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PM Modi addresses a massive #VikasParv Rally in Saharanpur to mark 2 years of NDA Government in office
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi today addressed a massive Vikas Parv Rally in Uttar Pradesh’s Saharanpur to mark two years of the NDA Government in office. Beginning his address, Shri Narendra Modi said that he was the Pradhan Sevak and would remain in service of the 125 crore people of India. The Prime Minister shed light on NDA Government’s initiatives and achievements in two years that were transforming the lives of people, transforming India.

PM Modi remarked that the NDA Government was working tirelessly for the welfare of people across the country. “Governments are formed to fulfil the dreams of the people”, he added further. The Prime Minister spoke at length about Government’s focus on improving the infrastructure across the country. He also spoke about several initiatives that were being undertaken for the welfare of farmers throughout the nation. Shri Modi stated, “We have given importance to building schools, hospitals, roads and transforming the lives of the poor. Merely throwing crumbs at farmers was is not our way of working. We are trying to solve the problems the farmers face. We want their incomes to double up and we are working in this direction.”

The PM talked about the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana at length. He highlighted various aspects of scheme and how it could help the farmers. Shri Modi also highlighted several measures like Soil Health Cards that were benefiting farmers in a big way. Taking note of the sugarcane farmers, he highlighted several steps being undertaken for them. The PM said, “We want to ensure that our sugarcane farmers do not face any problems.”

Speaking about the Mudra Yojana, he said that the NDA Government had empowered the poor through the scheme. Shri Modi said, “We have launched Mudra Yojana and we have made sure that the poor get loans from banks. Till now over 3.5 crore beneficiaries have received 1.25 lakh crore without guarantee.”

Expressing content, Shri Modi said that a small ‘Give It Up’ campaign turned out to be a mass movement. “Over a crore people gave up their LPG subsidies voluntarily so that the poor are benefited. It is not a small thing.” Adding further, the spoke about Government’s Ujjwala Yojana that aims to make rural India smoke-free by providing gas connections to below poverty line households free of cost.

Once again giving a clarion call for saving the girl child, he cited about the Government’s ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ initiative. Shri Modi also shed light on how electrification of over 18000 villages has been taken up by the Government in mission mode. “Even after about 70 years of independence, over 18000 villages across India did not have electricity. We are committed to power all those villages in 1000 days and have taken the work of electrifying villages in mission mode. We want our villages to shift from darkness to light”, he added.

The Prime Minister opined that the country was moving at faster than ever rate towards progress and the world too recognised that. “Be it any rating agency in the world, everyone is of the same opinion that India is the bright spot in the entire world and the country is fastest growing”, he added.

Several BJP leaders were present at the event.

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Excellency, my good friend President Macron,

Mr. Maurice Levy, Chairman of the Publicis Group,

Participants from around the world,

Namaste!

Congratulations to the organisers for successfully organising Vivatech in this difficult time.

This platform reflects the technological vision of France. India and France have been working closely on a wide range of subjects. Among these, technology and digital are emerging areas of cooperation. It is the need of the hour that such cooperation continues to grow further. It will not only help our nations but also the world at large.

Many youngsters saw the French Open with great enthusiasm. One of India's tech companies, Infosys provided tech support for the tournament. Likewise, the French Company Atos is involved in a project for making the fastest super computer in India. Whether it is France's Capgemini or India's TCS and Wipro, our IT talent is serving companies and citizens all over the world.

Friends,

I believe - Where convention fails, innovation can help. This has been seen during the COVID-19 global pandemic, which is the biggest disruption of our age. All nations have suffered loss and felt anxiety about the future. COVID-19 put many of our conventional methods to test. However, it was innovation that came to the rescue. By innovation I refer to:

Innovation before the pandemic .

Innovation during the pandemic .

When I speak about innovation before the pandemic, I refer to the pre-existing advances which helped us during the pandemic. Digital technology helped us cope, connect, comfort and console. Through digital media, we could work, talk with our loved ones, and help others. India's universal and unique bio-metric digital identity system - Aadhar - helped us to provide timely financial support to the poor. We could supply free food to 800 million people, and deliver cooking-fuel subsidies to many households. We in India were able to operationalise two public digital education programes- Swayam and Diksha - in quick time to help students.

The second part, innovation for the pandemic refers to how humanity rose to the occasion and made the fight against it more effective. In this, the role of our start-up sector, has been paramount. Let me give you India's example. When the pandemic hit our shores, we had inadequate testing capacities and shortage of masks, PPE, Ventilators and other such equipment. Our private sector played a key role in addressing this shortage. Our doctors adopted tele-medicine in a big way so that some COVID and other non-COVID issues could be addressed virtually. Two vaccines are being made in India and more are in the development or trial stage. On the Government side, our indigenous IT platform, Arogya-Setu enabled effective contact tracing. Our COWIN digital platform has already helped ensure vaccines to millions. Had we not been innovating, then our fight against COVID-19 would have been much weaker. We must not abandon this innovative zeal so that we are even better prepared when the next challenge strikes.

Friends,

India's strides in the world of tech and start-up are well-known. Our nation is home to one of the world's largest start-up eco systems. Several unicorns have come up in the recent years. India offers what innovators and investors need. I invite the world to invest in India based on the five pillars of: Talent, Market, Capital, Eco-system and, Culture of openness.

Indian tech-talent pool is famous across the world. Indian youth have given tech solutions to some of the world's most pressing problems. Today, India has One Point One eight billion mobile phones and Seven Seventy-Five million internet users. This is more than the population of several nations. Data consumption in India is among the highest and cheapest in the world. Indians are the largest users of social media. There is a diverse and extensive market that awaits you.

Friends,

This digital expansion is being powered by creating state-of-the-art public digital infrastructure. Five hundred and twenty-three thousand kilometres of fibre optic network already links our One hundred and fifty six thousand village councils. Many more are being connected in the times to come. Public wi-fi networks across the country are coming up. Likewise, India is working actively to nurture a culture of innovation. There are state-of-the-art innovation labs in Seven Thousand Five Hundred schools under the Atal Innovation Mission. Our students are taking part in numerous hackathons, including with students overseas. This gives them the much-needed exposure to global talent and best practices.

Friends,

Over the past year, we have witnessed a lot of disruption in different sectors. Much of it is still there. Yet, disruption does not have to mean despair. Instead, we must keep the focus on the twin foundations of repair and prepare. This time last year, the world was still seeking a vaccine. Today, we have quite a few. Similarly, we have to continue repairing health infrastructure and our economies. We in India, implemented huge reforms across sectors, be it mining, space, banking, atomic energy and more. This goes on to show that India as a nation is adaptable and agile, even in the middle of the pandemic. And, when I say - prepare-I mean: Insulating our planet against the next pandemic. Ensuring we focus on sustainable life-styles that stop ecological degradation. Strengthening cooperation in furthering research as well as innovation.

Friends,

The challenges our planet faces can only be overcome with a collective spirit and a human centric approach. For this, I call upon the start-up community to take the lead. The start-up space is dominated by youngsters. These are people free from the baggage of the past. They are best placed to power global transformation. Our start-ups must explore areas such as: Healthcare. Eco-friendly technology including waste recycling, Agriculture, New age tools of learning.

Friends,

As an open society and economy, as a nation committed to the international system, partnerships matter to India. France and Europe are among our key partners. In my conversations with President Macron, In my summit with EU leaders in Porto in May, digital partnership, from start-ups to quantum computing, emerged as a key priority. History has shown that leadership in new technology drives economic strength, jobs and prosperity. But, our partnerships must also serve a larger purpose, in service of humanity. This pandemic is not only a test of our resilience, but also of our imagination. It is a chance to build a more inclusive, caring and sustainable future for all. Like President Macron, I have faith in the power of science and the possibilities of innovation to help us achieve that future.

Thank you.