Dwarka, Oct 7: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday embarked on a 2-day Gujarat visit. He laid the foundation stone of Ahmedabad-Rajkot highway between Okha and Bet in Dwarka and blamed the Congress government of not working towards development of Gujarat when it was in power at the Centre. This is Modi’s  third visit to Gujarat ahead of Gujarat Assembly Elections 2017.

He even hailed the reforms announced by the GST Council on Friday evening. “With GST, we are celebrating Diwali 15 days earlier. We had said that we will study all aspects relating to GST for 3 months and make changes, mend loopholes as per the experience. And thus, the decisions were taken with consensus at the GST Council meeting yesterday,” he said. (LIVE UPDATES on Modi’s Gujarat visit)

He also said, “When there is trust in a government, and when policies are made with the best of intentions, it is natural for people to support us for the best interests of the nation. The common citizen of India wants the fruits of development to reach him or her. Nobody wants their children to live in poverty. We want to help our people fulfill that dream and we want to fight poverty.”

The Prime Minister also said that modernisation of the marine security is being done for the betterment of the fishermen. “Marine policing is a sector we are looking at very closely. An institute for marine security will be set up in Dwarka. It will draw people and experts from all over India,” he said.

The Prime Minister began his trip by offering prayers at Dwarkadheesh Temple in Dwarka.

Later in the day, Modi will dedicate a fully automatic milk processing and packaging plant and a drinking water distribution pipeline for Joravarnagar and Ratanpur area of Surendranagar. He will address a public meeting there too.

Modi will then proceed to Gandhinagar where he will dedicate the newly-constructed building of IIT Gandhinagar, and launch the Pradhan Mantri Gramin Digital Saksharta Abhiyan (PMGDISHA) which is aimed at imparting digital literacy to citizens in rural areas. It will create avenues for livelihood generation and financial inclusion through digital payments, the statement said.

On the second day of his visit on Sunday, PM will visit Vadnagar and launch the Intensified Mission Indradhanush, to accelerate progress towards the goal of full immunisation coverage. The mission will provide greater focus on urban areas and other pockets of low immunisation coverage.

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) which is aimed at improving the performance of community health workers ASHAs (Accredited Social Health Activists) through better supervision, support and motivation for increasing coverage of proven maternal, newborn and child health interventions among resource-poor settings in India.

In the afternoon, he will reach Bharuch and lay the foundation stone for Bhadbhut Barrage, to be built over the Narmada River. He will flag off the Antyodaya Express between Udhna (Surat, Gujarat), and Jaynagar (Bihar) and will unveil plaques to mark the laying of foundation stone, and inauguration of various plants of Gujarat Narmada Fertilizer Corporation. He will also address a public meeting there before returning to Delhi.

(Inputs from Agencies)