The next 5 years are crucial for the country: PM Modi in Rajya Sabha

Published By : Admin | July 3, 2024 | 12:45 IST
“People of India have wholeheartedly supported and blessed our government’s efforts to serve the country over the past 10 years”
“It is the Constitution given by Baba Saheb Ambedkar which has allowed people like me, who have zero political lineage, to enter politics and reach such a stage”
“Our constitution guides us like a lighthouse”
“People have given us a third mandate with the confidence and firm belief that we will make India’s economy the third largest”
“The next 5 years are crucial for the country”
“We want to transform this era into an era of saturation of basic necessities with the help of good governance”
“We do not want to stop here. For the next five years, we are trying to solve the problems arising in new sectors by studying them”
“We have made utmost effort to provide a robust system to farmers ranging from seed to market through micro planning at every stage”
“India is working for women-led development not just as a slogan but with unwavering commitment’
“The period of Emergency was not just a political issue but it concerned India’s democracy, Constitution and humanity”
“People of Jammu and Kashmir have approved Bharat’s Constitution , its democracy and Election Commission”

Honourable Chairman,

I have joined this discussion to express my gratitude to the President for her inspiring and encouraging speech. Madam President's words were not only a source of motivation for the countrymen but also a testament to the triumph of truth.

Honourable Chairman,

Over the past two and a half days, approximately 70 honourable MPs have shared their views in this discussion. I extend my gratitude to all of you for your valuable contributions, which have enriched our interpretation of the President's address.

Honourable Chairman,

In the history of India's independence and our parliamentary democratic journey, the people of this country have given a government the opportunity to serve for a third consecutive term after many decades. For the first time in 60 years, a government has returned to power after serving for ten years. This event, occurring after six decades of Indian democracy, is indeed extraordinary. However, some have deliberately ignored it, some have failed to understand it, and those who did understand have tried to undermine the wisdom and this important decision of the people by creating ruckus. Over the past two days, I have observed that they have accepted their defeat and our victory albeit with a heavy heart and a weakened spirit.

Honourable Chairman,

I want to extend my heartfelt thanks to some of our friends from Congress. Since the results came in, I have observed that, despite lacking party support, one of our friends has stood firm and held his party's flag all alone. I believe that his actions, despite seeming adverse, were a blessing in disguise. Why do I say this? Because he repeatedly emphasized the notion of a 'one-third government.' What could be a greater truth than this? We have completed ten years, and twenty more lie ahead. One-third has been achieved, and two-thirds are still to come. I am truly grateful for his prediction.

Honourable Chairman,

The people of this country have wholeheartedly supported the work done with unwavering dedication and continuous service over the past ten years. The citizens have blessed us. Honourable Chairman, we take pride in the wisdom demonstrated by the countrymen in this election, as they have defeated propaganda. The people prioritized performance over 'politics of illusion' and endorsed the 'politics of trust'.

Honourable Chairman,

We are entering the 75th year of our Constitution. This milestone is significant for this House as well, as it coincides with its 75th anniversary, making it a truly fantastic coincidence.

Honourable Chairman,

There are many people like me in the public life of this country, whose families have never held any political position, not even as a village sarpanch or village head. Despite having no political connections, today we are serving the country in significant positions. The reason for this is the opportunities provided by the constitution given to us by Baba Saheb Ambedkar. Many people like me have reached these positions because of this constitution, and the public has endorsed it, giving us the opportunity to serve for a third time.

Honourable Chairman,

For us, the Constitution is not just a compilation of articles. Its spirit and words are immensely valuable to us. We believe that the Constitution serves as a lighthouse and a compass, guiding the policy-making and activities of any government.

Honourable Chairman,

I still remember when our government had announced in the Lok Sabha that we would celebrate November 29th as Constitution Day. I was surprised that those who keep 'waving' copies of the Constitution opposed this idea, questioning why we needed Constitution Day when we already have January 26th. Through Constitution Day, we aim to instil the spirit of the Constitution in schools and colleges across the country. We want students to understand the role played by the nation's eminent personalities in drafting the Constitution, why certain decisions were made or omitted, and to engage in detailed discussions on these topics. We encourage essay competitions, discussion meetings, and a widespread appreciation and understanding of the Constitution. We strive to ensure that the Constitution remains our greatest inspiration in the coming period. As we enter the 75th year into the birth of the Constitution of India, we have decided to celebrate it as a public festival nationwide. Through this, we aim to raise awareness about the spirit and purpose of the Constitution in every corner of the country.

Honourable Chairman,

The people of this country have given us an opportunity to serve for the third time. This opportunity allows us to strengthen the journey toward a developed and self-reliant India. To fulfill this resolution, crores of people have blessed us.

Honourable Chairman,

This election is not only an endorsement of our achievements over the past ten years but also a vote of confidence in our future plans and resolutions. The people of the country have placed their trust in us, giving us the opportunity to fulfill our dreams and aspirations.

Honourable Chairman,

The country is well aware that in the last ten years, we have successfully elevated our economy from the tenth to the fifth largest in the world. As we aim for higher ranks, the challenges also increase. Despite the difficult period of the corona pandemic, global conflicts, and tensions, we have managed to achieve this milestone of becoming the 5th largest economy. The people have now given us the mandate to advance from the fifth to the third largest economy, and I am confident that we will achieve this goal. I understand that some 'scholars' believe this will happen automatically, without effort. These are people accustomed to running the government on auto-pilot or remote control, who do not believe in taking proactive steps and would keep waiting instead. However, we are committed to our efforts. In the coming years, we will accelerate our progress of what we have done in the last 10 years , expand our achievements, and reach new heights and depths to fulfill this resolution.

Honourable Chairman,

During the elections, I often told the countrymen that the work we have done in the past ten years is just an appetizer; the main course has only just begun.

Honourable Chairman,

The coming five years are dedicated to ensuring the saturation of basic amenities. We aim to transform this period into an era where every citizen has access to the necessary facilities and governance required to live a dignified life.

Honourable Chairman,

The next five years will be a decisive battle against poverty. This period will witness the fight of the poor against poverty, and I believe that when the poor stand united and determined, their struggle will lead to success. Therefore, these five years will be crucial in the fight against poverty, and I am confident that our country will emerge victorious. This confidence is based on the experiences and achievements of the last ten years.

Honourable Chairman,

When the country becomes the third largest economy in the world, its benefits and impact will be felt in every sphere of life. Numerous opportunities for development and expansion will arise, and therefore when we become the third largest economy of the world, this achievement will positively influence every level of Bharat, creating an unprecedented impact on the global stage.

Honourable Chairman,

We will be witnessing the global rise of new startups and companies in the near future. I foresee our tier-2 and tier-3 cities playing a significant role as growth engines in the country's future.

Honourable Chairman,

This century is technology-driven, and we will undoubtedly see new advancements in many sectors.

Honourable Chairman,

In the next five years, we anticipate rapid changes in public transport. We are committed to advancing in this direction so that crores of Indians can benefit as soon as possible.

Honourable Chairman,

In Bharat's development journey, our smaller cities will play a crucial role. Whether in sports, education, innovation, or patent registration, I clearly see thousands of these cities creating a new history of development in Bharat.

Honourable Chairman,

As I have mentioned earlier, the four major pillars of Bharat's development journey are its empowerment and the opportunities provided to its citizens, which will give them immense strength.

Honourable Chairman,

We have placed a strong emphasis on the farmers, the poor, the youth, and the women of our country as the focal points of our development efforts.

Honourable Chairman,

Many friends have shared their detailed views on farming and farmers, and have expressed many positive insights. I respect all the members and their sentiments about farmers. Over the last ten years, we have focused on making farming profitable and beneficial for farmers through various schemes. We have ensured that farmers have continuous access to loans for crops and new seeds. We have arranged for fair prices and made crop insurance easily accessible by removing previous obstacles. We have broken all old records in MSP procurement, benefiting farmers greatly. From seed to market, we have made every effort to strengthen every system for farmers with meticulous planning, ensuring the system is foolproof.

Honourable Chairman,

In the past, it was almost impossible for small farmers to obtain a Kisan Credit Card or loan despite their numbers being on the higher side. Today, due to our policies and the expansion of the Kisan Credit Card, this has changed significantly.

Honourable Chairman,

We have adopted a comprehensive approach to farming by extending the benefits of the Kisan Credit Card to livestock farmers and fishermen. This has not only strengthened the agricultural sector but also expanded its reach.

Honourable Chairman,

During the Congress tenure, there was much noise about loan waivers for farmers, with exaggerated claims made to mislead them. A lot of attention was given to a Rs 60,000 crore loan waiver, but it was estimated that only three crore farmers benefited from it. The scheme did not address the needs of small and poor farmers who needed the most support, and the benefits did not reach them.

But Honourable Chairman,

I would like to illustrate how policies are crafted, welfare is achieved, and benefits are delivered when farmer welfare is at the heart of our Government's agenda.

Honourable Chairman,

We initiated the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Yojana, benefitting 10 crore farmers. Over the past six years, we have provided Rs 3 lakh crore to farmers under this scheme.

Honourable Chairman,

The nation is closely observing that those who propagate falsehoods lack the fortitude to listen to the truth. Those unwilling to confront the truth also lack the courage to sit and listen to the answers to the questions they raise after extensive deliberation. Their actions are a disrespect to the Upper House; and a disrespect to its venerable traditions.

Honourable Chairman,

The people of this country have decisively defeated them, leaving them with nothing but street protests to look forward to. Sloganeering, disruption, and fleeing from responsibilities seem to be their inevitable fate.

Honourable Chairman,

I understand their frustration. They are unable to accept the decision and mandate of 140 crore countrymen. Yesterday, all their efforts failed; so today they lack the courage to continue the fight, opting to abandon the field instead.

Honourable Chairman,

I am here out of a sense of duty and not to win debates. As a servant of the country, I am accountable to the people of my country. It is my responsibility to account for every moment to the citizens of our nation.

Honourable Chairman,

Due to global conditions, a severe fertilizer crisis emerged. We ensured that our farmers did not suffer, providing a record subsidy of approximately Rs 12 lakh crore in fertilizers, the highest in independent Bharat's history. This proactive measure relieved our farmers from bearing such a huge burden, which was shouldered by the government instead.

Honourable Chairman,

We have achieved a record increase in Minimum Support Prices (MSP). Moreover, we have set new records in procurement. Previously, MSP announcements were merely symbolic, offering farmers little practical benefit as hardly any procurements were made. By procuring significantly more than before, we have aimed to empower farmers.

Honourable Chairman,

Over the past decade, we have provided 2.5 times more financial support to wheat and paddy farmers compared to the Congress government. In the upcoming five years, we aim not only to continue this incremental growth but also to address challenges in new areas. To achieve this, we have launched the world's largest campaign for foodgrain storage, initiating work towards creating decentralized storage facilities numbering in the lakhs. 'Fruits and vegetables' is one such area. We want the farmers to move in that direction and we are working towards a comprehensive infrastructure for its storage as well.

Honourable Chairman,

Under the motto of 'Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas', we have continuously expanded our efforts to serve the nation. Providing a dignified life to all citizens has been our top priority. Those who were neglected for decades after independence are now not only taken care of but also respected by my government. We are working on a mission-mode to understand and address the challenges faced by our Divyang brothers and sisters at micro level, developing systems to minimize their dependence on external assistance and enabling them to lead dignified lives.

Honourable Chairman,

In our society, the transgender community has historically faced neglect and harassment. Our government has enacted laws for their welfare, earning praise even from Western nations for Bharat's progressive stance. Bharat is looked upon with great pride. We have initiated efforts to integrate them into mainstream society, exemplified by our decision to include transgender individuals in the Padma Awards.

Honourable Chairman,

For our nomadic tribal communities, such as our Banjara family, we have established a separate welfare board to address their unique needs. Our goal is to ensure they lead stable, secure, and promising lives.

Honourable Chairman,

We often hear the term PVTG (Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Group), referring to the most marginalized among our tribal communities. Even after so many years have passed since independence, their living conditions remain dire and neglected. We have implemented special provisions, including a Rs 34,000 crore allocation under the PM Janman Yojana. This community is scattered and marginalized. So no one really cared for this backward community. Usually, the political focus has been on communities with voting power, but our government prioritizes the development of all, regardless of electoral influence because we are not interested in politics of votes; our focus is rather on politics of development.

Honourable Chairman,

Traditional family skills have long been integral to Bharat's development journey and societal structure. The Vishwakarma community possesses these skills, yet they have historically been overlooked. We have initiated a scheme of approximately Rs 13,000 crores to modernize and professionalize the Vishwakarma community.

Honourable Chairman,

While banks were nationalized with promises of aiding the poor, street vendors in our country never dared to approach them. For the first time, the PM SVANidhi Yojana has extended support to street vendors, enabling them to break free from the cycle of high-interest loans. Today, through their diligence and integrity, street vendors are receiving bank loans. This transformation has brought happiness to both bankers and borrowers alike. Former vendors who used to be on footpaths with their carts are now progressing towards establishing small shops, while former labourers are now becoming employers, creating job opportunities for others. This inclusive approach has helped us in garnering substantial support from the poor, Dalits, backward classes, tribals, and women alike.

Honourable Chairman,

When we discuss women-led development, it's recognized globally as a natural progression in progressive societies. However, enthusiasm for women-led development often appears lacking even there. Under such a scenario, in Bharat, we have taken concrete steps towards women's empowerment with genuine commitment, not just slogans. The benefits of this empowerment are evident across every sector, significantly contributing to Bharat's developmental journey. I extend my gratitude to respected MP Sudha Murthy ji for emphasizing the crucial issue of women's health in yesterday's discussion. She passionately highlighted the importance and urgency of this issue, stressing that the loss of a mother is irreplaceable. She had said this with a lot of emotion. In the past decade, we have prioritized women's health, sanitation, and wellness sectors.

Honourable Chairman,

We have ensured the provision of toilets, sanitary pads, gas connections, and pregnancy vaccination services, benefiting countless mothers and sisters across our nation.

Honourable Chairman,

In addition to health initiatives, we are steadfast in promoting women's self-reliance. Out of the 4 crore houses constructed in recent years, a majority are in the names of women. Initiatives such as opening bank accounts, and schemes like Mudra and Sukanya Samriddhi have empowered women economically, enhancing their participation in decision-making processes within their families.

Honourable Chairman,

Ten crore sisters involved in women's self-help groups have not only increased their confidence but also their incomes. So far one crore sisters engaged in these groups have become successful entrepreneurs, engaged in businesses together. Earlier even the villagers used to neglect them. Today, I proudly announce that one crore of these sisters have become 'Lakhpati Didis'. Moving forward, we aim to increase this number to three crore, continuing our commitment to empowering women across the nation.

Honourable Chairman,

The government is committed to ensuring that women lead in every new sector. Our goal is to provide women with the first opportunities in new technologies so that they can take the lead. One successful initiative in this direction is the "Namo Drone Didi" campaign, which has empowered rural women to assist farmers using technology. During my interactions with them, these women shared, "Sir, we never knew how to ride a bicycle, and now you have made us pilots. The whole village calls us 'Pilot Didi'." This newfound dignity empowers them, becoming a significant driving force in their lives.

Honourable Chairman,

It is unfortunate that even in sensitive matters like these, politics often takes precedence, causing unimaginable suffering to citizens, especially women. The opposition's selective approach to addressing atrocities against women is deeply concerning.

Honourable Chairman,

Through you, I want to address the nation without targeting any specific state or seeking political gain. Recently, I came across disturbing images and videos on social media from Bengal. They depicted a woman being publicly assaulted on the street while bystanders recorded videos instead of intervening. The incident in Sandeshkhali was horrifying. I have been listening to some prominent leaders since yesterday yet the pain regarding this incident was not reflected even in their words. It is disheartening that even so-called progressive women leaders have remained silent, possibly due to their connection with certain parties or the state. Such silence in the face of women's suffering is a shameful reflection on their leadership.

Honourable Chairman,

The neglect of such issues by even prominent figures causes immense suffering to the country, to our mothers and sisters.

Honourable Chairman,

Politics has become increasingly selective. They become angry and uncomfortable whenever things don't align with certain political agendas. This is a matter of great concern.

Honourable Chairman,

By electing a stable government with a full majority for the third time, the people of Bharat have not only ensured stability and continuity in the country, but these election results have also brought reassurances to the world. Bharat is now emerging as a major attraction for investors worldwide. The time for uncertainties is over. Foreign investments in Bharat bring new job opportunities for the youth, enabling them to showcase their talent on the global stage.

Honourable Chairman,

This victory for Bharat instills great hope for those advocating balance in the global economy. Today, transparency is valued worldwide, and Bharat is increasingly seen as a fertile ground for it.

Honourable Chairman,

The capital market is experiencing a boom following the election results, yet there is also considerable excitement and joy resonating globally. Speaking from personal observation, amidst this, members of our Congress party are also celebrating. However, I fail to grasp the reason for their happiness. Several questions arise: Is this joy due to a hat-trick of defeats? Is it because of succumbing to the 'nervous 90s'? Or is it due to another failed launch?

Honourable Chairman,

I noticed that Kharge ji was visibly enthusiastic. Perhaps Kharge ji has rendered a great service to his party by shielding those who should have borne the brunt of defeat and standing steadfast like a wall. The Congress party's approach has historically been such that during such times, Dalits and backward communities bear the consequences while the 'family' escapes accountability. This pattern was evident recently during the Speaker's election in the Lok Sabha. They knew defeat was inevitable yet strategically fielded a Dalit candidate. Similar tactics were employed in the elections for President and Vice President, notably in 2022 when Mr. Sushil Kumar Shinde was nominated for Vice President and met with defeat—a move seemingly dismissing the consequences for a Dalit candidate. In 2017, Ms. Meira Kumar was put forward under similar circumstances and faced defeat. The Congress party's anti-SC, ST, OBC stance has led them to disrespect former President Shri Ram Nath Kovind. Due to this mentality, they left no stone unturned in insulting and opposing even the country's first tribal woman President, using derogatory language no others would dare to employ.

Honourable Chairman,

This Parliament, this Upper House, serves as a forum for meaningful debates, dialogue, and the extraction of wisdom for the benefit of our countrymen. It is considered the pinnacle platform of our nation. Yet, over the past two days, the words of many senior leaders have disappointed not only me but also the entire country. It was asserted here that this was the first election in the nation's history centered around safeguarding the Constitution. I must remind them: Will they persist in perpetuating this false narrative? Have they forgotten the 1977 elections, when newspapers were curtailed, radios silenced, and even speech suppressed, yet the people voted resoundingly on one issue—to restore democracy? Never before has there been a more significant election globally for the preservation of the Constitution. The 1977 election demonstrated how deeply democracy is ingrained in the Indian populace. Should we allow such widespread misinformation to prevail? I firmly believe that the 1977 election was paramount in safeguarding the Constitution, where the collective wisdom of our nation ousted those in power who jeopardized its sanctity. If the recent election was indeed about defending the Constitution, then the people have entrusted us with this solemn duty. They believe we are capable of safeguarding it, and they have placed their faith in us.

Honourable Chairman,

When Kharge ji makes such statements, it is somewhat distressing because he witnessed firsthand the atrocities committed during the Emergency—a period marked by flagrant disregard for the Constitution, where democracy was undermined and the Constitution itself was bulldozed. As a prominent leader of the same party, he is privy to these events, yet he misguides the House.

Honourable Chairman,

I have witnessed the Emergency closely. Crores of people endured severe torture and their lives were made difficult. The proceedings within Parliament during that time are well-documented. To those who preach about the Constitution of India, I ask: During your 7-year tenure running the Lok Sabha—despite its mandated 5-year term—under which Constitution did you wield power, oppress the people, and now lecture us on constitutional matters?

Honourable Chairman,

These individuals were responsible for destroying the essence of the Constitution through numerous amendments to the articles, including the 38th, 39th, and 42nd amendments, often referred to as a mini-constitution. What was all that? How can they now invoke the words 'protection of the Constitution' when they themselves committed these transgressions? Kharge ji served in the cabinet for 10 years during the previous government that oversaw the Emergency—what had happened? The position of Prime Minister is a constitutional office. The establishment of the National Advisory Council (NAC) to oversee the Prime Minister's office raises questions: under which constitutional authority was this arrangement made? By what constitutional mandate did they implement it? This act compromised the dignity of the Prime Minister's position, effectively assuming control as a remote pilot. Such actions beg the question: which constitution legitimizes this interference?

Honourable Chairman,

Could you please clarify which constitution grants an MP the authority to publicly tear apart a cabinet decision? Under what authority was this action taken?

Honourable Chairman,

Our country operates under a well-established protocol, where positions such as President, Vice-President, Prime Minister, and Speaker are outlined. How was it justified to breach this protocol and prioritize one family over those holding constitutional offices? Which constitution permitted this? By prioritizing one family over constitutional dignitaries, which Constitution's dignity did you uphold? Today, you advocate for the constitution and chant slogans like "Jai Samvidhaan," but historically, slogans like "India is Indira, Indira is India" were raised without any regard for the constitution.

Honourable Chairman,

I state this with utmost seriousness: the Congress party is the biggest opponent of the Constitution in our country.

Honourable Chairman,

Throughout this discussion, they have the audacity to refer to events from 200 to 500 years ago, yet conveniently dismiss the significance of the Emergency. terming it as an 'old event'. Does the time of their transgressions absolve them of accountability?

Honourable Chairman,

Attempts to discuss the constitution in this House are often stifled, particularly when the topic of the Emergency arises. Many among those seated here today were victims of that dark period. However, their decision to align with such forces today suggests a different motivation—opportunism. If their commitment truly lay with the constitution, they would not have made this choice.

Honourable Chairman,

The Emergency was not merely a political crisis; it was also a profound humanitarian crisis that impacted democracy and the Constitution. Many individuals were subjected to torture, and some even lost their lives in jails. Jayaprakash Narayan ji's health deteriorated irreversibly in jail due to the conditions imposed during that period. It wasn't just politicians who suffered, but the common people were also not spared. Even people from their own party were not spared. They, too, were tortured.

Honourable Chairman,

During those dark days, there were instances where individuals left their homes and never returned. Their whereabouts, and even their fate, remain unknown to this day.

Honourable Chairman,

Many of the political parties aligned with them often proclaim to be champions of minority rights and speak vociferously on these issues. But does anyone have the courage to recall the plight of minorities in Muzaffarnagar and Turkman Gate during the Emergency? Does anyone dare to speak about it?

Honourable Chairman,

And now they are giving a clean chit to Congress; how will the country forgive them? It is shameful that those who are justifying such dictatorship today are attempting to conceal their misdeeds by clutching a copy of the Constitution in their hands.

Honourable Chairman,

During that period, there were many smaller political parties that stood up against the Emergency and gradually built their own foundation. Today, they are supporting Congress. I stated in the Lok Sabha yesterday that the era of Congress relying on others has begun; this is a parasitic Congress. Wherever they contested alone, their success rate was dismal, and wherever they found someone else to lean on, they managed to win somewhat. The people of the country have still not accepted them; they have sought refuge under someone else's umbrella. This Congress behaves like a parasite, thriving temporarily by feeding off the votes of allies. Their own actions have branded them as parasites; they failed to earn the trust of the people. Instead, they resort to confusion and misleading the country through fake narratives and videos.

Honourable Chairman,

This is the Upper House where discussions on developmental visions are expected. However, members of Congress shamelessly lead movements to protect those facing serious corruption charges. They gleefully pose for photos with convicted individuals. Previously, they criticized us for not taking action against corruption; now, when corrupt individuals are being sent to jail, they are protesting and creating chaos.

Honourable Chairman,

During the discussions here, allegations have been leveled against the central investigative agencies. It has been claimed that this government is misusing these agencies.

Honourable Chairman,

Now, let me ask you this: AAP is accused of corruption, liquor scams, classroom construction scams involving children, and even water scams. Congress lodges complaints against AAP, takes AAP to court, and if any action is taken, they blame Modi. Now, these parties have become partners among themselves. If they have the courage, they should stand up in this House and demand answers from the Congress party. I am addressing this to the AAP members. Congress should clarify whether the proofs they presented in numerous press conferences against AAP were true or false. Both parties will expose each other.

Honourable Chairman,

I doubt they have the courage to respond to such allegations.

Honourable Chairman,

These individuals exhibit double standards and a dual attitude. I want to remind the country of the hypocrisy that prevails. They sit on stages in Delhi and criticize the investigative agencies, organize rallies to protect the corrupt. However, in Kerala, their leaders appeal to the Government of India to imprison the Chief Minister, who happens to be their coalition partner. They vehemently oppose the actions of Delhi's ED and CBI, yet advocate using these very agencies to prosecute the Chief Minister of Kerala. This contradiction raises questions about their integrity.

Honourable Chairman,

In Chhattisgarh, a liquor scam involving the Chief Minister of the Congress government came to light. Members of AAP were vocal about deploying ED and CBI to investigate and imprison this Chief Minister. They openly requested ED to take action, showing their support for the agency at that time.

Honourable Chairman,

To those who are maligning the investigation agencies and creating a ruckus today, I urge them to recall certain past events. Let me illustrate how these agencies were previously misused, and by whom. Allow me to present some statements for your consideration. In 2013, Mulayam Singh ji stated, "It is not easy to fight against Congress, they will put you in jail, CBI will come after you. Congress seeks support by threatening us with CBI and Income Tax." I ask the honourable member of this house, Ram Gopal ji, did Mulayam Singh ji ever lie? He spoke the truth.

Honourable Chairman,

I would like to remind Ram Gopal ji to convey this to his nephew and remind him of those who targeted his nephew with the CBI as soon as he entered politics. A gentle reminder will suffice for him to remember.

Honourable Chairman,

I came across another statement from 2013. Comrade Shri Prakash Karat had said: "The Congress had used the CBI to strike political bargains in many parties". He had said this in 2013, mentioning who used to misuse these agencies. Additionally, I recall an important statement where the Supreme Court of our country referred to the CBI as a caged parrot that speaks in the voice of its master during the UPA government. Today, we have living proof of who used to misuse these agencies.

Honourable Chairman,

For me, the fight against corruption transcends election victories or defeats. I am not fighting against corruption for the sake of victory or defeat in elections. It is my mission, my conviction that corruption is a termite that has weakened our nation. I am wholeheartedly committed to freeing our country from corruption, fostering a deep-seated aversion to it among our citizens, and I consider this a sacred duty. When our government was elected in 2014, we pledged two significant goals: dedicating ourselves to the welfare of the poor and combating corruption and black money. I had said this publicly in 2014. With this objective, we launched the world's largest welfare scheme, Garib Kalyan Yojana, for the poor. Simultaneously, we developed new laws, systems, and mechanisms to tackle corruption. We amended the Prevention of Corruption Act 1988, enacted new laws against black money, and introduced legislation on benami property. Through these measures, action has been taken against corrupt officials. Furthermore, we have implemented positive changes within the government to plug leaks, emphasized direct benefit transfers, and leveraged digital technology fully. As a result, every entitled beneficiary now receives their due benefits directly without any leakage. This is a crucial aspect of our fight against corruption. When citizens get these benefits and experience these improvements, their trust in democracy grows, they feel connected to the government, strengthening our democracy.

Honourable Chairman,

I want to speak directly and without any ambiguity. I want to assure the country that I have given the agencies complete freedom to take the most stringent actions against corruption and the corrupt. The government will not interfere in their work. It is my directive that they work honestly and for honesty.

And Honourable Chairman,

I want to reiterate to the country once again: no corrupt individual will evade the law. This is Modi's guarantee.

Honourable Chairman,

In his address, the President highlighted the issue of paper leaks as a significant problem. I had hoped that all parties would rise above political divides and discuss this issue. Unfortunately, this sensitive and critical issue, which impacts the future of our youth, was overshadowed by politics. There could be nothing more unfortunate than this. I want to assure the youth of our country that this government will not spare those who have betrayed you. Actions are being taken one after the other to ensure that those responsible for jeopardizing the future of our youth face harshest punishment. We have also introduced stringent legislation against such malpractices in Parliament. We are fortifying the entire system so that our youth can pursue their aspirations confidently and do not have to live in a state of apprehension, so that they can demonstrate their capabilities with full confidence and get their rights. This is our commitment and we are actively working towards it.

Honourable Chairman,

Allegations are commonplace here, but some are debunked by the events themselves. Now, the obvious does not need any proof. The recent Lok Sabha elections in Jammu and Kashmir are set to break voting records of the past four decades. This achievement speaks volumes and requires no further proof. And this is not just because someone went out of the house and pressed a button. They have upheld the Constitution of Bharat, the democracy of Bharat, and the Election Commission of India. This is a significant triumph, Honourable Chairman. The moment that the country has eagerly waited for is unfolding before us today, Honourable Chairman. For decades, shutdowns, strikes, terrorist threats, and sporadic bomb attempts have plagued democracy in the region. Today, however, the people have decisively shaped their destiny with unwavering faith in the Constitution. I extend my heartfelt congratulations to the voters of Jammu and Kashmir.

Honourable Chairman,

Our battle against terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir is in its final phase. We are progressing with a comprehensive strategy to dismantle the remnants of terrorism. Over the past decade, terrorist incidents have significantly declined compared to previous years. Incidents of stone pelting are now rare occurrences in isolated areas. Terrorism and separatism in Jammu and Kashmir are on the decline. The people of Jammu and Kashmir are actively supporting and guiding us in this crucial effort, which is immensely inspiring. Today, tourism is setting new records, and investment in the region is increasing.

Honourable Chairman,

Those who are questioning the developments in the North East today conveniently abandoned the region in the past, driven solely by electoral calculations. The small number of Lok Sabha seats from the North East was deemed insignificant in the political landscape, and thus, it was left neglected. Today, our dedicated efforts are transforming the North East into a robust engine of the country's development. The region is emerging as a gateway to East Asia through enhanced connectivity in terms of rail, tourism, and cultural exchanges. As they say, the 21st century belongs to Bharat, and this initiative will undoubtedly play a pivotal role in that narrative. We must acknowledge this reality.

Honourable Chairman,

The progress achieved in the North East over the past five years surpasses what the old Congress regime could have accomplished in at least two decades, perhaps even a generation. We have expedited development at an unprecedented pace. Today, connectivity forms the cornerstone of the North East's progress. We have prioritized infrastructure development, surpassing all previous efforts by leaps and bounds.

Honourable Chairman,

Over the past decade, relentless efforts have been made for lasting peace in the North East without stopping, without getting tired, taking everyone into confidence. Despite limited national attention, these efforts have yielded promising results. Historical border disputes among states have been a perennial source of conflict since independence. Through concerted efforts and agreements with the states, we have resolved many of these disputes. Each agreement is meticulously documented, requiring visits and discussions, delineating boundaries where necessary.

Honourable Chairman,

This marks a significant milestone for the North East. Previously, armed groups associated with violence waged underground battles, challenging every system and opposing rival groups, resulting in bloodshed. Today, we are achieving lasting agreements with them, facilitating the surrender of weapons. Individuals involved in serious crimes are either preparing to face the courts or are ready to serve jail sentences. This process is fostering greater trust in the judiciary, in Bharat's Constitution, in democracy, and in the governance structures of our country.

Honourable Chairman,

During the last session, I extensively discussed Manipur, and I wish to reiterate today. The government is steadfastly working towards normalizing the situation in Manipur. More than 11,000 FIRs have been filed in response to the incidents there, despite Manipur being a small state. Over 500 arrests have been made.

Honourable Chairman,

It is also noteworthy that incidents of violence in Manipur are consistently decreasing, indicating progress towards peace, hope, and trust in the region. Today, in most parts of Manipur, schools, colleges, offices, and other institutions are operating normally.

Honourable Chairman,

Like other parts of the country, exams were conducted in Manipur, allowing children to continue their developmental journey.

Honourable Chairman,

The central and state governments are tirelessly striving to promote peace and harmony through dialogue with all stakeholders. This monumental task involves delicately weaving together small units and components of society, and it is progressing peacefully. Such sustained efforts were not witnessed under previous governments; the Home Minister himself spent several days there, while the Minister of State for Home Affairs stayed for weeks, repeatedly engaging with stakeholders to try and connect the concerned people.

Honourable Chairman,

There is political leadership in place, and all senior government officials involved in this matter regularly visit the region, maintain continuous communication, and are making every effort to resolve the issues.

Honourable Chairman,

Currently, Manipur is also facing the threat of floods, and the Central Government is extending full cooperation to the State Government. Today, two teams of NDRF have already reached the region. This means that even in this natural calamity, the Centre and the State are jointly taking care of Manipur.

Honourable Chairman,

It is our collective responsibility to rise above political differences and work together to stabilize the situation in Manipur.

Honourable Chairman,

To those who are attempting to exacerbate tensions in Manipur, I caution them to cease such activities. A time will come when the people of Manipur themselves will reject such individuals.

Honourable Chairman,

Those familiar with Manipur's history and events are aware of its longstanding social conflicts, rooted deeply in its history. It cannot be denied. The Congress party should remember that due to these issues, Presidential rule had to be imposed in such a small state like Manipur 10 times. Such problems existed, but they have not occurred during our tenure. Yet, there are ongoing efforts to exploit the situation for political gain.

And Honourable Chairman,

I also want to inform the nation in this esteemed House that in 1993, similar events unfolded in Manipur, lasting intensely for five years. Understanding this historical context, we must intelligently strive to rectify the situation. We seek the cooperation of all those willing to cooperate. Our efforts remain focused on restoring normalcy and fostering peace.

Honourable Chairman,

I consider it a great fortune that prior to assuming the role of Prime Minister, I had the privilege of serving as Chief Minister for a significant duration. This experience has taught me the profound significance of federalism. It has shaped my emphasis on the principles of cooperative federalism and competitive cooperative federalism. This philosophy guided our decision during the G-20 summit; instead of hosting it in Delhi for grandeur, we strategically organized key G-20 events across various states. Efforts were made to give maximum global recognition to that state. We have worked in the direction of branding that state so that the world recognizes that state, knows its potential, helping in its development journey. Because we know the diverse forms of federalism that exist.

Honourable Chairman,

During our battle against Covid-19, the frequency of our communication with Chief Ministers perhaps set a precedent in the history of independent India.

Honourable Chairman,

This House is intricately linked with the states, and therefore, I find it appropriate to discuss some key areas of state development and also share some requests. At present, we are on the brink of leading the next revolution. Hence, I urge every state to prioritize sectors like semiconductors and electronic manufacturing in their policy formulations and step forward with concrete plans. I advocate for healthy competition among states in development. There should be a race in policies to attract investments, facilitated by good governance and transparent policies. I strongly believe that in the current scenario, where the world is eager to engage with Bharat, every state has an opportunity. And since this is a House connected to the states, I would urge you to come forward and take advantage in the journey of development.

Why shouldn't there be competition among states in job creation? If one state's policy results in substantial employment for its youth, another state should aim to enhance that policy and reap similar benefits. Competition among states for employment opportunities can significantly alter the destiny of our youth, and I believe this approach will be immensely beneficial to the youth.

Currently, significant progress is underway in semiconductor development in North Assam. This initiative will not only benefit the youth of Assam and the Northeast but also contribute positively to the country as a whole.

Honourable Chairman,

The UN designated 2023 as the Year of Millets, recognizing them as Bharat's strength and a boon for our small farmers, especially in regions with limited water and irrigation facilities. Millets, being superfoods, hold immense potential. I urge all states to step forward and strategize to take their respective state's millets to the global market. This initiative can place Indian millets on dining tables worldwide and create earning opportunities for Indian farmers. It's a pathway to prosperity.

Honourable Chairman,

Our country's millets also offer a solution to global nutrition challenges as these are a 'superfood'. States should actively promote them to elevate India's profile in global health initiatives.

Honourable Chairman,

In the 21st century, every citizen deserves ease of living. I encourage state governments to develop policies, rules, and systems that prioritize ease of living for the common man and if that message goes to the states from this House, it will be useful for the country.

Honourable Chairman,

Our battle against corruption must reach all levels of governance, from Panchayat, Nagar Palika, Mahanagar Palika, Tehsil Panchayat to Zila Parishad. If states undertake a unified mission to eradicate corruption across these units, we can swiftly liberate the common man from its grasp.

Honourable Chairman,

The need of the hour is to turn efficiency into something robust. For Bharat to establish itself as the century of Bharat in the 21st century, efficiency is crucial in our governance, delivery, and decision-making models. I am hopeful that efforts will be made to enhance the speed of services and decision-making processes. When conducted efficiently, transparency naturally follows, ensuring the protection of citizens' rights and enhancing ease of living for all.

Honourable Chairman,

I have a conviction that we should strive to minimize government interference in the lives of our citizens; in their daily lives. We are moving towards this goal. While those who require government support should receive it without fail, individuals striving to progress through their own efforts should not face unnecessary government obstacles. Therefore, I urge states to foster a society and governmental framework where government interference is minimized to the greatest extent possible.

Honourable Chairman,

Due to climate change, the frequency of natural disasters is on the rise. Addressing this challenge requires collective action. States must bolster their disaster resilience capacities to protect against natural calamities. Equally important is ensuring access to clean drinking water and prioritizing healthcare for the common man. I am confident that the states will actively engage in addressing these fundamental tasks by demonstrating political will.

Honourable Chairman,

This decade and this century belong to India. However, history reminds us that opportunities had come before, yet we missed them due to our own shortcomings. Now, we must not repeat the mistake of letting opportunities slip away. We must seek out opportunities, seize them, and use them to fulfil our aspirations. There is no better time than now for India, with its 1.4 billion people; and with the youngest population globally, to embark on this path. It is evident that some countries that gained independence around the same time as us have surged ahead rapidly, leaving us behind. We must change this trajectory and move forward with determination. Countries that implemented reforms in the 1980s have since developed rapidly. We should not hesitate or fear reforms; embracing them will not diminish our strength. Instead, empowering the common man through increased participation and decision-making will only strengthen us. Though we may be late to start, we can accelerate our progress and achieve the success we aspire to.

Honourable Chairman,

The mission of achieving a developed India is not the mission of any single individual; it is the mission of 1.4 billion citizens. It transcends any single government; it is the collective mission of all levels of government in our country. With unified determination, I firmly believe we can turn these aspirations into reality.

Honourable Chairman,

In my interactions on the global stage, I consistently find that the world is eager to invest, and India stands as their foremost choice. Investments are poised to flow into our states, and the primary gateway to this opportunity is each state itself. If states seize this opportunity to the fullest extent, I am confident they too will prosper.

Honourable Chairman,

I have endeavoured to provide a comprehensive overview addressing all the concerns raised by our esteemed members. I extend my heartfelt gratitude to the President for her address, the guidance she has imparted, and the confidence she has instilled in the people of our nation. On my own behalf and on behalf of this House, I conclude my remarks.

Thank you very much.

 

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