PM Modi in Bihar Live updates: PM to share stage with Bihar CM Nitish Kumar

The Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to address the centenary celebrations of Patna University in Bihar today. He will be visiting Mokama to inaugurate several development projects, including national highway projects and sewage treatment plants. By the end of the day, PM is expected to address a public meeting as well. The PM Modi is expected to share the stage with Bihar CM Nitish Kumar during his visit, which will be the first time after the Kumar’s return to the NDA fold.

Here are the Live updates:

11: 20 am: PM Modi has arrived Science College Ground of Patna University. The centenary celebrations have been started.

10.35 am: PM Modi stressed on the need for conscious efforts towards national integration at the Conference of Governors. He urged the Governors to participate themselves in initiatives such as ‘Ek Bharat’, ‘Shreshtha Bharat’ and ‘Run for Unity’.

10.10 am:  On Friday, PM Modi attended the 48th Conference of Governors at Rashtrapati Bhawan. While addressing the Conference, PM Modi said that there was a shortage of ideas, resources, and capabilities in the country and added that Governors can simplify better effectiveness of government initiatives.

9.45 am: The PM Modi is expected to inaugurate two-lane construction of Maheshkhunt-Saharsa-Purnea section of NH 107 and two-lane construction of Biharsharif-Barbigha-Mokama section of NH-82 at Mokama, which is around 90 kms from Patna.

9.20 am: Modi is expected to lay the foundation stone of four highways, including the four-laning of Aunta-Simariya section of NH-31 and the construction of six-lane Ganga Setu at a cost of Rs 1,161 crore.

8.30 am: This Bihar’s tour for the PM Modi will be the first official tour since the BJP-led coalition came to power in July this year.

Modi Government to give 51000 to graduate Muslim girls under ‘Shaadi Shagun’ scheme

As an initiative to promote higher education among Muslim girls, the Modi government will give 51,000 to Muslim girls who will get graduated before getting married. This ‘Shaadi Shagun’ scheme by the Maulana Azad Education Foundation is now passed by the Ministry of Minority Affairs. The major focus of this scheme is to promote higher education among minority groups. In July, the proposal was submitted to Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Naqvi in July.

“We felt that families of Muslim girls and other minorities are always in dilemma about their daughter’s graduation studies and marriage. The minority groups prefer to save money for their daughter’s marriage rather than spend it on their graduation,” said Shakir Hussain Ansari, treasurer of Maulana Azad Education Foundation. The students whose parents earn more than 2 lakh per annum cannot enjoy the scholarships. This scholarship is focused to help parents in understanding the importance of education over marriage.

Facing Criticism on Economy, PM Modi to ease Burden on Small Firms

The Modi government is all set to ease the burden for the small and medium-sized companies on Friday as the government is receiving flak over the fact of not controlling the balance losing economy of the country. The Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in a rare confession that economic sentiment had turned negative, defended his government’s handling of the economy this week, which in June quarter went to an annual 5.7%, the lowest rate in three years.

The Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will hold a meeting on Friday of the council for the Goods and Services Tax (GST), a historic reform that changed India’s 29 states into a single customs union for the first time. The officials who are well-informed about this meeting and industry bodies said that they supposed that the government to make simpler the filing of GST returns under GST to comfort the burden on smaller businesses. A lot of companies are also expecting that the government to increase the size of turnover levied on before they should begin filing returns. A senior lawmaker said that “We are not in a denial mode that there is a problem in the SME (small and medium enterprises) sector”, who’s working Modi’s office to fight the economic slowdown.

The head of the Federation of Indian Export Organisation, Ajay Sahai, said that he expected that the government to permit its 25,000 small and medium-sized members to file tax returns quarterly. “The drill to file returns is exhausting,” he said. “Informal sources of working capital (for smaller firms) have dried up,” said Anil Bhardwaj at the Federation of Indian Micro and Small and Medium Enterprises. He also conjectured that it would take another GST to start to have a positive impact on smaller companies. The Finance Minister has promised to promote economic growth more than last time’s 7%. Prime Minister Modi had built an image of Indian economic reformer who’s capable of generating jobs and wealth for a hugely increasing population, but downfall in the economy could impact the government as it would become a major cup of concern for the voters in upcoming state elections.

The investment is at its low, while the government had hiked the spending on infrastructure, but private investment had stayed null.

Governance is not about Winning Elections, Nation Comes First, says PM Modi

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) does not believe in votebank politics and the party’s main agenda is country’s development, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday. The PM Modi addressed a gathering of farmers in Shahanshapur on the peripheries of Varanasi and introduced schemes by the government for the assistance of UP’s small-scale industries.

“For us, governance is not about votes or winning elections. The priority is the well-being of the nation. Our culture is different as for us, the country is bigger than party. Doubling of farmers’ income is an area in which significant work is being done. Schemes like soil health card are benefiting farmers,” the PM Modi said. We will take an initiative to make Shahanshahpur open-defecation free by October 2, said PM Modi. PM Modi also said that let us make India these 5 years the way our freedom fighters dreamt of. Praising the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath for organizing the cattle mela, PM Modi said it’s the sign that the state’s commitment to animal health and cattle protection.

“I want to congratulate the Uttar Pradesh Government and especially CM Adityanath for organizing the Pashudhan Arogya Mela. The focus on animal health is commendable. This focus will benefit the farmers across the state,” PM Modi said. Talking about the mega animal fair organized by the Uttar Pradesh government for the very first time in Shahanshapur, PM Modi said, “These animals don’t go to cast their ballot. They are not anyone’s voters.” “Swachhta’ has to become ‘Swabhav’, it is our collective responsibility. A cleaner India will also be a healthier India,” PM Modi added.

Narendra Modi to Reshuffle Cabinet Ministry by 2019 Election

The media reports said that the Modi government is all set for an expansion-cum-reshuffle on September 2. Reshuffle in the Cabinet ministry is expected as Manohar Parrikar resigned as defence minister to become the chief minister of Goa, finance minister Arun Jaitley has been holding the additional portfolio of the defence ministry since then. The big question is the date of the reshuffle as that date looks like more of a necessity than a choice as Friday is the only time in the next some days when Prime Minister Narendra Modi, President Ram Nath Kovind, and Amit Shah will be present in the national capital.

According to the IBN7 research team, the President is yet to the official the move of the reshuffle in the Cabinet, but it is expected that it would take place before PM Modi leaves for China. A big setback came for the skills development minister Rajiv Pratap Rudy as his resignation from his portfolio. The former minister of state (MoS) in the HRD ministry, Mahendra Nath Pandey, has been appointed as the state president of the BJP’s Uttar Pradesh unit. Due to the party’s one man-one post rule, Pandey is expected to resign from the Cabinet. Some party sources disclosed that several BJP leaders have already offered their resignation. According to the Firstpost’s news, some of the BJP leaders that came to notice are Giriraj Singh (MoS for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises) and Sanjeev Baliyan, MoS for agriculture and food processing.

More than half a dozen ministers are expected to be dropped after the Cabinet reshuffle, according to the IBN7 research team. The Times of India reported that Uma Bharti has proposed her resignation on the health grounds. Agriculture minister Radha Mohan Singh has resigned after receiving criticism over the death of protesting farmers in Madhya Pradesh’s Mandsaur, NDTV reported. The India Today also gave the names of Vishnu Deo Sai (MoS for Steel and Mines), Krishna Raj (MoS for Women and Child Development) and Vijay Sampla (MoS for Social Justice and Empowerment) in the list of those who will be resigning. The news on the Cabinet reshuffle increased after the Finance minister Arun Jaitley hinted on Thursday that he would not hold the defence ministry for too long.

When Jaitley was asked about how long he would continue as defence minister, the Finance minister said that “At least not for so long”. Jaitley has also been charged as in-charge for Gujarat elections. Alongside Jaitley, there are 3 other ministers who are holding additional ministry portfolios. The textiles minister Smriti Irani is also having the charge of the information and broadcasting ministry, whereas the rural development minister is holding an additional portfolio of the urban development ministry after M Venkaiah Naidu resigned for the election of Vice-President. Harsh Vardhan, Union science and technology minister, is holding additional charge of the environment portfolio after the Anil Madhav Dave’s death in May. As per the India Today, right now, the council of ministers has 72 ministers – 24 of cabinet rank, 12 MoS (independent charge) and 36 MoS.

The maximum number of ministers in the ministry can go for 81, which means that the government can still add nine more ministers. A BJP leader said to the Livemint that “A major reshuffle is likely in BJP in the coming days. The party leadership wants to bring back some of the former general secretaries who had played decisive roles in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. These senior leaders would be appointed in-charge of a specific state”. It is generally expected that the Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s party leaders could join the Union Cabinet following Nitish Kumar joined the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance. JD (U) leaders Ram Chandra Prasad Singh and Purnea MP Santosh Kushwaha could join the Cabinet, according to the report in The Times of India.

There are speculations going that the Railway minister might be shifted out, especially after the series of train derailments. It is expected that he might become the environment minister, which role he played before under the Vajpayee government. According to the India Today report, JP Nadda could become the chief ministerial candidate of Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) Himachal Pradesh unit and could replace former Himachal Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal. The News18 reported that the ministers who were seen doing their work amazingly like power minister Piyush Goyal and petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan could be promoted. Manoj Sinha (minister of communication (independent charge) and MoS for railways) and Jitendra Singh (MoS (independent charge) for development of north eastern region and PMO) are too considered for the promotion.

There are speculations going that either the TMC leader Dinesh Trivedi could take up the railway ministry or that a mega transport and mobility ministry could be made under Nitin Gadkari, who has an extraordinary past record as highways and shipping minister. The last Cabinet reshuffled happened in July 2016 in which the Modi government introduced 19 new faces and promoted MoS for Environment Prakash Javadekar to cabinet ministry. It looks like that the Modi government wants to show the public that they are serious about their work and will make/change ministers on the basis of merit and performances.

For Flood-hit Northeast States, Rs 2000 Crore has been Assigned by PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday announced  the allowence to the flood victim, The drastic flood state of affairs in north-eastern states at a series of high-level conferences in Guwahati and has declared help of over Rs. 2000 crore. The Prime Minister declared the package for relief, rehabilitation, reconstruction and flood mitigation measures within the flood-affected north-eastern states.
The states of province, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur and Nagaland has been adversely affected by the flood, through the course of the day the Prime Minister has taken several measures to control the situation by taking the reviews careful. The Chief Ministers of the individual states, and senior officers at the conferences were gifted. A memoranda was received from the Chief Minister of Mizoram, WHO couldn’t create it to the meeting face to face.

Over Rs. 1200 large integer has been given by the Union of Government for the infrastructure sector alone. The funds are utilised for repair, maintenance, and strengthening of roads, highways, bridges, and alternative broken infrastructure.

Around four hundred large integer has been provided to upgrade the water holding capability of the Brahmaputra, which can assist high management. In the current year, the Union Government has approved Rs. 600 as central share of SDRF. Out of this, Rs. 345 has already been free, and also the remaining are free now, to help the states in relief and rehabilitation work.

The Union Government also will give alarge amont of money for completing a study to synergize efforts towards finding time-bound future solutions to repeated floods within the region. The north-eastern region, of India’s acreage, contains common fraction of the country’s water resources. The Union Government can represent a High Level Committee, with illustration from Ministries of the govt of Republic of India and also the States, for correct management of the region’s huge water resources.

Rs. 2 lakh has been provided for an ex-gratia assistance to the next of kin and Rs. 50,000 to each of those seriously injured due to the floods, has been sanctioned under the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund (PMNRF).

PM Modi Visited Assam to Review Flood Situation

The Prime Minister Narendra Modi reached in Assam for a day-long visit to flood situation in the state on Tuesday, which has witnessed more than 76 deaths. Arrived at the Lokopriyo Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport, PM Modi was received by the governor Banwarilal Purohit and chief minister Sarbananda Sonowa headed directly to Khanapara in an Indian Air Force Chopper. He has also planned to hold converse with Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal where PM Modi will take up issues related to flood management and protection alongside damage control.

PM Modi, on the other hand, also expected to meet the Chief Ministers of Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, and Manipur. On Monday, PM also declared an exgratia of Rs 2 lakh each for the families of those killed and Rs 50,000 each for the wounded in Assam floods. As per the official data, the floods have influenced more than 25 lakh people in the state’s 29 districts. The PM Modi, however, also visited the nearby Assam Administrative Staff College, where he held a number of review meetings. According to the official sources, the PM Modi in his very first meeting with the chief minister, his cabinet colleagues, and senior state government officials, reviewed the flood condition and infrastructural damage.

It is expected that PM Modi would also have a meeting of ruling BJP and its alliance partners – the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) and the Bodo Peoples’ Front. On Monday, the State Finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma had said that the Prime Minister Modi’s visit was predominantly focused on finding an everlasting solution to the flood problem in the state. On the other hand, the former Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi criticized PM Modi and said that he was forced to visit the flood-affected state after receiving criticism. “The PM preferred to visit Gujarat before Assam, but it is good that he is coming due to public pressure,” Gogoi said.

The president of the Assam unit of BJP, Ranjit K Das, contradicted the criticism and said that “The prime minister visited Assam thrice in the last 14 months, and he announced today’s visit while leaving for Gujarat. The Congress should know (former PM) Manmohan Singh did not visit Assam during the floods despite being elected to the Rajya Sabha from the state”. The Lok Sabha member and chief of All India United Democratic Front, Badruddin Ajmal, wished that PM Modi would announce the floods in Assam as a “natural calamity” and provide a financial assistance of at least 20,000 crores. “Scores of lives have been lost in the floods that left several thousand hectares of agricultural land covered with sand. We want the victims to be suitably compensated,” Ajmal said.