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Sports should occupy a central place in the lives of our youth: PM Modi
Sports are an important means of personality development, says Prime Minister Modi
Khelo India is not only about winning medals. It is an effort to give strength to a mass movement for playing more: PM Modi

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi declared the first edition of the Khelo India School Games open, at the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium in New Delhi today.

Addressing the gathering, he said sports should occupy a central place in the lives of our youth. Sports is an important means of personality development, he added.

He exhorted youngsters to devote time to games amid their busy schedules. Referring to the eminent sportspersons present in the gathering, he said they too would have faced many obstacles; but they did not give up and went on to distinguish themselves.

India does not lack sporting talent, the Prime Minister asserted. We are a youthful nation and we can do even better in sports, he added.

 

Explaining the significance of India growing on the world stage, he said this does not only mean having a strong army and powerful economy. It includes people of India distinguishing themselves as scientists, artists, sportspersons etc., he said. He expressed confidence that India will scale these heights, adding that he trusts India’s youth.

Khelo India is not only about winning medals, he said. It is an effort to give strength to a mass movement for playing more, he explained. We want to focus on every aspect that would make sports more popular across the nation, he added.

Shri Narendra Modi said it is gladdening to see youngsters from rural India and smaller cities excelling as sportspersons. These are also youngsters who need support, which the Government wants to provide, he added.

Those who love sports play for passion, not for monetary rewards, the Prime Minister said. This is why athletes are special, he added. When an Indian sportsperson wins and when he or she gets to hold the Tricolour, it is an extremely special feeling and it energises the entire nation, the Prime Minister said. 

 

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December 13, 2018
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PM Modi chairs high-level meeting to review progress with regard to Ease of Doing Business
PM stresses on the need to improve last mile delivery, and focus on streamlining procedures to enhance the "Ease of Living" for small businesses and the common man

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today chaired a high-level meeting to review progress with regard to "Ease of Doing Business."

The meeting was attended by senior Union Ministers related to economic matters; Maharashtra Chief Minister Shri Devendra Fadnavis; Lieutenant Governor of Delhi Shri Anil Baijal; and senior officials from the Union Government, Maharashtra Government and Delhi Government.  

The Prime Minister was briefed on progress being made on various parameters related to Ease of Doing Business. Subjects such as construction permits, enforcement of contracts, registering property, starting a business, getting electricity, getting credit, and resolving insolvency came up for discussion.  

India’s rise in the World Bank “Doing Business” rankings from 142 to 77, over the last four years, was taken note of. 

Officials explained the steps being taken to plug shortcomings and resolve bottlenecks in implementing business reforms.  

The Prime Minister stressed on the need to improve last mile delivery, and focus on streamlining procedures, which would  improve not just the "Doing Business" rankings, but also increase the "Ease of Living" for small businesses and the common man. He said this is extremely important for India, as an emerging and vibrant economy. He also spoke of the tremendous global interest about the rise in India's "Doing Business" rankings.