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"Under the dynamic leadership of Narendrabhai, Gujarat has grown fast and has become a role model for development, progress and peace: Mr. John Geevargese, President YMCA International Centre, Ahmedabad"
"One would lose count if they start seeing in detail what Shri Modi has done for Gujarat: Mr. John Geevargese"
"Shri Narendra Modi is the promise of India… I wish and hope the nation benefits from the Gujarat experience: Dr. Rolland Williams, President, National Council of YMCAs of India"
"I am not only fascinated by the beauty but also the safety. This is a place where young women can walk through the streets anytime during the day or night: Dr. Rolland Williams"
"We have not seen Mahatma Gandhi and Sardar Patel but we are fortunate to see Modi ji. We are praying for him and upholding him in our prayers: Dr. Rolland Williams"
" Shri Modi is an eminent politician with unwavering dedication to the cause of the people and an orator par excellence: Mr. John Verughese, General Secretary, National Councils of YMCAs of India"

 

On the morning of Friday 24th May 2013 Shri Narendra Modi inaugurated the National Consultation of the YMCA Brand Building in Ahmedabad. Present on the occasion were eminent leaders of the YMCA movement and the Christian community. This included Rt. Rev. Bishop Vinodkumar Malaviya, Rt. Rev. Bishop Silvance Christian. The eminent leaders of the Indian YMCA movement showered immense praise on the visionary leadership of Shri Narendra Modi that has taken Gujarat on the path to progress.

Under Narendrabhai’s dynamic leadership, Gujarat has grown fast and become role model for development, progress and peace

Mr. John Geevargese, an entrepreneur known for his Sales India brand and JG Group of Colleges lauded Shri Modi for his development work. Mr. Geevargese is also the President of the YMCA International Centre, Ahmedabad.

He said, “We are extremely delighted to have Narendrabhai Modi here. He needs no introduction to the people of this country…under the dynamic leadership of Narendrabhai, Gujarat has grown fast and has become a role model for development, progress and peace.” Giving the examples of the wide roads, the BRTS, Sabarmati Riverfront, 108 Emergency Service, GIFT city, Mahatma Mandir, Science City etc., Mr. Geevargese said that one would lose count if they start seeing in detail what Shri Modi has done for Gujarat.

Mr. Geevargese stated that Gujarat is a blessed land that has given birth to stalwarts such as Mahatma Gandhi, Sardar Patel and Shri Narendra Modi. Referring to Shri Modi’s statement in Kerala he said, “I saw news that the Chief Minister visited Kerala and said that in Gujarat there is a person from every Taluka of Kerala but sir, I would like to say that there is one from every village of Kerala, living peacefully in Gujarat.”

“Not seen Mahatma Gandhi or Sardar Patel but fortunate to see Narendra Modi ji!”

Also speaking on the occasion was Dr. Rolland Williams, the President of the National Council of YMCAs of India and Managing Director of Merilyn Shipping and Transport Company based in Andhra Pradesh. Dr. Williams pointed that this is the first time such a meeting of the YMCA was being held in Gujarat and he shared that it was an honor to meet Shri Modi, who he described as the promise of India. He added that the YMCA family would agree that Shri Modi is the most appropriate leader to flag off new change processes in India vis-à-vis the YMCA movement.

Dr. Williams said that during his stay in Gujarat he has personally witnessed the change in the state. “I am not only fascinated by the beauty but also the safety,” he affirmed and added that Ahmedabad is the safest place in the country. He said that this is a place where young women can walk through the streets anytime during the day or night. He said that Gujarat is extremely welcoming for investors and visitors alike and is an empowering place for the youth to build their future. Dr. Williams also pointed that Gujarat is a state that cares for the environment. Giving credit to Shri Modi’s leadership, Dr. Williams said, “Credit for this goes to the leadership and determination of Shri Modi. I wish and hope the nation benefits from the Gujarat experience. Here, aspirations, expectations and dreams have been more than fulfilled. Shri Modi values clarity of vision, sense of purpose and diligent perseverance as essential qualities.”

Dr. Williams quoted two powerful quotes of Shri Modi and stated, “Many of us are coming here for the first time. We have not seen Mahatma Gandhi and Sardar Patel but we are fortunate to see Modi ji. We are praying for him and upholding him in our prayers.”

“An eminent politician with unwavering dedication to the cause of people…”

Mr. John Verughese, the General Secretary of the National Council of YMCAs of India, while delivering the vote of thanks expressed gratitude to Shri Modi on behalf of the YMCA family and described him as an eminent politician with unwavering dedication to the cause of the people and an orator par excellence. He said that Shri Modi is a leader of the masses.

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Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi today interacted with Governors of States regarding the Covid-19 situation and ongoing vaccination drive in the country, through video conferencing.

Prime Minister said that in the battle against Covid, along with the vaccines, our values and sense of duty are our biggest strengths. Praising the citizens who participated in this battle last year considering it their duty, he said that the same feeling of Janbhagidari needs to be encouraged now as well. He said that the role of the Governors, through appropriate utilization of their social capacity, thus becomes all the more critical to achieving this. Governors are an important link to ensure better coordination between State Governments and society, he said, adding that the combined power of all community organizations, political parties, NGOs and social institutions needs to be harnessed.

Prime Minister suggested that the Governors can actively engage to ensure that social institutions collaborate seamlessly with the State Governments towards micro containment. He said that their social network can help ensure an increase in the capacity of ambulances, ventilators and oxygen in hospitals. Along with spreading the message about vaccination and treatment, the Governors can also spread awareness about AYUSH related remedies.

Prime Minister noted that our youth, our workforce, is an important part of our economy. Hence, it is important to ensure that our youth follows all Covid related protocols and precautions. He said that the Governors’ role is also critical in ensuring the greater engagement of our students in University campuses towards this Janbhagidari. We also need to focus on better utilization of facilities at University and College campuses, he added. He said that just like last year, NCC and NSS also have a key role to play this year as well. Prime Minister said that the Governors are an important pillar of Janbhagidari in this battle and their coordination with State Governments and guidance to institutions of the State will further strengthen the nation’s resolve.

Discussing the rise in the number of Covid cases, the Prime Minister said that in this stage of the fight against the virus, the country stands to gain from last year’s experience and improved healthcare capacity. He discussed the increase RTPCR testing capacity and noted that the country has become Aatmanirbhar with respect to kits and other material related to testing. All this has led to a reduction in the cost of RTPCR tests also. He added that most of the products related to testing are also available on the GeM portal. Prime Minister emphasized the significance of increasing tracking, tracing and testing, and said that RTPCR testing needs to be increased from 60% to 70%. He said that it is pertinent to ensure that more and more people get tested.

Prime Minister underlined that the government is committed to ensuring adequate availability of vaccines. He highlighted that India has become the fastest nation to reach the landmark of 10 crore vaccinations. Noting the positive impact of Tika Utsav in the last four days, he said that in this period, the vaccination drive was expanded and new vaccination centres also came up.

Interaction

The Vice President of India, Union Home Minister and Union Health Minister also attended the interaction.

The Vice President appreciated the Prime Minister for leading the fight against Covid and his proactive steps to develop the infrastructure required to tackle the pandemic. He also highlighted the scientific community's contribution in giving a vaccine to India and the whole world. He also talked about the contribution of healthcare workers, sanitation workers, and other frontline workers who have played a vital role during the pandemic.

The Vice President called upon the Governors to bring up a coordinated front by leading all-party meetings in their respective states and engaging with civil society organisations to spread awareness about covid-appropriate behaviour. The Vice president said that a 'Team India spirit' cutting across policy lines should be adopted, and in this regard, Governors as the 'Guardians of the State' could guide the State Governments.

Union Home Minister stressed the importance of saving each and every life. Union Health Secretary gave a presentation on Covid cases and vaccination drive. He gave an overview of how India has followed a proactive and pre-emptive approach in this endeavour.

The Governors shared details of how their respective states are tackling the spread of the virus and coordinating activities towards ensuring a smooth implementation of the vaccination drive, while also mentioning the deficiencies of healthcare facilities in the States.

They gave suggestions for further improvement in the efforts and shared plans of how Janbhagidari can be increased through the active social engagement of various groups.