Team Gujarat in Schools to score 100% enrollment in primary schools

 

Shri Narendra Modi speaking earlier today on the commencement of Shala Praveshotsav and Kanya Kelavani Nidhi 2012 through video conference.

Dear Friends,

Many people have often asked me, “the Government has so many programmes but which one of them is your favourite?” While I consider each and every government programme a golden opportunity to serve the 6 crore people of Gujarat, I must admit that the Shala Praveshotsav and Kanya Kelavani Abhiyan hold a very special place in my heart. More memorable than the day I got the opportunity to serve the people of Gujarat as their Chief Minister are those days when I have the good fortune of taking a little toddler to school! It is a matter of immense joy to see these tiny toddlers, who are the future of our nation take their first little steps to school. 

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The Shala Praveshotsav is aimed at ensuring a hundred percent enrollment in primary schools, the Kanya Kelavani Abhiyan spells out our determination to give an impetus to educating the girl child. Be it the classroom or the sports field, it is extremely delightful to see girl students emerging on top!

In the month of June every year, when we heave a sigh of relief from the scorching summer heat, the entire ‘Team Gujarat’ right from myself, my Ministerial colleagues, senior bureaucrats to other officials go out and request parents to send their little children to school. Today, we commence the 3-day campaign in the villages while it will be held in the urban areas towards the end of the month.

Earlier, I often noticed that few people would remember their very first day at school and nor would anything special happen on that day. Now, I am glad that as these children go to school on their first day, not only their parents but also the entire state of Gujarat will watch them make their first strides. When a little child is taken to school by an IPS officer in uniform or by a Minister of the state, can you imagine the image it will leave in his or her mind? Rest assured, this will be a day that no child will forget during his entire life!

This year’s campaign will cover as many as 34,000 government primary schools. For the first time, the Government will add interest on Rs.1, 000 bond distributed to girl students on admission to Standard-1 which on maturity after passing Standard-7 becomes Rs.2,000. In addition 48,000 bicycles will be given and toys will be distributed to Anganwadi children. Almost 10,595 new classrooms will be dedicated while ground-breaking ceremonies will be performed for 26,000 structures.

These initiatives are a part of our larger mission of enhancing our Human Resource Development potential and for that we must start from the basic levels and this is where primary education assumes paramount importance.

I urge you to extend your support to our initiatives so that no child is left behind from this golden opportunity that will open several avenues in the years to come.

 

Yours,

Narendra Modi

 

Auctioning the gifts received for the noble cause of educating the girls child.

 

Shala Praveshotsav & Kanya Kelavani Rath Yatra.

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Tribute to Srimat Swami Smaranananda Ji Maharaj
March 29, 2024

Amidst the hustle and bustle of the grand festival of Lok Sabha elections, the news of the demise of Srimat Swami Smaranananda Ji Maharaj brought my mind to a standstill for a few moments. Srimat Swami Smaranananda Ji Maharaj was a pioneer of India's spiritual consciousness and his demise is like a personal loss. A few years ago, the demise of Swami Atmasthananda Ji and now the departure of Swami Smaranananda Ji on his eternal journey has left many people bereaved. My heart, like that of crores of devotees, saints and followers of Ramakrishna Math and Mission, is deeply saddened.

During my visit to Kolkata earlier this month, I had gone to the hospital to enquire about Swami Smaranananda Ji’s health. Just like Swami Atmasthananda Ji, Swami Smaranananda Ji too dedicated his entire life for spreading the ideas of Acharya Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, Mata Sharada Devi and Swami Vivekananda across the world. While writing this article, the memories of meetings and conversations with him are getting refreshed in my mind.

In January 2020, during my stay at Belur Math, I meditated in the room of Swami Vivekananda. During that visit, I had a long conversation about Swami Atmasthananda Ji with Swami Smaranananda Ji.

It is widely known that I had a close relationship with Ramakrishna Mission and Belur Math. As a seeker of spirituality, I have met different saints and mahatmas and been to many places over the period of more than five decades. Even in Ramakrishna Math, I got to know about the saints who dedicated their lives to spirituality, among whom personalities like Swami Atmasthananda Ji and Swami Smaranananda Ji were prominent. Their sacred thoughts and knowledge provided contentment to my mind. In the most important period of my life, such saints taught me the true principle of Jan Seva hi Prabhu Seva.

The lives of Swami Atmasthananda Ji and Swami Smaranananda Ji are an indelible example of the motto of Ramakrishna Mission ‘Atmano Mokshaartham Jagaddhitaaya Cha’.

We all are inspired by the work being done by Ramakrishna Mission for the promotion of education and rural development. Ramakrishna Mission is working on India's spiritual enlightenment, educational empowerment and humanitarian service. In 1978, when the disastrous flood struck Bengal, Ramakrishna Mission won the hearts of everyone with its selfless service. I remember, when an earthquake ravaged Kutch in 2001, Swami Atmasthananda Ji was among the first people to call me and offer all possible assistance for disaster management on behalf of the Ramakrishna Mission. Under his direction, Ramakrishna Mission helped many people who were affected by the earthquake.

Over the past years, while holding various positions, Swami Atmasthananda Ji and Swami Smaranananda Ji laid great emphasis on social empowerment. Those who know the lives of these great personalities will definitely remember how serious these saints were towards modern education, skilling and women empowerment.

Among his many inspiring traits, one thing that impressed me the most was Swami Atmasthananda Ji’s love and respect for every culture and every tradition. The reason for this was that he used to travel continuously and had spent a long time in different parts of India. He learned to speak Gujarati while living in Gujarat. He used to even speak with me in the language and I loved listening to his Gujarati!

At different points in India's development journey, our motherland has been blessed by many saints and seers like Swami Atmasthananda Ji, Swami Smaranananda Ji who have ignited the spark of societal change. They have motivated us to work with a collective spirit and address all the challenges our society faces. These principles are eternal and will act as our source of strength as we embark on developing a Viksit Bharat during the Amrit Kaal.
Once again, on behalf of the entire nation, I pay homage to such saintly souls. I am confident that all the people associated with the Ramakrishna Mission will further move ahead on the path shown by them.
Om Shanti.