PM Modi addresses the first "Arun Jaitley Memorial Lecture" in New Delhi

Published By : Admin | July 8, 2022 | 18:30 IST
“Shinzo Abe will remain in the hearts of Indians for years to come”
Arun Jaitley’s personality was full of diversity and his nature was friendly to all. Everyone feels his absence”
“The gist of my experiences of 20 years as Head of Government is that - without inclusion, real growth and without growth the goal of inclusion cannot be accomplished”
“Speed and scale of inclusion in the last 8 years is unprecedented”
“Today's India is preparing a roadmap for the next 25 years with ‘Reforms by conviction’ rather than ‘Reforms by Compulsion’”
“We do not consider reforms as a necessary evil but a win-win choice”
“Our policy-making is based on the pulse of the people”
“We did not let the policy come under the pressure of populist impulses”
“Now is the time that the government should encourage the private sector as a partner in progress and we are moving forward in this direction”

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi attended the first ‘Arun Jaitley Memorial Lecture’ (AJML), by Mr. Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Senior Minister, Government of Singapore, today at New Delhi. The Prime Minister also addressed the gathering during the event.

Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister recalled his close friendship with the former Prime Minister of Japan Mr Shinzo Abe, who passed away today. Paying rich tributes to Mr Abe, the Prime Minister said that today is a day of irreparable loss and unbearable pain for him. Calling Mr Abe a reliable friend of India, the Prime Minister underlined the growth of India-Japan relations based on the shared heritage of the two countries during the tenure of Mr Shinzo Abe. Through the projects that are being undertaken with the help of Japan, Mr Abe will remain in the hearts of Indians for years to come, he said.

The Prime Minister fondly remembered his other friend, Shri Arun Jaitley in whose memory today’s programme was held. The Prime Minister said “ When we remember the days gone by, I remember many things about them, many incidents related to them. We all were in awe of his oratory. His personality was full of diversity, his nature was friendly to all.” The Prime Minister recalled Shri Jaitely’s enduring one-liners. Paying homage to Shri Jaitley, the Prime Minister said that everyone feels his absence.

The Prime Minister thanked Mr. Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Senior Minister, Government of Singapore, for his ‘Arun Jaitley Memorial Lecture’. He praised the depth of his intellect, research and inclusion of local touch in his research. The Prime Minister said that the topic of today’s lecture “Growth through Inclusivity, Inclusivity through Growth’ is the foundation of the government’s development policy. “In simple terms, this theme, according to me, is Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas”, he said.

The theme, the Prime Minister continued, captures the challenges and dilemmas of today’s policy makers. The Prime MInister posed the question “Is right growth possible without inclusion? Can inclusion be thought of without growth?” The Prime Minister replied “The gist of my experiences of 20 years as Head of Government is that - without inclusion, real growth is not possible. And, without growth the goal of inclusion too cannot be accomplished.” That is why, he added, ‘we adopted the way of growth through inclusivity and tried for everyone’s inclusion’.

He said the speed and scale of inclusion in the last 8 years has been unprecedented in the world. To illustrate his point, the Prime Minister listed measures like providing gas connections to more than 9 crore women, more than 10 crore toilets for the poor, more than 45 crore Jan Dhan accounts, 3 crore pucca houses to the poor. He further explained that by ensuring free treatment of upto Rs 5 lakh for 50 crore people under Ayushman Scheme and more than 3.5 crore patients having availed the free treatment in the last 4 years, inclusion was focussed but this led to increased demand and much better growth and opportunities as almost one third population of India came in the ambit of quality healthcare. Ayushman Bharat has transformed the healthcare sector in India, he said and went on to describe the strides in the healthcare infrastructure. He pointed out that “before 2014, the average of our country was that 50 medical colleges were built in 10 years. Whereas in the last 7-8 years, 209 new medical colleges have been built in India, more than 4 times than before.” Furthermore, “There has been an increase of 75% in undergraduate medical seats in India in the last 7-8 years. Now the number of annual total medical seats has almost doubled in India.” The Prime Minister said through these figures we can see the impact of an inclusivity scheme on the growth of the sector.

The Prime MInister said through 5 lakh common service centres, UPI and PM SVANidhi scheme for street vendors the ambit of inclusion has been widened. Similarly, Aspirational District and education in mother tongue in NEP, UDAN scheme for making air travel accessible are leading to both inclusion and growth. He also talked of massive inclusion through Har Ghar Jal by providing 6 crore tap water connections. Through the SVAMITVA scheme property rights of the most vulnerable sections are being ensured. Already 80 lakh property cards have been issued, enabling them to avail finances.

“Today's India is preparing a roadmap for the coming 25 years with Reforms by conviction rather than Reforms by Compulsion. Earlier, major reforms took place in India only when the earlier governments were left with no other option. We do not consider reforms as a necessary evil but a win-win choice, in which there is national interest and public interest '' he said. The Prime Minister continued elaborating the government’s approach to reforms “Our policy-making is based on the pulse of the people. We listen to more and more people, understand their needs and their aspirations. That's why we did not let the policy come under the pressure of populist impulses.”

The Prime Minister said that the approach of Minimum Government and Maximum Governance is yielding great results. He gave an example of partnership of private and public sector in vaccine development for covid. “Private players of our country have done a very good job. But behind them stood the full force of the government in the form of a partner in progress. Today India is one of the most reliable and state-of-the-art Space Service Providers in the whole world. Our Private Sector Ecosystem is doing a great job in this area too. But behind them also, as a ‘Partner in Progress’, the government is standing with full power”, he said. “Now only the extreme models dominated by the private sector or government have become obsolete. Now is the time that the government should encourage the private sector as a partner in progress and we are moving forward in this direction”, he added.

The Prime Minister said that thinking about tourism is also expanding in India. He said recent Yoga Day celebrations at 75 iconic places made people aware of many new places of tourism.

The Prime Minister remarked that Azadi Ka Amrit Kaal is bringing many opportunities for the country and our resolve to achieve them is unshakable.

The keynote address at the first AJML was delivered by Mr. Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Senior Minister, Government of Singapore, on “Growth through Inclusivity, Inclusivity through Growth’. The lecture was followed by a panel discussion by Mr. Mathias Cormann (OECD Secretary-General) and Shri Arvind Panagariya (Professor, Columbia University).

The Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance organised the first ‘Arun Jaitley Memorial Lecture’ in recognition of Shri Arun Jaitley’s invaluable contribution to the nation.

The Prime Minister also interacted with the delegates participating in the Kautilya Economic Conclave (KEC), a three day event being organised from 8th to 10th July.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi graced the historic lands of Pataliputra & Karakat, Bihar, vowing to tirelessly drive the nation’s growth and prevent the opposition from dividing the country on the grounds of inequality.

As PM Modi further delved into his spirited address, he praised the dedication of BJP workers, attributing the party's success to their tireless efforts. He humorously noted the popularity of Maner ladoos, urging supporters to have them ready for June 4th. PM Modi also pointed out that the opposition's complaints about EVMs are the best indicator of NDA's impending victory. He confidently declared that new records would be set in Pataliputra and across the nation, echoing the sentiment, "Phir Ek Baar...Modi Sarkar!"

PM Modi highlighted the stark contrast between his vision and the opposition's focus. On one side, he is dedicated to building a Viksit and Aatmanirbhar Bharat by 2047, “working tirelessly to enhance national security and modernize infrastructure.” On the other side, “the INDI Alliance has no agenda but to criticize Modi and cater to their vote bank. The choice is clear: progress and development with Modi, or constant negativity with the INDI Alliance.”

PM Modi emphasized the importance of the upcoming election, not just for choosing MPs but for selecting the right PM. He underscored India's need for a strong leader who can showcase the nation's power on the global stage. Contrasting this vision, the PM highlighted the INDI Alliance’s plan to deliver five different PMs in five years, “The contenders? A parade of family members: sons and daughters from the Gandhi, SP, National Conference, NCP, TMC, AAP, fake Shiv Sena, and RJD families. Their aim is to play musical chairs with the Prime Minister's seat, driven by dynastic politics rather than national interest.”

In his address, PM Modi also underscored Bihar's historic role in championing social justice and the right to reservation for SC/ST/OBC communities. However, he revealed a bitter truth. “The RJD-Congress and their allies are betraying these very communities. The Constitution and Baba Saheb Ambedkar clearly state there should be no reservation based on religion. Yet, the RJD-Congress are conspiring to allocate SC/ST/OBC quotas to their vote bank, undermining constitutional principles,” he remarked.

PM Modi also exposed this betrayal, stating, “Every caste, including Yadav, Kurmi, Kushwaha, Kalwar, Teli, Suri, Kanu, Nishad, Paswan, Ravidas, and Musahar, has been robbed of their rightful reservation. These actions are not just unconstitutional but also a grave injustice to the children of Dalits, backward classes, and tribals, whose admission quotas have been unfairly reduced in favour of Muslims.” This, he emphasized, is a stark violation of the principles of social justice and the Constitution.

PM Modi shared his understanding of what it means to have one's rights taken away. This empathy drives his commitment to ensuring the poor receive their due. He reminded the crowd of the days “when Congress allowed grains to rot while refusing to feed the poor”, contrasting it with his own “policy of opening warehouse doors to every needy person, ensuring no mother stays awake worrying about feeding her child.”

PM Modi also announced plans to build more pucca houses, equipped with toilets, electricity, cheap gas cylinders, and tap water. He mentioned about the PM Suryaghar Yojana, which aims to reduce electricity bills to zero and install solar panels, allowing families to use free electricity and even earn by selling the surplus to the government.

In his second mega rally of the day in Karakat, Bihar, the PM discussed the baseless fears spread by the opposition, “The INDI Alliance warned that building a temple in Ayodhya would cause chaos. Today, Ramlala sits in a grand temple, and there is no unrest. They claimed that removing Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir would ignite turmoil. Modi, undeterred by their threats, decisively removed Article 370.”

The PM delivered a strong message against corruption, “I guarantee the people of Bihar that those who looted the poor and exploited land in exchange for jobs will face justice. The countdown to their jail journey has begun. Once their helicopter rides end, their prison terms will start. The NDA government will not spare those who looted Bihar. This is Modi Ki Guarantee!"

PM Modi emphasized the disregard of the INDI Alliance for the dignity of Biharis, he observed, “These INDI Alliance politicians will do anything for their political interests. They remain silent when Biharis are insulted. A Congress leader from Punjab insulted Bihari labourers, declaring they wouldn't be allowed to buy houses in Punjab. Did the Congress Shahi family apologize? No. Did RJD leaders stand up for Biharis? No. RJD lacks the courage to challenge Congress on this insult to Biharis."

The PM also made another solemn promise to the people of Bihar: "Now, every elder in every family of Bihar will receive free treatment under my responsibility."


As he concluded his speech, PM Modi urged everyone to visit local temples and seek blessings for a Viksit Bharat. He passionately encouraged the crowd to vote for the BJP, saying, "Let's ensure victory for a stronger, prosperous nation!"