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Modi stresses on unity for ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’ goal

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday emphasized on the need of unity in the country to achieve the goal of ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’ and make India a great power in the world.

Addressing people in Uttar Pradesh’s Gorakhpur at the Centenary celebrations of ‘Chauri Chaura’ incident through video conference, the Prime Minister said unity had helped us to achieve freedom from the British rule and it will also help us in achieving our goal for ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’.

“The power of unity that broke the chains of slavery, the same power will also make India the great power in the world. This power of unity is the basic foundation of self-reliant India,” the Prime Minister said.

Greeting the locals in Gorakhpur in the regional Bhojpuri language to connect with them, Modi said the government’s aim to make India self-reliant was for the welfare of 130-crore Indians as well as for the benefit of the world.

Modi also explained how India dispatched necessary medicines to the people across the world during Covid-19 crisis and that the country also played a major role in bringing back Indians from over 50 different countries during the pandemic period. “India also sent foreigners to their countries during the period,” the Prime Minister further said.

“Currently”, Modi said, “India has been manufacturing Covid-19 vaccine and has established itself on top in inoculation of these vaccines”.

He said our freedom fighters would have been feeling proud to see India providing vaccines to foreign countries amid this crisis situation.

Modi also mentioned that there is a need for extraordinary efforts to make this campaign a success.

Mentioning the importance of Budget 2021 presented in Parliament on February 1, the Prime Minister said there is a glimpse of government’s effort in this Budget and it will give a “new boost” to the steps taken to deal with the challenges during the Covid-19 crisis.

Modi took part in the Chauri Chaura centenary celebrations which will be celebrated in all schools across the state throughout the year from Thursday (February 4) at 75 districts of Uttar Pradesh.

The year-long celebrations will feature drawing, poster and quiz contests as well as slogan and poetry writing, speech and essay writing competitions.

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Modi govt unveils Rs 1.2 lakh crore boost for economy

New Delhi: Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Thursday announced a fresh set of measures, involving an estimated outgo of Rs 1.2 lakh crore, to boost demand, help create jobs, augment infrastructure and ensure growth is back on track.

In addition, there is Rs 1.5 lakh crore production-linked incentives (PLI) for 10 sectors that was cleared by the Union Cabinet on Wednesday. The PLI scheme is spread over five years, while several of the announcements made on Thursday, such as enhanced allocation for fertilizer subsidy and PM Aawas Yojana in urban areas, will see spending during the current financial year itself, reports The Times of India.

India’s economy has borne the brunt of the Covid-19 induced lockdown and contracted a record 23.9% in the June quarter.
Including the steps announced by RBI he Reserve Bank of India since the lockdown in March-end, Sitharaman said, the government and central bank have together provided a stimulus of around Rs 29.9 lakh crore — which is almost 50% higher than the budgeted revenue receipts for the year. The size of the stimulus now adds up to 15% of the GDP, the minister estimated.

“Today’s Aatmanirbhar Bharat Package continues our efforts to help all sections of society. These initiatives will help in creating jobs, alleviate stressed sectors, ensure liquidity, boost manufacturing, energize real-estate sector & support farmers,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on micro-blogging site Twitter.

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Former NY Consul General Mulay to lead committee of PIO/NRI academics, scientists

New York: Ambassador Dnyaneshwar Mulay, India’s former Consul General in New York has been appointed chair of the Indian’s Council of Scientific and Industrial Research’s (CISR) new Inter-ministerial Working Group ‘Pravasi Bharatiya Academic and Scientific Sampark or PRABHASS. 

Dnyaneshwar Mulay, PhD., is a member of National Human Rights Commission, India and a former career diplomat.

The new body, PRABHASS would work towards effectively engaging with Global S&T community for enriching the Indian innovation ecosystem for networking them with Indian researchers/institutions, provide policy guidance, establish and launch joint collaborative programs/schemes etc., a press release said. This sort of initiative is first of a kind to tap the expertise of overseas Indians for India, in line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of “Aatmanirbhar Bharat,” the press release said.

The PRABHASS committee is constituted of officers from various ministries including Sanjeev Varshney, head of the Science and Technology department, Dr. Rajani Kant from Indian Council of Medical Research, A.K. Tyagi from Department of Atmic Energy, N. Ranjana from D.R.D.O., Gopal Raman Iyengar from Ministry of Earth Sciences, M.S. Anurup from the Space department, Manish Rana from Department of Biotechnology, Rama Swami Bansal from Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, Renu Paul from Ministry of External Affairs  along with a member from the Department of Agricultural Research and Education.

“With his vast experience and valuable insights from a long service in the Ministry of external affairs, Dr. Dnyaneshwar Mulay would be able to guide this high-level committee to bridge the gap between Overseas Indians and India,” the press release said.

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Take lead in ‘Aatmanirbhar’ mission, I am with you: Modi

New Delhi: Assuring his support to India Inc, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday urged corporate leaders and the business fraternity to lead the country in becoming self-reliant across sectors and products as envisaged under the Aatmanirbhar Bharat campaign.

Speaking at the launch of the coal mines’ auction for commercial mining, he said opening up of the sector will make India self reliant in terms of minerals and in course of time India will become an exporter of products it has been importing so far.

Noting that within months India has become a major producer of masks and personal protective equipment (PPE), he said that India will soon be an exporter of critical medical equipment.

Appealing to the industry to invest more and set the ball rolling, the Prime Minister said: “Come forward to take the lead. It is a chance to change history for the Indian business fraternity and those leading India’s services sector. I am with you”

Talking of the auctions of coal mines, he said that the process has started at a time that the Indian economy has reopened and is showing signs of getting back to the growth path.

Citing a rise in demand and higher consumption of petroleum products, higher toll collections, digital transactions, higher Kharif sowing, more procurement of wheat, Modi said India is prepared for a faster growth revival post the slowdown caused by the pandemic.

“All these indicators show that the Indian economy is ready to bounce back at greater speed.”

Launching the auction of coal mines for commercial mining, Modi said that the coal sector has finally been pulled out of decades in lockdown and has been liberated.

Noting that India despite having the fourth largest coal reserves in the world was importing coal so far, he said that the move will make India self reliant in terms of coal and also create lakhs of job opportunities.

Modi said the opening up of commercial coal mining will help people of Eastern and Central India in terms of jobs and prosperity.

“Today, we are not just launching the auction of commercial coal mining but are also pulling out the coal sector out of years in lockdown,” Modi said during the video address at the launch programme.

Talking of environmental concerns he said that it has been taken care that India’s commitment towards the environment is not compromised while reforming the coal sector and the objective of gasification of coal is in that direction.

He said that the Center aims to gasify 100 million tons of coal by 2030 with an investment of Rs 200 billion.

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