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"Narendra Modi addresses concluding function of Khel Mahakumbh 2013 "
"Khel Mahakumbh is an effort to find talent from across Gujarat, give proper training and create shining sportspersons: Narendra Modi "
"To create a healthy Gujarat we have to ensure our children are playing on the fields: Narendra Modi "
"Not only the athletes but lakhs families are getting integrated with Khel Mahakumbh. A sportsman spirit is being created: Narendra Modi "
"In such a short span of time we have seen the success of Khel Mahakumbh: Narendra Modi"

On the evening of Monday 23rd December 2013 Shri Narendra Modi addressed the concluding function of the Khel Mahakumbh 2013. Shri Modi talked about the success of the Khel Mahakumbh in a remarkably short span of time. He described Khel Mahakumbh as an effort to find sporting talent from all over Gujarat, give them proper training so that they can shine on the field at various competitions. Shri Modi commented that Gujarat has succeeded in creating an environment in which Gujarat can produce good sportspersons. He shared that the Gujarat government is committed to focusing on harnessing the immense talent in the state’s sportspersons.

Shri Modi said that in order to create a healthy Gujarat, it is important to ensure that the children of Gujarat go out and play on the fields. He pointed that in initiatives such as Khel Mahakumbh, it is not only the athletes but also their families who join this event, which celebrates sports and sportsmanship. Shri Modi remarked that Gujarat has also succeeded in enhancing capacity building in sports.

Narendra Modi addresses concluding function of Khel Mahakumbh 2013

Shri Modi talked about the participation of specially abled athletes and congratulated them for their efforts. He said that Gujarat is very proud of the specially abled athletes who won gold medals in Australia. Shri Modi shared that self-defense training for women has started and lot of women are joining the training. 

Sports Minister Shri Ramanlal Vora, Revenue Minister Smt. Anandiben Patel, Chief Secretary Dr. Varesh Sinha, Shri Bhagyesh Jha among others were present on the occasion.

Narendra Modi addresses concluding function of Khel Mahakumbh 2013

Narendra Modi addresses concluding function of Khel Mahakumbh 2013

Narendra Modi addresses concluding function of Khel Mahakumbh 2013

Narendra Modi addresses concluding function of Khel Mahakumbh 2013

Narendra Modi addresses concluding function of Khel Mahakumbh 2013

Narendra Modi addresses concluding function of Khel Mahakumbh 2013

Narendra Modi addresses concluding function of Khel Mahakumbh 2013

Narendra Modi addresses concluding function of Khel Mahakumbh 2013

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The Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi interacted with participants of Toycathon-2021 today via video conferencing. Union Ministers Shri Piyush Goyal and Shri Sanjay Dhotre were present on the occasion.  

Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister said that in the last 5-6 years, youth of the nation has been connected with the key challenges of the country through the platform of Hackathons. Thinking behind this is to organize the capabilities of the country and to give them a medium, he said.

Apart from the importance of toys as the first friend of the children, the Prime Minister also emphasized the economic aspects of toys and gaming, he called it ‘Toyconomy’. The Prime Minister said that global toy market is about 100 billion dollars and India haveonly 1.5 per cent of this market. India imports almost 80 per cent of its toys. This means that crores of rupees are being drained out of the country.

This needs to change, said the Prime Minister. Shri Modi underlined that, beyond numbers, this sector has the capacity to bring progress and growth to the neediest segments of society. Toy industry has its ownsmall-scale industry, artisans comprising of rural population, dalits, poor people and tribal population. The Prime Minister singled out the contribution of women in the sector. In order to take the benefits to these segments, we need be vocal for local toys.

The PM called for new models of innovation and financing to make Indian toys competitive at the global level. There is a need for new ideas to be incubated, new start-ups promoted, taking new technology to traditional toy makers and creating new market demand. This is the inspiration behind events like Toyacathon, the Prime Minister said.