Modi counters AAP pitch: ‘We got you schools, clinics and power’

The Indian Express | 6 days ago | 25-11-2022 | 11:35 am

Modi counters AAP pitch: ‘We got you schools, clinics and power’

In what appeared to be a veiled counter to the Aam Aadmi Party’s campaign focus on health, education and electricity, Prime Minister Narendra Modi invoked all three issues at his public addresses throughout the day, even stating at Dahegam that over the past 20-25 years, the BJP in Gujarat has managed to fulfill and accomplish the basic necessities of roads, electricity and water in the state.With electricity being a consistent plank taken by Modi at all four of his public addresses on Thursday, he said at Modasa that in the past 20 years, his government had worked towards ensuring round-the-clock electricity supply to farmers in villages.“Electricity is as important as water. Without electricity, development is not possible. None of you would be sitting with mobile phones here without electricity … We set up so many electricity generation units that today Gujarat is electricity-surplus … Because of consistent electricity supply, during the Covid-19 pandemic, children in villages could continue their studies on cellphones. This change has been brought about by the honest work of the BJP government … Today, we are producing electricity from wind and solar energy … We have made entire villages into electricity generation units by setting up solar panels on rooftops … Today electricity not only comes free, you even get to earn from it while sitting at home, selling the surplus electricity generated … We worked to bring this revolution to each household … You can now sell electricity the way you would sell vegetables. The era of producing cheap electricity is over, it is the era of selling surplus electricity and we are working on it.” Referring to solar energy initiatives for farmers in Gujarat, Modi also said that the BJP government has made farmers, ‘anna-data’, as well as ‘urja-data’.At Bavla, Modi added: “20 years ago, one could not even imagine electricity for 24 hours”, further pointing out that “today in villages, electricity supply is as good as in the cities” of Gujarat. At Dahegam, he said that Gujarat has already accomplished development on the issues of sadak-bijli-paani (roads, power and water) in the last 20 years. “There was a time when elections would have issues like corruption, casteism, nepotism. Then came the time when issues of sadak-bijli-paani (roads, power and water) became big. Today, because of the work done in the last 20 years, Gujarat has accomplished all that was there to be done in these areas. Gujarat has come out of the crisis. For 20-25 years, Gujarat concentrated on developing basic amenities and emerged as a leading state of the country. Today, 24 hours power is available for domestic use in Gujarat,” Modi said.At Dahegam and Bavla, Modi also exhorted BJP’s development work on the educational front, stating at Dahegam that the state government has “transformed the education sector in the region”.“Around 20-25 years ago,” Modi said, “Gujarat’s education budget was Rs 1,600 crore. Today, it has reached Rs 33,000 crore… The (entire) budget of many states isn’t as much.”He added that Gandhinagar was becoming a big centre of education in terms of higher secondary schools, engineering and diploma colleges, and other universities like a Children’s University, Forensic Sciences University, Pandit Deendayal Energy University, Maritime University, Rashtriya Raksha University, Gujarat National Law University, and the Bhaskaracharya National Institute for Space Applications and Geo-informatics (BISAG).At Bavla, Modi said, “Twenty years ago, [finding] a school at the taluka level was a stroke of fortune. Otherwise, one had to go to schools at the district-level.” He added that, “Twenty years ago, there was hopelessness when it came to education… Twenty years ago, there was only one university in Ahmedabad district. Today, there are 23 universities in the district.”Saying that historically, Gujarat had a prevalence of malnutrition, and that his government had worked in the last 20 years to ensure nutrition, Modi claimed at Modasa, “Due to efforts of the past 20 years, with the ‘Double Engine Sarkar’, BJP has taken the initiative to defeat malnutrition. It has especially benefitted our tribal women… Not only that, to ensure nutrition during pregnancy, Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana’s benefits reach over three lakh households in Gujarat.”Attributing the Chiranjeevi Yojana, introduced in Gujarat in 2006 to encourage institutional deliveries, as the reason behind fall in infant mortality rates in the state, Modi also hailed Ayushman Bharat for reducing out-of-pocket expenditures in his public addresses. Noting in both Modasa and Bavla that women often suppress their health problems even when they are in extreme pain “because if they express their pain to their children, they think the family will be drowned in debt if she gets treatment”, Modi cited the Ayushman Bharat scheme for easing such difficulties for women. He went on to mention Ayushman Bharat at three of his public addresses, at Palanpur, Modasa and Bavla.

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Guj polls: BJP vote machine aims to pluck seats
Times of India | 1 day ago | 01-12-2022 | 09:01 am
Times of India
1 day ago | 01-12-2022 | 09:01 am

The candidates in South Gujarat did not just fear the backlash from angry villagers when they visited tribal areas. What scared them more were the mobile phones that tech-savvy tribals wielded with great efficacy to scuttle campaigning. It had become common in villages for someone to pick an argument with the candidate. Another person in the crowd would shoot the scene and posts it on social media. Before the candidate reached the next village, the video went viral. This forced candidates to discuss issues with the village leaders before setting foot there. “We reached the village an hour early and called up people. We developed a rapport with the crowd so that the meeting ended peacefully,” said a political worker in Valsad. From Bharuch to Valsad, the districts have 12 Scheduled Tribe (ST) seats. Ignoring these areas was not an option for candidates. That Prime Minister Narendra Modi chose Kaprada to begin his poll campaign proved the importance of these seats. Historically, the tribal votes have been loyal to the Congress for decades. However, after losing seats due to the Patidar quota movement in the 2017 assembly poll, the ruling BJP decided to compensate for it by winning the tribal seats. The ruling dispensation appointed tribal leaders like Surat Mangrol MLA Ganpat Vasava, Gandevi MLA Naresh Patel, Kaprada MLA Jitu Chaudhary and Umargam MLA Raman Patkar as ministers. It is also hard to miss the BJP government’s devotion towards improving Kaprada’s lot in the past five years. Located at the southernmost tip of the state, Kaprada is a remote hilly terrain that feeds on rainwater and stays mostly arid around the year, despite receiving the highest rainfall in the state. Women here brave long distances to fetch their daily quota of potable water from 35ft deep wells in the region. The situation has improved in a few areas with the Astole group water supply project that is touted as an engineering marvel that lifts water from the Madhuban dam up to 1,800ft to be distributed to 174 villages. Kaprada is where Congress MLA from Vansda, Anant Patel, campaigned heavily against the Par-Tapi-Narmada riverlinking project. The project has widely impacted seats with the tribal majority, including Dang, Dharampur, Gandevi, Vansda, Mahuva and Vyara. Multiple protests were held in all these areas and to counter the impact, the BJP decided to drop the project. Mobile connectivity is another major issue. Kaprada villagers have to climb up the hills to stay connected to the rest of the world. In contrast, the Dharampur and Umargam seats of Valsad have urban pockets with good roads and mobile connectivity. Yet, campaigning activities are limited in Valsad. A taluka panchayat member explains, “A major chunk of the tribal population that make a living as farm or industrial labourers drown out candidates with questions on inflation and lack of hikes in wages. ” Meanwhile, in the Tapi district, the migration of labourers in search of work, lack of schools, and colleges, and jobs for educated tribal youth are the key issues in Vyara and Nizar seats. The scenario is different in Vansda and Gandevi of Navsari. Chikhli, a crucial centre in the Gandevi constituency, plays a key role in determining political trends on the seat. In the Surat district, caste factors will play a key role in Mahuva and Mandvi tribal seats. In Dang, the BJP has repeated Vijay Patel as its candidate, who will challenge Mukesh Patel of the Congress and Sunil Gamit of the AAP. Jhagadia is a vital seat owing to its industrial development and proximity to Bharuch, from where the BTP founder Chhotu Vasava is fighting as an independent. The BJP has been showcasing the 182m tall statue of India’s first home minister Sardar Patel in Narmada district as a project that changed the lives of tribals in Narmada district for the better. However, Kevadia residents feel burdened with the cost of living, especially as they allege that SoU has done little to ease their hardships. Chandu Tadvi, a resident of Bhumaliya village in Garudeshwar taluka, says, “The government istom-tomming about development in Kevadia. But where are the jobs that the tribals were promised? They hired non-tribals from outside!” Another tribal, Vanji Himmat from Jher village, alleges that the officials razed his roadside food stall. “First, they took our land and now they won’t allow us to earn a living,” he says. In neighbouring Chhota Udepur constituency, a Congress stronghold, is all set to witness an intense family battle between the Rathwas. Mayank Rathwa, a local activist, working for tribal health and education in Chhota Udepur, says, “Voters are angry with Mohansinh for quitting the Congress and may resort to revenge voting against the BJP. ” For tribals in Sankheda and Pavi Jetpur, scarce irrigation water and lack of employment are significant concerns. In the tribal heartland of Dahod district and parts of the adjoining districts in central Gujarat, where most of the electorate is poor, the poll campaign revolves around freebies. If the Congress and the AAP are promising free electricity, education, and other services, the BJP is stressing how it had given a lot to the electorate, and it was payback time by voting for the lotus. Dahod district has six seats, of which five are ST candidates. The neighbouring Panchmahal and Mahisagar districts have one ST seat each of Morva Hadaf and Santrampur. The North Gujarat region with three ST seats — Danta in Banaskantha, Bhiloda in Aravalli, and Khedbrahma in Sabarkantha — has been a Congress bastion. Danta has 2 lakh-odd voters, of which nearly 50% are tribals. Mustu Khan, a social worker, says, “Lack of health infrastructure, schools, and employment are major issues, but tribal votes can be swayed by booze and money power. ” Khedbrahma seat, which has a decisive 1. 2 lakh tribal votes, nearly 63% of 1. 92 lakh total voters, will see Congress’s Tushar Chaudhary, a former union minister, fight to gain the seat.

Guj polls: BJP vote machine aims to pluck seats
Independent to decide outcome on two seats
Ahmedabad Mirror | 1 day ago | 01-12-2022 | 06:00 am
Ahmedabad Mirror
1 day ago | 01-12-2022 | 06:00 am

Votes garnered by an Independent candidate, who’s contesting simultaneously from Matar (Kheda dist) and Anand (Khambhat dist) constituencies will determine the outcome for BJP whose candidates have been winning from the two seats for the last four terms.Mahipatsinh Chauhan is a former sarpanch of Laval village in Vaso taluka of Kheda district. He has been working at the grassroots level in the education sector and is aggressively campaigning in the two constituencies like major parties. He is the only Independent candidate this time who’s fighting from two constituencies.BJP has fielded Kalpesh Parmar from Matar after dropping incumbent Kesrisinh Solanki who had won in 2017 by a thin margin of 2,404 votes. Solanki rebelled and joined AAP, only to return to BJP within 24 hours.In Khambhat, BJP has repeated Mahesh aka Mayur Rawal who had won by a slender margin of 2,318 votes in 2017.Congress has repeated Sanjay Patel from Matar and nominated Chirag Patel from Khambhat. Political observers believe BJP has an uphill task in both the constituencies this time.Khambhat has been the BJP bastion since 1990 and its candidates have won over the years. Kesrisinh Solanki had won twice. Before him, Devusinh Chauhan had also won twice. Rakesh Rao had won in 2002. Even the Aam Aadmi Party has fielded candidates from both the seats, which will make the contest all the more interesting this time.Chauhan’s political journey is interesting. The 36-year-old worked with a private company in Kolkata between 2009 and 2016. He returned to his village and was elected sarpanch of Laval Gram Panchayat. Later, he was disqualified following a complaint filed by then BJP MLA Kesrisinh Solanki. He later challenged his dismissal in the HC.He founded Sarva Samaj Sena and education campus Sikshan E j Kalyan, which got overwhelming response from the youth. He had joined AAP and got ticket from Matar. Later, his name was dropped by AAP following which he filed papers as an Independent.Chauhan was banished from six districts including Kheda via an order by the collector in 2020 for disobedience during workers’ protest.Talking to Mirror, Chauhan said, “I am contesting the polls because people want change in Matar and Kheda districts. I hold public rallies in 20 villages on a rotation basis. BJP and Congress have fielded illiterate candidates while the voters want an educated representative.”

Independent to decide outcome on two seats
Celebrating and Recognizing Top Leaders Regards
Times of India | 3 days ago | 28-11-2022 | 05:30 pm
Times of India
3 days ago | 28-11-2022 | 05:30 pm

Leaders not only show direction but also guide and inspire many. Hence, it is vital for them to lead from the front, especially in the present times of colossal challenges and change. In honour of such individuals, Optimal Media Solutions (OMS) at the Times Group hosted yet another edition of ‘ET INSPIRING LEADERS – NORTH 2022’ The ‘ET Inspiring Leaders’ is a celebration of professional and entrepreneurial excellence across multiple categories. The event was graced Dr Chander Ketu, Director Ayush (NDMC) and very versatile and talented actress, known for her performance, also recently gave a superhit film Sita Ramam , Mrunal Thakur being the Chief Guest . The guests also experienced a Stand Up Comedy act by Rajat Chauhan. The ET Inspiring Leaders as a platform goes beyond the business excellence of these leaders. The ones who made the cut, have significantly contributed to the people they serve. They have showcased commitment, innovation, zeal, and compassion in servicing the community, leading them to excel. Research Methodology The survey had the following modules i.e., Desk Secondary Research, Approach for sharing fact file, and factual survey (Participatory Survey) to arrive at the analysis and identify the final results of top Global Leaders in different categories. The winning Individuals and Businesses were selected by using a scientific methodology for arriving at the final winners list This was conducted by an independent market research company- i3rc insights Pvt. Ltd. Here’s the list of all the recipients A. P. Shreethar - In the Field of Art & Culture. A.K. Mittal (MD) of Flowmech Engineers Pvt. 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Ltd. - In Energy Sector Himanshu Chadha - Founder of Aaryanveda Cosmeceuticals - In Ayurvedic Cosmetics ITW Consulting Private Limited (Bhairav Shanth - Co-Founder) - Contribution as Strategic Marketing & Consulting Agency of The Year Jhansi Rani Vedachalam - MD of Jiore skincare - In the field of Skincare Jitendra Kejriwal - Founder of Sonear Group - As Innovation in Veneer Design Khadeer Peer Shariff S S - CEO of Gibraltar Technologies LLC - Excellence in the field of Information Technology Kunal Gupta - Director of Bal Bhawan International School - Global Academic Leadership Award- Education Meher Sheikh - CEO of Nikology - As Young Entrepreneur of the Year Nikhilesh Tiwari - CEO and Founder of Spay Technology Pvt. Ltd. - Excellence in the field of Fintech Paper Boat Apps Pvt. Ltd (Anupam Dhanuka - Co - Founder & Co-CEO) - Leading Startup in EdTech Prateek Garg, Founder & MD of Progressive Infotech Pvt. Ltd - Excellence in the field of IT Services Pulkit Baldev - Co-Founder of Metalbook - In Metal Manufacturing & Digital Supply Chain Raghava Rao Bellamkonda - Founder & MD of NSR Ventures - Excellence in the field of Real Estate ( Eco-Friendly & Sustainable Development ) Raghuram Lanka - Head of Jio Health - Excellence in the field of Innovative AI Solutions ( Healthcare ) Rahil Gupta, CTO & Co-Founder of Hop Electric - Excellence in the field of Climate Tech : Young Entrepreneur Rahul Chadha, Managing Partner of Chadha & Co.- In Legal Services to Foreign Companies Doing Business in India Rajesh Ranjan - CEO of Krishify - In Agritech Rakhi Mishra, Director of Rakhi Creations & Studios - As Startup in Organic Clothing Ranjan Kant - Co-Founder of Arthmate - In Fintech Ravi Shankar Rai (CMD & Chairman) of Savitri Telecom Services - As One of the Best Telecom Technology Solution Provider Rina Singh (Principal) of The Khaitan School, Noida - In Education Rishabh Guptaa - CEO of Richmondd Global school - As Global Leader- Education Ryan Pinto, CEO of Ryan International Group Of Institutions - Contribution as Inspiring EduLeader of the Year 2022 Sandeep Chatterjee - Director of Deloitte India - Contribution as Supply Chain Professional Sandeep Kumar Verma ( Managing Director) of Rifof Construction Pvt. 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GTU begins translating engg textbooks into Gujarati
Times of India | 4 days ago | 28-11-2022 | 06:18 am
Times of India
4 days ago | 28-11-2022 | 06:18 am

AHMEDABAD: While committees have been appointed for translating medical textbooks into Gujarati, Gujarat Technological University (GTU) has already started translating textbooks of engineering courses in the local language. The task of translation has been taken up in light of the National Education Policy (NEP). GTU vice-chancellor Navin Sheth said that engineering textbooks have about 20 lakh words. "About 3 lakh technical words are often used. Our teams have translated about 50,000 of these technical terms into Gujarati. These translated terms have also been approved by a 22-member expert committee," Sheth said. Sheth said that the committee included 15 Sanskrit language experts too. Sources said that the translated terminology includes words from electrical, mechanical and electronics courses. Sources said that in the next phase about 1.5 lakh words and terms will be translated into Gujarati. On October 29, the state department of higher education had announced that a 19-member committee has been set up to prepare and submit a roadmap for translating engineering subject textbooks and textbooks of medical, dental, physiotherapy and nursing courses. The committee set up by the department of higher education is headed by the vice-chancellor of the National Forensic Sciences University, Gandhinagar, and has deans of government medical colleges and VCs of various universities. Sources said that a meeting of the committee was also held after its creation. It was decided in the meeting to form a committee at the state level to delegate responsibilities.

GTU begins translating engg textbooks into Gujarati