The Prime Minister of Gujarat made the statement after raising the national flag in Modasa in the Aravalli region during a state-level celebration of the nation’s 76th Independence Day. The CM also appealed to participants to put their national interest above all else throughout the event.
The increase in love allowance will benefit around 9.38 lakh for government employees, panchayat employees and retirees. According to CM Patel, this will result in an annual financial burden increase for the state government of around Rs. 1,400 crores.
In addition, CM Patel announced that the social programs of the National Food Security Act (NFSA) would be expanded. The 1 kg gram (legumes) per card per family program for NFSA cardholders would be expanded, and income requirements for beneficiaries under the Act would be expanded.
He explained that 71,000 NFSA card users from all 250 talukas in the state will receive one kilogram gram (legumes) per card per month at a discounted rate. Only those from 50 developing Talukas now receive benefits from the program. According to him, the previous threshold for qualifying under the NFSA for monthly income has been raised from $10,000 to $15,000.
“It is our responsibility to keep reaching new heights of security and peace and setting new records of all-encompassing development in a peaceful, developing and secure Gujarat.” Let us make a pledge to make this Independence Celebration an opportunity to put the national interest first in our hearts and minds,” he said.
“We have developed a work culture where people feel least disturbed and their problems are solved at the earliest,” said Patel. Besides education, health and safety, the government has also focused on agriculture, rural development, empowerment of the poor and industrial development, he said. “Whether it’s industry, rural development, agriculture or facilitating revenue related to services, the Gujarat government has always made citizen-centric decisions to establish the state as a leader on the world map,” he said.
“Revolutionary steps have been taken to ensure farmers get enough electricity as well as water. All four power distribution companies have received an ‘A’ rating for power distribution. Gujarat is a leader in renewable energy. It is the first state to have a solar energy policy,” the CM said.
In addition, Patel discussed the various welfare programs, pro-business government policies, and availability of labor and energy that make Gujarat the CM’s “Best State”. According to him, several development-oriented policies focusing on semiconductors, biotechnology, IT, drones, historical tourism and electric vehicles have been developed, and PM Modi has made Gujarat a politically-oriented state.