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PM Modi calls Rourkela Mini India, stresses on Skill Development for Youth

Rourkela, April 01: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who visited Rourkela today on the occasion of Utkal Diwas, called the Steel City of Odisha as "Mini India" where people from all walks of life reside and contribute to the nation.

Addressing the audience while inaugurating the 4.5 million tone modernisation project of Rourkela Steel Plant (RSP), Modi began his speech remembering Lord Jagannatha and wished all the progress for Odisha on the occasion of Utkal Diwas. He paid tribute to the legendaries who played big role for the formation of Odisha as a separate province in the year 1936.

Modi was seen in a mood to give a report of all the works done during his regime in past 10 months. He said that no blot on the government was seen in this period and he takes care of transparency in the governance.

Highlighting the position of Rourkela in India, he said that if something happens in the city, its vibration reaches everywhere in the country. He stressed on the skill development for the youth of the city to augment progress in the country.

He talked about the Make in India programme that is the need of hour for India. He said that entire world is looking towards India with bigger hope for investment and "we need to retain their attention and invite them to our nation for progress".

The development of a country could be counted if all the states will progress. It needs to happen in entire nation.

He said that the nation runs with policies and partnership with the states. This was lacking before for which we were far behind the development. Praising his government, he said that the issue of royalty has been sorted out and the amount was increased after his party came to power. His government went for auction of coal blocks in transparent manner and the money collected from this bidding will be given to the mining states.

The coal, which was burden for the country, his government turned it into the diamonds. The country earned over Rs 2 lakh crore due to the transparent auction of 20 out of 204 coal mines so far.

After Modi reached the city, he was welcomed by Odisha Governor SC Jamir, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, Union Ministers Jual Oram, Narendra Singh Tomar, and Dharmendra Pradhan.

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