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सबसे पहले मैं अपनी ओर से और पूरे भारत की ओर से ऑस्ट्रेलिया में COVID-19 से प्रभावित सभी लोगों और परिवारों के प्रति हार्दिक संवेदना प्रकट करना चाहूँगा। इस वैश्विक महामारी ने विश्व में हर प्रकार की व्यवस्था को प्रभावित किया है। और हमारे summit का यह डिजिटल स्वरूप इसी प्रकार के प्रभावों का एक उदाहरण है।
Excellency, आपसे इस डिजिटल माध्यम से मिलकर मुझे ख़ुशी तो है ही, लेकिन थोड़ी निराशा भी है, क्योंकि हमें भारत में आपका गर्मजोशी से स्वागत करने का अवसर नहीं मिल पाया।पहले जनवरी में और फिर पिछले महीने हम आपकी भारत यात्रा का की प्रतीक्षा कर रहे थे, लेकिन दुर्भाग्यवश दोनों ही बार यात्रा स्थगित करनी पड़ी।हमारी आज की मुलाक़ात आपकी भारत यात्रा का स्थान नहीं ले सकती। एक मित्र के नाते, मेरा आपसे आग्रह है कि स्थिति सुधरने के बाद आप शीघ्र सपरिवार भारत यात्रा प्लान करें और हमारा आतिथ्य स्वीकार करें।
Excellency, भारत-ऑस्ट्रेलिया संबंध विस्तृत होने के साथ-साथ गहरे भी हैं। और यह गहराई आती है हमारे shared values, shared interests, shared geography और shared objectives से।पिछले कुछ वर्षों में हमारे सहयोग और तालमेल में अच्छी गति आई हैं। यह सौभाग्य की बात है कि हमारे संबंधों की बागडोर का एक छोर आप जैसे सशक्त और visionary लीडर के हाथ में हैं।मेरा मानना है कि भारत और ऑस्ट्रेलिया के संबंधों को और सशक्त करने के लिए यह perfect समय है, perfect मौक़ा है।
अपनी दोस्ती को और मज़बूत बनाने के लिए हमारे पास असीम संभावनाएँ हैं।ये संभावनाएँ अपने साथ challenges भी लाती हैं। Challenges कि किस तरह इस potential को वास्तविकता में translate किया जाए, ताकि दोनों देशों के नागरिकों, businesses, academics, researchers, इत्यादि के बीच links और मज़बूत बने। कैसे हमारे संबंध अपने क्षेत्र के लिए और विश्व के लिए एक factor of stability बनें, कैसे हम मिल कर global good के लिए कार्य करें, इन सभी पहलुओं पर विचार की आवश्यकता है।
Excellency, समकालीन विश्व में देशों की एक दूसरे से अपेक्षाएँ, और हमारे नागरिकों की हमसे अपेक्षाएँ बढ़ गई हैं। Democratic values को share करने के नाते, हम दोनों देशों का कर्तव्य है कि इन अपेक्षाओं पर खरे उतरें।इसलिए, वैश्विक कल्याण के मूल्य, जैसे लोकतंत्र, Rule of Law, Freedom, Mutual Respect, International Institutions का सम्मान, और पारदर्शिता आदि को uphold करना, और protect करना हमारी sacred responsibility है। यह एक प्रकार से भविष्य के लिए हमारी धरोहर है।आज जब अलग-अलग प्रकार से इन values को challenge किया जा रहा है, तो हम आपसी सम्बन्धों को मजबूत कर के इन्हें सशक्त कर सकते हैं।
Excellency, भारत ऑस्ट्रेलिया के साथ अपने सम्बन्धों को व्यापक तौर पर और तेज़ गति से बढ़ाने के लिए प्रतिबद्ध है। यह न सिर्फ़ हमारे दोनों देशों के लिए महत्वपूर्ण है, बल्कि Indo-Pacific क्षेत्र और विश्व के लिए भी आवश्यक है।मुझे प्रसन्नता है कि हमारे विभिन्न institutional dialogues हमारे संबंधों को और substance प्रदान कर रहें हैं। दोनों देशों के बीच निरंतर उच्च-स्तरीय exchanges भी हो रहें हैं। व्यापार और निवेश भी बढ़ रहा है।लेकिन मैं यह नहीं कहूँगा कि मैं इस गति से, इस विस्तार से संतुष्ट हूँ। जब आप जैसा लीडर हमारे मित्र देश का नेतृत्व कर रहा हो, तो हमारे संबंधों में विकास की गति का मापदंड भी ambitious होना चाहिए।मुझे बहुत प्रसन्नता है कि आज हम अपने द्विपक्षीय संबंधों को Comprehensive Strategic Partnership के रूप में upgrade कर रहे हैं।
वैश्विक महामारी के इस काल में हमारी Comprehensive Strategic Partnership की भूमिका और महत्वपूर्ण रहेगी। विश्व को इस महामारी के आर्थिक और सामाजिक दुष्प्रभावों से जल्दी निकलने के लिए एक coordinated और collaborative approach की आवश्यकता है।
हमारी सरकार ने इस Crisis को एक Opportunity की तरह देखने का निर्णय लिया है। भारत में लगभग सभी क्षेत्रों में व्यापक reforms की प्रक्रिया शुरू की जा चुकी है। बहुत जल्द ही ग्राउंड लेवल पर इसके परिणाम देखने को मिलेंगे।इस कठिन समय में आपने ऑस्ट्रेलिया में भारतीय समुदाय का, और ख़ास तौर पर भारतीय छात्रों का, जिस तरह ध्यान रखा है, उसके लिए मैं विशेष रूप से आभारी हूँ।
“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.