Government's hard work is now ripening as the poor of the State is developing positive confidence to fight poverty, said Chief Minister Shri Narendra Modi in Vyara on Tuesday.

Tthe State Government organised Garib Kalyan Mela at Vyara of Surat district on 2nd Februaray, where Chief Minister gave out aid worth Rs 75 crore to around 72800 Vanbandhu families of Vyara, Sonagadh and Valod taluka. 'The work is more virtuous than Kumbh-Mela', he said.

Addressing more than a lac Vanbandhu people he said that the aim of the State Government is to deliver benefits straight in the hands of needy people. Mediators, now have no chance to get in.

Outlining the Abhiyan, Shri Narendra Modi said that the State Government desires to distribute benefits worth Rs 1500 crore during 50 Garib Kalyan Mela. Homeless poor from across the state will be allotted a residential plot at free of cost. To empower poor rural women, Sakhi-Mandals will be entrusted a management of Rs 1500 crore by the year 2014, he added.

Chief Minister regretted that the Centre has not kept its promise of controlling inflation. 'It is responsibility of the Centre to curb price-rise', he said. On the State's efforts of controlling price-rise, he said that in its turn Gujarat has taken all measures and is continuously keeping highest Agriculture Growth Rate of 10%.

Panchayat Minister Shri Narottambhai Patel and Collector of Tapi district Shri C.M.Balat addressed the Mela. Tapi district In-Charge Shri Mangubhai Patel; Shri G.R.Aloriya; Shalini Agrawal; Kantibhai Gamit with Government office bearers, leaders and people in large number were present at the function.

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May 08, 2021

At the invitation of the President of the European Council Mr. Charles Michel, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi participated in the India-EU Leaders’ Meeting today.

The meeting was held in a hybrid format with the participation of leaders of all the 27 EU Member States as well as the President of the European Council and the European Commission. This is the first time that the EU hosted a meeting with India in the EU+27 format. The meeting was the initiative of the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

During the meeting, the leaders expressed their desire to further strengthen the India-EU Strategic Partnership based on a shared commitment to democracy, fundamental freedoms, rule of law and multilateralism. They exchanged views on three key thematic areas: i) foreign policy and security; ii) COVID-19, climate and environment; and iii) trade, connectivity and technology. They discussed forging closer cooperation on combating the COVID-19 pandemic and economic recovery, tackling climate change, and reforming multilateral institutions. India appreciated the prompt assistance provided by the EU and its member states to combat its second COVID wave.

The leaders welcomed the decision to resume negotiations for balanced and comprehensive free trade and investment agreements. Negotiations on both the Trade and Investment Agreements will be pursued on parallel tracks with an intention to achieve early conclusion of both agreements together. This is a major outcome which will enable the two sides to realise the full potential of the economic partnership. India and the EU also announced dedicated dialogues on WTO issues, regulatory cooperation, market access issues and supply chain resilience, demonstrating the desire to deepen and further diversify economic engagement.

India and the EU launched an ambitious and comprehensive ‘Connectivity Partnership’ which is focused on enhancing digital, energy, transport and people-to-people connectivity. The Partnership is based on the shared principles of social, economic, fiscal, climate and environmental sustainability, and respect for international law and commitments. The Partnership will catalyse private and public financing for connectivity projects. It will also foster new synergies for supporting connectivity initiatives in third countries, including in the Indo-Pacific.

India and the EU leaders reiterated their commitment to achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement and agreed to strengthen joint efforts for mitigation, adaptation and resilience to the impacts of climate change, as well as providing means of implementation including finance in the context of COP26. India welcomed the EU’s decision to join CDRI.

India and the EU also agreed to enhance bilateral cooperation on digital and emerging technologies such as 5G, AI, Quantum and High-Performance Computing including through the early operationalization of the Joint Task Force on AI and the Digital Investment Forum.

The leaders noted with satisfaction the growing convergences on regional and global issues, including counterterrorism, cybersecurity and maritime cooperation. The leaders acknowledged the importance of a free, open, inclusive and rules-based Indo-Pacific and agreed to closely engage in the region, including in the context of India’s Indo-Pacific Ocean’s Initiative and the EU’s new strategy on the Indo-Pacific.

Coinciding with the Leaders’ Meeting, an India-EU Business Roundtable was organised to highlight the avenues for cooperation in climate, digital and healthcare. A finance contract of Euro 150 million for the Pune Metro Rail Project was signed by the Ministry of Finance, Government of India, and European Investment Bank.

India-EU Leaders Meeting has set a significant milestone by providing a new direction to the Strategic Partnership and giving a fresh impetus for implementing the ambitious India-EU Roadmap 2025 adopted at the 15th India-EU Summit held in July 2020.