Centre will never hold back on what Gujarat deserves: Modi
PM Modi raised the issue of 'Save girl child'. He talked about the achievements of the women atheletes in 2016 Rio Olympics. He said "Beti bachao (Save the girl child), we have been saying this in Gujarat for very long. Today these girls have made us proud. Beti Bachao (Save the girl child), beti padhao (Educate the girl child) and now they are saying Beti khilao (Teach sports to the girl child). Now there is no bias between a girl and a boy."
In his closing paragraoh he talked about the Centre's approach towards the state of Gujarat. He said, "Indian government will never hold back on what Gujarat deserves."
He ended his speech with chant of 'Narmade'. "I am very thankful to the state government to give me this chance to talk."
Grateful to Guj Govt for inviting me to programme (inauguration of SAUNI project), which is of great imp: PM Modi pic.twitter.com/0KeUTpDOVe
"Today 6 rivers are connected in Gujarat. It supplies water throughout the state. I hope to do the same in India," Modi said.
He added, "Now this work is being done by the govt at the Centre without any deceit. Even in this atmosphere in recession, India has held its own. India's economy is doing well."
He talked about the lessons he has learnt from Gujarat and that he wishes to continue to do good work at the Centre. "This land has fed me and made me capable of taking such a responsibility. In the past two years I have only heard news of progress."
I have learnt a lot from Gujarat: Modi
PM Modi hailed the farmers in Gujarat. He said, "When I travelled India as Prime Minister, I was under the impression that most states were following the same schemes as us in Gujarat. What I have learnt from Gujarat has helped me a lot."
He added, "Today India has accepted Gujarat's son as their PM. Gujarat knows that a son from this land can take the responsibility of the entire nation and this son will never do anything to embarrass the state."
He added, "There was a time when farmers were fighting amongst themselves to get their hands on fertilisers like urea. Now we have started importing which means that the farmers have easy access to this fertiliser."
"Corruption and deceit has reduced and this has given farmers access to urea. Such work can be done and we have done this," he said.
On his Gujarat trip, PM Modi attended a rally and said, "In my experience the farmer can belong to any part of India, if he gets water than he can produce gold from the earth. This is why we are running schemes like drip irrigation. This methods have helped save water. It is important to save water for future generations. It is our duty to do this."
He said that number of dams is also increasing in India and this is going to give farmers easy access to water. He said, "We brought a crop insurance scheme that will help the farmers."
The water table of Gujarat which was falling began to rise. Check dams were built in large numbers: PM Modi pic.twitter.com/ScctqHu8HD
On Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi travelled by road to Aji-3 dam to inaugurate the SAUNI project after landing at the airport in Jamnagar, instead of taking a helicopter ride owing to bad weather conditions.
PM Narendra Modi. AP
As monsoon has been active over Jamnagar for the past few days, the plan to travel by helicopter was dropped.
"Due to bad weather, the Prime Minister is coming by road to the venue instead of a helicopter," BJP Saurashtra region spokesperson Raju Dhruv told PTI.
"Our PM was supposed to reach Aaji-3 dam through helicopter. However, due to safety reasons in the wake of bad weather and cloudy atmosphere, PM has been taken to the venue by road in a car," said an official of Jamnagar police control room.
Ahead of his arrival at Jamnagar, Modi tweeted, "Looking forward to being in Gujarat today for the launch of SAUNI Yojna. This scheme will truly benefit the people of Gujarat."
Looking forward to being in Gujarat today for the launch of SAUNI Yojana. This scheme will truly benefit the people of Gujarat.
The Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti had earlier threatened to stage a protest against Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his Gujarat visit if its members were not allowed to submit him a memorandum of their demands.
Rajkot PAAS convener Brijesh Patel had said they want to seek "clarification" from the PM on his "silence" on the "atrocities" committed on Patels during last year's agitation for reservation.
"We do not wish to disrupt the programme if we are given permission by authorities to meet him (PM) and hand him over a memorandum. If we are denied permission, PAAS members will stage protest outside the venue (of the PM's event)," Brijesh had said, a close associate of quota stir spearhead Hardik Patel.
PAAS wants to raise several demands through their memorandum, including the key demand of granting reservation to Patidar community in government jobs and education under OBC quota.
"Our PM never said anything about the atrocities committed on Patels during our agitation. We want to seek clarification from Modi on his silence. Through our memorandum, we also want to raise the issue of inaction by state government in punishing police officers involved in thrashing and killing Patels," Brijesh had said.
He had said that PAAS has already sought permission from the police commissioners and the collectors of Rajkot and Jamnagar to allow its members to hand over the memorandum to the PM.