PM performs Bhoomi-Poojan of Ahmedabad Metro Rail Project Phase-II and Surat Metro Rail

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi performed Bhoomi Poojan of Ahmedabad Metro Rail Project Phase-II and Surat Metro Rail Project via video conference today. Gujarat Governor, Union Home Minister, Gujarat Chief Minister and Union Housing & Urban Affairs Minister were present on the occasion.

Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister congratulated Ahmedabad and Surat for the gift of Metro as the service will improve connectivity in the two important business centers of the country. He also congratulated people of Gujarat for new trains and railway lines for Kevadiya including modern Jan Shatabdi from Ahmedabad to Kevadiya. The Prime Minister informed that today work started on infrastructure projects worth 17 thousand crore. This shows that even during Corona period, efforts for infrastructure building are gaining momentum. In recent days infrastructure projects worth thousands of crores were either dedicated to nation or work started on new projects.

Terming Ahmedabad and Surat as the cities contributing to Aatamnirbharta, The Prime Minister, recalled the excitement when Metro was launched in Ahmedabad and how Ahmedabad had linked its dreams and identity with Metro. The second phase of metro will benefit the people as it will link new areas of the city with this comfortable mode of transport. Similarly, Surat will also experience better connectivity. These projects are envisaged keeping in mind the requirement of the future, said the Prime Minister.

The Prime Minister pointed out the difference in approach between the previous governments and the current one taking reference of Metro expansion. He said, as compared to 200 kilometer long Metro line in 10-12 years before 2014, 400 kilometer long Metro line has been operationalized in last 6 years alone. Government is working on 1000-kilometer new lines in 27 cities. He lamented the absence of integrated modern thinking earlier. There was no national policy for Metro. As a result, there was no uniformity in technique and systems of Metro in different cities. Second lacuna was absence of linkage with the rest of the transport system of the city. Today transportation is being developed as an integrated system in these cities, in which Metro will not function in isolation but will work as a collective system. This integration will be taken further by the recently launched National Common Mobility card, asserted the Prime Minister.

Taking the example of Surat and Gandhinagar, the Prime Minister also dwelled on the thinking of the government on urbanization which is not reactive but proactive and keeps the needs of future in mind. Only two decades ago, Surat was mentioned for it plague epidemic rather than its development. The Government, promoted its spirit of entrepreneurial inclusion and toady, Surat is not only 8th largest city of the country- population-wise but also the 4th fastest growing city of the world. 9 out every 10 diamonds are cut and polished in Surat. Similarly, 40 per cent of man-made fabric of the country is made in Surat as about 30 per cent man-made fiber is being produced there. Surat, today, is the second cleanest city of the country. The Prime Minister also elaborated upon efforts in housing for poor, traffic management, roads and bridges, sewage treatment and hospitals for enhancing the ease of living in the city. This became possible by better planning and holistic thinking, and Surat has turned out to be a great example of ‘Ek Bharat, Shresth Bharat’ as it is home to entrepreneurs and laborer from all parts of the country, said the Prime Minister.

Similarly, Prime Minister talked about the journey of Gandhinagar, which underwent a transformation from a city of government employees and retirees to a young vibrant city. Today, Gandhinagar is identified by renowned institutes like IIT, National Law University, NIFT, National Forensic Science University, Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University, Indian Institute of Teacher Education, Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information and Communication Technology, National Institute of Design (NID), Raksha Shakti University etc. These institutions have not only transformed education landscape of the city but also brought companies to the campuses, increasing the employment avenues in the city. Shri Modi also mentioned Mahatama Mandir which gave a push to conference-tourism. Projects like modern railway station. Gift City, Sabarmati River Front, Kankariya Lake Front, water aerodrome, bus rapid transit system, world’s largest stadium in Motera, six-lane Gandhinagar Highway have become Ahmedabad’s identity. The City is getting a modern makeover without sacrificing its old character, said the Prime Minister.

Shri Modi also mentioned that Ahmedabad has been declared ‘World Heritage City’, and is getting a new airport in Dholera. The airport will get connected with Ahmedabad with already-approved Mono-Rail. Work is under progress on Bullet Train connecting Ahmedabad and Surat to the financial capital of the country- Mumbai.

The Prime Minister also took up the steps taken in the area of rural development. He termed the improvement brought in roads, electricity, water situation in Gujarat over the period of last two decades as an important chapter in the journey of Gujarat’s development. Today, every village of Gujarat is connected with all-weather road. Tribal villages too have better roads. Today, 80 percent of households in Gujarat have piped water. 10 Lakh water connections have been provided in the state under Jal Jeevan Mission. Soon every household will have water from tap.

Similarly, irrigation has seen new momentum as Sardar Sarovar Sauni Yojna and water grid network has taken irrigation water to dry areas. Narmada water has reached Kutch. Work has been done in micro-irrigation. Electricity is another success story and Gujarat is leading state in solar power. Recently, work was started on the world’s largest solar plant in Kutch. Gujarat is the first state in the country to give separate electricity for irrigation under Sarvodya Yojana.

The Prime Minister also enumerated steps in health sector such as Ayushman Bharat Scheme which has benefited 21 lakh people in the state. More than 500 Jan Aushadh Kendra’s saving about 100 crore for local patients. More than 2.5 lakh houses were built under PM Awas-Gramin. More than 35 lakh toilets  were built in the state under Swachch Bharat Mission.

The Prime Minister asserted that India is taking bold decisions and implementing them with speed. India is not only doing big but also, better, said the Prime Minister. He cited, world’s largest statue, world’s largest affordable housing programme, healthcare assurance programme, Internet connectivity in 6 lakh villages, recently launched worlds larges vaccination campaign as examples of this thinking.

He also mentioned Ro-pax ferry services between Hazira  and Ghogha and Girnar Rope-way as two examples which, through their swift implementation, changed the lives of the local people. These schemes have saved fuel and time as distance between Ghongha and Hazira got reduced from 375 km to 90 km by ferry. The service has been patronised by 50 thousand people in two months and 14 thousand vehicles were also ferried on the service. This has helped farmers and animal husbandry in the region. Similarly, Girnar Rope-way has been used by more than 2 lakh people in two and half months.

The goal of new India can only be achieved by working rapidly with understanding of people’s needs and aspirations, said the Prime Minister.  Shri Modi put forth his PRAGATI system as a step in this direction. PRAGATI has brought new momentum in the implementation culture of the country as it is chaired by the Prime Minister himself. Effort is to talk directly with the stakeholders and find solutions for the problems. In last 5 years we have reviewed projects worth rupees 13 lakh crore, said the Prime Minister.

The Prime Minister emphasized that with solutions of long pending schemes, cities like Surat get new energy. Our industry, especially small-scale industry, MSME get the confidence that they have the support of good infrastructure when they compete globally. Under Aatmnirbhar Bharat Campaign, many steps have been taken to help these small industries as they have been provided easy loans worth thousands of crore to tide over the difficult times. They are being given great opportunities by steps like redefinition of MSME that has helped with the fear of expansion, as traders were weary of losing benefits if they grew bigger than the defined limit.  Government has removed these restrictions and has opened new avenues for them. Similarly, this redefinition has removed the distinction between manufacturing and service enterprise, creating new possibilities for the service sector. They are also being given preference in the government procurement. The Government is committed to provide opportunities to small industries to flourish and laborer working in these units should have better amenities and better life, concluded the Prime Minister.

Union Home Minister says the foundation stone laying of Surat Metro and second phase of the Ahmedabad Metro is an important day

The Union Home Minister Shri Amit Shah has said the foundation stone laying of Surat Metro and second phase of the Ahmedabad Metro by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi is an important day for the people of both cities. Shri Amit Shah attended the foundation stone laying ceremony of SuratMetro and Ahmedabad Metro Phase-2 performed by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi from New Delhi today through video conferencing.

In his address on the occasion, Shri Amit Shah said that both these projects will further strengthen the urban development infrastructure of Gujarat. Shri Shah said that when Shri Narendra Modi was the Chief Minister of Gujarat,he had placed the vision of all-round development of Gujarat before the people and also ensured it was completed during his tenure.The Union Home Minister said that it is a matter of great pleasure that now when Shri Narendra Modi is the Prime Minister, then two ambitious schemes of Gujarat are being launched by him. Greeting the people of Ahmedabad and Surat, Shri Shah expressed confidence that the development journey of Gujarat will definitely move ahead at a rapid pace as a result of these important projects.

Shri Amit Shah said that Shri Narendra Modi Ji has created an example before the country of how all-round development of a state can be accomplished, and he has been successful at it. As the Chief Minister of Gujarat, Shri Narendra Modi jiwas concerned about how development reaches all regions, – whether in the rural areas of Gujarat or urban, whether at  the sea front or infrastructure for the urban poor, or be it the welfare of forest dwellers and tribal settlersin the hilly areas. As a result of this, there has been all-round development of Gujarat and Shri Narendra Modi has acted as an emissary of the development of Gujarat throughout the country.

The Union Home Minister said that the people of the country reposed their trust in Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi. Like Gujarat, the Prime Minister has now started to lay the foundation to achieve holistic all-round development of all regions of the entire country, whether it be East or West, remote North Eastern states or the South.Shri Amit Shah also said that during the last six-and-a-half years, fruitful results are being seen across the country. The world view about India has changed. Within six-and-a-half years, there has been a big change in the​​metro rail sector. Earlier there was about 250 km of metro rail in only five cities and today it has reached 702 km in 18 cities. This pace will increase manifold in the coming days. He said that the credit for starting a successful BRTS in Gujarat also goes to Shri Narendra Modi.BRTS experiments took place in several cities including Delhi and Pune but all attempts failed. But BRTS was successfully implemented in Gujarat and it is running smoothly in many places today.

India’s Total Recovered Cases leap past Active Cases by more than 1cr

In a landmark achievement, India’s total recovered cases have leaped over the Active caseload by more than one crore today.

The total number of recoveries has touched 1,02,11,342 while the Active Cases in the country stand at 2,08,012 todayThe gap between the two has progressively grown to touch 1,00,03,330. The total recovered cases are nearly 50 times the active cases in the country.

With this, India’s Recovery Rate has touched 96.59%.

14,457 recoveries have been registered in the last 24 hours in the country while the number of new confirmed cases in the last 24 hours is 13,788.


As India’s daily positive cases see a continuous slide, the daily fatalities due to COVID19 in the country have also seen a steady decline. The country has recorded less than 150 fatalities (145) in the last 24 hours after approximately 8 months (7months 23 days).

The following graph shows the daily deaths contribution by different States in last 24 hours. 15 States have contributed 0 deaths, 13 States have contributed between 1 to 5 daily deaths, 4 States have contributed 5 to 10 deaths, 1 State has contributed 10 to 20 Deaths and more than 20 States have contributed 2 Deaths.

71.70% of the new recovered cases are observed from seven States/UTs.

Kerala has reported the highest number of recoveries with 4,408 newly recovered cases in single day. 2,342 people recovered in Maharashtra in the past 24 hours followed by 855 in Karnataka.


76.17% of the new cases are from six States and UTs.

Kerala continues to report the highest number of daily new cases at 5,005. It is followed by Maharashtra and Karnataka with 3,081 and 745 new cases, respectively.

Seven States & UTs have reported 83.45% of the total fatalities happened in the last 24 hours.

Maharashtra has reported 50 deaths. Kerala also saw a fatality count of 21 while West Bengal reported 12 new deaths.

DRDO hands over Motor Bike Ambulance ‘Rakshita’ to CRPF

Institute of Nuclear Medicine and Allied Sciences (INMAS), Delhi based DRDO laboratory, handed over Rakshita, a bike-based casualty transport emergency vehicle to Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF)  \ in a ceremony held at CRPF HQ in New Delhi on 18 January 2021. DS & DG (LS), DRDO, Dr AK Singh handed over the model of Rakshita to DG CRPF, Dr AP Maheshwari, followed by the flagging off the contingent of 21 bikes on the occasion.

The bike ambulance will help in overcoming the problems faced by Indian security forces and emergency healthcare providers. It will provide life-saving aid for evacuation of injured patients from low intensity conflict areas. This will be handy in the congested streets and remote locations, where access through ambulance is difficult and time consuming. The bike can respond to a medical emergency need of patients faster than a four-wheeler due to its functionality and integrated emergency medical support system.

Rakshita is fitted with a customized reclining Casualty Evacuation Seat (CES), which can be fitted in and taken out as per requirement. Other major features are the head immobilizer, safety harness jacket, hand and foot straps for safety, adjustable footrest, physiological parameter measuring equipment with wireless monitoring capability and auto warning system for driver. The vital parameters of the patient can be monitored on the dashboard mounted LCD. It is also equipped with air splint, medical and oxygen kit for on spot medical care.

This bike ambulance is useful not only for the paramilitary and military forces but has potential civil applications too.

Secretary DD R&D and Chairman DRDO Dr G Satheesh Reddy appreciated the efforts of scientists for this indigenous and cost-effective solution to a common challenge faced by our security forces.

PM Launches pan India rollout of COVID-19 vaccination drive

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modilaunched the pan India rollout of COVID-19 vaccination drive via video conferencing today.  This is the world’s largest vaccination program covering the entire length and breadth of the country.  A total of 3006 session sites across all States and UTs were virtually connected during the launch.

The Prime Minister started his speech by paying compliments to the scientists who were associated with the development of the vaccines. He said, usually it takes years to prepare a vaccine but here, in such a short time, not one but two made-in-India vaccine were launched. The Prime Minister cautioned the people to be careful about not missing taking two doses. He said that there will be a gap of one month between the doses. He asked people to keep their guards up even after taking the vaccine as only two weeks after taking the second dose, human body will develop necessary immunity against Corona.

The Prime Minister put the unprecedented scale of the vaccination drive in perspective by informing that, in the first round itself, 3 crore people, which is more than population of at least 100 countries of the world, are being vaccinated. He said that this needs to be taken up to 30 crores in the second round when elderly and people with serious co-morbidities will be vaccinated. He said that there are only three countries- India, USA and China, who have the population of more than 30 crore.

The Prime Minister asked people not to give heed to rumours and conspiracy theories as Indian vaccine scientists, medical system, Indian process and institutional mechanism in this regard is trusted globally and this trust is earned with a consistent track record.

The Prime Minister congratulated the country for a united and brave fight against corona. He termed the Indian response to corona as one of self-confidence and self-reliance. He noted a determination of not to let the confidence weaken in every Indian. He dwelled at length on the contribution of doctors, nurses, para medical staff, ambulance drivers, ASHA workers, sanitation workers, police and other frontline workers who endangered their lives to save other. Some of them didn’t even return to their homes as they lost their lives in the fight against the virus, noted a solemn Prime Minister. The frontline warriors  brought hope in an environment of despondency and fear, today, by vaccinating them first, country is acknowledging their contribution with gratitude, Shri Modi said.

Recalling the initial days of the crisis, the Prime Minister noted that India showed alertness and took right decisions at the right moments. Two weeks before the first case, which was detected on 30th January 2020, India had formed High-Level Committee. India had started proper surveillance exactly one year ago from today. On 17th January 2020, India issued its first advisory and India was among the first nations to start screening of passengers at the airports.

The Prime Minister congratulated the countrymen to pass the challenge of discipline and patience during the Janata Curfew. He pointed out that the exercise prepared the country psychologically for the lockdown. Morale of the country was kept high with the campaigns like taali-thali and lighting of diya, the Prime Minister added.

Shri Modi also talked about evacuation of Indians stuck abroad. In a time when many countries of the world had left their citizens stranded in China, India evacuated not only the Indians bit citizens of other countries. He recalled sending of entire lab to a country that was finding it difficult to test evacuating Indians.

The Prime Minister said India’s response to the crisis has been acknowledged globally. It was an example of the integrated and unified response from centre, states, local governments, government offices, social bodies who performed efficiently in unison, The Prime Minister concluded.

After the speech Prime Minister tweeted “India begins the world’s #LargestVaccineDrive. This is a day of pride, a celebration of the prowess of our scientists and hardwork of our medical fraternity, nursing staff, police personnel and sanitation workers.

May everyone be healthy and free from illness.” With the Vedic prayer of universal health, happiness and freedom from sorrow –



This ‘Made in India’ vaccine is a proof of the determination of Atmanirbhar Bharat : Amit Shah

Union Home Minister Shri Amit Shah congratulated all the scientists as the nation is witnessing the historic moment of launch of biggest vaccination drive of the world against Covid19.

In a series of tweets, Shri Amit Shah said “under the leadership of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi India has crossed a crucial  stage in the fight against Corona.  The world’s largest vaccination campaign showcases the immense potential of India’s scientists and the power of our leadership.”

Shri Amit Shah said “India is one of the few countries which have become successful in the direction of ending the biggest crisis against humanity. Every Indian is proud of this phenomenal achievement.”

He added that this is the rise of a new Atmanirbhar Bharat on the global landscape.

Union Home Minister also asserted that “ ‘New India’ led by Modi ji is an India that transforms disasters into opportunities and challenges into achievements. On this historic day, expressing heartiest gratitude to all Corona warriors Shri Amit Shah said this ‘Made in India’ vaccine is a proof of the determination of Atmanirbhar Bharat.

India looking forward to deepening and strengthening special relationship with Nepal: Rajnath Singh

The Foreign Minister of Nepal Mr Pradeep Kumar Gyawali called on Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh in New Delhi today. The Foreign Minister is in India for the 6th India-Nepal Joint Commission Meeting. During his interaction with the Raksha Mantri, the Foreign Minister conveyed his greetings from the leadership of Nepal, and expressed his desire to deepen the bilateral relations. He also expressed thanks for all the assistance provided by India. Shri Rajnath Singh reciprocated the sentiment and emphasised that India-Nepal relations are underpinned by unique people-to-people linkages.

The Raksha Mantri conveyed his personal connect, long association with leadership and special regard for the people of Nepal. Both the dignitaries expressed their satisfaction at the excellent military-to-military cooperation. Raksha Mantri stated that India is ready to provide Humanitarian assistance & Disaster Relief (HADR) training & capacity building of Nepal.

Nepal Foreign Minister congratulated India on success in developing the Covid vaccine and expressed confidence that the pandemic will be soon overcome.

Raksha Mantri stated that India is looking forward for further deepening and strengthening the special relationship between India and Nepal.

World’s largest COVID19 vaccination drive rolls out

Today marks a momentous day in the COVID-19 trajectory of the country as India rolls out the world’s largest COVID-19 vaccination drive today. Hon. Prime Minister will launch the nationwide vaccination exercise at 10.30 am through video conference.

This day also sees India’s total Active Caseload (2,11,033) further slump to account for just 2% of the total positive cases. The active cases were 2,10,120 last on 29th June 2021.

The Total Recoveries have crossed 96% of the total cases, at 96.56%.



2,11,033 cases are positive as on date, either in supervised home isolation or in hospitals.The Recovered Cases are above 1 crore (1,01,79,715).



The Recovery Rate has progressively shown a sustained climb. The gap between the total recovered cases and active cases has grown to 99,68,682 as on date.


As the active cases in the country follow a downward slide, 25 States and UTs are reporting less than 5,000 active cases. The caseload in these States/UTs constitutesjust 15% of total active cases


The distribution of Active Cases across various states and UTs is as under.

81.94% of the new recovered cases are observed to be concentrated in 10 States/UTs.

Kerala has reported the maximum number of single day recoveries with 4,603 newly recovered cases. 3,500 people recovered in Maharashtra in the past 24 hours followed by 1009 in Chhattisgarh.


80.81% of the new cases are from 8 States and UTs.

Kerala continues to report the highest daily new cases at 5,624. It is followed by Maharashtra with 3,145 while West Bengal reported 708 new cases.

175 case fatalities have been reported in the past 24 hours.

Six States/UTs account for 69.14%of new deaths. Maharashtra saw the maximum casualties (45). Kerala and West Bengal follow with 23 and 16 daily deaths, respectively.

PM bows to the venerable Thiruvalluvar on Thiruvalluvar Day

The Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has bowed to the venerable Thiruvalluvar on Thiruvalluvar Day.

In a tweet, the Prime Minister said “I bow to the venerable Thiruvalluvar on Thiruvalluvar Day. His thoughts and works reflect the immense knowledge as well as wisdom he was blessed with. People across generations have been positively impacted by his ideals. I urge more youngsters across India to read the Kural.”

Tamil Nadu has a rich culture and it is a place of ‘bhakti’ : JP Nadda

Bharatiya Janata Party National President Shri Jagat Prakash Nadda participated in holly and great festival of Pongal “Namma Ooru Pongal” organized by BJP West Chennai District at Maduravoyil, Chennai (Tamil Nadu) on 14 January. He also addressed the gathering on this occasion and hailed the great culture and tradition of Tamil Nadu.

Earlier, Shri Nadda accorded the grand welcome by party karyakartas on his arrival at Chennai airport. He was welcomed by BJP state unit president Sh L. Murugan, the party’s national general secretary CT Ravi and other senior party leaders and karyakartas.

Shri Nadda said that this is a festival of farmers who have taken care of us and the whole country celebrates it. However, it has special meaning in Tamil Nadu. On this bounteous occasion, May happiness comes to you in all abundance. May Pongal fill your life with sweetness! May God bless you with peace, prosperity, and happiness in your life on Pongal and always!

Tamil Nadu has a rich culture and it is a place of ‘bhakti’.  It is a place where religious sentiments have been taken care of by religious leaders. It is a land of saints where I bow to the sages who’ve contributed to humanity. He said, “Tamil Nadu has been the guiding force for the light of our nation for centuries. It’s a unique mix of economic development with religious sentiments and culture.”

The BJP President said that Our Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi ji highlighted Tamil Nadu and its poets at the United Nations and different parts of the world and country. This is the pride and love he has for this state with rich culture and heritage

Hailing the efforts of the Modi government for the development of Tamil Nadu, Shri Nadda said that Modi Ji has contributed and tried to see to it that the whole country goes forward but at the same time, he’s also made sure that Tamil Nadu takes a big leap as far as development is concerned

Comparing allocation of funds during Congress-led UPA government and the current Modi govt, he said, The 13th Finance Commission during UPA-II gave Rs 94,000 crore to Tamil Nadu. The 14th Finance Commission under PM Modi gave the state an astronomical Rs 5.42 lakh crore for development. The Central govt has allotted Rs 1600 crore for the development of textiles and its industry, which finds a special place in Tamil Nadu. This is Aatmanirbhar Bharat, with an idea of ‘vocal for local’, he added.

Shri Nadda said, During COVID, PM Modi sent directly to 20 crore women Rs 1500 each for three months, giving a mighty example of women empowerment. 8 crore women were also given gas connections. Approx 36 lakh LED bulbs were distributed in Tamil Nadu under the UJALA scheme. The defence corridor that starts from Chennai – Coimbatore is also an economic corridor, will bring more  jobs and opportunities to the youth of the state. Rs 2,875 crore is being spent on Chennai Metro and Rs 3,267 crore is being spent on Monorail in the state. Under the AWAS Yojana, 5.36 lakh houses have been constructed for the poor. 11 medical colleges & an AIIMS have been given to Tamil Nadu by the Modi government. Practically, every 3 Lok Sabha constituencies will now have at least one medical college. PM Modi has been involved in a lot of development work in Tamil Nadu.

Shri Nadda said, “It is the BJP where the scientific development is taking place and thus, people from different walks of life are joining us.” We invite everybody and we’ve to make sure that we as a mainstream party keep walking ahead in the state, he further said. We are committed for the development of Tamil Nadu in the leadership of our Honourable Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi ji.

BJP govt. wrote a new chapter of growth, development, progress and prosperity in Assam : JP Nadda

The Bharatiya Janata Party National President Shri Jagat Prakash Nadda on 11 January addressed a massive ‘Vijay Sankalp’ Rally at Silchar in Assam where he discussed in detail the amount of work done and development projects undertaken by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) governments under the dynamic leadership of Honourable Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi ji at the Centre and by Assam Chief Minister Shri Sarbananda Sonowal in the state. The impressive public rally was also addressed by Assam Chief Minister Shri Sarbananda Sonowal and North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA) Convenor Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma.

The Bharatiya Janata Party National President said the kind of love, affection and trust people of Assam has showered upon Honourable Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi ji and the BJP it is now certain that the Bharatiya Janata Party will again form the government in Assam with blessings of the people of the State and we will continue with our agenda of growth, development and all round progress of Assam. In the ensuing assembly elections in Assam the Bharatiya Janata Party will win over 100 seats — BJP plus, 100 plus.

The double engine government of the Bharatiya Janata Party under the guidance of Honourable Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi ji and under the dynamic and effective leadership of Shri Sarbananda Sonowal successfully wrote a new chapter of growth, development, progress and prosperity in Assam. The vision of growth and development in Assam was conceived by our Honorable Prime Minister which was implemented and executed in the ground by the BJP government run by Shri Sarbananda Sonowal.

The Narendra Modi government and the Bharatiya Janata Party is strongly committed to preserve and promote the rich cultural heritage and language of Assam. “Kaishmir ho ya Guwahati, Apna Desh Apni Mati” (Be it Kashmir or Guwahati, It’s our nation, it’s our motherland). The vision of growth and development for Assam of our Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi ji has been successfully implemented by the Sarbananda Sonowal government in Assam.

It is the Bharatiya Janata Party government that has given the Scheduled Caste status to six communities of Assam — Koch, Rajbongshi, Tai Ahom, Chutia, Matak, Moraan and Tea Tribes — thus fulfilling their very old demand which the successive Congress governments never fulfilled and blocked it for years. The Bharatiya Janata Party government successfully resolved the complex problems of Bodo agitation and also Bru-Reang issue.  

It is the Bharatiya Janata Party government that resolved the big issue of Assam by doing land sweep to end the border problem which was a big problem for the people of the State. Our government successfully and effectively tackled the problem of infiltration through its unique Smart Fans Project thus giving big relief to the people of Assam.

The Congress led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government gave Assam funds worth Rs 50,000 crore for development of Assam. On the other hand the Bharatiya Janata Party government under the leadership of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi ji has so far given Rs 3 lakh crores for the fast development and allround progress of Assam.

During the Congress regimes projects used to get started but were never completed, which would lead to massive escalation in costs of various projects. On the other hand the Bharatiya Janata Party government completed several projects in record time including Bhupen Hazarika Setu and Bogeibeel Bridge besides completing the very important Assam Gas Cracker Project.

During the Congress rule people did not know that the were owners of their land. During the first phase in Brahmaputra and Barak Valley we gave ‘patta’ (land ownership documents) to 1.10 lakh people of Assam, while in the second phase land ownership rights will be given to a similar number of people.

In all the elections held in various parts of Assam after 2016 assembly elections the people of the State have always blessed the Bharatiya Janata Party with impressive victories 2016. Be it the elections of Territorial Council, the elections for local bodies or Bye-elections, the Bharatiya Janata Party always emerged victorious. And this is not just true in Assam but in the entire country where people have been blessing the Bharatiya Janata Party.

It was the National Democratic Alliance government led by the Bharatiya Janata Party under the leadership of Honourable Prime Minister Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee which awarded the Bharat Ratna to great Freedom Fighter Gopinath Bordoloi ji. Now again the Bharatiya Janata Party government under the leadership of Honourable Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi ji has awarded the great son of Assam Honorable Bhupen Hazarika ji with the Bharat Ratna.

The Honorable Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi ji gave Assam All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) which is coming up in Guwahati with an expenditure of Rs 1,350 crores, while additional expenses as annual recurring expenditure of Rs 2,000 crores will also come in the running of the prestigious institution. In entire Assam the Bharatiya Janata Party government opened 8 new medical colleges. Recently Honourable Union Home Minister Shri Amit Shah ji laid the foundation stone of a new medical college which is coming up at a cost of Rs 835 crores in the state.

The Narendra Modi government also gave Rs 22,000 crores for an oil refinery in Assam and another Rs 12,500 crores for Numaligarh Bio Refinery have also been given. Apart from this the BJP government also constructed 15 new highways, 31 new state highways and 5 new bridges on river Brahmaputra.

The Bharatiya Janata Party government constructed 35 lakh toilets in Assam, opened 1.66 crore Jan Dhan bank accounts, gave 35 lakh cooking gas connections, also gave scooters to girls who passed their 12th standard and bicycles to 2.17 lakh girls who belonged to economically weaker sections of the society. These are not mere scooters or bicycles but a matter of honour and dignity for the girls of the State. 

Under the Ayushman Bharat Scheme over 50 crore people are getting benefitted with medical benefits, and out of these 50 crore beneficiaries 1.11 lakh people from Assam have already got benefitted on whose medical care the Narendra Modi government has spent Rs 163 crores.

In the Bharatiya Janata Party government the people who were misled and had taken illegal and anti social path have surrendered before the law and once again joined the national mainstream. In the Congress government a large number of people from Assam used to fall in the trap of human trafficking. Now this issue has been effectively tackled by the Sarbananda Sonowal government and has saved people of the State from falling into the trap of human traffickers. 

During the Congress regimes over 15 years in Assam as many as 2,000 civilians and around 284 security personnel had to lose their lives in various cases of terrorism and violence. Around 1200 people were kidnapped. Similarly around 51% people of the State used to live without electricity in Assam. Now all this has changed as the Bharatiya Janata Party government in Assam under the leadership of Chief Minister Shri Sarbananda Sonowal and under the guidance of Honourable Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi ji has written a new chapter of growth, development, peace and prosperity in the state.

During the Corona pandemic Assam Chief Minister Shri Sarbananda Sonowal and the state’s Health Minister Shri Himanta Biswa Sarma successfully developed unique Community Surveillance System, and the result of this is that today Assam has a very low fatality rate due to Covid-19 disease.

PM to address ‘Prarambh: Startup India International Summit’ on 16 January

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi will interact with startups and address ‘Prarambh: Startup India International Summit’ on 16th January 2021 at 5 PM via video conferencing.

The Summit is being organized by the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, on 15-16 January, 2021. The two-day Summit is being organised as a follow up of the announcement made by the Prime Minister at the fourth BIMSTEC Summit held in Kathmandu in August 2018 wherein India committed to host the BIMSTEC Startup Conclave.

The Summit marks the fifth anniversary of the Startup India initiative, launched by the Prime Minister on 16 January, 2016. With participation from over 25 countries and more than 200 global speakers, the Summit will be the largest startup confluence organised by the Government of India since the launch of the Startup India initiative. It will witness 24 sessions with focus on enhancing multilateral cooperation and engagement with countries from around the globe to collectively develop and strengthen the startup ecosystems.