On the last day of his two-day Gujarat visit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday is on a visit to his hometown, Vadnagar in Mehsana district. Slamming the previous Congress-led UPA over the state of healthcare sector in the country, alleging that it had failed to bring a health policy during its 10-year rule. He also said that the previous government did not pay attention to increasing the number of seats in medical colleges.
“The last health policy was announced during Atalji’s (former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee) regime around 15 years back. After that, such a government assumed power which used to hate development. It did not have any empathy for the people,” Modi said. “As a result, a new health policy was introduced after almost 15 years by our government,” he said addressing a gathering after inaugurating a medical college Vadnagar, his hometown.
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03.32 pm: Government of India is taking steps towards the empowerment of fishermen. We do not want our fishermen to live in poverty, says PM
03.30 pm: Gujarat’s strides in animal husbandry have helped farmers. I told Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath to send a team to Gujarat and study the Pashu Arogya Melas. They did that and organised a similar one in Varanasi, which I had the opportunity to visit and see how it helped farmers, says PM
03.25 pm: We have a very important activity in animal husbandry in Gujarat. Gujarat’s farmer has got a new force from animal husbandry, says PM Modi
03.23 pm: Honesty will win despite some people corrupting and looting our country, says PM
03.20 pm: Gujarat knows how to protect animals. Gujarat only state to work towards animal welfare, says PM
03.15 pm: Narmada is an integral part of Gujarat. Our political will lead to Sardar Sarovar Dam, says PM
03.13 pm: Neem coating of urea helped farmers and stopped corruption as well as theft, says PM
03.10 pm: We decided that 100 per cent neem coating of urea has to be done so that it can only be used in farming and not in chemical factories, says Modi
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03.03 pm: Antyodaya Express makes it easier for people from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar to go home for Chhath Puja, says PM
03.00 pm: The Antyodaya Express is a commendable initiative by the the Rail Ministry. It connects people and particularly helps those who are from Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and work away from their home, says PM
02.53 pm: PM Modi takes the stage as he addresses the public in Bharuch
02.47 pm: PM Modi flags off the the Antyodaya Express through video link from Bharuch. It started from Udhna in Surat and its journey ends at Jaynagar in Bihar. This is the second Antyodaya Express that has been flagged of today. The first was the Antyodaya Express from Mumbai to Gorakhpur
02.43 pm: PM Modi lays the foundation stone of barrage over the Narmada river
02.35 pm: PM Modi reaches the venue at Bharuch where he will address the public meeting. Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani is addressing the meeting now
02.00 pm: PM Modi will also lay the foundation stone of barrage over the Narmada river
1.30 pm: Udhna-Jaynagar Antyodaya Express set to be flagged off by PM Modi through video link from Bharuch
1.00 pm: I’ve simplified the name from “ImTeCHO” to “TeCHO”, says PM
12.45 pm: We brought prices of stents down. Work is constantly being done to make healthcare affordable for the poor. Doctors and good food may or may not guarantee good health, but cleanliness does, says PM
12.30 pm: The previous government had no interest in bringing about changes in the healthcare programmes. It was during former PM Atal Behari Vajpayee’s term that healthcare programmes were introduced and after 10 years we have started again, says PM
12.20 pm: I am happy that I have got to inaugurate projects relating to the health sector, particularly Intensified Mission Indradhanush, says PM
12.16 pm: We have done vaccination work to create mass movement, make the country’s rainbow program its own, says PM
12.11 pm: When Hiuen Tsang came to India his stay was in Vadnagar, which was then called Anandapur
12.08 pm: I go back with your blessings and assure you that I will work even harder for the nation, says PM
12.03 pm: PM Modi addresses a public rally after launching several projects in Vadnagar. The happiness to be the amongst my own people can’t be expressed. You have showered me with your love. I’m really touched. I am what I am today because of the values on this soil, says PM
11.58 am: Intensified Mission Indradhanush drive will run for seven days starting the seventh of every month from October 2017 for four consecutive months.
11.55 am: The Prime Minister distributed e-tablets to health workers to mark the launch of ImTeCHO
11.50 am: PM Modi launches the ImTeCHO app. ImTeCHO is an innovative mobile phone application to improve performance of ASHAs through better supervision, support and motivation for increasing coverage of proven maternal, newborn and child health interventions among resource-poor settings in India. ImTeCHO stands for “Innovative mobile-phone Technology for Community Health Operations”. “TeCHO” in Gujarati means “support”; therefore, “ImTeCHO” means “I am support.”
11.30 am: PM launches Mission Intensified Indradhanush at Vadnagar. The areas and districts with the highest number of under or partially vaccinated children will be in high focus under this programme
11.15 am: PM Modi to launch Mission Intensified Indra Dhanush, an immunization program, in Vadnagar
11.00 am: PM Modi interacts with students at Vadnagar’s GMERS Medical College. Wishes them ‘All the best’ before leaving
10.45 am: PM Modi dedicates Vadnagar’s GMERS Medical College to the nation. He is accompanied by Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel and Union Minister JP Nadda
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10.30 am: After his roadshow, PM Modi reaches Hatkeshwar Temple and offers prayer
10.15 am: Crowd cheers as PM Modi reaches his school, B N High School
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09.50 am: Thousands gather at PM Modi’s roadshow, shower him with flowers. The police has been deployed to manage the crowd.
09.40 am: PM Narendra Modi embarks on a roadshow in his hometown Vadnagar, amid loud cheers by the crowd. The crowd chants ‘Modi Modi’
9.30 am: PM Modi arrives in Vadnagar. He is expected to embark on a road show.
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9.15 am: Ahead of PM’s visit in Vadnagar the entire town was decorated for a rousing reception of him
Vibrant atmosphere in Vadnagar in the run-up to the Prime Minister’s visit. pic.twitter.com/z4y7aI5DFb
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9.00 am: The PM will launch the Intensified Mission Indradhanush, to accelerate progress towards the goal of full immunization coverage. It will provide greater focus on urban areas and other pockets of low immunization coverage. The Prime Minister will distribute e-tablets to health workers to mark the launch of ImTeCHO. ImTeCHO is an innovative mobile phone application to improve performance of ASHAs through better supervision, support and motivation for increasing coverage of proven maternal, newborn and child health interventions among resource-poor settings in India.
Pictures from Vadnagar, the hometown of the Prime Minister, on the eve of his visit. pic.twitter.com/PegYt5aYLp
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08.30 am: Prime Minsiter Narendra Modi will visit his hometown Vadnagar in Mehsana district. The visit will be his first since he assumed the office of the PM in 2014. He will also visit the Hatkeshwar Temple there.