GANDHINAGAR: Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched a range of projects at his home town in Vadnagar on Sunday, the second day of his current tour to election-bound Gujarat. This is his first visit to his birthplace since he became the PM of India. Modi addressed a public meeting after inaugurating a newly-built medical college and launching an immunisation programme — Intensified Mission Indradhanush — which aims to expedite the progress of full immunisation coverage, especially in the still unattended regions.
He also launched a town office in Vadnagar, an air-conditioned town hall, a bus terminal, an underground gutter project linked sewerage treatment plant and a hospital. Addressing the gathering, Modi targeted the Opposition and said that while his government was committed to making healthcare affordable for the poor, the earlier UPA governments did not bother to evolve a comprehensive health policy. “Coming back to one's hometown and receiving a warm welcome is special. I go back with your blessings and assure you that I will work even harder for the nation," Modi said, adding, "Whatever I am today is due to values I have learnt on this soil -- among you all in Vadnagar.”
The PM did his schooling in Vadnagar, an ancient town which was once home to a Buddhist monastery and has a centuries-old Shiva temple. "I am happy that I have got to inaugurate projects relating to the health sector, particularly Intensified Mission Indradhanush," the PM said. "Work is constantly being done to make healthcare affordable for the poor." Modi, who once sold tea at the Vadnagar railway station, recalled his journey to Delhi from Gujarat where he was the chief minister for 13 years from 2001.
Earlier on Saturday, he visited the temple town of Dwarka as well as Chotila, and laid the foundation stones for Rs 900-crore bridge to link coastal town of Okha with Bet Dwarka, and a Rs 2500-crore greenfield project for Rajkot International Airport. Speaking in Dwarka, Modi had claimed that the recent tweaks in GST have ushered in an early Diwali in Gujarat.