PM recounts achievements, hurdles faced by BJP govt in a letter to nation
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has written a letter to the citizens of India to mark the first anniversary of his second term in office. The PM Modi-led NDA government had first come to power on May 26, 2014. He was re-elected as PM with a landslide victory on May 23. he took an oath to the office again on May 30.
In his letter, PM Modi has shared the various schemes launched by the Modi government during the first and second term and the monumental challenges faced by it.
"This day last year began a golden chapter in the history of Indian democracy. It was after several decades that the people of the country voted back a full-term government with a full majority. Once again, I bow to the 130 crore people of India and the democratic ethos of our nation," PM Modi said in the letter.
He noted that during normal times, the celebrations for the first anniversary would have been different. "During normal times, I would have been in your midst. However, the present circumstances do not permit that. That is why I seek your blessings through this letter," the PM said.
PM Narendra Modi said that since 2014, the nation has witnessed some major transformations. "In the last five years, the nation saw how the administrative apparatus broke itself free of status quo and from the swamp of corruption as well as misgovernance," the prime minister said.
Counting the achievements of his first term, PM Modi said, "From 2014 to 2019, India's stature rose significantly. The dignity of the poor was enhanced. The nation achieved financial inclusion, free gas and electricity connections, total sanitation coverage, and made progress towards ensuring 'Housing for All'."
"India demonstrated its mettle through the surgical strike and airstrike. At the same time, decades-old demands such as OROP, One Nation One Tax- GST, better MSP for farmers were fulfilled," he said,
He said that since 2019, when India voted him back to power, he has been working to make India a global leader.
PM Modi remembers key decisions taken in last one year
In the letter to citizens, PM Modi recounted some of the key decisions taken by his government which 'were widely discussed and remain etched in public discourse'.
The list included Article 370, Ram Mandir judgment, Triple Talaq and amendment to the Citizenship Act.
"Article 370 furthered the spirit of national unity and integration. The Ram Mandir judgment, delivered unanimously by the Honourable Supreme Court of India, brought an amicable end to a debate persisting for centuries. The barbaric practice of Triple Talaq has been confined to the dustbin of history. Amendment to the Citizenship Act was an expression of India's compassion and spirit of inclusiveness," he said.
The PM said that there were several other decisions that added 'momentum to the nation's development trajectory'. These include the creation of the post of the Chief of Defence Staff and stepping up preparations for Mission Gaganyaan.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi's letter on the first anniversary of the second term also listed several schemes launched or enhanced by his government, including PM Kisan Samman Nidhi, Jal Jeevan Mission, free vaccination campaign for livestock, monthly pension to farmers, farm labourers, small shopkeepers and workers in unorganised sector, among others.
The PM said that during the Modi government 2.0 the parliament has broken the decades-old record in terms of productivity. "As a result, whether it be the Consumer Protection Act, the amendment to Chit Fund Law or laws to provide more protection to women, children and Divyang, their passage in the parliament was expedited," he said.
"The list of such historic actions and decisions taken in the national interest would be too long to detail in this letter. But I must say that every day of this year, my government has worked round the clock with full vigour, taking and implementing these decisions," PM Modi said.