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The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today addressed the ASEAN-India Summit in Kuala Lumpur.

“We meet at a time of multiple global challenges: economic uncertainties, political turmoil and security threats. In this difficult moment, India and ASEAN are two bright spots of optimism,” the Prime Minister said in his opening statement at the summit.

“The scale of transformation in India is vast; so, the size of economic opportunities in India are huge. And, we now have environment that is open and welcoming. This is reflected in the sharp jump in India’s ranking in the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business. And, we will continue with our reforms with speed and boldness. ASEAN’s economy continues to forge ahead with dynamism and energy. I have no doubt that we will reinforce prosperity for our 1.9 billion people,” the Prime Minister said.

“Connectivity is the pathway to shared prosperity. The Trilateral Highway project is making good progress and should be completed by 2018,” the Prime Minister said.

“We will enlarge the ASEAN-India Science and Technology Development Fund from the current one million U.S. dollars to 5 million U.S. dollars. We also intend to set up an ASEAN-India Innovation Platform to facilitate commercialization of low cost technologies, technology transfer and collaborative R&D projects,” the Prime Minister said.

The Prime Minister met the Premier of the People’s Republic of China, Mr. Li Keqiang, on the sidelines of the ASEAN Summit.

Both sides reviewed the global scenario with regard to the economic slowdown, climate change and international terrorism. The Chinese Premier observed that India had maintained its growth momentum despite the slowdown. Both sides reviewed the preparations for the CoP-21 conference in Paris. Shri Narendra Modi briefed the Chinese Premier on the solar alliance initiative, and invited China to join it. Both sides agreed that terrorism is the biggest challenge, and the international community must come together to counter it.

Bilaterally, both sides discussed trade and investment, with the Prime Minister once again reiterating the concern over India’s large trade deficit with China. Cooperation in the area of skill development was discussed. The Prime Minister of Japan, Mr. Shinzo Abe, hosted Prime Minister Narendra Modi over lunch. Mr. Shinzo Abe reiterated that the India-Japan bilateral relationship has the greatest potential of any bilateral relationship across the world. The Prime Minister acknowledged the Japanese Prime Minister’s vision for the bilateral relationship, and said he looks forward to the visit of Mr. Shinzo Abe to India. The Prime Minister said that Japan was partnering India in a number of initiatives such as the Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC), which had transformative potential. Regional connectivity, maritime security, the upcoming CoP-21 conference, reform of the UN Security Council, and the issue of terrorism were some of the other subjects that came up for discussion.

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PM's remarks on the Budget 2024-25
July 23, 2024
“Budget For Viksit Bharat ensures inclusive growth, benefiting every segment of society and paving the way for a developed India”
“The government has announced the Employment Linked Incentive scheme. This will create crores of new jobs”
“This Budget brings a new scale to education and skill development”
“We will create entrepreneurs in every city, every village and every home”
“In the last 10 years, the government has ensured that the poor and the middle class continue to get tax relief”
“Budget opens up new avenues for StartUps and innovation ecosystem”
“Budget focuses on farmers in a big way”
“Today's budget has brought new opportunities, new energy, new employment and self-employment opportunities. It has brought better growth and a bright future”
“Today's budget will act as a catalyst in making India the third largest economic power in the world and will lay a solid foundation for a developed India”

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi lauded the Union Budget 2024-25 presented by the Union Minister for Finance, Smt Nirmala Sitharamanin in the Lok Sabha today.

Remarking on the Union Budget 2024-25, the Prime Minister congratulated all citizens for this year’s Budget which is bound to take the nation to new heights of development. He said that Union Finance Minister, Smt Nirmala Sitharaman and her entire team are worthy of congratulations.

“Union Budget 2024-25 will empower every section of society”, the Prime Minister said, “It will take the poor farmers from villages on the path to prosperity.” Noting the emergence of a neo-middle class after 25 crore people were lifted out of poverty, the Prime Minister said that this budget adds continuity to their empowerment and provides countless employment opportunities. “This Budget brings a new scale to education and skill development”, he said. PM Modi underlined that the budget with its new schemes is aimed at strengthening the lives of the middle class, tribal section, dalits and backward classes. He further emphasized that this year’s Budget would ensure economic partnerships of women while also laying down a new path for small businesses and MSMEs. “The Union Budget gives a fillip to manufacturing as well as infrastructure”, PM Modi said underlining that it would give new strength to economic growth while maintaining continuity.

Reiterating the government’s commitment to employment and self-employment, the Prime Minister noted the success of the PLI scheme and highlighted the Employment Linked Incentive scheme which will create crores of jobs. Under the scheme, the first salary of the first job of a youth will be borne by the government. He also mentioned provisions for higher education and the scheme for internships for 1 crore youth. “Working in the top companies under the scheme, the young interns will find new avenues of possibilities”, the Prime Minister said.

Emphasizing the commitment to creating entrepreneurs in every city, every village and every household, the Prime Minister talked about raising the limit of collateral-free loans under the Mudra Loan from Rs 10 lakhs to 20 lakhs which will greatly benefit small businessmen, women, dalits, backwards and deprived.

Asserting the commitment to make India the manufacturing hub of the world, the Prime Minister emphasized the links of MSME with the middle class of the country and its employment potential for the poor segment. To create big strength for small industries, the Prime Minister informed about the new scheme announced in the Budget that will increase the ease of credit for MSMEs. “The announcements in the Budget will take manufacturing and exports to every district”, he said, “e-Commerce, export hubs and food quality testing will give new momentum to One District-One Product programme.”

The Prime Minister underlined that the Union Budget 2024-25 brings numerous opportunities for India’s startup and innovation ecosystem. He gave examples of a one thousand crore rupees corpus fund to vitalize the space economy and the abolition of the angel tax.

“Record high capex will become a driving force of the economy”, the Prime Minister said, mentioning the development plans for 12 new industrial nodes, new satellite towns and transit plans for 14 big cities. He said that it would enable the development of new economic hubs in the country and create numerous jobs.

Highlighting the record defence exports, the Prime Minister mentioned that this year’s Budget consists of numerous provisions to create an ‘aatmanirbhar’ defence sector. He said that the world’s attraction towards India is constantly on the rise thereby, opening up new avenues for the tourism industry. He underlined the emphasis on tourism in this year’s Budget and said that the tourism industry brings numerous opportunities for the poor and the middle-class

PM Modi said that in the last 10 years, the government has ensured tax relief for the poor and the middle class, while decisions were made in this year’s budget to reduce income tax, hike standard deduction and simplify TDS rules. He said that these reforms would allow taxpayers to save more money.

The Prime Minister stated that the overall development of the eastern region of India will get new momentum and energy through the ‘Purvodaya’ vision. “New impetus would be given to the development of important infrastructures like highways, water projects and power projects in eastern India”, he added.

The Prime Minister said, “A big focus of this Budget is the nation's farmers”. After the world’s biggest grain storage scheme now Vegetable Production Clusters are being introduced which will help both the farmers and the middle class. He further emphasized, “It is the need of the hour for India to become self-reliant in the agricultural sector. Therefore, measures have been announced to help farmers increase the production of pulses and oilseeds.”

Touching upon the major schemes regarding poverty alleviation and empowerment of the poor, the Prime Minister informed about 3 crore houses for the poor and Janjatiya Unnat Gram Abhiyan which will link 5 crore tribal families to basic facilities with a saturation approach. Furthermore, Gram Sadak Yojna will connect 25 thousand new rural areas with all-weather roads, benefitting all states.

The Prime Minister asserted that “today's budget has brought new opportunities, new energy, new employment and self-employment opportunities. It has brought better growth and a bright future.” The Prime Minister concluded by underlining the Budget’s potential for being a catalyst for making India the third largest economy in the world and for laying the strong foundation for the Viksit Bharat.