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Modi inaugurates various projects in South Gujarat, Dadra & Nagar Haveli
Surat, April 17, 2017
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today inaugurated several projects in South Gujarat and the Union Territory of Dadra & Nagar Haveli, incuding a multi-specialty hospital and a diamond manufacturing unit in Surat.
Speaking after inaugurating the Kiran Multi-Speciality Hospital, Mr. Modi described the project was "commendable" and said the state-of-the-art facility would benefit citizens. He emphasized that the poor must have access to quality and affordable healthcare.
In this context he talked about the Union Government’s initiatives to bring down the prices of medicines, stents, and so on. He said he is committed to providing affordable healthcare for the poor and the middle class.
Calling for focus on preventive healthcare, the Prime Minister said that the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan is linked to efforts towards a healthier India.
The Prime Minister said Surat has made a mark in the diamond industry but there is now need to look at the entire gems and jewellery sector. He said that as far as the gems and jewellery sector is concerned, the aim should not only be ‘Make in India’ but also 'Design in India'.
Later, Mr. Modi inaugurated the SUMUL cattle feed plant at Bajipura and laid the foundation stone for three lift irrigation schemes. He also inaugurated a drinking water supply scheme for Vyara town and Jesinhpur-Dolvan groups of Tapi district.
Addressing a large gathering, Mr. Modi recalled having worked in this area for a long time. He said SUMUL -- the Surat District Cooperative Milk Producers Union Limited -- has empowered several people in the nearby areas. He said the stretch from Umbergaon to Ambaji has been transformed and this has benefited the tribal communities of Gujarat.
"Here, in SUMUL we see the positive results that can be achieved when Sahkar (Cooperatives) and Sarkar (Government) work together," he said. According to him, SUMUL also illustrates the good that happens when farmers and dairies work closely.
The Prime Minister said that Tapi district is one of the newer districts of Gujarat, and he is happy to see it achieve remarkable progress.
The Prime Minister called for value addition in the agriculture sector, and focus on increasing per capita milk production.
In Dadra & Nagar Haveli, Mr. Modi inaugurated various Government projects at Silvassa, including government buildings, solar PV systems, Jan Aushadhi Kendras and a Passport Seva Kendra.
He also distributed aids and assistive devices to persons with disabilities, and other benefits under existing Government schemes.
Speaking on the occasion, he said that, though it was his first visit to Dadra and Nagar Haveli as Prime Minister, he had been to the Union Territory many times in the past.
He said that after assuming office, he sought details on impact of development schemes in Dadra and Nagar Haveli; and since then the Union Government has worked on areas needing attention.
Speaking on development themes, he said that every Indian must have access to housing facilities. He said that in less than a year, the number of beneficiaries under the Ujjwala scheme for LPG has crossed 2 crore.
The Prime Minister emphasized that the Union Government will never allow the poor and the middle class to be looted. He urged the assembled people to download the BHIM App for cashless transactions.
Later, Mr. Modi dedicated to the nation the Phase-1 (Link 2) of the SAUNI (Saurashtra Narmada Avtaran Irrigation) Yojana, at Botad. He also laid the foundation stone of Phase 2 (Link 2) of the project.
Earlier, he welcomed Narmada water into the Krishna Sagar Lake by pressing a button and offering flower petals.
Addressing a public meeting, he described water as a holy offering from nature. He said water is reaching Saurashtra with the blessings of the River Narmada. He said this is the result of a lot of effort, and would benefit the farmers.
He called for the extensive use of drip irrigation, and said the Union Government is working on ways to help double incomes in the agriculture sector.