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Modi in Gujarat HIGHLIGHTS: Essential to encourage study of forensic science for speedy punishment of criminals, says PM

PM Modi in Gujarat LIVE updates: In Jujwa village, Valsad town, Modi witnessed the collective 'e-gruha pravesh' (online house warming) of the beneficiaries of Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Gramin).

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: August 23, 2018 10:37:57 pm
pm in gujarat live pm awas yojna PM Modi in Valsad, Gujarat. (Express photo by Bhupinder Rana)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi attended multiple events during a day-long visit to Gujarat on Thursday. Besides inaugurating several projects, the PM addressed the public in Valsad and Junagad and also delivered the Convocation Address at Gujarat Forensic Sciences University in Gandhinagar. He is expected to attend a meeting of the Somnath Trust before heading back to Delhi.

While addressing the crowd in Junagadh, Modi said the country would have been disease-free by now if programmes like the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan were introduced 70 years back. Taking a swipe at the Opposition, Modi said he was mocked for these programmes, which are aimed at making a healthy nation. “There has been a recent WHO report, (which states) that just because of (by ensuring) cleanliness, three lakh children can be saved from dying in India, such is the situation. The Swachhta Abhiyan is directly connected to health,” he said.

In Jujwa village, Valsad town, Modi witnessed the collective ‘e-gruha pravesh’ (online house warming) of the beneficiaries of Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Gramin). “While talking to women beneficiaries of the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna, I was watching the houses behind them. Even you would be wondering how such good quality houses were built under the scheme,” Modi said, after interacting with some of the beneficiaries in various districts through video conferencing.

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'Believe in your potential'

Modi added, "Swami Vivekananda used to say each soul is potentially divine. Each one of us has tremendous strength that is waiting to be explored. The first step towards manifesting this strength is to believe. Believe in yourself Believe in your abilities Believe in your potential."

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"Looking at the importance of DNA technology in forensic investigation, our government has approved the DNA Technology (Use and Application) Regulation Bill 2018. Through this bill, we will ensure that all DNA tests remain reliable and the data is safe," PM Modi said.

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PM Modi attends convocation ceremony of Gujarat Forensic Sciences University in Gandhinagar

The prime minister is at present addressing the gathering present at the fourth convocation ceremony of Gujarat Forensic Sciences University (GFSU) in Gandhinagar.

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"When I used to talk about cleanliness, they (Opposition) used to make fun of me. Is this the PM's work... to make toilets, clear garbage? Had all these works been done 70 years back, the country would have been disease-free by now," the prime minister said.
Modi added that moving the country towards being open defecation free is the biggest service towards health. He said a programme has been started under which there will be one medical college and a hospital for every three parliamentary seats. Later, (as the programme progresses) the number of parliamentary seats will be reduced to two and then one. "There should finally be a medical college and a hospital in every district (zilla)," the PM said.

18:53 (IST)23 Aug 2018
PM Modi attacks opposition

Attacking the opposition during his address in Junagadh, PM Modi said he was mocked for govt programmes, which are aimed at making a healthy nation. Citing a report of the World Health Organisation, he said lives of three lakh children in India can be saved just by ensuring cleanliness. "There has been a recent WHO report, (which states) that just because of (by ensuring) cleanliness, three lakh children can be saved from dying in India, such is the situation. The Swachhta Abhiyan is directly connected to health," Modi said.

18:23 (IST)23 Aug 2018
Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives at Valsad

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has arrived at Valsad.

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"In Valsad, laid the foundation stone for the Astole Water Supply Scheme. This scheme will have an extremely positive impact on the lives of the people in the region. By ensuring clean drinking water, it will save several lives from diseases," PM Modi tweeted.

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"No government cared to take into account the input cost while fixing the minimum support price of crops. I have decided to fix MSP 1.5 times higher than input cost. We have also decided to complete 99 pending irrigation projects at the cost of Rs 1 lakh crore," PM Modi said.

PM Modi will be attending multiple events across the state, he will also address the public in Valsad and Junagadh during the events, deliver the Convocation Address at Gujarat Forensic Sciences University in Gandhinagar and will also attend a meeting of the Somnath Trust before heading back to Delhi.

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