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"A fear has been created what will happen with urbanization. But we cannot stop it. So its better we see it as an opportunity: CM "
"Rurbanisation is a well thought initiative. Our quest is Aatma Gaav Ki, Suvidha Sheher Ki. To preserve the spirit of the village is essential but why can’t we invigorate them with the facilities associated with the cities? Asks Shri Modi "
"Gujarat has embraced the twin-city model and with this model the facilities for development will increase: Shri Modi"

On the evening of Tuesday 8th January 2013 Shri Narendra Modi addressed a panel discussion on ‘Rurbanisation: a transformative process to foster sustainable, equitable and inclusive growth.’ The programme was held as a part of 2013 Vibrant Gujarat Summit. The Chief Minister talked about the idea of Rurbanisation, of invigorating the villages with the facilities associated with the cities.

Shri Modi said he is unaware why urbanization is seen as a challenge in our nation. “A fear has been created that what will happen with it. But anyway we cannot stop it. So its better we see it as an opportunity. If we do this then the whole approach will change and in Gujarat we have accepted it as an opportunity.” 

Talking about the Rurbanisation initiative, Shri Modi pointed, “Rurbanisation is a well thought initiative. Our quest is Aatma Gaav Ki, Suvidha Sheher Ki. To preserve the spirit of the village is essential but why can’t we invigorate them with the facilities associated with the cities?”

He stressed on the need of providing basic facilities to the villages and added that the Government is working on long-distance education. He pointed out that due to Jyotigram Yojana migration to cities reduced by 33% and now the state Government is concentrating on providing broadband to the villages. He recalled that there was a time when for diamond cutting and polishing one had to leave home but that too has become history due to Jyotigram Yojana. The Chief Minister shared that Gujarat has embraced the twin-city model and added that if we take this model then the facilities for development will increase. He gave examples of Surendranagar-Wadhwan, Surat-Navsari and Bharuch-Ankleshwar. 

Shri Modi further said, “Today we are moving ahead in the direction of 6 more cities.” Giving the example of Dholera, he affirmed that it will be double the size of Delhi, 6 times Shanghai and will be a step ahead of it in terms of facilities. The Chief Minister spoke about the development taking place on the coasts of Gujarat and gave examples of Mundhra, Dahej and Hazira.

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PM to deliver Keynote address at the 5th edition of VivaTech on 16th June
June 15, 2021
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Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi will deliver the keynote address at the 5th edition of VivaTech on 16th June 2021 at around 4 PM. The Prime Minister has been invited as a Guest of Honour to deliver the keynote address at VivaTech 2021.

Other prominent speakers in the event include Mr. Emmanuel Macron, President of France, Mr. Pedro Sánchez, Prime Minister of Spain and Ministers/MPs from various European countries. The event will also witness participation of corporate leaders like Mr. Tim Cook, CEO, Apple, Mr. Mark Zuckerberg, Chairman and CEO, Facebook and Mr. Brad Smith, President, Microsoft among others.

VivaTech is one of the largest digital and startup events in Europe, held in Paris every year since 2016. It is jointly organized by Publicis Groupe – a prominent advertising and marketing conglomerate and Les Echos – a leading French media group. It brings together stakeholders in technology innovation and the startup ecosystem and includes exhibitions, awards, panel discussions and startup contests. The 5th edition of VivaTech is scheduled to be held between 16-19 June 2021.