FEBRUARY 10, 2024
Prime Minister Modi reflected on the difficulties posed by the Covid pandemic and commended the admirable choice made by Members of Parliament to slash 30% of their salaries amid the crisis.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi emphasized the transformative journey of the nation over the past five years, characterized by the principles of ‘reform, perform, and transform.’ Grateful for the collective efforts, particularly acknowledging Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, PM Modi highlighted the challenges faced by the 17th Lok Sabha, notably the COVID-19 pandemic, which prompted innovative approaches to governance. He commended MPs for their willingness to reduce their salaries by 30% and discontinuing canteen food subsidies, demonstrating their commitment to public service. Additionally, PM Modi reflected on the significance of shifting sittings to the new Parliament building and recalled the establishment of the Sengol within the new premises.
“During this Lok Sabha’s term, several decisions for which many generations waited for long were taken. Article 370 was also abrogated during this Lok Sabha’s term… I feel that those who drafted the Constitution would bless us for this,” Prime Minister Modi emphasized, highlighting the historic significance of the decisions made by the 17th Lok Sabha, echoing the sentiments that these actions fulfilled aspirations that had been long awaited, potentially garnering the approval of the framers of the Constitution.
In emphasizing the principle of minimum government and maximum governance, Prime Minister Modi underscores the importance of government restraint in intervening in the lives of citizens. By advocating for a government that trusts its people, Modi signals a shift towards empowering individuals and communities to take charge of their own affairs.
Reflecting on the accomplishments of the 17th Lok Sabha, Prime Minister Modi highlights significant legislative achievements such as the revocation of Article 370 and the passage of the triple talaq bill. These milestones demonstrate a commitment to addressing long-standing issues and promoting social justice, marking a decisive step towards a more inclusive and equitable society.
Looking ahead, Prime Minister Modi envisions a transformative future for India, characterizing the next 25 years as crucial for the nation’s development. With a focus on both political aspirations and national progress, Modi envisions an India poised for growth and prosperity, symbolized by the vision of ‘Vikshit Bharat’. As elections loom, Modi reaffirms the democratic values that underpin India’s governance, acknowledging the electoral process as a cornerstone of the country’s democratic ethos.