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"Development is our aim. Let there be any obstacle, including an old mindset, we are going ahead with development: Shri Narendra Modi"
"Urban development initiatives must match the aspirations of the middle class and the neo middle class: Shri Narendra Modi"

On 3rd February, 2014, Shri Narendra Modi inaugurated several pro-people initiatives of the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation in Ahmedabad. These included the inauguration of the flyover at IIM crossroads, the Gujari bazaar (Riverfront market) and the Dhobighaat (Organized Laundry Campus) at Sabarmati Riverfront. Shri Narendra Modi was present at the draw for allotting of houses for people. The draw was done through a computer.

Inclusive development and a modern and technology-oriented approach at developing cities for the development of every section of society formed the crux of Shri Modi’s address at Sabarmati Riverfront. Shri Modi spoke about how the Mukhyamantri Gruh Yojana had, through its allocation of homes to the less privileged sections of the society, benefitted scores of poor families. “When people get a home they not only get a roof but a lot of other benefits too that help them. Today, due to the draw, the lives of several people changed. May they get their homes as soon as possible,” said Shri Modi.

Highlighting the wide reach of the Mukhyamantri Gruh Yojana, Shri Modi said, “Over 22 lakh houses in cities and 28 lakh in villages will be made. I do not think work on housing has happened on such a large scale before.” Shri Modi underscored the importance of involving all sections of the society in the development process. He said, “Urban development initiatives must match the aspirations of the middle class and the neo middle class.”

Urban development initiatives must match the aspirations of the middle class and the neo middle class: Shri Narendra Modi

Talking about the need to fight every obstacle and take decisive steps for growth and development, Shri Modi said, “Development is our aim. Let there be any obstacle, including an old mindset, we are going ahead with development.”

Shri Modi said that while the Riverfront projects witnessed several obstacles earlier due to vested interests, now things have changed. He urged the economists, research scholars and environmentalists of India, and across the world, to study the inclusive growth approach of the Sabarmarti Riverfront Development project, through initiatives like the Gujari Bazar and Dhobi Ghat. “Those talking of 'inclusive growth' should go see the Gujari Bazar. It is an example of how to enhance the livelihood of the poor. While earlier the market was held only on Sunday, now it can go on all 7 days. All arrangements for this are in place now,” said Shri Modi. Speaking about yet another pro-people initiative, Shri Modi put forth the example of the Kankaria redevelopment, which, in the current times, witnessed a cross-section of people, rather than only from the select sections, as was the case earlier.

Urban development initiatives must match the aspirations of the middle class and the neo middle class: Shri Narendra Modi

Shri Modi emphasized on the need to focus on development rather than living with old beliefs and an old mindset. “For so many years there was a mindset that considered urbanisation as a burden and a challenge. We have taken urbanisation as an opportunity, as a means to give people opportunity,” said Shri Modi.

Stating that the mere objective of some people was to defame Gujarat, Shri Modi said that acknowledging or reverting to them did not make sense as people knew the truth. Urging the people to take the initiative towards development, Shri Modi said, “We have to take steps to ensure that we walk two steps ahead of the world in our development journey.

On the occasion, Shri Modi also felicitated the applicants who were selected in the draw for the Mukhyamantri Gruh Yojana. Revenue Minister Smt. Anandiben Patel, Mayor of Ahmedabad Minaxiben Patel, former Mayor Shri Asit Vora were among those present on the occasion.

The Gujari bazaar (Riverfront market) :

Gurjari bazaar

Gurjari bazaar

The Dhobighaat (Organized Laundry Campus) :

Dhobighaat (Organized Laundry Campus)

Dhobighaat (Organized Laundry Campus)

Dhobighaat (Organized Laundry Campus)

Dhobighaat (Organized Laundry Campus)

Urban development initiatives must match the aspirations of the middle class and the neo middle class: Shri Narendra Modi

Urban development initiatives must match the aspirations of the middle class and the neo middle class: Shri Narendra Modi

Urban development initiatives must match the aspirations of the middle class and the neo middle class: Shri Narendra Modi

Urban development initiatives must match the aspirations of the middle class and the neo middle class: Shri Narendra Modi

Flyover at IIM crossroads :

flyover at IIM crossroads

flyover at IIM crossroads

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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.