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Governor of Tamil Nadu,

Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu

My Ministerial colleagues

Deputy Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu

Other distinguished dignitaries on the dais

Ladies and Gentlemen

On the upcoming occasion of the Vilambhi Tamil New Year on April 14th, I extend my warm greetings to all Tamil people across the world. I am happy to be at Cancer Institute,Adyar.This is one of the oldest and most significant comprehensive cancer care centers in India.

Changing lifestyles are adding to the burden of non-communicable diseases.According to some estimates, non-communicable diseases now account for about sixty percent of total deaths in our country.

The Union Government has planned the setting up of 20 State Cancer Institutes and 50 Tertiary Care Cancer Centres in different parts of the country.Proposals can be approved, for eligible institutions, upto Rs. 45 crore for setting up of Tertiary Care Cancer Centre and upto Rs. 120 crore for setting up of State Cancer Institute. I am happy to note that proposals for setting up of 15 State Cancer Institutes and 20 Tertiary Care Cancer Centres have been approved so far.14 new All India Institutes of Medical Sciences are being set up, with focus on oncology in its various aspects.

Under Pradhan MantriSwasthya Suraksha Yojana,8existing institutions are being upgraded with provision of oncology services.The National Health Policy of 2017 under-lines the importance of preventive healthcare.

Under the Comprehensive Primary Health Care aspect of Ayushman Bharat, we will provide preventive and curative services at primary care level to people near their homes.

We have initiated Population-based Prevention, Control, Screening and Management of common non-communicable diseases such as Diabetes, Hyper-tension and Common Cancers.

Ayushman Bharat also includes the Pradhan Mantri National Health Protection Mission.

This will cover over ten crore families.Approximately 50 crore people will be benefited through this mission. Insurance coverage upto 5 lakh rupees per family, per year for secondary and tertiary care hospitalization will be provided under this mission.

This will be the world’s largest government funded health care programme. The benefits of the scheme will be portable across the country.People will be able to get benefits in both public and empanelled private facilities.The scheme intends to reduce out of pocket expenditure on health.

To prevent, control and manage diseases like cancer we need action from all sections of society including NGOs and private sector.

The Cancer Institute W.I.A. Chennai is a voluntary charitable institution, founded by a group voluntary women social workers under the inspiring leadership of the late Dr.Muthulaxmi Reddy.

This institute started as a small cottage hospital. It was the first cancer specialty hospital in South India and the second in the country.Today, the Institute has a Cancer Hospital with 500 beds. I am informed that 30 percent of these beds are free beds, which means patients are not charged.

The molecular oncology department of the institute was designated a “Centre of Excellence” in 2007 by the Union Government. It was the first super specialty college in India established in 1984.These are pioneering, and praise-worthy achievements.

Dr. Shantha, in her opening speech spoke about some of the difficulties being faced by the Institute. I would like to assure her that we would look into them and I would also request the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu to see what can be done.Lastly, let me turn for a while, to an issue that has been raised by certain vested interests over the last few days.

A baseless allegation is being made, about the Terms of Reference of the 15th Finance Commission, being biased against certain states, or a particular region. Let me tell you something, that our critics seem to have missed.The Union Government has suggested to the Finance Commission to consider incentivizing States who have worked on population control.By this yard-stick, a state like Tamil Nadu, which has devoted a lot of effort, energy and resources towards population control would certainly benefit.This was not the case earlier.


The Union Government is committed to cooperative federalism. Our mantra is Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas. Let us all work together to build a New India, which would make our great freedom fighters proud.

Thank You.

Thank you very much.

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Prime Minister Modi interacts with BJP Karyakartas from Five Lok Sabha Seats
October 17, 2018

Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacted with Bhartiya Janta Party Booth Karyakartas from five Lok Sabha seats, Hoshangabad, Chatra, Pali, Ghazipur and Mumbai (North).

Answering a question raised by a party Karyakarta from Hoshangabad in Madhya Pradesh about the fake claims and lies propagated by Congress, Prime Minister Modi said that the BJP government in Madhya Pradesh led by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has done so much work all these years that the Congress is left with no issues to criticize our government. This is why they have resorted to mischievous tactics like propagating lies. Prime Minister Modi also listed out several initiatives of the state government to ensure overall development across society and described how the BJP government in Madhya Pradesh had transformed it from a ‘BIMARU’ state to a ‘BEMISAAL’ state.

Moving ahead to address party Karyakartas from Chatra, Prime Minister Narendra Modi highlighted how the BJP government in Jharkhand restarted long-pending infrastructure and welfare projects in the state.

Prime Minister Modi also mentioned how the ‘Statue of Unity’ will spread Sardar Patel’s vision and his contribution to India’s unity to the future generations of our country. PM Modi vehemently criticized the shallowness and disrespect demonstrated by Opposition parties about the ‘State of Unity’ and said how such actions showed the Congress’ utter ignorance about the contribution of our freedom fighters. He recalled a long list of freedom fighters like Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, Acharya Kriplani and Dr BR Ambedkar, who were neglected and disrespected by the Congress and its allies.

Addressing a question asked by a booth Karyakarta from North Mumbai, PM Modi listed out various transformative schemes of the Central government such as Start Up India, Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao, Surakshit Matritva Abhiyan and the recently launched Ayushman Bharat and described the positive impacts that these schemes have made on the lives of millions of ordinary Indians by empowering them at various levels. He further elaborated saying all these achievements were less the achievements of the government and more the achievements of the 130 crore people of India and their aspirations.

In his video interaction with party workers from Pali, Rajasthan, Prime Minister Modi described several achievements that India has achieved for the first time during his government. Of these, the significant ones include 5 lakh villages of India declaring themselves Open Defecation-Free (ODF), No Indian village is without electricity, India launched 104 satellites in outer space in one go and several other instances that never happened before in India.

The interaction which was organized through video conferencing facility on the NaMo App, concluded at Ghazipur in Uttar Pradesh where a party Karyakarta sought the Prime Minister’s guidance on the future course of Bhartiya Janta Party for the upcoming 2019 Lok Sabha elections. To this, PM Modi replied that the BJP had achieved the most through the efforts of its hard working and devoted Karyakartas and its strong organization.

Remembering Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ji, PM Narendra Modi said that the BJP, which had only two seats in 1984, reached a milestone of 282 seats in 2014. For this, he credited the hardworking and devoted BJP Karyakartas across the country.

PM Modi ended his interaction by greeting everyone for the upcoming festival of Vijay Dashami.