PM inaugurates 'Vanijya Bhawan' and launches NIRYAT portal

Published By : Admin | June 23, 2022 | 10:30 IST
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“Country is moving in the direction of Citizen-Centric Governance”
“Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee’s policies, decisions, resolve, and their fulfilment were very important in giving direction to independent India”
“Ensuring ease of access for government and its facilities is a major priority”
“Taxpayer is respected only when projects and schemes are completed in stipulated time”
“Transformative progress have taken place in the country from the time of foundation stone laying to inauguration of Vanijya Bhawan”
“Exports play a key role in the transition of a country from developing to developed status”

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi inaugurated 'Vanijya Bhawan' and launched the NIRYAT portal in Delhi today. Union Ministers Shri Piyush Goyal, Shri Som Prakash and Smt Anupriya Patel were among those present on the occasion.

Addressing the gathering, the Prime Minister said today another important step has been taken in the direction of the journey of Citizen-Centric Governance in New India on which the country has been moving for the last 8 years. The country has got the gift of a new and modern commercial building as well as an export portal, one physical and other digital infrastructure, he said.

The Prime Minister noted that today is also the death anniversary of the country's first Industries Minister Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee. “His policies, decisions, resolve, and their fulfilment were very important in giving direction to independent India. Today the country is paying its humble tribute to him”, he said.

Referring to the new infrastructure of the Ministry, the Prime Minister said that this is also time to renew the pledge of ease of doing business and through that ‘ease of living’ too. Ease of access, he said, is the link between the two. He said that there should not be any hindrances in communicating with the government and making the government accessible with ease is a major priority of the government. This vision is clearly reflected in the policies of the government, he added.

Referring to many examples of the recent past, the Prime Minister said that in the new work culture of the New India, completion date is part of SoP and is strictly adhered to. He remarked that only when the government's projects do not hang for years and are completed on time, similarly, the government's schemes reach their goals, then only, the taxpayer of the country is respected. Now we also have a modern platform in the form of the PM Gatishakti National Master Plan. He said that this Vanijya Bhawan will give a push to the nations ‘Gati Shakti’.

The Prime Minister cited the new Vanjiya Bhawan as also the symbol of his Government’s achievements in the field of commerce during this period. He recalled that at the time of foundation stone laying, he had stressed the need for innovation and improvement in the Global Innovation Index. Today, India is ranked 46th in the Global Innovation Index and is continuously improving. He had also talked about improving ease of doing business at that time , today, more than 32000 unnecessary compliances have been removed. Similarly, GST was new at the time of foundation stone laying of the building, today, 1 lakh crore GST collection per month has become commonplace. In terms of GeM, 9 thousand crore worth rupees order were discussed then, today, more than 45 lakh small entrepreneurs are registered on the portal and orders worth more than 2.25 lakh crore have been placed. The Prime Minister had talked about 120 Mobile units at that time up from just 2 in 2014, today this number has crossed 200. Today India has 2300 registered Fin-tech startups, up from 500, 4 years ago. At the time of the foundation stone laying of the Vanijya Bhawan India used to recognize 8000 startups every year, today, this number is more than 15000, the Prime Minister informed.

The Prime Minister noted that last year, despite the historic global disruptions, India’s exports stood at a total of $ 670 billion i.e. Rs 50 lakh crore. Last year, the country had decided that despite every challenge, it has to cross the threshold of $ 400 billion i.e. 30 lakh crore merchandise export. We crossed this and created a new record of export of $ 418 billion i.e. 31 lakh crore rupees. “Encouraged by this success of the past years, we have now increased our export targets and have doubled our efforts to achieve them. Collective effort of everyone is very necessary to achieve these new goals”, he said, further adding that not only short term but long term targets should be set.

The Prime Minister said that NIRYAT - National Import-Export for Yearly Analysis of Trade portal will help in breaking silos by providing real time data to all stakeholders. “From this portal, important information related to more than 30 commodity groups exported to more than 200 countries of the world will be available. In the coming time, information related to district-wise exports will also be available on this. This will also strengthen the efforts to develop the districts as important centers of exports”, the Prime Minister said.

The Prime Minister underlined the role of increasing exports in the transition of a country from developing to developed country. The Prime Minister said that in the last eight years, India has also been continuously increasing its exports and achieving export goals. Better policies to increase exports, easing of the process, and taking products to new markets, have helped a lot. He said that today, every ministry, every department of the government is giving priority to increasing exports with a 'whole of government' approach. Be it the Ministry of MSME or Ministry of External Affairs, Agriculture or Commerce, all are making common efforts for a common goal. “Exports from new areas are increasing. Even from many aspirational districts, exports have now increased manifold. The increase in exports of cotton and handloom products by 55 per cent shows how the work is being done at the grassroot level”, he pointed out.

The Prime Minister said that the government's emphasis on local products through the Vocal for Local campaign, 'One district, one product' scheme, has also helped in increasing exports. Now many of our products are being exported for the first time to new countries of the world. “Our Local is fast becoming Global”, he said citing examples like Sitabhog Mithai being exported to Bahrain, Fresh King Chilli of Nagaland to London, Fresh Burmese grapes of Assam to Dubai, tribal Mahua products from Chattisgarh to France and Khumani of Kargil to Dubai.

Reiterating the steps taken recently the Prime Minister said “We are also helping and emphasizing on GI tagging to connect our farmers, weavers and our traditional products with the export ecosystem.” He also referred to trade deals with UAE and Australia last year and informed that there has been a lot of progress with other countries as well. He praised the Indian diplomatic institutions abroad for working hard to convert a very challenging environment into opportunities for India. “For business, identifying new markets and manufacturing products after identifying their needs is very important for the progress of the country”, he said.

In conclusion, the Prime Minister requested every department to periodically review the portals and platforms that have been developed in recent times. “The goals with which we have developed these tools, how far they are being achieved and if there is a problem then efforts should be made for solving them.”

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PM Modi lays foundation stone & dedicates development projects in Bhavnagar, Gujarat
September 29, 2022
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The Prime Minister lays foundation stone of the World’s First CNG Terminal
PM also inaugurates the Regional Science Centre in Bhavnagar
PM inaugurates various other projects including package 7 of Sauni Yojna link 2, 25 MW Palitana Solar PV Project, APPL Container project
PM lays foundation stone of projects including package 9 of Sauni Yohna link 2, Chorvadla Zone water supply project
“In its journey of 300 years, Bhavnagar has made a steady growth and has made its mark as the cultural capital of Saurashtra”
“In the last two decades, sincere efforts have been made to make Gujarat's coastline the gateway to India's prosperity”
“Bhavnagar is emerging as a shining example of port-led development”
“Lothal is the oldest port in the world and the construction of Lothal Maritime Museum will create a new identity for the place”
“Along the lines of empowerment of farmers, credit cards were issued to fishermen”
“Supporting those who have been left behind is a commitment of the double-engine government”
“Dreams and aspirations of the poor give me the energy to work continuously”

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi inaugurated and laid the foundation stone of projects worth over ₹5200 crores in Bhavnagar today. The Prime Minister laid the foundation stone of the World’s First CNG Terminal and of the brownfield port at Bhavnagar. The Prime Minister also inaugurated the Regional Science Centre which is spread over 20 acres and has been built at a cost of around ₹100 crores. During the programme, the Prime Minister also inaugurated various other projects including package 7 of Sauni Yojna link 2, 25 MW Palitana Solar PV Project, APPL Container (Aawadkrupa Plastomech Pvt. Ltd.) project; and laid the foundation stone of projects including package 9 of Sauni Yohna link 2, Chorvadla Zone water supply project among others.

Addressing the gathering, the Prime Minister thanked the people for coming to the event in such a large number despite the warm weather. He said, on one hand, when the country is celebrating 75 years of independence, Bhavnagar has completed 300 years of its establishment. In this journey of 300 years, Bhavnagar has made steady growth and has made its mark as the cultural capital of Saurashtra. This development journey of Bhavnagar will get a new momentum through the projects being launched and planned today. He said that he is of the firm belief that Rajkot-Jamnagar-Bhavnagar area will soon have the same aura as Surat-Vadodara-Ahmedabad. He said that Bhavnagar has immense potential in industry, agriculture and business. Today's event is a living example of the efforts of the double-engine government in this direction.

The Prime Minister remarked that Bhavnagar is a district situated on the coast and Gujarat has the longest coastline in the country. But due to the lack of attention to coastal development in the post-independence decades, this vast coastline had become a kind of big challenge for the people. Highlighting the work done by the double-engine government, the Prime Minister remarked that in the last two decades, the government has made sincere efforts to make Gujarat's coastline the gateway to India's prosperity. “We have developed many ports in Gujarat, modernized many ports”, the Prime Minister added, “New opportunities for employment were created.” The Prime Minister pointed out that Gujarat was the first state in the country to get an LNG terminal and today, Gujarat has three LNG terminals.

Throwing light on the importance of the coastal ecosystem, the Prime Minister remarked that the government has played a key role in developing coastal industries and energy networks for these industries. Fishing harbours were constructed and fish processing was promoted for the benefit of the fishermen's community. Mangrove forests were also developed in the area. Shri Modi also commented that the then government in the Center had said that many lessons can be learnt from Gujarat about how to develop a coastal area. The Prime Minister also said that the government has taken key steps to take aquaculture forward. Remarking on the coastline of Gujarat, the Prime Minister said that it has become a medium of employment for lakhs of people today besides playing a big role in the import and export of the country. “Today, Gujarat's coastline is emerging as synonymous with renewable energy and the hydrogen ecosystem”, he continued, “We have tried to make Saurashtra a centre of energy. Today, whatever be the energy needs of the country, this region is becoming an important hub of that.”

The Prime Minister underlined that the port of Bhavnagar will play a big role in building a self-reliant India and create hundreds of new employment opportunities in the state. “There will be an expansion of business related to storage, transportation and logistics”, Shri Modi added. Referring to the legacy of the Alang Ship breaking yard, the Prime Minister said that the biggest beneficiary of the Vehicle Scrappage Policy will be Bhavnagar. He also underlined the related opportunities of container building from the scrapped iron.

Remarking on Lothal being an important centre of our heritage, the Prime Minister said that it is the oldest port in the world and the construction of Lothal Maritime Museum will create a new identity for the place. The Prime Minister also pointed out that work is being carried out at a rapid pace to bring it on the tourism map of the whole world. “Along with Lothal, the eco-tourism circuit in Velavadar National Park is also going to benefit Bhavnagar, especially small businesses”, the Prime Minister added. Shri Modi recalled a time when the fishermen of the area had to face life-threatening situations due to a lack of awareness. Recalling the time when the Prime Minister was the Chief Minister of Gujarat, he said that a special red basket with several buttons was handed out to the fisherman. In times of an emergency, the fisherman had to press the button to summon the coast guard office for assistance or help. The Prime Minister further added that subsidies have been provided to the fishermen to improve the condition of their boats. “Along the lines of empowerment of farmers, credit cards were issued to fishermen”, Shri Modi said.

The Prime Minister expressed satisfaction with the changes that have been brought about after the implementation of the Sauni Yojna which began in Rajkot. Emphasizing the relentless progress of the project despite initial cynicism in some quarters, the Prime Minister said “today, the Sauni Yojna is taking Narmada to all the places where it is supposed to go at a meteoric pace”. The Prime Minister highlighted that the projects that have been inaugurated today will take the waters of the Narmada river to many districts of Bhavnagar and Amreli. Shri Modi pointed out that it will immensely benefit the farmers of several villages of Gariadhar, Jesar and Mahuva talukas of Bhavnagar, along with Rajula and Khambha talukas of Amreli district. “Work has also started today to reach hundreds of villages and dozens of cities in Bhavnagar, Gir Somnath, Amreli, Botad, Junagadh, Rajkot and Porbandar districts”, the Prime Minister added.

In concluding the address, the Prime Minister said that supporting those who have been left behind is a commitment of the double-engine government. When the poorest of the poor get resources and dignity, they overpower poverty by the dint of hard work and perseverance. The Prime Minister remarked, “In Gujarat, we often organize Garib Kalyan Melas. During one such program, I handed over a tricycle to a sister here in Bhavnagar. Then that sister told me that I have never driven a tricycle. So give electric tricycle only. This faith and these dreams of the poor are my strength even today. These dreams, these aspirations of the poor give me the energy to work continuously.”

The Prime Minister recalled his long association with Bhavnagar and remembered his old associates and went down memory lane. He said that today’s projects will contribute to the bright future of Bhavnagar. He thanked the people for their ever-growing affection for him.

Chief Minister of Gujarat, Shri Bhupendra Patel, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Shri Mansukh Mandaviya, Member of Parliament, Shri C R Patil, Dr Bhartiben Shiyal and Shri Naranbhai Kacchadiya were those present on the occasion among others.

Background

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi inaugurated and laid the foundation stone of projects worth over ₹5200 crores in Bhavnagar. The Prime Minister laid the foundation stone of the World’s First CNG Terminal and of brownfield port at Bhavnagar. The port will be developed at a cost of over ₹4000 crores and will have the state-of-the-art infrastructure for the world’s first CNG Terminal along with the world’s fourth largest lock gate system. In addition to the CNG Terminal, the port will also cater to the future needs and demands of various upcoming projects in the region. The port will have an ultra-modern Container Terminal, Multipurpose Terminal, and Liquid Terminal with direct door-step connectivity to the existing roadway and railway network. It will not only lead to economic benefits in terms of cost saving in handling cargo but also generate employment for people in the region. Also, the CNG Import Terminal will provide an additional alternate source of energy to meet the growing demands for clean energy.

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi also inaugurated the Regional Science Centre in Bhavnagar, which is spread over 20 acres and has been built at a cost of around ₹100 crores. The centre has several theme-based galleries including Marine Aquatic gallery, Automobile gallery, Nobel Prize gallery - Physiology and Medicine, Electro-Mechanics gallery, and Biology Science gallery. The centre will also provide a creative platform for discovery and exploration for children through outdoor installations like animatronic dinosaurs, science theme-based toy trains, nature exploration tours, motion simulators, portable solar observatories etc.

During the programme, the Prime Minister also inaugurated various other projects including package 7 of Sauni Yojna link 2, 25 MW Palitana Solar PV Project, APPL Container (Aawadkrupa Plastomech Pvt. Ltd.) project; and laid the foundation stone of projects including package 9 of Sauni Yohna link 2, Chorvadla Zone water supply project among others.

The inauguration and foundation stone of these wide-ranging developmental projects reflect the commitment of the Prime Minister to develop world-class infrastructure, enhance urban mobility and improve multi-modal connectivity. It also showcases the continuous focus of his government on enhancing the ease of living of the common man.