CM announces Mission Balam Sukham to combat malnutrition in Gujarat

Published By : Admin | September 18, 2012 | 18:34 IST

Golden Jubilee of Panchayati Raj- Shri Modi addresses Sarpanch Mahasammelan

 Shri Modi announces Mission Balam Sukham, the Gujarat State Nutrition Mission to combat malnutrition across the state

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On the occasion of the Golden Jubilee of Panchayati Raj Shri Modi addressed a Sarpanch Mahasammelan in Gandhinagar on the afternoon of 18th September 2012. This is also the day when Shri Modi completes 4000 days as the Chief Minister of Gujarat. Sarpanchs from all villages of Gujarat attended the programme and over 3 massive halls of Mahatma Mandir were completely full. In the last 12 months this is the 3rd time the Chief Minister has met Sarpanchs.

Shri Modi announced the setting up of Mission Balam Sukham, the Gujarat State Nutrition Mission to combat malnutrition across the state. He declared that the Government would make Gujarat free of malnutrition. He also presented cheques of Rs. 2 lac initial grant to villages.

The Chief Minister termed Panchayati Raj as an essential step in the history of Independent India. He spoke about the state Government’s initiative to honor all those who have served their various Panchayats over the last 50 years and added that this initiative saw record participation from the erstwhile Panchayat members. During the programme 3 Sarpanchs gave very inspiring speeches on their experiences at the village and Shri Modi asked all the Sarpanchs gathered that they may not act of the words of him or his Cabinet colleagues but should surely act and absorb every word of what these progressive Sarpanchs spoke. Shri Modi spoke about the Samras Gram and Tirth Gram initiatives of the state.

Speaking about the Jyotigram Yojana, Shri Modi recalled that when he first assumed office people requested for electricity so that they may be able to have the evening meal but said that with Jyotigram Yojana it has gone much beyond that. Shri Modi shared that when 19 states and 60 crore people of India were in darkness the world took note of Gujarat as the state that was bright and shining. He also added that a lot became possible in education with Jyotigram Yojana most notable long distance education and computers. The Chief Minister also spoke on how round the clock electricity enhanced income opportunities for villages.

Shri Modi shared that while in the first 40 years a total of 10 lakh houses were built, the state Government gave 22 lakh houses in the last decade and is also taking on the responsibility of rebuilding those houses built earlier that were of poor quality. He spoke on the government’s determination to give everyone Pukka houses and said that if there was anyone with a Kuccha house, their photo along with the occupant should be taken and submitted to the authorities. Shri Modi sought the cooperation of the Sarpanchs to ensure that there all houses are equipped with toilet facilities.

In his speech Shri Modi thanked everyone for their good wishes on his completing 4000 days as Chief Minister of Gujarat and said that never before has the state seen political stability for such a long time. He affirmed that the growth of Gujarat is not due to one person but due to 6 crore people of Gujarat. He thanked the people and the 6 lac Karma Yogis of the state Government who are the force behind the state’s development. Shri Modi stated that development is the only way ahead and added that the people can see who is doing good work for them and thus said it was incorrect to see everything from the narrow prism of elections. He stated that what the Government had done till now was to correct the loopholes of the preceding 40 years and that the best is yet to come! Shri Modi reaffirmed the Gujarat Government’s Mantra of ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas.’

The programme was very well attended. Cabinet Minister Smt. Anandiben Patel, Shri Vajubhai Vala, Shri Ramanlal Vora, Shri Fakirbhai Vaghela, Shri Nitin Patel, Shri Mangubhai Patel, Shri Jaynarayan Vyas, Shri Narottam Patel, BJP National Vice President Shri Purushottam Rupala, MP from Gujarat Smt. Smriti Irani, BJP leaders Shri Balbir Punj, Shri OP Mathur and other dignitaries also attended the programme.


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