New Delhi, Feb 5: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Monday lauded the development works taking place in Jammu and Kashmir and condemned the ideology of secession.
Replying to the motion of thanks on the President’s address to Parliament in the Lok Sabha, the PM lauded the developments taking place in Jammu and Kashmir.
Condemning the ideology of secession, he expressed pride and faith in the capabilities of India’s defence forces.
Praising the efforts of the government to maintain peace and tranquillity in the nation, PM Modi reiterated that the world was obligated to follow India’s policy of zero tolerance for terrorism.
He began his address to the House by referring to the Sengol that led the procession with pride and respect as the President arrived in the new house to deliver her address and the rest of the parliamentarians followed her lead.
The PM underlined that this legacy increases the dignity of the house manifold and said that the 75th Republic Day, the new Parliament House, and the arrival of the Sengol was a very impactful event.
He thanked the members of the house for contributing their thoughts and ideas to the motion of thanks on the President’s address.
PM Modi underlined that the President's address was a huge document based on facts that gave an indication of the speed and scale of India's progress and also drew attention to the fact that the nation will become developed faster only if the four pillars of women power, youth power, the poor, and the Ann Daata are developed and strengthened.
He said that the address illuminates the path for the nation to become Viksit Bharat by strengthening these four pillars.
Stressing the need for a strong opposition, the PM said that dynastic politics was a cause for concern for the Indian democracy.
Throwing light on the meaning of dynastic politics, he explained that a political party which runs a family, prioritises its members, and where all decisions are taken by the family members was considered dynastic politics rather than several members of a family who were making their way forward in politics on its strength with the support of the people.
“I welcome all young people in politics who are here to serve the nation,” PM Modi said, drawing attention to the dangers of dynastic politics to democracy.
He lamented the emergence of a culture in politics and said the developments taking place in the country do not belong to one person but to every citizen.
Commenting on India’s robust economy being appreciated by the world today, the PM said, “Modi guarantees that India will become the 3rd largest economy of the world in the present government’s third term.”
He said that the world’s views and opinions towards India could be summed up by the success of the G20 Summit.
Underlining the role of the government in steering the nation towards prosperity, PM Modi drew attention to the interim budget tabled in the house in 2014 by the previous government and the statement of the then finance minister.
He pointed out that during his address, the then finance minister had informed about India being the 11th largest economy in terms of the size of its GDP, while today the country has reached the 5th position.
Further quoting the then FM, the PM said that the nation would grow to become the 3rd largest economy in the world after the USA and China in the next three decades.
“Today, I assure the nation that India will become the 3rd largest economy in the world in the present government’s third term,” he said.
PM Modi underlined that the entire world was watching the speed of the work of the government as well as its big goals and courage.
He informed the house that the present government built 4 crore houses for the rural poor and 80 lakh pucca houses for the urban poor.
The PM said that in the last 10 years, electrification of 40,000 km of railway lines was achieved, 17 crore extra gas connections were provided, and sanitation coverage increased from 40 percent to 100 percent.
Lamenting the half-hearted approach of the previous governments towards welfare and its lack of confidence in the people of India, he reaffirmed the present government’s belief in the strengths and capabilities of Indian citizens.
“In the first term, we kept filling the potholes of the previous governments, in the second term we laid the foundation of a new India, in the third term we will accelerate the development of a Viksit Bharat,” PM Modi said.
He listed down the schemes of the first term and mentioned Swacch Bharat, Ujjwala, Ayushman Bharat, Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao, Sugamya Bharat, Digital India and GST.
The PM said that the nation witnessed the abolition of Article 370, the passage of Nari Shakti Vandan Adhiniyam, the adoption of Bhartiya Nyay Samhita, the repealing of more than 40,000 obsolete laws, and the launch of Vande Bharat and Namo Bharat trains in the second term.
“From North to South, from East to West, people have seen the pending projects being completed on time,” he said.
The PM said that the Viksit Bharat Sankalp Yatra had shown the government’s dedication and determination towards making basic facilities available to everyone.
Speaking about the consecration of the Ram Temple, he said, “Ram temple in Ayodhya will continue to give energy to the great culture and tradition of India.”
PM Modi emphasised that the present government’s third term would be focused on major decisions.
“The government’s third term will lay the foundations of the country for the next 1000 years,” he said.
Expressing confidence in the capabilities of the 140 crore citizens of the country, the PM said that 25 crore people had risen out of poverty in the last 10 years.
He reiterated that the poor could defeat poverty if they were provided with the right resources and self-respect.
PM Modi said 50 crore poor own bank accounts, 4 crore own houses, 11 crore receive tapped water connections, 55 crore possess Ayushman cards, and 80 crore people receive free food grains.
“Modi is concerned for those who were once nobody’s concern,” he said, mentioning the street vendors who now avail interest-free loans under PM Svanidhi, Vishwakarma Yojna for artisans and handicraftsmen, PM Jan Man Yojna for particularly vulnerable tribal groups, Vibrant Villages Programme for development of border areas, focus on millet production, Vocal for Local, and strengthening the Khadi sector.
The PM also drew attention towards conferring Karpoori Thakur with the Bharat Ratna and pointed out how the great personality was treated with disrespect by the previous governments.
He recalled the attempts made to overthrow his government when Thakur was the chief minister of Bihar in the 1970s.
PM Modi highlighted the contributions of the government to empower women in India.
“Now there is no such sector in India where the doors are closed for the daughters of the country. They are also flying fighter jets and keeping the borders safe,” he said.
The PM expressed confidence in the capabilities of women's self-help groups which have more than 10 crore members and give impetus to India’s rural economy.
He said that in the coming years, the nation would witness 3 crore Lakhpati Didis.
PM Modi expressed delight with the change in thinking where the birth of a girl child was celebrated and elaborated on the measures taken by the government to make the lives of women easier.
Speaking about farmer welfare, he said that the annual agricultural budget was increased from Rs 25,000 crore during previous governments to Rs 1.25 lakh crore now.
The PM mentioned disbursing Rs 2,80,000 crores to farmers under PM Kisan Samman Nidhi, Rs 1,50,000 crores under PM Fasal Bima Yojna at a premium of Rs 30,000, formation of a dedicated Ministry for Fisheries and Animal Husbandry and PM Kisan Credit Cards for fishermen and cattlemen.
He also mentioned 50 crore vaccinations for foot and mouth disease to save animal lives.
Shedding light on the opportunities created for the youth of India, PM Modi spoke about the advent of the startup age, unicorns, the emergence of digital creators, and the gift economy.
He underlined that today, India was the leading digital economy of the world and it would create numerous new opportunities for India’s youth.
The PM also touched upon mobile manufacturing in India and the availability of cheap data.
He also acknowledged the growth in India's tourism sector and aviation sector. PM Modi stressed the government’s approach to providing employment opportunities and social security to the youth of India.
He informed the house that the infrastructure budget of the country had increased from 12 lakh crore in the last 10 years before 2014 to Rs 44 lakh crore in the last 10 years.
The PM also mentioned encouraging India’s youth towards making the country a research and innovation hub of the world by developing proper systems and economic policies.
Highlighting the government’s efforts to make the nation Atmanirbhar in the energy sector, he touched upon India taking the lead in investments in the green hydrogen and semiconductors sectors.
PM Modi also touched upon the price rise and recalled the rate of inflation at 30 percent in 1974.
He praised the government of today for checking price rise in the country amid two wars and the coronavirus pandemic.
The PM recalled the times when discussions in the house revolved around scams in the country.
He mentioned a two-fold increase in cases under PMLA since previous governments and the seizure by the Enforcement Directorate increasing from Rs 5000 crore to 1 lakh crore.
“All seized funds were used for the welfare of the poor,” PM Modi said, informing about disbursing more than Rs 30 lakh crore via Direct Benefit Transfer.
He pledged to fight corruption to the very end and said, “Those who looted the nation will have to pay back.”
The PM urged the members of the house to come forward shoulder to shoulder for the development of the nation.
“I ask for your support in the development of the country and its 140 crore citizens,” he said.