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PM lays foundation stone for new helicopter manufacturing unit of HAL in Tumkur, Karnataka
HAL manufacturing unit in Tumkur would not be an ordinary one, but one that would make whole world take notice: PM
PM Modi recalls former PM Lal Bahadur Shastri’s famous slogan – "Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan"
It is now time to ensure that weapons & equipment of Indian Armed Forces are the best in the world: PM Modi
India needs to end dependence on imported weaponry: PM Modi
Union Govt laying stress on domestic manufacturing of defence equipment: PM Modi
4000 families to directly or indirectly get livelihood with coming up of new HAL factory
PM Modi recalls Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar's vision for industrialisation in India

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today unveiled a plaque for the foundation stone of a new helicopter manufacturing unit of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited in Tumkur district in Karnataka.

Speaking on the occasion, he said that the manufacturing unit coming up in Tumkur would not be an ordinary one, but one which would make the whole world take notice.

The Prime Minister recalled former Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri’s famous slogan – “Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan.” He said that in the last fifty years, a lot of progress had been made in agriculture, and the country is now self-sufficient in food grains. He said the Indian Armed Forces were second to none, and now the time had come to ensure that the weapons and equipment they carried and used were also the best in the world. For this, he said, India needed to end dependence on imported weaponry, which is expensive and is not of the latest technology.

Shri Narendra Modi said the Union Government has decided to lay stress on manufacturing of defence equipment. He said the helicopters manufactured in Tumkur will serve soldiers stationed in remote locations.The Prime Minister said that the first helicopter built in this unit should take flight by 2018. He added that 4000 families will directly or indirectly get livelihood due to this factory. He recalled Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar's vision for industrialisation in India, as a means to empower the poor and downtrodden, and said this manufacturing unit is also a step towards fulfilling that vision.

The Governor of Karnataka Shri Vajubhai Vala, the Chief Minister of Karnataka Shri Siddaramaiah, Union Ministers Shri Manohar Parrikar, Shri D.V. Sadananda Gowda, Shri Ananth Kumar, and Union Minister of State Shri G.M. Siddeshwara were present on the occasion.

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PM interacts with leaders of pharma industry
April 19, 2021
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PM Modi appreciates the crucial role of the pharma sector in the fight against the pandemic
It is because of the efforts of the pharma industry that today India is identified as ‘pharmacy of world’: PM Modi
Despite all the challenges, the Indian pharma industry has also registered a growth of 18 percent in exports last year, which shows its potential: PM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacted with leaders of pharmaceutical industry via video conferencing. The Prime Minister appreciated the crucial role of the pharma sector in the fight against the pandemic.

PM Modi appreciated the way the pharma industry is working even in such trying conditions.

PM Modi remarked that it is because of the efforts of the pharma industry that today India is identified as ‘pharmacy of world’. He said essential medicines were made available to more than 150 countries around the world during the pandemic. The Prime Minister stated that despite all the challenges, the Indian pharma industry has also registered a growth of 18 percent in exports last year, which shows its potential.

Noting the second wave of the virus and rising number of cases, PM Modi commended the pharma industry for their efforts to increase production of several necessary drugs. He appreciated them for reducing the price of injections like Remdesivir. To keep the supply of medicines and essential medical equipment going smoothly, PM Modi urged the pharma industry to ensure seamless supply chains. PM Modi also extended government’s support for facilities like Logistics and Transportation.

He urged the industry to conduct more and more researches on threats which can occur in the future along with Covid. This, he said, would help us take the lead in combating the virus.

Seeking cooperation from the pharma industry, PM Modi assured that government is undertaking reforms for new drugs and regulatory processes.

The leaders of the Pharma industry appreciated the proactive help & support received from the Government. They highlighted the efforts made over the last one year in ensuring availability of drugs keeping manufacturing and logistics operational. Operations at the pharma hubs for manufacturing, transportation, logistics and ancillary services are being maintained at optimum levels. The participants also share inputs on the measures being undertaken to meet the overall medicine demand in the country despite the unprecedented increase in demand for some drugs  the COVID Treatment Protocol.

The meeting was also attended by Union Health Minister Shri Harsh Vardhan, MoS (Health) Shri Ashwini Kumar Choubey, Union Minister Chemical and Fertilizer Shri D.V. Sadananda Gowda, MoS (C&F) Mansukh Mandaviya, Principal Secretary to PM, Dr V K Paul Member (H) NITI Aayog, Cabinet Secretary, Union Health Secretary, Union Pharmaceutical Secretary, Dr Balram Bharagava, DG ICMR, amongst other officers from Ministries / Departments of Central Government.