Prez hails Gujarat’s culture of entrepreneurship; launches Rs 1,330-cr projects

GANDHINAGAR: President Droupadi Murmu inaugurated the cornerstone of projects worth Rs 1,330 crore in Gujarat on Monday, laying the groundwork as she hailed the entrepreneurial spirit of its people.

Murmu, who visited Gujarat for the first time after taking office as president in July, praised the entrepreneurship and innovation of the state’s people and said they have created a special identity for the country in the world.

“Progressive entrepreneurs from Gujarat have given Gujarat and India a distinct identity around the world. Gujarat is one of the leading states in the country in terms of development. The people of Gujarat have an entrepreneurial and innovation culture,” she told an event here.

The President expressed his delight that projects being inaugurated or laying the groundwork would affect key sectors such as health, medical education, irrigation, road infrastructure, shipping and waterways, all of which would lead to the further development of the state.

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“These projects will create new employment opportunities and help farmers. Small and large entrepreneurs will get more business opportunities,” she said at the event, held in the auditorium of GMERS Medical College and General Hospital, which was also attended by Governor Acharya Devvrat and Prime Minister Bhupendra Patel.

President Murmu laid the foundation for a super special hospital at GMERS (Gujarat Medical Education & Research Society) Gandhinagar and a new medical college and hospital of GMERS in the tribal dominated Narmada district.

The state-of-the-art 540-bed hospital will bring tremendous convenience in medical facilities to the people of Narmada district, where 85 percent of the population is tribal, she said.

“I believe that GMERS Hospital and Medical College will make an effective contribution to the common good,” she said.

Praising Gujarat for impressive health achievements, the president said it was the first state to issue health cards for pregnant women and had also administered more than 12 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines so far.

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She said that the World Health Organization’s Global Center for Traditional Medicine, which will emerge in the city of Jamnagar in Gujarat, will help spread India’s long-established medical knowledge around the world.

“Gujarat ranks first in achieving sustainable development for good health and well-being of NITI Aayog. In addition to industrial progress, the state has also presented examples in the fields of natural agriculture and environmental protection,” she said.

Murmu praised Governor Devvrat’s contribution to promoting natural agriculture.

“Gujarat has nearly five percent of the country’s population, but the state’s farmers contribute nearly 20 percent of the country’s agricultural output. Successful agricultural development experiments conducted in Gujarat are being adopted across the country,” she said.

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The President said a 63,000-kilometer sewer network created under the Sardar Sarovar project has brought positive changes to the lives of several Lakh people, adding that ensuring water security is important for socio-economic development.

In the past, the people of North Gujarat, Saurashtra and Kutch regions faced water shortage problems due to their geographic locations, but this situation has now completely changed, the President said.

She hailed the state for achieving 100 percent of its target for access to improved sources of drinking water, while Gujarat ranks first in the country in water management for three consecutive years according to the NITI Aayog Composite Water Management Index.

Murmu said the completion of projects under the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways at Deendayal Port will increase cargo capacity and boost the region’s development.

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