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The state’s magnanimity and stern resolve for destroying the network of middlemen and mediators is best judged by its sincere endeavors .Chief Minister expressed his stern resolve, 'We have launched the Abhiyan of Garib Kalyan Mela for the welfare of poor and deprived classes. State tenaciously defends the rights of poor people. '

Referring to his privilege and honor of serving Gujarat for the longest spell –the spell of 3000 days-, he said, 'It is an occasion to sharpen our commitment and pledge, it is an occasion to express indebtedness, also an occasion to serve them, fulfil the aspirations held by people.'

Six Talukas of Ahmedabad district, namely Viramgam, Sanand, Daskoi, City, Mandal, and Detroj were covered. As part of the State-wide drive, the 12th Garib Kalyan Mela was held at Viramgam delivering Scheme-benefits and tool-kits worth Rs. 40 Crores to 45750 beneficiaries.

Chief Minister outlined the theme and vision of Garib Kalyan Mela,' We have created a record ,the longest spell of governance- 3000 days long governance- ,we found it appropriate to dedicate the record to the poor people, by grabbing the opportunity to make path breaking attempts of their development and welfare. We have not preferred traditional methods of celebrations. In past, they befooled the poor; for the sake of votes, they had emptied the government funds. The exploitation of poor and deprived classes never ended. But, we found out the remedy. '

He added, 'We have launched the ‘Kalyan-Yagna’, ensured that the funds and benefits reach up to the poor without any corruption. Former Prime Minister Late Shri Rajiv Gandhi had said that the rupee sanctioned from Delhi Treasuries, till it reaches up to poor beneficiary, it gets only 15 paisa. For many years, nobody found the cure. But, Gujarat has addressed the issue successfully.'

We have launched a battle against poverty. With unflinching conviction in our vision, we are committed to empower the poor and deprived classes. In past, the mediators used to rob deprived classes of their rights and benefits. Present Government is safeguarding the rights of poor people.

He cautioned,' Don’t pay a single paisa to any agent or middleman. Government is there to help the poor. 'He gave details of various welfare schemes.

However he regretted the vote-bank politics played in past, which has not at all done any good to poor people. State is allotting residential plots to home-less poor .If the market cost of land is taken into account, it goes in to crores and crores of rupees. Government is allotting the dwelling-unit plots to poor; the allotment is totally free-of-cost.

He made a suggestion,' You can simply write a post-card to the Chief Minister, if the material received by you as Government-aid is of inferior quality. We are ready to do anything for the welfare of poor. Present Government gives huge scheme assistances to poor people, but the price-rise and inflation inflicted by the Central Government nullifies the positive impacts. Poor people are really hard-pressed by the inflation and price-rise. 'He observed the need to oppose against the price-rise.

Revenue Minister Smt. Anandiben Patel detailed the path breaking attempts of the State. The 1.5 Crore children are covered under school-health check up drive. Children suffering from serious ailments received free-of-charge treatment, outside Gujarat. State bears the entire expense.

Minister of State Shri Jashvantsinh Bhabhor, Parliamentary Secretary Shri Yogesh Patel, and Deputy Chief Whip in the Assembly Shri Ambalal Rohit had also addressed the gathering.

Garib Kalyan Mela delivered 2762 Dwelling Unit Plots, 4578 beneficiaries got cheques of Rs. 30.93 Lakhs, 2771 beneficiaries received tool-kits worth Rs. 92.48 Lakhs, and 8207 got Agricultural-aid worth Rs. 113 .37 Lakhs. And the other beneficiaries also got benefits under various schemes.

Ahmedabad A.P.M.C contributed Rs.1 lakh, others institutions contributed Rs.67000 in to Chief Minister’s Kanya Kelavani Nidhi.

Minister of State Shri Amitbhai Shah, Parliamentary Secretaries Sarva Shri Sundersinh Chauhan, Shri Jaydrathsinh Parmar, M.P.Shri Kiritbhai Solanki, MLAs Sarva Shri Pragajibhai Patel, Kamabhai Rathod, Babubhai J Patel, Kantibhai Lakum, Vallabhbhai Kakadiya, Rakesh Shah, Ranchodbhai, District Panchayat President, Former M.P. Shri Ratilal Varma, Former Minister Shri Bhupendrasinh Vhudasama, office bearers, eminent leaders were among the others who attended the function.

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April 19, 2021
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PM Modi appreciates the crucial role of the pharma sector in the fight against the pandemic
It is because of the efforts of the pharma industry that today India is identified as ‘pharmacy of world’: PM Modi
Despite all the challenges, the Indian pharma industry has also registered a growth of 18 percent in exports last year, which shows its potential: PM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacted with leaders of pharmaceutical industry via video conferencing. The Prime Minister appreciated the crucial role of the pharma sector in the fight against the pandemic.

PM Modi appreciated the way the pharma industry is working even in such trying conditions.

PM Modi remarked that it is because of the efforts of the pharma industry that today India is identified as ‘pharmacy of world’. He said essential medicines were made available to more than 150 countries around the world during the pandemic. The Prime Minister stated that despite all the challenges, the Indian pharma industry has also registered a growth of 18 percent in exports last year, which shows its potential.

Noting the second wave of the virus and rising number of cases, PM Modi commended the pharma industry for their efforts to increase production of several necessary drugs. He appreciated them for reducing the price of injections like Remdesivir. To keep the supply of medicines and essential medical equipment going smoothly, PM Modi urged the pharma industry to ensure seamless supply chains. PM Modi also extended government’s support for facilities like Logistics and Transportation.

He urged the industry to conduct more and more researches on threats which can occur in the future along with Covid. This, he said, would help us take the lead in combating the virus.

Seeking cooperation from the pharma industry, PM Modi assured that government is undertaking reforms for new drugs and regulatory processes.

The leaders of the Pharma industry appreciated the proactive help & support received from the Government. They highlighted the efforts made over the last one year in ensuring availability of drugs keeping manufacturing and logistics operational. Operations at the pharma hubs for manufacturing, transportation, logistics and ancillary services are being maintained at optimum levels. The participants also share inputs on the measures being undertaken to meet the overall medicine demand in the country despite the unprecedented increase in demand for some drugs  the COVID Treatment Protocol.

The meeting was also attended by Union Health Minister Shri Harsh Vardhan, MoS (Health) Shri Ashwini Kumar Choubey, Union Minister Chemical and Fertilizer Shri D.V. Sadananda Gowda, MoS (C&F) Mansukh Mandaviya, Principal Secretary to PM, Dr V K Paul Member (H) NITI Aayog, Cabinet Secretary, Union Health Secretary, Union Pharmaceutical Secretary, Dr Balram Bharagava, DG ICMR, amongst other officers from Ministries / Departments of Central Government.