NEW DELHI: India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said that the mantra of the ’21st Century India’ is “Will for progress, work for progress, wealth for progress, plan for progress and preference for progress” and the national master plan will give ‘gatishakti’ to development plans in the nation.
Speaking at the lunch event of the PM GatiShakti plan here, the Prime Minister said, “We are laying a foundation for the next 25 years. This national master plan will give ‘gatishakti’ to development plans of the 21st century and will help in the timely completion of these plans.”
“Earlier, we used to see ‘work in progress’ boards everywhere and people started to believe that it will never be completed. It showed distrust of people towards the government. But we changed it. We planned well and introduced ‘gati’ in development projects,” PM Modi said slamming the previous governments who were earlier in the power in the Centre.
“The mantra for the 21st Century India is will for progress, work for progress, wealth for progress, plan for progress and preference for progress. So, our government has not only developed a work-culture of completing the projects within the stipulated time frame but also efforts are being made to complete the projects before time,” he added.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday launched PM GatiShakti – National Master Plan for multi-modal connectivity at Pragati Maidan in the national capital.
PM GatiShakti is the result of the Prime Minister’s constant endeavour to build next-generation infrastructure which improves ease of living as well as ease of doing business. The multi-modal connectivity will provide integrated and seamless connectivity for the movement of people, goods and services from one mode of transport to another. It will facilitate the last mile connectivity of infrastructure and also reduce travel time for people. (ANI)
Don’t let Afghanistan turn into
source of terrorism; urges Modi
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday stressed preventing Afghan territory from becoming the source of radicalisation, and terrorism.
In a virtual G20 Extraordinary Summit on Afghanistan that was convened by Italy, “Prime Minister Narendra Modi underlined the need to ensure that Afghan territory does not become a source of radicalization and terrorism, regionally or globally,” read the Prime Minister’s Office statement.
He emphasized the need to enhance the joint fight against the nexus of radicalization, terrorism, and the smuggling of drugs and arms in the region.
“Participated in the G20 Summit on Afghanistan. Stressed on preventing Afghan territory from becoming the source of radicalisation and terrorism,” tweeted PM Modi.
He also called for urgent and unhindered humanitarian assistance to Afghan citizens.
“Also called for urgent and unhindered humanitarian assistance to Afghan citizens and an inclusive administration,” added PM Modi.
Italy currently holds the G20 Presidency, and Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi chaired the Meeting.
Issues under consideration at the meeting related to the humanitarian situation; concerns relating to terrorism; and human rights in Afghanistan.
In his remarks, the Prime Minister welcomed the initiative of the Italian G20 Presidency in convening the meeting to take stock of the current situation in Afghanistan.
He emphasized the centuries-old people-to-people ties between India and Afghanistan. PM Modi mentioned that over the last two decades, India has contributed to promoting socio-economic development and capacity building of youth and women in Afghanistan. He recalled that over 500 development projects have been implemented by India in Afghanistan, added the statement.
The Prime Minister noted that the Afghan people have a great feeling of friendship with India. He conveyed that every Indian feels the pain of Afghan people facing hunger and malnutrition. He emphasized the need for the international community to ensure that Afghanistan has immediate and unhindered access to humanitarian assistance.
In order to preserve the socio-economic gains of the last 20 years and to restrict the spread of radical ideology, the Prime Minister called for an inclusive administration in Afghanistan, which includes women and minorities, added PMO statement.
PM Modi further conveyed support for the important role of the United Nations in Afghanistan and called for renewed support of the G20 for the message contained in UN Security Council Resolution 2593 on Afghanistan.
Resolution 2593 was passed by the UNSC under the presidency of India on August 30, 2021, with Russia and China abstaining from voting.
This resolution demands that Afghan territory should not be used to threaten or attack any country or to finance terrorist acts.
He also called on the international community to forge a unified international response without which it would be difficult to bring about the desired change in Afghanistan’s situation, added the statement. (ANI)