Chief Minister honours 21 citizens of Junagadh on the eve of Independence Day

Gujarat sets a new precedence to ‘celebrates’ national festivals to ‘celebrate

development’: Narendra Modi

Ahmedabad, Tuesday: Chief Minister Narendra Modi today said that Gujarat has set a new precedence of celebrating national festivals like Independence Day as festival to celebrate development.

Speaking at a colourful cultural programme at Junagadh, titled ‘Gauravgadh Junagadh’, on the eve of state-level 66th Independence Day function, he said that Gujarat has infused a new approach to accord importance to lesser known places and hoist them as big games.

Even as Gujarat has stepped into the path of all round development, finding a solution to almost every problem, he said it has been possible because the people have reposed faith on the government. He exuded confidence the state would develop further with stability of the government. He said that recent visit to Japan would take Gujarat to new height. The truant monsoon too ultimately favoured the state with delayed rain, reducing the threat of drought.

Going back to pre-1947 days, he recalled that Junagadh could not take part in India’s celebration on August 15, 1947 but tomorrow on August 15, 2012 it will be a memorable day for Junagadh.

Mr. Modi announced special grant of Rs. one crore for each of Junagadh Municipal Corporation, Urban Development and Junagadh District Rural for making the festival memorable. He said that Junagadh will get a medical college like other district places. He announced a rise of cash awards for best performance to villages from Rs.2-lakh to Rs.5-lakh.

He felicitated on this occasion 21 citizens of Junagadh who have left indelible mark in respective fields. They included sportspersons and yoga experts Artiben Baldaniya, Rashmiben Khodbhaya, Kavi Solanki, Alpa Vala, Bharti Solanki, Hetal Ram, RameshSolanki, Gayatri Bhesania, Parita Vala, Dr Anitaben Kataria and Nemish Chauhan; Tejaswi Tarla and Hitarth Goswami in the field of education, Hemant Nanavati in TV theatre, Haji Ramakdu for playing tabla, Kamlesh Puraohit in publiclife, Sanjay Rathod for making 17-lakh friends in FaceBook and 92-year-old tree lover Naranbhai Savalia. He also honoured progressive farmers Ashwin Gadhiya, Chhagan Javia and Kanu Bharathi.

Prominent among those present on the occasion included Minister of State Kanubhai Bhalala, legislators and senior officials.

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Srinagar Viksit Bharat Ambassadors Unite for 'Viksit Bharat, Viksit Kashmir'
April 20, 2024

Srinagar hosted a momentous gathering under the banner of the Viksit Bharat Ambassador or VBA 2024. Held at the prestigious Radisson Collection, the event served as a unique platform, bringing together diverse voices and perspectives to foster the nation's collective advancement towards development.

Graced by the esteemed presence of Union Minister Shri Hardeep Singh Puri as the Chief Guest, the event saw the attendance of over 400 distinguished members of society, representing influencers, industry stalwarts, environmentalists, and young minds, including first-time voters. Presidents of Chambers of Commerce, Federation of Kashmir Industrial Corporation, House Boat Owners Association, and members of the writers' association were also present.

The VBA 2024 meetup began with an interesting panel discussion on Viksit Kashmir, which focused on the symbiotic relationship between industry growth and sustainable development. This was followed by an interactive session by Minister Puri, who engaged with the attendees through an engaging presentation. Another event highlight was the live doodle capture by a local artist of the discussions.

Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri discussed how India has changed in the last decade. He said India is on track to become one of the world's top three economies, surpassing Germany and Japan soon.


"The country is set to surpass Germany and Japan and will become the world's third-largest economy by 2027-28," he said.


According to official estimates, India's economy is projected to reach a remarkable $40 trillion by 2040. Presently, the economy stands at approximately $3.5 trillion.

He also stressed that India's progress is incomplete without a developed Kashmir.


"Bharat cannot be Viksit without a Viksit Kashmir," he said.

Hardeep Puri reflected on India's economic journey, noting that in the 1700s, India contributed a significant 25% to the global GDP. However, as experts documented, this figure gradually dwindled to a mere 2% by 1947.


He highlighted how India, once renowned as the 'sone ki chidiya' (golden bird), lost its economic strength during British colonial rule and continued to struggle even after gaining independence, remaining categorized under the 'Fragile Five' until 2014.


Puri emphasized that the true shift in India's economic trajectory commenced under the Modi government. Over the past decade, the nation has ascended from among the top 11 economies to ranking among the top 5 globally.

The Union Minister also encouraged everyone to participate in the Viksit Bharat 2047 mission, emphasizing that achieving this dream requires the active engagement and coordination of all "ambassadors" of change.

He highlighted India's rapid progress in metro network development, stating that the operational metro network spans approximately 950 kilometres. He expressed confidence that within the next 2-3 years, India's metro network will expand to become the second-largest globally, surpassing that of the United States.


Regarding Jammu and Kashmir, he mentioned that through the Smart project, over 68 projects totalling Rs 6,800 crores were conceptualized, with Rs 3,200 crores worth of projects already completed.


He further stated that Jammu and Kashmir possesses more potential than Switzerland but has faced setbacks due to man-made crises. He emphasized the Modi government's dedication to the comprehensive development of the region.

The minister highlighted a significant government policy shift from women-centred to women-led development. Drawing from his extensive experience as a diplomat spanning 39 years, he shared that when a country transitions to women-led development, there is typically a substantial GDP increase of 20-30%. 

He mentioned that the government is actively pursuing this objective, citing examples such as the Awas Yojana, where houses are registered in the names of women household members, and the implementation of 33% reservation for women in elected bodies as part of this broader mission. 

He also provided insight into the transformative impact of the Modi government's welfare policies on people's lives. He highlighted the Ujjwala Yojana, noting that 32 crore individuals have received LPG cylinders, a significant increase from the 14 crore connections in 2014. Additionally, he mentioned the expansion of the gas pipeline network, which has grown from 14,000 km to over 20,000 km over the past ten years.

The Vision of Viksit Bharat: 140 crore dreams, 1 purpose 

The Viksit Bharat Ambassador movement aims to encourage citizens to take responsibility for contributing to India's development. VBA meet-ups and events are being organized in various parts of the country to achieve this goal. These events provide a platform for participants to engage in constructive discussions, exchange ideas, and explore practical strategies for contributing to the movement.

Join the movement on the NaMo App:

The NaMo App: Bridging the Gap

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's app, the NaMo App, is a digital bridge that empowers citizens to participate in the Viksit Bharat Ambassador movement. The NaMo App serves as a one-stop platform for individuals to:

Join the cause: Sign up and become a Viksit Bharat Ambassador and make 10 other people

Amplify Development Stories: Access updates, news, and resources related to the movement.

Create/Join Events: Create and discover local events, meet-ups, and volunteer opportunities.

Connect/Network: Find and interact with like-minded individuals who share the vision of a developed India.

The 'VBA Event' section in the 'Onground Tasks' tab of the 'Volunteer Module' of the NaMo App allows users to stay updated with the ongoing VBA events.