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Expressing his steely resolve, Chief Minister Shri Narendra Modi claimed that Gujarat has made remarkable strides in key sectors like Electricity, Industries and agriculture. Remaining steadfast in its advanced-technological-vision, Gujarat celebrates her Golden Jubilee in a unique way, scaling new developmental-heights in various sectors, he added. Gujarat shall rise much higher with the 5.5 crores pledges taken by citizens. CM was addressing a public rally after dedicating GIPCL’s 250 MW Lignite based Power Plant at Nani- Naroli, Surat today. Gujarat has evolved a unique strategy of development. CM stressed on inclusive- growth, so that fruits of developments reach up to far-flung tribal villages.

Vadi –Yojana has given range of benefits to small and tribal farmers. CM outlined state’s initiatives under which the tribal youth undergoes the skill enhancement programme. The over-all -goal is to ameliorate the living conditions of tribals, and making them happy.

Gujarat has adequate reserves of Lignite, by utilizing it to produce electricity Gujarat remains fully committed to fulfil energy demands of our nation, asserted CM.

CM cracked upon the anti-farmer policies adopted by Central Government. By imposing ban on cotton export the Centre has served a death-blow for the cotton-cultivators. Gujarat’s farmer produces high-quality cotton, which is in great demand across the world over. Farmer of Gujarat has to bear losses to the tunes of Rs. 2000 crores, added CM.

In a landmark decision, State has decided to preserve rights of the farmers who give their land for State’s development. After giving their land, if he becomes land-less, his right as a farmer remains intact for 3 years, his right is not at all waived as a farmer, said CM.

CM listed the step-motherly treatment meted to Gujarat by the Central Government. If Gujarat gets Coal-Supply from Nagpur mines, it impacts economy in electricity production, but the central-government does not allow us to get coal-supply from Nagpur. Gujarat is compelled to procure coal from Bihar and Jharkhand. The exorbitant rise in Gas-Supply to Gujarat is another example, people of Gujarat has to bear additional burden of Rs 1000 crores due to Centre’s decision to raise prices of Natural-Gas.

It is heartening to note that Gujarat has won laurels at national level; Gujarat has received Best-Performance Awards from Union Government. On the occasion, GIPCL gave a Cheque of Rs. 25 Lakhs in to Chief Minister’s Girl Child Education Fund.

Minister of State for Energy, Shri Saurabh Patel highlighted the milestone achievements of Gujarat under the Panchamrut Scheme.

Earlier delivering welcome address, GIPCL’s Chairman gave details of Rs.1500 Crores’ Power-Project.

Panchayat Minister Shri Narottam Patel, Tribal Welfare Minister Shri Mangubhai Patel, MLA Shri Ganpat Vasava, M.D –GIPCL Shri Guruprasad Mahapatra, Collector Shri A.J. Shah, Superintendent of Police Shri Prabhatkumar Patel, and eminent leaders were among the others who attended the inauguration ceremony.

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INDIA-EU LEADERS' MEETING
May 08, 2021
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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.