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“Modernization and accessibility of healthcare facilities is critical for empowerment and ease of life of the poor”
“My experience in Gujarat has helped in serving the poor of the entire country”
“We have the inspiration of great men like Bapu who made service a strength of the country”

Namaskar!

The Chief Minister of Gujarat Shri Bhupendra Bhai Patel; MP from this region and my senior colleague Shri CR Patil, other Ministers of the Government of Gujarat present here, the MLAs, the Founder and Chairman of Nirali Memorial Medical Trust Shri A. M. Naik ji, Trustee Shri Bhai Jignesh Naik ji, all the dignitaries present here, ladies and gentlemen! Today you have heard a speech in English first, then in Gujarati. Now Hindi should not be left out. So, let me speak in Hindi.

I am told that yesterday was Anil Bhai's birthday and when a person turns 80, that is the occasion of Sahasra Chandradarshan. Well belated birthday wishes to Anil bhai from my side. I wish him good health.

Today various schemes related to Ease of Living have been launched for the people of the entire South Gujarat from the land of Navsari. Today the brothers and sisters here have got new facilities in the field of modern infrastructure related to health as well. A short while ago, I was here at an event nearby. The 'Bhoomi Pujan' of the medical college was held and now I have got the opportunity to inaugurate the modern Healthcare Complex and Multispeciality Hospital too.

I also got the opportunity to lay the foundation stone of Cancer Hospital here 3 years ago. My heartiest congratulations to Mr. AM Naik ji, the Nirali Trust and his family! And I see this project as a sentimental tribute to Nirali, the innocent little girl we lost untimely.

This project was conceptualized with the resolution that 'no family should go through the hardships faced by A.M. Naik ji and his family. In a way, Anil Bhai has repaid the debt of his father, of his village as well as of his child. The people of all the surrounding districts including Navsari will get a lot of benefit from this modern hospital.

And I believe this is a great service to the nation as this hospital is very close to the highway. And in case of the accidents that happen on the highway, the first hour is the golden period for saving a person's life. This hospital is located at a very crucial spot. Although we don't want people to come here, we don't want accidents to happen, but if it happens then this facility is available nearby and life can be saved. I also extend my best wishes to all the doctors and the medical staff of the hospital!

 

Friends,

It is equally important to modernize health services and to make it accessible to all for the empowerment of the poor and to make them stress-free. During the last 8 years, we have emphasized on a holistic approach to improve the health sector of the country. We have made efforts to modernize the treatment facilities, to improve nutrition and promote a healthy lifestyle. Basically we have tried to emphasize upon the behavioural aspect associated with preventive health care and these are the primary responsibilities of the government.

We are trying to ensure that the poor and the middle class can be saved from diseases and their cost of treatment is reduced. Today we are able to see the clear results of the efforts made especially for the better health of children and mothers. Today, the health infrastructure has improved in Gujarat, and the health indicators are also getting better. Gujarat has ranked first in the third edition of the Sustainable Development Goal Index of NITI Aayog.

Friends,

When I was the Chief Minister of Gujarat, the experiences of the campaigns we launched to take health services to every poor in the state are now being used to help the poor of the whole country. In that era, we had prepared a roadmap for a 'Swasth Gujarat, Ujjwal Gujarat'. The Mukhyamantri Amrutum Yojana, known as Maa Yojana in short, which provided free treatment facility up to Rs 2 lakh to the poor for serious illnesses, was the result of the same.

The experiences of this scheme have led to the Ayushman Bharat scheme, which ensures free treatment worth up to Rs 5 lakh to the poor. When I got the opportunity to serve as the Prime Minister, I brought this scheme to the countrymen. Under this scheme, more than 40 lakh poor patients of Gujarat have taken the facility of free treatment including a large number of women, Dalits, the poor, deprived as well as the tribal society. As a result, more than 7000 crore rupees have been saved by the poor patients. Last year under the Ayushman Bharat scheme, 7500 health and wellness centres were set up in Gujarat.

Friends,

In the last 20 years, the health sector of Gujarat has hit several new milestones. In these twenty years, unprecedented work has been done for health infrastructure in Gujarat. Work has been done at every level from cities to rural areas. Thousands of health centres and first aid centres were set up in rural areas. In urban areas, about 600 Deen Dayal Aushadhalayas were also built.

Government hospitals in Gujarat today have advanced treatment facilities for diseases like cancer. The capacity of Gujarat Cancer Research Institute has increased from 450 to 1000. Besides Ahmedabad, many other cities like Jamnagar, Bhavnagar, Rajkot, and Vadodara also have modern cancer treatment facilities.

Kidney Institute in Ahmedabad is being modernized and expanded. And soon the number of beds will double. Today numerous dialysis centers in Gujarat are providing dialysis facilities to thousands of patients near their homes.

The Government of India is also running campaigns to develop the infrastructure for dialysis in the entire country and trying to ensure that such patients get facilities near their homes. This campaign is going on at a much faster pace as compared to before. In this way dialysis centres have become available for kidney patients today.

Friends,

During our tenure in Gujarat, our government had given top priority to the health and nutrition of children and women. By ensuring Public-Private Partnership, the institutional delivery has been expanded under the Chiranjeevi Yojana and it has yielded commendable results in Gujarat.

So far 14 lakh pregnant women have taken the benefit of Chiranjeevi scheme. We are the people of Gujarat; so there are people who think of doing more and more. When I was here, we started the service of 108. But later it was suggested that the old vehicles that provided the 108 services should be removed. But I asked them not to do that. The vehicles for 108 services were meant for emergencies. So, these should be perfect and should have the power to respond quickly.

But we shouldn't remove these old vehicles immediately. We could revamp them. So, we decided to change the entire design. The sound of the siren was made musical. When the mother returned home with her child 3-4 days after the delivery in the hospital, she had to find an auto-rickshaw and face all these troubles. So, we decided to use the old 108 vehicles to drop the mothers. The sound of the sirens in old 108 vehicles were changed to a laughing child's voice so that when the mother would take that newborn baby to her house, the siren would let the whole locality know that mother had returned home from the hospital with the child. And, the entire locality could come to welcome the baby.

So with the Khilkhilahat scheme, we have also ensured that the health of the newborn is monitored at home as well. It has helped a lot in saving the lives of children and mothers, especially in bringing happiness to the homes of tribal families.

Friends,

After coming to the centre, the spirit of 'Chiranjeevi' and 'Khilkhilahat' of Gujarat has been expanded across the country under 'Mission Indradhanush' and 'Matru vandana' Yojana. Last year more than 3 lakh sisters of Gujarat were covered under Pradhan Mantri Matru vandana Yojana. Crores of rupees have been deposited directly in the account of these sisters, so that they could maintain their diet right during pregnancy. Lakhs of children in Gujarat have been vaccinated under Mission Indradhanush too.

Friends,

In the last few years, the facilities for education and training of doctors and paramedics have also increased a lot in Gujarat. A major institute like AIIMS is coming up in Rajkot. Today the number of medical colleges has exceeded 30. Earlier there were only 1100 MBBS seats in the state. Now they are about to reach almost 6000. Post graduate seats have also increased from about 800 to more than 2000. Similarly, the number of people qualified for other medical services like nursing and physiotherapy has also increased manifold.

Friends,

For the people of Gujarat, health and service are the goals of life. We get our inspiration from great men like Pujya Bapu who made service the strength of the country. This nature of Gujarat is still very much there. Here even the most successful persons are associated with some social service-related work. As the capability of Gujarat increases, its spirit of service will also increase. We have to go further than where we have reached today.

With this determination, whether it is health, education, or infrastructure, we are constantly striving towards modernizing India. In this endeavour, an important aspect is 'Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas and Sabka Prayas'. The more people's participation increases, the pace of the country’s capability also becomes faster and the results are also obtained faster. In fact, we get even better results.

Anil Bhai and his family have made a very significant contribution to the resolution of 'Sabka Prayas', the resolution of public-private partnership as well as to the resolution of connecting every individual of the society. I extend my best wishes to his entire family.

Thanks a lot!

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PM Modi lays foundation stone & dedicates development projects in Bhavnagar, Gujarat
September 29, 2022
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The Prime Minister lays foundation stone of the World’s First CNG Terminal
PM also inaugurates the Regional Science Centre in Bhavnagar
PM inaugurates various other projects including package 7 of Sauni Yojna link 2, 25 MW Palitana Solar PV Project, APPL Container project
PM lays foundation stone of projects including package 9 of Sauni Yohna link 2, Chorvadla Zone water supply project
“In its journey of 300 years, Bhavnagar has made a steady growth and has made its mark as the cultural capital of Saurashtra”
“In the last two decades, sincere efforts have been made to make Gujarat's coastline the gateway to India's prosperity”
“Bhavnagar is emerging as a shining example of port-led development”
“Lothal is the oldest port in the world and the construction of Lothal Maritime Museum will create a new identity for the place”
“Along the lines of empowerment of farmers, credit cards were issued to fishermen”
“Supporting those who have been left behind is a commitment of the double-engine government”
“Dreams and aspirations of the poor give me the energy to work continuously”

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi inaugurated and laid the foundation stone of projects worth over ₹5200 crores in Bhavnagar today. The Prime Minister laid the foundation stone of the World’s First CNG Terminal and of the brownfield port at Bhavnagar. The Prime Minister also inaugurated the Regional Science Centre which is spread over 20 acres and has been built at a cost of around ₹100 crores. During the programme, the Prime Minister also inaugurated various other projects including package 7 of Sauni Yojna link 2, 25 MW Palitana Solar PV Project, APPL Container (Aawadkrupa Plastomech Pvt. Ltd.) project; and laid the foundation stone of projects including package 9 of Sauni Yohna link 2, Chorvadla Zone water supply project among others.

Addressing the gathering, the Prime Minister thanked the people for coming to the event in such a large number despite the warm weather. He said, on one hand, when the country is celebrating 75 years of independence, Bhavnagar has completed 300 years of its establishment. In this journey of 300 years, Bhavnagar has made steady growth and has made its mark as the cultural capital of Saurashtra. This development journey of Bhavnagar will get a new momentum through the projects being launched and planned today. He said that he is of the firm belief that Rajkot-Jamnagar-Bhavnagar area will soon have the same aura as Surat-Vadodara-Ahmedabad. He said that Bhavnagar has immense potential in industry, agriculture and business. Today's event is a living example of the efforts of the double-engine government in this direction.

The Prime Minister remarked that Bhavnagar is a district situated on the coast and Gujarat has the longest coastline in the country. But due to the lack of attention to coastal development in the post-independence decades, this vast coastline had become a kind of big challenge for the people. Highlighting the work done by the double-engine government, the Prime Minister remarked that in the last two decades, the government has made sincere efforts to make Gujarat's coastline the gateway to India's prosperity. “We have developed many ports in Gujarat, modernized many ports”, the Prime Minister added, “New opportunities for employment were created.” The Prime Minister pointed out that Gujarat was the first state in the country to get an LNG terminal and today, Gujarat has three LNG terminals.

Throwing light on the importance of the coastal ecosystem, the Prime Minister remarked that the government has played a key role in developing coastal industries and energy networks for these industries. Fishing harbours were constructed and fish processing was promoted for the benefit of the fishermen's community. Mangrove forests were also developed in the area. Shri Modi also commented that the then government in the Center had said that many lessons can be learnt from Gujarat about how to develop a coastal area. The Prime Minister also said that the government has taken key steps to take aquaculture forward. Remarking on the coastline of Gujarat, the Prime Minister said that it has become a medium of employment for lakhs of people today besides playing a big role in the import and export of the country. “Today, Gujarat's coastline is emerging as synonymous with renewable energy and the hydrogen ecosystem”, he continued, “We have tried to make Saurashtra a centre of energy. Today, whatever be the energy needs of the country, this region is becoming an important hub of that.”

The Prime Minister underlined that the port of Bhavnagar will play a big role in building a self-reliant India and create hundreds of new employment opportunities in the state. “There will be an expansion of business related to storage, transportation and logistics”, Shri Modi added. Referring to the legacy of the Alang Ship breaking yard, the Prime Minister said that the biggest beneficiary of the Vehicle Scrappage Policy will be Bhavnagar. He also underlined the related opportunities of container building from the scrapped iron.

Remarking on Lothal being an important centre of our heritage, the Prime Minister said that it is the oldest port in the world and the construction of Lothal Maritime Museum will create a new identity for the place. The Prime Minister also pointed out that work is being carried out at a rapid pace to bring it on the tourism map of the whole world. “Along with Lothal, the eco-tourism circuit in Velavadar National Park is also going to benefit Bhavnagar, especially small businesses”, the Prime Minister added. Shri Modi recalled a time when the fishermen of the area had to face life-threatening situations due to a lack of awareness. Recalling the time when the Prime Minister was the Chief Minister of Gujarat, he said that a special red basket with several buttons was handed out to the fisherman. In times of an emergency, the fisherman had to press the button to summon the coast guard office for assistance or help. The Prime Minister further added that subsidies have been provided to the fishermen to improve the condition of their boats. “Along the lines of empowerment of farmers, credit cards were issued to fishermen”, Shri Modi said.

The Prime Minister expressed satisfaction with the changes that have been brought about after the implementation of the Sauni Yojna which began in Rajkot. Emphasizing the relentless progress of the project despite initial cynicism in some quarters, the Prime Minister said “today, the Sauni Yojna is taking Narmada to all the places where it is supposed to go at a meteoric pace”. The Prime Minister highlighted that the projects that have been inaugurated today will take the waters of the Narmada river to many districts of Bhavnagar and Amreli. Shri Modi pointed out that it will immensely benefit the farmers of several villages of Gariadhar, Jesar and Mahuva talukas of Bhavnagar, along with Rajula and Khambha talukas of Amreli district. “Work has also started today to reach hundreds of villages and dozens of cities in Bhavnagar, Gir Somnath, Amreli, Botad, Junagadh, Rajkot and Porbandar districts”, the Prime Minister added.

In concluding the address, the Prime Minister said that supporting those who have been left behind is a commitment of the double-engine government. When the poorest of the poor get resources and dignity, they overpower poverty by the dint of hard work and perseverance. The Prime Minister remarked, “In Gujarat, we often organize Garib Kalyan Melas. During one such program, I handed over a tricycle to a sister here in Bhavnagar. Then that sister told me that I have never driven a tricycle. So give electric tricycle only. This faith and these dreams of the poor are my strength even today. These dreams, these aspirations of the poor give me the energy to work continuously.”

The Prime Minister recalled his long association with Bhavnagar and remembered his old associates and went down memory lane. He said that today’s projects will contribute to the bright future of Bhavnagar. He thanked the people for their ever-growing affection for him.

Chief Minister of Gujarat, Shri Bhupendra Patel, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Shri Mansukh Mandaviya, Member of Parliament, Shri C R Patil, Dr Bhartiben Shiyal and Shri Naranbhai Kacchadiya were those present on the occasion among others.

Background

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi inaugurated and laid the foundation stone of projects worth over ₹5200 crores in Bhavnagar. The Prime Minister laid the foundation stone of the World’s First CNG Terminal and of brownfield port at Bhavnagar. The port will be developed at a cost of over ₹4000 crores and will have the state-of-the-art infrastructure for the world’s first CNG Terminal along with the world’s fourth largest lock gate system. In addition to the CNG Terminal, the port will also cater to the future needs and demands of various upcoming projects in the region. The port will have an ultra-modern Container Terminal, Multipurpose Terminal, and Liquid Terminal with direct door-step connectivity to the existing roadway and railway network. It will not only lead to economic benefits in terms of cost saving in handling cargo but also generate employment for people in the region. Also, the CNG Import Terminal will provide an additional alternate source of energy to meet the growing demands for clean energy.

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi also inaugurated the Regional Science Centre in Bhavnagar, which is spread over 20 acres and has been built at a cost of around ₹100 crores. The centre has several theme-based galleries including Marine Aquatic gallery, Automobile gallery, Nobel Prize gallery - Physiology and Medicine, Electro-Mechanics gallery, and Biology Science gallery. The centre will also provide a creative platform for discovery and exploration for children through outdoor installations like animatronic dinosaurs, science theme-based toy trains, nature exploration tours, motion simulators, portable solar observatories etc.

During the programme, the Prime Minister also inaugurated various other projects including package 7 of Sauni Yojna link 2, 25 MW Palitana Solar PV Project, APPL Container (Aawadkrupa Plastomech Pvt. Ltd.) project; and laid the foundation stone of projects including package 9 of Sauni Yohna link 2, Chorvadla Zone water supply project among others.

The inauguration and foundation stone of these wide-ranging developmental projects reflect the commitment of the Prime Minister to develop world-class infrastructure, enhance urban mobility and improve multi-modal connectivity. It also showcases the continuous focus of his government on enhancing the ease of living of the common man.