A year of the second term of the NDA government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has passed. Commemorating the occasion, the prime minister has written a letter addressed to the people of the country. In the letter, he shared information about the initiatives, achievements and major decisions made by his government.
The prime minister assured the country it will win in the fight against the coronavirus (COVID-19) and the economy will overcome its attack too.
Modi recorded an audio message, too, releasing it on Twitter via SoundCloud.
Prime Minister Modi was sworn in for the second time on 30 May last year after leading the BJP-led NDA to a landslide victory in the 2019 Lok Sabha election. Following are 10 salient points in Modi’s letter to the people.
1. Modi wrote in his letter that under normal circumstances, he would have been in the midst of the people, but this cannot be done due to the circumstances currently caused by the coronavirus epidemic. He, therefore, seeks the blessings of the people through this letter. “Once again, I salute the 130 million people of India and the democratic ethos of our nation,” the prime minister said through an audio clip on SoundCloud.
2. Prime Minister Modi described this day as the ‘golden chapter’ in the history of Indian democracy. He said that it was after several decades that for the second time in a row, the people entrusted the responsibility of running the country to an absolute majority government.
3. Modi said that his government had taken ‘historic’ decisions and the country had moved forward rapidly in the last year. He acknowledged that much remains to be done and many challenges and problems have to be faced.
4. Modi said that India had surprised the world with its unity and determination in the fight against coronavirus. There is a strong belief that the economy of the country will set an example by overcoming coronavirus too, he said.
5. Referring to the world post-coronavirus, the prime minister said that there was are widespread discussions on how the economies of various countries, including India, will recover. Modi said that becoming self-reliant was the need of the hour. The Rs 20 lakh crore package is a step taken in this direction, he said.
6. Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that in such a big crisis no one has suffered or inconvenience can be claimed. Workers, migrants, artisans working in small industries, those who sell goods on the track, have endured a lot of suffering. His government was making efforts to remove their problems, he wrote.
7. Prime Minister Narendra Modi today counted the ‘achievements’ of his government again, giving examples of repealing Article 370, resolving the Ram Temple issue, criminalisation of triple talaq and amendment of the citizenship law among the major achievements of his second term. He said that in the past year, his government had taken these steps with the aim of fulfilling the dream of making India a global leader.
8. Prime Minister Modi emphasised also his government’s anti-corruption credentials, saying that in the last five years, the nation had seen how the administrative system had been freed of the morass of corruption as well as misrule.
9. Referring to several major schemes of his government, Prime Minister Modi said, “From 2014 to 2019, India’s stature has grown significantly. The dignity of the poor was enhanced by opening bank accounts by providing free gas connections, by providing free electricity connections, by building toilets, by building houses.”
10. Prime Minister Modi said that while surgical strikes and airstrikes took place in that tenure, on the other hand decades-old demands like One Rank One Pension (OROP), One Nation One Tax (GST), better MSP for farmers were fulfilled.