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HIGHLIGHTS: Want to make every village digitally literate, Modi says in Gujarat

Modi laid the foundation for the Rajkot International Airport. He also dedicated a newly-constructed building of IIT Gandhinagar on Saturday evening.

india Updated: Oct 07, 2017 19:16 IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveils the foundation stone of the newly constructed IIT Gandhinagar. The PM dedicated the institute to the nation.(PIB/Twitter)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in his poll-bound home state of Gujarat on Saturday for a two-day visit less than a month after inaugurating the Sardar Sarovar Narmada Project.

During his whirlwind tour, Modi addressed as many as six public meetings, launching various schemes and projects at five places in three regions of the state.

After laying foundation stone for the bridge in Bet Dwarka in the afternoon, the prime minister commented on the decisions taken by GST Council on Friday evening, calling it an “early Diwali” for citizens.

He laid the foundation of a Rs 2,500-crore Rajkot International Airport and addressed a public rally at Chotila in Surendranagar district.

In the evening, at Gandhinagar, Modi dedicated the newly-constructed building of IIT Gandhinagar to the nation and launched the Gramin Digital Saksharta Scheme . Here is the full schedule of his visit.

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6:30 pm: Modi concludes his speech.

6:29 pm: We should create a culture of innovation, which should be need-based, instead of knowledge-based, then it will be sustainable and it will be commercial viable: PM say at IIT-Gandhinagar.

6:25 pm: Digital education will enhance health and other services in the country: PM Modin

6:22 pm: Innovation is the need of the hour. To change the fate the India, the talent of the country has to be directed towards to innovation: PM Modi

He says: “Our academics should not be exam driven. The focus should be innovation.”

6:18 pm: No where in the world there is a forensic science university but only in Gujarat: PM Modi in Gandhinagar

6:43 pm: We don’t feature in the top 500 universities in the world. Govt has thrown a challenged to educational institutions. It has decided that 10 private and public universities will be selected, if they can feature in top 10 universities in the world, they will be given all freedom and autonomy to make their own rules and function on their own. Govt is ready to invest 100 crore for the endeavour: PM Modi

6:09 pm: If it was election time and I announced to give the 400 acre land to IIT near Sabarmati, they would have criticised it as they are about bullet train these days. They would have surely criticised but it wasn’t election time when I granted the land: PM Modi

6:08 pm: PM says technological innovation is key to unite the nation for ‘New India’. Want to make every village digitally literate.

6:08 pm: A Digital India guarantees transparency, effective service delivery and good governance: PM

6:03 pm: PM says few years ago, people used to quote Marx’s “haves and have-nots”, the thought is now shrinked and is confined to some placards but we have to ensure that there is no digital divide in the country. We have to get rid of the digital divide and so the scheme has been launched among villagers.

Work is underway to spread digital literacy to every part of India, among all age groups and sections of society: PM

6:00 pm: In this march towards swaraj, digital literacy is a very important strength: PM Modi

5:58pm: The world has seen immense technological revolution in the last 50 years compared to the previous 300 years. It has become a driving force and if any country wants to progress, people of every strata in India, to link everyone to technology is necessary: PM Modi

5:55 pm: You all are IITian but I don’t have the double IIs, I was been a Tea-an when I was young- a chaiwala: PM Modi .

On this day, a few years ago, I took oath as CM for the first time. Till then, I had never even been an MLA. I had decided that whatever I will do, I will do to the best of my abilities: PM

5:49 pm: PM distributes laptops to people under the PMGDSA scheme.

5:40 pm: RaviShankar Prasad says India is increasingly emerging as a big hub of mobile manufacturing .

5:34 pm: We are trying to strengthen the country digitally. PM said I want that common Indian should have the government in the hands, the government shouldn’t be in Delhi. Today through digital delivery of services : Ravi Shankar Prasad.

5:27 pm: Under Narendra Modi, here two projects- at one end the high-end IIT building and the other is the effort to digitally equip 6 crore Indians in villages.

A former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi once said I send Rs 1 from Delhi, only 15 paise reach the ground but under Narendra Modi Rs 1000 is sent to people and Rs 1000 reach the people: Ravi Shankar Prasad.

5:24 pm: Javadekar says we have adopted the motto: Educate everyone and provide quality education to everyone.

5:20 pm: Prakash Javadekar says this is a young IIT, saw the vibrancy in the campus.

This is a smart campus- near the Sabarmati, environment is taken care of, electricity is saved: Javadekar

4:51 pm: PM dedicates newly constructed building of IIT Gandhinagar to the nation, launches Pradhan Mantri Gramin Digital Saksharta Abhiyan and also distributes e-tablets to health workers.

3.15pm: Modi says, “I’m grateful for the love you have showered on me, coming here in big numbers in this heat.”

The prime minister ends his speech with chants of ‘Bharat Mata ki jai’.

3.13pm: “Water has always been important for Gujarat. Now that water is widely being made available, let us use it responsibly and conserve every drop of water,” says PM.

3.07pm: “Sursagar Dairy will be ‘Sukh Sagar’ for people of this region. How can we forget how previous Governments in Gujarat did not allow dairy sector to grow in Saurashtra. We had the opportunity to change that and promote dairies,” says Modi.

3.05pm: PM says only 4% of land for the airport was taken from farmers.

3.02pm: “Aviation cannot be about rich people. We have made aviation affordable and within reach of the lesser privileged. There was no aviation policy post independence. We made those policies and took responsibility to connect smallest of places by air,” says Modi.

3.00pm: PM Modi says that if there is one district that stands to gain maximum from waters of the Narmada, it is Surendranagar.

2.55pm: “The definition of development is changing. Earlier, a hand pump would be put and a leader would use that for multiple elections. Things have changed now. We are bringing waters of the Narmada here, for the benefit of citizens,” the PM says.

2.53pm: Modi says, “Who imagined in this district that an airport will come? Is this not development? Is this kind of development not needed... such development works will empower citizens.”

2.51pm: The prime minister begins his speech at the public meeting

2.50pm: The PM also inaugurates the 6-laning of Ahmedabad-Rajkot highway at Chotila.

Modi dedicates a fully automatic milk processing and packaging plant and a drinking water distribution pipeline for Joravarnagar and Ratanpur area of Surendranagar.


2.42pm: PM Modi lays the foundation stone for Greenfield airport.

2.40pm: A film on the Civil Aviation ministry’s achievements in the last 3 years is screened.

2.27pm: Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani takes the stage and welcomes PM Modi.

2.26pm: Raju says the Greenfield airport will be built on 2,534 acres of land at a cost of Rs 1,405 and will handle 2.3 million passengers.

2.22pm: Union Minister for Civil Aviation Ashok Gajapathi Raju felicitates the prime minister.

“We are passionately working for your dream of connecting the unconnected, serving the unserved,” Raju says.

2.19pm: Modi will lay the foundation stone of Greenfield airport at Rajkot.

2.13pm: A fortnight ago, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi, who toured the Saurashtra region for a three-day campaign, had paid salutations to the local deity in Chotila.

He had also begun his visit with prayers at the Dwarkadheesh temple.

2.12pm: Modi arrives in Chotila, near Rajkot. The PM will address a public meeting here shortly.

1:40pm: ANI reports PM Modi met his friend while leaving Dwarkadhish Temple.

12.32pm: Modi ends speech with chants of ‘Jai Dwarkadhish’.

12.31pm: The prime minister says when there is trust in a government and when policies are made with best intentions, it is natural for people to support them for the best interests of the nation.

He says, “The world’s attention is being drawn to India. People are coming to invest here. All this will bring opportunities for the people of India. I see Gujarat contributing actively to the development of India and congratulate the Gujarat government.”

12.30pm: Modi says, “Diwali has come early for our citizens due to the decisions taken in the GST Council. We had said we will study all aspects relating to GST for 3 months, including the shortcomings. And thus, the decisions were taken with consensus at the GST council.”

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12.28pm: Modi says an institute for marine security will be set up in “devbhoomi” of Dwarka. “It will draw people and experts from all over India,” he says.

12.27pm: “Kandla Port is seeing unprecedented growth. This is because we devoted resources to improve the port. New lease of life was added to Alang, steps were taken for the welfare of the labourers working there. These are steps we are taking towards development,” says PM.

12.25pm: Modi: “Government of India is taking steps towards the empowerment of fishermen. We do not want our fishermen to live in poverty, we want to create more opportunities for them.”

12.21pm: Speaking on helping fishermen in the state, Modi says, “We want development of ports and port-led development. The blue economy should help further the progress of India. To make life of our fishermen better we have to empower them. The government will give them loans on less interest so they can buy bigger boats.”

12.15pm: Modi says, “Development of the tourism sector cannot be in isolation. If we want to draw more tourists to Gir, we should also inspire the tourist to visit other parts like Dwarka.

“Building of infrastructure should enhance economic activities and add to the atmosphere of development.”

“When Madhavsinh Solanki ji was Chief Minister, I recall front page advertisements for the CM coming to Jamnagar to inaugurate a water tank. This is how narrow their conception of development was. We have come a long way since then and are looking at more all round and extensive progress.”

12.10pm: Modi speaks at the event, “This is not a bridge of bricks and stones. It’s a link to history. Today I am seeing a very different mood here in Dwarka. There is tremendous enthusiasm here. I know very well that Bet Dwarka has seen a lot of difficult times. But so much has changed.”

12.02pm: PM Modi lays foundation stone for two road projects— four-laning of 116.24 kilometers of Porbandar-Dwarka section of NH-51 and four-laning of 93.56 km of Gadu-Porbandar section of NH-51.

11.58pm: PM Modi lays foundation stone for the bridge. It will be built at a cost of Rs 962 crore.

11.48am: Union Minister Nitin Gadkari is also present. Speaking at the event, Gadkari says, “You can donate eyes, but you cannot donate vision. PM Modi’s vision is going to transform villages, the poor and farmers.”

11.35am: Modi is at the foundation stone laying ceremony of a four-lane cable-stayed signature bridge between Okha and Bet Dwarka.

10.47am: PM Modi offers prayers at Dwarkadhish Temple.

9.50am: PM Modi arrives in Jamnagar. He will begin the tour with prayers at the Dwarkadhish Temple in the historic Dwarka town.

With agency inputs.

First Published: Oct 07, 2017 10:28 IST