Modi to launch a slew of projects in Gujarat today

Frederick Owens
April 17, 2017

The government will write a new law to push doctors to prescribe generic medicines, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Monday, a move that could deal a blow to big drug companies.

The road show will begin from the Surat airport and continue till the Circuit House where the Prime Minister will spend the night.

The Prime Minister, addressing a gathering after inaugurating the Kiran multi-speciality hospital in his home state said that he was unsure whether he should address his people in his mother tongue or Hindi.

He would then go to Hira Bourse SEZ at Icchapur in the district to inaugurate a diamond polishing unit of Hari Krishna Export Private Limited.

He is also scheduled to address a gathering at Sumul Dairy, officials said. Read Also: With 56 in Gujarat, Narendra Modi launches 75 cashless townships in India Around 21,000 beneficiaries of different schemes of the Centre will be distributed help kits there.

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Notably, in August previous year, Modi inaugurated the first phase of ambitious Saurashtra Narmada Avtaran Irrigation (Sauni) Project from Jamnagar. In Botad, PM Modi will dedicate to the "nation Phase 1 (Link-2) of SAUNI Yojana & lay foundation stone of Phase 2 (Link 2) of SAUNI Yojana". In August a year ago, Modi had inaugurated the first phase of ambitious Saurashtra Narmada Avtaran Irrigation (Sauni) Project from Jamnagar.

The roadshow, which began from the airport around 7.25 PM and ended at 9.25 PM at the Circuit House, was a mega outreach by Modi in the election year after the BJP chose to project him as the face of 2017 state Assembly polls, which will be a battle of prestige for the Prime Minister in his home state.

Under this project, which is divided in four phases, the Gujarat government plans to fill 115 dams of Saurashtra region with overflowing water of Sardar Sarovar Dam across river Narmada through a web of pipeline network.

The visit, a two-day long affair, will be followed by Modi's participation in the G-20 Summit at Hamburg, Germany on 7-8 July.

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