Prime Minister Narendra Modi celebrated his 66th birthday on Saturday by seeking the blessings of his mother , before attending a clutch of programmes organised by the Bharatiya Janata Party to mark the day.
The PM spent around 40 minutes at ‘Saket’ in Raisan area of the state capital, meeting his family members. He then proceeded to Raj Bhawan to meet Chief Justice of India TS Thakur, who is in Gujarat to attend a state-level judicial conference.
After meeting the CJI, Modi went to Limkheda, in Dahod district, to inaugurate tribal welfare projects.
PM Modi launches schemes for tribal development in Limkheda, Gujarat. pic.twitter.com/G6pIIIW4hu— ANI (@ANI_news) September 17, 2016
Recalling doubts over if Gujarat would be able develop when it was formed, Modi said, “today we can see the state has developed”.
He also announced an irrigation scheme to help farmers in the state, saying the mantra of “Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas” is resonating all over.
Water scarcity remained a key issue in Gujarat. At times we would get adequate rainfall but we weren't able to conserve water: PM— ANI (@ANI_news) September 17, 2016
The programme was organised under the Gujarat Vanbandhu Kalyan Yojna for the districts lying in the state’s forest belt.The projects, worth nearly Rs 3,800 crore, include six water supply and four lift irrigation projects.
The water supply projects will provide drinking water to about 2.1 million people in 960 villages, including 23 settlements in the Dahod, Mahisagar, Narmada and Chhotaudepur districts.
The lift irrigation projects based on Kadana-Karjan and Kakrapar Reservoirs will provide irrigation in nearly 1 lakh hectares in Dahod, Narmada, Mahisagar and Surat districts.
I know that the farmer here is very skilled and I have also seen the farmer is innovative and willing to learn new things: PM— ANI (@ANI_news) September 17, 2016
Prime Minister Modi will also distribute aids and assistive devices to differently-abled persons at Samajik Adhikarita Shivir at Navsari in South Gujarat. More than 11,000 people will be provided free-of-cost assistive equipment worth Rs 10 crore.
The aim of the programme is to provide opportunities for the growth and development of differently-abled persons so that they can lead productive, safe and dignified lives.
Gujarat: PM Modi distributes assistive devices to Specially abled people during Samajik Adhikarita Shivir in Navsari pic.twitter.com/Sba75dECrK— ANI (@ANI_news) September 17, 2016
Besides the programmes, the Prime Minister will hold rallies in Limkheda and Navsari.
With inputs from ANI