Battling various challenges, Goa’s vaccination drive reached even the remotest corners of the state: PM Narendra Modi

PM Narendra Modi:

Goa’s success in vaccination is exemplary.

Battling various challenges, the vaccination drive reached even the remotest corners of the state.

This is a great feat.

I have celebrated many birthdays, but yesterday was very emotional : PM Narendra Modi

PM Narendra Modi interacts & congratulate the healthcare workers & beneficiaries in Goa on administering 100 percent of the first COVID-19 vaccination dose :

The largest vaccination doses administered on 17th September with over 2.5 crore vaccinations by the Indian healthcare workers is worth admiring & shows our dedication to fight against this pandemic.

One of the key pillars in driving this Largest Vaccine Drive is the ongoing logistical support running parallelly across the states to ensure timely delivery of the vaccinations.

Goa is a state that beautifully captures the diversity of our country. It is a state that strengthens the spirit of Ek BharatShreshthaBharat. Their achievement of administering 100% of the 1st vaccination dose is a moment of pride for all of us.

In the last few months, Goa has bravely fought natural calamities like heavy rains, cyclones & floods. I congratulate all corona warriors, health workers & Team Goa for maintaining the pace of vaccination amidst these challenges.

Largest Vaccine Drive and the landmark figure of COVID-19 vaccination doses administered on 17th September reflects the potential of India on combatting this pandemic together; nationally & globally.

I have celebrated many birthdays, but yesterday was very emotional. Yesterday, for Vaccine Seva, we made the record of administering 2.5 crore doses. We administered 15 lakh doses every hour, 26,000 doses every minute. This is a matter of pride for all of us.

To each and every person who has wished me today – I would like to express gratitude from the bottom of my heart: PM Narendra Modi

PM Narendra Modi:

I am humbled and overwhelmed beyond words.

To each and every person who has wished me today – I would like to express gratitude from the bottom of my heart.

I cherish every wish and it gives me strength to work even harder for our beloved nation.

Countless individuals and organisations have immersed themselves in some or the other noble deed of community service today. I salute them for their noteworthy efforts. There is nothing better than giving back to society and helping others.

I would like to appreciate every BJP Karyakarta and well-wisher who has enriched the “Seva Aur Samarpan Abhiyan” with their active participation.

I am proud of their constant endeavours to improve the lives of people.

Every Indian would be proud of today’s record vaccination numbers.

I acknowledge our doctors, innovators, administrators, nurses, healthcare and all front-line workers who have toiled to make the vaccination drive a success.

Let us keep boosting vaccination to defeat COVID-19.

Through the day, the media brought back to life many old memories and anecdotes. They also creatively showcased many events from the years gone by.

I am grateful to the media and applaud their creativity as well.

Our shared journey continues…there is much to be done.

We will not rest till we have achieved our dream of a strong, prosperous and inclusive India…the India our freedom fighters devoted their lives for.

Jai Hind!

PM inaugurates the Defence Offices Complexes at Kasturba Gandhi Marg and Africa Avenue

Prime Minister’s Office:

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi inaugurated the Defence Offices Complexes at Kasturba Gandhi Marg and Africa Avenue in New Delhi today.

He also visited the Defence Office Complex at Africa Avenue and interacted with Army, Navy, Air Force and Civilian Officers.

Addressing the gathering, the Prime Minister said that in today’s inauguration of complexes, India has taken another step in developing the nation’s capital according to needs and aspirations of a new India in the 75th year of India’s independence.

He lamented the fact that for a very long time the defence related work was being conducted from hutments constructed during the second World War which were made keeping in mind horse stable and barracks needs.

“This new defence office complex will strengthen the efforts of making the working of our defence forces convenient and effective”, he said.

The Prime Minister said these modern offices built at KG Marg and Africa Avenue, will go a long way in effectively carrying out all the work related to the security of the nation. This is a big step towards the construction of a modern defense enclave in the capital.

He appreciated the inclusion of attractive artefacts by Indian artists in the complexes as symbols of AaatmNirbhar Bharat.

“The complexes reflect the modern form of diversity of our culture while preserving the vitality of Delhi and environment”, he said.

The Prime Minister remarked when we talk about the capital, it is not just a city. The capital of any country is a symbol of the thinking, determination, strength and culture of that country. India is the mother of democracy. Therefore, the capital of India should be such, in which there are citizens, people in the center.

The Prime Minister stressed the role of modern infrastructure in the government’s focus on ease of living and ease of doing business. “The ongoing construction work of Central Vista is going on with this thought only”, said the Prime Minister.

Enumerating the efforts of new constructions as per the aspirations of the capital, the Prime Minister said that many constructions like residences for people’s representatives, Efforts to preserve Baba Saheb Ambedakar’s memories,, many bhawans, memorials for our martyrs are enhancing the glory of the capital today. 

The Prime Minister said the work of the Defense Office Complex which was to be completed in 24 months has been completed in a record time of just 12 months. That too when all the other challenges ranging from labor were to the fore in the circumstances created by Corona. Hundreds of workers got employment in this project during the Corona period.

The Prime Minister credited this to a new thinking and approach in the government’s functioning. “ When policies and intentions are clear, will power is strong and efforts honest, everything is possible”, said the Prime Minister.

The Prime Minister said that these defence office complexes are the manifestation of changing work culture and priorities of the government. Optimal and proper use of available land with various departments of the government is one such priority, he said. Illustrating thi, the Prime Minister informed that these defence office complexes are constructed in 13 acre land parcels unlike earlier times when five times more land was used for similar complexes.

The Prime Minister also highlighted that in next 25 years i.e. ‘Azadi ka Amrit Kaal’ productivity and efficiency of the government system will be supported by such efforts.

Availability of a common central Secretariat, connected conference hall, easy connectivity like metro etc will help a great deal in making the capital people-friendly, the Prime Minister concluded.

Today Defence Offices Complexes were inaugurated in Delhi: PM Narendra Modi

Today Defence Offices Complexes were inaugurated in Delhi.

From this effort, one can get a glimpse of the guiding principles based on which the Central Vista project has been thought of…

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While it is said that ‘content is king, in my experience “Content is Connect”, when one has better content people automatically engage with it: PM Narendra Modi

Prime Minister’s Office:

Vice President and Rajya Sabha Chairman, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi and Lok Sabha Speaker Shri Om Birla jointly launched Sansad TV today on the occasion of International Day of Democracy.

Addressing the event, the Prime Minister lauded the transformation of the channel associated with the Parliament in accordance with rapidly changing times, especially when the 21st century is bringing revolution through dialogue and communication. 

The Prime Minister termed the launch of Sansad TV a new chapter in the story of Indian democracy as, in the form of Sansad TV, the country is getting a medium of communication and dialogue which will become a new voice of the nation’s democracy and people’s representative.

The Prime Minister also greeted Doordarshan for completing 62 years of its existence. He also greeted all the engineers on the occasion of Engineer’s day.

Noting that today is also International Day of Democracy, the Prime Minister remarked that when it comes to Democracy, India’s responsibility is more as India is the mother of democracy.

Democracy for India is not just a system, it is an idea. Democracy in India is not just a constitutional structure, but it is a spirit. Democracy in India is not just a collection of streams of constitutions, it is our life stream, he said.

The Prime Minister highlighted the role of the media in the context of 75 years of independence when both glory of the past and promise of the future are before us.

He said when the media takes up issues like Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, that reaches the people with great speed. He suggested that the media can play a role in disseminating the efforts of the people during Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav by planning 75 episodes on the freedom struggle or bringing out special supplements to mark the occasion. 

Talking about the centrality of content, the Prime Minister said while it is said that ‘content is king, in his experience “Content is Connect.” He explained that, when one has better content, people automatically engage with it. As much as this applies to the media, it is equally applicable to our parliamentary system as there is not only politics in Parliament, there is also policy.

He emphasized that common people should feel the connect with the proceedings of the Parliament. He asked the new channel to work in that direction.

The Prime Minister said when the Parliament is in session, debates are held on diverse subjects, so there is so much for the youth to learn. Members of Parliament  also get inspiration for better conduct, better debate inside the Parliament when the country watches them.

He also stressed the need to focus on duties of the citizens and said that the media is an effective medium for this awareness.

The Prime Minister noted that from these programs, our youth will get to learn a lot about our democratic institutions, their functioning as well as civic duties. Similarly, there will be a lot of information about working committees, importance of legislative work, and working of legislatures which will help in understanding the democracy of India in depth.

He wished that programs will also be made on Panchayats working as grassroots democracy in Parliament TV. These programs will give a new energy, a new consciousness to the democracy of India.

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Aligarh which was famous for protecting the houses & shops with its famous padlocks, will now also be famous for creating products that will protect the boundaries of the nation: PM Narendra Modi

Prime Minister’s Office:

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone of Raja Mahendra Pratap Singh State University in Aligarh.

He also visited the exhibition models of the Aligarh node of Uttar Pradesh Defence Industrial Corridor and Raja Mahendra Pratap Singh State University.

Addressing the event, the Prime Minister Remembered the late Kalyan Singh ji. He said that Kalyan Singh Ji would have been very happy to see the emerging profile of Aligarh in the defence sector and the establishment of  Raja Mahendra Pratap Singh State University in Aligarh.

The Prime Minister underlined the fact that how many such great personalities gave their all to the freedom movement. But it was the country’s misfortune that after independence, the next generations of the country were not made aware of the sacrifices of such national heroes and national heroines.

Many generations of the country were deprived of knowing their stories, the Prime Minister lamented. The Prime Minister remarked, today,  21st century India is correcting these mistakes of the 20th century.

Paying rich tribute to Raja Mahendra Pratap Singh ji said, the life of Raja Mahendra Pratap Singh ji, teaches us the indomitable will and a willingness to go to any extent to fulfill our dreams.

He added that Raja Mahendra Pratap Singh ji wanted the independence of India and he devoted every moment of his life to this. Today, when India is moving on the path of education and skill development at the time of Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav, the establishment of the University in the name of this worthy son of Ma Bharati is the real ‘karyanjali’ to him, said the Prime Minister.

The Prime Minister stressed that the university will not become only a big centre of higher education but will also emerge as a centre of modern defence studies, defence manufacturing-related technology and manpower development. The new National Education Policy’s features of skills and education in the local language will benefit this university a great deal.

The Prime Minister said today, not only the country, but the whole world is witnessing India manufacturing defence equipment from modern grenades and rifles to fighter aircraft, drones, warships. He added, India is moving out of the image of a big defence importer of the world and moving towards making a new identity of an important defence exporter of the world.

Uttar Pradesh is becoming a huge centre of this transformation and the Prime Minister took pride in this as he is MP from Uttar Pradesh. He informed that one and half dozen defence manufacturing companies will create thousands of jobs with hundreds of crores of rupees investment.

New industries are coming up to support the manufacture of small arms, armaments, drones and aerospace-related products in the Aligarh Node of the Defence Corridor. This will give new identities to Aligarh and nearby areas.

The Prime Minister pointed out that Aligarh, which was famous for protecting the houses and shops with its famous padlocks, will now also be famous for creating products that will protect the boundaries of the nation.

This will create new opportunities for the youth and MSME, he said.

The Prime Minister stressed that today, Uttar Pradesh is emerging as a very attractive place for every small and big investor of the country and the world. This happens, Shri Modi said, when the necessary environment for investment is created, the necessary facilities are made available. Today Uttar Pradesh is becoming a great example of the double engine government’s double benefit.

The Prime Minister expressed happiness to see the same UP which was seen as a stumbling block in the development of the country, is leading the big campaigns of the country today.

The Prime Minister dwelled on the situation of Uttar Pradesh before 2017. He said the people of UP cannot forget the kind of scams that used to happen and how the governance was handed over to the corrupt. Today,

The Prime Minister said,  Yogi ji’s government is sincerely engaged in the development of UP. There was a time when the administration here was run by goons and mafia arbitrarily. But now the extortionists and those running the mafia raj are behind bars, the Prime Minister said.

The Prime Minister highlighted the efforts of the UP Government in ensuring the security of the most vulnerable sections during the pandemic and praised the way foodgrain was made available to the vulnerable and poor sections during the pandemic.

The Prime Minister said it is the constant effort of the central government to give strength to the farmers with small landholdings. Many initiatives like increasing MSP by 1.5 times, expansion of Kisan Credit Card, improvement in the insurance scheme, provision of pension of Rs 3 thousand are empowering small farmers.

The Prime Minister also informed that payment of more than 1 lakh 40 thousand crore rupees has been made to the sugarcane farmers of the state. He said that the sugarcane farmers of western UP will reap benefits from increasing ethanol content in petrol.

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Today, on the 100th Punya Tithi of Subramania Bharati, honoured to announce the setting up of the Subramania Bharati Chair of Tamil studies at BHU, Kashi : PM Narendra Modi

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Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi performed the Lokarpan of Sardardham Bhavan and Bhoomi Pujan of Sardardham Phase – II Kanya Chhatralaya via video conferencing. The CM and Deputy CM of Gujarat were also present on the occasion.

The Prime Minister said that today September 11th is another big occasion – the 100th death anniversary of India’s great scholar, philosopher and freedom fighter ‘Subramania Bharati’.

The philosophy of Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat envisioned by Sardar Saheb has been shining with full divinity in the Tamil writings of Mahakavi Bharati.

He noted that Subramania Bharati drew inspiration from Swami Vivekananda and was influenced by Sri Aurobindo. Bharati gave a new direction to his thoughts and new energy while living in Kashi.

The Prime Minister announced the establishment of a chair in the name of ‘Subramania Bharati ji in Banaras Hindu University. He said the ‘Subramania Bharati Chair’ on Tamil Studies would be established in the Faculty of Arts of BHU.

The Prime Minister added that Subramania Bharti ji always laid special emphasis on the unity of mankind and the unity of India. His ideals are an integral part of India’s thought and philosophy.

Acharya Vinoba Bhave carried forward the noble Gandhian principles after India attained independence : Narendra Modi

Narendra Modi, Prime Minister :

Mahatma Gandhi described him as someone who was absolutely against untouchability, unwavering in his commitment to India’s freedom and a firm believer in non-violence as well as constructive work.

He was a thinker par excellence. Tributes to Acharya Vinoba Bhave on his Jayanti.

Acharya Vinoba Bhave carried forward the noble Gandhian principles after India attained independence.

His mass movements were aimed at ensuring a better quality of life for the poor and downtrodden. His emphasis on collective spirit will always continue to inspire generations.

It is a part of our culture to be kind as well as forgiving: PM Narendra Modi

Forgiveness signifies large heartedness.

It is a part of our culture to be kind as well as forgiving, and not keep ill-feelings towards each other.

Michhami Dukkadam!

Here is what I had spoken about Samvatsari earlier.

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Called for BRICS to contribute to post-COVID global recovery on the motto ‘Build-back Resiliently, Innovatively, Credibly, and Sustainably’ : PM Narendra Modi

PM Narendra Modi:

Was delighted to host the virtual BRICS Summit in the 15th year of BRICS.

BRICS has taken many new initiatives during India’s Chairship.

Called for BRICS to contribute to post-COVID global recovery on the motto ‘Build-back Resiliently, Innovatively, Credibly, and Sustainably’.

We discussed important regional and global issues. Thanked BRICS partners whose support helped India’s chair achieve many firsts.

BRICS agenda now spans
culture and communications;
sports and space;
disaster resilience and digital health;
employment and environment, and more.

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Through the PLI Scheme in textiles, India seeks to emerge as a hub for global textiles manufacturing: PM Narendra Modi

Through the PLI Scheme in textiles, India seeks to emerge as a hub for global textiles manufacturing.

The PLI scheme will further women empowerment and accelerate progress in the aspirational districts.

PM Narendra Modi

Union Cabinet decision:

Taking steps forward towards the vision of an ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’, Government led by Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, has approved the PLI Scheme for Textiles for MMF Apparel, MMF Fabrics and 10 segments/ products of Technical Textiles with a budgetary outlay of Rs. 10,683 crore.

PLI for Textiles along with RoSCTL, RoDTEP and other measures of Government in sector e.g. providing raw material at competitive prices, skill development will herald a new age in textiles manufacturing.

PLI scheme for Textiles is part of the overall announcement of PLI Schemes for 13 sectors made earlier during the Union Budget 2021-22, with an outlay of Rs. 1.97 lakh crore.

With the announcement of PLI Schemes for 13 sectors, minimum production in India is expected to be around Rs. 37.5 lakh crore over 5 years and minimum expected employment over 5 years is nearly 1 crore.

PLI scheme for Textiles will promote production of high value MMF Fabric, Garments and Technical Textiles in country. The incentive structure has been so formulated that industry will be encouraged to invest in fresh capacities in these segments.

This will give a major push to growing high value MMF segment which will complement the efforts of cotton and other natural fibre-based textiles industry in generating new opportunities for employment and trade, resultantly helping India regain its historical dominant status in global textiles trade.

The Technical Textiles segment is a new age textile, whose application in several sectors of economy, including infrastructure, water, health and hygiene, defense, security, automobiles, aviation, etc. will improve the efficiencies in those sectors of economy.

Government has also launched a National Technical Textiles Mission in the past for promoting R&D efforts in that sector. PLI will help further, in attracting investment in this segment.

There are two types of investment possible with different set of incentive structure. Any person, (which includes firm / company) willing to invest minimum ₹300 Crore in Plant, Machinery, Equipment and Civil Works (excluding land and administrative building cost) to produce products of Notified lines (MMF Fabrics, Garment) and products of Technical Textiles, shall be eligible to apply for participation in first part of the scheme.

In the second part any person, (which includes firm / company) willing to invest minimum ₹100 Crore shall be eligible to apply for participation in this part of the scheme. 

In addition, priority will be given for investment in Aspirational Districts, Tier 3, Tier 4 towns, and rural areas and due to this priority Industry will be incentivized to move to backward area.

This scheme will positively impact especially States like Gujarat, UP, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Punjab, AP, Telangana, Odisha.

It is estimated that over the period of five years, the PLI Scheme for Textiles will lead to fresh investment of more than Rs.19,000 crore, cumulative turnover of over Rs.3 lakh crore will be achieved under this scheme and, will create additional employment opportunities of more than 7.5 lakh jobs in this sector and several lakhs more for supporting activities.

The textiles industry predominantly employs women, therefore, the scheme will empower women and increase their participation in formal economy.

Here is a glimpse of the transformation in the field of education in the last 7 years: PM Narendra Modi

A holistic education system is vital for national transformation.

Here is a good thread offering a glimpse of the transformation in the field of education in the last 7 years.

PM Narendra Modi

Under the leadership of PM Shri Narendra Modi, the government has taken several transformative steps to develop a holistic education system for children and youth.

Enhanced infrastructural facilities for school children will not only promote a healthier environment but also focus on holistic development.

With the enhanced pupil-teacher ratios, the attention on the development of each child will increase the quality of education.

With various reforms in teacher recruitment and deployment, the pupil-teacher ratios have improved over the years resulting in better, focused attention on each student.

For preparing students for 21st century India, the government is focused on developing a greater learning spirit, logical thinking, and scientific temperament among youngsters.

Enabling Desh ki Beti for Samriddh Bharat has been one of the primary focuses of the government which has resulted in fewer dropouts rates and more enrollments amongst the girl students.

The new IITs & IIMs established under the leadership of PM Narendra Modi, is testimony to the promise of revolutionising the face of Indian education.

The pace of inaugurating new universities in India since 2014 has witnessed a boom. With the PM’s @narendramodi vision, education will become accessible & affordable for all.

Remote Ladakh youth will be empowered and benefit from the first ever Central University announced by Narendra Modi Government.

North East has been prioritised with 22 new universities in order to build and develop the capacity of the people there.

To encourage the study of forensic sciences among youngsters, India’s first-ever National Forensic Sciences University was set up. The National Rail & Transportation University in Vadodara too is part of PM Narendra Modi’s holistic vision.

With the frequency of setting up two colleges every day, the government is ensuring accessibility of higher education for all.

Taking a leap in the field of Research & Education, three Indian Universities achieve top-200 positions in QS World University Rankings 2022!

A significant achievement for India in the education sector! A record 71 Indian universities made it to the Times World University rankings 2022, compared to 63 last year.

With all the multiple initiatives and reforms, India has seen a significant increase in the number of students enrolling in higher education.

Government has also launched various key initiatives to make healthcare education accessible to all.

The 80 percent increase in post-graduate seats for students has benefitted the public by increasing the number of doctors in the country.

Increased opportunity in healthcare education leads to better availability of healthcare services across the country.

Our private sector has to come forward and contribute to increasing the quality of education in government schools: PM Narendra Modi

Prime Minister’s Office:

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi addressed the inaugural conclave of Shikshak Parv today via video conferencing.

He also launched Indian Sign Language Dictionary (audio and text embedded sign language video for the hearing impaired, in conformity with Universal Design of Learning),

Talking Books (audiobooks for the visually impaired),

School Quality Assurance and Assessment Framework of CBSE,

NISHTHA teachers’ training programme for NIPUN Bharat and

Vidyanjali portal (for facilitating education volunteers/ donors/ CSR contributors for school development).

Addressing the gathering, the Prime Minister congratulated the teachers who have received the National Award. He commended the contribution the teachers have made for the future of students in the country in difficult times. He said that today, on the occasion of Shikshak Parv, many new schemes have been started which are also important because the country is currently celebrating the Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav. Taking new resolutions for how India will be after 100 years of independence.

The  Prime Minister praised students, teachers and the entire academic community for rising up to the challenge of pandemic and asked them to take forward the capabilities developed to deal with that difficult time. “If we are in the midst of a transformation period, fortunately, we also have modern and futuristic new National Education Policy” , he said.

The Prime Minister praised the contribution of academicians, experts, teachers, at every level of the formulation of the National Education Policy and its implementation. He urged everyone to take this participation to a new level and also to involve society in it. These transformations in the education sector are not just policy-based but also participation-based, he added.

The Prime Minister said ‘Vidyanjali 2.0’ is like a platform for the country’s resolve of ‘Sabka Prayas’ with ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas’. In this society, our private sector has to come forward and contribute to increasing the quality of education in government schools.

The Prime Minister said that in the last few years, public participation is again becoming the national character of India. In the last 6-7 years, due to the power of public participation, many things have been done in India, which were difficult to imagine earlier. When society does something together, then the desired results are assured, he said.

The Prime Minister said that everyone, in whichever sphere of life, has a role in shaping the future of the youth. He recalled the stellar performance of our athletes in the recently concluded olympics paralympics. He expressed happiness that athletes have accepted his request that every player visit at least 75 schools during Azadi Ka Amrit mahotsav. This will inspire the students and many talented students will get encouragement to go forward in the field of sports, he said.

The Prime Minister said that for the progress of any country, education should not only be inclusive but should also be equitable. He added that National Digital Architecture i.e. N-DEAR is likely to play a major role in eradicating inequality in education and its modernization. N-DEAR will act as a ‘super-connect’ between various academic activities in the same way as UPI interface revolutionized the banking sector.  The country is making technology like Talking Books and Audiobooks a part of education. he said

School Quality Assessment and Assurance Framework (S.Q.A.A.F) , which was operationalized today, would address the deficiency of the absence of a common scientific framework for dimensions like curricula, pedagogy, assessment, infrastructure, inclusive practices and governance process. SQAAF will help in bridging this inequality.

He added that in this rapidly changing era, our teachers also have to learn about new systems and techniques rapidly. He informed that the country is preparing its teachers for these changes through ‘Nishtha’ training programs.

The Prime Minister said Teachers of India not only meet any global standard, but they also have their special capital. This special capital, this special strength is the Indian culture within them. He said our teachers do not consider their work as a mere profession, teaching for them is marked by human empathy, a sacred moral duty. That is why we do not have a mere professional relationship between the teacher and the children, but a family relationship. And this relationship is for life, the Prime Minister added.

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At 10:30 AM tomorrow, 7th September, will address the Shikshak Parv conclave: PM Narendra Modi

At 10:30 AM tomorrow, 7th September, will address the Shikshak Parv conclave.

The theme this year is “Quality and Sustainable Schools: Learnings from Schools in India.” Key initiatives aimed at transforming the education sector would also be launched.

It would make you all happy that the Indian Sign Language Dictionary and Talking Books would be launched tomorrow. These initiatives will benefit persons with disabilities.

Other initiatives that would be launched include School Quality Assurance and Assessment Framework of CBSE,

NISHTHA teachers’ training programme for NIPUN Bharat and Vidyanjali portal.

These efforts are in line with our efforts to ensure top quality education for India’s youth.

The Central Govt will be launching an online platform for Womens’ self-help groups. Our sisters will be able to sell their products all over the country and the world through this medium: PM Narendra Modi

Prime Minister’s Office:

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi interacted with healthcare workers and beneficiaries of the COVID vaccination program in Himachal Pradesh today via video conference. Governor, Chief Minister, Shri J P Nadda, Union Minister, Shri Anurag Singh Thakur, MPs, MLAs, Panchayat leaders, among others, were present on the occasion.

During the interaction, talking to Dr Rahul of Civil Hospital, Dodra Kwar Shimla, the Prime Minister praised the team for minimizing the vaccine wastage and discussed their experience about serving in a difficult area.

Talking to vaccination beneficiary Shri Dayal Singh of Thunag, Mandi, the Prime Minister inquired about the facilities of vaccination and how they dealt with the rumours regarding vaccination. The beneficiary thanked the Prime Minister for his leadership.

The Prime Minister praised the team efforts of the Himachal team. With ASHA worker Nirma Devi from Kullu, the Prime Minister inquired about her experience with the vaccination drive. The Prime Minister talked about the use of local traditions in helping the vaccination drive. He praised the model of dialogue and collaboration developed by the team. He enquired how her team travelled a long distance to administer the vaccines.

With Smt Nirmala Devi, Hamirpur, the Prime Minister discussed the senior citizens’ experience who thanked the Prime Minister for the sufficient supply of vaccine and blessed the campaign. The Prime Minister praised the health schemes running in Himachal. Karmo Devi ji of Una has the distinction of vaccinating 22500 people. The Prime Minister praised her spirit as she kept on working despite a fracture in her leg.

The Prime Minister said that the world’s biggest vaccination programme is continuing due to the efforts of people like Karmo Devi.

With Shri Nawang Upashak, Lahaul & Spiti the Prime Minister enquired how he used his position as a spiritual leader to convince people to take vaccines. Shri Modi also talked about the impact of the Atal Tunnel on life in the region. Shri Upashak informed about the shortening of the travel time and improved connectivity. The Prime Minister thanked the Buddhist leaders for helping in making Lahul Spiti the fastest adopter of the vaccination drive. The Prime Minister struck a very personal and informal chord during the interaction.

Addressing the gathering, the Prime Minister said Himachal Pradesh has emerged as a champion in the fight against the largest epidemic in 100 years. He added that Himachal has become the first state in India to have administered at least one dose of corona vaccine to its entire eligible population. This success has underlined the importance of Aatmvishwas and Aatmnirbharta, said the Prime Minister.

He said that the success of vaccination in India is the result of the spirit and hard work of its citizens. India is vaccinating at the record speed of 1.25 crore vaccines per day. This means that the number of vaccinations in India in one day is more than the population of many countries. The Prime Minister praised doctors, ASHA workers, Aanganwadi workers, medical personnel, teachers, and women for their contribution to the vaccination campaign.  The Prime Minister recalled that he talked of ‘Sabka Prayas’ on the occasion of Independence Day, he said that this success is a manifestation of that. He also touched upon the fact of Himachal Being the land of deities and praised the dialogue and collaboration model in this regard.

The Prime Minister expressed happiness that even in a remote district like Lahaul-Spiti, Himachal has been a leader in giving 100% first dose. This is the area which used to be cut off from the rest of the country for months before the Atal Tunnel was built. He praised the people of Himachal for not allowing any rumour or disinformation to hamper the vaccination efforts. He added that Himachal is proof of how the country’s rural society is empowering the world’s largest and fastest vaccination campaign.

The Prime Minister said that tourism is also getting the direct benefit of strengthened connectivity, farmers and gardeners who produce fruits and vegetables are also getting it. By using internet connectivity in villages, young talents of Himachal can take their culture and new possibilities of tourism to the country and abroad.

Referring to recently notified Drones rules, the Prime Minister said these rules will help in the spheres of many sectors like health and agriculture. This will open doors for new possibilities, said the Prime Minister.

The Prime Minister referred to another of his Independence Day announcements. He said the central government is now going to create a special online platform for women self-help groups. He added that through this medium, our sisters will be able to sell their products in the country and the world. They will be able to deliver apple, orange, kinnow, mushroom, tomato, many such products to every nook and corner of the country.

On the eve of Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav, the Prime Minister urged the farmers and gardeners of Himachal to make farming in Himachal organic within the next 25 years. He said that slowly we have to free our soil from chemicals.

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