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Gujarat Gaurav Diwas  Developing Gujarat for the Development of India!

Dear friends,

Hearty congratulations on Gujarat Gaurav Diwas. It was on this day, 1st May in the year 1960 that the state of Gujarat was born. Today is both a day to look back and to dream ahead for a stronger, more vibrant and more developed Gujarat. On this day, we wholeheartedly salute each and every of one the bravehearts who gave their lives in the Maha Gujarat movement; we salute the great men and women who withstood bullets for a glorious Gujarat. It is a matter of great pride that Gujarat has not let the sacrifices of these great men and women go in vain!

Despite all odds, Gujarat has surged ahead on the path of development. There were mammoth challenges but our state has not only overcome but also turned them into opportunities for furthering all round growth. Today Gujarat has become synonymous with development all over the world! And behind this stellar development is the spirit of peace, unity and brotherhood of six crore Gujaratis. There is an air of optimism and positivity everywhere- in every section, every region of Gujarat. But we do not wish to stop here. We are strongly determined to increase the pace of development so that the poorest of the poor continue to become active partners in this march. It is development that is our only mantra, our sole dream!

Let us all come together and work with the mantra of ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas’ (All together, growth for all). Our motive is to develop Gujarat for the development of India. On this historic day, I am sharing my message that I extended to the people of Gujarat last evening.

Video of Shri Narendra Modi's message on the eve of Gujarat Gaurav Diwas

Jai Jai Garvi Gujarat! Bharat Mata Ki Jai!

Narendra Modi

Read Shri Narendra Modi’s message on eve of Gujarat Gaurav Diwas in text

 

ગુજરાત ગૌરવ દિવસ

ભારતનાં વિકાસ માટે ગુજરાતનો વિકાસ

પ્રિય મિત્રો,

ગુજરાત ગૌરવ દિવસનાં અવસર પર આપ સૌને અંત:કરણપૂર્વક શુભેચ્છાઓ પાઠવું છું. વર્ષ ૧૯૬૦ માં ૧ લી મે નાં રોજ ગુજરાત રાજ્યનો જન્મ થયો. આજનો દિવસ એક બાજુ વીતેલા વર્ષો ઉપર નજર નાંખવાનો તો બીજી બાજુ વધુ સશક્ત, વધુ વાઈબ્રન્ટ અને વધુ વિકસીત ગુજરાતનાં નિર્માણ માટે આગળ નજર દોડાવવાનો છે. આજનાં દિવસે, મહાગુજરાત આંદોલનમાં પોતાની જાત હોમી દેનાર પ્રત્યેક શેરદિલ વ્યક્તિઓને આપણે સલામ કરીએ છીએ; આપણે સલામ કરીએ છીએ એ તમામ મહાન નર-નારીઓને જેમણે ઝળહળતા ગુજરાતનાં નિર્માણ માટે સામી છાતીએ ગોળીઓ ઝીલી લીધી હતી. આપણા માટે એ ગૌરવની વાત છે કે એ મહાન નર-નારીઓની કુરબાનીને ગુજરાતે એળે નથી જવા દીધી.

તમામ વિધ્નો છતાં પણ ગુજરાત વિકાસનાં પથ ઉપર આગળ વધતું રહ્યું છે. મસમોટી મુશ્કેલીઓ આવી, પણ આપણા રાજ્યે આ તમામ આપત્તિઓને અવસરમાં પલટી નાંખી અને સર્વાંગી વિકાસ સાધ્યો. આજે ગુજરાત સમગ્ર દુનિયામાં વિકાસનો પર્યાય બની ગયું છે. અને આ વિરાટ વિકાસનાં પાયામાં છ કરોડ ગુજરાતીઓની શાંતિ, એકતા અને ભાઈચારાની ભાવના રહેલી છે. ગુજરાતનાં ખૂણેખૂણામાં આશા અને હકારાત્મકાની લહેર ફેલાઈ ગઈ છે. પણ આપણે અહીંથી અટકવું નથી. વિકાસની ગતિ હજી તેજ કરવાનો આપણો દ્રઢ નિર્ધાર છે, જેથી ગરીબમાં ગરીબ માણસ પણ આ વિકાસયાત્રાનો સક્રિય ભાગીદાર બની શકે. વિકાસ એ જ આપણો એકમાત્ર મંત્ર છે, આપણું એકમાત્ર સ્વપ્ન છે.

આવો, આપણે સૌ ભેગા મળી ‘સૌનો સાથ, સૌનો વિકાસ‘નાં મંત્ર સાથે આગળ વધીએ. ભારતનાં વિકાસ માટે ગુજરાતનો વિકાસ કરવો એ આપણું ઉદ્દેશ્ય છે. આજનાં આ ઐતિહાસિક દિવસે, ગઈકાલ સાંજનાં મારા જનતાજોગ સંદેશને હું અહીં મુકી રહ્યો છું.

જય જય ગરવી ગુજરાત! ભારત માતા કી જય!

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गुजरात गौरव दिवस

भारत के विकास के लिए गुजरात का विकास

प्रिय मित्रों,

गुजरात गौरव दिवस के अवसर पर आप सभी को हार्दिक शुभकामनाएं देता हूं। 1 मई, 1960 के दिन गुजरात राज्य का जन्म हुआ। आज का दिन जहां बीते बरसों की ओर देखने का है तो साथ ही ज्यादा सशक्त, ज्यादा वाइब्रेंट और ज्यादा विकसित गुजरात के निर्माण के लिए आगे की दिशा में नजर दौड़ाने का भी है। आज के दिन, महागुजरात आंदोलन में अपनी जान कुर्बान करने वाले प्रत्येक शहिद को हम नमन करते हैं। हम नमन करते हैं उन सभी महान नर-नारियों को जिन्होंने जगमगाते गुजरात के निर्माण के लिए अपने सीने पर गोलियां खाईं थी। हमारे लिए यह गौरव की बात है कि उन महान नर-नारियों की कुर्बानी को गुजरात ने व्यर्थ नहीं जाने दिया है।

तमाम विघ्नों के बावजूद गुजरात विकास के पथ पर आगे बढ़ता रहा है। कई मुश्किलें आईं, लेकिन हमारे राज्य ने इन तमाम मुश्किलों को अवसर में बदल दिया और सर्वांगीण विकास हासिल किया। आज गुजरात समग्र दुनिया में विकास का पर्याय बन चुका है। इस विराट विकास की नीव में छह करोड़ गुजरातियों की शांति, एकता और भाईचारे की भावना समाहित है। गुजरात के कोने-कोने में आशा और विश्वास की लहर फैल गई है। लेकिन हमें यहां रुकना नहीं है। विकास की गति को तेज करने का हमारा दृढ संकल्प है, ताकि गरीब से गरीब व्यक्ति भी इस विकास यात्रा का सक्रिय भागीदार बन सके। विकास ही हमारा एकमात्र मंत्र है, हमारा एकमात्र स्वप्न है।

आइए, हम सब मिलकर सबका साथ, सबका विकास मंत्र के साथ आगे बढ़ें। भारत के विकास के लिए गुजरात का विकास करना ही हमारा उद्देश्य है। आज के इस ऐतिहासिक दिवस पर, गुजरात गौरव दिवस की पूर्वसंध्या पर जनता के नाम मेरे संदेश को यहां रख रहा हूं।

जय जय गरवी गुजरात! भारत माता की जय!

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The Covid-19 pandemic has come with whole new set of challenges to Governments across the world in terms of policy-making. India is no exception. Raising enough resources for public welfare while ensuring sustainability is proving to be one of the biggest challenges.

In this back-drop of financial crunch seen across the world, do you know that Indian states were able to borrow significantly more in 2020-21? It would perhaps pleasantly surprise you that states were able to raise an extra Rs 1.06 lakh crores in 2020-21. This significant increase in availability of resources was made possible by an approach of Centre-State bhagidari. 

When we formulated our economic response to the Covid-19 pandemic, we wanted to ensure that our solutions do not follow a ‘one size fits all’ model. For a federal country of continental dimensions, finding policy instruments at the national level to promote reforms by State Governments is indeed challenging. But, we had faith in the robustness of our federal polity and we moved ahead in the spirit of Centre-State bhagidari. 

In May 2020, as part of the Aatmanirbhar Bharat package, the Government of India announced that State Governments would be allowed enhanced borrowing for 2020-21. An extra 2% of GSDP was allowed, of which 1% was made conditional on the implementation of certain economic reforms. This nudge for reform is rare in Indian public finance. This was a nudge, incentivising the states to adopt progressive policies to avail additional funds. The results of this exercise are not only encouraging but also run contrary to the notion that there are limited takers for sound economic policies.

The four reforms to which additional borrowings were linked (with 0.25% of GDP tied to each one) had two characteristics. Firstly, each of the reforms was linked to improving the Ease of Living to the public and particularly the poor, the vulnerable, and the middle class. Secondly, they also promoted fiscal sustainability.

The first reform under the ‘One Nation One Ration Card’ policy required State Governments to ensure that all ration cards in the State under the National Food Security Act (NFSA) were seeded with the Aadhaar number of all family members and that all Fair Price Shops had Electronic Point of Sale devices. The main benefit from this is that migrant workers can draw their food ration from anywhere in the country. Apart from these benefits to citizens, there is the financial benefit from the elimination of bogus cards & duplicate members. 17 states completed this reform and were granted additional borrowings amounting to Rs. 37,600 crores. 

The second reform, aimed at improving ease of doing business, required states to ensure that renewal of business-related licences under 7 Acts is made automatic, online and non-discretionary on mere payment of fees. Another requirement was implementation of a computerized random inspection system and prior notice of inspection to reduce harassment and corruption under a further 12 Acts. This reform (covering 19 laws) is of particular help to micro and small enterprises, who suffer the most from the burden of the ‘inspector raj'. It also promotes an improved investment climate, greater investment and faster growth. 20 states completed this reform and were allowed additional borrowing of Rs. 39,521 crores. 

The 15th Finance Commission and several academics have emphasised the crucial importance of sound property taxation. The third reform required states to notify floor rates of property tax and of water & sewerage charges, in consonance with stamp duty guideline values for property transactions and current costs respectively, in urban areas. This would enable better quality of services to the urban poor and middle class, support better infrastructure and stimulate growth. Property tax is also progressive in its incidence and thus the poor in urban areas would benefit the most. This reform also benefits municipal staff who often face delay in payment of wages. 11 states completed these reforms and were granted additional borrowing of Rs. 15,957 crores. 

The fourth reform was introduction of Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) in lieu of free electricity supply to farmers. The requirement was for formulation of a state-wide scheme with actual implementation in one district on a pilot basis by year end. Additional borrowing of 0.15% of GSDP was linked to this. A component was also provided for reduction in technical & commercial losses and another for reducing the gap between revenues and costs (0.05% of GSDP for each). This improves the finances of distribution companies, promotes conservation of water and energy and improves service quality through better financial and technical performance. 13 states implemented at least one component, while 6 states implemented the DBT component. As a result, Rs. 13,201 crore of additional borrowings was permitted. 

Overall, 23 states availed of additional borrowings of Rs. 1.06 lakh crores out of a potential of Rs. 2.14 lakh crores. As a result, the aggregate borrowing permission granted to states for 2020-21 (conditional and unconditional) was 4.5% of the initially estimated GSDP. 

For a large nation with complex challenges as ours, this was a unique experience. We have often seen that for various reasons, schemes and reforms remain un-operational often for years. This was a pleasant departure from the past where the Centre & States came together to roll out public friendly reforms in a short span of time amidst the pandemic. This was made possible due to our approach of Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas and Sabka Vishwas. Officials who have been working on these reforms suggest that without this incentive of additional funds, enactment of these policies would have taken years. India has seen a model of ‘reforms by stealth and compulsion’. This is a new model of ‘reforms by conviction and incentives’. I am thankful to all the states who took the lead in ushering in these policies amidst tough times for the betterment of their citizens. We shall continue working together for the rapid progress of 130 crore Indians.