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"MoU to open new LNG gateway in India, to make mutual relation with Gujarat stronger, wider and deeper: Hugo Swire"
"Presence of British Minister at MoU signing ceremony indicates the importance and intent to build relation with Gujarat: Narendra Modi"

Gandhinagar, Wednesday: Gujarat Government’s public sector enterprise Gujarat State Petroleum Corporation (GSPC) today signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with British Gas for long-term sales and purchase of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) in presence of Gujarat Chief Minister Mr. Narendra Modi and British Foreign and Commonwealth Minister of State Mr. Hugo Swire here today.

Extending a warm welcome to the high-level British delegation, led by Mr. Hugo and British High Commissioner to India Mr. James Bevan, Mr. Modi said that Britain’s relation with Gujarat is eternal as both of us have marched together onto the path of progress, development and welfare of the mankind. Our mutual relation is already on the fast track. This agreement is sure to take the relation to greater heights and serve as another historic milestone. It should help energy security, check effects of climate change and bridge the gap between demand and supply.

He said the presence of a British minister at the MoU signing ceremony indicates their government’s according importance and intent to build stronger relation with Gujarat. This would usher in greater trade and industrial relation between the two.

Mr. Modi said that the participation of UK-India Business Council and Trade Mission in the Vibrant Gujarat Global Investors’ Summit (VGGIS) in January 2013 has brought people residing in Gujarat and Gujaratis and Indians residing in Britain closer in diverse fields.

With setting up more and more facilities for petroleum and power in the state, he said, Gujarat is becoming an ‘Energy Hub’. Gujarat has emerged as the growth engine of India’s economy due to the latter’s farsighted progressive gas-based policies, as it consumes two-third of natural gas. The state has India’s largest network of gas pipelines. It has two LNG Terminals which handles 80 per cent of the country’s total cargo in the commodity. There are 11-lakh households with gas connection and seven lakh vehicles run on CNG.

Mr. Modi said that Gujarat has also taken decisive initiatives in Climate Change in developing solar and wind power as clean energy.

Lately, Government of India has awarded A+ rating to Gujarat in all the four energy utilities. The state’s share in India in solar and wind energy is 60 percent, he said.

He said that Gujarat also took initiative in human resource development for the gas-petroleum-energy sector by setting up Pandit Deen Dayal University.

Mr. Hugo hailed Gujarat’s long strides in various fields, including good governance; rule of law and in the matters of human rights. He exuded confidence the latest agreement would open new LNG gateway in India, make mutual relation with Gujarat stronger, wider and deeper.

The MoU was signed by GSPC Managing Director Tapan Ray and British Gas President Shalin Sharma.

Other present on the occasion included Gujarat’s Energy and Petroleum Minister Saurabh Patel, captains of industries of Gujarat. The state’s Chief Secretary Varesh Sinha welcomed the visiting delegation and Principal Secretary of Energy D. J. Pandian proposed a vote of thanks.

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PM to visit UP on October 25 and launch Pradhan Mantri Atmanirbhar Swasth Bharat Yojana (PMASBY)
October 24, 2021
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PMASBY to be one of the largest pan-India scheme for strengthening healthcare infrastructure across the country
Objective of PMASBY is to fill critical gaps in public health infrastructure in both urban and rural areas
Critical care services will be available in all the districts with more than 5 lakh population
Integrated Public Health Labs to be set up in all districts
National Institution for One Health, 4 New National Institutes for Virology to be set up
IT enabled disease surveillance system to be developed
PM to also inaugurate nine medical colleges in UP
PM to inaugurate development projects worth more than Rs 5200 crores for Varanasi

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi will visit Uttar Pradesh on 25th October, 2021. At around 10.30 AM in Siddharthnagar, Prime Minister will inaugurate nine medical colleges in Uttar Pradesh. Subsequently, at around 1.15 PM in Varanasi, Prime Minister will launch Pradhan Mantri Atmanirbhar Swasth Bharat Yojana. He will also inaugurate various development projects worth more than Rs 5200 crore for Varanasi.

Prime Minister Atmanirbhar Swasth Bharat Yojana (PMASBY) will be one of the largest pan-India scheme for strengthening healthcare infrastructure across the country. It will be in addition to the National Health Mission.

The objective of PMASBY is to fill critical gaps in public health infrastructure, especially in critical care facilities and primary care in both the urban and rural areas. It will provide support for 17,788 rural Health and Wellness Centres in 10 High Focus States. Further, 11,024 urban Health and Wellness Centres will be established in all the States.

Critical care services will be available in all the districts of the country with more than 5 lakh population, through Exclusive Critical Care Hospital Blocks, while the remaining districts will be covered through referral services.

People will have access to a full range of diagnostic services in the Public Healthcare system through Network of laboratories across the country. Integrated Public Health Labs will be set up in all the districts.

Under PMASBY, a National Institution for One Health, 4 New National Institutes for Virology, a Regional Research Platform for WHO South East Asia Region, 9 Biosafety Level III laboratories, 5 New Regional National Centre for Disease Control will be set up.

PMASBY targets to build an IT enabled disease surveillance system by developing a network of surveillance laboratories at block, district, regional and national levels, in Metropolitan areas. Integrated Health Information Portal will be expanded to all States/UTs to connect all public health labs.

PMASBY also aims at Operationalisation of 17 new Public Health Units and strengthening of 33 existing Public Health Units at Points of Entry, for effectively detecting, investigating, preventing, and combating Public Health Emergencies and Disease Outbreaks. It will also work towards building up trained frontline health workforce to respond to any public health emergency.

Nine medical colleges to be inaugurated are situated in the districts of Siddharthnagar, Etah, Hardoi, Pratapgarh, Fatehpur, Deoria, Ghazipur, Mirzapur and Jaunpur. 8 Medical Colleges have been sanctioned under the Centrally Sponsored Scheme for “Establishment of new medical colleges attached with district/ referral hospitals” and 1 Medical College at Jaunpur has been made functional by the State Government through its own resources.

Under the Centrally Sponsored Scheme, preference is given to underserved, backward and aspirational districts. The Scheme aims to increase the availability of health professionals, correct the existing geographical imbalance in the distribution of medical colleges and effectively utilize the existing infrastructure of district hospitals. Under three phases of the Scheme, 157 new medical colleges have been approved across the nation, out of which 63 medical colleges are already functional.

Governor and Chief Minister of UP and Union Health Minister will also be present during the event.