Can't afford to have 'digital divide' in India: PM Modi


Yesterday, back in Gujarat where he had laid the foundation stone for the bullet train last month, PM Modi also took a quick swipe at the many critics of the Ahmedabad-Mumbai high-speed train being built.

Dwarka: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday hailed the sweeping changes in the goods and services tax (GST) to give relief to small and medium businesses, saying his government does not want the country's business class to get caught in red-tape. "You all must be busy preparing for Diwali, and in Gujarat, Diwali is celebrated with great enthusiasm, especially among businessmen", Modi said while addressing a public gathering in Dwarka, Gujarat.

Citing the fact that Neem coating of urea helped farmers and stopped corruption as well as theft, the PM said, "We decided that 100% neem coating of urea has to be done so that it can only be used in farming & not in chemical factories". This is the second Antyodaya Express that has been flagged off. It will reduced journey time to 38 hours for 1871 km journey.

It will be constructed at a cost of 4337 crore rupees.

Laying foundation stone for another ambitious project of new Rajkot International Airport at Chotila, Modi hit out at the opponents of his development model. "Despite my best efforts, I could not make them (UPA government) wake up from their slumber", Modi said.

"Intensified Mission Indradhanush" is aimed to accelerate progress towards the goal of full immunisation coverage to reach out to still unattended regions.

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The Prime Minister will also distribute e-tablets to health workers to mark the launch of ImTeCHO (Innovative mobile-phone Technology for Community Health Operations).

Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a roadshow in his home town Vadnagar, Gujarat, on Sunday.

The Prime Minister, who spoke for almost 30 minutes in a mix of Hindi and Gujarati, concluded his speech with a reference to the Hatkeshwar Mahadev temple in Vadnagar, where he performed puja before addressing the gathering.

Modi tells the people of Vadnagar that he goes back with their blessings and assures them that he will work even harder for the nation. "I am happy that it has been welcomed in one voice across the country", Modi said.

Outside the railway station, a chai pe charcha halting point to highlight PM Modi's campaign with the same name has been set up.