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UN Resident Coordinator pays courtesy visit to Guj CM, assures UNDP’s support for welfare initiatives undertaken by GOG

UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in India, Mr Yuri Afanasiev, paid a courtesy visit to Gujarat Chief Minister Smt Anandiben Patel in Gandhinagar today.

Mr Afanasiev has recently assumed his duties and on his first visit to Gujarat. During his meeting with CM Smt Patel, he lauded the commendable growth-story of Gujarat. He particularly appreciated initiatives by Gujarat Government in direction of women empowerment like Sakhi Mandals and Kanya Kelavani.

CM Smt Patel shared details of various efforts made by the government in over-all rural development and last mile delivery of various government schemes. She spoke about the contribution and progress of women cattle rearers, women milk-cooperatives, which was appreciated by the UN Resident Coordinator.

During the meeting, CM Smt Patel gave details of various infrastructural and economic assistance extended to farmers by the government. She informed him that farmers involved in Narmada Sub-minor Canal works have been provided with advanced payment for their land. Mr Afanasiev appreciated efforts made towards simplifying land acquisition process and other pro-farmers initiatives taken up by the government.

Mr Afanasiev congratulated CM Smt Patel for all-round development in areas of energy and drinking water supply. He also extended assurance to support welfare initiatives undertaken by Gujarat Government through UNDP.

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