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"After ten years, the Government in Delhi is remembering the poor. Their motive is suspect: Shri Modi on Twitter"
"The Congress-led Government sitting in Delhi has burdened the people with price rise and what they are now doing is inflicting salt on their wounds: CM on Twitter"
"For the last ten years, Gujarat is providing the poor with wheat at Rs. 2/- and rice at Rs. 3/- through PDS. Is this not food security: CM on Twitter"

On Thursday 13th June 2013 Shri Narendra Modi took on the Centre, questioning them over the bringing of the ordinance on bringing on the Food Security Bill. He said that for ten years the UPA has been in power but why is it that they remembered the poor only now? He added that what the UPA is doing is adding salt on the wounds of the common man, who is deeply affected by rising prices. Shri Modi also shared that Gujarat is giving wheat at Rs. 2/- and rice at Rs. 3/- through the PDS and asked if this is not food security?

Shri Modi Tweeted, गुजरात में १० वर्षों से गरीबों को दो रुपये किलो गेहूं, तीन रुपये किलो चावल PDS द्वारा उपलब्ध करवाया जा रहा है| क्या यह खाद्य सुरक्षा नही है?” (For the last ten years, Gujarat is providing the poor with wheat at Rs. 2/- and rice at Rs. 3/- through PDS. Is this not food security?). He further wrote, दिल्ली सरकार को दस वर्षों के बाद आज गरीब की याद रही है, उनकी नियत पर शक होता है|” (After ten years, the Government in Delhi is remembering the poor. Their motive is suspect.). Attacking the Centre for adding salt to the wounds of the common man he Tweeted, दिल्ली में बैठी कांग्रेस की सरकार महंगाई से त्राहि-त्राहि कर रही गरीब जनता के घाव पर नमक छिड़कने का काम कर रही है|” (The Congress-led Government sitting in Delhi has burdened the people with price rise and what they are now doing is inflicting salt on their wounds).

Shri Modi had even questioned the motives of the Centre while addressing a public meeting in Vadodara on 12th June 2013, where he had gone to inaugurate development works. He had remarked, “I do not know when they will serve the food but they are only serving bills.” Referring to the Centre he said, “You formed the Government in 2004. If you were sincere about feeding the poor why are you thinking about this now? Were people not hungry in 2004?” Shri Modi added that the BJP wants that the poor are fed properly and have even taken steps in this regard. He pointed that had the Centre learned from the work BJP Governments across India are doing in feeding the power, a day like this would not have come. Shri Modi went on to question the Centre, “Do you now also want to make hunger a political issue? Will you now see how many Thalis give how many votes?”

He even took on the Government over mismanagement of rotting food grains and the callous attitude of the Government in this regard. Speaking at the inauguration of Gujarat’s first agro mall in Surat the Chief Minister had affirmed, “The Supreme Court asked the Government to give food grains (that were lying unused) to the poor but you would be surprised that it did not happen. Right now for votes they are talking about various laws but they did not follow the Supreme Court and give grains to the poor. And what did they do? They gave the grains to alcohol manufactures at a price of 65p. The Centre is not bothered about the poor…they only talk and give new slogans.” Shri Modi added, “If they were so bothered about the poor then they should have followed what the Supreme Court said.”

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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.