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Reach of Central Government schemes in Andaman and Nicobar Islands has been very influential: PM Modi
For a self-reliant India, Andaman and Nicobar Islands also has a major role in the security and prosperity of the new India: PM
Andaman and Nicobar Islands will emerge as a hub of blue economy, port, maritime and start-ups in the coming years: PM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacted with Bharatiya Janata Party Karyakartas of Andaman and Nicobar Islands. During his interaction via video conferencing, the PM listened to the Party workers and talked at length about the Central Government’s development roadmap for Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

Prime Minister Modi began his remarks by paying rich tributes to Veer Savarkar and Subhas Chandra Bose, who strengthened India’s freedom movement. He also recalled his visit to the Cellular Jail in 2018.

PM Modi applauded the Party workers for their efforts in battling against Coronavirus and encouraged them to keep on helping the people. Seva Hi Sangathan is our goal”, said PM Modi.

PM Modi listed out several development measures being undertaken in the Islands. The PM said that the reach of Central Government schemes in Andaman and Nicobar Islands has been very influential. “Connectivity with the rest of the country is being increased here. Efforts are on to better the air connectivity. Work has also started on the 300 km national highway. This will strengthen the infrastructure here. For the youth, higher education institutions have been developed”, PM Modi added.

The Prime Minister said that Andaman and Nicobar gave strength to India's independence movement and now this Islands have a special role in the development of the country. PM Modi remarked, “For a self-reliant India, Andaman and Nicobar Islands also has a major role in the security and prosperity of the new India. Realizing this, Island Development Agency was formed in 2017 itself. MSMEs and other industries are being encouraged in this entire area with the Industrial Development Scheme.”

The PM said that the Government’s aim is to strengthen the industries in the Islands such as the sea food, organic products and coconut-based products. He also added that 12 Islands of Andaman and Nicobar had been selected, where the High Impact Projects would be expanded.

In terms of Blue Economy and trade, the Prime Minster said that Andaman and Nicobar Islands is at strategic location. PM Modi remarked, “Andaman and Nicobar Islands is located at a very competitive distance from many ports including Chennai port, Kolkata port and Mongla port of Bangladesh. Freight movement through the sea is growing rapidly. The proposed trans-shipment hub with deep-water facilities would make Andaman and Nicobar a major centre of global maritime trade. Andaman and Nicobar Islands will emerge as a hub of blue economy, port, maritime and start-ups in the coming years.”

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PM interacts with CEOs and Experts of Global Oil and Gas Sector
October 20, 2021
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Our goal is to make India Aatmanirbhar in the oil & gas sector: PM
PM invites CEOs to partner with India in exploration and development of the oil & gas sector in India
Industry leaders praise steps taken by the government towards improving energy access, energy affordability and energy security

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi interacted with the CEOs and Experts of the global oil and gas sector earlier today, via video conferencing.

Prime Minister discussed in detail the reforms undertaken in the oil and gas sector in the last seven years, including the ones in exploration and licensing policy, gas marketing, policies on coal bed methane, coal gasification, and the recent reform in Indian Gas Exchange, adding that such reforms will continue with the goal to make India ‘Aatmanirbhar in the oil & gas sector’.

Talking about the oil sector, he said that the focus has shifted from ‘revenue’ to ‘production’ maximization. He also spoke about the need to enhance  storage facilities for crude oil.  He further talked about the rapidly growing natural gas demand in the country. He talked about the current and potential gas infrastructure development including pipelines, city gas distribution and LNG regasification terminals.

Prime Minister recounted that since 2016, the suggestions provided in these meetings have been immensely useful in understanding the challenges faced by the oil and gas sector. He said that India is a land of openness, optimism and opportunities and is brimming with new ideas, perspectives and innovation. He invited the CEOs and experts to partner with India in exploration and development of the oil and gas sector in India. 

The interaction was attended by industry leaders from across the world, including Dr. Igor Sechin, Chairman & CEO, Rosneft; Mr. Amin Nasser, President & CEO, Saudi Aramco; Mr. Bernard Looney, CEO, British Petroleum; Dr. Daniel Yergin, Vice Chairman, IHS Markit; Mr. Olivier Le Peuch, CEO, Schlumberger Limited; Mr. Mukesh Ambani, Chairman & Managing Director, Reliance Industries Limited; Mr Anil Agarwal, Chairman, Vedanta Limited, among others.

They praised several recent achievements of the government towards improving energy access, energy affordability and energy security. They appreciated the leadership of the Prime Minister towards the transition to cleaner energy in India, through visionary and ambitious goals. They said that India is adapting fast to newer forms of clean energy technology, and can play a significant role in shaping global energy supply chains. They talked about ensuring sustainable and equitable energy transition, and also gave their inputs and suggestions about further promotion of clean growth and sustainability.