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Chief Minister Shri Narendrabhai Modi outlined Mission Mangalam for the empowerment of Sakhi-Mandals. He said that as many as 15 lacs poor rural women managed Rs.4000 crores, through the framework of Sakhi-Mandals and succeeded in the battle against the monster of debt. The mission will raise the amount under management to Rs.1000 crores and eventually to Rs.5000 crores by the year 2014.

Under the Garib Kalyan Mela Abhiyan, 30th Mela was held at Morabi today. Tool-kits worth Rs.30.42 crores were distributed to as many as 53336 poor beneficiaries of five talukas - Morabi, Paddhari, Vankaner, Maliya-Miyana and Tankara.

As many as 1.30 lacs beneficiaries received benefits worth Rs.90 crores during two Garib Kalyan Mela organized for the Rajkot district. This has boosted the economy of the district. In the time when even brothers quarrel for a piece of land, the Government accorded residential plots, costing in trillions to the poor beneficiaries, Chief Minister said. He also mentioned about the difficulties of salt workers of Maliya- Morbi and the Loan-Granting scheme for them.

He said that Gujarat has come up after the havocs of Machchhu and Earthquake. A water scarce state has proved its metal by acquiring 9.5% of agricultural growth rate. These have filled the poor with hope and confidence. Mentioning about mediators, he said that it is because of them that benefits could not reached to real beneficiaries. Garib Kalyan Mela is a step to destroy their network. He appealed to not to respond to any mediators.

He released Vikas-Vatika booklet, showcasing development works in Rajkot district. Guests of the occasion, Agriculture Minister-Shri Dilipbhai Sanghani; MP-Shri Vijaybhai Raupani distributed benefits to beneficiaries.

Finance Minister Shri Vajubhai Vala said that, with support and empathy, poor can participate in the current flow of society.

Parliamentary Secretary-Shri L.T.Rajani; MLA-Shri Mohanbhai Kundariya and Kantibhai Amrutiya; Shri Jashumatiben Korat; Shri Pravinbhai Mankadiya; Smt.Bhanuben Babariya; Shri Govindbhai Patel; Presidents of Nagarpalika and Panchayat Officers were present and addressed the Mela. Rajkot district Collector-Shri H.S.Patel gave welcome speech during the Mela.

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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.