New India is finishing tasks at a rapid pace: PM Modi

Published By : Admin | February 25, 2024 | 19:52 IST
Dedicates five AIIMS at Rajkot, Bathinda, Raebareli, Kalyani and Mangalagiri
Lays foundation stone and dedicates to nation more than 200 Health Care Infrastructure Projects worth more than Rs 11,500 crore across 23 States /UTs
Inaugurates National Institute of Naturopathy named ‘Nisarg Gram’ in Pune
Inaugurates and dedicates to nation 21 projects of the Employees’ State Insurance Corporation worth around Rs 2280 crores
Lays foundation stone for various renewable energy projects
Lays foundation stone for New Mundra-Panipat pipeline project worth over Rs 9000 crores
“We are taking the government out of Delhi and trend of holding important national events outside Delhi is on the rise”
“New India is finishing tasks at rapid pace”
“I can see that generations have changed but affection for Modi is beyond any age limit”
“With Darshan of the submerged Dwarka, my resolve for Vikas and Virasat has gained new strength; divine faith has been added to my goal of a Viksit Bharat”
“In 7 decades 7 AIIMS were approved, some of them never completed. In last 10 days, inauguration or foundation stone laying of 7 AIIMS have taken place”
“When Modi guarantees to make India the world’s third largest economic superpower, the goal is health for all and prosperity for all”

Bharat Mata Ki Jai!

Bharat Mata Ki Jai!

Present on the stage are the popular Chief Minister of Gujarat, Shri Bhupendrabhai Patel, Union Minister my colleague Mansukh Mandaviya, Gujarat's Bharatiya Janata Party President, and my Parliamentary colleague C.R. Patil, along with other dignitaries and my brothers and sisters of Rajkot, Namaskar!

A considerable number of individuals from various states across the country have also participated in today's event. Honourable Chief Ministers, Governors, MLAs, MPs, and Union Ministers have all joined us via video conferencing, and I extend my heartfelt greetings to each one of them.

There was a time when major national events were confined to Delhi. However, I have decentralised the Government of India's activities, bringing them to every corner of the nation, including today's gathering in Rajkot. This event signifies a new tradition where the inauguration and foundation stone laying ceremonies for development projects in multiple cities occur simultaneously. Just a few days ago, I was in Jammu and Kashmir, inaugurating various educational campuses of IIT Bhilai, IIT Tirupati, IIIT DM Kurnool, IIM Bodhgaya, IIM Jammu, IIM Visakhapatnam, and IIS Kanpur simultaneously from Jammu, and now, from Rajkot, we're inaugurating AIIMS Rajkot, AIIMS Rae Bareli, AIIMS Mangalagiri, AIIMS Bathinda, AIIMS Kalyani simultaneously, reflecting our commitment to fast-paced development and the development of Bharat.


Being in Rajkot today brings back many memories. Yesterday marked a special milestone in my life. Rajkot holds significant importance in my political journey, as 22 years ago, on 24th February, the city blessed me by electing me as its MLA for the first time. On 25th February, I took oath as an MLA from Rajkot in the Gandhinagar Assembly for the first time. I am deeply indebted to the people of Rajkot for their unwavering love and trust. After 22 years, I can proudly say that I have strived to honour that trust to the best of my abilities.

Today, the entire nation is bestowing immense love and blessings, and Rajkot rightfully shares in this recognition. On this occasion, as the NDA government receives nationwide endorsement for the third consecutive term, with an unprecedented level of trust in 'Abki Baar 400 Paar', I humbly express my gratitude to every Rajkot resident. It's evident that while generations may change, the affection for Modi transcends all age barriers. I view this support as a debt, one that I endeavour to repay with interest through our developmental efforts.


I extend my sincere apologies to all of you, as well as to the honourable Chief Ministers and citizens across different states, for my delay in arriving here today, causing you to wait. However, the delay was due to my visit to Dwarka, where I sought the blessings of Bhagwan Dwarkadhish and inaugurated the Sudarshan Bridge connecting Dwarka to Bet Dwarka. This visit not only helped me to serve Dwarka but also provided me with a profound spiritual experience. Dwarka, believed to have been founded by Lord Shri Krishna himself, now lies submerged under the sea. Today, I had the privilege of witnessing this ancient city's remnants underwater, paying homage, and briefly immersing myself in the worship of Lord Shri Krishna. This longstanding desire of mine has finally been fulfilled. Learning about Dwarka from ancient scriptures and archaeological discoveries has always filled me with awe. Experiencing it firsthand, submerged in the sea, and touching its sacred grounds was an immensely emotional moment for me. Besides the worship, I also offered peacock feathers there. As I immersed myself, I reflected on Bharat's rich heritage and its remarkable journey of development. Emerging from the sea, I carried not only the blessings of Lord Krishna but also newfound inspiration from Dwarka. Today, my commitment to development and preservation of heritage has been revitalized, infused with divine faith towards achieving a developed Bharat.


Today, both you and the entire country have witnessed projects worth over Rs. 48 thousand crores. The foundation stone for the New Mundra-Panipat Pipeline Project has been laid, enabling direct transportation of crude oil from Gujarat to Haryana's refinery via pipelines. Today, numerous facilities have been provided to the entire Saurashtra region, including Rajkot, encompassing roads, bridges, railway line doubling, electricity, healthcare, and education. Following the inauguration of the International Airport, Rajkot now welcomes AIIMS, marking a significant milestone. Congratulations to Rajkot, Saurashtra, and entire Gujarat, and all citizens in areas where AIIMS facilities are being dedicated today.


Today marks a historic milestone not only for Rajkot and Gujarat but for the entire nation. We're witnessing a glimpse of what the health sector of the world's 5th largest economy should resemble, setting a benchmark for healthcare facilities in a developed Bharat. For 50 years post-independence, there was only one AIIMS in Delhi, and despite approvals, even those remained incomplete. Yet, within the past ten days alone, we've laid the foundation stones and inaugurated seven new AIIMS. That is why I keep saying that we are developing the country many times faster than the last 6-7 decades and are committed to the people of the country. Today, more than 200 healthcare infrastructure projects have had their foundation stones laid or been inaugurated in 23 states and union territories, including medical colleges and satellite centres of major hospitals, catering to treatment of serious illnesses.


The country's confidence in Modi's guarantee stems from the fulfillment of promises. The inauguration of AIIMS facilities serves as a testament to this guarantee. Three years ago, I promised Rajkot its first AIIMS by laying the foundation stone, and today, I've fulfilled that promise. Similarly, I guaranteed AIIMS facilities for Punjab, laying the foundation stone for Bathinda AIIMS, which is now inaugurated. Your servant fulfilled the guarantee. Rae Bareli in UP received its AIIMS, fulfilling another commitment made five years ago. The royal family of Congress only engaged in politics in Rae Bareli but Modi did the actual work. Kalyani AIIMS in West Bengal and Mangalagiri AIIMS in Andhra Pradesh were also inaugurated, keeping true to our promises. Just a few days ago, on 16th February, the foundation stone for Rewari AIIMS in Haryana was laid, another promise fulfilled. Over the past decade, our government has approved ten new AIIMS across the country, bringing modern healthcare facilities closer to the people. Sometimes the people of the states used to get tired of demanding AIIMS from the Central Government. Today, a number of modern hospitals and medical colleges like AIIMS are opening in the country one after the other. This track record reaffirms the belief that where others falter, Modi's guarantee prevails.


The global discourse today revolves around how Bharat conquered the Corona pandemic. This achievement is attributed to the comprehensive transformation of Bharat's healthcare system over the past decade. During this time, there has been an unparalleled expansion of AIIMS, medical colleges, and critical care infrastructure. We have established over 1.5 lakh Ayushman Arogya Mandirs in every village to address minor ailments, a significant leap from a decade ago. 10 years ago, the number of medical colleges has surged from around 380-390 to 706, with MBBS seats increasing from around 50 thousand to over 1 lakh. Similarly, postgraduate medical seats have risen from around 30 thousand to over 70 thousand during these 10 years. The influx of young doctors in Bharat in the coming years surpasses the cumulative number created in the 70 years post-independence. Presently, the Ayushman Bharat Health Infrastructure Mission, valued at Rs 64 thousand crores, is underway in the country. Today, we laid the foundation stones and inaugurated numerous medical colleges, hospitals, research centres for TB treatment, satellite centers of PGI, critical care blocks, and various other projects. Additionally, several ESIC hospitals have been handed over to the states.


Our government's focus also extends to disease prevention and enhancing disease-fighting capabilities. We've emphasized nutrition, Yoga-Ayush, and cleanliness to prevent diseases, promoting both traditional Indian medicine and modern medicine. Today, two significant hospitals and research centres dedicated to Yoga and Naturopathy have been inaugurated in Maharashtra and Haryana. Furthermore, Gujarat is home to the forthcoming WHO global centre related to traditional medical systems.


Our government's ongoing endeavour is to ensure that both the poor and the middle class receive improved healthcare without depleting their savings. Thanks to the Ayushman Bharat scheme, the poor have been spared an expenditure of Rs 1 lakh crore. Additionally, access to medicines at an 80% discount through Jan Aushadhi Kendras has saved the poor and middle class from spending Rs 30 thousand crores. This indicates that the government has not only preserved lives but also relieved the financial burden on the poor and middle class. Furthermore, under the Ujjwala Yojana, poor families have collectively saved over Rs 70 thousand crore. The provision of affordable data by our government has led to monthly savings of around Rs 4000 for every mobile user. Tax-related reforms have also resulted in savings of approximately Rs 2.5 lakh crore for taxpayers.


Our government has now introduced another scheme aimed at further augmenting the savings of many families in the years to come. We are striving to reduce electricity bills to zero while simultaneously generating income for households through electricity production. Through the PM Surya Ghar scheme, a free electricity scheme, we aim to assist people across the country in saving and earning. Participants in this scheme will receive free electricity up to 300 units, and the government will purchase any additional electricity and compensate the households accordingly.


While we empower every family to become a producer of solar energy, we are also establishing large-scale solar and wind energy plants. Today, we have laid the foundation stones for two major solar projects and one wind energy project in Kutch, further enhancing Gujarat's capacity in renewable energy production.


Rajkot, our city of entrepreneurs, labourers, and artisans, plays a significant role in building a self-reliant Bharat. Many of these individuals who were neglected before are being acknowledged and supported for the first time under Modi's regime. For the first time in the nation's history, a nationwide scheme has been devised for our Vishwakarma friends. Thus far, lakhs of people have enrolled in the PM Vishwakarma scheme, amounting to Rs 13 thousand crore. This initiative aids in enhancing their skills and advancing their businesses. In Gujarat alone, over 20 thousand individuals have undergone training under this scheme, with each Vishwakarma beneficiary receiving assistance of up to Rs 15,000.


You are aware of the significant role of the sonar (goldsmith) community in Rajkot. Those involved in this profession have also benefitted from the Vishwakarma Scheme.


For the first time, the PM SVANidhi scheme has been introduced for lakhs of our street vendors. So far, assistance worth approximately Rs 10 thousand crore has been provided to these individuals under this scheme. Here in Gujarat, street vendors have also received assistance amounting to around Rs 800 crore. You can understand how the BJP is honouring these street vendors who were previously marginalized. In Rajkot alone, more than 30 thousand loans have been disbursed under the PM SVANidhi Yojana.


Empowering these individuals strengthens the mission of a developed Bharat. When Modi pledges to elevate Bharat to the rank of the third-largest economic superpower, his aim is to ensure health and prosperity for all. These projects inaugurated today across the country will bolster our commitment, and it is with this aspiration that we received such a warm welcome from you right from the Airport. We had the opportunity to greet many old colleagues today after several years, which was truly heartening. I extend my heartfelt congratulations to the BJP colleagues in Rajkot. Let us continue to progress together to organize such significant programmes and realize the vision of a developed Bharat. Congratulations to all of you. Let us all say together – Bharat Mata ki Jai! Bharat Mata ki Jai! Bharat Mata ki Jai!

Thank you very much!

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed spirited public gatherings in Gurdaspur and Jalandhar, Punjab, where he paid his respects to the sacred land and reflected upon the special bond between Punjab and the Bharatiya Janata Party.

Addressing the gathering PM Modi highlighted, the INDI alliance’s misgovernance in the state and said, “Who knows the real face of the INDI alliance better than Punjab? They've inflicted the most wounds on our Punjab. The wound of division after independence, the long period of instability due to selfishness, a long period of unrest in Punjab, an attack on the brotherhood of Punjab, and an insult to our faith, what hasn't Congress done in Punjab? Here, they fueled separatism. Then they orchestrated a massacre of Sikhs in Delhi. As long as Congress was in the Central government, they saved the rioters. It's Modi who opened the files of the Sikh riots. It's Modi who got the culprits punished. Even today, Congress and its ally party are troubled by this. That's why these people keep abusing Modi day and night."

Speaking about the INDI alliance governance and its strategy concerning National Security, PM Modi said, “These INDI alliance people are a great danger to the security of the country. They are talking about reintroducing Article 370 in Kashmir. They want terrorism back in Kashmir. They want to hand over Kashmir to separatists again. They will send messages of friendship to Pakistan again. They will send roses to Pakistan. Pakistan will carry out bomb blasts.”

“There will be terrorist attacks on the country. Congress will say, we have to talk no matter what. For this, Congress has already started creating an atmosphere. Their leaders are saying, Pakistan has an atomic bomb. Their people are saying, we'll have to live in fear of Pakistan. These INDI alliance people are speaking Pakistan's language,” he added.

Discarding the anti-national thought process of the Congress and INDI alliance, PM Modi said, “The problem with Congress is that it has no faith in India. The scions of Congress tarnish the country's image when they go abroad. They say that India is not a nation. Therefore, they want to change the nation's identity. The mentor of the scions has said that the construction of the Ram temple and celebrating Ram Navami in the country threatens the identity of India.”

Emphasizing the need for rapid development, PM Modi assured the people of Gurdaspur, Punjab, and the entire country of his unwavering commitment to their progress and prosperity. He said, “Punjab's development is Modi's priority. The BJP government is building highways like the Delhi-Katra highway and the Amritsar-Pathankot highway here. BJP is developing railway facilities here.”

“Our effort is to create new opportunities in Punjab, to benefit the farmers. In the last 10 years, we have procured record amounts of rice and wheat across Punjab. The MSP, which was fixed during the Congress government, has been increased by two and a half times. Farmers are receiving PM Kisan Samman Nidhi for seeds, fertilizers, and other necessities,” PM Modi added.

Regarding the ongoing elections, PM Modi urged the citizens to choose leadership that prioritizes the nation's interests. Contrasting the BJP-led NDA’s clear vision for a developed India with the divisive and dynastic politics of the INDI alliance, PM Modi called for support for the BJP to ensure continued progress and stability.

In his second mega rally of the day in Jalandhar, Punjab, PM Modi highlighted the shifting political sentiments. He noted that people no longer want to vote for Congress and the INDI Alliance, as it would mean wasting their votes. Emphasizing the strong support in Punjab, he concluded with a resonant call, ‘Phir Ek Baar, Modi Sarkar’!

PM Modi criticized the Congress for its appeasement politics, claiming that the party favored its vote bank at the expense of accurate historical narratives. He noted that Congress had favoured its own family and Mughal families in history books, neglecting the sacrifices of our Sahibzadas. The PM also asserted that this skewed version of history left generations unaware of the true events, such as the tragedy of partition in Punjab. ‘Congress’, he said, “hid these truths to protect its vote bank and avoid exposing its misdeeds”.

PM Modi underscored the BJP-NDA government's commitment to Hindu and Sikh families left behind during the partition, citing the CAA law as a significant step towards granting them Indian citizenship. He heavily disregarded Congress for opposing the CAA and stated that Congress intends to repeal the law if they come to power, denying these communities their rightful citizenship.

The PM explicitly compared the Jhadu Party (AAP) to Congress, calling it a "photocopy party" that has adopted Congress's oppressive tactics. He strongly condemned their actions against media houses that resist their threats, exposing their true nature. He also made the audience aware of the destructive alliance between Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party in Punjab, stressing that voting for either party is voting against Punjab's interests.

Highlighting the Congress party's lack of faith in India and its attempts to undermine the nation's identity, PM Modi urged voters to reject such divisive politics. He underscored the BJP's commitment to Punjab's development, citing initiatives to improve infrastructure, support farmers, and promote food processing industries. PM Modi sought the blessings of the people of Gurdaspur and Jalandhar, and urged them to vote for BJP candidates in the upcoming elections to secure a brighter future for Punjab and the nation.