Expressing his stern resolve to step up the battle against penury, Chief Minister Shri Narendrabhai Modi said that series of 50 Garib Kalyan Mela has ended, but not the fight against poverty.

Concluding the series of Garib Kalyan Mela at Limbadi Shri Narendra Modi said that poor have recognized the disrupting entities. Garib Kalyan Mela has ignited positive spark in poor and now the sensibility of the administration has touched them.

Chief Minister arranged State's 50th Garib Kalyan Mela at Limbadi today. Chief Minister and other Ministers handed over economic assistance worth Rs. 41.16 crore to about 32160 beneficiaries from Limbadi, Chuda, Sayala and Chotila regions. Two melas held for Surendranagar district empowered over 67525 beneficiaries with Rs 85 crore worth of aid.

Garib Kalyan Mela proved itself as a sure medicine against Epidemic of the exploitation of poor and worked as a bulldozer against mediators, Shri Modi said.

He said that communicating with 50 lakh poor of the State within a short period of 2 months is an unprecedented work and he is grateful that he has been conferred with such a fortune.

He outlined various pro-poor schemes deployed by the State Government and expressed his desire of entrusting Rs 5000 crore worth administration to Sakhi-Mandalas by 2014, in order to free rural women from unending interests and debts.

District In-Charge Education Minister Shri Ramanlal Vora said that as a part of Republic day celebration, welfare works over Rs. 1000 crore have been initiated in Surendranagar district. He also outlined various Abhiyans on qualitative education, taken up by Education Department of the State.

Forest Minister of State Shri Kiritsinhji Rana, Chief Whip Shri Pradipsinhji Jadeja also addressed the Mela.

Chaques summing Rs. 11 lakh 11 thousands were donated to Chief Minister's Kanya Kelavani Nidhi by various organizations.

Revenue Minister Smt. Anandiben Patel, Minister Shri Vasanbhai Ahir, Parliamentary Secretary Shri L.T.Rajani, Ex. Minister Shri I.K.Jadeja, MLA Smt.Varshaben Doshi, Shri Bharatbhai Khorani, Shri Shambhuprasad Tundiya, Maharashtra BJP leader Shri Kiritbhai Somaiya along with Nagarsevak Shri Manojbhai Kotak and Bharatbhai Parikh, district leaders, government office bearers and people in large number were present at the Mela.

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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.