Gunotsav 2011: Day 1

CM asks teachers to throw out their unconcern in raising the quality of education

Stresses for giving computer education and nutritious food to the students and inculcating the good habits of doing yoga and prayer

The three-day Gunotsav campaign began today with Chief Minister Narendra Modi’s surprise visit to a primary school at Jaswantgadh Bhemal village in Danta taluka of Banaskantha district. The state government has launched the Gunotsav programme with a view to raise the quality of education in government primary schools across the state.

Without prior indication the Chief Minister went to the school to observe in person the kind of academic atmosphere, adequacy of the teaching staff, students’ hunger for gaining knowledge, their competency in the subjects like computer and math and the villagers’ awareness regarding the importance of education.

The school is situated in the state’s boarder area, some thirty kilometers far from Ambaji and have majority of students from Muman-Muslim community studying in class 1 to 8.

During his visit, the Chief Minister went to each and every classroom and talked with the students. He also asked them question to personally verify the students’ competency.

Talking with the teachers Chief Minister said the state government will not tolerate the teachers’ unconcern in carrying out their responsibilities. Pointing to the teachers of weak-performing schools he said they will have to work for 225 days a year. “The teacher should feel the pain if his student is weak in studies”, he said.

Mr. Modi appealed to the teachers and parents to encourage students to take interest in extra curricular activities. He also stressed for giving computer education and nutritious food to the students and inculcating the good habits of doing yoga and prayer.

He recalled an incident when two of the Muman girls wrote him that they wanted to carry on their studies but can not as their parents don’t want so. He said that state government has made all provisions that even poor can give education to their children without any cost. In such case, he said, if children remain without education than it is a fault of teachers, parents and rural society.

“I don’t visit villages in the want of votes. I have brought with me the yagna of education. The state government doesn’t want the children remain illiterate despite having the necessary infrastructure in place”, he said.

Mr. Modi also distributed nutritious food to the students as a part of the project of Aarasuri Ambaji Temple Trust under which nutritious food will be given to primary school children with a view to free them from malnutrition.

MLA Vasant Bhatol and villagers in large numbers were present on the occasion.

The entire Council of Ministers, led by Chief Minister, IAS officers and 3,000-odd officials will participate in the 3rd ‘Gunotsav’ campaign to evaluate 32,274 government primary schools in Gujarat for three days from November 24 to 26, 2011.

CM offers prayer at famous Ambaji temple before beginning Gunotsav

The Chief Minister began the Gunotsav with visit to the primary school in Danta taluka in north Gujarat after saying prayers at the famous Ambaji temple. Neelkamal Chandrakant Sompura and Manish Chandrakant Sompura presented a marble replica of the temple to the Chief Minister.

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At the Aligarh event, Prime Minister Narendra Modi was greeted with love and admiration from all corners of Uttar Pradesh. He shared his transparent vision of a Viksit Uttar Pradesh and a Viksit Bharat with the crowd, reaffirming his commitment to serving every citizen of the country.

Initiating his spirited speech, the PM remarked, “When I first came to Aligarh, I asked you to lock away the factories of nepotism, corruption, and appeasement. You locked them so tight that even the two Shehzaades can't find the key. Today, I'm back to urge the people of Aligarh and Hathras. You hold the key to a better future and a Viksit Bharat. It's time to rid our country of poverty, corruption, and dynastic politics.”

Painting a vivid contrast, PM Modi highlighted the stark difference: "Once, bombs and shells rattled our borders daily, but now, all is calm. Terrorist attacks and serial blasts were routine, but not anymore. Under Article 370, separatists thrived in Jammu and Kashmir, but now they're silenced. Curfews were a daily ordeal in Aligarh, but not anymore. Under the SP government, riots, murders, and gang wars plagued us. Today, under Yogi ji's governance, peace reigns, and our sisters and daughters walk freely, without fear."

“Parties like Congress-SP always practised appeasement politics and never did anything for the political-social-economic upliftment of Muslims,” the PM added.

PM Modi enlightened the audience about several developmental initiatives aimed at uplifting various sections of society, PM Modi reflected that he had requested the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia to increase the Haj quota. “Today, not only has India's Haj quota increased but visa rules have also been made easier. The government has also allowed women to go for Haj without Mehram,” the PM mentioned.

Taking a firm stand against the opposition and their selfish motives, PM Modi emphasized, “The INDI Alliance members are hopeless, unwilling to look towards the future. They question why I speak of a developed India or making us the third-largest economic power. All they care about is their family and power greed.”

“Today, I must warn the people of Aligarh and the nation about the dangerous intentions of the Congress and INDI Alliance. The Congress and its allies have set their sights on your hard-earned money and property. The Congress leader has openly declared that if they come to power, they will investigate everyone's earnings and property, even down to how much gold women possess, how many FDs employees have, and how much land farmers own. They plan to confiscate property and money as they see fit, based on a survey they conduct. This is akin to communist ideology, which has ruined many countries. Now, they want to implement this policy in India. They want to seize your hard-earned money and property. These family-oriented politicians have amassed vast fortunes by looting the people. They have never shared their wealth with the poor. Now, they have their eyes on the wealth of the people,” the PM exposed the harsh realities of the opposition.

Training his guns further at Congress, PM Modi asserted, “The Congress considers it its birthright to plunder the wealth of the people, loot the nation's assets. The Congress, which engaged in corruption in every defence purchase, could never have built a defence corridor here. But now, our Uttar Pradesh is now becoming a major hub of self-reliant India, a self-reliant army. Just a few days ago, we exported the first batch of BrahMos missiles to the Philippines. In the coming days, these lethal BrahMos missiles will also be manufactured in Uttar Pradesh.”

Stressing how the BJP is strengthening the power of every industry in the region, PM Modi remarked, “BJP is supporting the One District One Product initiative to boost your work. Whether it's the locks of Aligarh, the asafoetida of Hathras, metal industries, garment industries, or gulal industries, the BJP government is dedicated to bolstering every sector.”

PM Modi also spoke about several development schemes that empower both agriculture and farmers here, stating, “BJP has also pledged in its Sankalp Patra to establish special storage clusters for potato, tomato, and onion farmers, which will greatly benefit the farmers of Aligarh and Hathras.”

In his concluding remarks, PM Modi exhorted the people of Aligarh and Hathras, “Now, to build a developed India, we need a strong government in India. For this, you need to vote for the BJP, vote for the NDA. I have one more request for you. Go door-to-door, tell them that Modi ji has said, ‘First vote, and then refreshment’.