"Gujarat Chief Minister opens FICCI National Executive Meeting at Gandhinagar"
"“Time to pull India out of economic crisis and gloom, take bold decisions, in consultation with business and industry”"
"“Need to deploy India’s biggest strengths – democracy and demographic dividends – in the nation’s development”"

Gandhinagar, Wednesday: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi today called for pulling India out of the present economic crisis and particularly the Current Account Deficit (CAD) to frame policy, after consultation taking the captains of industry and business into confidence, in the interest of the nation.

Inaugurating the national executive meeting of Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) at Mahatma Mandir here, Mr. Modi said that India has lost many an opportunity during the last decade in absence of leadership and direction. There is need to regain people’s confidence in leadership in every sector during the coming decade.

“If we decide,” he said, “we can change the pitiable condition of Indian economy. We have to take up the responsibility and show commitment.”


Mr. Modi stressed on the need for the urgency of preparing plan for human resource development, keeping possibilities of India’s potential in view. Citing the efforts of Mahatma Gandhi, he said, we have to augment our capacity take the fruits of development to the last person in the last mile.

Welcoming nearly 100 representatives of FICCI assembled here from all over the country, he said that there was no attempt, no talks about frame policies and strategies, optimum utilization of natural resources during the second half of the 20th Century. There was a ray of hope at the turn of the 21st Century, but it was too short lived. Lack of trust has become the biggest bane for a large country like India. Policy paralysis

Mr. Modi exuded confidence that Gujarat model has the capacity to take the country out of gloom and bring about the change. India has to take bold decisions, change the mindset and system and leadership. There is need to empower common man, strengthen the rural sector, to increase productivity and value-addition in the manufacturing and service sectors, to create next generation infrastructure facilities and jobs. Sloganeering for socialism is unlikely to serve any purpose. Policy paralysis and wrong policies have crippled the Indian economy. We have to face and not escape from the problems, notwithstanding failed attempts to foil corrections as during his rally at Patna in Bihar.

He said that India’s biggest internal strengths are its democracy and demographic dividends. The need is to deploy them in India’s development, launch skill development among the existing manpower as a mission.


Mr. Modi’s address was followed by question-answer session on wide range of subjects ranging from manufacturing defence equipment to taxation and labour laws reforms. Excerpts:

  • Focus on research and technology in manufacturing defence equipment and privatization for self-reliance;
  • Labour laws should be made a State Subject. Gujarat’s labour laws ensures almost zero man-days loss because of family-like relation between employers and employees;
  • Involving participation of poor in MNREGA;
  • Ending ‘tax terrorism’ and holding brainstorming debate on sustainable tax reforms;
  • Taking the country out of policy paralysis for economic growth;
  • Needed ‘balanced growth’ of agriculture, industry and service sectors for ‘balanced economic growth’; and
  • Needed qualitative improvement in health services, introducing preventive healthcare polices.

FICCI President Siddharth Birla presented the outline of the apex trade organisation’s executive committee’s agenda.



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PM lays the foundation stone of Rajkiya Medical College, Kushinagar
October 20, 2021

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone of Rajkiya Medical College, Kushinagar. He also inaugurated and laid the foundation stones of various development projects in Kushinagar.

Addressing the gathering, the Prime Minister said that with the medical college in Kushinagar, local aspirations of becoming a doctor or having quality medical infrastructure will be fulfilled. He pointed out that under National Education Policy, the possibility of getting technical education in one’s own language is becoming a reality. This will enable local youth of Kushinagar to realize their dreams, said the Prime Minister. Shri Modi emphasized that when basic facilities are available, then the courage to dream big and the spirit to fulfil the dreams are born. The one who is homeless, is in a slum, when he gets a pucca house, when there is a toilet in the house, electricity connection, gas connection, water comes from the tap, then the confidence of the poor enhances further. The Prime Minister emphasized that the ‘double engine’ government in the state is improving the situation with double strength. He lamented the fact that earlier governments did not care about the dignity and progress of the poor and the ill effects of dynasty politics prevented many good measures from reaching the poorest of the poor.

The Prime Minister recalled that Ram Manohar Lohia used to say that - connect karma with compassion, connect it with full compassion. But those who were running the government earlier did not care about the pain of the poor, the earlier government linked their karma with scams and with crimes.

The Prime Minister said that the Union government has started the Swamitva scheme that is going to open new doors of prosperity in the rural areas of Uttar Pradesh in future. Under PM Swamitva Yojana, the work of giving the ownership documents of the houses of the village i.e. the ownership of the houses has been started. The Prime Minister also said that with the schemes like toilets and Ujjwala, sisters and daughters are feeling safe and dignified. In PM Awas Yojna, most of the houses are in the name of the women of the house.

Commenting on the law and order situation in Uttar Pradesh during the earlier times, the Prime Minister said the policy of the government before 2017 gave a free hand to the mafia for open loot. Today, under the leadership of Yogi ji, the mafia is running around apologizing and the mafias are also suffering the most under the government of Yogi ji, the Prime Minister remarked. .

The Prime Minister remarked that Uttar Pradesh is the state which has given the maximum number of Prime Ministers to the country. This is the speciality of Uttar Pradesh, however, “the identity of Uttar Pradesh cannot be limited only to this. Uttar Pradesh Cannot be confined to 6-7 decades. This is a land whose history is timeless, whose contribution is timeless”. Lord Rama took incarnation on this land; Lord Shri Krishna incarnation also appeared here. 18 Jain Tirthankaras out of 24 had appeared in Uttar Pradesh. He added that in the medieval period, epoch-making personalities like Tulsidas and Kabirdas were also born on this soil. This state has also got the privilege of giving birth to a social reformer like Sant Ravidas, the Prime Minister said.

The Prime Minister said Uttar Pradesh is a region where there are pilgrimages every step of the way, and there is energy in every particle. The work of penning the Vedas and Puranas was done here in Naimisharanya. In the Awadh region itself, there is a pilgrimage like Ayodhya here, Shri Modi said.

The Prime Minister said our glorious Sikh Guru tradition also has a deep connection with Uttar Pradesh. The ‘Guru Ka Taal' Gurdwara in Agra is still a witness to the glory of Guru Tegh Bahadur ji, his bravery where he challenged Aurangzeb.

The Prime Minister said the double engine government is setting new records in procurement from farmers. So far, about Rs 80,000 crore has reached the bank accounts of the farmers of UP for the purchase of the produce. More than Rs 37,000 crore has been deposited in the bank accounts of UP farmers from PM Kisan Samman Nidhi, the Prime Minister said. .