The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today called upon states to work together with the Centre, with a long-term vision, to develop the country, and pave the way for the prosperity of future generations. He was addressing a large public meeting at Rourkela, after dedicating to the nation, the 4.5 MT expansion of Rourkela Steel Plant.

2 PM Modi addresses public meeting at Rourkela (16) He said he has come to Rourkela today to deliver 'vikas' (development). He described Rourkela as the town which has given India the strength of steel. He said Rourkela Steel Plant plays a key role in the nation's defence as well. The Prime Minister said India had surpassed America in steel production, but was still far behind China, and therefore, a lot more still needed to be done. He said value addition was necessary in India's mineral wealth, in order to build a strong economy.

2 PM Modi addresses public meeting at Rourkela (25) 1 PM Modi visits Rourkela Steel Plant, Odisha (6) The Prime Minister said the world was looking at India again with optimism. He invited investors from across the world to invest in India. He emphasized in particular, the need to develop the eastern part of India, including the states of Assam, West Bengal, Odisha, Bihar, and Eastern Uttar Pradesh.

2 PM Modi addresses public meeting at Rourkela (28) 1 PM Modi visits Rourkela Steel Plant, Odisha (1) The Prime Minister said the Centre and States were equal stakeholders in the Nation's development. He highlighted steps taken by the Centre to strengthen states, including enhancing mineral royalty and greater devolution of financial resources to states. He said it was now upto the states to work with a long-term vision for development. The Prime Minister described the process of auctioning of coal blocks, and said the revenues from this would contribute greatly to the development of states.

1 PM Modi visits Rourkela Steel Plant, Odisha (3) The Prime Minister paid tribute to the Visionary and Founding Leaders of New Odisha, on the occasion of Utkal Diwas. The Prime Minister presented the Trophy for Excellence in Performance of Integrated Steel Plants to Tata Steel Ltd (TISCO), Bhilai Steel Plant, SAIL, and JSW Steel Ltd, for the years 2010-11, 2011-12, and 2012-13 respectively.

2 PM Modi addresses public meeting at Rourkela (18) The Governor of Odisha Dr. SC Jamir, The Chief Minister of Odisha Shri Naveen Patnaik, Union Ministers Shri Jual Oram, Shri Narendra Singh Tomar, and Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, and Union MoS Shri Vishnu Deo Sai, were present on the occasion.

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Prime Minister meets former Prime Minister Shri HD Devegowda
July 25, 2024

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi met with former Prime Minister Shri HD Devegowda at 7, Lok Kalyan Marg in New Delhi.

In a X post, the Prime Minister said;

“It was an honour to meet former Prime Minister, Shri HD Devegowda Ji at 7, Lok Kalyan Marg. His wisdom and perspective on various subjects are deeply valued. I am also thankful for the artwork that he gave me, taking my mind back to my recent visit to Kanyakumari. @H_D_Devegowda @hd_kumaraswamy”