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.