On the evening of Thursday 19th December 2013 Shri Narendra Modi joined the Golden Jubilee Celebrations of the JN Medical College in Belgaum, Karnataka. The JN Medical College is a part of the KLE University. Shri Narendra Modi congratulated the KLE University and the JN Medical College family for their commendable work in serving society. He talked about the importance of both health and education in society at large. Shri Modi pointed that in addition to health insurance, the focus must be on health assurance and the prevention of illness.
Speaking about the importance of education Shri Modi said, “A society that does not give importance to education cannot progress. Let there be any Government, it must have a vision to make India shine in the field of education.” He went on to say, “Whenever we have entered a Gyaan Yug, India has led the way. The 21st century is also a century of knowledge.”
Talking about healthcare he noted, “There is a matter of great concern. Illness and ill people are increasing. And we need more and more doctors. We are the world’s most youthful nation but still we need skilled manpower for paramedical staff. Even technology is very important. Why is it that we still get medical equipment from the west?” Shri Modi called for greater research in the health sector as well. He said that the poor are hit very badly during times of illness.Shri Modi shared his belief that success to a healthy India can be achieved through Jan Bhagidari.
Shri Modi said that social hygiene is as important as personal hygiene. He affirmed that as India celebrates Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary celebrations in 2019, a mission for cleanliness could be taken up across India. He pointed that this could be a big agent of change.
Chairman of KLE Society and Rajya Sabha MP from Karnataka Shri Prabhakar Kore thanked Shri Modi for gracing the occasion and described him as the future Prime Minister of India. Shri Kore lauded the exemplary work done by Shri Narendra Modi in Gujarat.