MoS Shri B.L Verma Addresses ‘Conclave on Investment Potential and Future Energy Needs of North East’ in Shillong

Minister of State for the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) Shri B.L Verma today, while addressing the ‘Conclave on Investment Potential and Future Energy Needs of North East’ in Shillong, Meghalaya highlighted the central government’s efforts in realizing the potential of the North Eastern Region (NER)..

The Minister attended the conclave that was held as part of the week-long North East Festival under the banner of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav at North Eastern Council (NEC), Shillong. Reiterating Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s commitment for the development of NER, he said, “North East, which was termed as India’s Gateway of Freedom by Netaji, is now becoming the Gateway to fulfill the dreams of New India. We are working towards realizing the potential of this region.”

The Minister stressed on the central government’s commitment to accelerate socio-economic development in NER and apprised of the Gross Budget Support (GBS) allocated to the region. “All the Ministries/Departments are required to spend 10 per cent of the Gross Budget Support (GBS) from their allocation for the benefit of the North Eastern Region. This effort reflects the government’s special focus on developing the NER,” he said. He added that with the 10 per cent GBS allocation, the annual budget (revised estimate) for the NE States has increased manifolds since 2014-15.

Shri B.L Verma impressed upon the various infrastructural initiatives taken to aid progress in NE since 2014 and said, “In order to address the issue of connectivity in this region, the government initiated a slew of infrastructural projects related to air, railways, roads, waterways, energy, telecommunications, etc. Today, rail connectivity has reached Arunachal Pradesh and Tripura, which was earlier, limited to Guwahati and five more projects are in line.” The Minister also apprised on the fact that the length of the National Highways has increased from 10, 905 km in 2014-15 to 13,710 km presently.

Speaking on the development on the air connectivity front, the Minister added the recently inaugurated airport at Holongi in Arunachal Pradesh will be completed by August, 2022. It will add to the existing fifteen big and small airports in the Northeast.

The Minister added that with the aid of Universal Service Obligation Fund under the Department of Telecommunications around 5600 villages are being connected through a network of 4404 towers with an expense of Rs 3715 Crore. Additionally, with the aim to improve the state of power sector in this region the Government has spend an amount of Rs 10,003 crore since 2014-15, he added. The Minister took mention of the major ongoing projects viz, the 2000 MW Subansiri Lower Hydroelectric Project in Arunachal Pradesh- Assam with an estimated cost of Rs 19,992 crore and the North Eastern Region Power System Improvement Project (NERPSIP) at an estimated cost of Rs. 6,700 crore in the six beneficiary states namely, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, and Tripura.

The Minister also mentioned about the new scheme, Prime Minister’s Development Initiative for North-East, PM-DevINE was announced by the Union Minister for Finance & Corporate Affairs, while presenting the Union Budget 2022-23. An initial allocation of Rs. 1,500 crore will be made for the new scheme. It will fund infrastructure, in the spirit of PM GatiShakti, and social development projects based on felt needs of the North-East. This will enable livelihood activities for youth and women, filling the gaps in various sectors, the Minister explained.

During his address at the ‘Conclave on Investment Potential and Future Energy Needs of North East’, Shri Verma also stated that the NER has the potential of generating more than 128,000 megawatt of renewable energy.

Shri B.L Verma expressed his hope that the infrastructural projects that are underway in the region would help attract private investors to boost Public-Private Partnerships (PPP). 

The ‘Conclave on Investment Potential and Future Energy Needs of North East’ is part of MDoNER’s week-long North East Festival to commemorate Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav. The aim is to leverage discussions on various aspects fundamental to the development of the North East region.

The conclave was attended by Smti R. V. Suchiang, Chief Secretary, Meghalaya, Shri K. M. Chalai, Secretary, NEC, Shri K. V. Pratap, Senior Economic Adviser, Ministry of DoNER among others.

The highlight of the conclave included presentations by individual ministries on their projects and their thinking for the future. The individual ministries being Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH), Power, Civil Aviation, Telecom, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) and Railways.

The Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav – North East Festival will be celebrated from 28th April 2022 till 4th May 2022. Each of the seven days will be based on separate themes. The culmination of the week will be celebrated at a Valedictory event to be held in Guwahati, Assam on 4th May. The programme will be graced by the presence of President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind.



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PM addresses 14th Foundation Day celebration of Umiya Mata Temple at Gathila, Junagadh on the occasion of Ram Navami

On the occasion of Ram Navami, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi addressed the 14th Foundation Day celebration at Umiya Mata Temple at Gathila, Junagadh in Gujarat today via video conferencing. Chief Minister of Gujarat, Shri Bhupendrabhai Patel and Union Minister Shri ParshottamRupala were among those present on the occasion.

The Prime Minister greeted the gathering on the auspicious occasion of the foundation day of the temple and Ram Navami. The Prime Minister wished on the auspicious occasion of Chaitra Navratri that Maa Siddhidatrifulfil all the wishes of the devotees. He also bowed to the holy land of Girnar. The Prime Minister told the gathering that he has always felt their collective strength and concern for the betterment of the state and the country. He also said that Ram Navami is being celebrated at a grand scale in Ayodhya and in the entire country. He also expressed gratitude for getting an opportunity of dedicating the temple in 2008 and to pay obeisance to Maa Umiya for last many years.

The Prime Minister expressed happiness that apart from being important place of spiritual and divine importance, Umiya Mata Temple at Gathila has become a place of social consciousness and tourism. By the grace of Maa Umiya, said the Prime Minister, society and devotees have undertaken many great tasks.

The Prime Minister noted that as a devotee of Maa Umiya, it is not possible for people to cause any damage to the mother earth. As we do not feed unnecessary medicines to our mother, we should not use unnecessary chemicals on our land too, he said. He talked about measures to preserve land area like water preservation schemes like per drop more crop. He recalled the Jan Andolan undertaken during his tenure as Chief Minister of the state. He said we cannot afford to  relax on the movement of water preservation. He also said that mother earth needs to be protected from chemicals. He reiterated the need to promote natural farming. He said as he and Keshubhai worked for water, current Chief Minister is working for mother earth.

The Prime Minister also expressed happiness that by the grace of the Maa Umiya and other deities and by the efforts of the government, gender ratio improved and BetiBachao movement showed good result. He noted that a large number of girls from Gujarat are representing the country in Olympics. He also emphasized the need to be active against malnutrition among children and girls. He emphasized the need to take special care of nutrition of the expecting mothers. Pain of malnutrition needs to be completely eradicated, he stressed.  Shri Modi asked for healthy baby competition in the villages by the temple trust. He also requested for coaching classes for poor students, spaces and halls of the temple can also be used for yoga camps and classes, he said.

The Prime Minister also reiterated the importance of the Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav and Amrit Kaal. He asked the gathering to raise the awareness and resolve about the shape of the society, village and the country in their hearts. He also stressed his vision of 75 Amrit Sarovars in every district. He said that for the people of Gujarat who had made thousands of check dams, this should not be too big a task but the impact of this effort will be huge. He asked this task to be completed before 15 August, 2023. He asked for social movement for this. He said that social consciousness should be the moving force.

Talking about the occasion of Ram Navami, the Prime Minister said that when we think of Ramchandra ji, we remember  Shabri, Kewat and Nishadraj too. They have gained a place of respect in the heart of people over the years. This, the Prime Minister said, teaches us not to let anyone be left behind.

Referring to the efforts during the pandemic, The Prime Minister said that the virus is very deceptive and we have to remain vigilant against this. He said that India has performed an amazing feat of administering 185 crore doses of vaccines. He credited social awareness for this and other movements like Swachhta and  Single Use Plastic reduction. He said that along with spiritual dimension centres of faith play a major role in spreading social consciousness.

Inauguration of the temple was also done by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi  in 2008,  when he was the Chief Minister of Gujarat. Based on suggestions given by the Prime Minister in 2008, temple trust has expanded its scope into various social and health related activities as well such as free cataract operations and free ayurvedic medicines for economically weaker patients etc.

Umiya Maa is considered as the Clan-deity or Kuldevi of the KadavaPatidars.

Jai Umiya Mata! Addressing the 14th Foundation Day celebration at Umiya Mata Temple in Junagadh, Gujarat.

— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 10, 2022



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PM addresses Gujarat Panchayat Mahasammelan in Ahmedabad

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi addressed Gujarat Panchayat Mahasammelan in Ahmedabad today. The event was attended by panchayati raj representatives from all over the State.

The Prime Minister noted that Gujarat is land of Bapu and Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. He said “Bapu always talked about rural development, self-reliant villages. Today, as we are marking Amrit Mahotsav, we must fulfil Bapu’s dream of ‘Grameen Vikas’”

The Prime Minister appreciated the role of Gujarat’s panchayat and villages for a disciplined and good management of the pandemic. He also noted that in Gujarat, number of women panchayat representative is more than the male representatives.  He said that nothing symbolizes the strength of Indian democracy more than fact of more than one and half lakh panchayat representatives deliberating together.

The Prime Minister gave guidance to the panchayat members on  how to ensure there village development with small but  very basic initiatives. He advised to celebrate the birthday or the foundation day of their school. By way of it,  he advised to clean campus and  classes of the school and  to take up good activities for the school. Saying that country is  celebrating Azadi Ka Amrut Mahotsav till  August ’23, he  suggested to take out 75 Prabhatferi (morning processions)  in the village during this period.

Moving forward, he advised to hold 75 programs during this period in which entire village populace should get together and think about the holistic development of the village. Adding one more suggestion he said that the villages should  create a small forest planting 75 trees in commemoration of 75 years of Indian independence. There should be at least 75 farmers in each village who adopt natural way of farming. He said that the mother earth should get rid of the poison of fertilizers and chemicals. The Prime Minister added that 75 farm ponds should be made to conserve the rain water so that underground water level rises and it helps in summer days.

He also advised to ensure that not a single cattle is left unvaccinated to save them from the foot & mouth disease. The Prime Minister appealed them to adopt LED bulbs for saving electricity in Panchayat house and in streets as well. He also said that retired Government employees should be mobilized in the village and  the village birthday should be celebrated in which people gather and discuss about the welfare of the people. He advised to the panchayat members that one member should visit the local school at least once in a day for 15 minutes at least so that the village school will be under strict vigil and maintain good standards of education and cleanliness.  He appealed to the panchayat members to awaken the people to take maximum benefit of Common Service Centres (CSCs) which are actually the highways to government. This will help to  people in  avoiding visit to the big cities for railway booking etc. Finally the Prime Minister advised the panchayat members to ensure that there is no drop out in school and no child should be left un- admitted either in school or in Anganvadi as per their eligibility. The Prime Minister sought promises from the attendee panchayat members who gave affirmations with huge applause.

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— PMO India (@PMOIndia) March 11, 2022

This is the land of Bapu and Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.

Bapu always talked about rural development, self-reliant villages.

Today, as we are marking Amrit Mahotsav, we must fulfil Bapu’s dream of ‘Grameen Vikas’: PM @narendramodi

— PMO India (@PMOIndia) March 11, 2022



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PM addresses 30th National Commission for Women Foundation Day programme

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi addressed 30th National Commission for Women Foundation Day programme today via video conference. The theme of the programme ‘She The Change Maker’ is aimed at celebrating the achievements of women in different fields. The State Commissions for Women, Department of Women and Child Development in State Governments, University and College teaching faculty and students, voluntary organisations, women entrepreneurs and business associations were present. The Union Minister for Women and Child Development Smt Smriti Zubin Irani; Ministers of State Dr. Munjpara Mahendrabhai Kalubhai and Smt Darshana Jardosh; Chairperson, National Commission for Women Ms. Rekha Sharma were among those present on the occasion.

Addressing the gathering, the Prime Minister greeted on the 30th Foundation Day of the National Commission for Women. “The milestone of 30 years, whether in the life of an individual or of an organization, is very important. This is the time for new responsibilities and for moving forward with new energy”, he said.

The Prime Minister remarked that today, in changing India, the role of women is continuously expanding. Therefore, he said, the expansion of the role of the National Commission for Women is also the need of the hour. All the women’s commissions of the country will also have to increase their scope and give a new direction to the women of their states.

The Prime Minister noted that for centuries, India’s strength has been the small local industries or the MSMEs. In these industries, women have the same role as men. The Prime Minister said that the old thinking had restricted women and their skills to domestic work. It is necessary to change this old thinking in order to advance the economy of the country. Make in India is doing this today. AatmaNirbhar Bharat campaign is linking the ability of women with the development of the country, he said.This change is visible as about 70 per cent beneficiaries of Mudra Yojna are women. The country has seen a three-fold increase in the number of women self-help groups in the last 6-7 years. Similarly, in more than 60 thousand startups that have emerged after 2016, 45 percent have at least one woman director.

The Prime Minister said the participation of women in the growth cycle of new India is increasing relentlessly. Women’s Commissions should work to promote and give maximum recognition to this role of women in the entrepreneurship of the society. The Prime Minister informed that since 2015 185 women have been honoured with Padma Awards. This year too, 34 women figured among the awardees in different categories. This is a record as this many awards to women are unprecedented, said the Prime Minister.

The Prime Minister said in the last 7 years, the policies of the country have become more sensitive towards women. Today India is among the countries with provision of maximum maternity leave. Marriage at an early age does not hinder the education and career of daughters so the age of marriage of daughters is being attempted to be raised to 21 years.

The Prime Minister also talked about the historical distance of rural women from empowerment. He listed the steps such as 9 crore gas connections and toilets. Pucca houses of PM Awaas Yojna in the name of women of the house, support during pregnancy, Jan Dhan accounts, that make these women the face of changing India and women empowerment.

The Prime Minister said when women make a resolution, they only set the direction of that. That is why whenever a government does not prioritise women safety, women have ensured their departure from power.  Shri Modi stressed that the government is working with a policy of zero tolerance for crime against women. There are strict laws in this regard including capital punishment for heinous cases of rape. There are fast track courts and steps like  more women help desks in police stations, 24 hour helplines, portal to deal with cyber crimes are being taken.  ,

राष्ट्रीय महिला आयोग की स्थापना के 30 वर्ष होने पर बहुत-बहुत बधाई।

30 वर्ष का पड़ाव, चाहे व्यक्ति के जीवन का हो या फिर किसी संस्था का, बहुत अहम होता है।

ये समय नई जिम्मेदारियों का होता है, नई ऊर्जा के साथ आगे बढ़ने का होता है: PM @narendramodi

— PMO India (@PMOIndia) January 31, 2022

आज बदलते हुए भारत में महिलाओं की भूमिका का निरंतर विस्तार हो रहा है।

इसलिए राष्ट्रीय महिला आयोग की भूमिका का विस्तार भी आज समय की मांग है।

ऐसे में, आज देश के सभी महिला आयोगों को अपना दायरा भी बढ़ाना होगा और अपने राज्य की महिलाओं को नई दिशा भी देनी होगी: PM @narendramodi

— PMO India (@PMOIndia) January 31, 2022

सदियों से भारत की ताकत हमारे छोटे स्थानीय उद्योग रहे हैं, जिन्हें आज हम MSMEs कहते हैं।

इन उद्योगों में जितनी भूमिका पुरुषों की होती है, उतनी ही महिलाओं की होती है: PM @narendramodi

— PMO India (@PMOIndia) January 31, 2022

पुरानी सोच वालों ने महिलाओं के स्किल्स को घरेलू कामकाज का ही विषय मान लिया था।

देश की अर्थव्यवस्था को आगे बढ़ाने के लिए इस पुरानी सोच को बदलना जरूरी है।

मेक इन इंडिया आज यही काम कर रहा है।

आत्मनिर्भर भारत अभियान महिलाओं की इसी क्षमता को देश के विकास के साथ जोड़ रहा है: PM

— PMO India (@PMOIndia) January 31, 2022

न्यू इंडिया के ग्रोथ साइकल में महिलाओं की भागीदारी लगातार बढ़ रही है।

महिला आयोगों को चाहिए कि समाज की entrepreneurship में महिलाओं की इस भूमिका को ज्यादा से ज्यादा पहचान मिले, उसे promote किया जाए: PM @narendramodi

— PMO India (@PMOIndia) January 31, 2022

पिछले 7 सालों में देश की नीतियाँ महिलाओं को लेकर और अधिक संवेदनशील हुई हैं।

आज भारत उन देशों में है जो अपने यहां सबसे अधिक मातृत्व अवकाश देता है।

कम उम्र में शादी बेटियों की पढ़ाई और करियर में बाधा न बने, इसके लिए बेटियों की शादी की उम्र को 21 साल करने का प्रयास है: PM

— PMO India (@PMOIndia) January 31, 2022



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Joe Malvasio of GCP Fund Addresses Real Estate Volatility – Grants Quick Private Loans

 President of GCP Fund and asset-based lender Joe Malvasio has reiterated his commitment to countering the uncertainty of the real estate market by granting rapid loans to investors, builders, real estate auctioneers, and any other client considering commercial real estate financing.

The real estate industry has been going through a volatile phase due to the ongoing pandemic. Although the downtick in demand brought it to an all-time low back in late 2020, things are starting to look up as businesses continue to reopen across the United States.

Talking about this increase in demand, a loan officer from GCP Fund said, “Same time last year, we had investors pulling out of deals due to cash flow problems. The pandemic was so bad people had stopped paying their mortgages and rents—it was chaos. Right now, it’s quite the opposite. Business is resuming, and people are starting to look for homes again. The demand is sky-high right now, and it’s driving up the real estate prices by the week. It’s a good thing Joe’s here to help investors keep pace with this rapid rise.”

After spending more than four decades in the financing industry, Malvasio has seen his fair share of market volatility. “Last year was more of a slump than a recession,” said Malvasio. “It was pretty bad, but it didn’t come anywhere close to last decade’s recession. I wouldn’t wish that time upon anyone, but I’m glad it happened because it taught me the importance of time, among other things. It’s partly why I’m for quick loan approvals, and I’m glad it’s paying off in the current environment.”

As president of GCP Fund, Malvasio has streamlined commercial real estate solutions for numerous clients. His company currently provides commercial and acquisition financing through simple loan applications and rapid approvals.

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