PM takes opposition head-on in Parliament
New Delhi: Without naming Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said in his reply to the motion of thanks on the President’s address in Lok Sabha he heard an Opposition MP saying- “we will beat Modi with sticks in 6 months.
Modi said: “I have also decided- will do more Surya Namaskar. This will make my back even stronger to face abuses. In any case, I have been abused so much for the last 2 decades, their negativity hardly matters.”
Modi further said that President Ram Nath Kovind’s address instills a spirit of hope and it presents a roadmap for taking the nation ahead in the times to come.
“His address comes at a time when we enter the third decade of the century. Rashtrapati Ji’s address instils a spirit of hope and it presents a roadmap for taking the nation ahead in the times to come”, PM said.
Prime Minister said that now people of the country are not ready to wait. They want Speed and Scale, Determination and Decisiveness, Sensitivity and Solution. Our Government has worked at a fast pace and the result is that in five years 37 million people have bank account, 11 million people have toilets in their home, 13 million people have cooking gas in their homes. Today dream of 2 crore people to have a home of their own is realised. Long wait to own a home has ended for 40 lakh people in over 1700 illegal colonies of Delhi.
Agriculture budget has risen five times
Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi said that increasing the farmer’s income is our priority. The issues of higher MSP, crop insurance and irrigation related schemes were pending for decades. We raised the MSP to one and half times and spent one lakh crore rupees spent to complete the stalled irrigation projects.
“More than five and a half crores of farmers joined the Pradhan Mantri Crop Insurance Scheme; farmers were paid a premium of thirteen and a half crore rupees, insurance claims of more than 56 thousand crores are settled”, PM added. Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi said that the agriculture budget has risen five times during the government’s tenure. “PM-KISAN Samman Yojana is transforming the lives of many farmers. A sum of Rs 45,000 Crores have been transferred and several farmers have benefitted due to this. In this scheme there are no middlemen and no extra file-work,” he said.
Our vision is for greater investment, better infrastructure and maximum job creation
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Lok Sabha said that his government has kept the fiscal deficit in check. “Price rise is also under check and there is macro-economic stability,” he added.
Shri Modi dwelt on the many steps taken by the Government to increase the confidence of investors and strengthen the economy of the country.
“We have taken many initiatives in: Industry Irrigation Social infra Rural infra Ports Water ways”, he said.
“Stand up India and Mudra are adding prosperity in the lives of many. Substantial number of the Mudra beneficiaries are women. Under Mudra Yojana loans more than 22 crore rupees have been approved benefitting crores of youth.”
“Government is working on labour reforms and that too after consulting the labour unions”, Prime Minister added.
Prime Minister said, “For us infrastructure is a combination of aspirations and achievements, about connecting people to their dreams, people’s creativity to consumers. Infrastructure is connecting a child to her school, a farmer to the market, a businessman to his customers. It is about connecting people to people.”
Dwelling further on the subject the Prime Minister said that among the things that will drive India’s progress is next-generation infrastructure.
“In the earlier days, infrastructure creation brought “economic opportunities” for a select few. Not any more. We have made this sector transparent and are working to boost connectivity”, he said
In the coming days we are going to invest over Rs 100 Lakh Crore in the Infrastructure Sector and this would boost growth, economy and employment”, he said.
In Rajya Sabha
Prime Minister Modi, in his reply in Rajya Sabha, to the Motion of Thanks to the President’s Address said that in the last five years Government has brought new thoughts and new approach to the governance. Referring to Digital India as one of the examples of this new thinking and new approach governance, Prime Minister said that only 59 Gram Panchayats had Broadband connectivity before 2014 but in the last 5 years over 1.25 lakh panchayats have been provided with Broadband connectivity.