Tenth Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas – 2012

CM Narendra Modi advocates development on

3 S – Scale, Speed and Skill to realize India’s century

CM Modi receives standing ovation by NRIs at the Pravasi Sammelan

Gujarat Chief Minister Shri Narendra Modi today said that new India should stand on the three pillars - Scale, Speed and Skill – a model propagated by the state of Gujarat, to realize its full potential. The days for slow working has gone and we have to think of a bigger scale, develop skills and execute with speed. Then only it will be possible to match other countries and reach to the pinnacle of glory making India truly a global power.

Mr. Narendra Modi s aid that Gujarat is the India’s rather global capital of solar energy. Gujarat and Raj asthan are major hubs of solar energy r adiations. “When I think of Gujarat, I think of Rajasthan too. Gujarat is the f irst state in India to have a solar energy pol icy which was later adopted by the Government of India. World’s largest solar park with 3,000 MW capacity is being established in Gujarat jointly with Clin ton Foundation.

He suggested that Central Government may consider setting up huge solar power projects on western Indo-Pak border, which can be man aged by the Border Security Force (BSF). “I invite the industry to invest in solar equipment industry so as to promote in-house manuf acturing units in Gujarat,” he spoke to a hall packed of NRIs at a plenary session of Chief Ministers.

He s aid that when he became Chief Minister of Gujarat in 2001, there w as a shortfall of 2,000 MW power in the State. Whereas the nation is still facing a similar situation, we introduced the Jyotigram sc heme to provide round-the-clock power in every nook and corner of Gujarat and today state has become, a power surplusstate. Shri Nar endra Modi said that Gujarat has 4,000 MW suplus electricity and it will gene rate 7,000 MW surplus power by the end of 2012, which is the overall production rate of many Indian states.

“Our vision is growth of Gujarat for India’s development. There are only four governments in the world who have responded very seriously to the issue of climate change. The Government of Gujarat h as a separate climate change dep artment. The renewable energy initiative has been taken up at a massive scale by the state.”

Shri Modi said that like the seven horses of God Sun, Gujarat has seven components of power at the Tapi river basin where there are seven power plants – nuclear, solar, thermal, bio-fuel, natural gas, hydro are based within a 20 km radius.

He proudly mentioned that while the Government of India h ad announced in budget 2011, a bro adband connectivity pilot project for 3,000 vill ages in India, all the 18,000 villages in Gujarat have been interlinked through broadband since 2009.

“This is our canvas of development. We have sought satellite technology from the Central Government and it will be used to propagate the model of E-governance in areas of telemedicine, agriculture, education, empowerment, rural development etc.”

While other Indian states are battling with short age of teachers in their education sec tor, Gujarat is the first in the country to establish a university to prepare world-cl ass teachers. Very soon we will be exporting teachers from Gujarat to rest of the world who will give birth to new generations of Indian roots, Shri Modi told a cheering audience of NRIs.

At present there are 41 universities in Gujarat including a University for Forensic Sciences where even world’s greatest security agencies send in queries to crack their c ases. Gujarat takes pride in setting up the Indian Institute of Temple Management which trains priests and send them to nearly 15 countries of the world with significant Indian population.

The Chief Minister s aid that best way to address any problem is to transform it into an opportunity. Spe aking of global recession, the Chief Minister apprised that Gujarat took the initiative to host Global Investors Summit in 2011 which invited a record investment of 450 billion US dollars. He advocated that Prime Minister may convene a roundtable conference of all the States, prominent economists and policy makers to address the economic meltdown. This will go a long way in developing a synergistic approach towards converting the slowdown into an opportunity for all to excel.

He further cited the example of Tata’s Nano car project which came to Gujarat after falling in troubled waters and h as become a success story followed by other auto majors establishing t heir manuf acturing bases in Gujarat. He stressed that within a dec ade, the State will be producing five million cars annually. Shri Modi told the gathering that the metro coach manufacturing factory in Gujarat has yielded tremendous results and today coaches are supplied to all metro projects.

The state of Gujarat has the biggest ship breaking industry in the world and we have moved from ship breaking to ship repairing to ship making industry. Gujarat plan to contribute five percent to the world’s entire ship building industry.

Shri Modi in formed the audience that according to Government of India’s recently released survey, Gujarat accounts for 72 percent of the total employment rate whereas rest of India stands at 28 percent. He further said that while the agriculture growth all over India stands at merely three percent since last 10 years, Gujarat has achieved 11 percent annual growth in agriculture in the same period.

Gujarat h as brought a miracle in milk production and value added products with its milk products exported to Singapore, Europe and other countries. We don’t have raw materials unlike other Indian states but strong manuf acturing units to produce world-class technologies and polished items. Gujarat does not have iron-ore mines but is num ber one in steel manufacturing. 90% of the world’s diamond processing is based in Gujarat. Mr. Modi shared the growth story and approach of the state towards which is based on inclusiveness and done with speed, skills and on a grand scale. The most important aspect of his talk was in a democratic set up, great work can be done and at a speed. NRIs felt strong sense of belonging and cheered him throughout his speech. He also answered a number of questions from the audience.

He received huge applause as he proposed that Gujarat should host the 2015 Prav asi Bharatiya Diwas to mark the centenary of Mahatama Gandhi’s return to India from South Africa on January 9, 2015. The date is significant in the history of India’s struggle for independence inspiring all NRIs around the world. He invited everyone to Gujarat to make the event a big success. He appealed to Mr. Vyalar Ravi, Minister for Overseas Indians Affairs to announce the hosting of 2015 edition of Pravasi Bharatiya Divas in Gujarat.

At State interaction session with NRIs, Shri Narendra Modi spoke on balanced developmentof Gujarat in industries, agriculture and social sec tor. He added that the present growth rate of tourism in Gujarat is double of the entire country put together. He also appealed to non-resident Indians to give the benefit of t heir skills to the country.

Shri Jitendra Sukhadia, Minister of State for NRGs and Tourism accompanied the Chief Minister to Gujarat Pavilion in the exhibition area. In his welcome address, Shri Arvind Agarwal, Principal Secretary, also said that NRIs have shown their keen interest in developmentof Gujarat while Shri Bharat Lal, Resident Commissioner, proposed the vote of thanks.

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Srinagar hosted a momentous gathering under the banner of the Viksit Bharat Ambassador or VBA 2024. Held at the prestigious Radisson Collection, the event served as a unique platform, bringing together diverse voices and perspectives to foster the nation's collective advancement towards development.

Graced by the esteemed presence of Union Minister Shri Hardeep Singh Puri as the Chief Guest, the event saw the attendance of over 400 distinguished members of society, representing influencers, industry stalwarts, environmentalists, and young minds, including first-time voters. Presidents of Chambers of Commerce, Federation of Kashmir Industrial Corporation, House Boat Owners Association, and members of the writers' association were also present.

The VBA 2024 meetup began with an interesting panel discussion on Viksit Kashmir, which focused on the symbiotic relationship between industry growth and sustainable development. This was followed by an interactive session by Minister Puri, who engaged with the attendees through an engaging presentation. Another event highlight was the live doodle capture by a local artist of the discussions.

Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri discussed how India has changed in the last decade. He said India is on track to become one of the world's top three economies, surpassing Germany and Japan soon.


"The country is set to surpass Germany and Japan and will become the world's third-largest economy by 2027-28," he said.


According to official estimates, India's economy is projected to reach a remarkable $40 trillion by 2040. Presently, the economy stands at approximately $3.5 trillion.

He also stressed that India's progress is incomplete without a developed Kashmir.


"Bharat cannot be Viksit without a Viksit Kashmir," he said.

Hardeep Puri reflected on India's economic journey, noting that in the 1700s, India contributed a significant 25% to the global GDP. However, as experts documented, this figure gradually dwindled to a mere 2% by 1947.


He highlighted how India, once renowned as the 'sone ki chidiya' (golden bird), lost its economic strength during British colonial rule and continued to struggle even after gaining independence, remaining categorized under the 'Fragile Five' until 2014.


Puri emphasized that the true shift in India's economic trajectory commenced under the Modi government. Over the past decade, the nation has ascended from among the top 11 economies to ranking among the top 5 globally.

The Union Minister also encouraged everyone to participate in the Viksit Bharat 2047 mission, emphasizing that achieving this dream requires the active engagement and coordination of all "ambassadors" of change.

He highlighted India's rapid progress in metro network development, stating that the operational metro network spans approximately 950 kilometres. He expressed confidence that within the next 2-3 years, India's metro network will expand to become the second-largest globally, surpassing that of the United States.


Regarding Jammu and Kashmir, he mentioned that through the Smart project, over 68 projects totalling Rs 6,800 crores were conceptualized, with Rs 3,200 crores worth of projects already completed.


He further stated that Jammu and Kashmir possesses more potential than Switzerland but has faced setbacks due to man-made crises. He emphasized the Modi government's dedication to the comprehensive development of the region.

The minister highlighted a significant government policy shift from women-centred to women-led development. Drawing from his extensive experience as a diplomat spanning 39 years, he shared that when a country transitions to women-led development, there is typically a substantial GDP increase of 20-30%. 

He mentioned that the government is actively pursuing this objective, citing examples such as the Awas Yojana, where houses are registered in the names of women household members, and the implementation of 33% reservation for women in elected bodies as part of this broader mission. 

He also provided insight into the transformative impact of the Modi government's welfare policies on people's lives. He highlighted the Ujjwala Yojana, noting that 32 crore individuals have received LPG cylinders, a significant increase from the 14 crore connections in 2014. Additionally, he mentioned the expansion of the gas pipeline network, which has grown from 14,000 km to over 20,000 km over the past ten years.

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The Viksit Bharat Ambassador movement aims to encourage citizens to take responsibility for contributing to India's development. VBA meet-ups and events are being organized in various parts of the country to achieve this goal. These events provide a platform for participants to engage in constructive discussions, exchange ideas, and explore practical strategies for contributing to the movement.

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