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Chief Minister Shri Narendra Modi said that women of Sakhimandal will be managing economic activities worth Rs.1000-cr by approaching May 1.

Today while expressing his resolve to strengthen the situation of women in the State Shri Modi said that with state government, banking and financial organizations and corporate sector joining hand under the Mission Mangalam project will bring a revolutionary change in the situation of poor and women of the state.

Chief Minister was speaking through satellite communication system at BISAG institute, to women of Sakhimandal, various bank officials and the officials involved with Mission Mangalam project, during the concluding session of a microfinance workshop.

Chief Minister said that various banks and corporate has signed about 57 MOUs during Vibrant Gujarat Global Investor’s Summit which will fetch around Rs.21,500-cr to the social sector under Mission Mangalam project.

He said that with the formation of Sakhimandal, the state government had initiated to free about 25-lakh poor rural women from the shackles of debt and now the government will cover them under Mission Mangalam project to free them from exploitation.

With Gujarat extending microfinance to the poor rural women, people will start looking at the word ‘rupee’ in a different way. A ‘rupee’ or ‘microfinance’ will not be seen as something which is given to poor as a help but as something that can change the face of society, he said. Mission Mangalam project will prove as a model for third world countries inspiring them to work for the cause of poor, he added.

Chief Minister appreciated the role of banks in Gujarat as they worked hand in hand with the state government during Garib Kalyan Melas, handing out economic benefits to the poor beneficiaries. Chief Minister also thanked banking sector for their work during the earthquake in Kutch, for they opened special accounts for the victims of earthquake.

In the beginning, rural development minister Shri Narottam Patel outlined the objectives of Mission Mangalam project, Sakhimandal and Garib Kalyan Mela.

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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.