Shri Narendra Modi's speech on Pravasi Bhartiya Divas 2012 at Jaipur.

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"It is always a pleasure to return to this event year on year. The Pravasi Bhartiya Divas is a unique platform which gives us an opportunity to deliberate the development agenda with the Overseas Indians. This interaction gives a world’s view on our development process."
"India has the largest Diaspora in the world after China, estimated at 25 million"
"This includes a large number of Gujaratis, who have travelled to foreign lands and made it big."
"The Non-resident Gujaratis are now spread all around the globe and are settled in various countries including USA, UK, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Australia and the Gulf."
"I think we need a major shift in the way we have been thinking. We need to think afresh. We need to change our strategies and theories from the roots."

Place : Jaipur,  Date : 9-01-2012

 

Hon’ble Union Minister, my colleague Chief Ministers,Distinguished Overseas Indians, Honoured Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen!

It is always a pleasure to return to this event year on year. The Pravasi Bhartiya Divas is a unique platform which gives us an opportunity to deliberate the development agenda with the Overseas Indians. This interaction gives a world’s view on our development process.

With the efforts of all of us, India has emerged in the frontline of the world economy. It is not only the efforts of industrious people residing in this country but also the support and dedication of all of you – India's sons and daughters – that has enabled us to grow faster. This event provides us an opportunity to reaffirm our commitment to make India stronger each day, in every sphere.

India has the largest Diaspora in the world after China, estimated at 25 million, as per UNDP 2010 report. India is also one of the largest ‘sending’ nations in Asia, with an emigration rate of 0.8%, of which 72% work in other Asian countries. Also, as per UNESCO Institute for Statistics, the number of Indian students abroad tripled from 51,000 in 1999 to over 153,000 in 2007, making India second after China among the world’s largest ‘sending’ countries for tertiary students. This includes a large number of Gujaratis, who have travelled to foreign lands and made it big.

The Gujarati Diaspora forms an important part of the great Indian Diaspora. The Non-resident Gujaratis are now spread all around the globe and are settled in various countries including USA, UK, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Australia and the Gulf. Being an important component of the host societies, providing services in sectors as diverse as medicine, engineering, hospitality, retail, information technology and financial services, they are making immense contribution to the socio-economic, cultural and political life of the host countries.

The Diaspora is very special to Gujarat. Residing in distant lands, its members have succeeded spectacularly in their chosen professions by dint of their single-minded dedication and hard work. What is more, they have retained their emotional, cultural and spiritual links with the land of their origin. It is manifest in the Diaspora’s desire to make emotional and socio-economic contribution and investment in Gujarat by promoting and establishing hospitals, schools, colleges and various other public assets. They have successfully lobbied in their host countries for foreign investment in India and in influencing policies that are in India’s interests. Their role in getting the latest technology and their contribution to the enrichment of religious and cultural life cannot be exaggerated.

Friends!, when we say India is emerging, we must see that every Indian benefits from the growth. In fact, all economies around the world are putting stress on inclusive growth today. We all know what inclusive growth means and how important it is. But the million dollar question is ‘How do we achieve that?’Unfortunately, there are very few models left on which we can rely. Many philosophies have been tested. Many techniques have been tried. The human race has mastered how to make anything and it also knows how to destroy it. But when it comes to “inclusive growth”, no strategy, no science, no management theory has proved to be enough. How do we overcome this? I think we need a major shift in the way we have been thinking. We need to think afresh. We need to change our strategies and theories from the roots.

I strongly feel that the biggest problem of the present model of development is that it is based on exploitation. The way natural resources are depleting, the way the gap between the rich and the poor is widening, the way consumerism is flourishing, the way ill-will among nations is increasing; are all due to this basic lacunae of our present model. This cannot sustain.

We must bring a paradigm shift from this model of exploitation to the model of nurturing and fostering.We have to find and exchange technologies which ensure optimum utilization of natural resources. We have to find ways that ensure maximum satisfaction and value for the consumers and workers, not just the producers.We need to broaden our horizon. We cannot limit the terms ‘development’ and ‘growth’ to economic development. Moreover, we also need to think beyond the present needs.A model with a holistic view of human life and the surroundings is essential for our sustainable development- a model that combines the people, resources and amenities; a model that combines the past, the present and the future; a model that does not just consume but also regenerates resources. I can say that such models are available in many emerging nations. I have the humility to say that India has the best answer to this. I am proud to say that the great son of Gujarat, Mahatma Gandhi has showed us a way in this direction.

We, in India, have been taught “SarveJanahaSukhinoBhavantu” (let all be happy).We have been taught to worship the elements of nature. Serving the deprived and the disadvantaged has been imbibed in our social traditions. These thoughts have been embedded in our epics and scriptures since ancient times. And our modern Mahatmagaveus a golden rule for translating these values and concepts into action. Gandhiji gave a one liner. He said, “If you are in a dilemma, just remember the face of the last person who is going to be affected by your decision”. ‘UNTO THE LAST’ is thus the best guiding principle for inclusive growth.However, we have misinterpreted it to mean just ‘trickle down’ of wealth and development. This is not enough. Just distribution is not enough. It will not reach till the last person. It will not reach to him at the time when he needs it. It will not be available in the manner and form in which he needs it. What we need is models of development where people are not just beneficiaries. Rather they are made equal partners in the process of development. People should be involved right from the beginning of the development cycle, not just at the end. And that is why in Gujarat we are working on the mantra “SabkaSaath, SabkaVikaas” (Development of all with co-operation of all). This is a total shift from the traditional approach wherein the government is perceived as the giver and the people as takers. In Gujarat, efforts for inclusive growth are made not only through Government policies but by the action of the society as a whole. Development is with involvement of the private sector through PPP projects, through ‘Jan Bhagidari’ (people’s involvement) and with better involvement of public servants.

Let me give you a few examples. We have not only created robust and world class infrastructure like ports & roads on PPP basis, but have also given access to good medical facilities to the poor, through Chiranjeevi & Balsakha Yojana, by involving private sector gynaecologists and paediatricians.This has saved lives of many mothers and infants in recent years. In the water sector, we have created lakhs of water harvesting structures like farm ponds, boribunds and checkdams through ‘jan bhagidari’ We are also involving the community in helping the poor like the drive for collection of toys for poor children, giving food to the children of Aanganwadis (Teethi Bhojan), collecting milk for the poor and so on. We encourage the public servants to take up social development projects under the ‘Swantah Sukhay’ scheme. My cabinet colleagues, bureaucrats and their families enjoy being a part of drives like Kanya Kelavani Rath Yatra (for promoting girl child education) and drive for promoting quality education (Gunotsav). Our agriculture scientists and other administrative staff tread in villages for a month in scorching heat to educate our farmers about modern scientific practices in agriculture during Krishi Mahotsav.

And the results are there for all to see. Gujarat is consistently achieving double digit growth in GDP since last so many years. The State which was never known for agriculture development has now achieved an unprecedented double digit growth in agriculture against an average national growth of 2 to 3%. The ground water tables are rising due to the water conservation drive. As per Census 2011, the State has shown more than 13 per cent increase in female literacy in the last decade, one of the highest among Indian States. School drop-out rate has reduced drastically by 29.77 per cent. These are but a few examples of the success of our approach to inclusive growth.

The best of intentions can go haywire without efficient delivery mechanisms. To address this, we organise Garib Kalyan Melas to deliver assistance under various schemes under one umbrella. This has led to time bound and efficient delivery, ending the scope for middlemen or manipulation. We have decentralised our administration upto Taluka (sub district) level and are reinvigorating the grass root administration through the concept of Apno Taluko, Vibrant Taluko (our sub-district be vibrant).

One factor that has contributed substantially to the success of our robust yet inclusive model is e–governance. It has been a great enabler for efficient and transparent delivery. Having connected all our villages through WAN and broadband, we track the health of mothers and new-borns with e-mamta, we track the school drop-out rates with software, our farmer knows the profile of his soil through soil health card, we redress the grievances of common citizens through SWAGAT online. We are now moving on to M-governance by sending SMS alerts to citizens for immunisation and other services.

Friends !, when we talk of inclusive growth, we also pay special attention on certain less developed sections and regions. Schemes were being run for these sections since years together. But they were fragmented among multiple departments of the government with the result that both the government and the beneficiaries were clueless regarding the actual meaningful impact on the life of the beneficiaries. We have addressed this through a unique convergence approach. We have clubbed the benefits under various schemes under a package so that what the beneficiaries get is more meaningful and holistic rather than just for the sake of it. Our flagship Programmes of Vanbandhu Kalyan Yojana for Tribal belts, Sagarkhedu Sarvangi Vikas Yojana for Coastal belts and Garib Samruddhi Yojanafor Urban poor take a holistic view of the needs of the people.

You will be happy to know that inclusiveness has been so well engrained in our approach and systems that even our Vibrant Gujarat Global Investment Summits, which are more known for attracting huge investments and participation of who’s who of the business world, have a special focus on social sectors like health care, urban poor, education, women empowerment etc. In the Vibrant Summitof 2011, the limelight projectwas creation of Mission Mangalam for empowerment of poor, especially the women. The State Government and the Corporates have joined hands and created Gujarat Livelihood Promotion Company Ltd. (GLPC)to run this programme. It seeks to mobilize the poor into Self Help Groupsand build capacities, nurture skills, assist them with micro finance and proper market linkages. You will also be happy to know that more than 50% of the 8000 plus MOUs signed during the last Vibrant Summit are for medium and small enterprises.

Friends !, our model of inclusive growth not only takes care of the present but also the future generations. Inclusiveness thus Includes Sustainability.Gujarat has set up a dedicated Department for Climate Change – the first provincial Government in the world to do so. We are focussing on non renewable energy in a big way. We are setting up a 500 MW Solar Park. Wehave signedPPA for 1000 MW of Solar Power. With an installed capacity of 2255 MW of wind power, weare contributing more than 4500 million units of electricity. More importantly,we are also simultaneously focussing on conserving energy through technologies that ensure higher energy efficiency, on reduction of transmission and distribution losses and on adopting green technologies. I have listed some thoughts on this in my book on climate change which is titled ‘Convenient Action: Gujarat’s response to Challenges of Climate Change’.Our mass transportation project BRTS in Ahmedabad has been acclaimed worldwide. Our state-wide gas and water grids are not mere distribution systems but also a measure to reduce distribution losses. We are popularising micro irrigation in a big way to save water and energy. This is how we include climate justice for the posterity in our model of inclusive growth.

It is quite gratifying that our efforts in governance are being applauded the world over. We have received more than 200 national and international awards in last nine years for Good Governance. We are getting such awards on weekly basis nowin recognition of excellence in various fields. However, we treat these awards as another milestone in our journey. They are only indicators that we are in the right direction. We want to do still better because we want India to do better. The Diaspora has arich experience of systems, disciplines and work culture at the global level. Many of them also have an understanding of our local issues. Let us bring the best available in the world to India to bring more and more smiles on the face of every Indian.

 

Vande Mataram !

Jai Jai Garvi Gujarat !

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Lays foundation stones for Tumakuru Industrial Township and two Jal Jeevan Mission projects in Tumakuru
“Double-engine government has made Karnataka the first choice of investors”
“We have to minimize foreign dependence for our defence needs”
“With the spirit of ‘Nation First’ success is assured”
“This factory and rising strength of HAL has exposed the purveyors of falsehood”
“Industrial township is a huge gift to Tumakuru after the Food Park and HAL which will help in developing Tumakuru as a big industrial center of the country”
“The Double Engine government is paying equal attention to social infrastructure as well as physical infrastructure”
“This budget is a big step in the direction of Samarth Bharat, Sampann Bharat, Swayampurna Bharat, Shaktiman Bharat, Gatiwan Bharat”
There is huge enthusiasm in the middle class due to tax benefits given in this budget”
“Financial inclusion of women strengthens their voice in households and this Budget has many provisions

तुमकुरु जिल्ले, गुब्बी तालुकिना, निट्टूर नगरदा, आत्मीय नागरीक-अ बंधु, भगि-नियरे, निमगेल्ला, नन्ना नमस्कार गडु!

Karnataka is the land of saints and sages. Karnataka has always strengthened the great Indian tradition of spirituality, knowledge and science. Tumkuru holds a special place in this too. Siddaganga Math plays a major role in it. Today Shri Siddalinga Mahaswami is taking forward the legacy left behind by Pujya Shivakumara Swami ji of 'Trividha Dasoha' i.e. "Anna", "Akshara'' and "Ashraya". I bow down to the respected saints. I also bow down to Shri Chidambara Ashrama and Lord Channabasaveshwara located in Gubbi!

Brothers & Sisters,

With the blessings of the saints today, projects worth hundreds of crores of rupees have either been inaugurated or their foundation stones laid, providing employment to the youth of Karnataka, providing facilities to the villagers and women and strengthening the country's army and boosting the idea of 'Made in India'. Today a huge helicopter factory in the country has been inaugurated in Tumakuru. Today, the foundation stone of Tumakuru Industrial Township has also been laid and along with this work has also started on drinking water schemes for hundreds of villages in Tumakuru district and I congratulate all of you for the same.

Friends,

Karnataka is the land of young talent and youth innovation. From drone manufacturing to making Tejas fighter planes, the world is witnessing the strength of Karnataka's manufacturing sector. The double engine government has made Karnataka the first choice for investors. The helicopter factory which was inaugurated today is an example of how the double engine government works. I had the privilege of laying its foundation stone in the year 2016 with a resolution that we have to minimize our dependence on foreign countries for our defence needs. I am glad that today hundreds of such weapons and defence equipment, which are being manufactured in India, are being used by our forces. Today, everything from modern assault rifles to tanks, cannons, aircraft carriers for the Navy, helicopters, fighter jets, transport aircrafts, is being manufactured by India herself. Before 2014, remember this figure! The investment made in the last 8-9 years is five times the amount of investment made in the aerospace sector in the 15 years before 2014. Today, we are not only providing 'Made in India' weapons to our army, but our defence exports have also increased manifold as compared to 2014. Hundreds of helicopters are going to be manufactured here in Tumakuru in the coming time and this will result in a business of about Rs 4 lakh crore here. When such manufacturing factories are set up, not only the strength of our army increases, but also creates thousands of employment and self-employment opportunities. Tumakuru's helicopter factory will also give a boost to many Small Scale industries and trade.

Friends,

When work is done with the spirit of nation first, then success is definitely achieved. In the last 8 years, on the one hand, we improved the working of government factories and government defence companies by making them stronger, while on the other hand, we opened doors for the private sector as well. We can also see how much the HAL - Hindustan Aeronautics Limited has benefitted. And today I would like to remind you of the things that happened a few years ago. I am sure Media will also take note of it. It's the same HAL which has been used as an excuse to put various false allegations against our government. It's the same HAL against which conspiracies were hatched to provoke people and people were instigated. They wasted hours after hours of Parliament on this issue, but my dear brothers and sisters, no matter how big the lie is, no matter how many times it is told and to how many important people, but at the end of the day it is bound to be defeated before the truth. Today this helicopter factory of HAL, the growing power of HAL, is exposing the many old lies and false accusers. The reality is speaking for itself. Today the same HAL makes modern Tejas for Indian armed forces and is the centre of attraction of the world. Today HAL is articulating India's self-reliance in the defence sector.

Friends,

Today the work for Tumakuru Industrial Township has also started here. This is another important gift to Tumakuru after the food park and helicopter factory. This new industrial township will develop Tumakuru as a major industrial centre not only of Karnataka but the whole India. It is a part of the Chennai-Bangaluru Industrial Corridor. At present, work is underway on the Chennai-Bangaluru, Bengaluru-Mumbai and Hyderabad-Bangaluru industrial corridors. It forms a large part of Karnataka. I am also glad that the Tumakuru Industrial Township is being constructed under the PM Gatishakti National Master Plan and that it is being linked with such multi-modal connectivity as Mumbai-Chennai Highway, Bengaluru Airport, Tumakuru Railway Station, Mangaluru Port and gas connectivity. Due to this, a large number of employment and self-employment opportunities are going to be created here.

Friends,

The focus of the double engine government is not only on physical infrastructure, we are laying equal emphasis on social infrastructure as well. In the past years, we have given priority to 'Niwas ke Neeru, Bhumige Neerawari' i.e. water to every house, water to every field. Today there is unprecedented expansion of the drinking water network across the country. This year, the budget for Jal Jeevan Mission has been increased by more than Rs. 20,000 crore as compared to the previous year. When water reaches every household, the poor women and little daughters become the greatest beneficiaries. They do not have to travel far from their homes to collect clean water. In the last three and a half years, the coverage of tap water in the country has increased from 3 crore rural households to 11 crore households. Our government is constantly laying emphasis on 'Niwas ke Neeru' as well as 'Bhumige Neerawari'. About Rs 5,500 crore has been allocated for the Upper Bhadra project in the budget. This will benefit large drought prone areas of Central Karnataka including Tumakuru, Chikmagaluru, Chitradurga and Davanagere. This shows the double engine government's commitment to provide water to every farm and every household. This will be of great benefit to our small farmers, who have been dependent on rain water and irrigation water for agriculture.

Friends,

This year's poor-friendly and middle class-friendly budget is being discussed all over the world. This budget provides a strong roadmap to ensure how everyone can unite and make efforts to try to build a developed India. This year's budget has further strengthened the foundation of that strong India which will celebrate 100 years of Independence. This budget is a major step in the direction of capable India, affluent India, self-reliant India, powerful India and dynamic India. In this ‘Azadi Ka Amritkaal', this budget has made a huge contribution in fulfilling the resolutions of a developed India while discharging its duties. Major decisions have been taken in this budget for the villages, poor, farmers, deprived, tribal, middle class, women, youth and senior citizens. This is a popular budget. It is an all-encompassing budget, all inclusive budget, an all-pleasing budget and a budget that touches all. This is a budget to give new employment opportunities to the youth of India. This is a budget to increase the participation of India's women power. This is a budget to modernize India's agriculture and villages. This is a budget to give global strength to small farmers as well as to 'Shri Anna'. This is a budget to increase employment in India and to encourage self-employment. We have taken care of ‘अवश्यकते, आधारा मत्तु आदाया’ i.e. your needs, assistance and your income are being taken care of. Every family in Karnataka will be benefitted out of this.

Brothers & Sisters,

Since 2014, the effort of the government has been to empower that section of the society, who earlier found it very difficult to get government assistance. Government schemes either did not reach this class, or it was looted by middlemen. You see, over the years, we have extended government assistance to every section, which was earlier deprived of it. In our government, for the first time every such class of 'worker-labour' has got the facility of pension and insurance. To help the small farmers, our government has given the power of PM Kisan Samman Nidhi. For the first time, we have given collateral-free loans from banks to street vendors. This year's budget takes this spirit forward. For the first time, a scheme has also been formulated in the country for our Vishwakarma sisters and brothers. Vishwakarma means, those of our friends who build something with their skills and hands, and with the help of a hand tool, create and promote self-employment like our ‘Kumbara, Kammara, Akkasaliga, Shilpi, Garekelasdava, Badgi’ (artisans) etc. who are all our companions. PM-Vikas Yojana will now help lakhs of such families to further enrich their art, their skills.

Friends,

During this pandemic, our government has kept the poor families free from the worry of spending on ration. Our government has spent more than Rs 4 lakh crore on this scheme. An unprecedented 70 thousand crore rupees have been allocated in the budget to provide a pucca house to every poor family in the villages. Due to this, many poor families of Karnataka will get pucca houses and their lives will change.

Brothers & Sisters,

In this budget, unprecedented decisions have been taken in the interest of the middle class. There is a lot of enthusiasm in the middle class due to zero income tax on income up to Rs 7 lakh. Every month more money is going to be saved in the accounts of particularly youngsters below 30 years, whose job is new, business is new. Moreover, the deposit limit for retired employees, who are our senior citizens, has been doubled from Rs 15 lakh to Rs 30 lakh. This will further increase the returns they get every month. The tax exemption on leave encashment for friends working in the private sector was only Rs 3 lakh for a long time. Now leave encashment of up to Rs 25 lakh has been made tax free. This will bring more money to lakhs of families in the country including Tumakuru and Bengaluru.

Friends,

Financial inclusion of the women of our country is one of the top priorities of the BJP government. Financial inclusion of women strengthens their voice in households and increases their participation in household decisions. In this budget, we have taken major steps for our mothers, sisters and daughters, so that more and more of them can have access to banks. We have come up with 'Mahila Samman Bachat Patra'. Under this, sisters can invest up to Rs 2 lakh, on which the maximum interest will be 7.5 percent. This will further enhance the role of women in the family and society. After Sukanya Samriddhi, Jan Dhan bank accounts, Mudra loans and houses, this is another major initiative for women's economic empowerment. An important decision has also been taken in the budget to increase the potential of women Self-Help Groups in villages.

Brothers & Sisters,

Rural economy has the maximum focus in this budget. There is a lot of focus on helping farmers at every step through digital technology or expanding cooperatives. This will benefit farmers, cattle herders and fishermen. The sugarcane farmers of Karnataka will be greatly benefited as a result of special assistance being provided to the sugarcane cooperatives. In the coming days, many new co-operative societies will also be formed and a large number of stores will be built across the country for the storage of food grains. With this, even small farmers will be able to store their grain and sell it at a better price. Not only this, thousands of help centres are also being set up to reduce the cost of small farmers in organic farming.

Friends,

All of you in Karnataka understand the importance of millets or coarse grains very well. That's why all of you already call coarse cereals 'Siridhanya'. Now the country is taking forward this spirit of the people of Karnataka. Now across the country, millets have been given the identity of 'Shri-Anna'. Shree-anna means the best of 'grains'. In Karnataka, Shri Anna Ragi, Shri Anna Navane, Shri Anna Same, Shri Anna Harka, Shri Anna Korale, Shri Anna Udlu, Shri Anna Bargu, Shri Anna Sajje, Shri Anna Bidijoda - the farmer produces many such Shri Anna. Who can forget the taste of 'Ragi Mudde', 'Ragi Roti' from Karnataka? In this year's budget, a lot of emphasis has been laid on the production of food grains. Small farmers in drought-affected areas of Karnataka will be benefited the most.

Friends,

Due to the sincere efforts of the double engine government, today the confidence of the citizens of India is at a great height. We are working day and night to secure the life of every countryman and to make the future prosperous. Your continuous blessings are the energy and inspiration for all of us. Once again, I congratulate all of you for the budget and for the inauguration and foundation stone laying ceremony of the development projects in Tumakuru today. You have come here in such large numbers today and showered your blessings. So, I also express my heartfelt gratitude to all of you.

Thank you !