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On the 71st birthday of PM Shri Narendra Modi, ‘Garibo Ni Beli Sarkar’ programs held at more than 400 places in Gujarat

Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel launches state-level ‘Garibo-ni-Beli Sarkar’ function in Ahmedabad to mark Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s 71st birthday functions being held at 400 places in Gujarat

“Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid foundation of development with priority to education, health, food and job, housing, infrastructure for the last man in last mile”

“Opening 250 Pandit Deendayal Aushadhalays at slums in Municipal Corporation areas in the state”

“Over 5-lakh cooking gas connections for poor under Ujjwala 2.0”

– Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel

Ahmedabad, Friday: Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel today said that priority accorded to education, health, housing and infrastructure facilities for the last man in the last mile, poor and have-nots under Antyodaya Yojna are at the centre of the foundation of development laid by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Launching the state-level function under the theme ‘Garibo-ni Beli Sarkar’ for poor’s welfare schemes to mark Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s 71st birthday from here, Mr. Patel said that Mr. Modi’s definitive Garibo-ni Beli Sarkar’ has brought an end to the previous unplanned patchwork approach to development just to earn applause.

The event here marked the launch of 400 such functions being held at districts, talukas, villages and cities across the state for 5-lakh free cooking gas connections under Ujjwala 2.0, assistance to children rendered orphan under Bal Seva Yojna, Pandit Deendayal Aushadhalays and widespread cleanliness programme in slums. The Garibo-ni-Beli Sarkar as a saviour of the poor also includes toilet in every home.

He said free cooking gas connections were provided to 29-lakh families under Ujjwala 1.0 in the state, free food worth Rs. 3,338-crore was distributed to 3.50-crore people under Antyodaya Yojna in the state under Prime Minister Modi’s leadership at the Centre as part of the government’s commitment to ensure not a single person should go to bed hungry.

The Chief Minister said that it was only after Mr. Modi became the Prime Minister after 70 years of Independence that attention was paid to cleanliness in the villages, besides free ration to 3.50-crore people under Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojna.

He said it was first time after 70 years of Independence that Swachh Bharat Mission (Rural) was launched by any Prime Minister, constructing 37 lakh toilets in Gujarat, the state becoming the first Open Defecation Free (ODF) state in 2017.

Listing the expansion of healthcare facilities in the state, he said 250 Pandit Deendayal Aushadhalays are being started today where poor lived for free distribution of medicine and consultancy to poor and workers.

The Chief Minister said that 176 destitute children who lost both the parents during Coronavirus and another 8,500 children who lost either of the parents, totalling 8,676, are being provided monthly financial assistance, the sum directly deposited in their bank account. He said that sarpanchs of 7,100 villages being felicitated on 71st birthday of Prime Minister for achieving 100 per cent vaccination.

As a token, the Chief Minister distributed five kits to beneficiaries of Ujjwala Yojna, felicitated sarpanchs of five villages for achieving 100 per cent vaccination and paid online five destitute children under Bal Seva Yojna.

Those present at the function included Ahmedabad Mayor Kiritbhai Parmar, MLAs Pradeepsinh Jadeja, Rakesh Shah, Kishore Chauhan, Standing Committee Chairman Hitesh Barot, former mayor Amitbhai Shah, Chief Secretary Pankaj Kumar, Additional Chief Secretary for GAD A.K. Rakesh, Additional Chief Secretary for Social Justice & Empowerment Sunayna Tomar, Additional Chief Secretary for Health Manoj Agrawal, Rural Development Commissioner Sonal Mishra, Ahmedabad Municipal Commissioner Mukesh Kumar, District Collector Sandeep Sangle and others.

Source: Information Department, Gujarat