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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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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.

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