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Ayushman Bharat PM-JAY Benefits 50 Lakh Citizens in One Year: PM Modi

Ayushman Bharat PM-JAY Benefits 50 Lakh Citizens in One Year: PM Modi

On Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi shared on his social media handle Twitter, highlighting the progress that the flagship program of the government ‘Ayushman Bharat PM-JAY’ (Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana) has made within a year. Calling it an “important milestone” in the journey of building a healthy India, he said that more than 50 lakh citizens of the country have benefited through free treatment under this scheme.

Also, he added that this scheme is not only helping treat people but also empowering many. PM Modi tweeted-

“An important milestone in the journey of creating a healthy India!

It would make every Indian proud that in a year, over 50 lakh citizens have benefited from free of cost treatment thanks to Ayushman Bharat. Apart from curing, this scheme is empowering several Indians.”

As per the National Health Authority (NHA), there were nine hospital admissions every minute all over the nation in the first-year implementation of the flagship scheme of Indian govt. The 50 lakh treatments of both secondary and tertiary levels were worth Rs 7,901 crores and were conducted in 32 states and union territories of India.

The NHA reported in a statement that more than 60% of the total cost was spent on tertiary care. Orthopedics, Radiation Oncology, Cardiology, Cardiothoracic & Vascular Surgery, and Urology are the top tertiary specialties. Furthermore, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, and Andhra Pradesh are the top-performing states.

Regarding the success of the scheme and achieving the milestone, Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare, said-

“The Ayushman Bharat family is growing by leaps and bounds. In just over one year, under PM-JAY more than 50 lakh treatments have been availed by beneficiaries across the country. But, this is just the beginning for this path-breaking scheme.”

And, CEO of NHA, Dr. Indu Bhushan, stated-

“50 lakh hospital treatments is a significant milestone for PM-JAY, but there is a long journey ahead. The scheme will continue to focus on reducing catastrophic out-of-pocket health expenditure, improving access to quality health care and meeting the unmet need of the population for hospitalization care, so that we move towards the vision of Universal Health Coverage. Empowering the poorest people in the country with the assurance of Ayushman Bharat PM-JAY is a major area of focus for us.”

Until now, 18,486 hospitals have been impaneled under the scheme throughout the country. In the 1st year, 53% are private hospitals, particularly multi-specialty hospitals. To date, over 50,000 portability cases have been registered, in which migrant and traveling eligible Indians took their treatment outside their respective home state.

The flagship program Ayushman Bharat PM-JAY is the world’s largest fully Government-funded health assurance scheme that was launched on 23 September 2018 by PM Modi. It is a partnership of public and private sector health systems.

The scheme strives to offer quality healthcare to 50-crore poor and lower-middle-income families through a health insurance plan with an annual cover of Rs. 5 lakh per family. Also, it offers cashless and paperless service access to the health beneficiary at the point of service.

PM Addresses a Rally in Sakoli & Jalgaon Ahead of Maharashtra Polls

PM Addresses a Rally in Sakoli & Jalgaon Ahead of Maharashtra Polls

Ahead of the Maharashtra polls, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday began campaigning for the state polls. Within four days, he would be addressing nine rallies in the state for the BJP’s second consecutive term. Yesterday, he addressed two big rallies in Jalgaon district and Sakoli town of Maharashtra.

During a public meeting PM Modi addressed in Jalgaon, he began in Marathi and thanked the people of Maharashtra for their support during General Elections 2019. He said that the countries across the globe shown support for India. He said,

“The New India has an unprecedented place in the world today, and the reason behind this is 130 crore people of the country.”

He added-

“New India is not just securing its present but it is also progressing towards its future.”

The PM reiterated the BJP-led NDA govt’s decision of scrapping Article 370 and 35A in J&K, saying-

“On August 5, we did something that people thought was impossible. We removed Article 370 so that the people of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh could progress along with the rest of the country.”

He further said that J&K and Ladakh are not only a piece of land for us but are also India’s crown. PM Modi responded to the opposition’s complaints regarding this government’s judgment, asking them to alter it “if they dare.” The PM questioned-

“Do you think anyone has the courage to bring it back? Will their political career survive if they dare to?”

He further added-

“From the land of Chhatrapati Shivaji, I challenge the opposition to make their stand clear and announce if they support the decision taken by the government to remove Article 35 A and Article 370.”

PM Modi hailed the people of India and stated,

“It is your trust that is continuously inspiring us and giving us the strength to take strong & big decisions. It is because of your trust that we are able to take strong steps, steps that people were hesitant and scared to take earlier.”

Then, PM Modi highlighted the benefits that the PM Kisan Samman Nidhi scheme has offered to farmers-

“During the Lok Sabha elections, we promised you that soon after the formation of the government, the benefits of PM Kisan Samman Nidhi will be extended to every farmer. Today, in Maharashtra the financial aid is being transferred directly to their bank accounts.”

Moreover, the PM mentioned the benefits of Pradhan Mantri Mandhan Yojana and Pradhan Mantri Vyapari Mandhan Yojana.

Also, PM Modi pledged to connect each house with water in the whole nation, including Maharashtra. He said-

“Three and a half lakh crore rupees will be spent on the Jal Jeevan Mission to fulfill this resolution.”

During the election rally in Sakoli, PM Modi said-

“Today, every policy, every strategy, is for the welfare of the nation from public welfare, nation-building through public campaign. Whether the poor’s home and toilets are built, every household has an electricity connection, the poor get free treatment. Poor and common people are at the center of all these schemes.”

PM Modi said that Devendra Fadnavis-led government is seeking five more years to serve the state.

Watch his address in Sakoli here:

The BJP would be contesting for polls for 150 seats, its ally Shiv Sena for 124 constituencies, and alliance partners of BJP for 14 seats on the party’s lotus symbol. For the 288-member Assembly, the single-phase voting would take place on October 21. The counting of votes would be held on October 24.

PM Modi Holds Informal Summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping

PM Modi Holds Informal Summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping

On Friday evening and Saturday morning, Prime Minister Narendra Modi held the second Informal Summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping after the one in Wuhan in 2018. Both the leaders held “open and cordial” one-on-one talks for two and a half hours on Friday and concluded it today morning in Mahabalipuram (or Mamallapuram). Soon, they would be holding delegation-level talks along with top officials at the Tango hall.

During the informal Indo-China summit, the issues related to enhancing trade and cooperation along the border and furthering counter-terror cooperation were likely on the agenda as per sources. Both the sides ould issue separate statements on the outcomes of the two-day informal summit between the leaders.

Earlier on Friday, both the leaders first arrived at Chennai airport in Tamil Nadu and then headed to Mahabalipuram. For the bilateral meeting, PM Modi chose to wear the traditional Tamil attire of a half-sleeved white shirt, an ‘angavastram’ (upper cloth), and white ‘veshti’ (dhoti). On the sidelines, the two leaders visited several tourist spots in the coastal town of Mamallapuram.

PM Modi said that he was delighted to spend time with Prez Xi at Mamallapuram, a UNESCO heritage site. He tweeted-

“Mamallapuram is one of the most beautiful places in India, full of vibrancy. It is linked to commerce, spirituality and is now a popular tourism centre.

I am delighted that President Xi Jinping and I are spending time in this scenic place, which is also a @UNESCO heritage site.”

Also, PM Modi and Prez Xi visited the Arjuna’s Penance and shared pictures on his Twitter handle-

“Arjuna’s Penance is one of the grandest places to see in Mamallapuram. It brings to life aspects of the Mahabharata.

Arjuna’s Penance also showcases the best of Pallava Art, especially the depiction of nature and animals.”

Then, sharing pictures of their visit to the Pancha Rathas, the PM tweeted-

“President Xi Jinping and I saw the marvellous Pancha Rathas.

The five Rathas are examples of monolith rock-cut architecture. The Rathas in this monument include the Dharmaraja Ratha, Bhima Ratha, Arjuna Ratha, Nakula Sahadeva Ratha and Draupadi Ratha.”

Later, both the leaders went to the Shore temple with PM Modi sharing its pictures.

“Overlooking the Bay of Bengal is the majestic Shore Temple.

One of the most iconic landmarks, the Shore Temple exemplifies the greatness and grandness of Indian culture.

Here are some pictures…”

Today morning, PM Modi took a walk along the coast of Mamallapuram. He tweeted-

“Refreshing walk and exercises in Mamallapuram, along the scenic coast.”

Also, at the beach, he engaged in the plogging activity for about half an hour. He wrote in a tweet-

“Plogging at a beach in Mamallapuram this morning. It lasted for over 30 minutes.

Also handed over my ‘collection’ to Jeyaraj, who is a part of the hotel staff.

Let us ensure our public places are clean and tidy!

Let us also ensure we remain fit and healthy.”

PM in Chennai, Will Attend Informal Summit with Chinese Prez Xi Jinping

PM in Chennai, Will Attend Informal Summit with Chinese Prez Xi Jinping

A few hours ago, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday arrived in Chennai for a two-day Informal Summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping in the coastal town of Mahabalipuram (or Mamallapuram), which is nearly 50 km away from the city. Soon after, PM Modi headed to Mamallapuram by road and has reached a hotel, where he would be staying for two days.

PM Modi came by a special flight from Delhi and Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit, Chief Minister K Palaniswami, and other officials of the state govt came to receive him at the airport. He was honored with flowers and Madrasi silk stoles upon his arrival.

After landing in Chennai, PM Modi shared images of his grand welcome and tweeted-

“Landed in Chennai.

I am happy to be in the great land of Tamil Nadu, known for its wonderful culture and hospitality.

It is gladdening that Tamil Nadu will host President Xi Jinping. May this Informal Summit further strengthen ties between India and China.”

The PM also tweeted in Chinese and Tamil. He wished that this Informal India-China Summit would help in strengthening bilateral ties. This is the second informal summit between the two high-profile leaders. Wuhan, the Chinese city, hosted the first informal summit last year.

Later, when Prez Xi arrived at the Indian airport, PM Modi welcomed him to India and tweeted-

“Welcome to India, President Xi Jinping!”

The state and the central government agencies have made efforts to decorate the coastal town of Mahabalipuram, which has had a strong historical connection with China’s Fujian province. Both world leaders will hold a meeting at the 7th-century Shore Temple complex and are likely to speak about several issues, including the new and updated Confidence-Building Measures (CBMs) along the border and trade.

According to the sources, PM Modi is expected to discuss the recent developments in J&K only if Prez Xi raises the topic. He may communicate the reasons and nuances behind Delhi’s decision, asserting that Beijing needs to be “sensitive” towards the core concerns of India.

Also, PM Modi and Prez Xi may discuss the terrorism issue. It is vital as the Financial Action Task Force, under China’s presidency, is scheduled to meet during October 13-18 and discuss the issue of Pakistan’s blacklisting. Further, the sources said that India would expect China to regard the case “objectively.”

PM Modi Attends IAF At-Home Program & Meets IPS-2018 Batch Officers

PM Modi Attends IAF At-Home Program & Meets IPS-2018 Batch Officers

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday interacted with the 126 IPS probationary officers of the 2018 batch. Also, he attended the Indian Air Force at-home program and attended an exhibition on self-reliance.

While addressing the young police officers, PM Modi encouraged them to work tirelessly and dedicatedly towards the betterment of the country. He asked the officers to bring service orientation and dedication in their daily work.

Also, he emphasized the significance of the police force to stay connected with common citizens. He added that every officer should have an understanding of the citizens’ outlook towards the police force and the work needed to make the police force citizen-friendly.

PM Modi said that the police’s role should be to focus on preventing any crime. He stressed how crucial is technology in building a modern police force. He also mentioned the role that the police play in the transformation of aspirational districts and society. Also, he commended the great number of women probationers in the 2018 batch, saying that a higher number of women in the police force would lead to a tremendous positive impact on policing and nation-building.

The PM wished police officers the best for the future and asked them to practice self-belief. Besides, he said that they should have self-confidence and innate strength besides official training, which would equip the officers in tackling daily challenges.

After the interaction with the young police officers, PM Modi shared some pictures and tweeted-

“Interacted with young police officers from the 2018 Batch of the IPS. We discussed a wide range of subjects relating to further enhancing the working of our police forces, including greater usage of technology. http://nm-4.com/ery8”

Further, PM Modi attended the at-home program of the Indian Air Force (IAF) yesterday evening. The event was organized at the official residence of the Air Force Chief R K S Bhadauria, followed by the 87th Air Force Day 2019 celebrations.

On this occasion, PM Modi also attended the exhibition, IAF Innovation Display, themed ‘Self-Reliance Through Innovation and Indigenisation.’ He tweeted-

“Attended the At-Home programme of the Indian Air Force. Also witnessed an exhibition on the theme of ‘Self Reliance Through Innovation and Indigenisation.’”

Also, at an event there, PM Modi released a commemorative stamp as a tribute to the Marshal of the Indian Air Force late Arjan Singh DFC. This year marks his 100th birth anniversary. He wrote in his tweet-

“This year we mark the birth centenary of Marshal of the Indian Air Force Arjan Singh DFC. As a tribute to his exemplary service to our nation, a stamp was released. May his courage keep motivating the people of our nation for years to come.”

The late IAF Marshall Arjan Singh is an icon of Indian military history and is best recognized for his great leadership to a young IAF at the time of the 1965 Indo-Pakistani war. Singh served as the Chief of Air Staff for five years, from August 1964 to July 1969. The Indian govt designated him as the Marshal of the Indian Air Force back in January 2002. He is the only IAF officer to have been awarded a Five-Star rank.

After the retirement also, he continued serving the nation at different positions that include being an Indian Ambassador to various countries.

PM Narendra Modi Addresses Dussehra Event in Dwarka Area of Delhi

PM Narendra Modi Addresses Dussehra Event in Dwarka Area of Delhi

On Tuesday, the entire nation celebrated the triumph of good over evil on the pious occasion of Dussehra or Vijayadashami. The festival of Dussehra marks the victory of Lord Rama over the demon king Ravan in the epic ‘Ramayana’ of Hindu mythology.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated and addressed a Dussehra celebration event, organized by Dwarka Sri Ram Leela Society, at Ram Leela Maidan (DDA ground) in Dwarka Sector 10 in Delhi. Delhi BJP Chief Manoj Tiwari and West Delhi MP Parvesh Sahib Singh welcomed him at the event venue, and he was given a copy of the holy book Ramcharitmanas.

While addressing there, he urged the people to celebrate the girl child as he had mentioned in his recent Mann ki Baat of September month. He said-

“Lakshmi in our house. In Mann ki Baat, I had said Lakshmi is in house, our area… our daughters are manifestations of Lakshmi.”

The “Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao” (Save the girl child, educate her) is one of the key programs of the Modi government. He further said-

“On this Diwali, all daughters should be worshipped and respected… Continuing with spirit of Navratra, let us work towards furthering empowerment and dignity of women.”

During the address, he said-

“Our festivals are educational… we can change us when required… because in our society, we have people fighting against evil”.

Also, he added that it is important to fight the evil that lies within us.

Further, in his speech, the PM drew a relation of Lord Hanuman with the Indian Air Force and talked about the 87th anniversary of the Indian Air Force. He said-

“Today is Vijay Deshami, and along with this, it is also the birthday of the Air Force. Today, the Air Force is touching new heights.”

Also, he said,

“When we remember Lord Hanuman, let’s remember Air Force. And we must remember the brave of the Air Force. We must pray for their well being.”

Lord Hanuman, a passionate devotee of Lord Rama, is known as the son of the wind-god Pawan and his supernatural ability to fly. This reference came in as the Defence Minister Rajnath Singh yesterday performed the ‘Shastra Pooja’ in France after India received the first set of Rafale fighter jets.

Also, PM Modi applied a ’tilak’ on the stage artists, including those who played the roles of Rama, Sita, and other characters. Then, he used a bow and arrow to symbolically begin the ritualistic burning of the 107-feet-tall effigy of demon king Ravana and Kumbhakarna and Meghanada.

He shared a video and tweeted-

“May the blessings of Prabhu Shri Ram always remain upon us.

May the power of truth, goodness and compassion always prevail.

May evil be eliminated.

Jai Shri Ram! 🙏🏼”

Also, PM Modi shared glimpses of the event on his official Twitter handle. Check them out here:

Watch his Full Address Here:

Earlier today, PM Modi wished the nation on this auspicious occasion of Vijayadashmi as well as Indian Air Force Day on his social media handle.

PM Narendra Modi Greets Nation on Dussehra and Air Force Day 2019

PM Narendra Modi Greets Nation on Dussehra and Air Force Day 2019

Today on Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi extended his wishes to the people across India on the pious festival of Dussehra, also known as Vijayadashmi. Along with a video message, he took to his official Twitter handle and wrote-

“विजयादशमी के पावन पर्व पर आप सभी को हार्दिक शुभकामनाएं।

Greetings on the auspicious occasion of #VijayaDashami.”

PM Modi urged the Indians to draw inspiration from Lord Rama and continue fighting the evil forces present within and outside. Also, he is expected to take part in the Dussehra celebrations, organized by Dwarka Sri Ram Leela Society at DDA Ground, in Dwarka Sector 10 in Delhi. Back in 2016, the PM had attended a Dussehra function in Lucknow during his first term in office.

The President of India and other leaders also wished the citizens of India on the festival-

And yesterday, PM Modi wished everyone on the auspicious occasion of Mahanavami, which falls on the last day of the Navratri festival.

Also, today on occasion of Air Force Day 2019, PM Modi thanked the “air warriors and their families,” on behalf of the entire country. He said that the Indian Air Force (IAF) continues to serve our nation with “utmost dedication and excellence.”

Sharing a video showcasing several achievements of the IAF, PM Modi praised it for its bravery and strength. He wrote in his tweet-

“Today, on Air Force Day, a proud nation expresses gratitude to our air warriors and their families. The Indian Air Force continues to serve India with utmost dedication and excellence.”

Check out other leaders who wished IAF on its 87th anniversary:

PM Modi Wishes Everyone on Mahanavami, Final Day of Navratri Festival

PM Modi Wishes Everyone on Mahanavami, Final Day of Navratri Festival

The festival season has begun, and people across the country are participating in the different festive celebrations being organized for Navratri and Durga Puja with great energy and enthusiasm. On the auspicious occasion of Mahanavami, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday took to his official Twitter handle and extended his best wishes to the citizens of India.

Mahanavami marks the final day of the Navratri festival. He wished best for everyone and said that with Goddess Siddhidatri’s blessings, may we achieve all our dreams. PM Modi tweeted in Hindi-

Earlier on Sunday, he wished everyone on the special occasion of wrote Durga Puja and wrote in his tweet-

“World over, Durga Puja festivities are taking place with full vigour. Greetings to everyone on this special occasion. Maa Durga epitomises strength, courage and compassion. We seek her blessings for the well-being of our society.”

Many other leaders extended his greetings on the pious occasion of Mahanavami.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath tweeted-

Home Minister Amit Shah posted a tweet and wrote-

Also, PM Modi tweeted each day of the nine-day long Navratri festival and mentioned the form of goddess Durga or Shakti worshipped that day. Here are all his tweets.

This year’s ‘Navratri,’ which means ‘nine nights,’ began on September 29 and concluded today on October 7. It celebrates the victory of Good over Evil in the battle between Maa Durga and demon Mahishasura. Many religious rituals are performed by devotees, and it is believed that it bestows them with knowledge and spiritual power. In the eastern and northeastern parts of the country, Durga Puja is synonymous with Navaratri.

PM Modi & His Mauritian Counterpart Inaugurate Two Landmark Projects

PM Modi & His Mauritian Counterpart Inaugurate Two Landmark Projects

On Thursday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, along with Prime Minister of Mauritius Pravind Jugnauth, inaugurated two landmark projects in Mauritius through a video conference. These two projects are a new ENT hospital and the phase-1 of the Metro Express.

These two projects are being developed under a $353 million grant as a Special Economic Package, which was sanctioned by the Indian govt to Mauritius back in March 2017. The grant was offered to assist five key projects, including the Metro Express project ($275 million grant) and a new ENT hospital ($14 million grant).

The Mauritius Metro Express project is a 26 km train transit system that would operate between Curepipe to Immigration Square in Port Louis, having 19 stations. Back in July 2017, Larsen & Toubro was granted the USD 565 million for designing and construction of the project contract.

Also, during the video conferencing, PM Modi said that both the countries have diverse and vibrant democracies that are committed to bringing prosperity in its citizens’ lives and also peace in the country and world. He said that the inaugurations mark a new chapter in the shared history, heritage, and cooperation of the two nations.

Further, PM Modi said that these projects symbolize India’s firm commitment toward the growth & development of the Island nation and its people. The PM said Indian Ocean Economy holds great promise for people of both nations.

PM also mentioned the other projects being developed in Mauritius with the assistance of Indian govt. The Govt of India is assisting the Mauritius government in the development of a new Supreme Court building, the Upadhyay Training Centre, the Subramania Bharati Eye Centre, and the Jawaharlal Nehru Hospital. Also, the Rajiv Gandhi Science Centre and Swami Vivekananda International Conference Centre (SVICC) are other major projects being developed by the Indian government in Mauritius.

Whereas, PM Jugnauth said that Mauritians would always be grateful to India. He said that Mauritius needs Mother India’s blessings for its development.

Also, PM Modi went on to announce two new healthcare-related projects.

Watch the video conference between both leaders here:

PM Modi Releases Rs 150 Coins to Commemorate 150th Gandhi Jayanti

PM Modi Releases Rs 150 Coins to Commemorate 150th Gandhi Jayanti

On Wednesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi attended various events to celebrate Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary. Earlier, in the day, he paid floral tributes at Gandhiji’s memorial Rajghat and shared details about his full-day program in Ahmedabad.

On this occasion, PM Modi released commemorative Rs 150 coins to mark Gandhiji’s 150th birth anniversary in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, on reaching Sabarmati Riverfront for the ‘Swachh Bharat Diwas‘ program.

Apart from PM Modi, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani was there at the event. In January this year, PM Modi released a commemorative Rs 350 coin on the 10th Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh’s 352nd birth anniversary, and also released Rs 100 coin on Former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s 94th birth anniversary in December 2018.

Also, he attended a special Swachha Bharat Diwas Programme on the Sabarmati river banks. There, he recognized the remarkable work of many Swachhagrahis who work round the clock to realize Gandhi Ji’s dream. Also, he praised the people who contribute towards plastic waste cleaning Shramdan.

Then, he visited Sabarmati Ashram and left this message on the visitor’s book at Sabarmati Ashram-

“I’m satisfied that on the occasion of #GandhiAt150, we’re witnessing the fulfillment of his dream of ‘Swachh Bharat’. I feel lucky that on this occasion when India has successfully stopped open defecation.”

Also, he paid tributes to the Father of the Nation at the ashram.

PM Narendra Modi said that rural India declared itself open defecation free (ODF). He announced it in the presence of more than 20,000 village heads at an event to mark Bapu’s 150th birth anniversary at Sabarmati Riverfront.

Further, he said that 99% of Indian villages are open defecation free. The villages built more than 11 crore toilets within a short period.

PM Modi recognized the contribution of ground-level volunteers who made Swachhta and toilets a common man’s topic. He said-

“This mission helped make the toilet, which was earlier a difficult topic, a common topic of discussion. From girls who demanded toilet before marriage to Bollywood, everyone contributed to the mission to make India open-defecation-free.”

The PM said that the achievement of building toilets for a huge population of India within five years left the world amazed. He said-

“The whole world is appreciating and awarding us (for) providing toilets to over 60 crore people in 60 months by building over 11 crore toilets. The world is amazed by this.”

He added-

“The Swachh Bharat Mission enabled women and developed their skills as masons and created over 75 lakh employment opportunities.”

The PM added that it was only a step towards realizing the dream of developed India. He said that the government aims at implementing various similar projects for ensuring sanitation and clean drinking water.

PM Modi encouraged rainwater harvesting, water recharging, and other projects that would also help in ensuring water supply to bio-toilets. He said that hygiene, environment, and animal protection were major concerns of Mahatma Gandhi, and “plastic is harmful to all three.” He said-

“By 2022, we have to make India free of single-use plastic. The campaign has caught speed in the last three weeks under Swachhta hi Seva campaign. Tonnes of single-use plastic garbage has been collected from across the nation. The use of plastic is coming down significantly, but it can’t be done without public contribution.”

Watch PM Modi’s full speech at the event here:

Concluding his day, PM Modi performed Goddess Amba’s aarti and saw people playing ‘garba’ at the GMDC Ground in Ahmedabad at the venue of the state government-organized Navratri celebrations. PM Modi had called Navratri the longest dance festival.

Watch his address at Navratri program here:

After his day-long visit to the home state, the PM left for the airport.