Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the coastal state of Goa on November 13, 2016 to lay foundation stone for two projects: Greenfield airport in North Goa and Tuem Electronic city. The function was held at Dr Shama Prasad Mukherjee stadium in Bambolim village.
- PM laid the foundation stone for Greenfield airport at Mopa and Tuem Electronic City, both of which are located in northern most taluka of Pernem.
- This was the second visit of the Prime Minister to Goa in the last two months, the first one being during the BRICS summit in South Goa.
- The Goa government has signed a concessional agreement with Bengaluru based GMR Airports, a subsidiary of GMR Infrastructure to design, build, finance and operate the international airport for 40 years with the extension option for another 20 years.
- The first phase of the airport is expected to be commissioned in the financial year 2019-20.
- The Tuem Electronic City project is expected to generate 25,000 jobs for the youth in the state.
According to the Chief Minister of Goa Laxmikant Parsekar, within next one year, the work of building the structure will start and in next five years, the Electronic City will be fully operational.
Prime Minister inaugurated International Conference and Exhibition on Sugarcane Value Chain – Vision 2025 Sugar at Pune
Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Pune on November 13, 2016 to inaugurate the International Conference and Exhibition on Sugarcane Value Chain – Vision 2025 Sugar organised by Vasantdada Sugar Institute (VSI) at Manjari.
- The inauguration ceremony also had Maharashtra Governor C. Vidyasagar Rao, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and former Union Minister and NCP chief Sharad Pawar, who is the President of VSI.
- Around 1,500 delegates participated in this conference from across the globe. Eminent international and national speakers delivered lectures on significantly different important aspects of sugarcane value chain in this 3 days conference.
- VSI is an autonomous body established in 1975 by cane growers of co-operative sugar mills in Maharashtra with support of State and Central government.
- The conference was followed by an exhibition showcasing various technological developments in sugar industry and live demonstrations of sugarcane crop showing various advance technologies and practices in cultivation.
- The Prime Minister also visited Live Crop Demonstration Plots at the venue – Vasantdada Sugar Institute
Prime Minister’s Speech Focussed on:
- Research: Besides the sugar sector, plans should be made for the global competitive bamboo products.
- Higher land productivity. He also mentioned the requirement of pulses, saying there is an assured
- The steps taken by the Union Government for the welfare of farmers, including provision of soil health cards, solar pumps etc.
- The recent decision of the Union Government to demonetize the 500 and 1000 rupee notes, and assured farmers that they will not be taxed.