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"“I have a dream to make Gujarat the best State, with a view to building ‘One India, Best India’”"

Gandhinagar, Tuesday: Chief Minister Narendra Modi today extended his hearty greetings to all the six-crore citizens of the state and to the people of Gujarat settled all over the globe on the eve of the 53rd Gujarat Gaurav Divas.

“I have a dream to make Gujarat the best State with a view to building ‘One India, Best India’. Gujarat has today reached the height of development, made possible due to the people’s cooperation, marching shoulder-to-shoulder,” he said.

Addressing the people of Gujarat spread over the globe as my brothers and sisters, Mr. Modi said that Gujarat contribution to the freedom struggle of India would remain etched in the history in bold letters.

When the people of Gujarat, including students and youth, led by Indulal Yagnik, fought for a separate state of Gujarat, he recalled, others posed questions as to what would Gujarat do having only vast stretches of Rann and barren seacoast, without any water, without any minerals, without any factories. However, he pointed out the people of the newly carved out state worked relentlessly, worked very hard, taking everybody along, to create a niche for themselves and showed to the world, what they could really do in different fields, in very little time.

Paying his tribute to the martyrs of Mahagujarat Andolan and others led by Induchacha, Mr. Modi said the state’s 1,600-km long coastline has today become the ‘gateway’ to not only Gujarat but Hindustan, adding to the beauty of India, inviting tourists from all over the world in a bid for a pie in the 3-trillion business. The state’s call to the tourists to ‘Spend at least a few days in Gujarat’ for the last 5-7 years has started paying its dividend. Its growth rate in tourism is double that of India’s average, providing jobs to the last man in the last mile.

While the nation celebrated 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekanand, Mr. Modi said, Gujarat took lead in setting up Skill Development Centres at places far and wide, for which it was deservedly rewarded, too. Sixty percent of the beneficiaries are females.

Although Nature has been kind to Gujarat in the form of monsoon during the last decade, which filled up numerous check dams and farm pons, but for scarcity condition this year, he said, the state had also witnessed cyclone, earthquake, bank scams and other calamites over these years. It has been decided to deepen the dams and ponds till June.

While politicians are trying to make an issue blaming the government for drought, he said, even deities smiled on the parched land in the form of untimely rains in the month of April, apparently to rebut the canards being spread by the opposition parties.

He regretted that hardly a handful of people seem to have taken contract to malign Gujarat come what may. “I have faith in God and the people have faith on me and we will overcome all obstacles and can no way stop the march to development. The forthcoming annual statewide month-long Krishi Mela would be an occasion to reach out to the farmers and cattle owners, guiding them in the best agricultural practices, healthcare of the livestock,” he said

Even as the limited land resources is being divided due to expansion of family, he said, the state would have to adopt technology to increase farm yield. Farmers deserve to earn more. The state government has taken upon the responsibility of arranging a first-ever world-class agricultural fair of its kind in India in Gujarat in 2014 with convergence of science, technology, farming and agricultural extension.

Mr. Modi said the state government has also time taken up social welfare projects like Chief Minister’s Amritam Yojna and Ma-Yojna to provide medical care to the poor at their doorstep, to ensure no one dies due to lack of medicine.

With the emergence of neo Middle Class, he said, the government ensured they could live with dignity. Referring to women feeling insecure, be it in any part of India, he said, all should pledge to protect the dignity of women, irrespective of their religious, cultural and caste background, without entering into debate of how far a government is responsible for the same.

Quoting CAG report, Mr. Modi said that Gujarat has improved its position in fight against malnutrition by 33 per cent as compared to 12 to 17 per cent elsewhere. One should not be under the false impression that Gujarat belonged to the Government. Even as every commodity belonged to the people, he said, it is the responsibility of six-crore Gujaratis to develop and grow as well as protect its pride.

He said that Gujarat has given the ‘development mantra’ to India. The people of the state have been working for the development since Day One, taking every one along, to realize ‘Sauno Saath; Sauno Vikas’. It is the result of people’s hard work. Gujarat does not differentiate between people on the basis of their state of origin, their place of birth, dress or language. He asked who doesn’t dream of a better and prosperous India, a better and prosperous Gujarat, which youth doesn’t seek a job.

Mr. Modi round up his message to the people by extending again his greetings to the people on the auspicious occasion of Gujarat’s Foundation Day, paying tributes to the fighters of Mahagujarat Andolan, and by exhorting all the karma yogis in the government to do something for the state, he himself expecting only love and blessings in return. He concluded his message with: Jay Jay Garvi Gujarat! Bharat Mata ki Jay!

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“In post-independence India, health infrastructure did not get the required attention for a very long time and citizens had to run from pillar to post for proper treatment, leading to worsening of the condition and financial strain”
“Government at the Center and in the state understands the pain of the poor, downtrodden, oppressed, backward and middle class”
“Through PM Ayushman Bharat Health Infrastructure Mission an entire ecosystem for services from treatment to critical research will be created in every corner of the country”
“PM Ayushman Bharat Health Infrastructure Mission, along with health, is also a medium of aatmnirbharta.”
“Heart of Kashi is the same, the mind is the same, but sincere efforts are being made to improve the body”
“Today, from technology to health, unprecedented facilities are being created in BHU. Young friends from all over the country are coming here for studies”

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi launched PM Ayushman Bharat Health Infrastructure Mission. He also inaugurated various development projects worth around Rs 5200 crore for Varanasi. Governor and Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Union Ministers, Dr Mansukh Mandaviya, Dr Mahendra Nath Pandey, State Ministers and people’s representatives were among those present on the occasion.

Addressing the gathering, the Prime Minister said the country has achieved a major milestone of 100 crore vaccine doses in its fight against the corona epidemic. “With the blessings of Baba Vishwanath, with the unwavering glory of Maa Ganga, with the unshakable faith of the people of Kashi, the campaign of free vaccine for all is progressing successfully”, the Prime Minister said.

The Prime Minister lamented that in post-independent India, health infrastructure did not get the required attention for a very long time and citizens had to run from pillar to post for proper treatment, leading to worsening of the condition and financial strain. This led to a persistent worry about medical treatment in the hearts of the middle class and poor people. Those whose governments remained in the country for a long time, instead of the all-around development of the country's healthcare system, kept it deprived of facilities.

The Prime Minister said that PM Ayushman Bharat Health Infrastructure Mission aims to tackle this deficiency. The aim is to strengthen the critical healthcare network from village to block to the district to the regional and national level in the next 4-5 years. Describing the initiative taken by the government under the new Mission, the Prime Minister said that there are 3 major aspects of the Ayushman Bharat Health Infrastructure Mission to address the different gaps in the health sector of the country. The first is related to the creation of elaborate facilities for diagnostics and treatment. Under this, Health and Wellness Centers are being opened in villages and cities, where there will be facilities for early detection of diseases. Facilities like free medical consultation, free tests, free medicine will be available in these centres. For serious illness, 35 thousand new critical care-related beds are being added in 600 districts and referral facilities will be given in 125 districts.

The second aspect of the scheme, the Prime Minister said, is related to the testing network for the diagnosis of diseases. Under this mission, the necessary infrastructure will be developed for the diagnosis and monitoring of diseases. 730 districts of the country will get Integrated Public Health labs and 3 thousand blocks will get Block Public Health Units. Apart from that, 5 Regional National Centers for Disease Control, 20 Metropolitan units, and 15 BSL labs will further strengthen this network, said the Prime Minister.

The Third aspect, according to the Prime Minister, is the expansion of existing research institutions that study pandemics. Existing 80 Viral Diagnostic and research labs will be strengthened, 15 Biosafety level 15 labs will be operationalized, 4 new National institutes of Virology and a National Institute for One Health are being established. WHO regional research platform for South Asia will also strengthen this network. “This means, through PM Ayushman Bharat Health Infrastructure Mission an entire ecosystem for services from treatment to critical research will be created in every corner of the country”, said the Prime Minister.

The Prime Minister highlighted the employment potential of these measures and said that PM Ayushman Bharat Health Infrastructure Mission, along with health, is also a medium of aatmnirbharta. “It is a part of the effort to achieve holistic health care. Which means healthcare that is affordable and accessible to all.” Shri Modi said that holistic healthcare focuses on wellness along with health. Schemes like Swachh Bharat Mission, Jal Jeevan Mission, Ujjwala, Poshan Abhiyan, Mission Indradhanush have saved crores of people from disease. More than 2 crore poor people got free treatment under Ayushman Bharat Yojna and Many health related issues are being solved through Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission, the Prime Minister said.

The Prime Minister remarked that today there is a government at the Center and in the state which understands the pain of the poor, downtrodden, oppressed, backward and middle class. “We are working day and night to improve health facilities in the country”, said the Prime Minister.

The Prime Minister said the speed with which new medical colleges are being opened in Uttar Pradesh will have a great impact on the number of medical seats and doctors in the state. Due to more seats, now the children of poor parents will also be able to dream of becoming a doctor and fulfil it, he added.

Speaking about the past plight of the holy city of Kashi, the Prime Minister said that people were almost resigned to the pathetic state of affairs of the city’s infrastructure. Things changed and today the heart of Kashi is the same, the mind is the same, but sincere efforts are being made to improve the body. “The work done in Varanasi in the last 7 years was not done in the last several decades”, he said.

The Prime Minister singled out the progress of BHU towards global excellence as one of the key achievements of Kashi over the past years. “Today, from technology to health, unprecedented facilities are being created in BHU. Young friends from all over the country are coming here for studies”, he pointed out.

Praising the 60 per cent growth in production and 90 per cent growth in sales of Khadi and other cottage industry products in the last 5 years in Varanasi, the Prime Minister once again exhorted the countrymen to promote local products and get ‘vocal for local’. He said that local doesn’t mean just a few products like diyas but any product that is the result of the hard work of countrymen needs the promotion and patronage of all the countrymen during the festival period.