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Kudankulam 1 is an important addition to India's continuing efforts to scale up production of clean energy: PM
We salute the dedication & hard work of team Russia & congratulate them for result of their labour: PM
Have always deeply valued our friendship with Russia; it is fitting that we jointly dedicate Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant Unit 1: PM

His Excellency President Vladimir Putin,

Honourable Jayalalithaa ji, Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu,

Minister Sushma Swaraj ji,

Minister Pon Radhakrishnan,

My Dear Friends.

Namaskar

Vanakkam.

Today is indeed a special day.

Today, Excellency Putin and I have the honour to dedicate Kudankulam nuclear power plant unit-1.

I am particularly grateful to President Putin for his presence at this event.

And, I am delighted that Jayalalithaa ji, the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu is also present with us on this occasion.

Friends,

In dedicating Kudankulum 1, we mark another historic step in India-Russia relations.

Its successful completion is not just another fine example of the strength of our special and privileged Strategic Partnership.

It is also a celebration of our abiding friendship.

And, it is only a start of our collaboration in this field.

It is perhaps not commonly known that at 1000 Mega Watt, Kundankulum 1 is the largest single unit of electrical power in India.

In years ahead, we are determined to pursue an ambitious agenda of nuclear power generation.

At Kudankulum alone, five more units of 1000 Mega Watt each are planned.

In our journey of cooperation, we plan to build a series of bigger nuclear power units.

Friends,

Today's event is also a joyful occasion for the team of Indian and Russian engineers, scientists and technicians.

We salute their dedication and hard work and congratulate them for the fruits of their labour.

Friends,

The story of human development has been of wide spread technological advancement and growing economic prosperity.

But, as we all know, it has not been without burden on our environment.

I have a vision for India where achievements of our economic development are respectful to mother earth.

And, where the engines of our industrial growth are increasingly driven by clean energy.

Kundankulum 1 is an important addition to India's continuing efforts to scale up production of clean energy in India.

It also signals our joint commitment to build pathways of partnership for green growth.

Excellency President Putin,

The success of our joint efforts in nuclear power generation is a proud achievement of our cooperation.

It demonstrates our common resolve to keep our ties firm and steady.

Above all, it showcases your personal commitment, consistent support and strong leadership in transforming the substance and character of our relationship.

For this, I am grateful to you Mr. President.

The people of India associate naturally and with great ease with the people of your great country.

And, personally, I have always deeply valued our friendship.

It is, therefore, only fitting that today we join together to dedicate the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant Unit-1 to the strength and vigour of our friendship and cooperation.

Long live Indo-Russian friendship!

I once again thank you Excellency Putin for joining me in this dedication.

Also, my sincere thanks to Jayalalithaa ji for being with us.

Thank you.

Thank you very much.

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PM to visit UP on October 25 and launch Pradhan Mantri Atmanirbhar Swasth Bharat Yojana (PMASBY)
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PMASBY to be one of the largest pan-India scheme for strengthening healthcare infrastructure across the country
Objective of PMASBY is to fill critical gaps in public health infrastructure in both urban and rural areas
Critical care services will be available in all the districts with more than 5 lakh population
Integrated Public Health Labs to be set up in all districts
National Institution for One Health, 4 New National Institutes for Virology to be set up
IT enabled disease surveillance system to be developed
PM to also inaugurate nine medical colleges in UP
PM to inaugurate development projects worth more than Rs 5200 crores for Varanasi

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi will visit Uttar Pradesh on 25th October, 2021. At around 10.30 AM in Siddharthnagar, Prime Minister will inaugurate nine medical colleges in Uttar Pradesh. Subsequently, at around 1.15 PM in Varanasi, Prime Minister will launch Pradhan Mantri Atmanirbhar Swasth Bharat Yojana. He will also inaugurate various development projects worth more than Rs 5200 crore for Varanasi.

Prime Minister Atmanirbhar Swasth Bharat Yojana (PMASBY) will be one of the largest pan-India scheme for strengthening healthcare infrastructure across the country. It will be in addition to the National Health Mission.

The objective of PMASBY is to fill critical gaps in public health infrastructure, especially in critical care facilities and primary care in both the urban and rural areas. It will provide support for 17,788 rural Health and Wellness Centres in 10 High Focus States. Further, 11,024 urban Health and Wellness Centres will be established in all the States.

Critical care services will be available in all the districts of the country with more than 5 lakh population, through Exclusive Critical Care Hospital Blocks, while the remaining districts will be covered through referral services.

People will have access to a full range of diagnostic services in the Public Healthcare system through Network of laboratories across the country. Integrated Public Health Labs will be set up in all the districts.

Under PMASBY, a National Institution for One Health, 4 New National Institutes for Virology, a Regional Research Platform for WHO South East Asia Region, 9 Biosafety Level III laboratories, 5 New Regional National Centre for Disease Control will be set up.

PMASBY targets to build an IT enabled disease surveillance system by developing a network of surveillance laboratories at block, district, regional and national levels, in Metropolitan areas. Integrated Health Information Portal will be expanded to all States/UTs to connect all public health labs.

PMASBY also aims at Operationalisation of 17 new Public Health Units and strengthening of 33 existing Public Health Units at Points of Entry, for effectively detecting, investigating, preventing, and combating Public Health Emergencies and Disease Outbreaks. It will also work towards building up trained frontline health workforce to respond to any public health emergency.

Nine medical colleges to be inaugurated are situated in the districts of Siddharthnagar, Etah, Hardoi, Pratapgarh, Fatehpur, Deoria, Ghazipur, Mirzapur and Jaunpur. 8 Medical Colleges have been sanctioned under the Centrally Sponsored Scheme for “Establishment of new medical colleges attached with district/ referral hospitals” and 1 Medical College at Jaunpur has been made functional by the State Government through its own resources.

Under the Centrally Sponsored Scheme, preference is given to underserved, backward and aspirational districts. The Scheme aims to increase the availability of health professionals, correct the existing geographical imbalance in the distribution of medical colleges and effectively utilize the existing infrastructure of district hospitals. Under three phases of the Scheme, 157 new medical colleges have been approved across the nation, out of which 63 medical colleges are already functional.

Governor and Chief Minister of UP and Union Health Minister will also be present during the event.