In his reply on motion of thanks to President Pranab Mukherjee’s address to the joint session of the Parliament, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the debates that ensued were very good. Many MPs expressed their thoughts and several of them sent their views in writing, said Modi.
For sometime now, the Opposition has been saying that the NDA government has been simply renaming old schemes and policies started by them. Modi replied by saying that the issue is not about names of the schemes, it is about development. “I am simply trying to find solutions to problems that have been existing for many years now,” he said. He says his government inherited a legacy of problems.
On Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, he said, cleanliness is key and there is a need to address the root problem. “You talk of Nirmal bharat, and that we have brought in ‘Swacch Bharat’. Name is not the issue, the problem is the issue. Swacchta is an issue and it is about the mindset. In my mind are poor people,” he said.
Raising the pitch further, he said cleanliness is also related to respect and dignity of women. According to him, many female students drop out of schools due to lack of toilets. Taking a dig at Congress, Modi said he will never shut down MNREGA as it showcases the failure of the prior government. He jokingly said no one can question his political wisdom and his instinct says ‘do not end MNREGA’. However, he added that his government will add value to it to benefit poor people further.
On his fight against corruption, he urged everyone to join hands and ensure there is no corruption in the future. “I believe corruption free services can be developed, everyone needs to work together to fight corruption.” On the controversial Land Acquisition Ordinance, Modi assured the Parliament that it is not anti-farmer.
Claiming that his government’s biggest achievement was it managed to get the country talking on black money, Modi said despite the Supreme Court’s directives, a special investigating team (SIT) was not formed by the previous government.
Modi assured everyone that his government was not playing vindictive politics.