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PM campaigns in Lakhimpur, urges people to elect a BJP Government
Shri Modi attacks Samajwadi party, says ‘Aapka kaam nahi, aapke kaarnaame bolte hain’
Our crop insurance scheme is a comprehensive one and caters to the welfare of the farmers: PM Modi
Our Govt has taken the work of electrifying villages in mission mode, says Shri Modi
BJP Govt committed to open up job opportunities for youth in Uttar Pradesh: Shri Modi

PM Narendra Modi today campaigned in Lakhimpur, Uttar Pradesh. Speaking at the rally, PM Modi questioned the people if there had been any change in their lives under Congress, Samajwadi party or the Bahujan Samaj party.

Shri Modi stated, “Be it Congress or Samajwadi party or Bahujan Samaj party, all have failed to meet the aspirations of people in Uttar Pradesh.”

Launching attack on Samajwadi party government, Shri Modi said, “Uttar Pradesh elected a young Chief Minister. People had many expectations and thought the young CM would do well. But in 2014, people showed their anger and thereafter CM focused on his own survival and alliances.” He also took a jibe at the Samajwadi party for releasing the third manifesto. “In the midst of the campaign, fearing losses they released the third manifesto and started deviating from the core issues”, alleged Shri Modi.

The Prime Minister also accused them of insulting Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia’s ideals by allying with the Congress. “By allying with the Congress, the SP and the CM have insulted Dr. Lohia, who resisted the Congress”, said the PM.

Lambasting at the UP government, Shri Modi remarked, “The UP Chief Minister says Kaam Bolta Hai but projects are incomplete. Instances of women harassment have risen in the state, crime rates are high. Criminals, who are in jails, even operate their gangs from there. These gangs are killing people, indulging in rape, kidnapping and riots. Aapka kaam nahi, aapke kaarnaame bolte hain.”

Prime Minister Modi noted that farmers in Uttar Pradesh had been facing several troubles. He said, “Farmers in UP are not getting their dues. The crop insurance scheme of the Central Government is a comprehensive one and caters to the welfare of the farmers. Due to your anti-farmer nature, insurance cover in UP stands at a low. And even in that there is discrimination.”

Citing that several villages of Uttar Pradesh lacked power supply, the PM said, “Why is it that several villages in Uttar Pradesh do not have electricity even today? Previous governments did not work in this direction. But as soon as we formed Government at Centre, we’ve taken the work of electrifying the villages in mission mode.”

Shri Modi also spoke at length about the Ujjwala Yojana and how it is transforming lives of several rural households across the country.

Shri Modi spoke about the extent of corruption that takes place in jobs. “Why is it that bribes are taken for jobs? We have eliminated interview process for class III and IV jobs at Centre. We asked UP government to implement the same but they did not.” He assured the youth of UP that if voted to power, same law would be implemented in Uttar Pradesh too. He said that BJP was committed to open up job opportunities for youth in the state itself.

Shri Narendra Modi said that the Centre was committed to eradicate corruption and hence had initiated several strong measures. “We have undertaken strong actions to put a curb on black money circulation and corruption. Few are feeling the heat too. But I assure that our fight against black money and corruption would not stop.”

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Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi today interacted with Governors of States regarding the Covid-19 situation and ongoing vaccination drive in the country, through video conferencing.

Prime Minister said that in the battle against Covid, along with the vaccines, our values and sense of duty are our biggest strengths. Praising the citizens who participated in this battle last year considering it their duty, he said that the same feeling of Janbhagidari needs to be encouraged now as well. He said that the role of the Governors, through appropriate utilization of their social capacity, thus becomes all the more critical to achieving this. Governors are an important link to ensure better coordination between State Governments and society, he said, adding that the combined power of all community organizations, political parties, NGOs and social institutions needs to be harnessed.

Prime Minister suggested that the Governors can actively engage to ensure that social institutions collaborate seamlessly with the State Governments towards micro containment. He said that their social network can help ensure an increase in the capacity of ambulances, ventilators and oxygen in hospitals. Along with spreading the message about vaccination and treatment, the Governors can also spread awareness about AYUSH related remedies.

Prime Minister noted that our youth, our workforce, is an important part of our economy. Hence, it is important to ensure that our youth follows all Covid related protocols and precautions. He said that the Governors’ role is also critical in ensuring the greater engagement of our students in University campuses towards this Janbhagidari. We also need to focus on better utilization of facilities at University and College campuses, he added. He said that just like last year, NCC and NSS also have a key role to play this year as well. Prime Minister said that the Governors are an important pillar of Janbhagidari in this battle and their coordination with State Governments and guidance to institutions of the State will further strengthen the nation’s resolve.

Discussing the rise in the number of Covid cases, the Prime Minister said that in this stage of the fight against the virus, the country stands to gain from last year’s experience and improved healthcare capacity. He discussed the increase RTPCR testing capacity and noted that the country has become Aatmanirbhar with respect to kits and other material related to testing. All this has led to a reduction in the cost of RTPCR tests also. He added that most of the products related to testing are also available on the GeM portal. Prime Minister emphasized the significance of increasing tracking, tracing and testing, and said that RTPCR testing needs to be increased from 60% to 70%. He said that it is pertinent to ensure that more and more people get tested.

Prime Minister underlined that the government is committed to ensuring adequate availability of vaccines. He highlighted that India has become the fastest nation to reach the landmark of 10 crore vaccinations. Noting the positive impact of Tika Utsav in the last four days, he said that in this period, the vaccination drive was expanded and new vaccination centres also came up.

Interaction

The Vice President of India, Union Home Minister and Union Health Minister also attended the interaction.

The Vice President appreciated the Prime Minister for leading the fight against Covid and his proactive steps to develop the infrastructure required to tackle the pandemic. He also highlighted the scientific community's contribution in giving a vaccine to India and the whole world. He also talked about the contribution of healthcare workers, sanitation workers, and other frontline workers who have played a vital role during the pandemic.

The Vice President called upon the Governors to bring up a coordinated front by leading all-party meetings in their respective states and engaging with civil society organisations to spread awareness about covid-appropriate behaviour. The Vice president said that a 'Team India spirit' cutting across policy lines should be adopted, and in this regard, Governors as the 'Guardians of the State' could guide the State Governments.

Union Home Minister stressed the importance of saving each and every life. Union Health Secretary gave a presentation on Covid cases and vaccination drive. He gave an overview of how India has followed a proactive and pre-emptive approach in this endeavour.

The Governors shared details of how their respective states are tackling the spread of the virus and coordinating activities towards ensuring a smooth implementation of the vaccination drive, while also mentioning the deficiencies of healthcare facilities in the States.

They gave suggestions for further improvement in the efforts and shared plans of how Janbhagidari can be increased through the active social engagement of various groups.