Macron-Modi in Varanasi

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi personally received the French president, who arrived at the Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport in Varanasi by a special plane.PM Narendra Modi and French President Emmanuel Macron ride on a specially decorated boat in Varanasi. PM Narendra Modi, Emmanuel Macron inaugurate Mirzapur 75MW solar power plant, enjoy boat ride on the Ganga in Varanasi on Monday. The power plant has been built at a cost of Rs 650 crore in Dadarkala over a stretch of 380 acres in the Vindhya mountain range. The plant has 1.18 lakh solar panels and the power produced from here will be transmitted to the Jigna Power sub-station of the power corporation. PTI

President and I inaugurated a solar power plant in Mirzapur. Our commitment towards harnessing solar energy for a better tomorrow is unwavering.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched a number of schemes for the poor in Varanasi on Monday and emphasised on harnessing solar energy for cooking.

After inaugurating a 101-megawatt solar power plant in Mirzapur along with French President Emmanuel Macron, Mr Modi laid the foundation stone of various development projects worth over Rs. 800 crore in Varanasi.

He also flagged off a new train – Kanshi-Patna Jan Shatabdi Express – between Varanasi and Patna.

The Prime Minister also announced Ayushman Bharat scheme to ensure better healthcare facilities for the poor.

Addressing a public meeting at the DLW Grounds, Mr Modi said, the scheme would go a long way in helping the downtrodden foot hospital bills.
Mr Modi also launched Pradhan Mantri Poshan Mission Yojana to ensure nutrition to children, especially girls.

French President Emmanuel Macron has said he hopes his country can sell more fighter jets and submarines to India, according to AP. Speaking at a news conference on Monday, Macron said France and India want to “be able to continue with new volumes and production in line with what has already been signed.” The president was referring to India’s purchase of six conventionally powered Scorpene submarines in 2005 and 36 Rafale fighter jets in 2016.

Macron took a boat ride with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the River Ganges in Varanasi, in northeast India, on Monday. During the three-day visit by the French leader, Macron and Modi highlighted a strong alliance and cooperation in defense, security, technology, space and counterterrorism.

List of MoUs/Agreements signed during visit of  President of France to India

S. No.

MoU/Agreement

Indian side

French side

Purpose

1.

Agreement between India and France on the Prevention of Illicit Consumption and Reduction of Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs, Psychotropic Substances and Chemical Precursors and Related Offences

Shri Rajnath Singh, Home Minister

Mr. Jean-Yves Le Drian,
Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs

The Agreement shall facilitate the two countries in combating illicit traffic and consumption of drugs and will also impact on financing of terrorism.

2.

India-France Migration and Mobility Partnership Agreement

Smt. Sushma Swaraj, External Affairs Minister

Mr. Jean-Yves Le Drian,
Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs

This agreement will facilitate temporary circular migration based on mobility and the encouragement for a return of skills to the home country.

3.

Agreement between India and France to facilitate Mutual Recognition of Academic Qualifications

Shri Prakash Javadekar, Minister of Human Resource Development

Mrs. Frederique Vidal,
Minister of Higher Education, Research and Innovation

The purpose of this Arrangement is to facilitate the mutual recognition of educational qualifications.

4.

Memorandum of Understanding between Ministry of Railways and SNCF Motilities, France on technical cooperation in the field of Railways.

Shri Piyush Goyal, Minister for Railways

Mr. Jean-Yves Le Drian,
Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs

The purpose of this MoU is to build upon and deepen the mutual cooperation and focus on priority areas of high speed and semi-high speed rail; station renovation modernisation of current operations and infrastructure; and suburban trains.

5.

Letter of Intent between India and France for creation of a permanent Indo-French Railways Forum.

Shri Piyush Goyal, Minister for Railways

Mr. Jean-Yves Le Drian,
Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs

The purpose of this Letter of Intent is to enhance the already existing cooperation by creating an Indo-French Permanent Railway Forum.

6.

Agreement between India and France regarding the provision of reciprocal logistics support between their Armed Forces

Ms. Nirmala Sitharaman, Defence Minister

Mrs. Florence Parly, Minister for the Armed Forces

This Agreement shall facilitate the reciprocal provision of Logistic Support, Supplies and Services between the Armed Forces of the two countries during authorised port visits, joint exercises, joint training, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief efforts etc.

7.

Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and France on cooperation in the field of Environment

Dr. Mahesh Sharma
Minister of State for
Environment, Forest and Climate Change

Mrs. Brune Poirson,
Minister of State, attached to the Minister for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition

The MoU aims to establish a basis for exchange of information between the Governments and technical experts of the two countries in the field of environment and climate change.

8.

Agreement between India and France on cooperation in the field of Sustainable Urban Development

Shri Hardeep Singh Puri,
Minister of State (IC) of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs

Mrs. Brune Poirson,
Minister of State, attached to the Minister for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition

The Agreement will allow exchange of information on smart city development, development of urban mass transportation systems, urban settlements and utilities etc

9.

Agreement between India and France regarding the exchange and reciprocal protection of classified or protected information

Shri Ajit Doval,
NSA

Mr. Philippe Etienne, Diplomatic Adviser to the French President

This Agreement defines the common security regulations applicable to any exchange of classified and protected information

10.

Implementing Arrangement between Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and Central National D’EtudesSpatiales (CNES) for pre-formulation studies of a Maritime Awareness Mission

Shri K. Sivan, Secretary, Department of Space & Chairman ISRO

Mr Jean-Yves Le Gall, President CNES

The Agreement would provide end-to-end solution for detection, identification and monitoring of vessels in the regions of interest for France and India.

11.

Industrial Way Forward Agreement between Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd, and EDF, France

Shri Sekhar Basu, Secretary, Department of Atomic Energy

Mr. Jean Bernard Levy, CEO, EDF

This agreement prescribes a way forward for the implementation of the Jaitapur nuclear power project.

12.

Bilateral Arrangement between India and France on cooperation in the matter of Hydrography and Maritime Cartography

Mr.Vinay Kwatra,
Ambassador of India

Mr. Alexander Ziegler,
Ambassador of France

This Arrangement will encourage cooperation between the two countries in the field of hydrography, nautical documentation and maritime safety information.

13.

Credit Facility Agreement between India and France of Euros 100 million for funding of the Smart City Projects through a Challenge Process

Mr.Vinay Kwatra,
Ambassador of India

Mr. Alexander Ziegler,
Ambassador of France

This agreement will help fill the funding gap under the Smart City Mission and the funds provided by the Central and State Governments for the purpose.

14.

Memorandum of Understanding between National Institute of Solar Energy (NISE), Ministry of New & Renewable Energy and the National Solar Energy Institute (INES), France

Mr.Vinay Kwatra,
Ambassador of India

Mr. Daniel Verwaerde,
Administrator,
The Commission for Atomic and Alternate Energy (CEA)

With this agreement both countries shall work on projects in ISA member countries in the areas of solar energy (solar photovoltaic, storage technologies, etc.) through transfer of technology and collaborative activities.

 

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