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Gandhinagar, Wednesday: While inaugurating the Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit at Mahatma Mandir in Gandhinagar, Gujarat Chief Minister Shri Narendra Modi said, “In 21st century, Gujarat has become a meaningful global platform for consensus, harmony and cooperation to ensure all-inclusive growth.”

Shri Narendra Modi made a fervent appeal to the dignitaries and delegates from around 90 countries present at the function that we all are concerned about the welfare of the mankind. He further stressed upon the need to realize the global vision for the development of human potential and power.

The Chief Minister kicked off the 5th edition of Vibrant Gujarat Global Investors' Summit 2011 in a grand way at the newly-built convention center in Mahatma Mandir complex. A galaxy of delegations including some national and international dignitaries from around 90 countries and 16 states was present at the occasion.

The Chief Minister also paid glowing tributes at the busts of Mahatma Gandhi and Swami Vivekananda. It is heartening to note that the commencement of summit coincided with the 149th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda.

He also welcomed the Prime Minister of Rwanda, ambassador and high commissioner of the summit partner countries Japan and Canada respectively along with other dignitaries from India and abroad.

While highlighting the theme of the Global Investors Summit in the context of 21st century, Chief Minister elaborated upon the ever expanding horizons of global consensus for harmonious relationships. “We should ensure better prospects not only for the current generation but also for the next generation. We should increase our efforts in a way so that the benefits of prosperity can be availed by all the developing countries to the best extent possible,” he added.

CM also asserted that we should set our goal in a manner so that it converge the key factors such as Development with Justice- Growth with Equality and Technology with Human Face.

Reflecting upon the historic references from the 20th and 21st centuries, Shri Narendra Modi said that 20th century remained the century of exploitation, where mankind and nature became victims of exploitation, it led to global imbalance creating a gulf between the affluent and poor classes, and it also increased the gap between the developed and developing countries. In this century, we must endeavor to bridge the gap, also striking an ideal balance. Emphasizing the need to accommodate positive patterns of development, he claimed that India is set to increase its eminence in global arena. Excellent youth-power, excellent knowledge pool, excellent democracy and excellent system of justice are the four pillars for India. We should capitalize on this to make India the world superpower. We have the highest young population in the world, of which 72% of the total population is below 40 years of age.

The objective of the 5th edition of Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit is not limited to growth in investment or industrial development. Gujarat can act as a global platform for cooperation in development for a meaningful consensus for synergy. Gujarat aims to facilitate the convergence of power of knowledge and technology. The summit coincides with the golden jubilee year of Gujarat. CM asked to achieve the goal of all-inclusive growth by exploring the global network of economic growth.

After emerging as a leading state within a short span of 50 years, Gujarat has now also shown the path to inclusive growth and climate justice.

After a modest beginning in 2003, the 5th edition of the investors' summit has truly become a milestone event in the history. He termed the completion of construction work of Mahatma Mandir, within just182 days, as a record-breaking achievement.

Chief Minister termed it as a confluence of Mahatma Gandhi's message for peace, non-violence and development - birth anniversary of Swami Vivekanand and the 5th edition of Vibrant Gujarat Global Investors' Summit. He warmly welcomed the dignitaries and delegations from 90 countries.

Shri Bernad Makuza, Prime Minister Rwanda; His Excellency Stewart Beck, High Commissioner, Canada; Shri Hideaki Domichi, Ambassador, Japan; Captains of industries Shri Ratan Tata, Mukesh Ambani, Anil Ambani, Anil Naik, Anand Mahindra, Prashant Ruia, Ms. Chandra Kochar (Chairperson, ICICI Bank), Shri Subhash Chandra and many other dignitaries lauded the dynamic leadership of Shri Narendra Modi, under his leadership all the sectors are on high growth trajectories. The growth is chiefly attributed to Shri Modiji's clearly defined policies, transparent procedures and sound implementation of economic policies.

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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.