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Date : 20thNovember, 2011

Porbandar

 

The way, in which ‘Sadbhavna Mission’ is accepted, I offer my salute to this land and to the people. I consider myself a very lucky person. Not lucky because you have given me this seat but because relentlessly you have kept giving me your blessings, always kept giving me!Friends, such showers of love, showers of affection is very difficult to find in today’s age for a person connected to politics.When such unlimited love is showered by six crorescitizens of this state, a new power is generated to toil hard for them.When I shake hand with so many citizens, an inner power flows within me, it creates a new strength within me and this new power and strength makes mydetermination to work for this state, for upliftment of the poor more and morefirm and strong.A small Muslim child without hands, comes and writes ‘Sadbhavna’ with his feet, just imagine to what extent he must have affected my heart!So simply I asked him about his studies, he replied Sir, your Government has given me admission otherwise no one was ready to give me admission before, they used to say that he has no hands, then how will we teach him?To make me study in school,your workers tried very hard to get admission for me and now I get the First Rank!

Friends, these are all strengths. And these strengths are fortune of Gujarat, future of Gujarat. Today when Ihave come between you for this ‘Sadbhavna Mission’, when I have come toSudamapuri, when I have come to this pious land of Bapu, Ladies & Gentlemen, I want to tell this country and the world at the top of my voice that whatever be yourcalculations, your equations, your hidden agendas from ten years you have utilized your brains, powers, capacities but now you all accept that you cannot stop the development journey of Gujarat. Even your lacsof impedimentscannot extinguish the flame of progress. You may bang your heads again and again and get tired but these six crore Gujaratis will quit only after achieving what they had decided and it needs to be written on. Ladies & Gentlemen, wherever development is discussed, Gujarat is remembered, Gujarat is identified! Someone talks about Gujarat because he likes Gujarat and one who dislikes Gujarat, he too has to talk about Gujarat only.If you say ‘Development’, the person at the front says ‘Gujarat’ and if you say ‘Gujarat’, the other person says ‘Development’. As ‘Development’ and ‘Gujarat’ have become synonymous words, identical expressions. And one thing is confirmed Friends, that if there is any solution for every problem,any solution for every grief, any instrument to get freedom from all troubles, it isonly thedevelopment.If there is any medicine of all troubles, it is only the development. The only valuable herb that could keep away all the social problems is development. Today the whole country is discussing that Gujarat has made wonderful development. Have we ever thought about it? Has this fishing started after Modi came? It’s been done since our ancestors. But today export of fishes from Gujarat is more than that of diamond. Whyit was not thought before? Did this sea come after mein Porbandar? You speak a bit loudly, before also it was there, right? Before also there were fishermen, right? But do they care a bit?After the formation of Manmohan Singh’s Government in Delhi, some4500 of my fishermen brothers are trapped by Pakistanisand are dragged in their jails to get rotten.Just day before yesterday, they took away twenty two boats, many were pushed behind the bars and my officers gave me this news. Though my ‘Sadbhavna Mission’was going on, I wrote a reprimand letter to the Prime Minister.What is this going on? They are hijacking our persons thrice in a week? And you just met thePrime Minister of Pakistan and patted his back and said that this Prime Minister is the messenger of peace. Prime minister of Pakistan is the messenger of peace! My fishermen brothers, you just tell, they took away your son, husband or your brother, are they messengers of peace, Brother?Speak loudly so that ManmohanSinghji can hear…Certifying just anybody! I visited China recently, Gujarati boys are jailed there, so I had an eye to eye talk with them and you? Patting the back and saying messenger of peace, messenger of peace!And here on one side you were patting their back and they took away my twenty boats.This game is going on. I have told the Priem Minister many times that India has an agreement with Sri Lanka. The agreement is such that if a boat of this country goes that side or if a boat from that side comes this way, then within 15 days it is decided that other than fishing,whether they had any other fraudulent intention? If not, then to let them go. From this side we hand over to them, those from that side, they hand over to us, within fifteen days.I asked that why can’t we have a similar agreement with Pakistan? Every fifteen days just decide that this much yours had come, take them and this much are ours, hand over…Not doing!Till there was Atalji’sGovernment, Pakistan Government could never touch the boats of our fishermen, and today Pakistan has captured near about 550 boats worth lakhs of rupees. And how those boats are used for illegal deeds? The boats are being used in such a way that the security of the country can be put to danger. And this people do not have time to tell their Government. Gujarat’s coastal area of 1600km.,our efforts through the Sea Farer scheme for their development, Government schemes worth crores of rupees to get sweet water in the area but our sea farer brother may go for fishing and Pakistan carry them away to settle their account and Delhi Government just keep on counting and nothing else! Initially they used to drop them here, now where do they leave? Near Amritsar, now he may not have a single penny in his pocket, if he wants to come here, up toVeraval or Porbandar, it might become difficult for him to have even peanuts-grams, such deceits are going on.And by behaving in such way, they make our people unhappy, these are such people… Is there no contribution of fishermen in country’sprogress?Well, foreign currency is collected by my fisherman, they bring earnings.How much your software engineer may bring, the same amount of foreign currency is earned by my fisherman brother, and I am proud of it. But you are not still bothered. It creates resentment in mind, Gentlemen, but still there is no effect..!

This inflation is so high, but is the Government in Delhi concerned? They don’t even name it. Not to mention doing anything about it!Recently I had been to a meeting, I said Sir, why so? People are shouting so much, they can’t make efforts to cook food, poor people are in trouble, why are you sitting with your mouth shut? You don’t speak a word about inflation. SoniaBahen is not saying a word, no one speaks, no one utters anything about inflation! Isn’t therea problem of price rise, Brother? Sisters,speak up loudly, too much price rise is there or not? They gave promise that inflation would be reduced within hundred days, but it is increasing daily, everyday. Rising day by day!So I asked him, I said that ok, don’t reduce it but atleast express your grief, say that peopleare suffering and we feelsorrow for that, we will find out some way… ensure atleast this much, but they don’t utter a word! I have found out the reason why he is not speaking anything. When they camefor votes, that time they had written a slogan, do you remember? The slogan was, ‘Vote for the Common Man’.Now who faces the maximum problem of price rise? The woman and they had asked votes for common man, so they are not worried about the problems of a middleclass woman, they have nothing to bother and thereforehe doesn’t speak a single word.

Ladies & Gentlemen, Today when I have arrived on the land of Porbandar, when I speak about development and when you have showered so much of enthusiasm and lovethen, I am announcing new projects of Rs. 281 crores to land of Porbandar.Hard working, poor brothers of Porbandar, whohave a dream of having their own houses,this Government has decided to spend more than Rs. 81 crores towards the construction of around 2500 houses for the poor and thus they will be given a shelter in Porbandar. To provide drinking water in the city of Porbandar, the State Government has decided to allot Rs. 26.31 crores, so that drinking water becomes available to Porbandar.For the construction of Flyover Bridge near Porbandar-NarsinhTekri National Highway, it has been decided to contribute Rs. 62 crores.It is decided to allocate Rs. 12 crores to provide houses to more than 600 poor people of Kutiyana, so that man living a slum life may get some shelter, a home.It is decided to make a modern Porbandar-Advana road at a cost of Rs. 25 crores.When Iwent to Advana and I saw the road, on the same day I decided to construct road, once it stops shaking. Today few friendsfromAdvana came, they told me that Sir, the moment your feet, as strong as adamant,touched, there are no more tremors beneath Advana, it has stopped shaking and now for the construction of a paved good road toAdvana, a scheme of Rs. 25 crores is thus announced. Allocation of Rs. 32 crores has been decided for the improvement of 17 various roads in Dhed region. For colonies within the Vadiregionand its connectingroads, a scheme of Rs. 8 crores is finalized, so that it can provide facility to the people living in Vadi region. Famous pilgrimage Harsiddhi Mata, the manner in which people all over the country come to Dwarka with faith, the same way they visit to serve Harsiddhi Mata also.On that divine place, for national highway, Rs. 5 crores is decided to be spent for renovation of HarsiddhiTemple.A total of Rs. 20 crores is organized in the sea-farer region for power facilities in slum areas in the sea-farer region, Trauma centre in Porbandar hospital, modernization in fisheries terminal, additionalwater resources for farmers, etc. Ladies & Gentlemen, The Government has decided to construct a very important bridge on Bhadar river that would connect Ranavav and Kutiyanataluka,the bridge between Merana and Chhatrala on the river Bhadarat the cost of Rs.8 crores.It is planned to provide perennial transportation facility to the people of 15 villages of Ranavav, Kutiyana and Porbandar.The people of these villages who had to cross 15 km long on highway, due tothe construction of this bridge crossing this long route would now become matter of past.Ladies & Gentlemen, This is a douceurof Rs. 281 crores. As you have expressed the love towards this ‘Sadbhavna Mission’, we also adhere to our responsibilities and keep moving forward.

Ladies & Gentlemen, The manner in which Gujarat has developed, in the roots of its progress, question arises in the mind of many people, itsevaluated by many people in different ways, and many of them are not even ready to accept its development. As Vajubhai was just nowsaying that the Indian Government haspublished figuresshowing how many people got employment in the whole country. You all knowwhoseGovernment is there in India. They said that out of total employmentsmade available, 71% of them inonly Gujarat and the entire nation in the remaining 29%.You just think, on one side there is a class and on the other side there is mass. How this employment has become possible? It has become possible only due to thedevelopment.Rupalalji said that once 25 lakhsack cotton was used to produced, today 1crore 25 lakh sacks of cotton are produced.Who got benefit of this development? Farmers got it!Ladies & Gentlemen, All get the benefits of thisdevelopment. There has been development in education, development in skill enhancement, agricultural sector has achieved new heights, Fishing industry is developing, work meant for fish, zingabreeding is in progress… The fishermen of Navsari have turned towards forming pearls from shell,I want to take it in that direction that on the entire 1600 km coastal area, my fishermen become capable of pearl formation. You all must be aware about pearl folding and all this is possible.

But what led to this development? Some may say because Chief Minister is efficient, some may say because the Government is good, some may be positive about the policies. Different people praise and welcomethis development in different way. Some may say because of the Delhi Government. There are some of that kind also! It’s all because of them, because of you. Do it in Delhi first, we will see whenever the flow reaches here.Ladies & Gentlemen, Everybody find different reasons for this development, but today I want to tell the real reason.I have taken up this ‘Sadbhavna Mission’ to make the world understand the actual reason behind this development. I have initiated this ‘Sadbhavna Fast’ to explain the root cause of development of Gujarat.In Gujarat, the girls can go out of their houses wearing gold jewelry at 12 o’clock at night, I have started ‘Sadbhavna Mission’ to explain the force behind that atmosphere.Children here were not going to school, but now 100% students have started going to school.I have started this ‘Sadbhavna Mission’ to avowedlytell the world about the origin of this strength.What is that power? You may also not aware about that power, you may not have even thought of it. When son returns back home from school in the evening and his mother must have prepared some fresh hot food, some breakfast for him, but the son might not imagine what troubles his mother must have faced for it. At the end of the month when father hands over salary and the child says I want to bring cycle or scooter and takes money, that time son might not know what hardships are hidden behind it. When someone has no idea about it, don’t realize it, it becomes necessary to break the silence.

Ladies & Gentlemen, The development that has occurred in Gujarat, the whole world hasalso openly accepted it but what is in the root of this?The root is the six crore brothers & sisters of Gujarat, you all.This development is not because of me, it is because of you, because of your hardwork and within this, what you have done that I want to tell to the world. The unity, the brotherhood, the peace that is maintained by Gujarat, has been the reasons to cross the heights of progress. And I want to tell this in each and every corner of India that if you want to progress, you will have to stop seeding poison and accept the chant of development. Your state will also not lag behind andmay even give a lead to Gujarat. I invite everybody to come and get a moral from six crore citizens of Gujarat that have shown their unity, brotherhood, peace and you also come forward on the path of progress.

What has the history of sixty years tell us? To have fight between brothers, to have a fight between communities, to have fight between villages, to have fight between states, to have fight on the issue of water. Well, you may be surprised, in India there are more than 14 states that have disputes for last 50 years regarding consumption and usage of water. Their cases are sub judice inthe Supreme Court but the disputes are not ending. Seethe goodwill, ‘Sadbhavna’ of Gujarat, the Narmada water is supplied to Rajasthan. No clash, no conflicts, no contention.Whatever was the share of Rajasthanthat much amount of water, without any uproar, is provided and today brother of Rajasthan is happy. This is what is called empathy, ‘Sadbhavna’. At that time
Bhairon Singh Shekhawat met me, he was Vice President of India at that time. Jaswant Singh was also present there.
Bhairon Singhji specially invited me to his home for meal. I asked the reason for their insistence thatI have to leave my work and come? He said whatever is there, but you will have to come. I went, I again asked for the reason, so he said there is no other reason, the way our thirsty land of Rajasthan was provided with Narmada’s water, to express our enthusiasm, as a representative of Gujarat, we have invited you today, this is called goodwill, ‘Sadbhavna’. But if we want to keep our country united, if we want to have brotherhood in the country and if we want to remove of all types of disputes between communities, caste, languages, all quarrels on water then we will have to spread the ideology of ‘Sadbhavna’ in every nooks and corners of India and Gujarat is its laboratory, Gujarat has proved it.

Ladies & Gentlemen, There was a time when there were such poor children in the villages who after having mother’s milk,had never seen other milk in their life. They had never tasted any other milk other than mother’s milk. I once requested villagers that you have dairy running there, every morningyou go to fill milk in dairy, there are fifteen to twenty poor children in your village, small tiny kids who have never seen the milk in their life, would you do me a favour?Villagers said yes, we will. I told them that you do one thing, at the time of filling milk in the dairy, keep an empty can and write on it ‘Share of God’ and whoever comes to fill milk, may fill some milk in the empty can, may be if one wishes to give 50 gms he may give 50 gms, some may wish to donate 100 gms, then he may donate 100gms, some may donate even 500gms as per their wishes and whatever is collected in ‘Share of God’, may be 1 litre, 2 litre, 5 litre that milk should be distributed daily among poor children of the village who are deprived of milk.Gentlemen, there are thousands of such villages in Gujarat today where ‘Share of God’ is kept aside and given to children, this is what is called ‘Sadbhavna’. I want to show this goodwill to the world and therefore, these people working with such strength, I am trying to pep up their energy through my encouraging speech and through my exercise of abstinence which will reach each and every individual.

There was a time when any of your relative in Porbandar is sick and got admitted ina hospital in Ahmedabad, if one wished to go to see him then one had to enquire by phone whether there is curfew in that area of Ahmedabad or not?There was a time when going to Ahmedabad used to create tension about curfew. If a child was studying in Ahmedabad, then the parents would worry about his life. This was a routine in Gujarat. No occasion was such, evenif there was procession of Jagannathji’sRathyatra then people would cancel the booking of hall, as they were scared, if Rathyatra is carried peacefully then only we can arrange for marriage else it is not possible..!This was the condition of Gujarat. Within 12 months,curfew was imposed for 15 times. Knives were used…rickshaws, stalls, shops, buses were burnt out… Newspapers were filled with such news and photographs showing police lathi charge, firing, using tear gas shells. Ladies & Gentlemen, today in Gujarat the existence of all this vanished away. No policeharassment, no lathi charge, no tear gas, no firings… no burning of houses, shops, stalls, rickshaws, no tension of curfew! There was a time when a child is born, he may not be able to speak ‘mummy’ or‘papa’,but was able to speak ‘curfew’. He knew about curfew since his birth.He may not recognize his real uncle but could recognize Police Uncle. This was going on throughout the year! Today this curfew has been exiled from Gujarat, what is the reason? The unity, peace and brotherhood because of which, Gujarat has obtained a new strength. Otherwise since independence, this was a frequent scenario. Ladies & Gentlemen, Gujarat has come out of it with a new ideology of development.

Our friends always keep utteringthe name of Gandhiji, till today they have used him as much as possiblebut they have never felt to do what Gandhiji always expected.Mahatama Gandhi in his entire life desired for the abolition of cow slaughtering. This was his dream of life.Though the Supreme Court has ordered, the Government in Delhidoesn’thave the capacity to make laws regarding abolition of cow slaughtering. Today so many BhuvaAata, brothers fromMaldhari community have come… I am proud to inform that it is the Gujarat Government who has formed the most stringent laws for the protection of cows.An atmosphere has been created and has itseffected also. Now Muslim community in Vadodara district has come forward forcow sheds. This is ‘Sadbhavna’, Friends..! Why can’t be changed? But no, you don’t want to change, you don’t have any programme other than filling ballot box. You don’t dare to speak the truth,but we do have and so we say it with a bang that to us these six crore Gujaratis are our mind, our hands, legs and heart and not any voting cards. It is an alive and awakecivil society which is a form of God and we have bowed down to its feet.We are the people working for this land.

‘Sadbhavna’generatesstrength andGujarat has experienced it today. Controversies, commotion, votebank politics, communaldiscordance, you just think, how much communal discord we had? Was there any caste left?All quarreled with one another, no one was left. To cook their political bread from time to time two communities were made to fight. I don’t want to take anybody’s name butthere was not a single community left such that it had no fight with other community. And this has happened in the whole country. The poison of casteism is spread in such a way… Patels and Darbarsare made to fight with each other, and all other communities also. The children studying in hostel were also divided in two groups, if it’s a hospital then rooms were separated for instance,keep your 20 cots this side and our 20 cots on that side, otherwise there would be clash. Why, have you to spread this poison? Do you want to destroy the society for getting votes and filling ballotboxes?Ladies & Gentlemen, Through this ‘Sadbhavna Mission’, I have to tell all the citizens of India that this poison of racism is not going to make a good to any of us, it is going to destroy us and Gujarat has come out of it. It has come out of the poison of communalism and thereforeGujaratis developing today.All the poor should be equal, all afflicted should be equal! Why there should be any colour of racism? The poor is a poor, the sufferer is a sufferer, the handicap is a handicap, the blind is a blind they all are the parts of the human being,to take care of all of them equally is the message of ‘Sadbhavna’.

Ladies & Gentlemen, these people keep taking the name of Gandhiji. One incident is coming to my mind. Since Gandhiji served the leprosy patients, someone approached him. Gandhiji used to serve leprosy patients leaving behind all his work on every Thursday.And in our Porbandar district also works for helping leprosy patientsare carried on.Once there was an inauguration of leprosy hospital. The pioneers of that hospital went to Gandhiji and requested him for inaugurating the hospital.That time Gandhiji’s reply was that he won’t come for inauguration of leprosy hospital, but the day you call me to lock the hospital, that time I will come to lock it! At first, someone may think Gandhiji to be very rude. But Gandhiji felt that leprosy should be eliminated and thus hewantedto lock the hospital. Ladies & Gentlemen, Gandhiji could not get chance to lock the hospital of leprosy in his life, but I am lucky, I got a chance to lock the hospital. In the eradication of leprosy from the whole country,by providing the best service, today Gujarat has removed it from all the parameters. AndAbdul Kalam, the Ex-President of India, if you go on internet, and read any of his speeches, he has always without fail written a special paragraph on leprosy eradication in Gujarat. Wherever he went in the world, he mentioned about the works carried out in Gujarat towards leprosy eradication. This was Gandhiji’s dream, that dream is fulfilled by us, Friends.

MahatmaGandhiused to say aboutthe principle ofTrusteeship, leave it on the faith of people. These days, we have started a mission in the schools of Gujarat. Within that, a small store is run in the school. Our teachers culture students. The store is such that all students’ requirements like note books, pencils, erasers,books, everythingis available there with a tag and a box is kept over there. No one is present there, students themselves have to take the things, calculate its amount and drop the money in the box. No one is available to give or take,everything is openly done. Such programme is carried in all the schools of Gujarat, but not a single child has stolen a single thing anywhere and paid the proper amount also.This culture of trusteeship is given by our Government. Mahatma Gandhi had told them but we followed it to give such culture to children, the mission is carried by us. There was an earthquake in Gujarat. Class rooms in the schools had to be constructed after the earthquake. But in Kutch alone there were so many class rooms required that if the Government machinery try to construct, when would it be constructed? So we thought on it and gathered villagers.They were earthquake victims, their houses were demolished,some or other member of their family was dead.I told villagers that first of all we have to construct rooms in the schools. This is the map, you may complete the work, and we will give you money. You may get cement from cement bank, iron from iron bank, tin sheets from tin sheet bankand complete the work as per this design. Village committees were formed, I gave them the money and the village people unanimously decided that we would build three rooms in place of two, five where it was three, bigger instead of small, would donate land if required, but would build a good school! Ladies & Gentlemen, Within the earthquake affected area, wherever schools were built, we did pay for that but there were earthquake victims, if they felt they could have taken cement, iron or tin sheets to their homes, if they felt they could have sneaked awaysome money, but I am proud to say that because of this Principle of Trusteeship, by having faith in people, after the completion of work, villagers returned the remaining amount and it was approximately three crore rupees. This is the Principle of Trusteeship. I just wanted to show you how we try to fulfill the dream of Mahatma Gandhi.

Mahatma Gandhi used to say, ‘From Village Rule to God Rule’. How can a tribute to revered Bapu be offered? Which the best tribute? I always tell that one thing was very much dear to Bapu and that dear thing was cleanliness. Mahatma Gandhi was very insistent oncleanliness, he never made any compromise for cleanliness.Ladies & Gentlemen, This State Government has initiated a drive to construct lavatories in the villages.In the schools there were no separate toilets for girls. I started the mission for the construction of lavatories and during this,every moment I remembered Gandhiji. Today in Gujarat, more lavatories are made in these ten years than made in past 50 years so that women may not feel embraced to go for toilet in the open. This Government has taken care for the health of female and worked to fulfill Mahatma Gandhi’s dream.

Mahatma Gandhi used to tell that India is a country of villages. The nation will prosper only if the village will prosper.And in the villages, we have started to provide works to women. They may do handicraft, artistry, small scaleentrepreneurial works can be carried by women. In below poverty line Under the scheme of ‘Mission Mangalam’,nearly 2.5 lakh ‘Sakhi Mandals’ have been formed in Gujarat, and more than 25 lakh women, who are below the poverty line, are members of these ‘Sakhi Mandals’. They are from poor families. Some of them can save one rupee per day, some are able to save daily five rupees and they make some capital. If their business runs systematically for six months, the Government adds some amount in it and then also help get finance from the Bank. I am proud to tell that a mission is established so that women may contribute in economic progress of Gujarat,they can get engaged in financial matters and lead a successful life and because of that, today the poor women of Gujarat, women of Sakhi Mandal, are having capital of fourteen crore rupees with them and not a single penny here and there. And it’s my dream, Mothers & Sisters,that in coming two to three years,I want to raise this figure up to Rs. 5000 crore. In the hands of poor women of Gujarat, there should be Rs. 5000 crore and doing such cores. They may prepare khakhra, papad, some sewing work, somepearl work. I askedabout the work.They replied thatour work is of fifty thousand rupees and all of us earn atleast twelve to fifteen thousand per month,this help us to supplement their household income.This work of self reliance is carried by our Government to fulfill the dream of Gandhiji.

Mahatma Gandhi saidthat elections are held for Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabha, but whenever there are elections in villages, entirevillage gets divided in two parts. Because of the elections in villages, daughters have to come back from their in-law’s house. There is so muchviolence, entire atmosphere gets disturbed. Mahatma Gandhi, Vinobaji always used to tell that the elections in villages should be by consensus, there should not be disputes in villages, there must be unity. The thoughts of Mahatma Gandhi were expressed by Vinobaji.We have introduced ‘Samras Yojana’ and today more than 50% of villages in Gujarat are such, wherevillagers unanimously form their own body. There is no election, they work together and make progress. To promote the concept of ‘Samras Gam’, I have announced to contribute additional three to five lakh rupees, so that the unity is maintained in the villages. This is our ‘Sadbhavna’.I want to strengthen the atmosphere of unity,I want to free people from hatred. Resentment should go from the villages, from cities, from states, there should be no rivalry between the states, it should be removed from the entire country and for that I have taken up this ‘Sadbhavna Mission’.

Ladies & Gentlemen, This is a very pious work. I don’t waste my time in opposing anybody. Whatever one wants to say they may, whatever bad words they want to use from the dictionary they may, whatever lie they wish they can speak. My ideology, Mantra is only one - My 6 crore Gujaratis, my 6 croreGujaratis, my six crore Gujaratis…Their development, their development, their development… This is the only work I want to do. I don’t want to get involved in any fuss and waste my time. But those who always tossing mud, often blame, talk dirty, I have to tell them that more they throw mud, more lotuses will be bloomed. The more you toss the mud, more lotuses are going to bloom and so the wickedness that you have started just to please your emperors sitting in Delhi, will never be accepted by the people of Gujarat. Ladies & Gentlemen, Fromsince morning this convoy is going on. I did not get time even to drink even water or to sit. A friend, such a scene is rarely seen, rarely get to see. Wherever I have gone for ‘Sadbhavna Mission’, I saw the same enthusiasm, the same spirit. But on TV or in newspaper we find something different and you think that we haveseen so much there but there is something else in newspaper..! You may think what these newspaper and TVpersons did the whole day? It is my request to you, please don’t blame them in anyway.Don’t get angry on photographers if you don’t see any photographs or don’t get anything good to read tomorrow. They are sitting with empty stomach right from the morning, don’t get angry on them, they are not at fault. They are sitting ready since morning, working hard.Now they will prepare a nice report of many pages with boxes, will pick up some catchy sentences, collect photographs, will make all the efforts… But there will be a phonecall from Delhi on their bosses.There will be a call to television that,beware, nothing should be published about Modi. If its 50,000 then write 5000 only, if 4000 are present for the fast, just write only 400and even if by mistake if you don’t agree to what is said, then it will not be good for you. Such calls are made daily to the bosses. Well, Here in Porbandar there was a call a day ahead. In Porbandar they performed a special programme. By the way, they do make calls in the evenings, but here in Porbandar they called a day before thatit’s a matter of prestige, yes. Whatever may happen here, but you publish differently in newspaper. All this will happen… The bosses are blackmailed that if they don’t publish according to their will or publish news of Modi, then their quota of paper will be cancelled, if you give more focus on Modi then your TV channels will be shut down… such blackmailing..! Ladies & Gentlemen, Because of the threatening of the Delhi Emperors,it’s possible that the fact may not be published in newspaper or on TV, But Friends, I am confident, the Delhi People may note down that even if you have secured a place in newspapers, you may be focused on TV, but in the heart of masses,we have already got a place and that is our strength and on that base, though the dirt is thrown beyond imagination, for last ten years Sir, without being shaken, the masses and the people are my God and Lord and I am engaged in serving them.

Today on the land of Porbandar, with this ‘Sadbhavna Mission’, more than four thousand brothers sitting with you in this ritual of fast, the mass of more than fifty thousand people joined here. I have visited Porbandar many times in last ten years.I have not seen a single such programme on the land of Porbandar before. On the land of Porbandar, I have not seen any of my such programme, that is carried by all the people of society. At whatever level I congratulate you, itwould be less. You all deserve lots and lots of congratulations. The administration also deserves to be congratulated for such a beautiful arrangement. Social workers, political workers, leaders of the society, pioneers of the education field, teachers, principals,I was watching everyone thatwith how much enthusiasm they have carried forward this programme, all these people deserve to be congratulated.We carry this ideology, the ‘Mantra of Sadbhavna’ from village to village, house to house, if there are any minor disputes in villages then decide today that it has to be solved all together,if there is any dispute regarding temple then it is to be ended, if there is any feud with any family then have to remove it and with unity, with brotherhood, with the ideology of ‘Sadbhavna’,I expect you to go ahead with the only Mantra, only and only progress, only and onlydevelopment…!!

 

Jai Jai Garvi Gujarat…!!

Bharat Mata Ki Jai…!!

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Government of India to provide free vaccine to all Indian citizens above 18 years of age: PM Modi
June 07, 2021
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मेरे प्यारे देशवासियों, नमस्कार! कोरोना की दूसरी वेव से हम भारतवासियों की लड़ाई जारी है।  दुनिया के अनेक देशों की तरह, भारत भी इस लड़ाई के दौरान बहुत बड़ी पीड़ा से गुजरा है। हममें से कई लोगों ने अपने परिजनों को, अपने परिचितों को खोया है। ऐसे सभी परिवारों के साथ मेरी पूरी संवेदनाएं हैं।

साथियों,

बीते सौ वर्षों में आई ये सबसे बड़ी महामारी है, त्रासदी है। इस तरह की महामारी आधुनिक विश्व ने न देखी थी, न अनुभव की थी। इतनी बड़ी वैश्विक महामारी से हमारा देश कई मोर्चों पर एक साथ लड़ा है। कोविड अस्पताल बनाने से लेकर ICU बेड्स की संख्या बढ़ानी हो, भारत में वेंटिलेटर बनाने से लेकर टेस्टिंग लैब्स का एक बहुत बड़ा नेटवर्क तैयार करना हो, कोविड से लड़ने के लिए बीते सवा साल में ही देश में एक नया हेल्थ इंफ्रास्ट्रक्चर तैयार किया गया है। सेकेंड वेव के दौरान अप्रैल और मई के महीने में भारत में मेडिकल ऑक्सीजन की डिमांड अकल्पनीय रूप से बढ़ गई थी। भारत के इतिहास में कभी भी इतनी मात्रा में मेडिकल ऑक्सीजन की जरूरत कभी भी महसूस नहीं की गई। इस जरूरत को पूरा करने के लिए युद्धस्तर पर काम किया गया। सरकार के सभी तंत्र लगे। ऑक्सीजन रेल चलाई गई, एयरफोर्स के विमानों को लगाया गया, नौसेना को लगाया गया। बहुत ही कम समय में लिक्विड मेडिकल ऑक्सीजन के प्रॉडक्शन को 10 गुना से ज्यादा बढ़ाया गया। दुनिया के हर कोने से, जहां कही से भी, जो कुछ भी उपलब्ध हो सकता था उसको प्राप्त करने का भरसक प्रयास  किया गया, लाया गया। इसी तरह ज़रूरी दवाओं के production को कई गुना बढ़ाया गया, विदेशों में जहां भी दवाइयां उपलब्ध हों, वहां से उन्हें लाने में कोई कोर-कसर बाकी नहीं छोड़ी गई।

साथियों,

कोरोना जैसे अदृश्य और रूप बदलने वाले दुश्मन के खिलाफ लड़ाई में सबसे प्रभावी हथियार, कोविड प्रोटोकॉल है, मास्क, दो गज की दूरी और बाकी सारी सावधानियां उसका पालन ही है। इस लड़ाई में वैक्सीन हमारे लिए सुरक्षा कवच की तरह है। आज पूरे विश्व में वैक्सीन के लिए जो मांग है, उसकी तुलना में उत्पादन करने वाले देश और वैक्सीन बनाने वाली कंपनियां बहुत कम हैं, इनी गिनी है। कल्पना करिए कि अभी हमारे पास भारत में बनी वैक्सीन नहीं होती तो आज भारत जैसे विशाल देश में क्या होता?  आप पिछले 50-60 साल का इतिहास देखेंगे तो पता चलेगा कि भारत को विदेशों से वैक्सीन प्राप्त करने में दशकों लग जाते थे। विदेशों में वैक्सीन का काम पूरा हो जाता था तब भी हमारे देश में वैक्सीनेशन का काम शुरू भी नहीं हो पाता था। पोलियो की वैक्सीन हो, Smallpox जहां गांव में हम इसको चेचक कहते हैं। चेचक की  वैक्सीन हो, हेपिटाइटिस बी की वैक्सीन हो, इनके लिए देशवासियों  ने दशकों तक इंतज़ार किया था। जब 2014 में देशवासियों ने हमें सेवा का अवसर दिया तो भारत में वैक्सीनेशन का कवरेज, 2014 में भारत में वैक्सीनेशन का कवरेज सिर्फ 60 प्रतिशत के ही आसपास था। और हमारी दृष्टि में ये बहुत चिंता की बात थी। जिस रफ्तार से भारत का टीकाकरण कार्यक्रम चल रहा था, उस रफ्तार से, देश को शत प्रतिशत टीकाकरण कवरेज का लक्ष्य हासिल करने में करीब-करीब 40 साल लग जाते। हमने इस समस्या के समाधान के लिए मिशन इंद्रधनुष को लॉन्च किया। हमने तय किया कि मिशन इंद्रधनुष के माध्यम से युद्ध स्तर पर वैक्सीनेशन किया जाएगा और देश में जिसको भी वैक्सीन की जरूरत है उसे वैक्सीन देने का प्रयास होगा। हमने मिशन मोड में काम किया, और सिर्फ 5-6 साल में ही वैक्सीनेशन कवरेज 60 प्रतिशत से बढ़कर 90 प्रतिशत से भी ज्यादा हो गई। 60 से 90,  यानि हमने वैक्सीनेशन की स्पीड भी  बढ़ाई और दायरा भी बढ़ाया।

 हमने बच्चों को कई जानलेवा बीमारियों से बचाने के लिए कई नए टीकों को भी भारत के टीकाकरण अभियान का हिस्सा बना दिया। हमने ये इसलिए किया, क्योंकि हमें हमारे देश के बच्चों की चिंता थी, गरीब की चिंता थी, गरीब के उन बच्चों की चिंता थी जिन्हें कभी टीका लग ही नहीं पाता था। हम शत प्रतिशत टीकाकरण कवरेज की तरफ बढ़ रहे थे कि कोरोना वायरस ने हमें घेर लिया। देश ही नहीं, दुनिया के सामने फिर पुरानी आशंकाएं घिरने लगीं कि अब भारत कैसे इतनी बड़ी आबादी को बचा पाएगा? लेकिन साथियों,जब नीयत साफ होती है, नीति स्पष्ट होती है, निरंतर परिश्रम होता है, तो नतीजे भी मिलते हैं। हर आशंका को दरकिनार करके भारत ने एक साल के भीतर ही एक नहीं बल्कि दो 'मेड इन इंडिया' वैक्सीन्स लॉन्च कर दीं। हमारे देश ने, देश के वैज्ञानिकों ने ये दिखा दिया कि भारत बड़े बड़े देशों से पीछे नहीं है। आज जब मैं आपसे बात कर रहा हूं तो देश में 23 करोड़ से ज्यादा वैक्सीन की डोज़ दी जा चुकी हैं।

साथियों,

हमारे यहाँ कहा जाता है- विश्वासेन सिद्धि: अर्थात, हमारे प्रयासों में हमें सफलता तब मिलती है, जब हमें स्वयं पर विश्वास होता है। हमें पूरा विश्वास था कि हमारे वैज्ञानिक बहुत ही कम समय में वैक्सीन बनाने में सफलता हासिल कर लेंगे। इसी विश्वास के चलते जब हमारे वैज्ञानिक अपना रिसर्च वर्क कर ही रहे थे तभी हमने लॉजिस्टिक्स और दूसरी तैयारियां शुरू कर दीं थीं। आप सब भली-भांति जानते हैं कि पिछले साल यानि एक साल पहले, पिछले साल अप्रैल में, जब कोरोना के कुछ ही हजार केस थे, उसी समय वैक्सीन टास्क फोर्स का गठन कर दिया गया था। भारत में, भारत के लिए वैक्सीन बनाने वाली कंपनियों को सरकार ने हर तरह से सपोर्ट किया। वैक्सीन निर्माताओं को क्लिनिकल ट्रायल में मदद की गई, रिसर्च और डवलपमेंट के लिए ज़रूरी फंड दिया गया, हर स्तर पर सरकार उनके साथ कंधे से कंधा मिलाकर चली। 

आत्मनिर्भर भारत पैकेज के तहत मिशन कोविड सुरक्षा के माध्यम से भी उन्हें हज़ारों करोड़ रुपए उपलब्ध कराए गये। पिछले काफी समय से देश लगातार जो प्रयास और परिश्रम कर रहा है, उससे आने वाले दिनों में वैक्सीन की सप्लाई और भी ज्यादा बढ़ने वाली है। आज देश में 7 कंपनियाँ, विभिन्न प्रकार की वैक्सीन का प्रॉडक्शन कर रही हैं। तीन और वैक्सीन का ट्रायल भी एडवांस स्टेज पर चल रहा है। वैक्सीन की उपलब्धता बढ़ाने के लिए दूसरे देशों की कंपनियों से भी वैक्सीन खरीदने की प्रक्रिया को तेज किया गया है। इधर हाल के दिनों में, कुछ एक्सपर्ट्स द्वारा हमारे बच्चों को लेकर भी चिंता जताई गई है। इस दिशा में भी 2 वैक्सीन्स का ट्रायल तेजी से चल रहा है। इसके अलावा अभी देश में एक 'नेज़ल' वैक्सीन पर भी रिसर्च जारी है। इसे सिरिन्ज से न देकर नाक में स्प्रे किया जाएगा। देश को अगर निकट भविष्य में इस वैक्सीन पर सफलता मिलती है तो इससे भारत के वैक्सीन अभियान में और ज्यादा तेजी आएगी।

साथियों,

इतने कम समय में वैक्सीन बनाना, अपने आप में पूरी मानवता के लिए बहुत बड़ी उपलब्धि है। लेकिन इसकी अपनी सीमाएं भी हैं। वैक्सीन बनने के बाद भी दुनिया के बहुत कम देशों में वैक्सीनेशन प्रारंभ हुआ, और ज्यादातर समृद्ध देशों में ही शुरू हुआ। WHO ने वैक्सीनेशन को लेकर गाइडलाइंस दीं। वैज्ञानिकों ने वैक्सीनेशन की रूप रेखा रखी। और भारत ने भी जो अन्य देशों की best practices थी , विश्व स्वास्थ्य संगठन के मानक  थे, उसी आधार पर चरणबद्ध तरीके से वैक्सीनेशन करना तय किया। केंद्र सरकार ने मुख्यमंत्रियों के साथ हुई अनेकों बैठकों से जो सुझाव मिले, संसद के विभिन्न दलों के साथियों द्वारा जो सुझाव मिले, उसका भी पूरा ध्यान रखा। इसके बाद ही ये तय हुआ कि जिन्हें कोरोना से ज्यादा खतरा है, उन्हें प्राथमिकता दी जाएगी। इसलिए ही, हेल्थ वर्कर्स, फ्रंटलाइन वर्कर्स, 60 वर्ष की आयु से ज्यादा के नागरिक, बीमारियों से ग्रसित 45 वर्ष से ज्यादा आयु के नागरिक, इन सभी को वैक्सीन पहले लगनी शुरू हुई। आप कल्पना कर सकते हैं कि अगर कोरोना की दूसरी वेव से पहले हमारे फ्रंटलाइन वर्कर्स को वैक्सीन नहीं लगी होती तो क्या होता? सोचिए, हमारे डॉक्टर्स, नर्सिंग स्टाफ को वैक्सीन ना लगी तो क्या होता? अस्पतालों में सफाई करने वाले हमारे भाई-बहनों को, एंबुलेंस के हमारे ड्राइवर्स भाई - बहनों को वैक्सीन ना लगी होती तो क्या होता? ज्यादा से ज्यादा हेल्थ वर्कर्स का वैक्सीनेशन होने की वजह से ही वो निश्चिंत होकर दूसरों की सेवा में लग पाए, लाखों देशवासियों का जीवन बचा पाए।

लेकिन देश में कम होते कोरोना के मामलों के बीच, केंद्र सरकार के सामने अलग-अलग सुझाव भी आने लगे, भिन्न-भिन्न मांगे होने लगीं। पूछा जाने लगा, सब कुछ भारत सरकार ही क्यों तय कर रही है? राज्य सरकारों को छूट क्यों नहीं दी जा रही? राज्य सरकारों को लॉकडाउन की छूट क्यों नहीं मिल रही? One Size Does Not Fit All जैसी बातें भी कही गईं। दलील ये दी गई कि संविधान में चूंकि Health-आरोग्य, प्रमुख रूप से राज्य का विषय है, इसलिए अच्छा है कि ये सब राज्य ही करें। इसलिए इस दिशा में एक शुरूआत की गई। भारत सरकार ने एक बृहद गाइडलाइन बनाकर राज्यों को दी ताकि राज्य अपनी आवश्यकता और सुविधा के अनुसार काम कर सकें। स्थानीय स्तर पर कोरोना कर्फ्यू लगाना हो, माइक्रो कन्टेनमेंट जोन बनाना हो, इलाज से जुड़ी व्यवस्थाएं हो, भारत सरकार ने राज्यों की इन मांगों को स्वीकार किया।

साथियों,

इस साल 16 जनवरी से शुरू होकर अप्रैल महीने के अंत तक, भारत का वैक्सीनेशन कार्यक्रम मुख्यत: केंद्र सरकार की देखरेख में ही चला। सभी को मुफ्त वैक्सीन लगाने के मार्ग पर देश आगे बढ़ रहा था। देश के नागरिक भी, अनुशासन का पालन करते हुए, अपनी बारी आने पर वैक्सीन लगवा रहे थे। इस बीच, कई राज्य सरकारों ने फिर कहा कि वैक्सीन का काम डी-सेंट्रलाइज किया जाए और राज्यों पर छोड़ दिया जाए। तरह-तरह के स्वर उठे। जैसे कि वैक्सीनेशन के लिए Age Group क्यों बनाए गए? दूसरी तरफ किसी ने कहा कि उम्र की सीमा आखिर केंद्र सरकार ही क्यों तय करे? कुछ आवाजें तो ऐसी भी उठीं कि बुजुर्गों का वैक्सीनेशन पहले क्यों हो रहा है? भांति-भांति के दबाव भी बनाए गए, देश के मीडिया के एक वर्ग ने इसे कैंपेन के रूप में भी चलाया।

साथियों,

काफी चिंतन-मनन के बाद इस बात पर सहमति बनी कि राज्य सरकारें अपनी तरफ से भी प्रयास करना चाहती हैं, तो भारत सरकार क्यों ऐतराज करे? और भारत सरकार ऐतराज क्यों करे? राज्यों की इस मांग को देखते हुए, उनके आग्रह को ध्यान में रखते हुए 16 जनवरी से जो व्यवस्था चली आ रही थी, उसमें प्रयोग के तौर पर एक बदलाव किया गया। हमने सोचा कि राज्य ये मांग कर रहे हैं, उनका उत्साह है, तो चलो भई 25 प्रतिशत काम उन्ही की शोपित कर दिया जाये, उन्ही को दे दिया जाए। स्वभाविक है, एक मई से राज्यों को 25 प्रतिशत काम उनके हवाले दिया गया, उसे पूरा करने के लिए उन्होंने अपने-अपने तरीके से प्रयास भी किए। 

इतने बड़े काम में किस तरह की कठिनाइयां आती हैं, ये भी उनके ध्यान में आने लगा, उनको पता चला। पूरी दुनिया में वैक्सीनेशन की क्या स्थिति है, इसकी सच्चाई से भी राज्य परिचित हुए। और हमने देखा, एक तरफ मई में सेकेंड वेव, दूसरी तरफ वैक्सीन के लिए लोगों का बढ़ता रुझान और तीसरी तरफ राज्य सरकारों की कठिनाइयां। मई में दो सप्ताह बीतते-बीतते कुछ राज्य खुले मन से ये कहने लगे कि पहले वाली व्यवस्था ही अच्छी थी। धीरे-धीरे इसमें कई राज्य सरकारें जुड़ती चली गईं। वैक्सीन का काम राज्यों पर छोड़ा जाए, जो इसकी वकालत कर रहे थे, उनके विचार भी बदलने लगे। ये एक अच्छी बात रही कि समय रहते राज्य, पुनर्विचार की मांग के साथ फिर आगे आए। राज्यों की इस मांग पर, हमने भी सोचा कि देशवासियों को तकलीफ ना हो, सुचारू रूप से उनका वैक्सीनेशन हो, इसके लिए एक मई के पहले वाली, यानि 1 मई के पहले 16 जनवरी से अप्रैल अंत तक जो व्यवस्था थी, पहले वाली पुरानी व्यवस्था को फिर से लागू किया जाए।

 

साथियों,

आज ये निर्णय़ लिया गया है कि राज्यों के पास वैक्सीनेशन से जुड़ा जो 25 प्रतिशत काम था, उसकी जिम्मेदारी भी भारत सरकार उठाएगी। ये व्यवस्था आने वाले 2 सप्ताह में लागू की जाएगी। इन दो सप्ताह में केंद्र और राज्य सरकारें मिलकर नई गाइड-लाइंस के अनुसार आवश्यक तैयारी कर लेंगी। संयोग है कि दो सप्ताह बाद, 21 जून को ही अंतरराष्ट्रीय योग दिवस भी है। 21 जून, सोमवार से देश के हर राज्य में, 18 वर्ष से ऊपर की उम्र के सभी नागरिकों के लिए, भारत सरकार राज्यों को मुफ्त वैक्सीन मुहैया कराएगी। वैक्सीन निर्माताओं से कुल वैक्सीन उत्पादन का 75 प्रतिशत हिस्सा भारत सरकार खुद ही खरीदकर राज्य सरकारों को मुफ्त देगी। यानि देश की किसी भी राज्य सरकार को वैक्सीन पर कुछ भी खर्च नहीं करना होगा। अब तक देश के करोड़ों लोगों को मुफ्त वैक्सीन मिली है।

 अब 18 वर्ष की आयु के लोग भी इसमें जुड़ जाएंगे। सभी देशवासियों के लिए भारत सरकार ही मुफ्त वैक्सीन उपलब्ध करवाएगी। गरीब हों, निम्न मध्यम वर्ग हों, मध्यम वर्ग हो या फिर उच्च वर्ग, भारत सरकार के अभियान में मुफ्त वैक्सीन ही लगाई जाएगी। हां, जो व्यक्ति मुफ्त में वैक्सीन नहीं लगवाना चाहते, प्राइवेट अस्पताल में वैक्सीन लगवाना चाहते हैं, उनका भी ध्यान रखा गया है। देश में बन रही वैक्सीन में से 25 प्रतिशत,  प्राइवेट सेक्टर के अस्पताल सीधे ले पाएं, ये व्यवस्था जारी रहेगी। प्राइवेट अस्पताल, वैक्सीन की निर्धारित कीमत के उपरांत एक डोज पर अधिकतम 150 रुपए ही सर्विस चार्ज ले सकेंगे। इसकी निगरानी करने का काम राज्य सरकारों के ही पास रहेगा।

साथियों,

हमारे शास्त्रों में कहा गया है-प्राप्य आपदं न व्यथते कदाचित्, उद्योगम् अनु इच्छति चा प्रमत्तः॥ अर्थात्, विजेता आपदा आने पर उससे परेशान होकर हार नहीं मानते, बल्कि उद्यम करते हैं, परिश्रम करते हैं, और परिस्थिति पर जीत हासिल करते हैं। कोरोना से लड़ाई में 130 करोड़ से अधिक भारतीयों ने अभी तक की यात्रा आपसी सहयोग, दिन रात मेहनत करके तय की है। आगे भी हमारा रास्ता हमारे श्रम और सहयोग से ही मजबूत होगा। हम वैक्सीन प्राप्त करने की गति भी बढ़ाएंगे और वैक्सीनेशन अभियान को भी और गति देंगे। हमें याद रखना है कि, भारत में वैक्सीनेशन की रफ्तार आज भी दुनिया में बहुत तेज है, अनेक विकसित देशों से भी तेज है। हमने जो टेक्नोलॉजी प्लेटफॉर्म बनाया है- Cowin, उसकी भी पूरी दुनिया में चर्चा हो रही है। अनेक देशों ने भारत के इस प्लेटफॉर्म को इस्तेमाल करने में रुचि भी दिखाई है। हम सब देख रहे हैं कि वैक्सीन की एक एक डोज कितनी महत्वपूर्ण है, हर डोज से एक जिंदगी जुड़ी हुई है। केंद्र सरकार ने ये व्यवस्था भी बनाई है कि हर राज्य को कुछ सप्ताह पहले ही बता दिया जाएगा कि उसे कब, कितनी डोज मिलने वाली है। मानवता के इस पवित्र कार्य में वाद-विवाद और राजनीतिक छींटाकशी, ऐसी बातों को कोई भी अच्छा नहीं मानता है। वैक्सीन की उपलब्धता के अनुसार, पूरे अनुशासन के साथ वैक्सीन लगती रहे, देश के हर नागरिक तक हम पहुंच सकें, ये हर सरकार, हर जनप्रतिनिधि, हर प्रशासन की सामूहिक जिम्मेदारी है।

प्रिय देशवासियों,

टीकाकरण के अलावा आज एक और बड़े फैसले से मैं आपको अवगत कराना चाहता हूं। पिछले वर्ष जब कोरोना के कारण लॉकडाउन लगाना पड़ा था तो प्रधानमंत्री गरीब कल्याण अन्न योजना के तहत, 8 महीने तक 80 करोड़ से अधिक देशवासियों को मुफ्त राशन की व्यवस्था हमारे देश ने की थी। इस वर्ष भी दूसरी वेव के कारण मई और जून के लिए इस योजना का विस्तार किया गया था। आज सरकार ने फैसला लिया है कि प्रधानमंत्री गरीब कल्याण अन्न योजना को अब दीपावली तक आगे बढ़ाया जाएगा। महामारी के इस समय में, सरकार गरीब की हर जरूरत के साथ, उसका साथी बनकर खड़ी है। यानि नवंबर तक 80 करोड़ से अधिक देशवासियों को, हर महीने तय मात्रा में मुफ्त अनाज उपलब्ध होगा। इस प्रयास का मकसद यही है कि मेरे किसी भी गरीब भाई-बहन को, उसके परिवार को, भूखा सोना ना पड़े।

साथियों,

देश में हो रहे इन प्रयासों के बीच कई क्षेत्रों से वैक्सीन को लेकर भ्रम और अफवाहों की  चिंता बढ़ाती है। ये चिंता भी मैं आपके सामने व्यक्त करना चाहता हूं। जब से भारत में वैक्सीन पर काम शुरू हुआ, तभी से कुछ लोगों द्वारा ऐसी बातें कही गईं जिससे आम लोगों के मन में शंका पैदा हो। कोशिश ये भी हुई कि भारत के वैक्सीन निर्माताओं का हौसला पस्त पड़ जाए और उनके सामने अनेक प्रकार की बाधाएं आएं। जब भारत की वैक्सीन आई तो अनेक माध्यमों से शंका-आशंका को और बढ़ाया गया। वैक्सीन न लगवाने के लिए भांति-भांति के तर्क प्रचारित किए गए। इन्हें भी देश देख रहा है। जो लोग भी वैक्सीन को लेकर आशंका पैदा कर रहे हैं, अफवाहें फैला रहे हैं, वो भोले-भाले भाई-बहनों के जीवन के साथ बहुत बड़ा खिलवाड़ कर रहे हैं।

ऐसी अफवाहों से सतर्क रहने की जरूरत है। मैं भी आप सबसे, समाज के प्रबुद्ध लोगों से, युवाओं से अनुरोध करता हूँ, कि आप भी वैक्सीन को लेकर जागरूकता बढ़ाने में सहयोग करें। अभी कई जगहों पर कोरोना कर्फ्यू में ढील दी जा रही है, लेकिन इसका मतलब ये नहीं कि हमारे बीच से कोरोना चला गया है। हमें सावधान भी रहना है, और कोरोना से बचाव के नियमों का भी सख्ती से पालन करते रहना है। मुझे पूरा विश्वास है, हम सब कोरोना से इस जंग में जीतेंगे, भारत कोरोना से जीतेगा। इन्हीं शुभकामनाओं के साथ, आप सभी देशवासियों का बहुत बहुत धन्यवाद!