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The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today replied to the motion of thanks on the President’s address, in Rajya Sabha.He thanked the members of the Upper House for participating and contributing towards the debate. He also paid tributes to the late Rajya Sabha MP Shri Madanlal Saini.

The Prime Minister said that the mandate of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections showcases the desire of the citizens for stability. He added that the trend of electing stable governments is now being seen in various States.

Appreciating the electoral process during the recent Lok Sabha elections, PM said that the scale of the entire process has been immense.  He termed the statement of some of the leaders stating ‘democracy has lost’ as unfortunate. He asked theMembersnot toquestion the wisdom of voters.“It is important to respect our electoral process and democracy”, PM added.

The Prime Minister criticized the questions raised on electronic voting machines (EVM). He said that EVMs have brought down the instances of booth capturing and violence.  “Now, the news is about rising turnout. This is a healthy sign for democracy”, PM said. He noted that VVPATs have only strengthened the credibility of electronic voting machines.

Talking about election reforms, PM said reforms are absolutely necessary for strengtheningthe electoral process in India. In this context, he mentioned that it is important to discuss and give inputs on electoral reform proposals like ‘One Nation One Poll’.

The Prime Minister said that the Union Government has strived towards simplifying processes, which can benefit the people of India. He said the government believes in the empowerment of common people. He highlighted the government’s work towards ensuring house, electricity, gas connection, toilet etc. for the citizens of the country.

Shri Modi urged everyone to work towards making India afive trillion dollar economy. He askedall political parties to work with a positive mindset and give suggestions and ideas for attaining this goal.

PM said that he was deeply saddened by the recent incident in Jharkhand. He said that the culprits should get the adequate punishment as per laws of the country. He said it isnot right to defame an entire State,for an incident. He said that perpetrators of violence should be dealt with sternly, and all such incidents should be treated as per law, in the same manner, regardless of the State in which they occur.

The Prime Minister said that the need of the hour is to strengthen Ayushman Bharat. “We want our poor to get top quality and affordable treatment”, PM added

The Prime Minister said that there has been a strong focus on the development ofNorth Eastern States as well as aspirational districts.

On Cooperative federalism, PM said that it is important to have ‘national ambition with regional aspirations’.

The Prime Minister urged the citizens to do whatever they can, to make the nation better and stronger. He asked everyone to work together towards taking India to new heights and creating a New India.

 

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PM interacts with CEOs and Experts of Global Oil and Gas Sector
October 20, 2021
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Our goal is to make India Aatmanirbhar in the oil & gas sector: PM
PM invites CEOs to partner with India in exploration and development of the oil & gas sector in India
Industry leaders praise steps taken by the government towards improving energy access, energy affordability and energy security

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi interacted with the CEOs and Experts of the global oil and gas sector earlier today, via video conferencing.

Prime Minister discussed in detail the reforms undertaken in the oil and gas sector in the last seven years, including the ones in exploration and licensing policy, gas marketing, policies on coal bed methane, coal gasification, and the recent reform in Indian Gas Exchange, adding that such reforms will continue with the goal to make India ‘Aatmanirbhar in the oil & gas sector’.

Talking about the oil sector, he said that the focus has shifted from ‘revenue’ to ‘production’ maximization. He also spoke about the need to enhance  storage facilities for crude oil.  He further talked about the rapidly growing natural gas demand in the country. He talked about the current and potential gas infrastructure development including pipelines, city gas distribution and LNG regasification terminals.

Prime Minister recounted that since 2016, the suggestions provided in these meetings have been immensely useful in understanding the challenges faced by the oil and gas sector. He said that India is a land of openness, optimism and opportunities and is brimming with new ideas, perspectives and innovation. He invited the CEOs and experts to partner with India in exploration and development of the oil and gas sector in India. 

The interaction was attended by industry leaders from across the world, including Dr. Igor Sechin, Chairman & CEO, Rosneft; Mr. Amin Nasser, President & CEO, Saudi Aramco; Mr. Bernard Looney, CEO, British Petroleum; Dr. Daniel Yergin, Vice Chairman, IHS Markit; Mr. Olivier Le Peuch, CEO, Schlumberger Limited; Mr. Mukesh Ambani, Chairman & Managing Director, Reliance Industries Limited; Mr Anil Agarwal, Chairman, Vedanta Limited, among others.

They praised several recent achievements of the government towards improving energy access, energy affordability and energy security. They appreciated the leadership of the Prime Minister towards the transition to cleaner energy in India, through visionary and ambitious goals. They said that India is adapting fast to newer forms of clean energy technology, and can play a significant role in shaping global energy supply chains. They talked about ensuring sustainable and equitable energy transition, and also gave their inputs and suggestions about further promotion of clean growth and sustainability.