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CM addresses huge gathering of Chaudhary-Gudol community at Dantiwada

Gujarat achieved record agro production despite Centre’s injustice: Narendra Modi

Addressing to a huge gathering of Akhil Bharatiya Chaudhary-Gudol Samaj at Dantiwada today the Chief Minister Narendra Modi said that despite the Centre’s injustice and wrongdoings to Gujarat the state has achieved record production in the field of agriculture and dairy industry. 

Shri Modi recounted the immense progress the Chaudhary- Gudol community had made in the field of animal rearing and dairy farming and invoked Krishna Ram ji Maharaj’s appeal of spreading education among the community. He also spoke about the need to educate the girl child.

The Chief Minister spoke at great length about the instance of injustice at the hands of the Centre that had adversely affected the farmers of the state. He said that there were many lies and misinformation being spread about agricultural progress in Gujarat but the truth is that while the overall agriculture growth rate of India has been around 3%, Gujarat’s agriculture has grown 11%! This in itself shows who is pursuing pro-farmer policies. Shri Modi declared that the farmers of Gujarat would never forgive those who are misleading them by spreading these lies.

On the occasion, the Chief Minister felicitated Parathibhai Gudol, one of the farmers from Chaudhary-Gudol community who achieved 87 ton/hectare production in potato farming, breaking the record of 53 ton of the Netherlands, with the use of drip irrigation. The Chief Minister said the younger generation of agro-entrepreneurs in Gujarat must now make use of drip irrigation, which is a right move towards prosperity.

Recounting the progress Gujarat’s cotton farmers had made over the past few years, Shri Modi said that their produce was doing very well internationally due to which they were even earning in dollars. But, not being able to see Gujarat’s farmers remain happy the Centre arbitrarily brought in the cotton export ban. Now, prices have dropped sharply due to which farmers have lost heavily. Despite all this, the UPA has remained unapologetic, he pointed out.

Mr. Modi said that on one hand the Congress is making uproar in Gujarat regarding cow protection, while on the other hand its Central government has imposed tax on cotton export while giving subsidies to the mutton of export.

The Chief Minister said that the present government in Gujarat gives far more power subsidy compare to the past governments. This government gives a power subsidy of around Rs.3000 crore while the past governments were giving a power subsidy of Rs.500 crore to the farmers. Besides, in the past, the farmers could get hardly 15 power substations every year, whereas, this government starts 150 power substation every year and has eliminated the problem of power shortage in the field of agriculture, he said.

Shri Modi also questioned the opposition as to why there was no industry in the districts of Patan, Mehsana, Banaskantha and Sabarkantha despite plenty of barren land to suit industrial advent in their 40 years? Instead, industrial growth was centred between Vapi and Ankleshwar, which was blessed with top quality land. It is the present Government that set up industry is coastal areas and on arid lands thus leading to the prosperity of all.

On the barren region of north Gujarat a 650 MW solar plant is going to be set up, which is a sort of revolution. The Opposition government neither cared for the industries in north Gujarat and Saurashtra-Kutch region during their rule, Shri Modi pointed out. The present government has created a lakhs of jobs through industrial development, he said.

Shri Modi also said that it was due to the Government’s efforts that dairy production in Gujarat has raised by 60% in the last ten years and that the water table also raised from 3m to 13m. He stated that the Government’s only Mantra and he expressed gratitude to the Chaudhary- Gudol community for their love and prayers.

Minister of State Shri Parbat Patel, President of Gujarat Milk Marketing Federation, MLAs, leaders of the agriculture-cooperation field,
sants-
mahants and leaders of Chaudhary-Gudol community were present on the occasion.

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Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi today interacted with Governors of States regarding the Covid-19 situation and ongoing vaccination drive in the country, through video conferencing.

Prime Minister said that in the battle against Covid, along with the vaccines, our values and sense of duty are our biggest strengths. Praising the citizens who participated in this battle last year considering it their duty, he said that the same feeling of Janbhagidari needs to be encouraged now as well. He said that the role of the Governors, through appropriate utilization of their social capacity, thus becomes all the more critical to achieving this. Governors are an important link to ensure better coordination between State Governments and society, he said, adding that the combined power of all community organizations, political parties, NGOs and social institutions needs to be harnessed.

Prime Minister suggested that the Governors can actively engage to ensure that social institutions collaborate seamlessly with the State Governments towards micro containment. He said that their social network can help ensure an increase in the capacity of ambulances, ventilators and oxygen in hospitals. Along with spreading the message about vaccination and treatment, the Governors can also spread awareness about AYUSH related remedies.

Prime Minister noted that our youth, our workforce, is an important part of our economy. Hence, it is important to ensure that our youth follows all Covid related protocols and precautions. He said that the Governors’ role is also critical in ensuring the greater engagement of our students in University campuses towards this Janbhagidari. We also need to focus on better utilization of facilities at University and College campuses, he added. He said that just like last year, NCC and NSS also have a key role to play this year as well. Prime Minister said that the Governors are an important pillar of Janbhagidari in this battle and their coordination with State Governments and guidance to institutions of the State will further strengthen the nation’s resolve.

Discussing the rise in the number of Covid cases, the Prime Minister said that in this stage of the fight against the virus, the country stands to gain from last year’s experience and improved healthcare capacity. He discussed the increase RTPCR testing capacity and noted that the country has become Aatmanirbhar with respect to kits and other material related to testing. All this has led to a reduction in the cost of RTPCR tests also. He added that most of the products related to testing are also available on the GeM portal. Prime Minister emphasized the significance of increasing tracking, tracing and testing, and said that RTPCR testing needs to be increased from 60% to 70%. He said that it is pertinent to ensure that more and more people get tested.

Prime Minister underlined that the government is committed to ensuring adequate availability of vaccines. He highlighted that India has become the fastest nation to reach the landmark of 10 crore vaccinations. Noting the positive impact of Tika Utsav in the last four days, he said that in this period, the vaccination drive was expanded and new vaccination centres also came up.

Interaction

The Vice President of India, Union Home Minister and Union Health Minister also attended the interaction.

The Vice President appreciated the Prime Minister for leading the fight against Covid and his proactive steps to develop the infrastructure required to tackle the pandemic. He also highlighted the scientific community's contribution in giving a vaccine to India and the whole world. He also talked about the contribution of healthcare workers, sanitation workers, and other frontline workers who have played a vital role during the pandemic.

The Vice President called upon the Governors to bring up a coordinated front by leading all-party meetings in their respective states and engaging with civil society organisations to spread awareness about covid-appropriate behaviour. The Vice president said that a 'Team India spirit' cutting across policy lines should be adopted, and in this regard, Governors as the 'Guardians of the State' could guide the State Governments.

Union Home Minister stressed the importance of saving each and every life. Union Health Secretary gave a presentation on Covid cases and vaccination drive. He gave an overview of how India has followed a proactive and pre-emptive approach in this endeavour.

The Governors shared details of how their respective states are tackling the spread of the virus and coordinating activities towards ensuring a smooth implementation of the vaccination drive, while also mentioning the deficiencies of healthcare facilities in the States.

They gave suggestions for further improvement in the efforts and shared plans of how Janbhagidari can be increased through the active social engagement of various groups.