• [Article 1065]Narendra Modi delivers first address to Lok Sabha, talks about Centre’s commitment to serve the poorest of the poor

    Narendra Modi delivers first address to Lok Sabha, talks about Centre’s commitment to serve the poorest of the poor



    The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today described the elected MPs of Lok Sabha as custodians of the hope and aspirations of millions of Indians. Shri Modi said the President, Shri Pranab Mukherjee, had appreciated the verdict of the elections, and he too, thanks the people for voting for stability, good governance, and development. He said the Government is committed to fulfilling this responsibility. Replying to the debate on the motion of thanks on the President’s address to Parliament in Lok Sabha, he said he had carefully heard the views of more than 50 MPs who had participated in the debate. 

    He said it was natural for some MPs to ask how and when we will be able to fulfil people’s aspirations. Giving an example of the beginning of his tenure as Gujarat Chief Minister, the Prime Minister said he had expressed an intention in the Vidhan Sabha that he wanted the villages of Gujarat to get 24 hours power supply. Similar apprehensions had been expressed then. But that desire had been achieved. 

    The Prime Minister said that for this Government, the President’s address is not a mere ritual or tradition, but an inspiration, which has its own sanctity. He called upon all members of the Lok Sabha to work towards achieving the goals mentioned therein. He said the elected members of Lok Sabha are now the custodians of the hope and aspirations of the people. 

    Shri Modi said he saw a constructive atmosphere throughout the debate. The hopes of 125 crore Indians echoed in the House. This, he said, was a good sign. 

    Talking of the common man’s faith in India`s democratic traditions, he said this faith is worth showcasing to the entire world. He remarked that India had more voters than the population of USA and Europe. 

    Shri Narendra Modi said the Government should work for the poor. He said if the Government did not pay heed to the needs of the poor, the people would never forgive it. And therefore, the Government would devote all its effort to empower the poor, and give the poor the strength to fight poverty. 

    The Prime Minister referred to the term “rurban” mentioned in the President’s address and said that the country’s economy would be benefited a lot if urban amenities were provided in rural areas – suvidhaa shahar ki, aatma gaon ki. The Prime Minister said there must greater focus on agro-technology that includes agro-based industries and better soil-testing facilities. Despite being recognized as a global leader in Information Technology, we still do not have real-time data of agro-products, the Prime Minister said. 

    Giving the example of Sikkim emerging as a big producer of organic food, he asked why the entire north-east cannot be made an organic hub to meet the emerging global demand for organic produce. He said we have agri-universities, but the transition from “lab to land” is not happening to the extent that it should. The Prime Minister said his promise to reduce inflation is not an empty slogan – it is a resolve, because the poorest of the poor too must have sufficient food to eat. 

    Shri Modi said women need to become partners in decision-making. 50 percent of India’s population need to be made equal partners, and need to feel secure. He said the recent events in Pune, Uttar Pradesh, and Manali must force all of us to introspect. And corrective measures must be taken. The country will not wait for long – our conscience too will not forgive us if we do not act – the Prime Minister said. 

    Shri Modi made a fervent appeal to all political leaders across the country to stop psychologically analysing rape. “Can’t we keep quiet,” he appealed to political leaders. 

    Referring to India’s demographic dividend, the Prime Minister said this only underlines the need for skill development. Skill development should be accompanied by a spirit of “Shram-ev Jayate” – giving dignity to labour. Our identity in the world must change from “Scam-India” to “Skill India.” 

    The Prime Minister said, all organs of the human body needed to be fit in order for a person to be healthy. Similarly, all sections of the society, and all regions of the country needed to be prosperous, in order to make India prosperous. He said his Government does not want to move forward on numbers, but on unity and consensus. 

    Referring to the Gujarat model, Shri Modi said the Gujarat model has tried to imbibe whatever best practices were being followed in any part of India. India is a diverse country, and therefore, any best practice being followed in any part of India should become our model. The Prime Minister expressed satisfaction that at least a competition on development, is now emerging among states. He said his Government does not believe in big-brother attitude among states, but in cooperative federalism. 

    Concluding his reply, Shri Modi referred to the freedom struggle, and how Mahatma Gandhi had turned it into a mass movement. We need to make the quest for good governance a similar struggle. There should be competition among states for development, the Prime Minister said. 

    He asked for a resolve to present a clean India – Swachh Bharat – to the memory of the Mahatma on his 150th anniversary in 2019. He also called for building an India of the freedom fighters` dreams. He urged all MPs to resolve to ensure that every family in India has a house, with basic amenities of water, power and sanitation, on India’s 75th anniversary of independence in 2022. The Prime Minister said a way would be found to achieve this, and he would seek the help and cooperation of all senior leaders in this endeavour. 

  • [Article 1041]Narendra Modi’s list of top 10 priorities for the economy

    Narendra Modi’s list of top 10 priorities for the economy

    Giving special emphasis to governance, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday unveiled a top 10 priorities’ list for the government. The aim is to kick-start economic growth and ensure a smooth decision making process.

    M Venkaiah Naidu said that Narendra Modi has directed all ministers to prepare an agenda for the first 100 days. Modi emphasised that the “most important” aspects that need to be focussed on are efficient governance, delivery and implementation of schemes and programmes, Naidu said while briefing the media on the meeting.

    Believing that the progress of states is crucial for the country’s development, he also instructed his Council of Ministers to give priority to the issues brought forth by the state governments as also the MPs.

    The directives were given by Modi at a Cabinet meeting here in the context of his 10-point vision which includes increasing investment, completing infrastructure projects in time-bound manner and exploiting the natural resources to the country’s benefit.

    The top 10 priorities for Modi, according to Times Now are:

    1. Build confidence in bureaucracy

    2. Welcome innovative ideas & babus to be given freedom to work

    3. Education, Health, Water. Energy & roads will be priority

    4. Transparency in the government. E-auction to be promoted

    5. System will be placed for inter ministerial issues

    6. People oriented system to be in placed in government machinery

    7. Addressing concerns relating to economy

    8. Infrastructure and investment reforms

    9. Implement policy in time bound manner

    10. Stability and sustain ability in government policy

    On Thursday, ET reported that the finance ministry is scripting a liberal foreign investment policy framework that will allow at least 49% investment in all sectors, barring a few strategic ones, as part of plans to stimulate overseas interest and help lift the economy out of a prolonged slump. Moreover, the ministry will propose that the minimum 49% investment is allowed through the automatic route, without requiring time-consuming government approval, based on the argument that Indian-owned and controlled companies should not face undue scrutiny.

    “If ownership and control rests in Indian hands, sectoral caps can be set at 49% as a default barring a few sectors,” said a finance ministry official, justifying the liberal threshold in the policy paper the ministry has prepared for the incoming Modi government, which sees kickstarting growth as a priority. The official did not elaborate on the sectors but it is expected that defence, railways, e-commerce and media will be significant beneficiaries in this round of liberalisation.

    The proposal could also offer a way to settle the issue over FDI in multi-brand retail. The BJP, in its manifesto, opposed allowing entry to foreign retailers. Scaling back FDI in the sector to 49% could be a compromise solution. But the final call will be a political one. Arun Jaitley, who’s the minister for finance and defence, has already indicated that he will look into the issue of FDI in defence. The ministry will also propose a simplification of policy that will end the differentiation among various forms of overseas investment through a composite cap structure.

  • [Article 1039]PM Modi has a busy diplomatic calendar ahead

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi has a busy foreign policy calendar with several foreign visits lined up over the next few months, beginning with Bhutan this month and to Japan in July. The neighbourhood would remain a foreign policy priority of the new government.

    External affairs  ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin, outlining the foreign visits of the Prime Minister, who was sworn in on May 26, said that many foreign leaders have extended  invites to the Prime Minister to visit their country.

    “The foreign policy inbox of the prime minister is full,” said the spokesperson.

    Without mentioning the dates, the spokesperson said the Prime Minister would be visiting neighbouring Bhutan later this month. “India and Bhutan have regular exchanges at the highest level. Dates for the visit are still being explored,” he said.

    The Prime Minister would also be visiting Japan in July, accepting an invite from Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

    Besides, Modi would also be visiting the US in September where he would be attending the UN General Assembly and also hold a summit meeting with President Barack Obama.

    In July, the Prime Minister would also be visiting Brazil to attend the BRICS —  the five-country grouping of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – Summit.

    He also said external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj would be undertaking a bilateral visit after the Bhutan trip. Though the spokesperson declined to reveal the country, she is expected to make Dhaka the stop of her solo bilateral visit on June 26.

    “The neighbourhood remains India’s priority (with the new government),” said the spokesperson.

    Ahead of the Prime Minister’s visit to Bhutan, he is expected to meet Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi who is arriving on Sunday.  Wang is visiting India as special envoy of President Xi Jinping on June 8 and 9.

    The bilateral discussions with the Chinese leader are expected to be concluded on Sunday as on Monday President Pranab Mukherjee would be delivering his address to the 16th Lok Sabha.

    The Indian leadership is also likely to again interact with Pakistan in New York on the sidelines of the UNGA summit.

    Besides, the Prime Minister is also expected to attend the East Asia Summit and the ASEAN India summit in November in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar.

    The G-20 summit is lined up in Brisbane, Australia, on November 15-16, which he is expected to attend. There is also the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) summit in Kathmandu in November.

    India has more than 20 strategic partners and is part of five multilateral and plurilateral organisations, he added.

    Sushma Swaraj is also likely to travel to the US to meet secretary of state John Kerry ahead of the September summit meeting for Indo-US strategic dialogue, said the spokesperson.

  • [Article 968]PM conveys greetings on World Environment Day

    PM conveys greetings on World Environment Day, calls for increased people’s participation in making Mother Earth cleaner and greener

    On the occasion of World Environment Day today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi conveyed his greetings and shared his views on environment conservation, even as he emphasized on the need to make our planet greener.

    The PM stated that the World Environment Day called for us to bow to Mother Earth and reaffirm our pledge to protect the Environment and make it cleaner and greener. Welcoming our culture, which encouraged living in complete harmony with the environment, Shri Modi stated that we were blessed to be part of such culture. He urged everyone to serve as Trustees, whereby we could not only utilize the natural resources for present development, but also work towards ensuring happiness for future generations.

    The PM further acknowledged people’s participation in creating a cleaner and greener planet, along with Government efforts, and appealed to them to ensure that every step taken in daily lives would also focus on conserving the nature and natural resources.

    MoS for Environment meets PM


    Shri Prakash Javadekar, Minister of State for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, met Prime Minister Narendra Modi, today, and presented him with a sapling on the occasion of World Environment Day.

  • [Article 785]PM Narendra Modi urges the Nation to shun tobacco consumption and build a healthier India

    On World No Tobacco Day today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged the Nation to pledge to spread awareness on the risks of tobacco consumption and work towards reducing the consumption in India.

    The PM stated that tobacco affects not just those who consume it but also the people around those consuming it. He urged the people to refuse from consuming tobacco and thereby lay the foundation of a healthier India

  • [Article 780]Narendra Modi pays tributes to Veer Savarkar

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tributes to freedom fighter Veer Savarkar on his birth anniversary, today, at the Parliament. Commemorating the occasion, Shri Modi shared on Twitter that Veer Savarkar would always be remembered as a prolific writer, thinker, poet and a social reformer, and stated that the Nation remembered and saluted his tireless efforts towards the regeneration of India.