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Addressing a public meeting at Puducherry, PM Modi lashed out at the Congress party and said, "Our first Prime Minister was there for nearly 17 years, third Prime Minister for about 14 years and her son also became the Prime Minister for five years. The same family also ran the government for a long time with remote control. If the sum total is calculated, then this family has been ruling this country for almost 48 years!"

He attacked the Congress Government in Puducherry and said that it had done injustice with people of the region by not focusing on development. "For decades, development has been stalled in Puducherry", he asserted. Adding further, he said, "Several countries which got independence post India got freedom in 1947, are ahead of us when it comes to development. We must discuss why we were not able to develop at the pace they progressed."

The Prime Minister remarked that Puducherry had all the resources and its people had the potential to touch new heights of development. "But why is it that Puducherry lags behind when it comes to comparing the region on development parameters with their regions of the country? Why are the youth and women not getting opportunities to flourish?", he asked.

PM Modi spoke about various initiatives of the Centre like Mudra Yojana, Jan Dhan Yojana and Digital Saksharta Scheme which were strengthening and empowering people not only in Puducherry alone but across length and breadth of the country. Mentioning about the Ayushman Bharat Yojana, the PM said that it would benefit poor the most. He said that Government would cover over 10 crore poor and vulnerable families providing coverage up to 5 lakh rupees per family per year.

The PM noted that through Sagarmala project, the Governemnt was strengthening the ports and ushering in an era of port-led development. He added that under the Blue Revolution scheme, the Government was providing financial assistance for long-liner trawlers which would benefit fishermen in the coastal areas.

Shri Modi said that he was delighted to have got the opportunity to visit the place after a long time. He said that the land of Puducherry had always provided strength to the country culturally and spiritually. He recalled several greats like Maharshi Aurobindo, renowned poet Bharati and freedom fighter Vanchinathan. He also mentioned how the region even continued to publish newspapers which were opposed by the British in the entire country.

Several party leaders and karyakartas were present during the event.

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PM interacts with CEOs and Experts of Global Oil and Gas Sector
October 20, 2021
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Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi interacted with the CEOs and Experts of the global oil and gas sector earlier today, via video conferencing.

Prime Minister discussed in detail the reforms undertaken in the oil and gas sector in the last seven years, including the ones in exploration and licensing policy, gas marketing, policies on coal bed methane, coal gasification, and the recent reform in Indian Gas Exchange, adding that such reforms will continue with the goal to make India ‘Aatmanirbhar in the oil & gas sector’.

Talking about the oil sector, he said that the focus has shifted from ‘revenue’ to ‘production’ maximization. He also spoke about the need to enhance  storage facilities for crude oil.  He further talked about the rapidly growing natural gas demand in the country. He talked about the current and potential gas infrastructure development including pipelines, city gas distribution and LNG regasification terminals.

Prime Minister recounted that since 2016, the suggestions provided in these meetings have been immensely useful in understanding the challenges faced by the oil and gas sector. He said that India is a land of openness, optimism and opportunities and is brimming with new ideas, perspectives and innovation. He invited the CEOs and experts to partner with India in exploration and development of the oil and gas sector in India. 

The interaction was attended by industry leaders from across the world, including Dr. Igor Sechin, Chairman & CEO, Rosneft; Mr. Amin Nasser, President & CEO, Saudi Aramco; Mr. Bernard Looney, CEO, British Petroleum; Dr. Daniel Yergin, Vice Chairman, IHS Markit; Mr. Olivier Le Peuch, CEO, Schlumberger Limited; Mr. Mukesh Ambani, Chairman & Managing Director, Reliance Industries Limited; Mr Anil Agarwal, Chairman, Vedanta Limited, among others.

They praised several recent achievements of the government towards improving energy access, energy affordability and energy security. They appreciated the leadership of the Prime Minister towards the transition to cleaner energy in India, through visionary and ambitious goals. They said that India is adapting fast to newer forms of clean energy technology, and can play a significant role in shaping global energy supply chains. They talked about ensuring sustainable and equitable energy transition, and also gave their inputs and suggestions about further promotion of clean growth and sustainability.