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India providing free ration to about 80 crore poor for last 7-8 months: PM Modi – News in India by Post24x7

2020-10-16 14:06:00
Narendra Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said India has been providing free ration to about 80 crore poor for the last seven to eight months amid COVID-19 pandemic.

“During the coronavirus crisis, many kinds of discussions are going on around the world about starvation and malnutrition. India has been providing free ration to about 80 crore poor for the last 7-8 months. During this time, India distributed foodgrains worth about Rs. 1.5 lakh crores to the poor,” Prime Minister Modi said during an event to release a commemorative coin of 75 denomination to mark the 75th Anniversary of India’s long-standing relation with the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).

“Another important work is being done to tackle malnutrition. Now such crops are being promoted in the country, which are having nutritious substances like protein, iron and zinc in high quantity. This year’s Nobel Peace Prize being awarded to the World Food Program is a big achievement. India is happy that our contribution and association with it has been historic,” he added.

Prime Minister congratulated everyone on the occasion of World Food Day.

“I congratulate those who are continuously working to eradicate malnutrition from the world. Farmers of India, our agricultural scientists, Anganwadi and Asha workers, are the strong fort of the movement against malnutrition,” he said.

The Prime Minister also dedicated to the nation 17 recently developed biofortified varieties of eight crops on World Food Day.

The event marks the highest priority accorded by the government to agriculture and nutrition and is a testament of the resolve to completely eliminate hunger, undernourishment and malnutrition.

It was being witnessed by Anganwadis, Krishi Vigyan Kendras, Organic and Horticulture Missions across the country.

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Covid-19 vaccine in India: PM Modi takes stock of development, distribution process – News in India by Post24x7

2020-10-15 18:25:00
Narendra Modi

NEW DELHI :
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday participated in a review meeting of the research and potential vaccine development against the novel coronavirus pandemic. PM Modi took stock of Ministry of Health’s “comprehensive” distribution and delivery mechanism for the vaccines, once successful for usage.

For future delivery of the Covid-19 vaccines, PM Modi reviewed various mechanisms for adequate procurement, and technologies for bulk-stockpiling, filling vials for distribution and ensuring effective delivery.

The meeting was attended by Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, NITI Aayog Member for Health Dr V.K. Paul, Principal Scientific Advisor, senior scientists, and other top officials.

The Prime Minister appreciated the efforts made by Indian vaccine developers and manufacturers to rise to the Covid-19 challenge, and committed to continue government facilitation and support for all such efforts.

PM Modi also stated that regulatory reform was a dynamic process, and experts in every current and emerging domain should be used by the regulator proactively, as many new approaches have emerged.

‘Sero-surveys and testing must be scaled up’

The Prime Minister directed that both sero-surveys and testing must be scaled up. He said that the facility to get tested regularly, speedily and inexpensively must be available to all at the earliest.

The Prime Minister also underscored the need for continuous and rigorous scientific testing and validation of traditional medicine treatments. He appreciated the efforts of Ministry of AYUSH for conducting evidence based research and providing reliable solution in this difficult time.

The Prime Minister reiterated the country’s resolve to provide cost effective, easily available and scalable solutions for testing, vaccine and medication, not only for India but for the entire world.

The Prime Minister called for continued vigilance and high state of preparedness against the pandemic.

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PM Modi declares his assets. All about where he has invested his personal wealth – News in India by Post24x7

2020-10-15 10:52:00
Narendra Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently voluntarily declared his assets and liabilities along with his cabinet colleagues. PM Modi’s wealth is worth nearly 2.85 crore as of June 30, 2020, up from 2.49 crore worth of assets declared by him in 2019. The increase in assets is largely due to increase in his bank balance and addition in the value of his bank fixed deposits.

PM Modi has zero-debt

The 70-year-old Prime Minister has zero debt. PM Modi had 31,450 in cash at June-end. PM’s savings account balance was 3.38 lakh on June 30 against 4,143 on March 31, 2019. His FD in State Bank of India’s Gandhinagar branch increased to 1,60,28,039 as of June 30, 2020 from 1,27,81,574 in the last fiscal year.

Investment in gold, real estate

PM has four gold rings weighing approximately 45 grams worth 1,51,875. PM has not invested in equities. PM has a plot and house in Gandhinagar worth 1.1 crore. He is a part owner of this along with his family. This immovable property is held by PM along with three other joint owners.

PM Modi has no cars

PM’s declaration of his wealth states that he doesn’t own a car.

PM Modi’s tax-saving tools

PM Modi’s favoured tax-saving tools are life insurance, National Savings Certificates (NSCs) and infrastructure bonds. PM saves taxes through the National Savings Certificates of 8,43,124 and paid a premium of 1,50,957 for his life insurance.

In FY19-20, the Prime Minister had 7,61,646 of National Savings Certificates and paid 1,90,347 as life insurance premiums.

The infrastructure bond he purchased in January 2012 for 20,000 has not yet reached maturity.

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PM Modi to release commemorative coin of ₹75 denomination to mark FAO’s 75th anniversary – News in India by Post24x7

2020-10-14 16:34:00
Narendra Modi

To mark the long-standing relation of India with Food and Agriculture Organisation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will release a commemorative coin of 75 denomination on the occasion of 75th Anniversary of FAO on 16 October.

Issuing a statement, the Prime Minister’s Office said that PM Modi will also dedicate to the nation 17 recently developed biofortified varieties of eight crops.

The occasion marks the highest priority accorded by the government to agriculture and nutrition, and is a testament of the resolve to completely eliminate hunger, undernourishment and malnutrition.

It will be witnessed by Anganwadis, Krishi Vigyan Kendras, Organic and Horticulture Missions across the country. Union Agriculture Minister, Finance Minister and Women and Child Development (WCD) Minister will also be present on the occasion.

“The journey of FAO in making the vulnerable classes and masses stronger, economically and nutritionally, has been unparalleled. India has had a historic association with FAO. Indian Civil Service Officer Dr Binay Ranjan Sen was the Director General of FAO during 1956-1967. The World Food Programme, which has won the Nobel Peace Prize 2020, was established during his time. India’s proposals for the International Year of Pulses in 2016 and the International Year of Millets 2023 have also been endorsed by FAO,” the PMO added.

With agency inputs

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Farm reforms will help turn farmers into entrepreneurs: PM Modi – News in India by Post24x7

2020-10-13 15:25:00
Narendra Modi

Modi was speaking after releasing the autobiography of former Union Minister Balasaheb Vikhe Patil and renaming the Pravara Rural Education Society in Ahmednagar district after the Padma Bhushan recipient, via video conferencing.

Terming the farm reforms as historic, the prime minister said, “Today opportunities are being created to take farming and farmers from the role of annadata (food provider) to entrepreneurship.”

Referring to high milk, sugar, and wheat production in Gujarat, Maharashtra, Haryana and Punjab, Modi said such models of local enterprise will take the country forward.

He said there was a time after Independence when the country did not have sufficient food stock.

“The governments priority then was to increase food production. So the entire focus was on increasing production. Farmers toiled hard to achieve the objective,” Modi said. “But the attention of the governments and policies, while being concerned about increasing productivity. did not go towards profitability of farmers,” he said.

“People forgot about income for farmers. But for the first time, this thinking has been changed,” he said and listed steps the Centre has taken for the welfare of farmers.

Modi listed measures taken by his government like implementing and increasing MSP, urea neem coating and better crop insurance for “doing away worries of farmers”.

He also spoke of direct transfer of one lakh crore in the bank accounts of farmers under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana.

“And there are no middlemen (involved). Not only this, there has been unprecedented work on setting up cold chains, mega food parks and agro processing infrastructure,” he said.

In Maharashtra, efforts were strengthened after 2014 (when the BJP came to power) to supply water for drinking and agriculture purposes, he said.

Under the Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayi Yojana, 26 long-pending irrigation schemes from Maharashtra were expedited and work on nine of them was completed, Modi said.

These schemes will help provide irrigation to five lakh hectare area, he said.

“In July 2018, work on 90 irrigation schemes was initiated. Around four lakh hectare land will be provided irrigation facility when these schemes are completed in two- three years,” he said.

Modi said microfinance has a special role in the economy and social order of villages, adding that under the Centres Mudra Yojana, self-employment possibilities have gone up.

Seven crore women of self-help groups have been given loans of over three lakh crore in the country, he said.

Noting that the COVID-19 threat still persists, Modi said people should not show dhilaai (laxity) towards COVID-19, observe social distancing norms and maintain personal hygiene till a vaccine is available.

Modi said the concern is more in Maharashtra, which has reported the highest number of COVID-19 cases in India.

“I request people of Maharashtra that there should be no lax attitude towards wearing face masks, washing hands regularly, maintaining cleanliness and observing physical distance norms.

“We have to always remember that there should be no laxity till there is a vaccine. We will definitely win this battle,” he added.

Modi eulogised Balasaheb Vikhe Patil for dedicating his life for the welfare of the poor, farmers and villagers and also lauded his work in education sector, adding his contribution in these areas and the cooperative movement will inspire generations.

The 713-page Marathi autobiography is titled Deh Vechava Karani.

Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil, son of late Balasaheb Vikhe Patil, said Modi had agreed to come to Loni in Ahmednagar district in April to launch the book, but the event could not happen due to coronavirus-induced lockdown.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray took part in the event via video conferencing. State BJP leaders Devendra Fadnavis and Chandrakant Patil also spoke at the event.

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Coronavirus danger still persists; we will win the battle against Covid-19: PM Modi – News in India by Post24x7

2020-10-13 12:27:00
Narendra Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today released the autobiography of Dr Balasaheb Vikhe Patil and renamed Pravara Rural Education Society as ‘Loknete Dr Balasaheb Vikhe Patil Pravara Rural Education Society’. His autobiography is titled ‘Deh Vechwa Karani’ which means ‘dedicating one’s life for a noble cause’, and is aptly named as he dedicated his entire life to the benefit of society through his path-breaking work in various fields, including agriculture and cooperatives.

Addressing the event via video conferencing, the Prime Minister said: “The autobiography of Dr Balasaheb Vikhe Patil may have been released today, but the stories of his life will be found in every region of Maharashtra. I have also seen how Balasaheb Vikhe Patil had dedicated his life to the development of Maharashtra. I am very grateful to Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil, his family and all my colleagues in Ahmednagar, who invited me to join this occasion.”

“Whether it is Dr. Balasaheb Vikhe Patil’s contribution towards development and education for villages and poor or his efforts towards the success of cooperatives in Maharashtra, his work will inspire generations to come,” he added.

PM Modi also said, “The danger of Coronavirus still persists. In Maharashtra, the situation is a little more worrying. I appeal to everyone, don’t be careless when it comes to wearing masks and social distancing. Remember – ‘Jab tak davai nahi, tab tak dheelai nahi'”

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, Ahmednagar MP Dr Sujay Vikhe Patil, Officials of Pravara Medical Trust, and Pravara Sugar Factory were also present during the event.

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‘Win-win situation for entrepreneurs post reforms’: PM Modi at Invest India conference – News in India by Post24x7

2020-10-08 19:42:00
Narendra Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday evening delivered the keynote address via video conferencing at the Invest India Conference in Canada. Today’s conference was organised with a special focus on further strengthening business ties between both India and Canada.

PM Modi spoke about aspects related to the economy at the Invest India Conference, which witnessed participation of representatives from banks and insurance firms, investment funds, companies in sectors like aviation, electronics and manufacturing, consultant firms, universities, etc.

Here are the highlights of PM Modi’s address:

  • India-Canada bilateral ties are driven by our shared democratic values and many common interests. The trade and investment linkages between us are integral to our multi-faceted relationship.
  • The reforms in labour laws greatly reduce the number of Labour codes. They are both employee and employer friendly and will further increase ease of doing business.
  • India has ensured reforms in the field of labour and agriculture. They ensure greater participation of the private sector while strengthening the government’s safety nets. These reforms will lead to a win-win situation for entrepreneurs as well as hard-working people.
  • India is playing the role of the pharmacy to the world. We have provided medicine to around 150 countries so far. During March-June of this year, our agricultural exports rose by 23%. This happened while the entire country was in a stringent lockdown.
  • India has adopted a unique approach posed by the Covid-19 pandemic. We have given relief & stimulus package for the poor and the small businesses. We have also used this opportunity to undertake structural reforms. These reforms ensure more productivity and prosperity.
  • In post-COVID world, you will often hear of various kinds of problems. The problems of manufacturing, problems of supply chains, problems of PPE, etc. However, India has not let those problems be. We showed resilience and emerged as a land of solutions.
  • The India story is strong today and stronger tomorrow. Today, Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) regime is very well liberalized. We have created a friendly tax regime for Sovereign Wealth & Pension Funds. We’ve undertaken significant reforms for developing a robust Bond market.
  • We are proactively monetizing assets across sectors- Airports, Railways, Highways, Power Transmission lines, etc. Real Estate Investment Trusts (REIT) & Infrastructure Investment Trusts (InvITs) have been fully enabled to for monetization of assets.
  • Today, India is undergoing a rapid change in mindsets as well as markets. Today, India has embarked on a journey of deregulation and decriminalisation of various offences under the companies act.
  • India has undertaken a trinity of reforms in the field of education, labour and agriculture, says PM Modi. Together, they impact almost every Indian.

This forum aims to give the Canadian business community a first-hand perspective of the opportunities to invest in India and showcase India as an investment destination, an official statement said.

Earlier, PM Modi took to Twitter to update about the timings and main focus of the event. “At around 6:30 PM today, would be delivering the keynote address at the Annual Invest India Conference. This is organised with a special focus on further strengthening business ties between India and Canada. Will speak on aspects relating to the economy,” PM Modi tweeted.

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