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"Bure din chale gaye"
Acchhe din are not for middlemen and power brokers

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today asserted that the "Bure Din" (bad days) of the UPA Government are over. Addressing a public meeting in scorching heat at Deendayal Dham near Mathura, the Prime Minister said that the era of a fresh corruption scandal every day, and Government being run by remote control, has ended.



The Prime Minister thanked the people of India for putting an end to the bure din, through their decisive mandate one year ago. He asked the large gathering what would have happened if the UPA Government had continued for one more year. He said instead of that, people today no longer heard of incidents of corruption, nepotism and remote control. Giving the example of successful coal block auctions which netted Rs. 3 lakh crore, the Prime Minister said that he was working as "Pradhan Santri" and would not let anyone loot Government money through illicit means. He said there were hundreds of "power circles" and multiple power centres in Delhi, which had now been destroyed, thanks to the clear mandate given to the NDA Government.

The Prime Minister highlighted the various welfare measures and steps taken by the Government for the common man, the poor and the farmer. He spoke about how the 15 crore bank accounts opened under the Pradhan Mantri Jan-Dhan Yojana would eliminate middlemen, and how benefits such as LPG subsidy were being transferred directly to bank accounts.

He explained initiatives such as soil health cards, and revival of fertilizer plants, to help farmers.

The Prime Minister also spoke of measures to ease the life of the common man, including self attestation of documents, and scrapping of about 1300 outdated laws.

He explained how steps such as the launch of the Mudra Bank, and the social security teams such as Atal Pension Yojana, would transform the lives of the poor.

The Prime Minister said the whole world was looking at India with fresh hope, and foreign investment had increased eight times over the last year.

The Prime Minister visited the home of Pt. Deendayal Upadhyay and paid homage to him.

 

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Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi today interacted with Governors of States regarding the Covid-19 situation and ongoing vaccination drive in the country, through video conferencing.

Prime Minister said that in the battle against Covid, along with the vaccines, our values and sense of duty are our biggest strengths. Praising the citizens who participated in this battle last year considering it their duty, he said that the same feeling of Janbhagidari needs to be encouraged now as well. He said that the role of the Governors, through appropriate utilization of their social capacity, thus becomes all the more critical to achieving this. Governors are an important link to ensure better coordination between State Governments and society, he said, adding that the combined power of all community organizations, political parties, NGOs and social institutions needs to be harnessed.

Prime Minister suggested that the Governors can actively engage to ensure that social institutions collaborate seamlessly with the State Governments towards micro containment. He said that their social network can help ensure an increase in the capacity of ambulances, ventilators and oxygen in hospitals. Along with spreading the message about vaccination and treatment, the Governors can also spread awareness about AYUSH related remedies.

Prime Minister noted that our youth, our workforce, is an important part of our economy. Hence, it is important to ensure that our youth follows all Covid related protocols and precautions. He said that the Governors’ role is also critical in ensuring the greater engagement of our students in University campuses towards this Janbhagidari. We also need to focus on better utilization of facilities at University and College campuses, he added. He said that just like last year, NCC and NSS also have a key role to play this year as well. Prime Minister said that the Governors are an important pillar of Janbhagidari in this battle and their coordination with State Governments and guidance to institutions of the State will further strengthen the nation’s resolve.

Discussing the rise in the number of Covid cases, the Prime Minister said that in this stage of the fight against the virus, the country stands to gain from last year’s experience and improved healthcare capacity. He discussed the increase RTPCR testing capacity and noted that the country has become Aatmanirbhar with respect to kits and other material related to testing. All this has led to a reduction in the cost of RTPCR tests also. He added that most of the products related to testing are also available on the GeM portal. Prime Minister emphasized the significance of increasing tracking, tracing and testing, and said that RTPCR testing needs to be increased from 60% to 70%. He said that it is pertinent to ensure that more and more people get tested.

Prime Minister underlined that the government is committed to ensuring adequate availability of vaccines. He highlighted that India has become the fastest nation to reach the landmark of 10 crore vaccinations. Noting the positive impact of Tika Utsav in the last four days, he said that in this period, the vaccination drive was expanded and new vaccination centres also came up.

Interaction

The Vice President of India, Union Home Minister and Union Health Minister also attended the interaction.

The Vice President appreciated the Prime Minister for leading the fight against Covid and his proactive steps to develop the infrastructure required to tackle the pandemic. He also highlighted the scientific community's contribution in giving a vaccine to India and the whole world. He also talked about the contribution of healthcare workers, sanitation workers, and other frontline workers who have played a vital role during the pandemic.

The Vice President called upon the Governors to bring up a coordinated front by leading all-party meetings in their respective states and engaging with civil society organisations to spread awareness about covid-appropriate behaviour. The Vice president said that a 'Team India spirit' cutting across policy lines should be adopted, and in this regard, Governors as the 'Guardians of the State' could guide the State Governments.

Union Home Minister stressed the importance of saving each and every life. Union Health Secretary gave a presentation on Covid cases and vaccination drive. He gave an overview of how India has followed a proactive and pre-emptive approach in this endeavour.

The Governors shared details of how their respective states are tackling the spread of the virus and coordinating activities towards ensuring a smooth implementation of the vaccination drive, while also mentioning the deficiencies of healthcare facilities in the States.

They gave suggestions for further improvement in the efforts and shared plans of how Janbhagidari can be increased through the active social engagement of various groups.