PM dedicates and lays foundation stone of over 45,000 houses built under PM Awas Yojana
PM lays foundation stone of Taranga Hill – Ambaji – Abu Road New Broad Gauge Line
PM lays foundation stone for development of pilgrimage facilities at Ambaji temple under PRASAD scheme
PM dedicates 62 Km long New Palanpur-New Mahesana section of the Western Freight Dedicated Corridor and the 13 Km long New Palanpur-New Chatodar Section
“With the blessings of Maa Amba, we will get strength for the fulfilment of all our resolutions”
“We see our country India as a mother, and consider ourselves to be the children of Mother India”
“Government is spending about ₹4 lakh crore on extending the free ration scheme to more than 80 crore people in the country”
“PMGKAY extended so that sisters and mothers do not face any difficulty in running the kitchen during the festive season”
“It is our good fortune that in the year of Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav, we are dedicating this railway line at the feet of Amba Mata”

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone and dedicated various projects worth over ₹7200 crores in Ambaji today. The Prime Minister dedicated and laid the foundation stone of over 45,000 houses built under PM Awas Yojana. The Prime Minister also laid the foundation stone of Taranga Hill – Ambaji – Abu Road New Broad Gauge Line and the development of pilgrimage facilities at Ambaji temple under PRASAD scheme. The Prime Minister also dedicated the 62 Km long New Palanpur-New Mahesana section of the Western Freight Dedicated Corridor and the 13 Km long New Palanpur-New Chatodar Section (Palanpur bypass line). The Prime Minister also dedicated various road projects including the widening of Mitha - Tharad - Deesa Road among others.

The Prime Minister handed over keys to seven beneficiaries of various housing schemes and also launched Mukhyamantri Gaumata Poshan Yojana and handed over cheques to gaushalas. The Prime Minister also interacted with some of the housing beneficiaries via video link.

Addressing the gathering, the Prime Minister expressed happiness for getting the opportunity to have darshan of Maa Amba on the fifth day of Navratri. The Prime Minister remarked that he has come to Ambaji at a time when the country has taken the great resolve of a developed India. “With the blessings of Maa Amba, we will get strength for the fulfilment of all our resolutions”, he added.

The Prime Minister congratulated the 61,000 beneficiaries of housing schemes and noted that a better Diwali awaits them. The Prime Minister dwelled on the culture of respect for women in India. He said “When we talk about respect for women, it comes naturally for us. But when we think about it seriously, we find that how much respect for women is embedded in our sanskar.” He said, unlike in other countries, Shakti -Power is associated with the feminine gender in our culture and there is a tradition of associating the mother’s name with brave warriors. He gave examples of Arjun, Shri Krishna and Hanumanji in this regard. “It is our sanskar”, the Prime Minister remarked that we see our country India as a mother, and consider ourselves to be the children of Mother India. Despite this, the Prime Minister noted that women had only limited rights and say in financial matters. This has been rectified by ensuring that in most of the houses under various housing schemes, houses are either owned or co-owned by the women of the house. More than 3 crores houses have been handed over to poor families in the country.

During this festive season, the Prime Minister pointed out that the central government is spending about ₹4 lakh crore on extending the free ration scheme, which gives relief to more than 80 crore people in the country. Shri Modi said that the scheme has been extended so that the sisters and mothers of poor families do not face any problems in running their kitchens in difficult times. The Prime Minister expressed delight that he got the opportunity to work for the empowerment of our mothers and sisters for the last two decades, and Banaskantha has been a witness to the changing scenario. Recalling his request to the women of the area, the Prime Minister thanked them for respecting his request and noted that the water of Narmada is bringing happiness to the region and girls are attending schools and colleges with great enthusiasm. He also noted their cooperation in the war against malnutrition. The Prime Minister said that, after 2014, every aspect of the lives of the women in India is being taken care of and they are becoming the driver of the development journey of India. Highlighting that the women power of the country is at the centre of every major scheme of the central government, the Prime Minister mentioned the work done in terms of toilets, gas connections, Har Ghar Jal, Jan Dhan accounts, or loans without guarantee under the Mudra scheme. “When mother is happy, family is happy, when family is happy, society is happy and when society is happy, Nation is happy. This is the right kind of development for which we are working relentlessly '' the Prime Minister remarked.

The Prime Minister revealed that the Taranga Hill – Ambaji – Abu Road Line was conceived in 1930 during British rule. The need for this was recognized 100 years ago but unfortunately, this was not done in such a long period. “Perhaps, Maa Amba wished it to be done by me. It is our good fortune that in the year of Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav, we are getting this opportunity to dedicate this at the feet of Amba Mata”, the Prime Minister said. He informed that this rail line and the by-pass will free the area of traffic jams and will help the Marble industry as well. A dedicated freight corridor will help the area a great deal, he said. Farmers will benefit as now it is possible that Kisan Rail can start from here, he said. He praised the state government for the development of Gabbar Teerth.

The Prime Minister said that his aim is to create so many attractions in the vicinity of the temple that people have to make a 2-3 days program to cover them. The Prime Minister remarked that on one hand, Ambaji is the home of faith and worship while on the other hand, we have India’s borders where our jawans are deployed. The Prime Minister informed that the central government has recently launched a Seema Darshan Project in Suigam taluk. The project strives to educate the people of India about the lifestyle of jawans from Border Security Forces and also provide a similar experience to tourists. The Prime Minister further added that this project will give more power to Rashtriya Ekta (national unity), one of the Panch Pran (five vows) as well as create a positive impact on tourism in the region. Shri Modi also informed that the upcoming runway and other developments in Deesa Air Force Station will strengthen our air force defence in the region. “It will give a much-required boost to the economic activities in the region”, he said.

In concluding the address, the Prime Minister said that the face of Banaskantha has transformed completely in the past two decades with the efforts of the government. The Prime Minister credited the women of Banaskantha for transforming the situation at the ground level. “Narmada's Neer, Sujalam-Sufalam and Drip Irrigation have played a big role in transforming the situation”, he added. Shri Modi pointed out that farmers, women and youngsters will benefit the most from the projects that have been launched today.

Chief Minister of Gujarat, Shri Bhupendra Patel, Union Minister of Railways, Shri Ashvini Vaishnav, Union Minister of State for Railways Smt. Darshana Vikram Jardosh, Members of Parliament, Shri C R Patil, Shri Prabatbhai Patel, Shri Bharasinh Dhabi and Shri Dineshbhai Anavaidya were those present on the occasion among others.

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The Prime Minister laid the foundation stone and dedicated various development projects to the nation worth over ₹7200 crores in Ambaji. The Prime Minister dedicated and laid the foundation stone of over 45,000 houses built under PM Awas Yojana. The Prime Minister also laid the foundation stone of Taranga Hill – Ambaji - Abu Road New Broad Gauge Line and the development of pilgrimage facilities at Ambaji temple under PRASAD scheme. The new rail line will benefit lakhs of devotees visiting Ambaji, one of the 51 Shakti Peethas and will enrich the worship experience of the devotees at all these pilgrimage places. Other projects whose foundation stone will be laid include the construction of the runway and associated infrastructure at Airforce station, Deesa; Ambaji Bypass Road among others.

The Prime Minister also dedicated the 62 Km long New Palanpur-New Mahesana section of the Western Freight Dedicated Corridor and the 13 Km long New Palanpur-New Chatodar Section (Palanpur bypass line). It will enhance connectivity to Pipavav, Deendayal Port Authority (Kandla), Mundra and other ports of Gujarat. With the opening of these sections, 734 km of the Western Dedicated Freight Corridor will become operational. The opening of this stretch will benefit industries in Mehsana-Palanpur in Gujarat; Swaroopganj, Keshavganj, Kishangarh in Rajasthan; Rewari-Manesar and Narnaul in Haryana. The Prime Minister also dedicated various road projects including the widening of Mitha - Tharad - Deesa Road among others.

The inauguration and foundation stone of these wide-ranging developmental projects reflect the commitment of the Prime Minister to develop world-class infrastructure, enhance urban mobility and improve multi-modal connectivity. It also showcases the continuous focus of his government on enhancing the ease of living of the common man.

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“If today the world thinks India is ready to take a big leap, it has a powerful launchpad of 10 years behind it”
“Today 21st century India has stopped thinking small. What we do today is the best and biggest”
“Trust in government and system is increasing in India”
“Government offices are no longer a problem but are becoming allies of the countrymen”
“Our government created infrastructure keeping the villages in mind”
“By curbing corruption, we have ensured that the benefits of development are distributed equally to every region of India”
“We believe in Governance of Saturation, not Politics of Scarcity”
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“India is the Future”

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi addressed the News 9 Global Summit in New Delhi today. The theme of the Summit is ‘India: Poised for the Big Leap’.

Addressing the gathering, the Prime Minister said TV 9’s reporting team represents the diversity of India. Their multi-language news platforms made TV 9 a representative of India's vibrant democracy, the Prime Minister said.

The Prime Minister threw light on the theme of the Summit - ‘India: Poised for the Big Leap’, and underlined that a big leap can be taken only when one is filled with passion and enthusiasm. He said that the theme highlights India’s self-confidence and aspirations owing to the creation of a launchpad of 10 years. In these 10 years, the Prime Minister said, the mindset, self-confidence and good governance have been the major factors of transformation.

The Prime Minister underlined the centrality of the commission citizen in the destiny of India. He emphasized that a mindset of defeat can not lead to victory, in this light, he said that the change in mindset and leap that India has taken is incredible. PM Modi recalled the negative view exposed by the leadership of the past and the overhang of corruption, scams, policy paralysis and dynasty politics had shook the foundation of the nation. The Prime Minister mentioned the turnaround and India entering into the top 5 economies of the world. “India of 21st century India does not think small. Whatever we do, we do best and biggest. World is amazed and sees the benefit of moving with India”, he said.

Highlighting the achievements of the last 10 years compared to the ten years before 2014, the Prime Minister mentioned the record increase in FDI from 300 billion US dollars to 640 billion US dollars, India’s digital revolution, trust in India’s Covid vaccine and the growing number of taxpayers in the country which symbolizes the increasing trust of the people in the government. Speaking about mutual fund investments in the country, the Prime Minister informed that people had invested Rs 9 lakh crore in 2014 while 2024 has seen a meteoric rise to Rs 52 lakh crores. “This proves to the citizens that the nation is moving forward with strength”, PM Modi continued, “The level of trust toward self and the government is equal.”

The Prime Minister said that the government's work culture and governance are the cause of this turn-around. “Government offices are no longer a problem but are becoming allies of the countrymen”, he said.

The Prime Minister said that for this leap, a change of gear was needed. He gave examples of long pending projects such as Saryu Canal Project in Uttar Pradesh, Sardar Sarovar Yojana, and Krishna Koena Pariyojana of Maharashtra which were lying pending for decades and were completed by the government. The Prime Minister drew attention to the Atal Tunnel whose foundation stone was laid in 2002 but remained incomplete till 2014, and it was the present government that accomplished the work with its inauguration in 2020. He also gave the example of Bogibeel Bridge in Assam, commissioned in 1998 but finally completed 20 years later in 2018, and Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor commissioned in 2008 but completed 15 years later in 2023. “Hundreds of such pending projects were completed after the present government came to power in 2014”, he added. The Prime Minister also explained the impact of regular monitoring of the big projects under PRAGATI and informed that in the last 10 years projects worth 17 lakh crore have been reviewed under the mechanism. The Prime Minister gave examples of a few projects that were completed very quickly such as Atal Setu, Parliament Building, Jammu AIIMS, Rajkot AIIMs, IIM Sambalpur, New terminal of Trichy Airport, IIT Bhilai, Goa Airport, undersea cable up to Lakshadweep, Banas Dairy at Varanasi, Dwarka Sudarshan Setu. Foundation stones of all these projects were laid by the Prime Minister and he dedicated them to the nation also. “When there is willpower and respect for the taxpayers' money, only then the nation moves forward and gets ready for a big leap”, he added.

The Prime Minister illustrated the scale by listing the activities of just one week. He mentioned a massive educational push from Jammu with dozens of higher education institutes like IIT, IIMs and IIIT on 20th February, on 24 th February he dedicated 5 AIIMs from Rajkot, and more than 2000 projects including revamping more than 500 Amrit Stations was done this morning. This streak will continue during his visit to three states in the coming two days, he informed. “We lagged in the first, second and third revolutions, now we have to lead the world in the fourth revolution”, the Prime Minister said.

He continued by furnishing the details of the nation's progress. He gave figures like 2 new colleges daily, a new university every week, 55 patents and 600 trademarks every day, 1.5 lakh Mudra loans daily, 37 startups daily, daily UPI transaction of 16 thousand crore rupees, 3 new Jan Aushadhi Kendras per day, construction of 14 KM road everyday, 50 thousand LPG connections everyday, one tap connection every second and 75 thousand people came out of poverty everyday.

Referring to a recent report on the consumption pattern of the country, the Prime Minister highlighted the fact that poverty has reached its lowest level till date into single digit. As per data, he said that consumption has increased by 2.5 times as compared to a decade ago as people's capacity to spend on different goods and services has increased. “In the last 10 years, consumption in villages has increased at a much faster rate than that in cities. This means that the economic power of the village people is increasing, they are having more money to spend”, he said.

The Prime Minister said that the government has developed infrastructure keeping rural needs in mind resulting in better connectivity, new employment opportunities and income for women. This strengthened rural India, he said. “For the first time in India, food expenditure has become less than 50 per cent of the total expenditure. That is, the family which earlier used to spend all its energy in procuring food, today its members are able to spend money on other things”, the Prime Minister added.

Pointing out the trend of vote bank politics adopted by the previous government, the Prime Minister underscored that India has broken out of the scarcity mindset in the last 10 years by putting an end to corruption and ensuring that the benefits of development are distributed equally. “We believe in governance of saturation instead of politics of scarcity”, PM Modi emphasized, “We have chosen the path of santushti (contentment) of the people instead of tushtikaran.” This, the Prime Minister said, has been the mantra of the government for the past decade. “This is Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas”, the Prime Minister said, elaborating that the government has transformed vote bank politics into politics of performance. Highlighting the Modi Ki Guarantee Vehicle, the Prime Minister said that the government of today is going door-to-door and providing facilities to the beneficiaries. “When saturation becomes a mission, there is no scope for any kind of discrimination”, PM Modi exclaimed.

“Our government is moving forward keeping the principle of Nation First paramount”, the Prime Minister remarked, as he mentioned the critical decisions taken by the government to resolve old challenges. He touched upon the abrogation of Article 370, construction of the Ram Mandir, ending of triple talaq, Nari Shakti Vandan Adhiniyam, One Rank One Pension, and creation of the post of Chief of Defense Staff. He underlined that the government completed all such incomplete tasks with the thinking of Nation First.

The Prime Minister stressed the need to prepare the India of the 21st century and threw light on the rapidly progressing plans. “From space to semiconductor, digital to drones, AI to clean energy, 5G to Fintech, India has today reached the forefront of the world”, he said. He highlighted India’s growing prowess as one of the biggest forces in digital payments in the global world, the fastest-growing country in Fintech Adoption Rate, the first country to land a rover on the south pole of the Moon, among the leading countries in the world in Solar Installed Capacity, leaving Europe behind in the expansion of 5G network, rapid progress in the semiconductor sector and rapid developments on future fuels like green hydrogen.

Concluding the address, the Prime Minister said, “Today India is working hard towards its bright future. India is futuristic. Today everyone says – India is the future.” He also drew attention to the importance of the next 5 years. He reaffirmed the belief to take India's potential to new heights in the third term and wished that the coming 5 years be years of progress and praise for India’s journey to Viksit Bharat.