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Remembers another son of the soil of Bundelkhand, Major Dhyan Chand or Dadda Dhyan Chand
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Namaskar,

Just now I got an opportunity to talk to all the mothers and sisters. I am happy that the festival of Raksha Bandhan will be celebrated after a few days and I got the blessings of mothers and sisters in advance. Today I have got the opportunity to present another gift to the sisters of crores of poor, Dalit, deprived, backward and tribal families of the country. Today many sisters are getting free gas connection and gas stoves as part of the next phase of the Ujjwala scheme. I once again congratulate all the beneficiaries.

Present in Mahoba, my colleague in the Union Cabinet, Hardeep Singh Puri ji, Chief Minister of UP Yogi Adityanath ji, my another cabinet colleague Rameshwar Teli ji, Deputy CM of Uttar Pradesh Keshav Prasad Maurya ji, Dr. Dinesh Sharma ji, all ministers of UP government, my colleagues in Parliament, all respected MLAs, and my brothers and sisters,

The number of people and women that the Ujjwala scheme has illuminated is unprecedented. This scheme was launched in 2016 from Ballia in Uttar Pradesh, from the land of Mangal Pandey ji, the pioneer of the freedom struggle. Today the second phase of Ujjwala is also starting from Mahoba, the valiant land of UP. Be it Mahoba or Bundelkhand, these have been spirited sites for the country's independence. Every particle here has the fragrance of the heroic tales of many heroes like Rani Laxmibai, Rani Durgavati, Maharaja Chhatrasal, Veer Alha and Udal. At a time when the country is celebrating the Amrit Mahotsav of the country’s independence, this event is also an occasion to remember our great personalities. 

Friends,

Today I also remember another great prodigy of Bundelkhand -- Major Dhyan Chand, our DaddaDhyan Chand.The name of the country's highest sports award is now the Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award. I am sure that the name of Dadda, associated now with Khel Ratna, will inspire lakhs and crores of youth in the wake of the phenomenal performance of our young players in the Olympics. This time our players have not only won medals, but have also given an inkling for a better future by performing well in many events.

Brothers and sisters,

We are about to herald the 75th year of independence. But if we look at the progress of the last seven- and-a-half decades, we feel that there were some situations which could have been changed many decades ago. There were many basic needs like home, electricity, water, toilets, gas, roads, hospitals and schools, for which the countrymen had to wait for decades. This is tragic. It is our mothers and sisters who have suffered the most because of this (apathy), especially the poor mothers and sisters.It is the mother who has to face the problem due to the leaking roof of the hut. It is the mother who has to face the problem due to lack of electricity. If the family falls sick due to polluted water, even then the mother has to face the maximum problems. Thereis a problem for mothers and daughters as they have to wait for darkness to go out due to lack of toilets. If there is no separate toilet in the school, then there is a problem for our daughters. Many generations like us have grown up seeing the sight of the mother rubbing her eyes near fireplaces in the kitchen in the scorching heat.

 

Friends,

Can we move towards the 100th year of independence in such conditions? Will we spend our energy only in meeting basic needs? How can a family, a society fulfill their big dreams if they continue to struggle for basic facilities?How can dreams be fulfilled, unless society gets this belief and gathers the confidence to fulfill them? And how can a country become self-reliant without self-confidence?

Brothers and sisters,

When the country gave us the opportunity to serve in 2014, we asked ourselves these questions. It was very clear that we had to find solutions to all these problems within a stipulated time. Our daughters would be able to come out of homes and kitchens and contribute extensively in nation building only when the problems related to home and kitchen were solved first. Therefore, everything has been done on a mission mode in the last 6-7 years to find solutions. Crores of toilets were built across the country under the Swachh Bharat Mission.  Pucca houses of more than 2 crore poor were built under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana. The ownership of most of these houses is with our sisters. We built thousands of kilometers of rural roads and gave electricity connections to about 3 crore familiesthrough the Saubhagya Yojana. Ayushman Bharat scheme is providing free treatment up to Rs 5 lakh to more than 50 crore people. Thousands of rupees are being deposited directly into the bank accounts of expecting mothers for vaccination and nutritious food during pregnancy under the Matru Vandana Yojana. Bank accounts of crores of sisters were opened under the Jan Dhan Yojana, in which the government deposited about 30,000 crore rupees during the Corona period. Now work is underway to provide pure water from pipes to our sisters of rural families through the Jal Jeevan Mission.

Friends,

Ujjwala Yojana has put great emphasis on the resolve of ensuring health, convenience and empowerment of sisters. In the first phase of the scheme, eight crore poor, Dalit, deprived, backward and tribal families were given free gas connections. We have seen its benefits during the Corona period. When there was no movement and businesseswere closed, then crores of poor families were given free gas cylinders for several months. Imagine, what would have been the condition of our poor sisters in times of crisis had the Ujjwalascheme not been there?

Friends,

Another impact of the Ujjwala scheme has been that the infrastructure related to LPG gas has expanded manifold in the entire country. In the last 6-7 years, more than 11,000 new LPG distribution centers have been opened across the country. Uttar Pradesh alone had less than 2,000 distribution centers in 2014. Today it has exceeded more than 4,000. Due to this, thousands of youth got employment and secondly, families who were earlier deprived of gas connections got access to it. It is because of these efforts thatthe gas coverage in India is very close to being 100%. More gas connections have been given in the last 7 years than they were in the country till 2014. Efforts are also underway to resolve the problems of booking and delivery of cylinders, which were there earlier.

Brothers and sisters,

Today one more facility is being added to the existing facilities in the Ujjwala scheme. Many of our comrades from all over UP and other states, including Bundelkhand, go to other states from villages to cities to work. But they face the problem of proof of address. The second phase of the Ujjwala scheme is going to provide the maximum relief to lakhs of such families. Now my labor colleagues do not have to wander for proof of address. The government has full faith in your honesty. All you have to do is give a self-declaration of your address through writing and you will get a gas connection.

Friends,

Now the government is working in the direction of providing gas through pipesas it happens with water in your kitchen. This PNG is also much cheaper than the cylinder. The work of providing PNG connections in many districts of Eastern India, including Uttar Pradesh, is going on at a brisk pace. In the first phase, a target has been set to connect about 21 lakh houses in more than 50 districts of UP. Similarly, a massive effort is underway for CNG-based transport.

Brothers and sisters,

When dreams are big, the efforts to achieve them should be equally big. Today on the occasion of World Bio-fuel Day, we have to remember our goals again. We just saw a small documentary regarding what is happening in the sphere of bio-fuels. Bio-fuel is not just a clean fuel;rather it is also a medium to accelerate the engine of self-reliance in fuel, the engine of development of the country and the engine of development of the villages. Bio-fuel is the energy that we can get from household and farm waste, from plants and from rotten grains. The country is working on bio-fuel-ethanol goals. In the last 6-7 years, we have come very close to the target of 10 percent blending in petrol. In the next 4-5 years, we are moving towards achieving the target of 20 percent blending. The target is also to manufacture such vehicles in the country which will run on 100% ethanol.

Friends,

Ethanol will make commutingcheaper and the environment will also be safe. But the biggest benefit will accrue to our farmers and youth, especially to those from UP. When there will be an option to make ethanol from sugarcane, then sugarcane farmers will get more money and that too on time. Ethanol worth Rs 7,000 crore was purchased from ethanol producers in UP in the last year alone. Over the years, many units related to ethanol and bio-fuel have been set up in UP. In order to make compressed biogas from sugarcane residue, 70 districts of UP are in the process of setting up CBG plants. Now three big complexes are being built to develop bio-fuel from agricultural residue and stubble. Of these, two are being built in Badaun and Gorakhpur in UP and one in Bathinda in Punjab. With these projects, farmers will get paid for waste, thousands of youth will get employment and the environment will also be protected.

Friends,

Similarly, there is another important scheme, GobarDhanYojana. This scheme encourages the production of biogas from cow dung. This will also bring cleanliness in the villages and such animals which are not useful for the dairy sector and do not give milk will also be gainful. Yogi ji's government has also built many Gaushalas (cow ranches). This is an important effort for the care of cows and for the protection of farmers' crops.

Friends,

Now the country is moving towards fulfilling the dream of a better life, by achieving basic amenities. We have to increase this potential manifold in the next 25 years. Together we have to realize this resolve of a capable India. Sisters are going to have a special role. I once again convey my best wishes to all the beneficiary sisters of Ujjwala. I feel blessed that I got an opportunity to do this service to mothers and sisters ahead of the holy festival of Raksha Bandhan. I feel blessed. May your blessings be always there so that we continue to work with new energy to serve Mother Bharti, the 130 crore countrymen, the villages, poor, farmers, Dalits, victims and backwards. With this desire, best wishes to you. Thanks a lot!

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PM chairs high level meeting to review preparedness to deal with Cyclone Jawad
December 02, 2021
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PM directs officials to take all necessary measures to ensure safe evacuation of people
Ensure maintenance of all essential services and their quick restoration in case of disruption: PM
All concerned Ministries and Agencies working in synergy to proactively counter the impact of the cyclone
NDRF has pre-positioned 29 teams equipped with boats, tree-cutters, telecom equipments etc; 33 teams on standby
Indian Coast Guard and Navy have deployed ships and helicopters for relief, search and rescue operations
Air Force and Engineer task force units of Army on standby for deployment
Disaster Relief teams and Medical Teams on standby along the eastern coast

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi chaired a high level meeting today to review the preparedness of States and Central Ministries & concerned agencies to deal with the situation arising out of the likely formation of Cyclone Jawad.

Prime Minister directed officials to take every possible measure to ensure that people are safely evacuated and to ensure maintenance of all essential services such as Power, Telecommunications, health, drinking water etc. and that they are restored immediately in the event of any disruption. He further directed them to ensure adequate storage of essential medicines & supplies and to plan for unhindered movement. He also directed for 24*7 functioning of control rooms.

India Meteorological Department (IMD) informed that low pressure region in the Bay of Bengal is expected to intensify into Cyclone Jawad and is expected to reach coast of North Andhra Pradesh – Odisha around morning of Saturday 4th December 2021, with the wind speed ranging upto 100 kmph. It is likely to cause heavy rainfall in the coastal districts of Andhra Pradesh, Odisha & W.Bengal. IMD has been issuing regular bulletins with the latest forecast to all the concerned States.

Cabinet Secretary has reviewed the situation and preparedness with Chief Secretaries of all the Coastal States and Central Ministries/ Agencies concerned.

Ministry of Home Affairs is reviewing the situation 24*7 and is in touch with the State Governments/ UTs and the Central Agencies concerned. MHA has already released the first instalment of SDRF in advance to all States. NDRF has pre-positioned 29 teams which are equipped with boats, tree-cutters, telecom equipments etc. in the States and has kept 33 teams on standby.

Indian Coast Guard and the Navy have deployed ships and helicopters for relief, search and rescue operations. Air Force and Engineer task force units of Army, with boats and rescue equipment, are on standby for deployment. Surveillance aircraft and helicopters are carrying out serial surveillance along the coast. Disaster Relief teams and Medical Teams are standby at locations along the eastern coast.

Ministry of Power has activated emergency response systems and is keeping in readiness transformers, DG sets and equipments etc. for immediate restoration of electricity. Ministry of Communications is keeping all the telecom towers and exchanges under constant watch and is fully geared to restore telecom network. Ministry of Health & Family Welfare has issued an advisory to the States/ UTs, likely to be affected, for health sector preparedness and response to COVID in affected areas.

Ministry of Port, Shipping and Waterways has taken measures to secure all shipping vessels and has deployed emergency vessels. The states have also been asked to alert the industrial establishments such as Chemical & Petrochemical units near the coast.

NDRF is assisting the State agencies in their preparedness for evacuating people from the vulnerable locations and is also continuously holding community awareness campaigns on how to deal with the cyclonic situation.

The meeting was attended by Principal Secretary to PM, Cabinet Secretary, Home Secretary, DG NDRF and DG IMD.