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I would like to begin by acknowledging the traditional elders on whose land we stand today, and their ancestors, past and present.

Premier Newman,

  • Thank you very much for arranging this breakfast meeting with economic leaders of Queensland.
  • I am honoured and very encouraged by this large turnout.
  • Congratulations to Queensland and Brisbane for hosting such a wonderful G20. For the past few days, you have shown what a world class city you are.
  • Queensland's economy has been performing well, on basis of your traditional strengths in areas like tourism, resources and agriculture, but also through your investments in areas of advanced technologies and services.
  • This is a tribute to your leadership and to the government and business in Queensland.
  • I am delighted to be here for a number of reasons.
  • One, I have always placed great emphasis on relations between states, not just between national capitals.
  • Premier Newman, you and your Government are doing a lot to pursue economic opportunities with India.
  • You have sent a number of trade missions to India. Just this September, there was a Queensland-Gujarat Energy Roundtable in Gandhinagar, the capital of Gujarat. And, I am naturally pleased that Queensland will be participating in Vibrant Gujarat in January 2015 to showcase your infrastructure capabilities.
  • I know that you are not partial to Gujarat, but you are sending delegations to Kolkata and Delhi and elsewhere!

  • The second reason is that today, India is your fourth largest export destination. For us, Queensland is emerging as a major investment destination.
  • We welcome the efforts you have made to make it possible for an Australian Dollar 16 billion investment to take place in coal mining.
  • It will set a new standard for India-Australia cooperation and demonstrate how Australia and Queensland can be a vital partner in meeting India's requirement for energy and other vital resources.
  • Queensland can be an important partner in India's development – in energy, mineral resources, agriculture and food security, education and advanced technology in some areas.
  • We have launched a major set of reforms to boost economic growth and improve the quality of life of people.  We have set an ambitious agenda and a brisk pace.
  • In the area of policy:

o    We have eased foreign direct investment laws in key areas like railways, defence and insurance;

o   We have set up a commission to reform railways, which has always been seen as a just another government department – this has never been done before.

o   We have introduced labour reforms

o   We have made big changes in our policies on fuel – coal, natural gas, diesel 

  • In the area of processes:

o   changing the way we work as government. Good Governance is the starting point of change. It is as important to business as it is to ordinary citizens.

o   eliminating unnecessary laws and regulations, making processes easier and shorter, ensuring that our government is more transparent

o   Focus on ease of doing business

o   We are partnering with state governments and even going doing to districts and villages.

o   Digital India Campaign

o   Facilitation Cells have been set up.

 

  • In terms of institutions

o   set up a new department for skill development;

o   set up a special authority for industrial corridors

o   eBiz Portal for integrated application process – 24x7

o   Closely monitoring implementation of decisions

o   set up an Expenditure Reform Commission;

  • In terms of Initiatives

o   We have launched Make in India as a new mission to promote manufacturing in India.

o   creating world class infrastructure

o   100 Smart cities; Metro projects for 50 cities;  modern waste management system for 500 cities;

o   affordable healthcare within everyone's reach; sanitation for all by 2019; a roof over every head by 2022; electricity in every household;

o   Clean Energy – with special focus on solar energy; energy efficiency

o   Water conservation

o   Clean Ganga Programme , which is also a major urban renewal and environment protection programme

  • I see great opportunities for our cooperation. Let me highlight some of them.
  • Coal is already a major item of exports to India; but, I see vast potential in resources in general, as Indian industrial sector gathers momentum and grows.
  • We could also commence import of Liquified Natural Gas from Queensland.
  • You are leaders in many areas of mining and mining technologies, services and equipment, mining consultancy, mine safety, coal washeries and mine management.
  •  I invite you to participate in India.
  • We have made our policies transparent and predictable. We have made our procedures clearly defined and smooth.
  • Queensland can also be a partner in strengthening India's food security. We already import a fairly significant amount of fruits and vegetables and some quantities of fertilizer.
  • What we need is an integrated partnership –joint research to improve yield and farm productivity to development of agriculture supply chain infrastructure and food processing.  This is an area of great priority for my government.
  • Infrastructure , where we aim to invest over a trillion dollars over the next five years.
  • Queensland's strengths in advanced areas of technology also offer enormous opportunities for collaboration such as biotechnology  and your growing strengths in aviation sector
  • We can develop strong synergies in the area of information and communication technology and its every growing application in all areas of life and business.  I hope Indian IT companies will enjoy good access. Conversely, Digital India offers enormous opportunities.
  • Queensland can take justifiable pride in its success in the tourism sector. Indian investors would be willing to partner with you, as more and more Indians are drawn to the incredible beauty and hospitality of your state.
  • You can participate in India's ambitious plans for smart, sustainable, habitable cities to cater to its growing urban population. It is expected that nearly 11% of the world's urban population in 2025 will be in India.
  • You can make India a manufacturing hub, for India, for exports and for import back into Australia.
  • Let us foster closer cooperation in skill development and education; and, research and development.Your Universities and Research Institutions have already contributed significantly to the growing science and technology relationship between India and Australia.
  • This is particularly true of the collaboration between the two countries under the Australia-India Strategic Research Fund.
  • I know that most of you are aware of the opportunities in India and have looked at the market.

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  • You will begin to find a difference in India.
  • There will no longer have to reach those opportunities through uncertain and unpredictable pathways, crossing hurdles along the way.
  • You will not only be able to convert opportunities into partnerships, you will do it in an environment that is welcoming and easy to do business in.
  • Let me conclude by saying, India-Australia relationship is comprehensive, involving economic cooperation, a growing security and strategic partnership and increasing cooperation in international forums, which are vital for peace, stability and prosperity in our region.
  • I am keen to hear your views. I will make sure our team here follows up on them.
  • I thank you all for coming here this morning and wish you a very productive day ahead. Thank you.

— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) November 17, 2014

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PM chairs high level meeting to review preparedness to deal with Cyclone Jawad
December 02, 2021
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PM directs officials to take all necessary measures to ensure safe evacuation of people
Ensure maintenance of all essential services and their quick restoration in case of disruption: PM
All concerned Ministries and Agencies working in synergy to proactively counter the impact of the cyclone
NDRF has pre-positioned 29 teams equipped with boats, tree-cutters, telecom equipments etc; 33 teams on standby
Indian Coast Guard and Navy have deployed ships and helicopters for relief, search and rescue operations
Air Force and Engineer task force units of Army on standby for deployment
Disaster Relief teams and Medical Teams on standby along the eastern coast

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi chaired a high level meeting today to review the preparedness of States and Central Ministries & concerned agencies to deal with the situation arising out of the likely formation of Cyclone Jawad.

Prime Minister directed officials to take every possible measure to ensure that people are safely evacuated and to ensure maintenance of all essential services such as Power, Telecommunications, health, drinking water etc. and that they are restored immediately in the event of any disruption. He further directed them to ensure adequate storage of essential medicines & supplies and to plan for unhindered movement. He also directed for 24*7 functioning of control rooms.

India Meteorological Department (IMD) informed that low pressure region in the Bay of Bengal is expected to intensify into Cyclone Jawad and is expected to reach coast of North Andhra Pradesh – Odisha around morning of Saturday 4th December 2021, with the wind speed ranging upto 100 kmph. It is likely to cause heavy rainfall in the coastal districts of Andhra Pradesh, Odisha & W.Bengal. IMD has been issuing regular bulletins with the latest forecast to all the concerned States.

Cabinet Secretary has reviewed the situation and preparedness with Chief Secretaries of all the Coastal States and Central Ministries/ Agencies concerned.

Ministry of Home Affairs is reviewing the situation 24*7 and is in touch with the State Governments/ UTs and the Central Agencies concerned. MHA has already released the first instalment of SDRF in advance to all States. NDRF has pre-positioned 29 teams which are equipped with boats, tree-cutters, telecom equipments etc. in the States and has kept 33 teams on standby.

Indian Coast Guard and the Navy have deployed ships and helicopters for relief, search and rescue operations. Air Force and Engineer task force units of Army, with boats and rescue equipment, are on standby for deployment. Surveillance aircraft and helicopters are carrying out serial surveillance along the coast. Disaster Relief teams and Medical Teams are standby at locations along the eastern coast.

Ministry of Power has activated emergency response systems and is keeping in readiness transformers, DG sets and equipments etc. for immediate restoration of electricity. Ministry of Communications is keeping all the telecom towers and exchanges under constant watch and is fully geared to restore telecom network. Ministry of Health & Family Welfare has issued an advisory to the States/ UTs, likely to be affected, for health sector preparedness and response to COVID in affected areas.

Ministry of Port, Shipping and Waterways has taken measures to secure all shipping vessels and has deployed emergency vessels. The states have also been asked to alert the industrial establishments such as Chemical & Petrochemical units near the coast.

NDRF is assisting the State agencies in their preparedness for evacuating people from the vulnerable locations and is also continuously holding community awareness campaigns on how to deal with the cyclonic situation.

The meeting was attended by Principal Secretary to PM, Cabinet Secretary, Home Secretary, DG NDRF and DG IMD.