Gandhinagar, Thursday: Planning Commission has increased Gujarat's plan size for the current financial year 2011-2012 by 26.67 per cent to Rs.38,000-cr, which is higher than Rs.37,152.68-cr originally decided. This was arrived at after Chief Minister Narendra Modi's meeting with Vice-Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia today.

During the meeting, Dr Ahluwalia and Members of the Planning Commission praised Gujarat's development models, strategies for financial management, Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and per capita growth rates, besides other achievements.

Appreciating the Planning Commission's gesture, Mr. Modi assured the plan panel that Gujarat would justify the hike in its annual plan size. He also exuded confidence that the state would achieve the 11.2 per cent growth rate during the current fiscal as mandated.

With this raise, the Chief Minister said the Gujarat Government would incorporate the projects like Rs.147-cr for scientific management of animal husbandry and improving the cattle breed, starting next generation day schools in tribal areas on the lines of ‘ashram shalas' bringing boys from nearby areas in mini buses, connecting remotest areas in Dangs and Dahod with roads and drinking water facility, augmenting drip irrigation and upgrading health and hygienic facilities in 159 municipalities.

He said that Gujarat has set high benchmarks for Twelfth Five Year Plan in Human Development Index (HDI), management of water resources, urban infrastructure, environment, solid wastes and waste water, besides desalination plants to be run on solar power. On the social fronts too, he said, Gujarat has included 2.25-lakh children from minority community for pre-Matriculation scholarships meant for tribal, Dalit and other backward classes. The minority populatio9n in Gujarat is 9.6 per cent but school enrolment 8.5 per cent, which excludes madarsas.

He urged the Centre to incorporate 90 per cent fund to Gujarat under accelerated irrigation projects (AIBP) for Sardar Sarovar Narmada Project as it included Government of India's Desert Development Project in Rajasthan.

However, the Chief Minister criticized the reversal of federal structure of governance by the UPA Government, snatching the state's autonomy and independence. The Centre is making laws, but leaving the onus of financing and implementing the projects on respective state governments.

For instance, he said, Gujarat is not getting corresponding funds for having implemented ‘Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan' since 2003, having appointed 1.45-lakh teachers, having built 19,000 classrooms and spent a whopping amount of Rs.16,000-cr. Under the Rights to Education Act, Gujarat has appointed another 90,000 teachers, 80,000 classrooms, having incurred an additional burden of Rs.8,000-cr. Over 90 per cent of private schools in Gujarat running on PPP model get government grants, for which the Centre has allocated just one per cent fund under National Secondary School Abhiyan.

On the one hand non-major ports of the Gujarat Maritime Board (GMB) handle 73 per cent of maritime cargo and plan to increase the capacity to 1,000 MTPA, but on the other hand Centre framed a Port Regulatory Bill, put it on the website, without consulting Gujarat.

The Centre's is deliberately delaying announcement to lift ban on raw cotton export has caused the Gujarat farmers a loss of Rs.6,000-cr. In a similar step-motherly treatment towards Gujarat, Centre allocated 91,000 tonnes less of DAP fertilizers. Metros like Delhi and Mumbai get CNG at reduced rates from KG Basin, but expect Gujarat to get it imported. Centre imposed a 33 per cent cut in kerosene quota, showing false statistics about LPG connections.

Mr. Modi wished the Centre adapts some of the Gujarat models of success stories for the larger benefit of the nation, such as decentralization of administration up to taluka level (ATVT), the Rs.5,000-cr ‘Mission Mangalm' project for 2-lakh sakhi mandals (women's self-help groups), and setting new benchmarks in poverty alleviations, empowerment of people.

Others present from Gujarat side at the meeting included Ministers of State for Finance and Planning Saurabh Patel and Ranjit Gilitwala, Chief Secretary A.K. Joti and senior Secretaries.

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February 24, 2024
PM to inaugurate dedicate to nation and lay the foundation stone of multiple development projects worth more than Rs. 52,250 crore
Projects encompasses important sectors like health, road, rail, energy, petroleum & natural gas, tourism among others
PM to dedicate Sudarshan Setu connecting Okha mainland and Beyt Dwarka
It is India’s longest cable stayed bridge
PM to dedicate five AIIMS at Rajkot, Bathinda, Raebareli, Kalyani and Mangalagiri
PM to lay the foundation stone and dedicate to the nation more than 200 Health Care Infrastructure Projects
PM to inaugurate and dedicate to the nation 21 projects of ESIC
PM to lay foundation stone of the New Mundra-Panipat pipeline project

Prime Minister will visit Gujarat on 24th and 25th February, 2024. On 25th February, at around 7:45 AM, Prime Minister will perform pooja and darshan at Beyt Dwarka temple. This will be followed by visit to the Sudarshan Setu at around 8:25 AM. He will thereafter visit Dwarkadhish Temple at around 9:30 AM.

At around 1 PM, Prime Minister will dedicate and lay the foundation stone of multiple development projects worth more than Rs. 4150 crore in Dwarka.

Thereafter, at around 3:30 PM, Prime Minister will visit AIIMS Rajkot. At around 4:30 PM, Prime Minister will inaugurate, dedicate to the nation and lay the foundation stone of multiple development projects worth more than Rs. 48,100 crore at Race Course Ground, Rajkot.

PM in Dwarka

At a public function in Dwarka, Prime Minister will dedicate to the nation, Sudarshan Setu connecting Okha mainland and Beyt Dwarka island built at a cost of around Rs. 980 crores. It is the longest Cable-stayed bridge in the country of around 2.32 Km.

Sudarshan Setu boasts a unique design, featuring a footpath adorned with verses from Shrimad Bhagavad Gita and images of Bhagwan Krishna on both sides. It also has solar panels installed on the upper portions of the footpath, generating one megawatt of electricity. This bridge will ease the transportation and significantly reduce the time of devotees travelling between Dwarka and Beyt-Dwarka. Before the bridge's construction, pilgrims had to rely on boat transport to reach Beyt Dwarka. This iconic bridge will also serve as a major tourist attraction of Devbhumi Dwarka.

Prime Minister will dedicate pipeline project at Vadinar involving replacement of existing offshore lines, abandoning existing Pipeline End Manifold (PLEM), and relocating the entire system (pipelines, the PLEMs and the interconnecting loop line) at a nearby new location. Prime Minister will dedicate Rajkot-Okha, Rajkot-Jetalsar-Somnath and Jetalsar-Wansjaliya Rail Electrification projects to the nation.

Prime Minister will lay foundation stone of widening of Dhoraji-Jamkandorna-Kalavad section of NH-927D; Regional Science Center at Jamnagar; Flue Gas Desulphurization (FGD) system installation at Sikka Thermal Power Station, Jamnagar among others

PM in Rajkot

At the public function in Rajkot, Prime Minister will inaugurate, dedicate to the nation and lay the foundation stone of multiple development projects worth more than Rs. 48,100 crore, encompassing important sectors like health, road, rail, energy, petroleum & natural gas, tourism among others.

In a significant step towards strengthening tertiary health care in the country, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi will dedicate to the nation five All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) at Rajkot (Gujarat), Bathinda (Punjab), Raebareli (Uttar Pradesh), Kalyani (West Bengal) and Mangalagiri (Andhra Pradesh).

Prime Minister will also lay the foundation stone and dedicate to the nation more than 200 Health Care Infrastructure Projects worth more than Rs. 11,500 crore across 23 States /UTs.

Prime Minister will dedicate the Medical College of JIPMER at Karaikal, Puducherry and 300 bedded Satellite Centre of Post Graduate Institute of Medical and Educational Research (PGIMER) in Sangrur, Punjab, among others. He will inaugurate 90 bedded Multi Specialty Consulting Unit of JIPMER at Yanam, Puducherry; National Centre for Aging in Chennai; new Government Medical College in Purnea, Bihar; 2 field units of ICMR namely, National Institute of Virology Kerala Unit, at Alappuzha, Kerala and National Institute of Research in Tuberculosis (NIRT): New Composite TB Research Facility, Tiruvallur, Tamil Nadu, among others. Prime Minister will lay foundation stone of various health projects including 100 bedded Satellite Centre of PGIMER at Ferozpur, Punjab; new Medical College building in RML Hospital, Delhi; Critical Care Block in RIMS, Imphal; Nursing Colleges at Koderma and Dumka in Jharkhand, among others.

In addition to these, under the National Health Mission and Prime Minister-Ayushman Bharat Health Infrastructure Mission (PM-ABHIM), Prime Minister will also inaugurate, dedicate to the nation and lay the foundation stone of 115 projects. These include 78 projects under PM-ABHIM (50 units of Critical Care Blocks, 15 units of Integrated Public health Labs, 13 units of Block Public Health Units); 30 units of various projects like Community Health Centre, Primary Health Care Center, Model Hospital, Transit Hostel etc. under National Health Mission among others.

Prime Minister will also inaugurate the National Institute of Naturopathy named ‘Nisarg Gram’ at Pune. It comprises Naturopathy Medical College along with 250 bedded hospital with Multi-disciplinary Research and Extension Centre. Further, he will also inaugurate the Regional Research Institute of Yoga & Naturopathy at Jhajjar, Haryana. It will have apex level Yoga and Naturopathy Research facilities

During the event, Prime Minister will inaugurate and dedicate to the nation 21 projects of the Employees’ State Insurance Corporation (ESIC), worth around Rs. 2280 crores. Projects being dedicated to nation include 2 medical colleges and hospitals at Patna (Bihar) and Alwar (Rajasthan); 8 hospitals at Korba (Chhattisgarh), Udaipur (Rajasthan), Adityapur (Jharkhand), Phulwari Sharif (Bihar), Tiruppur (Tamil Nadu), Kakinada (Andhra Pradesh) and Raigarh & Bhilai in Chhattisgarh; and 3 dispensaries at Neemrana, Abu Road, and Bhilwara in Rajasthan. ESI dispensaries at 8 locations will also be inaugurated at Alwar, Behror & Sitapura in Rajasthan, Selaqui (Uttarakhand), Gorakhpur (Uttar Pradesh), Koratty & Navaikulam in Kerala and Pydibhimavaram (Andhra Pradesh).

In a step to boost production of renewable energy in the region, Prime Minister will lay foundation stone of various renewable energy projects including 300 MW Bhuj-II Solar power project; Grid Connected 600 MW Solar PV Power project; Khavda Solar Power Project; 200 MW Dayapur-II Wind Energy Project among others.

Prime Minister will also lay the foundation stone of the New Mundra- Panipat pipeline project worth over Rs. 9000 crore. The 1194 km long Mundra- Panipat Pipeline with an installed capacity of 8.4 MMTPA was commissioned to transport crude oil from Mundra on the Gujarat coast to Indian Oil's refinery at Panipat in Haryana.

Strengthening the road and rail infrastructure in the region, Prime Minister will dedicate doubling of Surendranagar- Rajkot Rail line; four laning of Bhavnagar- Talaja (Package-I) of old NH-8E; Pipli-Bhavnagar (Package-I) of NH-751. He will also lay the foundation stone of six laning with paved shoulder of Samakhiyali to Santalpur section of NH-27, among others.