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Shri Modi addresses panel discussion on ‘Youth Development: Industry Responsive Skill Development’ in Ahmedabad

Panel discussion part of Vibrant Gujarat Summit 2013

No person is big or small. If we give emphasis on the dignity of an individual then change can be brought about: Shri Modi

CM talks about importance of skill development and steps taken by Gujarat Government on it

Along with skill development, another thing we focused on is soft-skills: Shri Modi

On the evening of Wednesday 9th January 2013 Shri Narendra Modi addressed a panel discussion on ‘Youth Development: Industry Responsive Skill Development’ in Ahmedabad. Shri Modi gave the message that no person is big or small and that if we give emphasis on the dignity of an individual a change can be brought about.

Shri Modi stressed on the fact that in a nation like ours a change of mindset is very important. Expanding on his point, Shri Modi said that an auto rickshaw driver is no less than a pilot but the perception is very different. Likewise, he shared that if a person in poor attire comes to our home then the servant does not treat him well but if someone in striking attire comes he or she is treated well.

He shared, “Many of our officers go abroad on study tours. Once I decided to ask them what they did in these study tours. In the very end I asked them- if you needed water who gave you water? They said they took it themselves. But here, if no peon comes what happens?” Shri Modi pointed out that once we accept a person’s dignity he is ready to do any work.

Talking further on the issue he opined, “For weddings, even in poor households they ask where did you study and if someone says ITI then they think again.” Shri Modi shared that to end this the Government took a small decision of expanding the horizon for ITI students and this opened several doors for the students. “Those whose futures were locked after Class VIII were opened by this small decision,” he affirmed and added that they cost the Government nothing.

Shri Modi stated that along with skill development, another thing they focused on is soft-skills. “Why cant a turner learn proper manners?” he asked and said that in Ahmedabad there is an auto service where not only an you can call  the auto by telephone but also the driver is polite and treats the customer like an airhostess does in an aircraft. Similarly, Shri Modi said that the Government of Gujarat started an institute to train future teachers. The Chief Minister opined that Human Resource Development must take place in those regions where there is growth in that particular field and that is when its true fruits will be seen.

Cabinet Minister Shri Saurabh Patel and other dignitaries were present on the occasion.

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I will be visiting Tokyo, Japan from 23-24 May 2022 at the invitation of His Excellency Mr. Fumio Kishida, Prime Minister of Japan.

In March 2022, I had the pleasure of hosting Prime Minister Kishida for the 14th India-Japan Annual Summit. During my visit to Tokyo, I look forward to continuing our conversation further, with an aim to strengthen the India-Japan Special Strategic and Global Partnership.

In Japan, I will also participate in the second in-person Quad Leaders’ Summit, which will provide an opportunity for the leaders of the four Quad countries to review the progress of Quad initiatives. We will also exchange views about developments in the Indo-Pacific region and global issues of mutual interest.

I will hold a bilateral meeting with President Joseph Biden, where we will discuss further consolidation of our multi-faceted bilateral relations with U.S.A. We will also continue our dialogue on regional developments and contemporary global issues.

The newly-elected Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese will be joining the Quad Leaders’ Summit for the first time. I look forward to a bilateral meeting with him during which the multifaceted cooperation between India and Australia under the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership, and regional and global issues of mutual interest will be discussed.

Economic cooperation between India and Japan is an important aspect of our Special Strategic and Global Partnership. During the March Summit, PM Kishida and I had announced our intention to realize JPY 5 trillion in public and private investment and financing over the next five years from Japan to India. During the forthcoming visit, I will meet with Japanese business leaders with the goal of further strengthening economic linkages between our countries, in pursuit of this objective.

Japan is home to nearly 40,000 members of the Indian diaspora, who are an important anchor in our relations with Japan. I look forward to interacting with them.