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 addressed massive public gatherings in Madhya Pradesh’s Sagar and Betul, reaffirming the strong support of the people for the BJP government and emphasizing the importance of stable governance for development.

Addressing the enthusiastic crowd, PM Modi said, "Today, there is an ocean of public support on the land of Sagar. Last time, you gave the BJP a victory here with record votes. Sagar has once again made up its mind, Phir Ek Baar, Modi Sarkar."

Highlighting the transformative development under the BJP government, PM Modi stated, "The people of Madhya Pradesh and Sagar know very well how important it is to have a stable and strong government for the development of the country. Development happens when there are the right policies and a clear vision. Therefore, whether it's the country or Madhya Pradesh, development came when Congress left and BJP came."

PM Modi praised the progress of Madhya Pradesh under the BJP government, citing projects such as the Ken-Betwa Link Project, Banda Major Irrigation Project, and the development of a comprehensive network of highways including expressways like Narmada Expressway, Vindhya Expressway, and others.

"The central government has also given Madhya Pradesh the gift of more than 350 rail projects. Medical colleges and hospitals have also been built in Sagar," he added.

PM Modi assured the crowd of continued support, saying, "I guarantee my mothers and sisters that there will be no need to worry about ration for the next 5 years. We are working to bring gas, electricity, water, and toilet facilities to every household to alleviate the troubles of mothers and sisters."

Addressing the reservation issue, PM Modi criticized the Congress party's agenda, stating, "Today, a truth of the Congress has come before the country that everyone is stunned to know. Our Constitution prohibits giving reservations based on religion. Congress is preparing to cut the quota of ST-SC-OBC by 15 % and then apply reservations based on religion. Last time, when there was a Congress government in Karnataka, it gave reservations based on religion. When the BJP government came, it revoked this decision. Now once again, Congress has given reservations based on religion in Karnataka.”

Highlighting the intentions of Congress through their manifesto, PM Modi said, “Congress is not stopping at just hurting you. Congress also wants to snatch your property. Even if you have two vehicles, one house in the city, and one in the village, you will still come under Congress's radar. They want to snatch all this from you and give it to their vote bank.”

PM Modi warned against Congress's approach towards inheritance tax, saying, "Congress also wants to impose inheritance tax on the property you want to leave for your children. And imagine, Congress has cut so much from India's social values, the sentiments of Indian society."

“The Congress party hates the Constitution of the country. They hate the identity of India. That's why they are working on every project that weakens the country, weakens the country's fabric. They come up with new strategies to divide society. Our faith has kept us united for centuries. The Congress party attacks that faith,” he added.

Addressing his second public gathering in Betul, Madhya Pradesh, PM Modi expressed his gratitude to the people of Betul for their enthusiasm towards the Lok Sabha elections and highlighted the significant contributions of the region to the nation's progress.

He further emphasized the role of voters in driving the country's development over the past decade. "It is your vote that has ensured rapid development in the country over the past 10 years. Your vote has made India the fifth-largest economy in the world. Your vote has made India's voice heard across the globe. Your vote has made our enemies across the border cautious," said PM Modi.

Speaking about the contributions of tribal revolutionary leaders from Betul, PM Modi said, "Betul is the sacred land of brave souls who have sacrificed their lives for the unity and integrity of the country. The contributions of tribal revolutionary leaders like Sardar Ganjan Singh Korku and Sardar Vishnu Singh Gond can never be forgotten."

PM Modi also criticized the Congress party for its divisive policies and highlighted its neglect of tribal contributions. He accused Congress of attempting to erase the legacy of tribal leaders and snatch away reservations from SC-ST-OBC communities.

Regarding Congress's recent proposals on inheritance tax and reservation based on religion, PM Modi said, "Congress can go to any extent to please its vote bank. Congress wants to loot your property and distribute it among its favorite vote bank. It is a danger bell for the entire OBC society of the country."

Speaking about INDI Alliance’s plan over who will become India’s next Prime Minister, PM Modi "Today, when the country is working towards its 25-year goals, planning the roadmap for the next 5 years, work is underway on the decisions of the first 100 days after coming into government, the INDI Alliance partners are also discussing their strategy. Some media reports suggest that the coalition partners are discussing who will become the Prime Minister after their victory. It is said that these people are now thinking about the 'One year, One PM formula'. Their intention now is to wrestle for the PM's chair. One will sit on top, while four people pull the chair's legs together.”

During his concluding remarks, PM Modi urged the people to be cautious of Congress's agenda and to support the development-oriented policies of the Modi government.