In an exclusive interview to ANI, Prime Minister Narendra Modi talked about various issues from employment opportunities to women empowerment and also countered the picture of gloomy economy projected by Opposition.
PM Modi sad that India’s economy is growing at the fastest pace, how will the employment opportunities not grow? He underlined that FDI inflows are at all time high with India emerging as one of the top hubs for start-ups. Tourism industry got a significant boost with increase in the arrival of foreign tourist by 14 percent last year. PM also cited the historic boom in aviation sector with over 10 crore people took flight last year.
Also under UDAN scheme Tier-II and III cities are put on aviation map. More than 13 crore MUDRA loans have been given to the hardworking entrepreneurs with 3.5 crore of these loans have been given to first time entrepreneurs. Employment generation is also evident from 45 lakh new subscribers in the Employee Provident Fund and 5.68 lakh people joining the New Pension Scheme in the last nine months. Thus, the campaign that jobs have not been created must come to a halt now.
Countering the Opposition’s claim on GST, PM Modi said that only a few who have been continuously rejected by the masses are making baseless points. They not only want to misguide but also indulge in opposing for the sake of opposing. . It must not be forgotten that people of this country particularly, the business community have supported GST and adopted it whole-heartedly. People have responded positively as it brings lot of benefits to them and to the economy.
The number of enterprises registered from independence until now was 66 lakh. In just one year after the introduction of GST, the number of new enterprises registered is 48 lakh. Around 350 crore invoices were processed and 11 crore returns were filed in 1 year.
Speaking on NRC, PM said that said I want to assure the people that no citizen of India will have to leave the country. As per the due process, all possible opportunities will be given to get their concerns addressed. It is not about politics but about people. Our job in the political class is to work according to the will of the people and do what they have given us the mandate for.
Talking on women empowerment PM Narendra Modi said government is working towards women-led development. ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’, was among the first programmes that this government launched aimed at addressing the issues of declining child sex ratio and educating the girl child. This is the first time in the history of independent India that we have two women in the Cabinet Committee on Security — the Minister of External Affairs and the Minister for Defence. Women have, for the first time, been inducted as fighter pilots in combat roles in the Indian Air Force.
Through Pradhan Mantri MUDRA Yojana (PMMY) over 13 crore loans have been given of which more than 70% have been given to women. The Triple Talaq bill is in response to a long standing injustice done to Muslim women in India. The Anti-trafficking Bill, that has just been passed by the Lok Sabha.
Asked on his stand on Caste based reservation PM Modi said that our mantra is Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas and to achieve this, it is most important to protect the rights of the poor, marginalized, downtrodden, dalits, tribals and OBCs. Look across the length and breadth of India, maximum MPs from SC, ST and OBC communities are from BJP. Maximum MLAs from SC, ST and OBC communities are from BJP.
Responding to loosing allies to BJP, PM Modi said that two events of the recent past will answer your question- the No- Confidence Motion in the Lok Sabha and the election for the Deputy Chairperson of the Rajya Sabha. The outcome of both these events should indicate which coalition is intact and which is falling apart. In fact, we got support even from those parties which are notour allies. BJP has consistently expanded its base over the recent years among the people and welcomed more allies to the NDA family.
When asked about the plans to combat `Mahagathbandhan’ of 2019, PM Modi said that Opposition is well aware of the popularity of the government that have no faith in their ability to fight individually, hence making it an ‘All versus One’ fight.
Election after election and in state after state, people are repeatedly choosing the BJP to fulfill their aspirations. People have witnessed firsthand the change in their lives through the efforts of the Central Government. They have also seen that our Government is incorruptible and hard-working.
PM Modi further said that the Mahagathbandhanis for personal survival, not for ideological support. The Mahagathbandhan is for personal ambitions, not for people’s aspirations. The Mahagathbandhan is purely about power politics, not about people’s mandate.
The Mahagathbandhan is about dynasties, not about development. The Mahagathbandhan is not about any union of minds or ideas, but about rank opportunism. The only question is whether they will break up before the election or after.
(With agency inputs)