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My citizen brothers & sisters of Bhavnagar… We have threefold confluence today on the lands of Bhavnagar. The State Government has decided to celebrate ‘The Republic Day’ on the lands of Bhavnagar and it is selected as two great sons of Bhavnagar, who have lead their lives in such a manner that it will inspire many forthcoming generations, there is centenary of the kind king Krishna Kumar Singhji and 150th year of a person with amassing knowledge and adminitration Shri Prabha Shankar Pattaniji, such a unique occasion that can be associated with the Republic Day and could be celebrated and so the State has chosen Bhavnagar.

There was a time when 15th August or 26th January became programmes almost for school children, a mere ritual. It was like we ourselves had lost our vital force. But from last few years, we have made this entire celebrations enliven, meant for the people, an event for awakening of people power and that this valuable Independence is not just a programme to cast vote, it is for the Indian soil to carry the responsibility for the well being of the entire human race and if it is to maintain the responsibility, then it becomes our collective responsibility that we all should come together and try to fulfill the dream of Swami Vivekananda that “I can see my Bharat Mata in splendid condition and placed at the position of Universal Mentor”. To fulfill this dream of Vivekanandji, we need to put combined efforts with complete commitment, we need to become brave. The utmost level of efforts and courage only can fulfill the dream of Swami Vivekanandji. We have tried in the direction of making Bharat Mata grand by joining the power of the people in the development journey through continuous celebration of such occasions for awakening. We have transformed such occasions into the festival of development. Many people say me that Sir, as we clean our houses during Diwali, the same way we clean, burnish the whole Bhavnagar on the occasion of 26th January. You feel happy but I feel sad because you will next ask me when will you bring back the celebration of 15th August or 26th January here again, so that we can have cleaning..! Ladies & Gentlemen, as a citizens it is our duty to keep Bhavnagar clean and tidy. It begins from that sense of responsibility. We remember Gandhiji at every step, but if any true tribute is to be offered to Mahatma Gandhiji, then I would say that there can not be a better tribute for Mahatma Gandhiji then the insistence for cleanliness, to practice cleanliness and to live with cleanliness. How much tons of filth was cleaned… I had not come to dump this rubbish from Gandhinagar, but I have to come to clean it up..! We need to bring this change, change in our nature and if we do this, then in the entire world when India is considered as the country of 21st century, such important matter should not be neglected.

Ladies & Gentlemen, as we have considered this event as a festival, for last one month many developmental works have been initiated, dedicated and planned in Bhavnagar City and District. Generally if work is carried according to the tendency of the Government, then papers keep on moving, files goes on and on… takes at least one-two years, but on this occasion of 26th January, the works have been given shape on the lands of Bhavnagar within 10 to 15 days. The entire developmental work gets faster. And for that purpose, developmental works worth Rs. 140 crore are offered within a month. During the same period, new works of Rs. 155 crore have been launched along with new planning for development programmes worth Rs. 424 crore. You could imagine, on the occasion of 26th January, how the development works can be accelerated, and because of that even citizen partnership also increases. How a single festival can give so much inspiration to the people can be placed as an example in front of the entire nation.

Ladies & Gentlemen, Gujarat is a small State. The whole nation gathers at Delhi to watch the parade on 26th January. And after Delhi, if at all anywhere 26th January is celebrated which attracts attention of the country then it is on the lands of Gujarat, this situation is now established. Freedom lovers, great people who have sacrificed their lives for the freedom must have framed many dreams and handed us the nation. They struggled a lot, they were hanged to death, they rendered their youthful life behind the bars, so that our Bharat Mata may become Independent..! They have handed this independent India to us. It is the responsibility of 120 crore citizens of this country to convert this independence into good governance. Six crore Gujaratis have initiated the exemplary work of taking Gujarat in that direction. Our efforts are to take it further.

Ladies & Gentlemen, today since I have come among you on the occasion of 26th January to celebrate the Republic Day, as we are also celebrating Krishna Kumar Singhji’s centenary, I wish to offer Gohilwad with a reward. And the memento is that from today onwards Bhavnagar University will be known as ‘Krishna Kumar Singhji Bhavnagar University’ and I hope that each and every student studying here will be prepared not just by taking name of the king, but by getting inspiration he may gear up himself to inspire coming new generation. Ladies & Gentlemen, today morning I have laid foundation stone of ‘Ro-Ro Ferry Service’ at Ghogha. I have got the opportunity to fulfill the dream that was left pending from last 3-4 decades. It’s a moment of pleasure for me. I can see how the form of development would be changed. But at the same time, Alang got recognized across the world as a ‘Ship Breaking Yard’, but we did not progress ahead. How long will we do breaking up, it’s enough now..! We have broken many ships and sold scrap… Now I want to take it in a new direction and for that with the investment of Rs. 175 crore, the Government has decided to construct a ‘Marine Ship Building Yard’ here. Manufacturing of ships will be done here, the skills of the youth here will make the means of crossing the ocean. We have thought to work in that direction. In Nava Madhia, a new Industrial Estate will be established by GIDC, the Gujarat Industrial Development Corporation, in 2300 hectares so that small scale industries, youth may get employment opportunities. Ladies & Gentlemen, there is speedy urbanization in Gujarat. The amount of urbanization in the Gujarat is more than that of India. In near future, 50-55% people of this State will start living in only few cities. Ladies & Gentlemen, as human beings require lungs for its survival, similarly cities also need lungs. If the city is without lung, then the human being residing over there will never lead a healthy life and hence to provide Bhavnagar with sturdy lungs, it is decided to develop ‘Victoria Park’ as a beautiful tourist spot. It is planned to build a modern Gems and Jewellery Park on the land of Bhavnagar’s ‘New Jahangir Mill’. Friends, there is a very big jewellery market in the whole world, but India is still in negligible state in the world market. We want to capture that big world market. We have the skill. Even today if you go to Thailand, you will find the goldsmiths of Bhavnagar showings their talents in Thailand. Today also whenever Gems and Jewellery exhibitions are organized in Dubai, there also creations of artisans of Bhavnagar and Rajkot are sold in the world market. Ability is there, then why don’t we have such opportunities on this land..! Hence, it has been decided to build a Gems and Jewellery Park on this land. Ladies & Gentlemen, I had not announced anything in Bhavnagar during ‘Sadbhavna Mission’, but today on this occasion I announce Rs. 1900 crore for the development of Bhavnagar, nearly Rs. 2000 crores in this coming one year, before the next 26th January. Friends, when this Pratapbhai and others were in the Assembly, the budget of even the entire government was not Rs. 2000 crore..! Today, I am announcing Rs. 1900 crores for the developmental programmes within one year. About Rs. 494 crore will be spent for water supply schemes for Gariadhar and Bhavnagar and we have taken as challenge to permanently solve the drinking water problem of Gariadhar and Bhavnagar. For the works related to Narmada Canal-Branch covering 92 villages including Vallabhipur, Botad, Limbdi and for the irrigation of 65,000 hectares of land, a big amount of approximately Rs. 125 crore is decided to be spent for the farmers. Ladies & Gentlemen, provision of nearly Rs. 225 crore will be made from this for irrigation facility in 8500 hectares of land via pipeline from Narmada Canal Branch linking Botad, Goma, Sukhbhadar Dam, Krishnasagar Lake. Ladies & Gentlemen, along with Rs. 1900 crores, while the Republic Day is being celebrated here, an additional amount of Rs. 1 crore for Bhavnagar city, Rs. 1 crore for Bhavnagar District and Rs. 1 crore for Municipal Corporations of Bhavnagar District, all together a cheque amounting to Rs. 3 crores will be given by me from here itself.

Ladies & Gentlemen, while celebrating the Republic Day, the previous day is celebrated as ‘Voters Awareness Day’ (Matdata Jagruti Divas) in the whole country. In democracy, the importance of citizen is extraordinary, but unfortunately in our country, the meaning of democracy has become very limited. The voting is done every fifth year and it is like giving a contract to someone do something within 5 years… and if he does not do, next time the contract is given to someone else. Such a trend has been established. Ladies & Gentlemen, there should be participation of the people in the journey of development in democracy. It is not over by just pressing a button. People’s partnership is required every moment and so when we are moving ahead by celebrating the festival of people’s participation as festival of development, when the entire country is celebrating today as ‘‘Voters Day”, it is my request to all the citizens that it is the fundamental condition for the success of democracy that every adult citizen should be a voter and every voter should be voting, then only the democracy prospers. We shall celebrate this event today and tomorrow the Republic Day also. The constitution, offered to us by the great personalities like Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar and others, has given us a promise to protect our federation, promised to defend our union. Let us take oath for the protection of the federal structure. Tomorrow when we hoist the tricoloured flag, let us resolve in the witness of this tricolour that we will not let even a minor harm to the federal structure of India, we will not allow any sinful activity that may disrupt the unity of the nation. And for the unity and integrity of India, protection of the federal structure in letter and spirit, if we express these feelings then only the State Government and the Central Government can work together for the progress of the country. May the tricolour flag and the architects of the constitution bestow their blessings for the fulfilment of this resolution and with their sentiments let us all move ahead.

Today after the completion of my programme, we will watch a glance of ‘Bhavsabhar Bhavnagar’. Our friends from Youth & Cultural Activities, Shri Bhagyeshbhai Jha and Fakirbhai Vaghela, under whose guidance many traditions have been developed such as to make this national festival, a festival to relive the history also, an occasion to educate the new generation by dramatising the historical events. Shri Vishnubhai Pandya keeps on researching continuously in this matter, he keeps on searching numerous books so as to serve the best to the new generation.

It was the dream of Swami Vivekananda to see Bharat Mata to be splendid and placed on the position of ‘Universal Mentor’. To fulfil these dreams of Swami Vivekananda, as a citizen we all should be committed to work hard and to be mighty. The highest degree of hard works and courage can fulfil the dreams of Swami Vivekananda.

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For the first time, farmers of West Bengal will benefit from this scheme
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This exchange with all the farmer colleagues raises a new hope and creates a new confidence. As our Minister, Shri Narendra Singh Tomar ji, was saying now that today is Bhagwan Basaveswara Jayanti and Parshuram Jayanti also. Today is also the auspicious festival of Akshaya Tritiya. I also wish the countrymen Happy Eid.

With the wish that the morale of all the countrymen remains high in times of Corona and their resolve is further strengthened to defeat this pandemic, I would like to take forward the discussion that I had with all the farmer brothers. Present in this programme Minister of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare Shri Narendra Singh Tomar ji, my other colleagues in the Union Cabinet, all chief ministers, hon’ble ministers of state governments, MPs, MLAs and my farmer brothers and sisters from all over the country,

Today, we are holding this discussion in a very challenging time. Even during this period of Corona, the farmers of the country, while discharging their responsibility in the agriculture sector, have produced record food grains and are experimenting new methods in agriculture. Another instalment of PM Kisan Samman Nidhi is going to support your efforts. Today is the auspicious festival of Akshaya Tritiya, the beginning of the new cycle of agriculture, and today about 19,000 crore rupees have been transferred directly to the bank accounts of farmers. It will benefit about 10 crore farmers. The farmers of Bengal are going to get the benefit of this facility for the first time. Today, lakhs of farmers of Bengal have received their first instalment. As the names of farmers from the State are forwarded to the Central Government, the number of beneficiary farmers will increase further.

 

Friends,

The PM Kisan Samman Nidhi is benefiting small and marginal farmers more in particular. This amount is proving to be of great use to these farmer families in these trying circumstances. So far, about 1,35,000 crore rupees have reached about 11 crore farmers of the country under this scheme. That is, more than 1,25,000 crore rupees directly into the accounts of the farmers and without any middleman. Out of this, more than 60,000 crore rupees have been transferred to the farmers’ accounts in the Corona period alone. It is the government's constant endeavour to extend help directly and quickly and with complete transparency to those who need it the most.

Brothers and sisters,

Providing rapid and direct benefits to the farmers in government procurement of produce is also being done on a very comprehensive scale. While farmers have made record productions in agriculture and horticulture amid the challenges of Corona, the Government is also setting new procurement records on MSP every year. Record purchases of paddy earlier and now wheat are happening. So far, about 10 per cent more wheat has been procured at MSP this year as compared to the previous year. So far, about 58,000 crore rupees of wheat procurement has reached the farmers' accounts directly. Above all, the farmers don’t have to worry and wait long for their money for the produce being sold in mandis now. The money which rightfully belongs to the farmers is being directly credited to their bank accounts. I am satisfied that lakhs of farmers of Punjab and Haryana have become part of this direct transfer facility for the first time. So far, about 18,000 crore rupees have been credited to the bank accounts of farmers of Punjab and 9,000 crore rupees directly into the bank accounts of farmers of Haryana. The farmers of Punjab and Haryana are also experiencing and speaking vocally about the satisfaction of getting their entire money directly into their bank accounts. I have seen several videos on social media where farmers, particularly from Punjab, are speaking with enthusiasm regarding the direct transfer of the entire money into their bank accounts.

Friends,

The Government is constantly making efforts to provide new solutions and options in farming. Promoting organic farming is one such effort. Such crops also have low costs, are beneficial for soil and human health and also command better prices. A short while ago, I had a discussion with some farmers across the country engaged in this kind of farming. I am very excited to know about their spirit and experiences. Now organic farming is being encouraged extensively within a radius of about 5 kilometres on both sides of the Ganga so that the chemical used in the field does not flow into the Ganga during rains and the river is not polluted. These organic products being made available in the market are branded Namami Gange. Similarly, the natural farming system is also being encouraged on a large scale. At the same time, the Government is making efforts to provide cheap and easy bank loans to small and marginal farmers. For this, a special drive has been launched for the last one-and-a-half years for providing Kisan Credit Cards. More than 2 crore Kisan Credit Cards have been issued during this period. Farmers have taken loans worth more than 2 lakh crore rupees on these cards. Farmers associated with animal husbandry, dairying and fisheries have also started getting a huge benefit. Recently, the Government has taken another important decision and my farmer brothers and sisters would be happy with the government's decision as it will be very beneficial to them. In view of the Corona period, the Government has decided to extend the deadline for payment or renewal of KCC loans. All farmers can now renew their outstanding loans by June 30. Even during this extended period, the farmers will continue to get the benefit of the loans at 4 per cent interest.

Friends,

The contribution of the villages and farmers has been immense in India's fight against Corona. It is the result of your efforts that India is running the world's largest free ration scheme during the Corona period. Free ration was given to the poor for eight months last year under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana. Provisions have been made to ensure free ration to more than 80 crore colleagues in the months of May and June. The government is spending 26,000 crore rupees in this regard. I would urge the state governments to ensure that the poor do not have any problem in getting the free ration.

Friends,

After 100 years, such a deadly epidemic is testing the world at every step. There is an invisible enemy in front of us. And this enemy is imposter also and due to which we have lost many of our close ones. The pain that the countrymen have endured for some time now, the pain that many people have gone through, I feel the same pain. Being your ‘Pradhan Sevak’, I share your sentiment. All the bottlenecks during the second wave of Corona are being addressed. Efforts are being made on a war footing. You must have seen that all the departments of the Government, all the resources, the security forces of our country, our scientists, everyone is united in meeting the challenge of COVID. COVID hospitals are being set up rapidly in different parts of the country and oxygen plants are being set up with new technology. All our three forces -- Air Force, Navy and Army -- are engaged in this work with full force. Oxygen rails have been a big boost in this fight against Corona. These special trains are engaged in delivering oxygen to the remote parts of the country. Truck drivers carrying oxygen tankers are working non-stop. Be it doctors, nursing staff, sanitation workers, lab technicians, ambulance drivers, sample collectors – all are working 24 hours to save every individual. Efforts are on a war footing to augment the supply of essential medicines in the country. The government and the pharma sector of the country have augmented the production of essential medicines manifold in the last few days. Medicines are also being imported. In times of crisis, some people are engaged in hoarding and black marketing of medicines and essential commodities due to their vested interests. I would urge the state governments to take the strongest possible action against such people. This is an act against humanity. India is not a country that loses courage. Neither India nor any Indian will lose courage. We will fight and win.

Through this event, I want all the farmers and brothers and sisters living in villages to remain alert against Corona. This pandemic is spreading fast in rural villages. Every government is taking efforts to meet with this challenge. Awareness about this among rural people and cooperation of the panchayat institutes are equally important. You have never disappointed the nation and this is also expected of you this time. All the necessary steps at personal, family and social levels need to be taken to prevent Corona. It is very necessary to wear masks continuously and in a way so that the nose and face are completely covered. Secondly, do not take symptoms like cough, cold, fever, vomiting, diarrhoea lightly. First you have to isolate yourself and then get the Corona test done quickly. Start the medication as advised by doctors till the report comes.

Friends,

Vaccination is the best defence against Corona. The Central and state governments are doing their best to increase vaccination. About 18 crore vaccine doses have been given in the country. Free vaccination is on in government hospitals across the country. Therefore, get yourself vaccinated when your turn comes. This will give us protection and reduce the risk of serious illness. And yes, wearing of masks and distance of two yards has to be maintained even after vaccination. Once again, I extend my best wishes to all my farmer friends.

Many thanks!