India’s parliamentary elections are the “kumbh of democracy”: PM Modi

Published By : Admin | February 23, 2019 | 11:34 IST
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On stage, the country's first woman Foreign Minister Sister Sushma Swaraj ji, General V.K Singh ji, Vinay Sahasrabuddhe ji and all the dignitaries from various countries present here today. I welcome you all from the bottom of my heart. I welcome you not only as the Prime Minister of India but also as a Lok Sabha representative from Uttar Pradesh that you visited yesterday.

There is a belief in the Hindu tradition. If you greet a person who has just returned from a pilgrimage, you too will get a part of the virtue acquired by that person. I am glad that you all have been on a pilgrimage to a priceless cultural heritage. And today I have got the opportunity to greet you. So, I too have acquired a part of the virtue accumulated by you.

You are more fortunate than I am because I have not yet been able to visit this year's Kumbh. You have already been there but I will be going there tomorrow. There is hardly any Kumbh that I have not attended. I will go there tomorrow.

No one could guess the enormity of this heritage unless one visits the Kumbh Congregation. And it is being held on a specific date and according to a definite time table for thousands of years. There is no invitation card, no guest and no host. Yet devotees from around the world and throughout the country reach the Kumbh venue. This is something extraordinary! For thousands of years, people reach the Kumbh venue without any invitation or letter.

And the Kumbh with which all of you have been so much influenced; the Kumbh that has touched your hearts is not even Purn Kumbh (full Kumbh) but Ardha Kumbh (Half Kumbh). And you are well aware of that. If the strength and impact of Ardha Kumbh is so much, you can very well guess the impact that the Purn Kumbh will create!

Culturally, unity in India has been stressed upon much. This confluence is not only for spiritual inspiration but is also a part of movement for social reformation. This is in a way Panchayat or the democratic framework of that era because the spiritual leaders, social leaders or academicians working in public life used to roam around for three years in their region. They used to meet people and converse with them and there used to be a small Kumbh in every three years. And all of them used to sit together and debate and discuss about things going on within India for 40-45 days. They used to review the period of 12 years to understand what kind of guidance would the society need after 12 years or what changes are required for the society. In a way, it was a perfect democratic system. The information used to flow from bottom to top. Socio-political, religious leaders as well as Kings and rulers used to be there and a roadmap was framed for the next 12 years after a lot of debate and discussion. It was reviewed every 3 years.

This is something really significant which never was revealed to the world. You must have seen in this year's Kumbh as well that there was some or the other social message. The message was for the general good of the people. And you wouldn't have seen any kind of discrimination. Everyone has a right over Ganga. Everyone takes a holy dip in the Ganga. Everyone performs the rituals according to his/her devotion.

India is about to become a tourism destination because the world is looking for peace. Every person wants to spend some time away from the chaos of daily life for internal rejuvenation. Things like wealth, glory, prosperity, good quality hotels influence a person but are not inspiring. He is disillusioned with the impressive world. He is in search of an inspiring world.

And you must have realized in Kumbh that despite lack of mundane resources, how one finds intrinsic bliss and creates life's path. You have seen that for yourself.

And I believe that when you return to your country, people from different backgrounds will ask you about your experience here. Several people wonder why do people spend so much money and attend Kumbh just for taking a dip in the river. What is so special about it? But when one sees the entire scenario and the makeshift arrangements there, then one would get to know about the level of organizing capacity of India.

I was told that daily the information regarding thousands of missing persons and missing children used to reach the centre. As there are crores of people, sometimes a child or an elderly person gets separated from the family. But there was such a perfect mechanism that within an hour or two of receiving the complaint, the missing person was found and reunited with his/her family. Can anyone imagine that?

In a way, people equivalent to a country of Europe gathers at the bank of Ganga daily and all the arrangements are in a makeshift mechanism. That means, this is a subject of case study for the management students and universities as such a huge number of people from different places with different habits, culture and languages have gathered. But this is a system that is able to cater to everyone, is taking care of everyone and is able to fulfil everyone's aspirations. This is a significant event for the people of management.

And it will draw the attention of the world. I congratulate the External Affairs Ministry and especially Sushma ji for this. People used to think that conducting the Kumbh Congregation was just a task. People come and go. But there is a social form of it; there is a managerial aspect to it. There is modernity, technology, a system as well as devotion in it. There is also a cultural consciousness.

The people around the world have seen this amazing Congregation and India has made first such attempt of this magnitude. You all have made a huge contribution in making this effort a success! Therefore, I congratulate you; and I thank you a lot!

India's cultural heritage has an unprecedented ability to attract the world and we are committed to that. With such plans, we wish to connect with the world with this great heritage of India.

And I believe that the world will be able to identify the modern India. And the world will also strive to get acquainted with India's invaluable heritage. There will be Parliamentary elections in the upcoming days. Just like the Kumbh Congregation, its management, makeshift arrangements, and technology-driven system is a centre of attraction; similarly a fair voting process by more than 800 million people is something that draws the attention of the world. This is the world's largest election. And I have told the Election Commission that I will try to ensure that all the countries of the world visit India for election tourism. People from around the world may come in thousands and not only on the day of voting but in any week in the months of March or April or May and experience India's democracy. Two representatives from each country could be present here every week.

It shows how a person in the village is aware of how things work in the country and the way he decides the fate of the nation. The Indian elections are a wonder for the world. Our Kumbh is so powerful that it exhibits managerial capacity while my country's election process, the arrangements for elections depicts such a huge democratic participation. It inspires the people who believe in democracy around the world. And it can also be a good inspiration for those countries that have not yet started moving towards democracy. So, I would like the Election Commission to initiate this and the External Affairs Ministry to provide them with every kind of help. Let the universities, students and democrats from all around the world who believe in democracy, witness and experience the Kumbh of democracy that is going to take place in the coming days. Let them witness the commitment of the common man towards democracy and human values. Let them carry the message of the India that they have seen through their eyes, the real India, the able India, and India that is capable of providing something to the world.

You must have seen the Akshayvat. The people of India have devotion towards it. Even though you are not aware of that devotion, you will at least get to know that Indians are nature-lovers. The society, which has been worshipping a tree for thousands of years, sees god within trees and plants. If people had understood that society, then the world today wouldn't have had to face the problems of climate change or global warming. It was not just worshipping a tree. People of India might know about its mythology but for those who don't know its mythology would understand that we could see god even in the plants and we are so much used to coexisting with nature. Besides coexisting with nature, we have respect and devotion towards nature and this is something inevitable for the humankind. As a result of working against the nature, the humankind is facing such a crisis. Even the solution for coming out of this problem has been provided by this tradition. This is a case study from every angle – be it worshipping Akshayvat, devotion towards river or up to date management. It is a subject of case study for the universities. This is significant in terms of enhancing attraction and the traditions that show path for human welfare. Your arrival on such an important occasion is an extremely proud and joyous moment for me.

I once again welcome you all from the bottom of my heart. And whatever time you will be spending here in India, I hope that you will definitely utilize that time to know and understand India better. And you will go and tell your respective countries that India is different than what is usually said about her. India is more than that. The India you know is ancient India. This is the India that is capable of showing direction to the human race in the future. You will return as Ambassadors of this great tradition in true sense. My best wishes to you all!

Thanks a lot!

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi to visit Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Odisha, West Bengal and Bihar
March 03, 2024
PM to inaugurate, dedicate and lay foundation stone of projects worth more than Rs 56,000 crore in Adilabad, Telangana
Power sector to get a tremendous boost through multitude of projects being taken up in Adilabad
PM to inaugurate and lay foundation stone of development projects worth more than Rs. 6,800 crores in Sangareddy, Telangana
Projects taken up in Sangareddy encompass multiple key sectors like road, rail, petroleum and natural gas
PM to dedicate to the nation Civil Aviation Research Organization (CARO) in Hyderabad
PM to witness initiation of core loading of India’s indigenous Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor at Kalpakkam, Tamil Nadu
This will mark a historic milestone in India’s nuclear power programme
PM to inaugurate, dedicate and lay the foundation stone of multiple development projects worth over Rs. 19,600 crores at Chandikhole in Odisha
PM to inaugurate and lay the foundation stone of multiple connectivity projects worth Rs. 15,400 crores in Kolkata
PM will lay the foundation stone, dedicate and inaugurate various infrastructure worth around Rs. 8,700 crores in Bettiah
PM to inaugurate Muzaffarpur - Motihari LPG Pipeline and dedicate Indian Oil’s LPG Bottling plant & Storage terminal at Motihari
Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi will visit Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Odisha, West Bengal and Bihar on 4-6th March, 2024.

On 4th March, at around 10:30 AM, Prime Minister will inaugurate, dedicate and lay the foundation stone of multiple development projects worth more than Rs. 56,000 crores in Adilabad, Telangana. Thereafter, at around 3:30 PM, Prime Minister will visit BHAVINI in Kalpakkam, Tamil Nadu.

On 5th March, at around 10 AM, Prime Minister will dedicate to the nation the Civil Aviation Research Organization (CARO) Centre in Hyderabad. At around 11 AM, Prime Minister will inaugurate, dedicate and lay the foundation stone of multiple development projects worth Rs. 6,800 crores in Sangareddy, Telangana. At around 3:30 PM, Prime Minister will inaugurate, dedicate and lay the foundation stone of multiple development projects worth over Rs. 19,600 crores at Chandikhole, Jajpur in Odisha.

On 6th March, at around 10:15 AM, Prime Minister will inaugurate and lay the foundation stone of multiple connectivity projects worth Rs. 15,400 crores in Kolkata. Thereafter, at around 3:30 PM, Prime Minister will inaugurate, dedicate and lay the foundation stone of multiple development projects worth around Rs. 8,700 in Bettiah, Bihar.

PM in Adilabad

At the public programme in Adilabad, Telangana, Prime Minister will inaugurate, dedicate to the nation and lay the foundation stone of multiple developmental projects related to power, rail and road sector worth more than Rs 56,000 crore. The major focus of the projects will be the power sector.

Prime Minister will inaugurate, dedicate to the nation and lay the foundation stone of various projects related to the power sector across the country. Prime Minister will dedicate NTPC’s 800 MW (Unit-2) of Telangana Super Thermal Power Project in Peddapalli, Telangana. Based on Ultra-Supercritical Technology, the project will supply 85% power to Telangana and will have the highest power generation efficiency of approximately 42% among all power stations of NTPC in India. The foundation stone of the project was also laid by the Prime Minister.

Prime Minister will also dedicate 660 MW (Unit-2) of North Karanpura Super Thermal Power Project in Chatra, Jharkhand. This is country's first Supercritical Thermal Power Project conceived with Air Cooled Condenser (ACC) of such large magnitude which reduces water consumption to 1/3rd in comparison to conventional Water-Cooled Condensers. The commencement of work in this project was flagged off by Prime Minister.

Prime Minister will also dedicate the Fly Ash Based Light Weight Aggregate Plant at Sipat, Bilaspur in Chhattisgarh; STP Water to Green Hydrogen Plant at Greater Noida in Uttar Pradesh.

Further, Prime Minister will lay the foundation stone of Singrauli Super Thermal Power Project, Stage-III (2x800 MW) in Sonbhadra, Uttar Pradesh; Flue Gas CO2 to 4G Ethanol Plant at Lara, Raigarh in Chhattisgarh; Sea Water to Green Hydrogen plant at Simhadri, Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh; and Fly Ash Based FALG Aggregate Plant at Korba in Chhattisgarh.

Prime Minister will inaugurate seven projects and also lay the foundation stone of one project of Power Grid Corporation of India. These projects will play a crucial role in strengthening the National Grid.

Prime Minister will inaugurate National Hydroelectric Power Corporation’s (NHPC’s) 380 MW Solar Project at Jaisalmer, Rajasthan. Around 792 million units of green power will be generated each year from the project.

Prime Minister will lay the foundation of Bundelkhand Saur Urja Limited’s (BSUL’s) 1200 MW Jalaun Ultra Mega Renewable Energy Power Park in Jalaun, Uttar Pradesh. The park will generate about 2400 million units of electricity every year.

Prime Minister will inaugurate three solar power projects of Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam (SJVN) in Jalaun and Kanpur Dehat in Uttar Pradesh. These projects have a total capacity of 200 MW. Foundation stone of these projects was also laid by the Prime Minister. Prime Minister will inaugurate Naitwar Mori Hydro Power station along with associated transmission line in Uttarkashi, Uttarakhand. Prime Minister will also lay the foundation stone of two solar projects of SJVN in Bilaspur, Himachal Pradesh & Dhubri, Assam; and also of 382 MW Sunni Dam Hydro Electric Project in Himachal Pradesh.

Prime Minister will lay the foundation of TUSCO's 600 MW Lalitpur Solar Power Project in Lalitpur district of UP. The project envisages generating 1200 million units of green power per year.

Prime Minister will inaugurate ReNew's Koppal-Narendra Transmission Scheme for evacuation of 2500 MW power from Renewable Energy. This inter-state transmission scheme is located in Koppal district of Karnataka. Other power sector related projects of Damodar Valley Corporation and of IndiGrid will also be inaugurated by the Prime Minister.

In addition to the power sector, projects of the road and rail sector will also be taken up during the visit. Prime Minister will dedicate the newly electrified Ambari - Adilabad - Pimpalkhuti rail line to the nation. He will also lay the foundation for two major National Highway projects connecting Telangana with Maharashtra and Telangana with Chhattisgarh through NH-353B and NH-163.

PM in Hyderabad

Prime Minister will dedicate to the nation the Civil Aviation Research Organization (CARO) centre in Hyderabad. It has been set up at Begumpet Airport, Hyderabad by Airports Authority of India to upgrade and enhance the Research and Development (R&D) activities in the civil aviation sector. It is envisaged to provide a global research platform for the aviation community through in-house and collaborative research to provide indigenous and innovative solutions. Built at a cost of more than Rs 350 crores, this state-of-art facility is compliant with 5-STAR-GRIHA Rating and Energy Conservation Building Code (ECBC) norms.

CARO will utilise a set of comprehensive laboratory capabilities to support future research and development initiatives. It will also leverage data analytics capabilities for operational analysis, and performance measurement. The primary R&D activities in CARO shall include: Airspace and Airport related Safety, Capacity and Efficiency improvement programs, addressing the major airspace challenges, looking into major airport infrastructure challenges, developing technologies and products in identified fields for the futuristic airspace and airport needs, among others.

PM in Sangareddy

Prime Minister will inaugurate and lay the foundation stone of development projects worth more than Rs. 6,800 crores. These projects encompass multiple key sectors like road, rail, petroleum and natural gas.

Prime Minister will inaugurate and lay the foundation stone for three National Highway projects. The two National Highway projects that will be inaugurated by the Prime Minister include four laning of 40 km long Kandi to Ramsanpalle section of NH-161. The project is a part of Indore - Hyderabad Economic Corridor and will facilitate seamless passenger and freight movement between Telangana, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh. The section will also substantially reduce travel time between Hyderabad and Nanded by about 3 hours. Prime Minister will also inaugurate the upgradation of 47 km long Miryalaguda to Kodad Section of NH-167 to two lanes with paved shoulders. The improved connectivity will boost tourism as well as economic activity and industries in the region.

Further, Prime Minister will lay the foundation stone for the six-laning of the 29 km long Pune-Hyderabad Section of NH-65. The project will also provide improved connectivity to major industrial centres in Telangana like Pashamylaram industrial area near Patancheru.

During the programme, Prime Minister will inaugurate, doubling and electrification of Sanathnagar - Moula Ali rail line along with six new station buildings. The entire 22 Route Kms of the project has been commissioned with Automatic signalling and has been completed as part of the MMTS (Multi Modal Transport Service) Phase - II project. As part of it, six new station buildings have come up at Ferozguda, Suchitra Centre, Bhudevi Nagar, Ammuguda, Neredmet and Moula Ali Housing Board stations. Doubling and electrification work paves the way for the introduction of passenger trains for the first time in this section. It will help improve punctuality and overall speed of trains in the region by reducing the burden on other highly saturated sections.

Prime Minister will also flag-off the inaugural MMTS Train Service from Ghatkesar - Lingampalli via Moula Ali - Sanathnagar. This train service extends the popular suburban train service in the Hyderabad - Secunderabad twin city regions to new areas for the first time. It connects the new areas in the eastern part of the city like Cherlapalli, Moula Ali with the Western part of the twin city region. The safe, fast and economic mode of transport connecting the eastern with the western part of the twin city region will be highly beneficial for commuters.

Further, Prime Minister will also inaugurate the IndianOil Paradip-Hyderabad Product Pipeline. The 1212 km product pipeline with a capacity of 4.5 MMTPA traverses through the states of Odisha (329 km), Andhra Pradesh (723 km) and Telangana (160 km). The pipeline shall ensure safe and economical transportation of petroleum product from Paradip Refinery to delivery stations at Visakhapatnam, Atchutapuram, and Vijayawada (in Andhra Pradesh), and Malkapur near Hyderabad (in Telangana).

PM in Kalpakkam

Marking a historic milestone in India’s nuclear power programme, Prime Minister will witness the initiation of core loading of India’s indigenous Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor(PFBR) of 500 MWe capacity at Kalpakkam, Tamil Nadu. This PFBR has been developed by BHAVINI (Bharatiya Nabhikiya Vidyut Nigam Limited).

The reactor core consists of control subassemblies, blanket subassemblies and fuel subassemblies. The core loading activity consists of loading of reactor control subassemblies, followed by the blanket subassemblies and the Fuel sub-assemblies which will generate power.

India has adopted a three-stage nuclear power program with a closed fuel cycle. In the PFBR, marking the second stage of the nuclear program, spent fuel from the first stage is reprocessed and used as fuel in FBR. A unique feature of this sodium cooled PFBR is that it can produce more fuel than it consumes, thus helping in achieving self-reliance in fuel supply for future fast reactors.

With minimised nuclear waste generated from the reactor and advanced safety features, FBRs will provide safe, efficient and clean source of energy and contribute to the goal of net zero. This is an important step for India towards thorium utilisation in the third stage of the nuclear power programme. Once commissioned, India will be the second country after Russia to have commercial operating Fast Reactor.

PM in Chandikhole

Prime Minister will inaugurate, dedicate to the nation and lay the foundation stone of multiple development projects worth over Rs 19,600 crore. The projects relate to sectors including Oil & Gas, Railways, Road, Transport & Highways and Atomic Energy.

Prime Minister will inaugurate the Indian Oil Corporation Limited Mono Ethylene Glycol project in Paradip Refinery which will further help in reducing India's import dependency. He will also inaugurate 344 km long product pipeline traversing from Paradip in Odisha to Haldia in West Bengal. In order to augment the import infrastructure on the Eastern Coast of India, Prime Minister will also inaugurate 0.6 MMTPA LPG Import facility at Paradip.

In order to boost road infrastructure in the region, Prime Minister will dedicate to the nation four laning of Singhara to Binjabahal Section of NH-49; four laning of Binjabahal to Tileibani Section of NH-49; four laning of Balasore-Jharpokharia Section of NH-18 and four laning of Tangi-Bhubaneswar Section of NH-16. He will also lay the foundation stone for eight laning of Chandikhole - Paradip Section at Chandikhole.

Expansion of the railway network will also take place with focus on modernising and extending rail connectivity. Prime Minister will dedicate to nation, 162 Km Bansapani - Daitari - Tomka - Jakhapura Rail Line. It will not only enhance the existing traffic facility's capacity but also facilitates efficient transportation of Iron and Manganese ore from Keonjhar District to the nearest ports and steel plants, significantly contributing to regional economic growth. Inauguration of CONCOR Container Depot in Kalinga Nagar will be done with an aim to boost domestic and international trade. Foundation stone will be laid for the Electric Loco Periodical Overhauling Workshop at Narla, the Wagon Periodical Overhauling Workshop at Kantabanji and upgradation and augmentation of maintenance facilities at Baghuapal. Other railway projects, including flagging off new train services, will also be taken up during the visit.

Prime Minister will also inaugurate 5 MLD capacity seawater desalination plant at Odisha Sands Complex of IREL(I) Ltd. This project has been built as a part of field applications of indigenous desalination technologies developed by Bhabha Atomic Research Centre.

PM in Kolkata

With a focus on enhancing avenues for ensuring ease of urban mobility, Prime Minister will inaugurate Kolkata Metro's Howrah Maidan- Esplanade Metro section, Kavi Subhash - Hemanta Mukhopadhyay Metro section, Taratala - Majerhat Metro section (part of Joka- Esplanade line); Pune Metro from Ruby Hall Clinic to Ramwadi stretch; Kochi Metro Rail Phase I Extension project (Phase IB) from SN Junction Metro station to Tripunithura Metro station; Agra Metro's stretch from Taj East Gate to Mankameshwar; and Duhai-Modinagar (North) section of Delhi-Meerut RRTS Corridor. He will flag off train services on these sections. Prime Minister will also lay the foundation stone of extension of Pune Metro Rail project phase 1 between Pimpri Chinchwad Metro-Nigdi.

These sections will help decongest road traffic and provide seamless, easy and comfortable connectivity. The Howrah Maidan - Esplanade Metro section of Kolkata Metro has the first transportation tunnel under any mighty river in India. Howrah Metro Station is the deepest metro station in India. Also, the Majerhat Metro Station (on the Taratala - Majerhat Metro section being inaugurated) is a unique elevated Metro station across Railway lines, Platforms and canal. Agra Metro’s section being inaugurated will enhance connectivity to historical tourist places. The RRTS section will boost economic activity in NCR.

PM in Bettiah

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lay the foundation stone, dedicate and inaugurate various infrastructure related projects related to rail, road and petroleum and natural gas worth around Rs. 8700 Crores at Bettiah, West Champaran district in Bihar.

Prime Minister will inaugurate 109 km long Indian Oil’s Muzaffarpur - Motihari LPG Pipeline. It will provide access to cleaner cooking fuel in the state of Bihar and neighbouring country Nepal. Prime Minister will dedicate Indian Oil’s LPG Bottling Plant & storage terminal at Motihari. New pipeline Terminal would also act as a strategic supply point for export of petroleum products to Nepal. It would serve 8 districts of North Bihar i.e. East Champaran, West Champaran, Gopalganj, Siwan, Muzaffarpur, Sheohar, Sitamarhi and Madhubani. The new Bottling Plant at Motihari will also help in making supply chain smoother in feeding markets attached to Motihari Plant.

Prime Minister will inaugurate road projects including two laning of Piprakothi - Motihari - Raxaul section of NH - 28A with paved shoulder; two laning of Sheohar-Sitamarhi-Section of NH-104. Prime Minister will lay the foundation stone of projects including construction of six lane Cable Bridge on river Ganga parallel to Digha-Sonepur Rail-cum-Road Bridge at Patna on Ganga River; four laning of Bakarpur Hat- Manikpur section of NH-19 Bypass.

Prime Minister will dedicate, inaugurate and lay foundation stone of various railway projects. Prime Minister will dedicate to the nation, doubling of 62 km rail line from Bapudham Motihari - Piprahan and he will also inaugurate Narkatiaganj-Gaunaha Gauge Conversion among others. Prime Minister will lay the foundation stone of doubling and electrification of 96 km long Gorakhpur Cantt– Valmiki Nagar rail line and redevelopment of Bettiah railway station. Prime Minister will also flag off two new train services between Narkatiaganj - Gaunaha and Raxaul -Jogbani.