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Enthused by the success of four-year-old Vanbandhu Kalyan Yojna, Gujarat Chief Minister Chief Minister Narendra Modi today directed all the departments concerned to prepare 2nd Generation Advance Planning for qualitative improvement of tribal people living in the forest areas during the next five years.

Addressing the state-level Vanbandhu Kalyan Yojna Review Committee, Mr. Modi said the objective of the novel project is to make the tribal people self-reliant, rather than force them to be perpetually dependent on the government assistance. The project has deservedly drawn the attention of the entire country too, he said.

Out of Rs.15,000-crore earmarked for the five-year programme during the last four years, he said, over Rs.12,907-crore has already been spent with visible results. It is being extended by another five years.

The project has helped 2.37-lakh tribal in skill development and 86,300 youth self-employed, resulting in 3.45-lakh tribal families rising above the Below Poverty Level (BPL). So far 145 secondary schools and 33 technical centres have been opened in tribal areas. While 1.95-lakh tribal people have been brought under pension scheme, 2.75-lakh BPL families have been provided pucca houses.

The meeting was attended by Tribal Welfare Minister Mangubhai Patel, other Ministers, Parliamentary Secretaries, Chief Secretary and senior officers of all the departments concerned, MPs and MLAs.

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PM’s remarks on 80th birthday celebration of Sri Ganapaty Sachchidananda Swamy Ji
May 22, 2022
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“Use of science for nature and amalgamation of technology with spirituality is the soul of dynamic India”
“Today the world is looking at our startups as its future. Our industry and our 'Make in India' are turning out to be ray of hope for global growth”

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi addressed the 80th birthday celebration of Sri Ganapaty Sachchidananda Swamy Ji via a video message today. The Prime Minister greeted Sri Ganapaty Sachchidananda Swamy Ji and his followers on this auspicious occasion. Shri Modi also noted the dedication of ‘Hanumat Dwar’ entrance arch by the saints and special guests.

Quoting scriptures, the Prime Minister said that life of Sri Ganapaty Sachchidananda Swamy Ji his a living example of the fact that saints emerge for the welfare of humanity and their life is intertwined with the social upliftment and human welfare. The Prime Minister expressed satisfaction that at Datta Peetham modernity is also nurtured along with spirituality. He cited grand Hanuman temple with 3D mapping and light and sound show and bird park with modern management in this regard. The Prime Minister noted that apart from being a great centre of study of the Vedas, Datta Peetham is undertaking impactful innovation for using music for health purposes. “This use of science for nature, this amalgamation of technology with spirituality is the soul of dynamic India. I am happy that with the efforts of saints like Swamiji, today the youth of the country are getting acquainted with the power of their traditions and taking them forward.”, said Shri Modi

In the context of the auspicious occasion falling during the period of Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav, the Prime Minister recalled the teaching of the saints for considering universal before self. He said “ with the mantra of ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas and Sabka Prayas’, the country is calling for collective pledges. Today the country is preserving its antiquity and also promoting it, and, at the same time, giving strength to its innovation and modernity.” The Prime Minister continued “today the identity of India is Yoga as well as youth. Today the world is looking at our startups as its future. Our industry and our 'Make in India' is turning out to be a ray of hope for global growth. We have to work towards achieving these resolutions. And I would like our spiritual centers to be centers of inspiration in this direction as well.”

Noting their work in the preservation for nature and service of birds, the Prime Minister requested Datta Peetham to work for water and river conservation. He also asked for their contribution in the campaign for 75 Amrit Sarovars in every districts. The Prime Minister lauded their contribution in the Swachh Bharat Mission.