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The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi today recalled Netaji Subhas Bose’s statement that we should have a goal and strength that can inspire us to govern boldly with courage. In Aatamnirbhar Bharat today, we have that goal and strength. The goal of Aatamnirbhar Bharat will be achieved through our inner strength and determination, said Shri Modi. Quoting Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, The Prime Minister said that we should have the sole goal of contributing to our country with our blood and sweat and make India Aatamnirbhar by our hard work and innovation. He was speaking at the ‘Parakram Diwas’ celebrations at Victoria Memorial in Kolkata.

Referring to the poignant question that Netaji asked his nephew Sisir Bose before executing the daring escape, the Prime Minister said “if, today, every Indian places his hand on his heart and feels the presence of Netaji, then he will hear the same question: will you do something  for me? This work, this task, this goal is to make India self-reliant today. People of the country, every region of the country, every person of the country is part of this.”

The Prime Minister called for developing manufacturing capabilities with ‘zero defect and zero effect’ to make best products for the world. Netaji said, never lose faith in the dream of an Independent India, there is no power in the world that can shackle India. Indeed, there is no power which can prevent 130 crore Indians from becoming self-reliant.

The Prime Minister pointed out that Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose used to count poverty, illiteracy, disease, among the biggest problems in the country. He was always thoughtful towards the poor and put great emphasis on education. The Prime Minister reiterated that our biggest problems are poverty, illiteracy, disease and lack of scientific production. The society will have to come together to solve these problems, we will have to make efforts together.

Prime Minister expressed satisfaction that today, the country is working tirelessly for the empowerment of the exploited and deprived sections and our farmers and women. Today every poor is getting free medical treatment and health facilities; farmers are getting modern amenities ranging from seed to market and their expenditure for agriculture is being reduced; education infrastructure is being modernized for quality and modern education for the youth; new IITs and IIMs and AIIMS are being established along with a National Education Policy suited to the needs of 21st century.

The Prime Minister said that positive changes taking place new India today would make Netaji Subhas Bose very proud. Shri Modi wondered how Netaji would feel on seeing the country getting self-reliant in the latest technologies; domination of Indians in the biggest global companies,  education and medical sector. If India’s defence forces have the modern aircraft like Rafale, India is also manufacturing modern fighter plane like Tejas. Netaji would be giving his blessings on witnessing the strength of our forces and the way country faced the pandemic and the way it achieved modern scientific solutions like vaccine indigenously and supporting other countries too. World is witnessing strong India of his dreams from LAC to LOC. India is giving a befitting reply to any challenge to its sovereignty, said the Prime Minister.

Shri Modi, said that Netaji Subhas, along with the dream of Aatmnirbhar Bharat, is also biggest inspiration of Sonar Bangla. The Prime Minister emphasised that the role that Netaji played in the freedom of the country, the same role West Bengal has to play in the quest for Aatmnirbhar Bharat. Aatmnirbhar Bharat is also to be led by Aatamnirbhar  Bengal and Sonar Bangla. Bengal should march forward and bring glory to itself and the country, concluded the Prime Minister.

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Namaskar friends,

This session of Parliament is very important. The country is celebrating the Amrit Mahotsav of freedom. Ordinary citizens from across India are pitching in by organizing several programs and taking steps to fulfill the dreams of the freedom fighters in the public and national interest during the Amrit Mahotsav of freedom. These stories are a good sign for the bright future of India.

Recently, the entire country made a resolution on Constitution Day to fulfill the spirit of the Constitution with a new resolution. In this context, all of us and every citizen of the country would like this session and subsequent sessions of Parliament to hold discussions in the interest of the country and find new ways for the development of the country according to the spirit of the freedom fighters and the Amrit Mahotsav of freedom. This session should be rich in ideas and positive debates should have far-reaching impact. I hope the Parliament should be judged how it functions and its significant contributions rather than who disrupted Parliament forcefully. This cannot be the benchmark. The benchmark would be how many hours the Parliament worked and how much positive work was done. The government is willing to discuss every issue with an open mind. The government is ready to answer every question. And we would like that there should be questions in Parliament and peace should also prevail.

Voices against government policies should be forceful but the dignity of Parliament and the Chair should be upheld. We should maintain the sort of conduct that will inspire younger generations. Since the last session, the country has administered more than 100 crore Covid vaccine doses and we are now moving fast towards the figure of 150 crores. We should be alert to the new variant. I also request all the members of Parliament and to you also to be alert, because everyone’s health is our priority in this hour of crisis.

A scheme to provide food grains free of cost under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana is going on so that more than 80 crore citizens of the country do not suffer any more during this Corona period. Now it has been extended till March 2022. The scheme costing about 2.60 lakh crore rupees takes care of the concerns of more than 80 crore countrymen so that the stove of the poor keeps on burning. I hope we take expeditious decisions together in the interest of the country in this session and fulfill the wishes and expectations of the common man. This is my expectation. Thank you very much.