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PM Narendra Modi praises Chhattisgarh for Scaling ‘New Heights in Development’

Modi recalled the efforts of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee for the formation of Chhattisgarh.

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Raipur (Chattisgarh), November 1, 2016: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday heaped praise on Chhattisgarh, saying it has shown how smaller states can scale new heights in development.

“Chhattisgarh has shown the way and demonstrated how a relatively smaller state can scale new heights in development,” the Prime Minister said at a public meeting after inaugurating the ‘Rajyostsav’ in Naya Raipur, the new state capital.

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Modi recalled the efforts of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee for the formation of Chhattisgarh.

During the ceremony, the Prime Minister distributed certificates to functionaries of two districts and 15 blocks for good performance in the Open Defecation Free campaign.

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He also distributed cooking gas connections under the ‘Ujjwala’ scheme and solar pumps to mark the launch of ‘Saur Ujala Yojana’.

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The Prime Minister earlier inaugurated a jungle safari, a statue of Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya and Naya Raipur Bus Rapid Transport System project as part of the Rajyotsav celebrations.

Chhattisgarh was formed on November 1, 2000, by carving out Chhattisgarhi-speaking tribal districts from Madhya Pradesh.

Complimenting the Raman Singh government in Chhattisgarh for its developmental works, Modi said: “Sixteen years ago, no one would have thought this Naxal-affected tribal state will give competition to developed states of India.”

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On the need for skilling the underprivileged, he said the central government had set up a Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship and was implementing projects as per local requirements.

Stressing on the need to raise agricultural income, the Prime Minister said the country has to make efforts to make agriculture viable.

Modi said he saw a great tourism potential in Chhattisgarh, which can result in economic opportunities for the poorest of the poor. (IANS)

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Narendra Modi Releases Rs 100 Coin To Honour Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Atal Bihari Vajpayee passed away on August 16 at the age of 93 at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) here following a prolonged illness

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India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi gestures as he addresses a gathering in New Delhi, India. VOA

A day ahead of the birth anniversary of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, his successor Narendra Modi on Monday released a commemorative Rs 100 coin to honour the late leader, who passed away in August.

Addressing a gathering at the Parliament House Annexe here, Modi said Vajpayee never compromised on the ideologies of the party and always spoke about national interest.

“For some people, power is oxygen…they can’t live without it…A long part of Atalji’s career was spent in the opposition benches but he spoke about national interest and never compromised on the ideology of the party.

“For long, the voice of Atalji was the voice of the nation,” Modi said.

“I assume that there must be invitations from other ideologies for joining hands to remain in power. Such things must have happened. But he never compromised.

“He was among those who could die for the nation, but would never compromise on the ideologies,” Modi said.

Vajpayee wanted democracy to be supreme. He built the Jana Sangh but when time came to rescue democracy he and others went to the Janata Party, Modi added.

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“Likewise, when the choice was between remaining in power or comprising on ideology, he left Janata Party and formed the Bharatiya Janata Party” which “has become among the largest of political parties”, the Prime Minister said.

Hailing Vajpayee as “the best orator”, Modi said “the mind is not ready to believe that Atalji is no longer with us. He was a stalwart loved and respected across all sections of society.

Modi said e would go to Vajpayee’s memorial on Tuesday — his birth anniversary — to reiterate his commitment to the ideology and path shown by the leader.

Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Minister of State for Culture Mahesh Sharma, BJP national President Amit Shah and veteran BJP leader and Vajpayee’s contemporary L.K. Advani were also present at the event to release the coin.

Commemorative coins are usually issued to celebrate some special occasion or to mark a special event. They also have been issued as a mark of respect towards some distinguished individuals or monument.

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The coin, Modi said, is a small effort to show our respect to the former Prime Minister, “whose life is a message for all of us”.

Atal Bihari Vajpayee passed away on August 16 at the age of 93 at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) here following a prolonged illness. (IANS)