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Bengal is set to bid farewell to the misrule of parties like TMC, Congress and Left Front that ruined the state: PM Modi
West Bengal needs was all-round development: Prime Minster Modi
TMC did not fulfil the expectations and aspirations of the youth of Bengal: PM Modi
West Bengal needs light of development, says Prime Minister Modi
Corruption and nepotism has deepened their roots in Bengal: PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today addressed a public meeting in Basirhat and Howrah, West Bengal. Shri Narendra Modi said that these elections were about bidding farewell to the misrule of parties like the Trinamool Congress, Congress and the Left Front that ruined the state for forty years.

The Prime Minister stated that what Bengal needed was all-round development that only BJP could provide. He further added, “Sunset happened for the Left but what came after that? It caused only more darkness. We need the light of development.” Shri Modi said that he had a three-point agenda for Bengal –development, fast-paced development and all-round development.

Speaking at the event, Shri Modi expressed concern over several problems that the state was reeling under the current TMC government. He said that the state government had not been able to fulfil the expectations and aspirations of the youth of Bengal. The state lacked job opportunities for the youth, he added. Shri Modi opined that earlier youngsters from all over the country wanted to come to West Bengal and work but now people from the state had to leave their homes for jobs. “Youngsters have to leave their elderly parents and friends, their fields for work. Industries are shut, there is no work opportunity”, he added.

The PM took note of troubles caused due to acute shortage of water in several areas. Shri Modi, “There has been shortage of water in several areas for so many years. Your MLA came to us, we allocated resources for the same but the TMC government does not want to give you water.” The Prime Minister alleged that there were railway ministers from TMC and Congress parties but the sector did not flourish in the state.

Shri Modi mentioned that corruption and nepotism had deepened their roots in the state under the ruling TMC government in Bengal. He noted the Saradha chit fund scam and stated, “Why did Saradha scam happen? Am not asking who committed the scam as that is known. It happened because doors of banks were shut for poor.” The PM highlighted several measures like the Jan Dhan Yojana that were transforming lives of poor across the country.

Shri Narendra Modi urged people of Bengal to give BJP a chance in these elections so that the state could be taken to newer heights of progress. Several Party leaders joined the PM during the rallies.

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Prime Minister holds high level meeting to review preparedness on Cyclone ‘Tauktae’
May 15, 2021
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Ensure maintenance of all essential services such as Power, Telecommunications, health, drinking water: PM
Special preparedness needed for COVID management in hospitals, vaccine cold chain and power back up and storage of essential medicines in vulnerable locations due to cyclone: PM

PM Narendra Modi took a high level meeting here today to review the preparedness of States and Central Ministries/Agencies concerned to deal with the situation arising out of Cyclone ‘Tauktae’.

India Meteorological Department (IMD) informed that Cyclone ‘Tauktae’ is expected to touch Gujarat coast between Porbandar & Naliya around 18th May afternoon /evening with the wind speed ranging upto 175 kmph. It is likely to cause heavy rainfall in the coastal districts of Gujarat, including extremely heavy falls in Junagadh & Gir Somnath and heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places in the districts of Saurashtra Kutch & Diu namely Gir Somnath, Diu, Junagadh, Porbandar, Devbhoomi Dwarka, Amreli, Rajkot, Jamnagar. IMD also warned of storm surge of about  2- 3 m above astronomical tide to inundate coastal areas of Morbi,  Kutch, Devbhoomi Dwarka & Jamnagar districts and  1-2 meters along Porbandar, Junagarh, Diu, Gir Somnath, Amreli, Bhavnagar and 0.5 to 1m over the remaining coastal districts of Gujarat during 18th May afternoon/ evening around the time of landfall. IMD has been issuing three hourly bulletins since 13th May with latest forecast to all the concerned States.

It was discussed that Cabinet Secretary is in continuous touch with Chief Secretaries of all the Coastal States and Central Ministries/ Agencies concerned. 

Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) is reviewing the situation 24*7 and is in touch with the State Governments/ UTs and the Central Agencies concerned. MHA has already released first instalment of SDRF in advance to all States. NDRF has pre-positioned 42 teams which are equipped with boats, tree-cutters, telecom equipments etc. in six States and has kept 26 teams on standby.

Indian Coast Guard and the Navy have deployed ships and helicopters for relief, search and rescue operations. Air Force and Engineer task force units of Army, with boats and rescue equipment, are on standby for deployment. Seven ships with Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief Units are on standby along western coast. Surveillance aircraft and helicopters are carrying out serial surveillance along the western coast. Disaster Relief teams (DRTs) and Medical Teams (MTs) are standby at Trivandrum, Kannur and other locations along western coast.

Ministry of Power has activated emergency response systems and is keeping in readiness transformers, DG sets and equipments etc. for immediate restoration of electricity. Ministry of Telecom is keeping all the telecom towers and exchanges under constant watch and is fully geared to restore telecom network. Ministry of Health & Family Welfare has issued advisory to the Sates/ UTs, likely to be affected, for health sector preparedness and response on COVID in affected areas. They have also kept ready 10 Quick response medical teams and 5 Public health response teams, with emergency medicines. Ministry of Port, Shipping and Waterways has taken measures to secure all shipping vessels and has deployed emergency vessels (Tugs).

NDRF is assisting the State agencies in their preparedness for evacuating people from the vulnerable locations and is also continuously holding community awareness campaign on how to deal with the cyclonic situation. 

After review, the Prime Minister directed senior officers to take every possible measure to ensure that people are safely evacuated by the State Governments and to ensure maintenance of all essential services such as Power, Telecommunications, health, drinking water etc. and are restored immediately in the event of damages caused to them. He further directed them to ensure special preparedness on COVID management in hospitals, vaccine cold chain and other medical facilities on power back up and storage of essential medicines and to plan for unhindered movement of oxygen tankers. He also directed for 24*7 functioning of control rooms. He also said that special care needs to be taken to ensure that there is least possible disruption in oxygen supply from Jamnagar. He also spoke about the need to involve the local community for timely sensitisation and relief measures.

The meeting was attended by Home Minister, MoS Home, Principal Secretary to PM,Cabinet Secretary, Secretaries of Ministries/ Departments of Home, Civil Aviation, Power, Telecom, Shipping, Fisheries, Members & Member Secretary of NDMA, Chairman, Railway Board, Director Generals of NDRF and IMD, and senior officers of PMO, MHA and IMD.