Be Proud of pro-poor measures: Modi
The Hindu, April 20,
Narendra Modi on Sunday told the BJP parliamentary party: ?Don?t
measure us on the scale of rajniti [politics] but on rashtraniti
He was outlining the
government?s poverty alleviation programmes at a day-long
workshop of the parliamentary party.
?Be more vocal?
?Our path is clear:
we are working in the direction of fulfilling the hopes and
aspirations of the poor,? he said, urging the party MPs to be
more vocal and visible in Parliament and outside about
confidence that the second part of the Budget Session will be
productive, the Prime Minister asked his party MPs to come out
of the ?Opposition mould? and go into the session ?holding their
head high? for the pro-poor measures taken by the government
since it came to power last May.
Noting that the
productivity of Parliament had reached ?125 per cent? since his
government came to power, Mr. Modi expressed the hope that the
session will be full of outcomes.
?It is more
beneficial if the Opposition attacks the government inside
Parliament,? he added.
Mr. Modi seized the
occasion to lament that some sections of the media were so taken
up with being critical of his government that its achievements
such as the recent evacuation of Indians from strife-torn Yemen
and getting uranium supply from Canada and nuclear reactor
technology from France during the Prime Minister?s recent visit
to these countries were underplayed.
He lauded External
Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Minister of State V.K. Singh
for the successful operation in Yemen.
Stressing on the
?Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao?? campaign, Mr. Modi observed that
unless Muslim, Dalit, Adivasi and backward community girls were
educated, the country will not progress.
He made a special
mention of the programmes for housing, pension, Jan Dhan Yojna
and direct subsidy for LPG cylinders. He also talked of the
decision to raise compensation for crop damage.
Asserting that India
was being looked at as the fastest growing economy, he spelt out
the figures to show that inflation had gone down in the last one
year and growth was up.
Bracing to face a stormy session over several issues including
the Land Acquisition Bill, Parliamentary Affairs Minister M.
Venkaiah Naidu asked MPs to be present in the House throughout
The party indicated
that the government may go ahead with the Land Bill and may
exercise the option of a joint sitting of Parliament to ensure
passage of the legislation.
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