"Narendra Modi addresses first ever India International Bullion Summit organized by BBA"
"Our goldsmiths should not suffer from unemployment. The bullion market and association to start skill development initiatives to train young goldsmiths and children of goldsmiths: Narendra Modi"
"Shri Modi talks at length about the importance of gold in the lives of the people of India"
"While making policies about gold, the considerations cannot only be economic but also Government must ensure that the common people must not feel disconnected with it: Narendra Modi"
"Nobody knew that the gold control act would have such an effect on society: Narendra Modi"

Addressing the first ever India International Bullion Summit organized by the Bombay Bullion Association through video conferencing, Shri Narendra Modi inspired the audience to raise the voice for the interests of the goldsmiths and raise their voice against smuggling. He stated that our goldsmiths should not suffer from unemployment and called for the bullion market and association to start skill development initiatives to train young goldsmiths and children of goldsmiths. Modi ji affirmed that we all must work together to make our nation the ‘Sone Ki Chidiya’ once again. He even called for exploring the opportunities in exporting handmade jewelry, which can help boost exports.

Shri Modi talked at length about the importance of gold in the lives of the people of India. “Gold is deeply associated with our lives. The 50th anniversary is called a golden jubilee and we call our good period a golden period. It is in the mind of every person that with gold comes a sense of security and a sense of respect. On important occasions we exchange gold.” He also went on to say that gold is very popular among the rural areas where banking facilities are not very advanced making people buy gold.

Narendra Modi addresses first ever India International Bullion Summit organized by BBA

Shri Modi avowed that while making policies about gold, the considerations cannot only be economic but also must ensure that the common people must not feel disconnected with it. Shri Modi also shared that even a report of the RBI noted that buying gold was not simply a matter of economics but also about the mind of the people. If the Government thinks that by imposing duty the buying of gold will reduce they are wrong and even the RBI said it, Shri Modi said.

He also came down heavily on the Centre for their weak excuse on price rise and rupee falling. Shri Modi pointed, “What has happened to the Centre I do not understand. They said Rupee is falling due to imports so they said shut petrol pumps at night. For rising prices what kind of excuses they make- the north is consuming rice, the south is consuming wheat!” 

Narendra Modi ji also spoke against the drawbacks of central control in this sphere under the previous regimes from the time of 1947 till 1990s. He also said that due to the Gold Control Act the skills of our goldsmiths took a beating, which is unfortunate and further said that the biggest loss for a nation is when it loses its skills. Shri Modi recalled that due to these policies gold smuggling became a very big thing, gangs emerged and anti-social elements rose. “Nobody knew that the gold control act would have such an effect on society,” he noted. 

Shri Modi assured the organizers of the conference and the BBA and other people gathered that he fully understands their problems.

The audience gave a standing ovation to Shri Modi both before and after his speech.

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Srinagar Viksit Bharat Ambassadors Unite for 'Viksit Bharat, Viksit Kashmir'
April 20, 2024

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.

The Vision of Viksit Bharat: 140 crore dreams, 1 purpose 

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.

Join the movement on the NaMo App: https://www.narendramodi.in/ViksitBharatAmbassador

The NaMo App: Bridging the Gap

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's app, the NaMo App, is a digital bridge that empowers citizens to participate in the Viksit Bharat Ambassador movement. The NaMo App serves as a one-stop platform for individuals to:

Join the cause: Sign up and become a Viksit Bharat Ambassador and make 10 other people

Amplify Development Stories: Access updates, news, and resources related to the movement.

Create/Join Events: Create and discover local events, meet-ups, and volunteer opportunities.

Connect/Network: Find and interact with like-minded individuals who share the vision of a developed India.

The 'VBA Event' section in the 'Onground Tasks' tab of the 'Volunteer Module' of the NaMo App allows users to stay updated with the ongoing VBA events.