Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday addressed the National Youth Parliament Festival in New Delhi, where he expressed concern over disruptions and lack of productivity in Parliament.
The Prime Minister expressed concern over only 8 per cent productivity of the Rajya Sabha in the last session where the interim budget was passed.
Addressing the “National Youth Parliament Festival”, he told youngsters to question the members of Rajya Sabha, where opposition parties have a numerical advantage over his government, of their respective states, asserting it will lead to nationwide pressure on them.
PM Modi said the productivity of the outgoing 16th Lok Sabha, where the government enjoys a big majority, was 85 per cent (20 per cent more than the previous Lok Sabha) and it passed 205 bills, as he credited the development to the full majority voters gave to the BJP in the 2014 general elections.
After giving away the National Youth Parliament Festival, 2019, awards, PM Modi asked youngsters to organise events upon returning home and invite Rajya Sabha members from their states as chief guests and ask questions.
The prime minister also advised the participants to visit the country’s National War Memorial adjoining the iconic India Gate complex, inaugurated by him on Monday, and the National Police Memorial in central Delhi.
“Visiting these two locations will fill you with inspiration and enthusiasm to contribute towards nation building,” he told the participants.
Asserting that dialogue strengthens democracy, PM Modi asked the participants to give their feedback and suggestions on how the event could have been made better and what other topics could have been included to make it more creative and innovative in future. He also proposed setting up an online mechanism for receiving those suggestions.
Stating that the youth today is full of new ideas, energy, ambition and ready for multitasking, he referred to the 10 per cent quota given to the general category poor in education sector and jobs to stress on his government’s attempt to give youths equal opportunities to realise their potential and dreams.
In his speech and during the subsequent question and answer session, the prime minister dwelt at length on his works to curb corruption and empowering poor.
He said the government in his tenure, initiated several measures to eradicate corruption and in the process garnered the support of people who abide by law and discipline.
PM Modi claimed that for the first time in 70 years, the number of people paying income tax has doubled.
In this context, he also explained how his government ensured that the benefits of various schemes and programmes reached every person even in the far flung areas.
“A scheme can be considered successful only when the last-mile delivery of benefits is made possible,” the prime minister said.
On efforts towards empowering the poor, he spoke about the initiative of opening bank accounts of the poor population was opened with zero balance.
When asked what would his advice be to the youth of the country, the prime minister said they should get their names added in the voter list and exercise their right to contribute towards decision making.
(With inputs from PTI)