India becoming the world’s fifth largest economy has given the country an impetus to fulfil and work towards bigger resolutions, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday.
“Recently, India has become the fifth largest economy in the world. This achievement gave us confidence to work even harder and achieve bigger goals in this Amrit Kaal. This progress is not ordinary. Every Indian is feeling proud about it. We need to maintain this enthusiasm,” the PM said while virtually addressing beneficiaries of various government schemes and those present at a mega medical camp organised in the Olpad area of Surat.
The PM praised Surat for its unity and the way it was “tested by floods and the pandemic”.
“Together we united to thwart the attempts to launch a malicious campaign against Surat in the name of the pandemic,” said Modi.
Remembering the late union minister Kashiram Rana and the late state minister Hemant Chapatwala, and former Rajya Sabha MP Pravin Naik, Modi said he had the opportunity to work with such “countless people for 30-40 years”.
The prime minister also said that health is an important factor for the progress of the nation. “Better health shows the path for a better future. In the past two decades, the number of medical colleges in Gujarat has increased from 11 colleges to 31,” he said. Further, he advised the doctors of the mega medical camp to spread awareness about the importance of nutritious food and changes to lifestyle. “When society and the government work as a unit, then success is within everyone’s reach,” Modi said. Referring to the “double engine sarkar” while interacting with one beneficiary from Olpad Kanchanben Patel, Modi said ” both Narendra and Bhupendra are at your service”.
“Gujarat is among the top in in the institutional delivery sector. It had started financial help of up to Rs 2 lakh for medical treatment, which was not limited to the poor but includes the middle-class. Today, under the Ayushman Bharat scheme, which was implemented across the country, over 4 crore patients have got free medical treatment. Over 30 lakh of such patients are from Gujarat.”