Lays foundation stone and dedicates multiple projects worth more than Rs 4500 crore under the programme ‘Mission Schools of Excellence’
Lays foundation stone for ‘Vidya Samiksha Kendra 2.0’ and various other development projects
“For us, a house for the poor is not just a number but an enabler of dignity”
“We aim to encourage merit while providing opportunities to youth from tribal areas”
“I have come to tell the mothers and sisters of the entire tribal area including Chhota Udaipur that this son of yours has come to ensure your rights”

Bharat Mata ki – Jai!

Bharat Mata ki – Jai!

We have the popular Chief Minister of Gujarat, Shri Bhupendrabhai Patel, my colleague in Parliament and the President of the Gujarat BJP, Shri C. R. Patil, all the ministers of the Gujarat government, representatives of the State Panchayat on the stage and my dear brothers and sisters who have come in large numbers,

How are you all? Speak up a little louder; I have come to Bodeli after a long time. Earlier, I used to come here two or three times a year, and before that, when I used to work for the organization, I used to visit Bodeli almost every day. Just a while ago, I was attending the program in Gandhinagar to celebrate 20 years of Vibrant Gujarat. Twenty years have passed. And today, I have the opportunity to be amongst all of you my tribal brothers and sisters for many development projects from Bodeli to Chhotaudepur and from Umargam to Ambaji. Just as the Chief Minister mentioned, I have had the opportunity to lay the foundation stone or inaugurate projects worth more than 5000 crores rupees. The work of providing Wi-Fi connectivity to all 22 districts and more than 7500 gram panchayats in Gujarat has been completed today. We had started eGram Vishwagram, and this is a glimpse of eGram Vishwagram. For the millions of villagers living in these villages, mobile phones and the internet are not new anymore. Even the mothers and sisters in the villages now know how to use them, and if their son is working outside, they communicate with him through video conferences. Excellent internet service at very low cost is now available to all my elders and brothers and sisters in the villages here. I extend my heartfelt congratulations and best wishes to all of you for this excellent gift.

My dear family members,

When I used to visit Chhotaudepur or the surrounding areas of Bodeli, people would often say that our Chhotaudepur district was given to us by Modi Saheb. Isn't that what they say? Because when I was here, the journey from Chhotaudepur to Bodeli used to be very long, and I knew how difficult it was. That's why I brought the government to your doorstep. People still remember that Narendra Bhai initiated many big plans and projects in the tribal region from Umargam to Ambaji. I have had a special bonding with this land, villages and my tribal families even before I became the Chief Minister or Prime Minister. It's not something that happened only after I became the Chief Minister; it existed long before. At that time, I used to come here as an ordinary worker and take the bus to Chhotaudepur. I would visit Leledada's hut, and there must be many people here who worked with Leledada. I used to visit from Dahod to Umargam, Limdi, Santarampur, Jhalod, Dahod, Godhra, Halol, and Kalol. This used to be my route. I would come by bus, conduct programs with everyone, and then return. If I had some free time, I would go to Kayavarohan Ishwar temple of Bholenath. I had to go to Malsar many times, or Porgam, or Por, or Nareshwar. In Nareshwar, I had many opportunities to meet a Swamiji several times. Similar was the case with Bhadarva too. I had the opportunity to be part of the Bhadarva development journey for a long time. My connection with this vast area has been so close that I used to stay overnight in many villages often. We had meetings in many villages, sometimes we would go on a bicycle, sometimes on foot, and sometimes by bus. I worked with whatever means I had. And there are many old friends here.

Today, I express my gratitude to Shri C. R. Patil and Bhupendrabhai. When I was coming here in a jeep, I got a chance to see many old acquaintances. I saw everyone, remembered so many people as I had relationships with many families, and would visit many households frequently. I have observed the situation here, in and around Chhotaudepur, very closely. I have visited the entire tribal region in great detail. When I formed the government, I realized that I had to work for the development of this entire region, the tribal region. I launched many development plans and initiatives, and today, we are seeing the positive results on the ground. We implemented various programs, and today, we are witnessing the tangible benefits. Here, I would like to mention four or five young children – I call them children because back in 2001-2002 they were young children and I held their fingers and took them to school. Today, some of them have become doctors, while others have become teachers. I had the opportunity to meet those children today. When you have the unwavering belief in welfare and sincerity in any small endeavour, it pays handsome results. I can see the results before my eyes. Today I am experiencing immense peace and feeling very satisfied. Seeing those children today with so much enthusiasm and excitement fills me with joy.

My dear family members,

Good schools have been established, good roads have been built, and decent housing options have become available to people. Access to clean water has been ensured. All of these things are important, because they not only change the lives of ordinary families but also transform the thought process of poor families. We have always prioritized working on a mission mode to provide homes, drinking water, roads, electricity, and education to the poor. I understand the challenges faced by the poor, and I continuously strive to find solutions. In such a short span, we have constructed over four crore pucca homes for the poor across the country, including my beloved brothers and sisters in Gujarat. In the past, when homes were built for the poor under previous governments, it was just a matter of figures like 100, 200, 500, or 1000 homes. For us, building homes for the poor doesn't mean a figure of just constructing four walls; it means providing them with dignity and enabling them to live a respectable life. Instead, we let the beneficiaries decide what kind of home they want. If you need space for keeping goats, it's there. If you need space for poultry farming, it's there. You can customize your home according to your preferences, and the government will fund it. There is no middleman and the money will be transferred to them directly from the government. Whether you are from the tribal community, the Dalit community, or the backward classes, you will get a house tailored to your needs, and the government will provide the funds. Millions of homes have been registered in the names of our sisters. Each home, worth one and a half to two lakh rupees, is now in the name of our sisters, making them lakhpati didis. Although I don't have a house in my name, I have given homes to millions of daughters across the country.

Friends,

What was the condition of water in Gujarat's villages? It is known to the people living there. In our tribal regions, people used to say, 'Sir, the water doesn't flow uphill. We live in hilly areas, so how can we get water from above?' We took up the challenge of solving this water crisis, and even if we had to raise the water from below, we did it. We faced challenges and difficulties to bring water to every household, but today, water flows through pipes into every home. We worked hard to ensure that hand pumps, which used to break down within three months and often went unrepaired for three years, became a thing of the past. We have seen those days. If water is not pure, it brings many diseases, and it hampers the development of children.

Today, we have successfully provided piped water supply to every home in Gujarat, thanks to the efforts that we made and the lessons I learned while working with you. I have learned a great deal by being among you and by working shoulder to shoulder with you. The knowledge and skills you imparted to me have proven invaluable. When I implement what I have learned from you, it truly feels like I am bringing real solutions to people's problems. You have been my mentors, and what I have learned from you has been of great use to me in Delhi.

We initiated the Jal Jeevan Mission four years ago. Today, just think about it: when mothers and sisters had to walk three kilometers to fetch water, now piped water reaches 100 million families. Water reaches their kitchens, and blessings flow from mothers and sisters. The reason for this is our efforts. In our Chhotaudepur and in our Kavant village, I remember that I used to visit Kavant many times. Kavant was quite backward in the past. Some people recently came to meet me, and I asked them if the skill development work in Kavant was progressing or not. They were astonished. This is our tradition, our dedication. We completed the work of regional water supply in Kavant, and as a result, piped water now reaches up to 50,000 people, up to 50,000 homes.

Friends,

Gujarat has a long tradition of constantly experimenting with innovations in the field of education. Even today, the projects that have been launched will make significant strides in the same direction, and for this, I congratulate Bhupendrabhai and his entire team. The Mission School of Excellence and Vidya Samiksha will have a very positive impact on students going to school in Gujarat in their second phase. I recently met with the President of the World Bank. He had come to Gujarat a few days ago to visit the Vidya Samiksha Centers. He urged me to implement such Vidya Samiksha Centers in every district of India, just like we have done in Gujarat. The World Bank wants to participate in such noble endeavours. Initiatives like Gyan Shakti, Gyan Setu, and Gyan Sadhna will benefit talented and underprivileged students, both sons and daughters, immensely. It will encourage merit. Our tribal youth have a great opportunity to celebrate in the near future.

My dear family members,

In the past two decades, we have focused on education and skill development in Gujarat. You all know what the condition of classrooms and the number of teachers was in Gujarat two decades ago. Many children couldn't even complete primary education, and they had to drop out of school. The situation was dire in tribal areas, from Umargam to Ambaji. There were no science stream schools in these areas at the time. Still some political parties would demand reservation in medical and engineering colleges and would indulge in politics even though there were no science stream schools. However, we also worked to secure a better future for the children at a time when there were very few schools, and had no basic facilities. And there were no science stream schools. We tried to change this situation. In the last two decades, we initiated the recruitment of 2 lakh teachers. We built more than 1.25 lakh new classrooms. The maximum benefit of the work done in the field of education has happened in the tribal regions.

Recently, I visited the border areas where our soldiers are stationed. It was a matter of amazement and joy for me to find that nearly everywhere I went, a soldier from the tribal region was standing on the border, serving the nation, and upon seeing me, they would say, 'Sir, we are very happy that you came to my village’. It's such a delight for me. In the past two decades, whether it is science, commerce, or dozens of new schools and colleges, a vast network has developed here. New Arts colleges have opened up. The BJP government has established 25,000 new classrooms and five medical colleges in the tribal region alone. Govind Guru University and Birsa Munda University are contributing to elevate the standard of higher education in this region. Today, there are numerous incentives prepared for skill development in this sector.

Friends,

Gujarat has a long tradition of constantly experimenting with innovations in the field of education. Even today, the projects that have been launched will make significant strides in the same direction, and for this, I congratulate Bhupendrabhai and his entire team. The Mission School of Excellence and Vidya Samiksha will have a very positive impact on students going to school in Gujarat in their second phase. I recently met with the President of the World Bank. He had come to Gujarat a few days ago to visit the Vidya Samiksha Centers. He urged me to implement such Vidya Samiksha Centers in every district of India, just like we have done in Gujarat. The World Bank wants to participate in such noble endeavours. Initiatives like Gyan Shakti, Gyan Setu, and Gyan Sadhna will benefit talented and underprivileged students, both sons and daughters, immensely. It will encourage merit. Our tribal youth have a great opportunity to celebrate in the near future.

My dear family members,

In the past two decades, we have focused on education and skill development in Gujarat. You all know what the condition of classrooms and the number of teachers was in Gujarat two decades ago. Many children couldn't even complete primary education, and they had to drop out of school. The situation was dire in tribal areas, from Umargam to Ambaji. There were no science stream schools in these areas at the time. Still some political parties would demand reservation in medical and engineering colleges and would indulge in politics even though there were no science stream schools. However, we also worked to secure a better future for the children at a time when there were very few schools, and had no basic facilities. And there were no science stream schools. We tried to change this situation. In the last two decades, we initiated the recruitment of 2 lakh teachers. We built more than 1.25 lakh new classrooms. The maximum benefit of the work done in the field of education has happened in the tribal regions.

Recently, I visited the border areas where our soldiers are stationed. It was a matter of amazement and joy for me to find that nearly everywhere I went, a soldier from the tribal region was standing on the border, serving the nation, and upon seeing me, they would say, 'Sir, we are very happy that you came to my village’. It's such a delight for me. In the past two decades, whether it is science, commerce, or dozens of new schools and colleges, a vast network has developed here. New Arts colleges have opened up. The BJP government has established 25,000 new classrooms and five medical colleges in the tribal region alone. Govind Guru University and Birsa Munda University are contributing to elevate the standard of higher education in this region. Today, there are numerous incentives prepared for skill development in this sector.

Friends,

We have emphasized skill development at the grassroots level, and you have just seen a recent example of this. On the occasion of Vishwakarma Jayanti, on the 17th of this month, we launched the Pradhanmantri Vishwakarma Yojana. Through this scheme, we have started a significant initiative for our 'Nivasis' (residents) -- those who play the most crucial role within the residential areas. Whether you are a potter, tailor, barber, washerman, blacksmith, goldsmith, a person involved in construction work, or someone who constructs houses, called 'Rajmistry' in Hindi, we have initiated the Pradhanmantri Vishwakarma Yojana worth crores of rupees for various individuals like you. They will receive training for their traditional family businesses, modern tools, new designs, and whatever they produce will be sold in the global market. For the poor and ordinary hardworking people of this country, we have started such a significant initiative. As a result, idol makers have continued the tradition and that is a very prosperous one. And now, we have decided that this tradition, this art, should not come to an end; the guru-shishya tradition should continue, and the benefit of the Pradhanmantri Vishwakarma Yojana should reach lakhs of families who are living a life of honesty by working diligently. The government is working to enrich their lives through various means. They will get loans at very low interest rates, and even in the loans they receive today, there is no need for any guarantee. Because Modi has taken their guarantee, the government has taken their guarantee.

My family members,

For a long time, the poor, Dalits, and tribal communities have been oppressed, deprived, but today, they are moving forward with hopeful thoughts towards development through various schemes. After several decades of independence, I had the opportunity to honour Adivasi pride. Now, India celebrates the birth anniversary of Bhagwan Birsa Munda as the ‘Janjatiya Gaurav Diwas' (Indigenous Pride Day). We have worked in this direction. The BJP government has increased the budget for the tribal community five times compared to the previous government. A few days ago, an important step was taken by the country. The new Parliament of Bharat started its session, and in the new Parliament, the first law passed is the Nari Shakti Vandan Adhiniyam. With your blessings, we were able to get it passed in Parliament. You should ask those who would make tall promises about this why they sat idle for so many decades. If they had given my mothers and sisters their rights earlier, how much further would they have progressed? So, I believe that they have not fulfilled such promises. I am answering this because my tribal brothers and sisters, who were deprived of small amenities for so many decades, my mothers, sisters, and daughters, who were deprived of their rights for decades, are finally getting their share due to Modi. They are now making new game plans, to divide and create confusion among society.

I have come here to Chhotaudepur to tell my dear tribal mothers and sisters of this country that this son of yours is here to emphasize your rights, and we are working systematically to empower each one of you. For all my sisters, provisions have been made in Parliament and the State Assemblies as per our Constitution, and reservations have been made for them as well. The new law also includes provisions for reservations for our sisters from the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes communities so that they also get opportunities. These are all significant developments, and who will give the final shape to this law. The law has been passed in Parliament, but the first tribal woman President of India, Droupadi Murmu ji, will sign it and it will become law.

Today, as I meet all my sisters from the Chhotaudepur tribal region, I heartily congratulate all those sisters who have come in such large numbers. I salute you, and this beginning of the ‘Amrit Kaal’ of Independence is so auspicious that it has strengthened our resolve, and the blessings of mothers are now giving us new strength. With new projects, we will develop this region, and I express heartfelt gratitude to all of you for the blessings you have given. Let's raise both our hands and say together - 'Bharat Mata Ki Jai'. Our voice from Bodeli should reach from Umargam to Ambaji.

Bharat Mata ki – Jai!

Bharat Mata ki – Jai!

Bharat Mata ki – Jai!

Thank you very much.

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