Shri Modi speaks at SRCC Business Conclave

Published By : Admin | February 6, 2013 | 16:07 IST
"English Translation of Hon. CM’s speech at SRCC Business Conclave"

Seated on the dais, Ajayji, Shri Jain, and my young friends: I come from Gujarat, the land of Mahatma Gandhi and Sardar Patel. If you look at the Independence struggle, two main schools of thought have influenced the struggle: One, under Mahatma Gandhi’s leadership, was the attempt to obtain freedom by nonviolent means; the other was armed revolutionary struggle.

Friends, the leadership of both these schools of thought rested with a Gujarati. Shyamji Krishna Varma established the India House in London and was regarded as a leader of the armed revolution. He gave direction to many of the revolutionaries and Mahatma Gandhi who gave India independence was from Gujarat.

Friends, many great people have made sacrifices, spent their youth in prison, done penance, given up their lives, so that our country attains freedom. It is because of their tireless efforts that this dream became a reality: We got Independence! It has been more than six decades since we attained freedom but the nation is still worried about getting
Surajya. The country eagerly awaits Surajya!

My friends, if we are to stake out our place on the path of progress that the world is travelling on, our first goal should be to strengthen
Surajya. And when I say strengthen
Surajya - in the language you are familiar with, then the right words are: Good Governance.

Today the whole world is talking about Gujarat’s development journey. Now if you were to examine this journey in detail, then you would realize we have focused on good governance. When I talk about good governance and when I talk about my governance model, I talk about P2-G2: Pro-People, Good Governance. Normally, administration in this country plays the role of a fire-fighter. The administration reacts after problems arise and then tries to solve them. Friends, the role of administration is to visualize situations, anticipate problems, find ways to change the situation and create new facilities and opportunities. However, for the last six decades we have failed to do so. The result of all this is, that today, in the entire country, there is an environment of pessimism. The country is in a state of gloom. People think, “What is the point of making efforts? Everyone is a thief.” Some people even regret being born in this country and feel like going elsewhere to pursue career opportunities.  This sentiment is resonating in the country. However, I think differently. I have been governing Gujarat for a while now – this is my fourth term. I can tell you with experience: that with these very laws, this very constitution, these very rules and regulations, these very employees, these same files, these offices - in spite of all these - we can move ahead. We can do a lot.

Friends, all of you who are sitting here will perceive situations differently. (Lifts the glass that is half-filled with water). The optimists will say, “This glass is half full,” while the pessimists will say, “This glass is half empty.” I don’t agree with either of these views. I have a third view. I say, “This glass is completely full; half with water, and half with air.

Friends, I am very hopeful and confident that we can change the present situation. Recently, an ambassador from a foreign country came to see me. After a while, the conversation drifted to politics.

He asked me, “What do you think are the two main challenges for India?” I told him that the most important challenge for us is to effectively use opportunity. He asked me what I meant. I told him that our nation is the youngest nation in the world. 65% of our population is below the age 35. People of Europe and China are ageing. Ours is the world’s youngest nation. However, it is our great misfortune that this huge demographic dividend, which is a great opportunity, is not being used properly.  “What about the other challenge?” he asked me. I told him that my country is not poor. Our country, especially the eastern region, has abundant natural resources. We are not efficiently using these resources and therefore we are constantly losing opportunities and are not moving towards prosperity. It is a challenge to capture opportunities, channelize them, develop them, and transform them into wealth and development. We must overcome this challenge.

We have emphasized one important aspect while building the Gujarat development model. We don’t try to set up our tent on a single pillar. As a result, our entire model has been developed on three pillars: One-third on agriculture, one-third on industry, and one-third on the service sector. Our endeavour is to ensure the uniform progress of these three sectors and if ever one of these sectors lags behind the other two or faces any difficulty, then the other two will support it. As a result, the state’s economy is never weak.

As students and as followers of Google Guru you will have this information on your fingertips – for 20 years, our nation has set a growth target of 4% in agriculture, but eventually we achieved a growth-rate of 2 to 2.5%. Gujarat has never been an agriculture-driven economy. The state is essentially a desert. The situation in our state is such that here we have “Registan” (desert), and on the other side we have Pakistan. In Gujarat, crops are solely dependent on rain. The state experienced water scarcity in 7 out of 10 years and in spite of that we have created history by achieving an annual agriculture growth rate of 10% in the past decade.

This has not happened suddenly. We have had to work very hard for this. You must have seen extensive media coverage of the Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit.  One was held recently, people from 121 countries attended it. However, the Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit, a biennial event, lasts only for 2 days. On the other hand, every summer, when the temperature is almost 44 degrees, I conduct a month-long Krishi Mahotsav (farm fair). Along with me, more than 1 lakh government officials go to the villages, reach out to the farmers, highlight lab-to-land knowledge transfer and agriculture-related innovations.

Friends, in India, people don’t have health cards; but Gujarat is  a state where farmers have “soil health cards.” As a result, farmers know the inherent strengths and deficiencies of their lands. Consequently, farmers know the types of fertilizers they need, the appropriate seasons and the crops that are suitable for their land. Additionally, we have carried out a mass movement for water conservation. We have constructed more than 6 lac structures to preserve water. While the water table in the entire country is going down, we are the only exceptional state where the water table is going up.

We are a cotton-growing state. When I became chief minister of Gujarat for the first time, in 2001-2002 our total cotton production was 23 lakh bales. Now our cotton production is 1,23,00,000 bales.

However, if we settle down at this point a farmer will not get what he deserves. To ensure value addition we have introduced a new textile policy. The motivation behind introducing this textile policy is to reduce the efforts which cotton growers have to put in, to sell their produce. I have a 5-F formula: Farm to fibre, fibre to fabric, fabric to fashion, and fashion to foreign. Cotton growing, cloth and garment manufacturing and export of readymade garments will be done from the same place. This will increase the farmer’s income. This is why we should have an integrated approach. This industrial revolution will make farmers financially strong.

Coupled with agriculture is animal husbandry. There probably isn’t one among you, not using milk produced in Gujarat. Gujarat exports large quantities of milk to places like Delhi and Singapore. Gujarat also exports vegetables to Europe and Afghanistan. If you go to Europe and eat “
bhindi” rest assured, that
bhindi has come from Gujarat. If you go to Singapore and ask for milk, remember this, it has probably come from Gujarat. Go to Afghanistan and eat tomatoes – you can write it down, those tomatoes came from Gujarat.

Friends, I will give you a small example, which illustrates transformation of the agriculture sector in Gujarat. There is a tribal belt near the Maharashtra border, which I frequently visited when I was not in politics. Farmers from the area later visited me. They said, “Sir please do something about our roads.” I replied, “You have decent tar roads, what’s the problem?” They then said, “Sir, yes there are good tar roads, but we still need some improvement. We grow export bananas to Finland. When our bananas are transported in trucks, we lose 20% of the bananas as they are crushed because the ride is jerky. So we want paver roads.” Friends, even all places in Delhi might not have paver roads! Just reflect for a moment on the farsightedness of our citizens! They want paver roads so that they can export bananas to the world! Friends, if my fellow citizens can aspire to do so much, then I can clearly see a bright future for my country!

Friends, let us turn to the topic of animal husbandry. Every year we conduct almost 2500 to 3000 medical camps for cattle.  During these camps we do medical check-ups and operations. Today, after 6 years of constant effort, 120 cattle diseases have been totally eradicated. Moreover, the result of this is that the total milk production has increased by 80%.  An increase in milk production leads to an increase in farmer’s incomes. This results in the increase of the village income and then the village’s purchasing power goes up. When the village purchasing power goes up, only then does the state economy improve. It has been our focus to increase the farmers’ purchasing power. The purchasing power only goes up only if the growth chart of our economic development is consistent. If it is unstable, then it is not a good sign. You need consistency in growth, which is what we have been monitoring and doing for 10 years.

Friends, let us talk about the service sector. Gujarat was not very well known in the service sector. One of the biggest areas in the service sector is hospitality; another is tourism. Gujaratis are the best tourists. Go to any part of the world and you will find Gujarati people – even in a five-star hotel, a Gujarati will open his lunch box and eat thepla.

However, Gujarat was never a tourist destination. Friends, for the last 5 years we have been making constant efforts. The rate of growth of the tourism sector in Gujarat has been double that of the national tourism growth–rate for the past 3 years. Amitabh Bachchan, himself comes into your homes every day and says, “
Kuch din toh guzaro Gujarat mein” I am sure you will go there someday – and maybe you would even like to settle down in Gujarat. In the service sector, we have made a lot of efforts and it has borne positive outcomes.

Friends, let us turn to the education sector. In 2001-02, we had 11 universities in our state. Today we have 42 universities. We are the first in the world to have a Forensic Sciences University. Today, in the whole world, the nature of crime has changed. Someone sitting in Holland can hack your bank account and steal money. Cyber crime is increasing. Economic offenses are increasing. If we want to stop these crimes, then forensic science is the only way. And nowhere else in the world is there a Forensic Sciences University – we are the first in the world. The University has developed a global reputation and today, Israel, which is well-known in the world for security and developed nations like Australia and Canada have collaborated with our Forensic Sciences University and are partners in its development.

Friends, Gujarat is the first state in the country to set up a Raksha Shakti University. These days, people in Delhi are angry and concerned about the law and order situation. Everyone is concerned and I have not come here to criticize - but can we search for solutions? Today, what is the police recruitment process? It is done, based on physical abilities. If someone is 6 feet tall, he is enlisted. Then the person undergoes training for 6-8 months after which the person is given a uniform and a gun and then the law is in the person’s hands. Friends, this needs to change and that is why we have started a Raksha Shakti University. Anyone who wants to pursue a security-related career can join the Raksha Shakti University after 10th standard for a 3-year or 5-year course. The person is then taught subjects like mob psychology, law, the constitution among others. This will ensure quality manpower in the police force.

Today, the Gujarat police force is the most youthful in India. The Government has enrolled youth in large numbers. We insist that they be techno-savvy. Today, even constables are very techno-savvy.

Friends, we are the first to start a university like the IITE – the Indian Institute of Teachers Education. Today, in our country we have IIMs, which mould executives who then go on to run companies. However, for families, both rich and poor, good education is the most important need. Every father and mother wants good teachers for their kids.

Friends, why don’t we introduce a scientific method of training teachers? We are the first in India to start a training university for teachers, the Indian Institute of Teachers Education. After 12th standard, those interested in pursuing teaching as a career will be trained for 5 years. I have a dream. The whole world needs millions and millions of teachers. We have an army of young people. We export everything – why not send teachers abroad? When a businessman goes abroad, he earns money but when a teacher goes abroad, he or she influences an entire generation! This is the strength of knowledge.

Friends, India must look at things with this perspective and vision. We shouldn’t confine ourselves to a small comfort-zone. The reason we are falling behind in the Industrial Development sector is that we are not paying attention to technology up-gradation.

There was a time when Ahmedabad was called the ‘Manchester of India.’ There were cloth mills everywhere – you could see their chimneys everywhere. That entire business was destroyed 30-40 years ago. Why? Don’t people need clothes? No, the market for clothes was very big. The Industry got destroyed because technology up-gradation that was needed to remain competitive was not done. Friends, if India has to secure its place in this changing world, then technology up-gradation is a must.

Today, the eyes of the entire world are focussed on India. Why? Because the world thinks that India is a large bazaar. The whole world intends to dump their goods in our markets. They believe they can sell easily in India. However, the need of the hour is that we should start considering the world as our bazaar and lead in the manufacturing sector by selling our products across the globe.

For this, branding is essential. You may not know this because most of you are too young, but if you are as old as Ajay or me, you can relate to what I am about to say. When we were young, if people saw anything with the label “Made in Japan” in the market, they bought it. Even if it was as simple as a pen no one asked which company manufactured it, where it was made, or anything else, as long as it was “Made in Japan.” Friends, why don’t we make the brand of “Made in India” famous around the world?

There are many aspects to building a credible brand. Now, recently, I had visited Japan at the invitation of the Japanese Government. Everywhere I looked: crockery in the hotel, biscuit packets, travel tickets, there were slogans. I was amazed. And what were the slogans about? Eight years later, Japan will host the Olympics. Yet by posting slogans like “we are ready for the Olympics,” “we are waiting for the Olympics,” “be ready for the Olympics” a buzz is being created about the Olympics. Even before the actual games happen, tremendous national sprit is being forged! Instead, what did we do? To understand how the world treats such events I would like to give you South Korea’s example. I also request all of you, whenever possible, to study the full history of South Korea’s development. A nation that obtained independence after us, one that was once ranked low even among developing nations, hosted the Olympics. And when South Korea hosted the Olympics, the whole world was amazed, and that was a turning point for South Korea. The whole world acknowledged South Korea as a nation whose time had come.

Friends, we hosted the Commonwealth Games. For a nation of 1 billion such an event is an excellent branding opportunity! When we think in global terms, we must do such branding! And in this context, I would like to tell you about the Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit. On arriving, I was talking with Mr. Jain and I asked him what all of you would wanted to listen. Now I am going to talk on the themes he suggested. He suggested that I talk about Gujarat’s global relevance.

You will be happy to hear this! I was busy until the end of December with the elections. I was sworn in during the last week of December. I had ten days to prepare for the Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit, which was to be held on January 11. Due to the efforts of my entire team in institutionalizing things, within a span of 10 days we ensured the participation of 121 countries! 50% of the GDP of the country was under one roof! When the world looks at this, they develop the confidence to partner with us. They place their faith in us. Once we get that buy-in, we can be unstoppable. Today Gujarat is benefiting from this and is serving India. We produce salt and there is probably no one among you who has not eaten Gujarat’s salt. That is our mantra: Gujarat’s development for India’s development.

Friends, there is another area, which we have emphasized in Gujarat: the Manufacturing Sector. We have emphasized two things. The first one is ensuring “zero defects” in manufactured products. In order to develop  global reputation this should be the first point of emphasis. The second point of emphasis is packaging. Often good things get ruined because of bad packaging. Sometimes, by the time the package is delivered, the item is broken.

Friends, during Pandit Nehru’s time, there was a commission known as the “Hathi commission,” named after Jaisukhlal Hathi. The job of the commission was to determine methods for popularizing Ayurveda – our wonderful natural medicinal system. Their recommendations are very interesting. Today, China is the leading exporter of herbal medicines. Today, in spite of the legacy that our forefathers have bequeathed to us, we are nowhere in the field of international herbal medicine. The Hathi Commission opined that Ayurveda would not become popular until a scientific change is introduced in the packaging of Ayurvedic medicines. In the old days people used to carry Ayurvedic medicine powders in small, unattractive packets. Now, after the packaging has become attractive, Ayurveda has started becoming popular even in India.  Friends, we must study and understand the psyche of the consumer, of the buyer, the world over, and develop our manufacturing sector.

Friends, this year is the 150th anniversary of Swami Vivekananda’s birth year. The whole country is celebrating this occasion. Gujarat is also doing so by announcing it as the “
Yuva Varsh.”

Friends, we have to decide how we look at the youth of this country. I am concerned that many people, including those from our current political system view our youth simply as “new age voters.” If this is how things remain, then I don’t think we can change the state of our country. I too am from the same political
akhada. But my thinking is different from the rest. I wish that my country views youth not only as “new age voters,” but also accepts them as a “new age power.”

If the country perceives them, as a “new age power,” then our thinking about them will be different. Additionally, we will utilize their strengths in a better manner. Swami Vivekananda had a dream – he had said, “I see clearly that my
Bharat-Mata will one day assume the role of
Jagat Guru. And then my
Bharat-Mata will, in full measure, lead the world.”

Friends, I have great belief in and respect for the words of Swami Vivekananda. These words were uttered 125 years ago, when he was 25 years old. Does it not behove us, during the 150th birth year of Swami Vivekananda, to take an oath to make his words come true? Is it not our responsibility to turn into reality the words of this great man who made India famous the world over? Today, during the 150th birth year of Swami Vivekananda and on the basis of the strength of our youth we must promise to create a prosperous, great India

To move ahead, we must focus on certain things. The whole world says that the 21st century is India’s century. Some say the 21st century is Asia’s century; some say it is China’s century. The reason, I feel the 21st century is India’s is that firstly, whenever humanity has entered an era of knowledge, India has led the way. The 21st century is a century of knowledge. Therefore, I am fully convinced that the 21st century can be India’s.

Secondly, the capabilities to make this century India’s exist within our youth. We are fortunate that in this century, we have the largest army of youngsters in the world.

Thirdly, what is India’s identity? Not now, but 10-15 years ago, India used to be known as a land of snakes and snake-charmers, a land of ghosts, spirits, and black magic. Friends, our youngsters, 20-24 year old youngsters, have gone around the world and changed India’s image.

Fifteen years ago, when I was not the Chief Minister of Gujarat, I visited Taiwan. During my visit, I had an interpreter. On the last day of my tour, we had become quite familiar, he asked quite hesitantly, “Sir, if you don’t mind, I would like to ask you a question.” I said, “Go ahead.” He said, “Sir, do you still have snakes and snake charmers in your nation? Do you still live in a world of ghosts, spirits, and superstitions?” The poor fellow only knew those things. I said “No, these days we are not snake-charmers. We have undergone a major devaluation.” He asked me what that meant. I said, “Our ancestors used to be snake charmers. Our generation is not that good. We have lost our abilities. These days we are mouse-charmers.” Friends, today our youth, who have the computer-mouse at their fingertips, move the whole world. This is the power of our youth. They have highlighted India’s achievements in the world. They have forced the world to look at India through different lenses.

Friends, you might know that when President Clinton came to India he visited a village near Jaipur. In the village, he saw how women running a computer centre. During his visit, one fellow, a dalit member of the village council, who was illiterate, suddenly went up to President Clinton to talk to him. Everyone in the village was shocked and angry. They were afraid he would shame them. This fellow looked President Clinton in the eye, talked to the leader of the free world, and asked him – and the whole world saw this on TV - “Mr. Clinton, do you still think my country is backward? Do you still think of it as drowned in poverty and superstition?” When the interpreter translated this to Mr. Clinton, his face changed, and he replied, “No, I don’t believe this now, and wherever I go in the world, I will tell the world what India really is.”  Our youngsters have such capabilities. We are not inferior to anyone in the world. To take on the world, we need to have this self-confidence.

If we are to compete with China in the 21st century, if we are to seize opportunity and compete with the rest of the world we need to concentrate on three things.

Firstly, we should concentrate on Skill Development. Secondly, our Scale must be large, and three, our Speed must be fast.  Skill, Scale, and Speed: we must excel in these three things. Our youngsters have enthusiasm, energy, and strength, but their skills are not suitably developed, and so they are not partners in the development journey. We have initiated a campaign for skill development in Gujarat. Lakhs of people have been enrolled in skill development programs and a huge budget has been dedicated for this purpose. Nowhere in the country is this being done on such a huge scale. I told my officers, “Think of what a person needs from birth to death and make a list of the required skills.” They made a list of almost 1000 things which are needed and we aim to start skill development training in all those areas. Today we are developing skills in more and more areas, and that is having a positive effect.

Let us talk about speed. In this country, we work in such a way that in we spend a lot of time on paper.  It is my firm opinion that Government has no business doing business. Minimum government, maximum governance – there is no alternative to this.

Friends, you are familiar with the story of the Tata Nano production plant. You must have studied it as a case study. People say – even Ratan Tata says – “we went to Gujarat, and within minutes all work was sorted out, and within no time production started” – all this is well-known. I want to tell you a different story. One day a young man came to my office. He was not very presentable, and his communication skills were very weak. He was Gujarati, but he was born in Africa and later he had moved to Canada and grew up there. We spoke for a few minutes but I thought he was wasting my time.  So I told him to meet the Collector of Baroda. Because of the system in my office, the Collector of Baroda was informed.

After thirteen months, this person came to my office again and my PA told me about him. I told the PA, please send him away, don’t allow him in, this guy is a waste of time. And my PA said, “No sir, he has come to give you an invitation.” I said, “An invitation? Okay, send him in.” He came in and said, “Sir, I had met you earlier, and now my factory is ready, and so I want you to inaugurate it.” I was astounded. This person who had met me and whom I thought had no substance was inviting me to the inauguration. Friends, I was tremendously impressed and I accepted the invitation. He also invited me to the launch of the product which was scheduled 6 months after the inauguration.  My young friends, you will be amazed at all this. A person who comes to meet me for the first time, inaugurates his factory 13 months later, and 6 months after that launches his first product – and what product did I launch there? The metro that you are so proud of in Delhi - I launched the coach of that metro train.

Think of the speed – an individual who was unsure of the place where he would set up his business finished the first coach and delivered it to Delhi within 19 months.  Now every coach on the Delhi metro has been built in Gujarat. Until we work at this speed the world will not wait for us, it will go ahead.

We must work at a very large scale. If you ever have the opportunity, come visit Gandhinagar. There we have built the Mahatma Mandir. It is the largest Convention Centre in India, it was built in 162 days. Friends, scale must be as great as you can imagine.

It is important that we lay emphasis on these things as we move forward on the journey of development. For one thing is certain; the solution to all problems is development.  There is no alternative to development. The nation has been destroyed by vote-bank politics. The nation needs development politics. There can be great changes in this nation, if the nation’s politics is based on development.

Friends, I am among those optimistic people for whom, the glass is always full – half with water and half with air. I can see very clearly that Swami Vivekananda’s dream will definitely come true and through the efforts of our young generation, India will once again rise and become a world leader.

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to be with all of you, to be able to talk to young people like you. Thank you!


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अगरतला के इस स्वामी विवेकानंद मैदान में मैं जब भी आता हूं...पहले से ज्यादा उत्साह नजर आता है। आप हर बार पिछला रिकॉर्ड तोड़ देते हैं। आज नवरात्रि की महानवमी का पवित्र अवसर है। अभी मैं असम में मां कामाख्या की धरती से आया हूं। और अब यहां, माता त्रिपुरेश्वरी, माता बारी के चरणों में प्रणाम करने का अवसर मिला है।

भाइयों बहनों,
आज रामनवमी का पवित्र पर्व भी है। 500 वर्षों के लंबे इंतज़ार के बाद, वो रामनवमी आई है जब भगवान राम अयोध्या में भव्य मंदिर में विराजमान हैं। प्रभु श्रीराम जो कभी टेंट में रहते थे, आज भव्य मंदिर में सूर्य की किरणों ने उनके मस्तक का अभिषेक किया है। और हमारा सौभाग्य देखिए, ऐसे पवित्र और ऐतिहासिक अवसर पर हम सभी नॉर्थ ईस्ट की उस पवित्र धरती पर हैं, जहां सूर्य की किरणें सबसे पहले पहुंचती हैं। आज सूर्य की किरणें, देश के नए प्रकाश का प्रतीक बन रही हैं। आज देश विकसित त्रिपुरा, विकसित भारत के संकल्प के साथ आगे बढ़ रहा है। मैं महाराजा वीर विक्रम किशोर माणिक्य जी और पद्म भूषण थंगा डारलोंग जी जैसे महापुरुषों की धरती त्रिपुरा को प्रणाम करता हूं। मैं सभी को रामनवमी की हार्दिक शुभकामनाएं देता हूं।

त्रिपुरा की जनता का ये समर्थन, इस मैदान पर ये जनसैलाब, बता रहा है कि त्रिपुरा अब पीछे मुड़कर नहीं देखने वाला है। और मैं एयरपोर्ट से यहां आया। पूरे रास्ते भर जो उमंग, उत्साह और जनसैलाब था वो दिखा रहा है त्रिपुरा मूड क्या है, पूरे देश का मूड क्या है। बाबा गरिया की धरती पर हमारी माताओं-बहनों का इतना उत्साह, ये त्रिपुरा को ठगने वालों की नींद उड़ाने वाला है। त्रिपुरा जो सोच लेता है, उसे पूरा करता है। … (ऑडियो गड़बड़)… यहां की कनेक्टिविटी सुधरे, इस पर बीजेपी सरकार का विशेष जोर है। जलजीवन मिशन के तहत 5 लाख से ज्यादा घरों में हमने नल से जल पहुंचाया हैं। बिना किसी कट बिना किसी कमीशन के त्रिपुरा के ढाई लाख किसानों के खातों में किसान सम्मान निधि पहुंच रही है। हमारी सरकार ने यहां 3 लाख से ज्यादा महिलाओं को गैस कनेक्शंस देकर उन्हें धुएं से आज़ादी दिलाई है। आज जनजातीय समाज के बच्चों की अच्छी शिक्षा के लिए एकलव्य मॉडल स्कूल जैसे काम भी बीजेपी ही कर रही है। आप कल्पना करिए, हमारे त्रिपुरा में, जहां कुल आबादी ही कुछ लाख है, वहां मोदी के आने से पहले ये लाखों लोग जीवन की जरूरी सुविधाओं से वंचित थे। ये केवल मोदी के कामों का हिसाब नहीं है। जब मैं सारे काम गिनाता हूं। इसका मतलब है कि ये कांग्रेस और लेफ्ट की विकास-विरोधी राजनीति का आइना भी है।

आज आपके बीच आया हूं, तो मुझे ये भी याद आ रहा है कि कैसे त्रिपुरा में पीएम आवास योजना कुछ स्थानीय नियमों में फंस गई थी। त्रिपुरा की भौगोलिक स्थिति की वजह से यहां ज्यादा गरीबों को पीएम आवास योजना का लाभ नहीं मिल पाता था। कच्चे घर की परिभाषा इसमें बाधा थी। जब मुझे इसका पता चला तो मैंने कहा ऐसे तो नहीं चलेगा। हमने त्रिपुरा के लिए ‘कच्चे’ घर की परिभाषा ही बदल दी। आज उसका ही नतीजा है कि त्रिपुरा में करीब साढ़े तीन लाख पक्के घर यहां के लोगों को मिल सके हैं। अब भाजपा ने संकल्प लिया है कि अगले 5 वर्षों में देश में 3 करोड़ नए घर बनाए जाएंगे। इसका भी बड़ा लाभ मेरे त्रिपुरा के लोगों को मिलेगा। और मैं आपको एक काम बताता हूं करोगे, करोगे, पक्का करोगे। जब आप लोगों से मिलने जाएं और आपको ये कहीं नजर आएं कि कोई है जो कच्चा घर में रहता है, उसको पक्का घर नहीं मिला है उनको कह देना मोदी की तरफ से, कि मोदी की गारंटी है, ये दूसरे जो 3 करोड़ घर बन रहे हैं, उसमें से उसको भी मिलेगा। ये वादा करके आ जाइए, आपका वादा ही मेरी जिम्मेवारी है।

इन 10 वर्षों में त्रिपुरा और नॉर्थ ईस्ट के विकास के लिए बीजेपी ने जो किया है न, वो तो बस ट्रेलर है। अभी तो हमें त्रिपुरा को और भी आगे ले जाना है। बीजेपी ने अगले 5 वर्ष का जो संकल्प पत्र पेश किया है, वो त्रिपुरा के लोगों के लिए समृद्धि का काम करेगा। अगले 5 वर्ष, हर लाभार्थी को मुफ्त राशन मिलता रहेगा ताकि गरीब का चूल्हा जलता रहे, गरीब के बच्चे भूखे न रहें, और ये मोदी की गारंटी है। और एक बहुत बड़ी घोषणा बीजेपी ने अपने मेनिफेस्टो में की है। इसका सीधा लाभ परिवार के उन लोगों को पहले होगा जिनकी आयु 30 साल, 40 साल, 50 साल, 60 साल है। मेहनत करके कमाई करते हैं और परिवार में दादा है, दादी है, पिता है, बुजुर्ग है, मैं उन दोनों के लिए वादा लेकर आया हूं। आपके परिवार में जो 70 साल से ऊपर के हैं। कोई भी हो, त्रिपुरा का कोई भी नागरिक, जो 70 साल से ऊपर का है और अगर वो बीमार हो जाता है, गंभीर तकलीफ आ जाती है, तो अब उनके बच्चों को, आप सबको चिंता करने की जरूरत नहीं है। अब मोदी उसका खर्चा करेगा। उनका इलाज, उनकी दवाई, मोदी करेगा और आपको इतने पैसे बचेंगे जो आपके और काम आ जाएंगे और आपके माता-पिता की तबीयत भी अच्छी हो जाएगी। ये हमने आय़ुष्मान योजना के तहत 70 साल से ऊपर के सभी महानुभाव के लिए, माताओं-बहनों के लिए गारंटी दी है। मुफ्त इलाज मिलेगा। कोई गरीब घर के बुजुर्ग हों, मध्यम वर्ग के हों या उच्च वर्ग के, हर बुजुर्ग को बीजेपी आयुष्मान योजना के दायरे में लाएगी। इसका बहुत बड़ा लाभ त्रिपुरा के लोगों को होगा, यहां के बुजुर्गों को होगा।

त्रिपुरा के विकास के लिए हमारी सरकार ने जिस HIRA मॉडल पर काम किया है, और अभी मुख्यमंत्री जी अभी HIRA मॉडल की चर्चा कर रहे थे। आज उसकी पूरे देश में चर्चा हो रही है। HIRA यानि Highway, Internet way, Railway और Airway! ये मैंने आपसे वायदा किया था और इसे पूरा करके दिखाया है। आज त्रिपुरा में 3 हजार करोड़ रुपये की लागत से फोर लेन हाइवे का काम प्रगति पर है। वेस्टर्न अगरतला बाइपास का काम भी अगले दो-ढाई वर्ष में पूरा करने का लक्ष्य रखा गया है। त्रिपुरा को बांग्लादेश से जोड़ने के लिए दो-तीन साल पहले मैत्री सेतु की शुरुआत की गई है। एक समय था जब त्रिपुरा में मोबाइल के सिग्नल भी ठीक से नहीं आते थे। लेकिन अब, त्रिपुरा में 5G सेवाओं का भी विस्तार हो रहा है। और मैं आपको एक बात बताऊं...अगर दिल्ली में कांग्रेस की सरकार होती, तो आपका मोबाइल बिल जो आज मोदी के राज में मोबाइल बिल 400-500 रुपए आता है, अगर कांग्रेस होती न तो आपका मोबाइल का बिल तीन-चार हजार रुपए से कम नहीं आता। ये काम मोदी करता है। लेकिन मोदी ने मोबाइल डेटा इतना सस्ता कर दिया है कि गरीब से गरीब भी मोबाइल पर इंटरनेट का इस्तेमाल कर रहा है। और कोविड में गरीब के बच्चे से मोबाइल से पढ़ाई कर रहे थे। और किसी से पीछे नहीं छूटे।

रेलवेज़ के विकास के लिए, बीते 10 वर्षों में त्रिपुरा को 1 दर्जन से अधिक ट्रेनों से जोड़ा गया है। राज्य की रेलवे लाइन्स के इलेक्ट्रिफिकेशन के काम को तेजी से पूरा कराया गया है। हमारी ही सरकार ने राजधानी अगरतला में महाराजा बीर बिक्रम एयरपोर्ट पर नया आधुनिक टर्मिनल बनवाया। अब माणिक साहा जी की सरकार त्रिपुरा के विकास के लिए एक कदम और आगे बढ़कर HIRA plus मॉडल पर काम कर रही है।

पहले राजनैतिक पार्टियों और सरकारों को नॉर्थ ईस्ट की याद तभी आती थी, जब उन्हें आपके वोट चाहिए होते थे। कांग्रेस और इंडी अलायंस की सरकार में नॉर्थ-ईस्ट के लिए केवल एक ही पॉलिसी चलती थी- ‘लूट ईस्ट पॉलिसी’। आपको याद है न, उनकी पॉलिसी थी ‘लूट ईस्ट पॉलिसी’। लेकिन, 10 साल पहले मोदी ने कांग्रेस-कम्यूनिस्टों के इंडी अलायंस वालों की ‘लूट ईस्ट पॉलिसी’ को बंद कर दिया है। अब देश की Act East Policy पर आगे बढ़ रहा है। हम नॉर्थ ईस्ट के विकास के लिए दिन रात काम कर रहे हैं। मैं ऐसा पहला प्रधानमंत्री हूं जो पिछले 10 वर्षों में 50 से ज्यादा बार नॉर्थ-ईस्ट आया हूं। जबकि कांग्रेस सरकारों में कई मंत्रियों को ये भी नहीं पता होता था कि भारत के नक्शे में त्रिपुरा कहां पड़ता है!

आज त्रिपुरा के लिए बीजेपी का मतलब है- विकास की राजनीति! लेकिन, यहां कम्यूनिस्टों का इतिहास रहा है- विनाश की राजनीति! और कांग्रेस का तो ट्रैक रिकॉर्ड ही है- करप्शन की राजनीति! जब तक त्रिपुरा में CPM और कांग्रेस पक्ष-विपक्ष में रहे यहां करप्शन फलता-फूलता रहा। कम्यूनिस्टों ने त्रिपुरा को हिंसा और भ्रष्टाचार का अड्डा बना दिया था। तब कांग्रेस विपक्ष में थी। लेकिन, आज एक दूसरे को गाली देने वाले यही लोग अपनी लूट की दुकान बचाने यहां एक साथ आ गए हैं। ये कांग्रेस-कम्यूनिस्ट इतने अवसरवादी हैं कि यहां त्रिपुरा में इनका गठबंधन है, लेकिन केरला में ये लोग एक दूसरे के जानी दुश्मन हैं। केरला में कांग्रेस कम्यूनिस्टों को आतंकवादी कहती है और कम्यूनिस्ट कांग्रेस को महाभ्रष्ट कहते हैं। आप वहां के अखबार देख लीजिए, यही बोलते हैं।

करप्शन को लेकर ये देश के साथ कैसे खेल खेलते हैं, ये भी त्रिपुरा की धरती से पूरे देश को बताना चाहता हूं। सब जानते हैं कांग्रेस के युवराज यूपी में चुनाव हारने के बाद अपनी इज्जत बचाने के लिए केरला भाग गए थे। अब इन दिनों केरला के मुख्यमंत्री ने कांग्रेस के युवराज के खिलाफ हल्ला बोल दिया है। इससे नाराज होकर कांग्रेस के युवराज ने कहा कि केरला के सीएम भ्रष्टाचार में डूबे हुए हैं...उन्हें जेल में डालना चाहिए। हमेशा केन्द्रीय जांच एजेंसियों को गाली देने वाले युवराज, अब उनसे केरला के सीएम के खिलाफ कार्रवाई की मांग कर रहे हैं। यानि किसी ने उनकी आलोचना की तो कांग्रेस के युवराज चाहते हैं कि उसे जेल की सलाखों के पीछे डाल दिया जाए। भ्रष्टाचार का दोषी कोई भी व्यक्ति छोड़ा नहीं जाएगा, ये भी हमारा संकल्प है। मैं बार बार केरला सीएम की भ्रष्ट सरकार का सच लोगों के सामने लाता हूं। लेकिन तब कांग्रेस की बोलती बंद हो जाती है। अब कांग्रेस के युवराज की आलोचना हुई तो कांग्रेस, केरला के सीएम को जेल में डलवाना चाहती है। लेकिन साथियों, वहां तो जेल में डलवाना चाहते हैं, और यहां महल में भेजना चाहते हैं। ये कौन सा तरीका है। लेकिन साथियों, जैसे ही कोई जांच एजेंसी कार्रवाई करेगी, यही कांग्रेस चीख-चीख कर कहना शुरू कर देगी कि मोदी ने गलत किया है। यही है इन लोगों का असली चेहरा। इसलिए जब मैं कहता हूँ भ्रष्टाचार हटाओ, तो कांग्रेस कहती है भ्रष्टाचारी बचाओ!

इस लोकसभा चुनाव में कांग्रेस और कम्यूनिस्टों को दिया एक भी वोट, आप लिख के रखिए, कांग्रेस को आपने एक भी वोट दिया, कम्युनिस्टों को एक भी वोट दिया, वो केंद्र में सरकार नहीं बना सकता। आपका वोट बेकार जाएगा। और इसीलिए आपका वोट बीजेपी की सरकार बनाएगा ये गारंटी है। BJP-NDA को दिया हर वोट- विकसित भारत बनाएगा। इसलिए मेरा आपसे आग्रह है कि 19 अप्रैल को आप त्रिपुरा वेस्ट सीट से भाजपा उम्मीदवार मेरे मित्र बिपल्व कुमार देव जी और फिर 26 अप्रैल यानि दूसरे चरण में त्रिपुरा ईस्ट सीट से भाजपा उम्मीदवार महारानी कृति सिंह देवबर्मा जी दीदी रानी को भारी मतों से विजयी बनाएं। बीजेपी को दिया आपका एक एक वोट, त्रिपुरा की समृद्धि के लिए मोदी की गारंटी को मजबूत करेगा। तो आप ज्यादा से ज्यादा लोगों से मिलोगे, घर-घर जाओगे, पोलिंग बूथ जीतोगे। आपको मेरा एक काम और करना है, त्रिपुरा के जन-जन तक मेरा प्रणाम पहुंचाना है। भारी मतों से जीतोगे, मेरा एक काम करोगे। घर-घर जाना है, सबको बताना है, कि अपने मोदी अगरतला आए थे और आप सबको प्रणाम पहुंचाया है। मेरा प्रणाम पहुंचा देंगे। हर किसी को मेरा प्रणाम पहुंचा देंगे।
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