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PM in Gujarat: In 8 years, we made honest efforts to build India of the dreams of Gandhi and Sardar Patel, says Modi

"Will be in Gujarat today, where I will be attending programmes in Rajkot and Gandhinagar. These programmes cover key sectors such as healthcare, cooperatives and farmer welfare," Prime Minister Modi tweeted on Saturday morning. 

By: Express Web Desk | Ahmedabad |
Updated: May 29, 2022 6:32:04 am
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel during a seminar of leaders of various cooperative institutions at Mahatma Mandir in Gandhinagar on Saturday. (Express photo by Nirmal Harindran)

Highlighting the BJP-led Central government’s accomplishments over the last eight years, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said that the party has been working towards building the India Mahatma Gandhi and Sardar Patel had dreamt of. The Centre strives to serve the poor and unemployed, particularly in times of crisis, PM Modi said.

Speaking at a public event in Gujarat’s Rajkot, the prime minister spoke about how the Centre served the nation during the Covid-19 pandemic. “When the epidemic started, there was a problem of food and drink in front of the poor, so we opened the granaries of the country,” he said.

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He went on to describe the tremendous influence the state’s culture and values had on him and how they drove him to serve the country. “I have left no stone unturned in the service of the motherland because of the values and education I have received here. The people of Gujarat taught me how to live for society,” he said.

Prices of fertilisers up due to pandemic, war; but govt ensured supply: PM

Later, the Prime Minister addressed a seminar of leaders of various cooperative institutions on the subject ‘Sahakar Se Samriddhi’ at Mahatma Mandir, Gandhinagar.  Over 7,000 representatives from various cooperative institutions of the state participated in the seminar.

There, Modi virtually inaugurated the world’s first nano urea liquid plant by Indian Farmers’ Fertiliser Cooperative Limited (IFFCO) near Kalol town in Gandhinagar district. It has been built at a cost of around Rs 175 crore.

The newly-launched nano urea liquid has higher nutrient use efficiency, which will boost crop production and increase farmers’ income, an official from the IFFCO said on Saturday.

The nano urea plant has been set up by IFFCO to provide farmers the means to boost productivity and help increase their income.

While addressing the seminar cooperative institutions’ leaders, Modi said that the prices of fertilisers have increased due to the pandemic and war in Ukraine, but the government has ensured that farmers in the country do not face scarcity of urea and other inputs.

“We will do everything that is required to be done to strengthen farmers,” he said at a seminar on co-operatives here.

“Each 50-kg bag of imported urea costs Rs 3,500. But, it is being given to farmers at Rs 300, which means the government spends Rs 3,200 on every bag,” the PM pointed out.

He also said that villages in Gujarat owe their prosperity to the dairy cooperative movement. The cooperative model is required for the development of villages, the prime minister said.

PM Modi arrived in Rajkot on Saturday morning, where he inaugurated the newly-built Matushri K D P Multispeciality Hospital at Atkot, a village in Jasdan taluka of Gujarat’s Rajkot district.  “When people’s efforts connects with Govt’s efforts, our strength to serve increases. This modern hospital (KDP Multispeciality Hospital) in Rajkot is a major example for this,” PM Modi said at the function.

This will be the Prime Minister’s second visit to Jasdan in recent years. Modi had addressed an election rally in the taluka during the last Gujarat Assembly elections in 2017. Significantly, this is a region where the BJP has faced a tough test.

While addressing a gathering at Atkot, Modi said he has spared no effort while serving the country in the last eight years, and not done any such work that would make people hang their heads in shame. During this period, the government has worked for the uplift of the poor, the prime minister said.

“Mahatma Gandhi wanted an India in which the poor, Dalits, adivasi and women are empowered, where cleanliness and health are part of life, where economy is based on swadeshi (local) solutions,” Modi said, adding that his government has worked for all this.

In the last eight years, pucca houses were provided to over three crore families; 10 crore families were saved from the ignominy of open defecation (by way of constructing toilets), nine crore women were saved from the adverse impact of smoke (by providing LPG connections); electricity connections were provided to 2.5 crore families and tap water connections were given to six crore families; over 50 crore people are covered to get free treatment (under PMJAy insurance scheme), Modi said.

“These are not just figures, but this is a proof of our commitment to provide dignity to the poor of the country. In the last eight years, my government has worked for the uplift of the poor,” he said.

“With the mantra of ‘Sabka saath, sabka vikas, sabka vishwas aur sab ka prayas’ (everyone’s support, everyone’s development and everyone’s trust), we have given new direction to the development of the country,” Modi said. The PM added he did not study poverty from books or through television as he himself went through the phase.

Modi, whose visit to his home state comes around six months before the Assembly polls, said the double engine government (at Centre and state) has ensured fast-paced growth of Gujarat, which he asserted was not the case before 2014.

“Due to the double engine government, Gujarat is achieving new heights of development. Before 2014, things were different. If we sent any development project files to the Centre (UPA government), they used to reject. They could not see any development project…,” he said.

With the Gujarat Assembly polls just months away, PM Modi has addressed 17 events in his home state since March.

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