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Addressing a public meeting at Puducherry, PM Modi lashed out at the Congress party and said, "Our first Prime Minister was there for nearly 17 years, third Prime Minister for about 14 years and her son also became the Prime Minister for five years. The same family also ran the government for a long time with remote control. If the sum total is calculated, then this family has been ruling this country for almost 48 years!"

He attacked the Congress Government in Puducherry and said that it had done injustice with people of the region by not focusing on development. "For decades, development has been stalled in Puducherry", he asserted. Adding further, he said, "Several countries which got independence post India got freedom in 1947, are ahead of us when it comes to development. We must discuss why we were not able to develop at the pace they progressed."

The Prime Minister remarked that Puducherry had all the resources and its people had the potential to touch new heights of development. "But why is it that Puducherry lags behind when it comes to comparing the region on development parameters with their regions of the country? Why are the youth and women not getting opportunities to flourish?", he asked.

PM Modi spoke about various initiatives of the Centre like Mudra Yojana, Jan Dhan Yojana and Digital Saksharta Scheme which were strengthening and empowering people not only in Puducherry alone but across length and breadth of the country. Mentioning about the Ayushman Bharat Yojana, the PM said that it would benefit poor the most. He said that Government would cover over 10 crore poor and vulnerable families providing coverage up to 5 lakh rupees per family per year.

The PM noted that through Sagarmala project, the Governemnt was strengthening the ports and ushering in an era of port-led development. He added that under the Blue Revolution scheme, the Government was providing financial assistance for long-liner trawlers which would benefit fishermen in the coastal areas.

Shri Modi said that he was delighted to have got the opportunity to visit the place after a long time. He said that the land of Puducherry had always provided strength to the country culturally and spiritually. He recalled several greats like Maharshi Aurobindo, renowned poet Bharati and freedom fighter Vanchinathan. He also mentioned how the region even continued to publish newspapers which were opposed by the British in the entire country.

Several party leaders and karyakartas were present during the event.

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PM to visit UP on October 20 and inaugurate Kushinagar International Airport
October 19, 2021
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PM to participate in an event marking Abhidhamma Day at Mahaparinirvana Temple
PM to lay foundation stone of Rajkiya Medical College, Kushinagar and also inaugurate & lay foundation stone of various development projects in Kushinagar

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi will visit Uttar Pradesh on 20th October, 2021. At around 10 AM, the Prime Minister will inaugurate the Kushinagar International Airport. Subsequently, at around 11:30 AM, he will participate in an event marking Abhidhamma Day at Mahaparinirvana Temple. Thereafter, at around 1:15 PM, the Prime Minister will attend a public function to inaugurate and lay the foundation stone of various development projects in Kushinagar.

Inauguration of Kushinagar International Airport

The inauguration of the Kushinagar International Airport will be marked by the landing of the inaugural flight at the airport from Colombo, Sri Lanka, carrying Sri lankan delegation of over hundred Buddhist Monks & dignitaries including the 12-member Holy Relic entourage bringing the Holy Buddha Relics for Exposition. The delegation also comprises of Anunayakas (deputy heads) of all four Nikatas (orders) of Buddhism in Sri Lanka i.e Asgiriya, Amarapura, Ramanya, Malwatta as well as five ministers of the Government of Sri Lanka led by Cabinet Minister Namal Rajapakshe.

The Kushinagar International Airport has been built at an estimated cost of Rs. 260 crore. It will facilitate domestic & international pilgrims to visit the Mahaparinirvana sthal of Lord Buddha and is an endeavour in connecting the Buddhist pilgrimage holy sites around the world. The airport will serve nearby districts of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar and is an important step in boosting the investment & employment opportunities in the region.

Abhidhamma Day at Mahaparinirvana Temple

Prime Minister will visit the Mahaparinirvana temple, offer Archana and Chivar to the reclining statue of Lord Buddha and also plant a Bodhi tree sapling.

Prime Minister will participate in an event, organised to mark Abhidhamma Day. The day symbolises the end of three-month rainy retreat – Varshavaas or Vassa – for the Buddhist Monks, during which they stay at one place in vihara & monastery and pray. The event will also be attended by eminent Monks from Sri Lanka, Thailand, Myanmar, South Korea, Nepal, Bhutan and Cambodia, as well as Ambassadors of various countries.

Prime Minister will also walk through the exhibition of Paintings of Ajanta frescos, Buddhist Sutra Calligraphy and Buddhist artefacts excavated from Vadnagar and other sites in Gujarat.

Inauguration & laying of Foundation Stone of development projects

Prime Minister will participate in a public function at Barwa Jangal, Kushinagar. In the event, he will lay the foundation stone of Rajkiya Medical College, Kushinagar which will be built at a cost of over Rs 280 crore. The Medical college will have a 500 bed hospital and provide admissions to 100 students in MBBS course in academic session 2022-2023. Prime Minister will also inaugurate & lay the foundation stone of 12 development projects worth over Rs 180 crore.