"Shri Narendra Modi interacts with Youngsters at Young Indian Leaders Conclave"
"Youngsters from various parts of the country share their thoughts and ideas with Shri Modi"
"When I took over as CM, Gujarat was placed 20th in girl child education. We started a movement for girl child education. In June we go to the villages and tell parents to send their children to school. Today we have achieved 100% enrollment in primary schools: Shri Modi"
"When I say 100% enrollment in schools then the secularism debate is automatically settled. There is no scope for such a debate because every section of society is included: Shri Modi"
"In a democracy, no one has the right to thrust things on people. Governments have to move ahead taking the people together: Shri Modi"
"The more the Government in integrated with the people, the better things happen: CM"
"We should leave this habit of competing with Pakistan…we should stop this. Let us compete with China, Japan: Shri Modi"

     

Interacting with youngsters from all across the nation at the Young Indian Leaders Conclave, Shri Narendra Modi spoke on various issues of Governance and how to bring about a qualitative difference in the lives of the people. Shri Narendra Modi heard questions and comments from the youngsters and then expressed his views on the points raised by them. 

The youngsters, who hailed from all parts of the country shared their views on diverse topics ranging from education improvements, need for better healthcare facilities, importance of social indicators, safety of women to electoral reforms, a more proactive foreign policy, ending discrimination on religion, Kashmir issue, agriculture among other things. The youngsters lauded Shri Narendra Modi’s proactiveness on social media. Thanking the youth for their wonderful points, Shri Modi affirmed that in few words the youngsters had expressed a lot of things. He added that the points made by the youngsters would be noted by the officials of the Government.

Talking about education, Shri Modi recalled that when he took over as the Chief Minister Gujarat was placed 20th in girl child education and this was a major issue of concern for them. He said, “We started a movement for girl child education. In June we go to the villages and tell parents to send their children to school. Today we have achieved 100% enrollment in primary schools.” He spoke about the other changes by the Government in the field of recruiting teachers and enhancing infrastructure to improve education. Shri Modi talked about the Gunotsav initiative of the state Government where a policy of self-assessment brought in a big change in education quality.

Shri Modi spoke about the Garib Kalyan Melas and how they have made a marked difference in the lives of the poor. He said, “Once I called my officers and asked them if a poor widow wants to get a sewing machine, how will she get it? None of the officers could say from where. I told them you are in Government for so long, if you do not know how will that poor women know? We conceived the Garib Kalyan Melas. We went to the people, lists were made as to who requires what. Then in full transparency they were given what they need. Villages were told who got what. Transparency came on its own.” He shared that in Gujarat the Government places its draft policies online for people to give their views and suggestions. Shri Modi affirmed that before a debate in the Assembly on the policy, there is a debate among the people.

The Chief Minister opined that in a democracy, no one has the right to thrust things on people and that Governments have to move ahead taking the people together. He recalled how he addressed farmers, showed power point presentations to them while building the Sujalam Sufalam canal due to which the earlier apprehensions in giving the land went away and in two weeks the desired work to give the land was done. “The more the Government in integrated with the people, the better things happen,” he said. 

Shri Modi gave an example of the Chief Minister’s Fellowship Programme and how that has drawn young talent to the Government and given the youngsters an opportunity to know about the working of the Government. He said that while this initiative still had a great scope to improve, it is surely a step in the right direction. He shared that youngsters who studied overseas left their plush offices to work in government chambers. He expressed his commitment to take this initiative further and get more youngsters to come and work in Gujarat. Shri Modi pointed that Gujarat is the first state to have an innovation commission.

Responding to the point raised on religious and caste based differences in society Shri Modi said, “When I say 100% enrollment in schools then the secularism debate is automatically settled. There is no scope for such a debate because every section of society is included.” He recalled that he had heard a former Prime Minister address people from Red Fort as Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Christians and said that he was shocked to listen to a Prime Minister speaking like that. “Could the Prime Minister not have said Mere Deshvasiyon (my countrymen)?” asked Shri Modi, who went on to say that he addresses the people not on the basis of the communities but as the people of Gujarat. He affirmed that addressing people as one is a new political connotation that must be accepted.

Talking about a point raised on increasing voting among people, Shri Modi said that the Gujarat Government has come out with a law on compulsory voting but unfortunately, the bill has not received approval from the Governor. He gave an insight into the Samras Gram Yojana of the state that was conceived with a vision to inculcate a culture of consensus among people of villages and at the same time end the acrimony that used to arise during Panchayat Elections. He pointed out that today, there are Panchayats in Gujarat that have all women. Shri Modi opined that it is not that al doors are closed, one has to open the mind and move ahead.

On the point raised about improvement in agriculture, agreed that there is a need to enhance agricultural productivity and  he stressed on the need of adopting a modern and scientific approach vis-à-vis agriculture. He shared that Gujarat will host an Agro-Tech Fair next year for the farmers. Shri Modi talked about the importance of small scale industries and reminded about the importance of skill development among the youth.

Shri Modi said that with the changing geo-political scenario across the world, diplomacy would be beneficial among the neighbours but trade and commerce have become very important and that is why we need to change our approach to foreign policy, keeping this element at the centre. He also said, “We should leave this habit of competing with Pakistan…we should stop this. Let us compete with China, Japan.” 

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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: https://www.narendramodi.in/ViksitBharatAmbassador

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.