HIGHLIGHT OF THE SPEECH
The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi addressed the Members of Parliament in the Central Hall during the Special Session.
The Prime Minister began the address to the house by conveying the best wishes on the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi. He noted today’s occasion when the proceedings of the house will be taking place in the new building of the Parliament.
“We are heading to the new Parliament building with the resolve and determination to transform India into a developed nation”
MEMORIES OF THE CENTRAL HALL
- The initial years this part of the building was used as a kind of
- He remembered that this was the place where the Constitution took shape and transfer of power took place at the time of Independence.
- He remembered that in this Central Hall India’s National Flag and National Anthem were adopted.
- After 1952 about 41 Heads of States and Governments from all over the world have addressed the Parliament of India in the Central Hall.
- Various Presidents of India addressed the Central Hall 86 times.
- He said that Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha have passed about four thousand Acts in the last seven decades.
- He also talked about the Laws passed through the mechanism of the Joint Session and mentioned :
- The Dowry Prohibition Act, 1962
- Banking Service Commission (repeal) Bill,1978 and
- Prevention of Terrorism Bill, 2002.
- On Article 370: The Prime Minister underlined with immense pride that the Constitution provided to us by our ancestors is now being implemented in Jammu & Kashmir. “Today, Jammu & Kashmir is progressing on the path of peace and development and its people do not wish to let opportunities slip out of their hands anymore”.
- On India’s Economy: Referring to India’s ascent into the top five economies, the Prime Minister said that the world and India is confident to break into the top three economies. He touched upon the robustness of India’s banking sector. He noted the world’s enthusiasm for India’s digital infrastructure. He said that this success is a matter of amazement, attraction and acceptance for the world. India will have to work on a big canvas. Time has gone to get entangled in small stuff.
- On India’s Polity: He said that amidst new aspirations, framing new laws and getting rid of outdated laws is the highest responsibility of the Parliamentarians.
The Prime Minister underlined that it is the expectation of every citizen and the belief of every Parliamentarian that all passed laws, discussions and messages relayed from the Parliament should encourage Indian aspirations. “Highest priority should be accorded to the roots of Indian aspirations for every reform that is introduced in the Parliament”.
- On Being Atma Nirbhar: He underlined the primacy of creating Atma Nirbhar Bharat. He said that defying the initial apprehension, the world is talking about India’s Atma Nirbhar Model. He said who will not want to be self-reliant in defence, manufacturing, energy and edible oil and in this quest party politics should not be an obstacle.
- On Sustainable Manufacturing: Emphasizing the need for India to scale new heights in the manufacturing sector, the Prime Minister highlighted the model of ‘Zero Defect, Zero Effect’, where Indian products should be free from any defects and the manufacturing process must have zero effect on the environment.
- On Education: The Prime Minister touched upon the openness of the New Educational Policy and said that it has been universally accepted. Referring to the photograph of the ancient Nalanda University which was put up on display during the G20 Summit, the Prime Minister informed that it was a matter of incredulity for the foreign dignitaries to realize that the institution functioned in India 1500 years ago. “We must derive inspiration from this and focus on achieving our targets in the present”.
- On Sports: Touching upon the growing sporting success scripted by the youth of the nation, the Prime Minister noted the rise of sports culture in tier 2 and tier 3 cities. “It should be the pledge of the nation that on every sports podium there should be our Tricolour”.
- On Social Justice: The Prime Minister said “Social Justice is our primary condition” and said that discussion on Social Justice has become very restricted and there is a need for a comprehensive look. He said Social Justice involves empowering the deprived sections with connectivity, clean water, electricity, medical treatment and other basic amenities. He stressed that imbalance in development is also against social justice and mentioned the backwardness of the eastern part of the country. “By strengthening our eastern part we have to impart the power of social justice there”.
- On India’s Global Image & Outlook:
“The entire world is looking towards India”, the Prime Minister remarked as he noted that India was considered neutral country during the Cold War era but today, today India is known as ‘Vishwamitra’ where India is reaching out to other nations for friendly relations while they are looking forward to a friend in India.
He mentioned that India is reaping the benefits of such a foreign policy as the nation has emerged as a stable supply chain for the world. The PM stated that the G20 Summit was a medium to fulfil the needs of the global south and expressed confidence that future generations will feel immense pride for this momentous achievement. “The seeds planted by the G20 Summit will turn into a huge Banyan Tree of trust for the world”.
The Prime Minister mentioned the Biofuel Alliance that was formalized in the G20 Summit. He said that a huge Biofuel movement is taking place at a global level under the leadership of India.