Hon'ble CM's motivating speech on school enrollment occasion at Jambla

Gandhinagar, Thursday: Chief Minister Narendra Modi today launched the 9th annual statewide Kanya Kelavni and Shala Praveshotsav from Sihor taluka in Bhavnagar district for popularizing girls' education and enrolment drive in primary schools respectively.

Leading from the front, he was himself present in the primary schools and balwadis (crèches) at Varal, Tana and Jambala villages ensuring villagers come in horde to enroll their wards in the schools. He distributed books, kits and toys to the tiny tots to increase their interest in schools.

Encouraged by the overwhelming support of the society to the twin campaigns, the Chief Minister expressed his resolve to eradicate illiteracy and malnutrition from the state. He appealed to the people to join the government efforts in freeing the state from the two blots, which continues even after 62 years of Independence. He said the efforts in this direction has already started paying dividends in the form of qualitative improvement in education, midday meal and regular health checkup of students, better infrastructure and nutritious food for nursing mothers, down to the remotest village. He said it is not for nothing that almost the entire administration comes out of the secretariat at Gandhinagar and converges in the villages to make a success of the campaigns like Shala Praveshotsav or Krishi Mahotsav or Garib Kalyan Mela.

Mr. Modi asked the people to care a hoot about the Centre's relentless attempts to derail Gujarat's development. Gujarat will progress on its own strengths. For instance, he said, the Centre abruptly stopped a scheme for physically challenged teachers, pushing 1,210 of them on the verge of termination. To another instance, he said, the Centre has introduced Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan hardly paid any funds to Gujarat.

In all, 22,110 officials, including all the Ministers and IAS officers, will cover 32,772 government-run primary schools and 44,000 balwadis (crèches) in all the 18,000-odd villages in the state in phase-1 from June 16 to 18, 2011. In phase-2 will be covered primary schools in the urban areas under eight municipal corporations and 159 municipalities from June 23 to 25, 2011.

At Varal village, people weighed the Chief Minister in books, 351 in number worth Rs.51,000, and gifted the same to the schools library. Local legislator Keshubhai Nakrani and officials of the district and talukas also participated in today's campaign.

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Trade and beyond: a new impetus to the EU-India Partnership

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Trade and beyond: a new impetus to the EU-India Partnership

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May 08, 2021

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.