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Narendra Modi in Shirdi updates: PM says BJP-led govt working to better tourism in Maharashtra, flights to Shirdi to be increased

Narendra Modi in Shirdi updates: Prime Minister Narendra Modi was welcomed by Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis and other state BJP members after landing at Shirdi airport. He is scheduled to participate in the Sai Baba Samadhi centenary celebrations.

FP Staff October 19, 2018 10:47:24 IST
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Narendra Modi in Shirdi updates: PM says BJP-led govt working to better tourism in Maharashtra, flights to Shirdi to be increased

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10:09 (ist)

Trupti Desai detained ahead of planned meeting with PM

The Pune Police on Friday detained activist Trupti Desai, who was on her way to Maharashtra's Shirdi to meet with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and demand his intervention in the Sabarimala row.

After a scuffle with the Pune Police, Desai was taken to the Sahakar Nagar Police Station and will be held there until the end of Modi's visit. After being stopped from proceeding to Shirdi, Desai said that even though "being able to protest" is a "constitutional right", the protesters had been "stopped at home".

The move comes after Desai wrote a letter to Ahmednagar Superintendent of Police (SP) on Wednesday, demanding to meet Modi to discuss the Sabarimala issue ahead of his Shirdi visit. She had also threatened to stop his convoy if he doesn't agree to meet, ANI reported.

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Oct 19, 2018 - 13:19 (IST)

PM says govt boosting tourism in Maharashtra

While addressing the gathering, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that alongside agriculture, the government is also working to promote tourism.

"In Maharashtra, there are many places associated with faith like Shirdi. There are also places like Ajanta-Alora where devotees from all over the world come to visit," he said. 

"I have been told that flights coming into Shirdi will be increased in frequency so that Sai devotees all over the globe can come to offer their prayers."

Oct 19, 2018 - 13:11 (IST)

BJP-led govt working to rid farmers of water crisis: Modi

"The government is working to complete projects that have been stuck for years under the prime minister's agricultural irrigation scheme. There are many large-scale schemes underway in Maharashtra," the prime minister said while addressing the drought-hit-state.

Oct 19, 2018 - 13:05 (IST)

Modi notes success of PMJAY scheme

The prime minister claimed that within one month of implementation, the PM JAY medical insurance scheme has provided relief to almost a million patients. 

"Almost a million patients have taken advantage of it in hospitals across the country. This number is increasing steadily," he said.

Oct 19, 2018 - 12:51 (IST)

PM lauds Maharashtra govt for working towards poor

Speaking about the various projects that have been implemented in Maharashtra, the prime minister lauded the Devendra Fadnavis government for working towards the well-being of the poor in the state.

He added that the new homes that his government has provided are a space to "realise dreams and give new dimensions to aspirations."

Oct 19, 2018 - 12:37 (IST)

PM says Congress focussed on bettering name of Gandhi family

Modi alleged that previous governments were not serious about poverty alleviation; their sole objective was to promote a particular family 

Oct 19, 2018 - 12:33 (IST)

Congress made 25 lakh homes in 4 years, BJP made 1.25 crore 

Speaking about the success of the BJP's PMAY scheme, prime minister Modi said: "the previous govt in last four years made 25 lakh houses. However, the BJP government has built 1 crore 25 lakh homes in the same amount of time."

"If that government was still in power, they would take 20 years to build the same amount of homes as us," he added.

Oct 19, 2018 - 12:14 (IST)

Modi interacts with PMAY-G beneficiaries across Maharashtra

By way of video conference, the prime minister interacted with several beneficiaries of the PMAY scheme in various districts of the state, such as Amravati, Nagpur, Nandurbar, Thane and Solapur.

Oct 19, 2018 - 12:11 (IST)

Education plays key role in fight against poverty: Modi

Speaking to women PMAY-G beneficiaries in Thane about education, the prime minister said, "children being educated will be a big strength to win the battle against poverty in India."

Oct 19, 2018 - 11:53 (IST)

Modi gives keys to PMAY-G beneficiaries

The Prime Minister handed over house keys to ten beneficiaries of the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana Gramin (PMAY-G) scheme.

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Oct 19, 2018 - 11:16 (IST)

PM prays at Shirdi Sai Baba temple

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, accompanied by Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis and Governor CV Rao, offered prayers at the Sai Baba temple in Maharashtra's Shirdi temple town.

Narendra Modi in LATEST updates:  While addressing the gathering, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that alongside agriculture, the government is also working to promote tourism.

"In Maharashtra, there are many places associated with faith like Shirdi. There are also places like Ajanta-Alora where devotees from all over the world come to visit," he said. "I have been told that flights coming into Shirdi will be increased in frequency so that Sai devotees all over the globe can come to offer their prayers."

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was welcomed by Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis and other state BJP members after landing at Shirdi airport. He is scheduled to participate in the Sai Baba Samadhi centenary celebrations.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will on Friday visit the temple town of Shirdi to attend the closing ceremonies of the year-long festival marking the centenary of samadhi of the Shirdi Sai Baba, officials said on Thursday. Modi will also hand over keys of houses to some beneficiaries of the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana Gramin (PMAY-G) and interact with them in the temple town, an official said Tuesday.

Modi will be present at the e-griha pravesh ceremony for 40,000 beneficiaries of the affordable housing scheme of the government, he said. Maharashtra Governor CV Rao and Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis will also attend the functions.

Narendra Modi in Shirdi updates PM says BJPled govt working to better tourism in Maharashtra flights to Shirdi to be increased

Prime Minister Narendra Modi offers prayers at Shirdi's Sai Baba temple. Twitter/@PIB_India

Modi will unveil a Saibaba Centennial Commemorative silver coin, perform the bhoomi pooja of major projects like a new building, a mega educational complex costing around Rs 159 crore, a planetarium, a wax museum, a Sai Garden and theme park, totally costing Rs 166 crore, a laser sound-and-light show and a 10-MW solar power project, costing Rs 39 crore, said SSST Chairman Suresh Haware.

Modi will reach by a special flight at the new Shirdi Airport and then proceed by helicopter to the Shri Saibaba Sansthan Trust. He will perform a special pooja at the temple and unfurl a special flag.

Revered across communities, Sai Baba passed away in Shirdi village in Ahmednagar district on Dussehra Day in 1918. To mark the centenary of his death, the Trust had organised year-long celebrations which were inaugurated by President Ram Nath Kovind on 1 October, 2017. In December 2017, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu inaugurated a Global Sai Temple Conference and a series of big and small activities were carried out throughout the year.

Modi's visit marks the culmination of the festivities in which over 10 million devotees from India and abroad took part.

Meanwhile, Opposition leader in Maharashtra Legislative Council Dhananjay Munde on Tuesday claimed that the state government is spending Rs 2 crore to bring beneficiaries for the 19 October function.

The state government has allocated Rs 2 crore and given targets for its officers to identify and escort the beneficiaries to the event, Munde claimed. "None of the government schemes are reaching the target group. So now they've opted for false promotion of the schemes, with elections approaching," he alleged.

"In fact, PMAY-G is merely the old Indira Awas Yojana combined with a few other schemes and rechristened. Its implementation has been such that they are having to search for beneficiaries now. Also given the drought situation, why are government funds being spent on such propaganda?" he said.

Munde said the Rural Development Department, headed by his estranged cousin Pankaja Munde, was spending government money to arrange food and travel of those attending the event and for putting up banners on buses.

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