PM Modi inaugurates GMERS Medical College, interacts with students

The Prime Minister began his two-day visit to Gujarat on Saturday with a visit to the Dwarkadheesh temple and had a string of engagements that included laying foundation stones for a bridge link between Dwarka and Bet Dwarka, an worldwide airport at Rajkot, a public meeting at the temple town of Chotila before ending the day dedicating the IIT at Gandhinagar to the nation.

Laying the foundation stone of an worldwide airport at Rajkot, Modi said that after BJP came to power in 1995, it has changed the face of Gujarat.

Modi laid the foundation stone for a cable-stayed four-lane bridge connecting Okha and Beyt Dwarka. Mr Modi at his birthplace also led a roadshow on the second day his visit.

Barely a kilometre away is a multi-speciality hospital which the Prime Minister will inaugurate. "I am happy that it has been welcomed in one voice across the country", Modi said.

He said his government was committed to making healthcare affordable to the poor and accused the earlier governments of not having cared to evolve a comprehensive health policy and were not being concerned about increasing the number of seats in the medical colleges in the country. PM also flagged off the "Antyodaya Express", between Udhna (Surat, Gujarat) and Jaynagar (Bihar).

Addressing the public meeting, the Prime Minister said that the Antyodaya Express is a commendable initiative, which connects people and particularly helps those who are from Uttar Pradesh or Bihar.

At GNFC's Bharuch facility, Modi laid the foundation stone for a Rs550 crore Di-Calcium Phosphate (DCP) plant, a downstream project of GNFC, being established jointly with EcoPhos Belgium, Europe's largest DCP producer. "Neem coating of urea helped farmers and stopped corruption as well as theft", he said. Once the urea is neem coated, it can not be pilfered by middlemen because it is useless to chemical producers. "We brought prices of stents down". Gujarat being PM's home state, the assembly elections are extremely crucial for him. (Source: AP) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday asserted that the country can not afford to have a "digital divide" and called for bridging this gap to ensure social equality , As Reported By IE.

Interestingly Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi had also commenced his three-day tour of Saurashtra region of the State ten days ago from the Dwarkadheesh temple and also climbed the steps to pay obeisance at Chotila where Modi held a public meeting on Saturday.

Vanessa Coleman