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India no longer befriends nations under compulsion: PM Modi’s dig at Congress

Source : India Today

India no longer befriends nations under compulsion: PM Modi’s dig at Congress
PM Modi in Shimla on Tuesday.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday, May 31, said that there had been a dramatic shift in India’s foreign policy since his government took over. He said that India is no longer helpless and doesn’t have to befriend any nation in compulsion.

PM Modi was speaking at the Garib Kalyan Sammelan in Shimla on the occasion of the 8th anniversary of the Modi 2.0 government. “India no longer has to beg. Today, India extends a helping hand to the entire world. We sent vaccines to over 150 nations. We proved that we have the potential and we are performers. India now has to fulfil the aspirations of people in other nations as well,” he said.

“I have never seen myself in the post of a Prime Minister except when signing files. I am only the Pradhan sevak, a member of the 130-crore strong family of India. My life is dedicated to you,” PM Modi said.

“On the 8th anniversary of my government, I want to reaffirm my resolution that we will work for the development of people living even in the remotest corners of India,” he said.

“Don’t forget the days before 2014. You will realise the importance of the present only when you remember those days. Before 2014, only loot, corruption, scams, nepotism, and confusing policies grabbed headlines,” he said.

He said: “Now, the topics on the public agenda today are development and benefits of government schemes. Today, the benefits of the poor reach their accounts directly. The world talks about India’s startup ecosystem. Even the World Bank talks about the ease of doing business in India. Citizens appreciate our government tightening the noose on criminals.”

Taking a dig at the Congress, PM Modi said: “The previous government had made corruption an essential part of the system. People saw how the country was looted. Now, people talk about the benefits of Jan Dhan Yojana, Ujwala Yojana, toilets under the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, Ayushman Bharat.” He also spoke about the removal of housing, scholarship, and pension schemes; triple talaq; surgical strikes; and increased connectivity in the northeast.

“We have changed the system to benefit the poor. The government is no longer mai baap (master); it is the sevak (servant) of the people now,” he said. “More than Rs 21 lakh crore was directly transferred to the accounts of small farmers. Every paisa was accounted for. Earlier, middlemen and agents would take away the poors’ benefits.” PM Modi transferred Rs 21,000 crore to over 10,000 farmers on Tuesday.

He also highlighted India’s Covid vaccination efforts, saying: “We will soon reach the 200-crore jab landmark.”

He said that his government had provided potable water to 600 crore families. He spoke about the benefits of Mudra loan as well.

PM Modi interacted with beneficiaries of (PM-KISAN) from Haryana, Assam, Ladakh, Imphal, Tripura and several other states via video conference before his public address.

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