Development Is Not Just About Making Hand Pumps: Narendra Modi

He is also expected to lay the foundation stone for six-laning of 201-kilometre- Ahmedabad-Rajkot section of NH-47 worth Rs. 2,893 crore and four-laning of Rajkot-Morbi State Highway.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said recommendations by GST Council will immensely help small and medium enterprises (SMEs). This is Modi's third visit to Gujarat ahead of Gujarat Assembly Elections 2017. Speaking at the foundation ceremony event, PM Modi had said, "I see Gujarat contributing actively to the development of India and congratulate the Gujarat Government". "When Madhavsinh Solankiji (Congress leader) was chief minister of Gujarat, I recall front page advertisements for the CM coming to Jamnagar to inaugurate a water tank". The Central Government had said that after studying GST implementation for three months, it would try to solve discrepancies. This was their vision of development, but we have a big view of development, he said. He described the recent GST Council decisions as Diwali gifts to trade, industry and business community. He said a new lease of life has been given to Alang, and steps taken for the welfare of the labourers working there.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 7 October asserted that Diwali the "festival of lights" has come early for citizens due to the latest decisions taken by the Goods and Service Tax (GST) Council.

At a rally in Gandhinagar, the Prime Minister talked about technology and maintained that it was the "key to empowerment". The campus, built over a plot of 397 acres at Palaj village near Gandhinagar, is the first IIT institute in the state.

Talking about the NDA government's educational reforms, Mr Modi said that "academics should not be exam-driven: The focus needs to be on innovation".

He will also be laying foundation stones and inaugurate a number of projects in his trip to poll-bound Gujarat.

This will be Modi's first visit to Vadnagar after becoming the prime minister. Modi came to the famous Hindu pilgrimage Dwarka in Devbhumi Dwaka district and laid foundation stone of the cable bridge between Okha to Bet Dwarka, also a pilgrimage of Lord Krishna. He is also scheduled to distribute e-tablets to the health workers.

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