The Abhiyan against penury has not stopped: Shri Narendra Modi

Published By : Admin | February 22, 2010 | 07:02 IST

Expressing his stern resolve to step up the battle against penury, Chief Minister Shri Narendrabhai Modi said that series of 50 Garib Kalyan Mela has ended, but not the fight against poverty.

Concluding the series of Garib Kalyan Mela at Limbadi Shri Narendra Modi said that poor have recognized the disrupting entities. Garib Kalyan Mela has ignited positive spark in poor and now the sensibility of the administration has touched them.

Chief Minister arranged State's 50th Garib Kalyan Mela at Limbadi today. Chief Minister and other Ministers handed over economic assistance worth Rs. 41.16 crore to about 32160 beneficiaries from Limbadi, Chuda, Sayala and Chotila regions. Two melas held for Surendranagar district empowered over 67525 beneficiaries with Rs 85 crore worth of aid.

Garib Kalyan Mela proved itself as a sure medicine against Epidemic of the exploitation of poor and worked as a bulldozer against mediators, Shri Modi said.

He said that communicating with 50 lakh poor of the State within a short period of 2 months is an unprecedented work and he is grateful that he has been conferred with such a fortune.

He outlined various pro-poor schemes deployed by the State Government and expressed his desire of entrusting Rs 5000 crore worth administration to Sakhi-Mandalas by 2014, in order to free rural women from unending interests and debts.

District In-Charge Education Minister Shri Ramanlal Vora said that as a part of Republic day celebration, welfare works over Rs. 1000 crore have been initiated in Surendranagar district. He also outlined various Abhiyans on qualitative education, taken up by Education Department of the State.

Forest Minister of State Shri Kiritsinhji Rana, Chief Whip Shri Pradipsinhji Jadeja also addressed the Mela.

Chaques summing Rs. 11 lakh 11 thousands were donated to Chief Minister's Kanya Kelavani Nidhi by various organizations.

Revenue Minister Smt. Anandiben Patel, Minister Shri Vasanbhai Ahir, Parliamentary Secretary Shri L.T.Rajani, Ex. Minister Shri I.K.Jadeja, MLA Smt.Varshaben Doshi, Shri Bharatbhai Khorani, Shri Shambhuprasad Tundiya, Maharashtra BJP leader Shri Kiritbhai Somaiya along with Nagarsevak Shri Manojbhai Kotak and Bharatbhai Parikh, district leaders, government office bearers and people in large number were present at the Mela.

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Text of PM’s video message during 6th edition of International Conference on Disaster Resilient Infrastructure
April 24, 2024
“We must invest in resilient infrastructure today for a better tomorrow”
“The world can be resilient collectively, only when each country is resilient individually”
“To achieve shared resilience, we must support the most vulnerable”

Excellencies, Friends,

Namaskar! I extend a warm welcome to India to all of you. It is great to have you with us at the 6th edition of the International Conference on Disaster Resilient Infrastructure. Your participation will strengthen the global discourse and decisions on this important issue.


In the last few years, the growth of the Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure has been impressive. We have come a long way since 2019, when CDRI was launched. It is now a global coalition of 39 countries and 7 organizations. This is a good sign for the future.


As we all have witnessed, natural disasters are becoming more frequent and more severe. The damage they cause is usually reported in dollars. But their true impact on people, families and communities is beyond just numbers. Earthquakes destroy houses, making thousands of people homeless. Natural disasters can disrupt water and sewage systems, putting the health of people at risk. Some disasters can impact energy plants, leading to potentially dangerous situations. These things have a human impact.


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Nature and disasters have no borders. In a highly interconnected world, disasters and disruptions cause widespread impact. The world can be resilient collectively, only when each country is resilient individually. Shared resilience is important because of the shared risks. CDRI and this conference help us come together for this collective mission.


To achieve shared resilience, we must support the most vulnerable. For example, Small Island Developing States are at high risk of disasters. CDRI has a programme which is funding projects across 13 such places. Resilient housing in Dominica, Resilient transport networks in Papua New Guinea, and Enhanced early warning systems in the Dominican Republic and Fiji are some examples. It is heartening that CDRI also has a focus on the Global South.


During India’s G20 Presidency, an important step was taken. A new Disaster Risk Reduction Working Group was formed with financing at the heart of the discussions. Along with the growth of CDRI, such steps will take the world to a resilient future. I am sure that the next two days will see fruitful deliberations at ICDRI. Thank You. Thank you very much!