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"PM: I come to beseech Jayapur - adopt me. Teach me how to solve the problems of villages"
" प्रधानमंत्री ने कहा, ‘मैं जयापुर से यह विनती करने आया हूं- मुझे अंगीकार करो। मुझे सिखाओ, गांवों की समस्‍याएं किस तरह से दूर की जाती हैं ’"

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today visited Jayapur village of Varanasi district. He announced that as the Lok Sabha Member of Parliament from Varanasi, he had selected Jayapur as the village under Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana.

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The Prime Minister is in Varanasi on a two-day visit.

Setting at rest all speculation over why he was choosing Jayapur, the Prime Minister recalled that soon after he was nominated to contest the Lok Sabha elections from Varanasi, he had learnt of a tragic fire incident in this village.

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He had then spoken to officers and people to coordinate relief efforts for the village. Stating that bonds forged in times of distress were timeless, the Prime Minister asserted that this was the sole reason for choosing Jayapur.

1 (2)-684 Shri Narendra Modi said that it is not MPs who are taking guardianship of the village under the Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana, but villagers who were taking MPs under their wing, through this scheme. He said that a good public representative has a lot to learn from villagers, their wealth of experience and their insights on solving problems. He said the Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana does not mean infusing additional funds in a village, but ensuring that schemes are properly implemented, and the entire village participates in solving problems and ensuring development. "I come to beseech Jayapur - adopt me. Teach me how to solve the problems of villages," the Prime Minister said. He said he wanted to remove the deficiencies that had prevented villages from progressing over the last 60 years.

1 (4)-684 The Prime Minister said that if one village developed as an Adarsh Gram, it would influence several others, and officers would also get an idea of how best to implement schemes.

1 (7)-684 The Prime Minister laid a lot of emphasis on generating social consciousness, and making significant achievements through the collective will of the people. Every village should celebrate its birthday, and all should participate in this celebration, the Prime Minister said, adding that this is the best way to end casteism. Can we decide that we will not allow Jayapur to become dirty; can we ensure children wash hands before eating, the Prime Minister asked the large, vociferous gathering, asserting that these things did not require Government intervention. He said such positive social energy can help create a model village. 

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The Prime Minister also called for every family in Jayapur village to celebrate the birth of every girl child as a festival. The Prime Minister said he has a lot of plans for Varanasi, but he hopes to achieve these objectives through people`s power - Janshakti.

— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) November 7, 2014

— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) November 7, 2014

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State Visit of Prime Minister to Rwanda, Uganda and South Africa (July 23-27, 2018)
July 23, 2018

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, will pay a State Visit to Republic of Rwanda (23-24 July), Republic of Uganda (24-25 July) and Republic of South Africa (25-27 July). This will be the first visit by an Indian Prime Minister to Rwanda and the first visit by our Prime Minister to Uganda in over 20 years. The visit to South Africa is in the context of BRICS Summit.

Prime Minister’s official engagement in Rwanda and Uganda include bilateral meetings with the Presidents, delegation level talks and meetings with the business and the Indian communities. In Rwanda, Prime Minister will visit the Genocide Memorial and participate in an event on "Girinka” (one cow per family), a national social protection scheme of Rwanda personally initiated by President Paul Kagame. In Uganda, Prime Minister will deliver a Keynote address at the Parliament of Uganda – the first Indian Prime Minister to address the Ugandan Parliament.

In South Africa, the Prime Minister will have bilateral meeting with the South African President and will attend the BRICS Summit and other BRICS related meetings. Bilateral meetings with participating countries on the sidelines of BRICS meetings are also planned.

India shares close, warm and friendly relations with Africa which are cemented by robust development partnership and a large presence of the Indian Diaspora. A number of agreements and MoUs in the areas of Defence, trade, culture, Agriculture and Dairy cooperation are scheduled to be signed during the visit.

Over the last few years, there has been a significant intensification of our engagement in various fields with African countries and there have been as many as 23 outgoing visits to Africa at the level of President, Vice President and Prime Minister in the last four years. Africa has been the top priority of India’s Foreign Policy. The visit of Prime Minister to Rwanda, Uganda and South Africa will further strengthen our relations with the African continent.