'New India' Will Be Built Through Tech Revolution, Says PM

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Modi also spoke on his government's decision to relax the GST rates and allowing small entrepreneurs, businessmen, traders and the exporters to file their returns quarterly instead of every month. We are modernising marine security apparatus.

Stating that the government wants port-led development, he said the blue economy would aid India's progress.

In his speech, PM Modi also addressed the topic of GST and said, "It was like Diwali yesterday when we made some important changes in the Goods and Services Tax". This is how narrow their concept of development was.

- Will boost tourism by developing Dwarka. "I thank people of this country for their support". He said that this will also end the difficulties faced by pilgrims since many years. We wanted to change this with a push on infrastructure, says PM.

He said merely developing an area was not sufficient unless it had connectivity with other areas.

- Today I am seeing a very different mood here in Dwarka.

Interestingly, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi too had begun his three-day Saurashtra yatra by saying prayers at Dwarka temple 10 days ago.

The definition of development has changed in Gujarat since the BJP came to power in 1995, said Modi after laying the foundation stone for the Rs 2,500-crore Greenfield project for Rajkot International Airport on Saturday near pilgrimage Chotila in Surendranagar district.

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PM Narendra Modi addresses gathering in Gujarat's Dwarka.

Later in the day, he would dedicate IIT Gandhinagar to the nation and also launch Pradhanmantri Gramin Digital Saksharta Abhiyan. A part of the Digital India initiative, the programme aims to make six crore citizens digitally literate in rural India. It will provide access to information, knowledge, education, and healthcare.

It will create avenues for livelihood generation and financial inclusion through digital payments, the statement said.

Stating that his visit will bring back several memories from his childhood, Prime Minsiter Modi added that he look forward to visiting Vadnagar. Pictures from Vadnagar, which is the hometown of Prime Minister Modi was lit up on the eve of his visit.

He will visit the Hatkeshwar Temple.

The Prime Minister will distribute e-tablets to health workers to mark the launch of ImTeCHO. This is because we devoted resources to improve the port.

Talking about "digital literacy", the Prime Minister argued that "80 per cent of people do not know how to use an expensive mobile" and claimed that "if there is digital literacy, people will be able to use their expensive phones properly".

The Prime Minister will present awards to five VLEs and five digitally literate citizens at the function. In the last stage of his visit, Modi will arrive at Bharuch, where he would lay foundation stone for the Bhadbhoot Barrage, to be built over Narmada River at the cost of Rs4,337-crore.

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