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Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani’s message to the people on eve of 71st Independence Day

“Time to realize mantra of ‘sauna saath; sauna vikas’ and work together for good governance”

“India is on a growth path due to the policy of development”

“Gujarat Government took over 475 decisions in 365 days, made stricter laws for prohibition, cow slaughter – Shri Vijay Rupani     

Chief Minister Vijay Rupani on the eve 71st Independence Day here today exhorted six-crore Gujaratis to realize the mantra of ‘sauna saath; sauna vikas’ and work together for good governance.

In his message to the people, he said that this is the day to pay our obeisance to Mahatma Gandhi, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Shyamaji Krishna Varma and countless freedom fighters, revolutionaries and martyrs who freed us from the shackles of slavery. Gujarat has always been in the forefront of freedom struggle for the last 90 years.

He said that we have attained Independence, we have lived in a free environment for seven decades, but our dream of good governance was not realized the first 60 years. The nation has now come out of gloom and set the path for good governance. There is no cure for the problems but development.

Mr. Rupani said that his decisive government has taken more than 475 decisions in the welfare of the people during the last 365 days, provided jobs to 80,000 youth, including government jobs, took stern measures to implement prohibition and control hookah bars to free youth from addictions, made cow slaughter laws more stringent.

While 65 per cent of population comprises under-35, the state government has taken up many steps to create job opportunities, avenues for self-employment. The ‘job-seekers’ have been made ‘job-givers’, ensuring electricity connection to all farmers by 2017-end, completing the 38 Narmada branch canal network, taking Narmada waters to highlands of Saurashtra and Kutch through SAUNI Project, filling up 115 dams on seasonal rivers, buying groundnut and tuar dal at minimum support prices, solving personal problems of 68-lakh people at their doorsteps, extending Rs.3,800-cr assistance to 15-lakh poor through 105 Garib Kalyan Melas, building 3.82-lakh houses for the poor, helping 42-lakh people through ‘Ma Amritam’ and ‘Ma Vatsalya’ Yojnas, selling generic drugs through 500 Deen Dayal Janaushushadhi Stores at  reasonable prices, providing free treatment to patients of serious diseases free-of-cost .

One of the biggest achievements of the previous year has been the Centre’s permission to ‘close the sluice gates’ at the SSP dam on the Narmada, opening ‘floodgates of development’.

He said that one of the Gujarat’s proudest moment is to give to the nation a popular and able Prime Minister Narendra Modi, to lead the country on the path of ‘suana saath; sauna vikas’. Mr. Modi has created a semblance of ‘India is changing’, empowering women or have-nots, poor or farmers. He gave the mantras of Startup India, PM’s Crop Insurance, Ujjwala, Dhan Jan like Schemes.

Mr. Modi as the former Chief Minister of Gujarat had taken the state to greater heights, setting up global benchmarks for entire country to emulate – from Kashmir to Kanyakumari, from Ambaji to Asansol – ensuring India is working as One Nation.

He said that politics has undergone sea-change. The transparent and compassionate government is working for a corruption-free society, developing a bond between the administration and the people. People want quick results.

He said that ‘Vibrant Gujarat Summits’ has become our identity and organizing it every two-years and through ‘Making In India’ programme of Mr. Modi has made the Indian industries a self-reliance. Gujarat Government has announced as many as 17 policies with an objective to attract maximum investments to provide good impetus to the MSME industrialists and investors. These policies have made Gujarat a policy driven state.

Peace, safety and security are bases for the development. Thus, the government has decided to implement the prohibition policy very strictly in Gujarat. To curb the menace of drugs among the youths, the government has closed down the hookah bars in the state.

The Chief Minister said that the attempts are being made for stringent implementation of cow-slaughtering. The cow-slaughters can be awarded punishment of imprisonment to life-imprisonment. Similarly to provide good educations to the poor and middle-class students, the government is taking steps towards strengthening the laws for regularization of fee.

Even in time of natural calamities like recent, devastated flash flood in Banaskantha and Patan districts, the entire Gujarat government firmly stood behind the flood affected people by functioning from there for five days, including camping of Chief Minister himself. He also announced a relief package of Rs. 1,500-Cr for the flood victims.

The Chief Minister also called on people to become growth engine in development yatra of Gujarat.

Source: Information Department, Gujarat