflicted by the Central Government nullifies the positive impacts. Poor people are really hard-pressed by the inflation and price-rise. 'He observed the need to oppose against the price-rise.

Revenue Minister Smt. Anandiben Patel detailed the path breaking attempts of the State. The 1.5 Crore children are covered under school-health check up drive. Children suffering from serious ailments received free-of-charge treatment, outside Gujarat. State bears the entire expense.

Minister of State Shri Jashvantsinh Bhabhor, Parliamentary Secretary Shri Yogesh Patel, and Deputy Chief Whip in the Assembly Shri Ambalal Rohit had also addressed the gathering.

Garib Kalyan Mela delivered 2762 Dwelling Unit Plots, 4578 beneficiaries got cheques of Rs. 30.93 Lakhs, 2771 beneficiaries received tool-kits worth Rs. 92.48 Lakhs, and 8207 got Agricultural-aid worth Rs. 113 .37 Lakhs. And the other beneficiaries also got benefits under various schemes.

Ahmedabad A.P.M.C contributed Rs.1 lakh, others institutions contributed Rs.67000 in to Chief Minister’s Kanya Kelavani Nidhi.

Minister of State Shri Amitbhai Shah, Parliamentary Secretaries Sarva Shri Sundersinh Chauhan, Shri Jaydrathsinh Parmar, M.P.Shri Kiritbhai Solanki, MLAs Sarva Shri Pragajibhai Patel, Kamabhai Rathod, Babubhai J Patel, Kantibhai Lakum, Vallabhbhai Kakadiya, Rakesh Shah, Ranchodbhai, District Panchayat President, Former M.P. Shri Ratilal Varma, Former Minister Shri Bhupendrasinh Vhudasama, office bearers, eminent leaders were among the others who attended the function.

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INDIA-EU LEADERS' MEETING
May 08, 2021
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At the invitation of the President of the European Council Mr. Charles Michel, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi participated in the India-EU Leaders’ Meeting today.

The meeting was held in a hybrid format with the participation of leaders of all the 27 EU Member States as well as the President of the European Council and the European Commission. This is the first time that the EU hosted a meeting with India in the EU+27 format. The meeting was the initiative of the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

During the meeting, the leaders expressed their desire to further strengthen the India-EU Strategic Partnership based on a shared commitment to democracy, fundamental freedoms, rule of law and multilateralism. They exchanged views on three key thematic areas: i) foreign policy and security; ii) COVID-19, climate and environment; and iii) trade, connectivity and technology. They discussed forging closer cooperation on combating the COVID-19 pandemic and economic recovery, tackling climate change, and reforming multilateral institutions. India appreciated the prompt assistance provided by the EU and its member states to combat its second COVID wave.

The leaders welcomed the decision to resume negotiations for balanced and comprehensive free trade and investment agreements. Negotiations on both the Trade and Investment Agreements will be pursued on parallel tracks with an intention to achieve early conclusion of both agreements together. This is a major outcome which will enable the two sides to realise the full potential of the economic partnership. India and the EU also announced dedicated dialogues on WTO issues, regulatory cooperation, market access issues and supply chain resilience, demonstrating the desire to deepen and further diversify economic engagement.

India and the EU launched an ambitious and comprehensive ‘Connectivity Partnership’ which is focused on enhancing digital, energy, transport and people-to-people connectivity. The Partnership is based on the shared principles of social, economic, fiscal, climate and environmental sustainability, and respect for international law and commitments. The Partnership will catalyse private and public financing for connectivity projects. It will also foster new synergies for supporting connectivity initiatives in third countries, including in the Indo-Pacific.

India and the EU leaders reiterated their commitment to achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement and agreed to strengthen joint efforts for mitigation, adaptation and resilience to the impacts of climate change, as well as providing means of implementation including finance in the context of COP26. India welcomed the EU’s decision to join CDRI.

India and the EU also agreed to enhance bilateral cooperation on digital and emerging technologies such as 5G, AI, Quantum and High-Performance Computing including through the early operationalization of the Joint Task Force on AI and the Digital Investment Forum.

The leaders noted with satisfaction the growing convergences on regional and global issues, including counterterrorism, cybersecurity and maritime cooperation. The leaders acknowledged the importance of a free, open, inclusive and rules-based Indo-Pacific and agreed to closely engage in the region, including in the context of India’s Indo-Pacific Ocean’s Initiative and the EU’s new strategy on the Indo-Pacific.

Coinciding with the Leaders’ Meeting, an India-EU Business Roundtable was organised to highlight the avenues for cooperation in climate, digital and healthcare. A finance contract of Euro 150 million for the Pune Metro Rail Project was signed by the Ministry of Finance, Government of India, and European Investment Bank.

India-EU Leaders Meeting has set a significant milestone by providing a new direction to the Strategic Partnership and giving a fresh impetus for implementing the ambitious India-EU Roadmap 2025 adopted at the 15th India-EU Summit held in July 2020.