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The Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the Grand Finale of the Smart India Hackathon via video conferencing, today.

In his address, the Prime Minister underlined the importance of Participative Governance to the participants of the Smart India Hackathon-2018.

He expressed his utmost hope in youngsters and urged then to contribute towards achieving the vision of New India. “I never miss any opportunity to interact with Young Professionals, Young CEO’s, Young Scientists and Young Bureaucrats”, he said. “I am happy to see young minds thinking about ways to take our nation forward. It is a delight to be among smart innovators of smart India,” he added.

The Prime Minister said that the biggest assets of any nation are Shram Shakti and Iccha Shakti. “Once the people decide to bring about change, everything is possible. But the biggest mistake governments make is to think that they alone can bring about change”.

The Prime Minister expressed his happiness over the increase in the number of participants in the hackathon as compared to the hackathon last year. “I am told that most of the projects undertaking during the previous hackathon have been completed”, he added.

The Prime Minster laid emphasis on innovation and gave the mantra of IPPP i.e. Innovate, Patent, Produce and Prosper. “These four steps will lead our country towards faster development, for that we will have to innovate and turn our innovations in patents, making our production smoother and taking products speedily to the people will make them prosper ”, he said.  “Innovation has the power to overcome the challenges our world faces, we should think about how our innovation can transform the lives of our fellow citizens”, he added.

The Prime Minister illustrated various decisions of the Government to facilitate research and innovations-

  • Introducing Modern Techniques based on Educational and Learning concepts in Atal Tinkering Labs, students of class 6th to 12th will be benefitted from this.
  • Providing Prime Minister Research Fellowship to around 1000 best students of BTech, MTech and MSc courses in institutes like  IITs, IISc and NIT every year. These students will be given financial assistance of about 70-80 thousand rupees per month for a period of five years.
  • Focussing on providing greater autonomy to Higher Educational Institutions.
  • Working in the direction of making 20 world class Institute of Excellence.

During his address, the Prime Minister cited an example to highlight how Make in India has become a brand and is now becoming popular across the world. He told that four years ago there were only two manufacturing units of mobile phones in India whereas today around 120 factories are operating in the country. He also informed the gathering that there has been about threefold increase in Patent registrations as well as Trademarks registrations in comparison of the registration figures in 2013-14.  

The Prime Minister urged the participants to explore the possibility of Multiple Sector Hackathons like Health-Hackathon, Law-Hackathon, Architecture-Hackathon, Agriculture-Hackathon and Rural Hackathon. “We need innovative agriculturists, engineers, architects, doctors, lawyers, managers for these Hackathon. Such Hackathons will provide a platform to budding talents”, he emphasised. He also shared his experience of real time monitoring of development projects through PRAGATI meetings, with the audience.

During the Grand Finale program, the Prime Minister also interacted with the participants of Smart India Hackathon across various centres.

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Prime Minister to visit Barauni in Bihar on 17th February 2019
February 16, 2019
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The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, will visit Bihar tomorrow on 17 February 2019. He will arrive in Barauni where he will launch a series of development projects for Bihar.

These projects will enhance connectivity, especially in the city of Patna and nearby areas. They will significantly augment the availability of energy in the city, and the region. The projects will also boost fertilizer production, and significantly enhance medical, and sanitation facilities in Bihar.

The sector wise project details are as follows -

Urban Development and Sanitation

The Prime Minister will lay the foundation stone of Patna Metro Rail Project which will give a boost to transport connectivity and add to ease of living for the people of Patna and adjoining areas.

The first phase of River Front Development at Patna will be inaugurated by PM.

Foundation Stone for the Karmalichak Sewerage Network spanning 96.54 kilometres will be laid by PM.

Works related to Sewage Treatment Plants at Barh, Sultanganj and Naugachia will be kicked off by PM. He will also lay the Foundation Stone for 22 AMRUT projects at various locations.

Railways

 

PM will also inaugurate the electrification of Railway Lines on the following sectors:

· Barauni-Kumedpur

· Muzaffarpur-Raxaul

· Fatuha-Islampur

· Biharsharif-Daniawan

Ranchi-Patna AC Weekly Express will also be inaugurated on the occasion.

Oil & Gas

The Prime Minister Modi will also inaugurate the Phulpur to Patna stretch of the Jagdishpur-Varanasi Natural Gas pipeline. He will also inaugurate the Patna City Gas Distributionproject.

Foundation Stone of the 9 MMT AVU of the Barauni Refinery Expansion Project will also be laid on the occasion.

PM will lay the Foundation Stone for the augmentation of the Paradip-Haldia-Durgapur LPG pipeline from Durgapur to Muzaffarpur and Patna.

He will also lay the Foundation Stone for the ATF Hydrotreating Unit (INDJET) at Barauni Refinery.

These projects will significantly augment the availability of energy in the city, and the region.

Health

The Prime Minister will lay the Foundation Stone for Medical Colleges at Saran, Chhapra and Purnia.

The Prime Minister will also lay the Foundation Stone for the upgradation of Government Medical Colleges at Bhagalpur and Gaya.

Fertilizers

The Prime Minister will also lay the Foundation Stone for the Ammonia-Urea Fertilizer Complex at Barauni.

From Barauni, PM will move to Jharkhand where he will visit Hazaribagh and Ranchi.