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Chief Minister Narendra Modi’s announcements at Sagarkhedu Sammelan:

Rs.200-cr diesel subsidy for fishing boat at government cost;

Daily allowance for families of fishermen in Pakistan jail raised from Rs.50 to Rs.150;

New fishing port at Sutrapada, development of existing fishing ports at Mangrol, Porbandar, Jafrabad, Okha & Bhadeli;

Seaweed project for fisherwomen under Mission Mangalam; 

Training youth for Gujarat Government’s Marine Police Force.

 

Ahmedabad, Monday: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi today announced constitution of a high-level committee headed by the Chief Secretary to form of a new district of Gir-Somnath, besides a number of projects for all round development and empowerment of fishing community, locally called ‘sagarkhedu’, living in the coastal region of the state.

Addressing a huge gathering of sagarkhedus at Somnath near the famous Jyotirlinga temple facing the Arabian Sea, he said the new district would come into being with effect from January 26, 2013. Earlier, he offered Monday prayer at the historic Somnath Temple in the auspicious month of Shravan.

Gujarat’s state-level 66th Independence Day celebration will held at Junagadh this year.

He laid foundation stone for four water supply and underground sewer projects for Veraval, Kodinar and Una towns costing Rs.228-crore. He dedicated Rs.244-crore development projects for Veraval, Una and Sutrapada.

Other announcements include Re.200-crore diesel subsidy on VAT for nearly 11,000 mechanized boats to be borne entirely by the State Government. This is in sharp contrast to the Centre reducing kerosene quota by 30 percent for fishermen of Gujarat.

Mr. Modi announced setting up a new fishing port at Sutrapada and to undertake development of other fishing ports in the Saurashtra coast, from Jafrabad in the east to Bhadeli and Okha in the west, Veraval and Porbandar phase-2 and Mangrol phase-3. He recalled the State Government has spent about Rs.11,000-crore on development projects for 60-lakh sagarkhedus living in 3,000 villages along the seacoast in the first five years. Another Rs.21,000-crore is now being spent on them.

Mr. Modi recalled that Gujarat seacoast, which was once the landing point for smugglers during the Congress rule, is now humming with shipping and fishing activity for the last ten years. He announced a rise in the daily allowance for the family members of Gujarat fishermen languishing in Pakistan Jails from Rs.50 to Rs.150.

He regretted that Central Government doesn’t have the guts to fight terrorism or sentence Pakistani terrorists like Kasab or free Indian fishermen in their custody. He announced training programme for youth belonging to the sagarkhedu community and priority to them in recruitment in Gujarat Government’s Marine Police Force. Under Mission Mangalam Project, he announced plan to set up 5,000 Sakhi Mandalis to provide training and bank linkage to women to grow see-weed for their economic empowerment.

Mr. Modi handed over cheques of Rs.1-lakh to Deviben, Krishnaben and Ritaben each under fishermen group insurance scheme. He distributed insulated box to fisherwomen Hasinaben and Juluben, and lifesaving jackets to fishermen.

Prominent among those present on the occasion included Agriculture and Fisheries Minister Dilip Sanghani, Parliamentary Secretary L.T. Rajani, legislators Rajsi Jethwa, Vandanaben Makwana, Kalubhai Rathod and Bhagwanji Kargatia, Veraval Nagarpalika President Manjuben Gohel, Takuka Panchayat President Manjuben Rathod, BJP District President Madhabhai Boria, BJP City President Mohan Dakshini, ex-Union Minister Bhavna Chikhalia, Veraval Kharwa community head Dhanjibhai, All India Fishermen Association Secretary Tulsi Gohil, Seafood Expo Association Secretary Jagdish Fofandi, Principal Secretary Kailashnathan, In-charge Secretary Vipul Mitra, Fisheries Secretary Dinesh Brahmabhat, Fisheries Commissioner Darbar, District Collector Manish Bharadwaj and DDO Dilip Rana.

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21st India – Russia Annual Summit
December 07, 2021
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President of the Russian Federation, H.E. Mr. Vladimir Putin, paid a working visit to New Delhi on 06 December 2021 for the 21st India – Russia Annual summit with Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi.

2. President Putin was accompanied by a high level delegation. Bilateral talks between Prime Minister Modi and President Putin were held in a warm and friendly atmosphere. The two leaders expressed satisfaction at the sustained progress in the ‘Special and Privileged Strategic Partnership’ between both countries despite the challenges posed by the Covid pandemic. They welcomed the holding of the first meeting of the 2+2 Dialogue of Foreign and Defence Ministers and the meeting of the Inter-Governmental Commission on Military & Military-Technical Cooperation in New Delhi on 6 December 2021.

3. The leaders underscored the need for greater economic cooperation and in this context, emphasized on new drivers of growth for long term predictable and sustained economic cooperation. They appreciated the success story of mutual investments and looked forward to greater investments in each others’ countries. The role of connectivity through the International North-South Transport Corridor (INSTC) and the proposed Chennai - Vladivostok Eastern Maritime Corridor figured in the discussions. The two leaders looked forward to greater inter-regional cooperation between various regions of Russia, in particular with the Russian Far-East, with the States of India. They appreciated the ongoing bilateral cooperation in the fight against the Covid pandemic, including humanitarian assistance extended by both countries to each other in critical times of need.

4. The leaders discussed regional and global developments, including the post-pandemic global economic recovery, and the situation in Afghanistan. They agreed that both countries share common perspectives and concerns on Afghanistan and appreciated the bilateral roadmap charted out at the NSA level for consultation and cooperation on Afghanistan. They noted that both sides shared common positions on many international issues and agreed to further strengthen cooperation at multilateral fora, including at the UN Security Council. President Putin congratulated Prime Minister Modi for India’s ongoing non-permanent membership of the UN Security Council and successful Presidency of BRICS in 2021. Prime Minister Modi congratulated Russia for its ongoing chairmanship of the Arctic Council.

5. The Joint Statement titled India-Russia: Partnership for Peace, Progress and Prosperity aptly covers the state and prospects of bilateral ties. Coinciding with the visit, several Government-to-Government Agreements and MoUs, as well as those between commercial and other organizations of both countries, were signed in different sectors such as trade, energy, science & technology, intellectual property, outer space, geological exploration, cultural exchange, education, etc. This is a reflection of the multifaceted nature of our bilateral partnership.

6. President Putin extended an invitation to Prime Minister Modi to visit Russia for the 22nd India-Russia Annual Summit in 2022.