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New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on February 10, 2021, replied to the motion of thanks on the President’s address to Parliament, in the Lok Sabha (LS). He said the speech by the President showcased India’s ‘Sankalp Shakti.’

Tracing the historical trajectory of the world order after the World Wars, the Prime Minister pointed out that the post-COVID world is turning out to be very different. In such times, remaining isolated from the global trends will be counter-productive. That is why, India is working towards building an Aatmanirbhar Bharat, which seeks to further global good. Vocal-for-local is not the thinking of any particular leader but is resonating with the people in every nook and corner of the country.

Credit for handling of Corona goes to 130 crore Indian, said the Prime Minister. “Our doctors, nurses, COVID warriors, Safai Karamcharis, those who drove ambulances…such people and so many others became manifestations of the divine who strengthened India’s fight against the global pandemic,” the PM said. The Prime Minister pointed out that during the pandemic, the government could help the affected people through direct benefit transfer of Rs 2 lakh crore directly into their accounts.

On the farmer protests, the Prime Minister said this House, the Government, and we all respect the farmers who are voicing their views on the farm bills. This is the reason why topmost Ministers of the Government are constantly talking to them. After the Laws relating to agriculture were passed by Parliament – no Mandi has shut. Likewise, MSP has remained. Procurement on MSP has remained. The Budget has proposed to strengthen the mandis.  These facts can’t be ignored, he said.

PM Modi stressed those who are disrupting the House are doing so as per a well-planned strategy. They are unable to digest that people are seeing through the truth. He countered the argument that why is government pushing a reform which has not been asked for. He said that it is all optional but we can’t wait for things to be asked. Many progressive legislations came due to the demand of the times. The thinking that forces people to ask or beg cannot be a democratic one.

” We should take responsibility and keep working for the welfare of the people according to the needs of the country. We have worked for the change in the country and if intention is right, good results are bound to be there,”the PM said.

The PM said fragmentation of land holding is leading to a worrisome situation where farmers are not getting viable returns from their fields, investment in agriculture is suffering. Steps are required for small farmers. Therefore we need to work for making our farmers Aatmnirbhar and give him freedom to sell his harvest and infuse diversity in crops.

PM Modi asserted that the public sector is essential but at the same time the role of the private sector is also vital. Take any sector- telecom, pharma- we see the role of the private sector. If India is able to serve humanity, it is also due to the role of the private sector. “The culture of abusing the private sector is not acceptable any longer. We cannot keep insulting our youth like this,” the PM insisted.

The Prime Minister criticised the violence in the kisanandolan. “I consider the KisanAndolan to be Pavitra. But, when Andolanjeevis hijack Pavitra Andolans, showcase photos of those jailed for serious offences, does it serve any purpose? Not allowing toll plazas to work, destroying telecom towers- does it serve a Pavitra Andolan,” he  asked. It is important to differentiate between ‘andolankari’ and ‘andolanjivi’.  There are people who talk the right things. But this same section, when it comes to doing the right things, fail to convert words into action. Those who talk big on electoral reforms oppose One Nation One Election. They speak of gender justice but oppose Triple Talaq. Such people mislead the nation, pointed out the Prime Minister.

The Prime Minister also pointed out that the government is taking steps to undo the historical neglect of the border infrastructure.