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"Terming Junagadh and Somnath as ‘tourism capitals of Gujarat’, Shri Modi spoke of the tremendous scope for tourism and development in these regions"
"Putting forth the vast potential of coasts, Shri Narendra Modi called for the need to change our mindset and look ahead at making coasts the ‘Gateway to India’s progress’"
"Shri Modi highlighted the need to empower fishermen and their families through initiatives like Sakhi Mandals"
"Shri Narendra Modi dedicates the Swarnim Kalash of Shree Somnath temple"

On 1st February, 2014, Shri Narendra Modi was in Somnath to dedicate the Swarnim Kalash of Shree Somnath temple. Shri Modi also opened the Golden top of the temple and dedicated the completed golden conversion of the temple. On the occasion, he also inaugurated a new guest house built by Shri Somnath Maheshwari community.

Development with Jan Bhagidari and scope for tourism-led development was the focus of Shri Narendra Modi’s address at the programme organized by Shree Somnath Trust.

Shri Modi spoke about the Gujarat government’s emphasis on ensuring development with peoples’ participation.Terming Junagadh and Somnath as tourism capitals of Gujarat, Shri Modi spoke of the tremendous scope for tourism and development in these regions, and said that the creation of Gir Somnath as a new district was an effort at encompassing this untapped potential. Highlighting the contribution of great leaders like Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Rajendra Prasad and K M Munshi, Shri Modi said, If there was no Sardar Patel, would we have Somnath with us? Would we have such a grand temple? Who had dreamt that the Somnath temple would once again have gold! I am sure this will make KM Munshi, Sardar Patel and Rajendra Babu very glad.”

Shri Narendra Modi dedicates the Swarnim Kalash of Shree Somnath temple

Putting forth the vast potential of coasts, Shri Narendra Modi called for the need to change our mindset and look ahead at making coasts the ‘Gateway to India’s progress’. Highlighting initiatives like the Sagarkhedu Yojana, Shri Modi said, “Under Sagarkhedu Yojana, ITIs were formed and this empowered our youth with skills. KVKs came up and youth joined the development journey”. Shri Modi also spoke about the lives of fishermen, and by putting forth the initiative of Sakhi Mandals -which involved cultivation of sea weeds – Shri Modi spoke about the need to empower them and thereby involve them in the Nation’s development journey.

Making a strong statement on the Central government’s apathy in dealing with sensitive issues, Shri Modi spoke on how he had received a letter from 12-year-old Bhavika, who had lost her father recently. Shri Modi said that Bhavika was in search of justice, since her father – a fisherman – had been caught in Pakistan, and died in the jail. “Bhavika wants to know how her father died. She is in search of justice. I urge the Prime Minister to bring her father's dead body back,” said Shri Modi.

Speaking about the significance of going on Yatras in Hindu mythology, Shri Modi underscored the deep impact any kind of philanthropy has, wherein not only is the doer happy, but even the coming generations stand to benefit from the good deeds.

Highlighting the pro-governance initiatives of Gujarat government, Shri Modi said that effectual efforts have been made towards providing electricity, healthcare facilities and development of the less privileged through the Anganwadis.

Dignitaries to grace the occasion included Shri Keshubhai Patel and Shri Babubhai Bokhiriya, Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources.

A soulful rendition of Indian classical ragas was also put forth by artists on this occasion.

Shri Narendra Modi dedicates the Swarnim Kalash of Shree Somnath temple

Shri Modi also inaugurated a new guest house built by Shri Somnath Maheshwari community.

Shri Narendra Modi dedicates the Swarnim Kalash of Shree Somnath temple

Shri Narendra Modi dedicates the Swarnim Kalash of Shree Somnath temple

Shri Narendra Modi dedicates the Swarnim Kalash of Shree Somnath temple

Shri Narendra Modi dedicates the Swarnim Kalash of Shree Somnath temple

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PM reviews status of oxygen availability to ensure adequate supply
April 16, 2021
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PM Narendra Modi took a comprehensive review to ensure adequate medical grade oxygen supply in the country. Inputs from ministries like Health, DPIIT, Steel, Road Transport, etc were also shared with the PM. PM stressed that it is important to ensure synergy across ministries & state governments.

PM Modi also took a detailed review of current situation of oxygen supply and projected use in the coming 15 days across 12 high burden states (Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan). An overview of district level situation in these states was presented to the PM.

PM was informed that the Centre and States are in regular contact and estimates for projected demand have been shared with states as on 20th April, 25th April & 30th April. Accordingly, 4,880 MT, 5,619 MT and 6,593 MT have been allocated to these 12 states for meeting their projected demand as on 20th April, 25th April and 30th April, respectively.

PM was briefed about production capacity in the country to meet the rising demand. PM suggested to increase oxygen production as per capacity of each plant. It was discussed that surplus stocks of oxygen supply in steel plants are being offered from medical use.

PM urged officials to ensure seamless and free movement of tankers carrying oxygen throughout the country. The Government has exempted all interstate movement of oxygen tankers from registration of permits to enable easier movement. PM was informed that States and transporters have been asked to ensure tankers move round the clock with drivers working in shifts to ensure faster turnaround and adequate capacity to meet the surge in demand. Cylinder filling plants will also be permitted 24 hour working with necessary safeguards. The Government is allowing Industrial cylinders to be used for medical oxygen after due purging. Similarly nitrogen and argon tankers will be automatically allowed to be converted to oxygen tankers to overcome the potential shortage of tankers.

Officers also briefed the PM about the efforts being made to import medical grade oxygen.