PM Narendra Modi attended the Gujarat Gaurav Abhiyan in Vadodara on Saturday. He dedicated and laid the groundwork for development projects worth Rs 21,000 crores. Beneficiaries, Chief Minister Bhupendrabhai Patel, Union and State Ministers, People’s representatives, and other dignitaries attended.
The Prime Minister stated at the outset that today is a Matru Vandana day for him (mother worship). He began his day by seeking blessings from his mother, who celebrated her 100th birthday today. Following that, he dedicated the redeveloped Shree Kalika Mata temple on Pavagadh Hill, where he prayed for the country and asked the goddess for strength to serve the country and for the fulfilment of the country’s pledges in the Amrit Kaal. He then bowed to the massive ‘Matru Shakti’ present at the event.
The Prime Minister referred to projects of today’s program worth Rs 21,000 and said these projects would empower India’s concept of development through the development of Gujarat. He said these huge investments in maternal health, homes for the poor, connectivity and higher education will boost Gujarat’s industrial development. Many of these projects are related to women’s health, nutrition and empowerment, he said. He said today that the government’s twin efforts to make women’s empowerment the cornerstone of development were renewed by the blessing of Maa Kalika.
He reiterated the importance of maternal and female health. Mother’s health is important not only for the mother, but for the whole family, especially the child. “Malnutrition was a big challenge here when Gujarat gave me the opportunity to serve me 20 years ago. Since then, we have been gradually working in this direction and the results are today. But you can see it, “he added. The Prime Minister also talked about measures to address the sickle cell problem in tribal areas. He said the decision to celebrate September as “Poshan Mah” Nutrition Month would help women in Gujarat. The government has endeavored to provide an environment available to women through programs such as Swachh Bharat and Ujjwala, as well as nutrition.
The Prime Minister stated that the tourism development measures in Gujarat will greatly benefit Vadodara. Pavagadh and Kevadia have been developed as tourism destinations. Railway and aviation infrastructure in Vadodara are rapidly improving. Similarly, the Prime Minister stated that Central University, Rail University, and Birsa Munda Tribal University are bringing new energy to the education sector.
Key Highlights of the Projects:
- Inauguration and foundation stone of over 1.4 lakh houses under PM Awas Yojana
- Railway Connectivity Projects worth over Rs 16,000 crores: These include dedication to the nation of 357 Km long New Palanpur – Madar Section of Dedicated Freight Corridor; Gauge Conversion of 166 Km long Ahmedabad–Botad Section; electrification of 81 Km long Palanpur – Mitha Section, among others. The Prime Minister also laid the foundation stone of redevelopment of Surat, Udhna, Somnath & Sabarmati Stations, along with foundation stones of other initiatives in the railway sector.
- ‘Mukhyamantri Matrushakti Yojana’ with an outlay of Rs 800 crores