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Respected senior dignitaries seated on the dais, brothers and sisters, Sai Ram.

Venkaiah Ji has made my job easier; now I don't have to spell the names. He is never worried; sometimes some names are left. You heard the speech of Venkaiah Ji like super fast express.

A short while ago, Raman Singh Ji was describing that Modi ji has started on Sunday which is a holiday. For me it is holiday in real sense. About holiday, I say its holy day. We should do all the work that is possible on that day. When I go to bed at night I would have completed my visit to five states today. I left Delhi, reached Chhattisgarh, then I will go to Odisha. From Odisha I will go to West Bengal and then I will go to Uttar Pradesh.

When 'Janta Janardan' assigns you some responsibility then you should try to complete it whole heartedly. And everyone should try. Today, I had the opportunity to unveil the statue of Sai Baba. The hospital provides free services to the poor, especially for the children's heart surgery. Those who would have gone to Puttaparthi must have seen the big hospital. I would like to point out that less attention was paid to the social works done by Sai Baba while miracles were talked about more. The work he had done in the area of water supply, education and health are indeed very inspiring. Even if we do not talk of any miracle, these works are miracles in themselves. I do not talk of any miracle. Speaking of a miracle in itself is a huge miracle. I salute the great social works of Sai Baba. Today the draft of a new policy was presented before you on innovation and Entrepreneurship. I congratulate Raman Singh and his government for their thinking in this direction. It has a blueprint of what government can do, what government will do, what people should do and what people and government can do together. If we look towards the countries which have progressed in past 50 year then we will find that at the core of their progress lies the innovation. They brought about many new things. They came out with several new ideas which wer later accepted by the world. That innovation became beneficial for the society and became the reason behind economic progress of that country. If there is no innovation, the nation comes to a halt. It causes interruption. The very nature of the life should be ever changing with times. The tradition of innovation should be maintained. We should work for new innovations which are useful to the society and community.

Entrepreneurship, 65 percent of our population is youth. The world is watching this demographic division as a major power. However, if we continue to just recite the rosary of demographic division that our 65 percent population is below 35 years of age, then it is not going to work. This 65 percent of population should be skilled. There should be economic management for displaying skill. The Government policies should be encouraging these small entrepreneurs. Our youth should become job creator from job seeker. He should work with dreams to provide job to other and not to look job for himself. This could be the environment in the country. The scheme formulated by the Government emphasize on all these things. Simply being a graduate and move around looking for job with certificates could not be the life of youths of my country. The environment of my country should be conducive to help realize the dreams of life for my youth. The Government has taken steps one after another in this direction to fulfill their dreams and ambitions.

Skill Development provides skilling opportunities to the youth of the country. 'Mudra Yojna' is financing scheme for new entrepreneurs and even for the old who want to expand. Remember this doesn’t require any guarantee for such people who couldn’t even go to the banks. Money lenders fleeced them. The interest was enormous. Some time he had to flee from his village and at times to leave the world. Mudra scheme has been formulated to save him from the clutches of money lenders. Small people like washer man, hairdresser, pot seller, cloth seller, candle seller or common people when they needed 5-10 thousand rupees, they used to visit money lenders and in a way pledge themselves. Under the scheme, arrangements have been made to provide funds worth Rs.50,000 to 10 lakh without guarantee. So far, 20 million people have been granted funds and almost one million billion rupees has been dispensed to them without seeking any form of guarantee. The idea here is that they expand their businesses and provide employment to poor people. They provide employment to one, two, four people and this is going to create job opportunities. There is prevailing belief in the world that for economic growth the push will come from the private sector and the public sector entities like government PSUs or corporate houses. For a country like India, yet another mode is required which is the personal sector. Private sector has its own relevance, public sector has its own importance but personal sector is the one where each individual becomes an Entrepreneur. The State has come with this policy today to give a fillip to entrepreneurship. He should get finance from 'Mudra Yojna', get skill from Skill Development Program and then an environment of positive market should be created. I'm glad that of out of two billion people who received help, almost 70 percent are from SCs, STs or OBCs. Women Entrepreneurs have also come forward in very large numbers. The force being created and the policies which Chattisgarh government has come up with together shall be of great value. When Central and State Governments power unite, the development comes very rapidly. And I believe that the youth of Chhattisgarh will be benefited.

'Pradhan Mantri Aawas Yojna' is also being launched today. After so many years of independence there are around five billion households who need housing facility. Nearly 20 million are in the cities and 30 million live in the villages. These are the people for whom it is not possible to build a house on their own. Neither do they have land nor the money. Systems sometime play a big role for development. Poorest of the poor find a way of living. He lives in the slums, goes out in the day time and comes back in night to sleep. There is no environment for the family nor he has the dreams. But if he is given a small house, he is willing to pay back. If government and banks extend help, this model of public private partnership can move forward.

Once he has the house, second thing comes to his mind. If guests come, there should be something at the entrance to wipe the feet. Then he saves 10 rupees and gets a doormat. The he thinks it was okay in slum but now when people come here, there should be carpet. He then saves some money and purchases the carpet next month. After sometime he thinks his children should study. Then he starts thinking for their education.

Once the roof over the head comes, the walls come there, it breathes in a new life to his dreams and he starts doing new things.

Hence I would like to point out that the 'Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana' is not an Infrastructure. It is not meant to create walls or to provide land. It is a big program to fulfill the dreams and aspirations of the people. Even for the poorest of the poor in India and every individual, there is a desire to have his own house. However, the desires of the poor are never fulfilled. No poor wants to give poverty to their children in inheritance. He also wants to give them something. Government has a dream for such people to help them fulfill their dreams.

It will be 75 years of India's independence in 2022. Can every citizen of country, all the governments, all those who are thinkers in public or personal life, all of them should resolve that in 2022 when it will be 75 years of India's independence how can we give back to all those great men who laid down their lives for independence, spent their young days in jail, were hanged, sacrificed themselves and help us attain independence. This should be resolve of every citizen of the country. We should think what kind should be the nation of our dreams. We should have a dream that on 75 years of independence, even the poorest of the poor of India should have a house of their own.

It is quite a task since 50 million households are to be created by 2022. Lots of human resources will be required. But it will also increase the employment opportunities. Cement, iron, brick, clay all will be sold more. There will be more work for the workers. We will be a witness to a major economic trend in coming days for the young generation. Life is going to change and that program starts here. States governments across the country need to act fast and decide what would be the location of the land to build such housing units. Center is ready to pursue this work. State and Central Government will do this work together and provide shelter to poorest of poor of this country. His dreams will get a new life with this shelter. And with those dreams the country will scale new heights in 2022. With this belief I once again convey my greetings to Raman Singh Ji and his team. Sriman Venkaiah ji is the Minister of this Department and is working day and night. I believe that this dream shall come true.

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PM addresses News 9 Global Summit
February 26, 2024
“If today the world thinks India is ready to take a big leap, it has a powerful launchpad of 10 years behind it”
“Today 21st century India has stopped thinking small. What we do today is the best and biggest”
“Trust in government and system is increasing in India”
“Government offices are no longer a problem but are becoming allies of the countrymen”
“Our government created infrastructure keeping the villages in mind”
“By curbing corruption, we have ensured that the benefits of development are distributed equally to every region of India”
“We believe in Governance of Saturation, not Politics of Scarcity”
“Our government is moving ahead keeping the principle of Nation First paramount”
“We have to prepare 21st century India for its coming decades today itself”
“India is the Future”

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi addressed the News 9 Global Summit in New Delhi today. The theme of the Summit is ‘India: Poised for the Big Leap’.

Addressing the gathering, the Prime Minister said TV 9’s reporting team represents the diversity of India. Their multi-language news platforms made TV 9 a representative of India's vibrant democracy, the Prime Minister said.

The Prime Minister threw light on the theme of the Summit - ‘India: Poised for the Big Leap’, and underlined that a big leap can be taken only when one is filled with passion and enthusiasm. He said that the theme highlights India’s self-confidence and aspirations owing to the creation of a launchpad of 10 years. In these 10 years, the Prime Minister said, the mindset, self-confidence and good governance have been the major factors of transformation.

The Prime Minister underlined the centrality of the commission citizen in the destiny of India. He emphasized that a mindset of defeat can not lead to victory, in this light, he said that the change in mindset and leap that India has taken is incredible. PM Modi recalled the negative view exposed by the leadership of the past and the overhang of corruption, scams, policy paralysis and dynasty politics had shook the foundation of the nation. The Prime Minister mentioned the turnaround and India entering into the top 5 economies of the world. “India of 21st century India does not think small. Whatever we do, we do best and biggest. World is amazed and sees the benefit of moving with India”, he said.

Highlighting the achievements of the last 10 years compared to the ten years before 2014, the Prime Minister mentioned the record increase in FDI from 300 billion US dollars to 640 billion US dollars, India’s digital revolution, trust in India’s Covid vaccine and the growing number of taxpayers in the country which symbolizes the increasing trust of the people in the government. Speaking about mutual fund investments in the country, the Prime Minister informed that people had invested Rs 9 lakh crore in 2014 while 2024 has seen a meteoric rise to Rs 52 lakh crores. “This proves to the citizens that the nation is moving forward with strength”, PM Modi continued, “The level of trust toward self and the government is equal.”

The Prime Minister said that the government's work culture and governance are the cause of this turn-around. “Government offices are no longer a problem but are becoming allies of the countrymen”, he said.

The Prime Minister said that for this leap, a change of gear was needed. He gave examples of long pending projects such as Saryu Canal Project in Uttar Pradesh, Sardar Sarovar Yojana, and Krishna Koena Pariyojana of Maharashtra which were lying pending for decades and were completed by the government. The Prime Minister drew attention to the Atal Tunnel whose foundation stone was laid in 2002 but remained incomplete till 2014, and it was the present government that accomplished the work with its inauguration in 2020. He also gave the example of Bogibeel Bridge in Assam, commissioned in 1998 but finally completed 20 years later in 2018, and Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor commissioned in 2008 but completed 15 years later in 2023. “Hundreds of such pending projects were completed after the present government came to power in 2014”, he added. The Prime Minister also explained the impact of regular monitoring of the big projects under PRAGATI and informed that in the last 10 years projects worth 17 lakh crore have been reviewed under the mechanism. The Prime Minister gave examples of a few projects that were completed very quickly such as Atal Setu, Parliament Building, Jammu AIIMS, Rajkot AIIMs, IIM Sambalpur, New terminal of Trichy Airport, IIT Bhilai, Goa Airport, undersea cable up to Lakshadweep, Banas Dairy at Varanasi, Dwarka Sudarshan Setu. Foundation stones of all these projects were laid by the Prime Minister and he dedicated them to the nation also. “When there is willpower and respect for the taxpayers' money, only then the nation moves forward and gets ready for a big leap”, he added.

The Prime Minister illustrated the scale by listing the activities of just one week. He mentioned a massive educational push from Jammu with dozens of higher education institutes like IIT, IIMs and IIIT on 20th February, on 24 th February he dedicated 5 AIIMs from Rajkot, and more than 2000 projects including revamping more than 500 Amrit Stations was done this morning. This streak will continue during his visit to three states in the coming two days, he informed. “We lagged in the first, second and third revolutions, now we have to lead the world in the fourth revolution”, the Prime Minister said.

He continued by furnishing the details of the nation's progress. He gave figures like 2 new colleges daily, a new university every week, 55 patents and 600 trademarks every day, 1.5 lakh Mudra loans daily, 37 startups daily, daily UPI transaction of 16 thousand crore rupees, 3 new Jan Aushadhi Kendras per day, construction of 14 KM road everyday, 50 thousand LPG connections everyday, one tap connection every second and 75 thousand people came out of poverty everyday.

Referring to a recent report on the consumption pattern of the country, the Prime Minister highlighted the fact that poverty has reached its lowest level till date into single digit. As per data, he said that consumption has increased by 2.5 times as compared to a decade ago as people's capacity to spend on different goods and services has increased. “In the last 10 years, consumption in villages has increased at a much faster rate than that in cities. This means that the economic power of the village people is increasing, they are having more money to spend”, he said.

The Prime Minister said that the government has developed infrastructure keeping rural needs in mind resulting in better connectivity, new employment opportunities and income for women. This strengthened rural India, he said. “For the first time in India, food expenditure has become less than 50 per cent of the total expenditure. That is, the family which earlier used to spend all its energy in procuring food, today its members are able to spend money on other things”, the Prime Minister added.

Pointing out the trend of vote bank politics adopted by the previous government, the Prime Minister underscored that India has broken out of the scarcity mindset in the last 10 years by putting an end to corruption and ensuring that the benefits of development are distributed equally. “We believe in governance of saturation instead of politics of scarcity”, PM Modi emphasized, “We have chosen the path of santushti (contentment) of the people instead of tushtikaran.” This, the Prime Minister said, has been the mantra of the government for the past decade. “This is Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas”, the Prime Minister said, elaborating that the government has transformed vote bank politics into politics of performance. Highlighting the Modi Ki Guarantee Vehicle, the Prime Minister said that the government of today is going door-to-door and providing facilities to the beneficiaries. “When saturation becomes a mission, there is no scope for any kind of discrimination”, PM Modi exclaimed.

“Our government is moving forward keeping the principle of Nation First paramount”, the Prime Minister remarked, as he mentioned the critical decisions taken by the government to resolve old challenges. He touched upon the abrogation of Article 370, construction of the Ram Mandir, ending of triple talaq, Nari Shakti Vandan Adhiniyam, One Rank One Pension, and creation of the post of Chief of Defense Staff. He underlined that the government completed all such incomplete tasks with the thinking of Nation First.

The Prime Minister stressed the need to prepare the India of the 21st century and threw light on the rapidly progressing plans. “From space to semiconductor, digital to drones, AI to clean energy, 5G to Fintech, India has today reached the forefront of the world”, he said. He highlighted India’s growing prowess as one of the biggest forces in digital payments in the global world, the fastest-growing country in Fintech Adoption Rate, the first country to land a rover on the south pole of the Moon, among the leading countries in the world in Solar Installed Capacity, leaving Europe behind in the expansion of 5G network, rapid progress in the semiconductor sector and rapid developments on future fuels like green hydrogen.

Concluding the address, the Prime Minister said, “Today India is working hard towards its bright future. India is futuristic. Today everyone says – India is the future.” He also drew attention to the importance of the next 5 years. He reaffirmed the belief to take India's potential to new heights in the third term and wished that the coming 5 years be years of progress and praise for India’s journey to Viksit Bharat.