Ahmedabad: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday claimed that the day is not far when India will overtake Britain’s economy, while asserting that energy is essential for financial development and its paucity does not let any nation come out of poverty. Also Read - Paracetamol, Chicken Soup And Lemonade to Cure COVID-19? British Patient Shares Insight
Addressing a public meeting after inaugurating the Mundra LNG Terminal, Anjar-Mundra and the Palanpur-Pali-Barmer gas transmission projects at Anjar in Kutch district of Gujarat, PM Modi said while 13 crore families received gas connections in the country in 60 years, his government gave connections to 10 crore families in the last four years. Also Read - No Adverse Impact of Coronavirus on Indian Economy, Claims Mos Finance Anurag Thakur
“Energy is essential for development. Paucity of energy does not let any nation come out of poverty. If one needs freedom from poverty, wants financial development and a self-sufficient country, energy is necessary. Without it, even a mobile phone cannot be charged,” he said. Also Read - Unimaginable Pain For Next 6 Months: Rahul Gandhi Expresses Apprehension Over COVID-19, Economy | Watch
Modi said several prime ministers and chief ministers came and went, but he was fortunate to get the opportunity to inaugurate the third LNG (liquefied natural gas) terminal.
“Gujarat is the gateway and hub for LNG and the epicentre of energy. As the third LNG terminal is dedicated to the country, all of them will fulfil their responsibility of sending energy to the east coast,” he said.
He said there was a time when people were happy with ‘kachcha’ roads, but now people want modern development.
Now, people want railway, highway, i-way, gas grid, water grid, power grid, optical fibre network. In a way people want modern infrastructure, he said.
“In 60 years, 13 crore families received gas connections in the country. In four years (since coming to power), we gave connections to 10 crore families,” Modi said.
The prime minister said his government’s aim is that in the coming days no family would have to cook on wood.
Earlier today, PM Modi inaugurated a number of modern food processing facilities, including Amul’s ultra-modern chocolate plant.
Addressing a public meeting at Anand in Gujarat, PM Modi remembered the contribution of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel who was instrumental in the formation of Kaira District Co-operative Milk Producers’ Union Limited.