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THUMBS UP OR THUMBS DOWN? Modi's maiden speech in Lok Sabha

June 11, 2014 19:04 IST

Prime Minister Narendra Modi responded to President Pranab Mukherjee’s address in Parliament, saying that his government will fulfill the promises made in the speech. Rediff.com brings you some of the highlights of the speech.

1) Why don't we convert the laboratories in schools in India during summer holidays into a soil testing laboratories where agricultural university students can work during their vacations.

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2) We tried Soil Health Card in Gujarat, it can be replicated elsewhere, too, says Modi. Can't we give this card to every farmer in India?

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3) The technology must move from the laboratory to land. We also have to increase the productivity of the land. We have not been able to increase the protein content in pulses yet. 

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4) Should government only be for some educated people? Government should be for the poor. The rich can educate their children or getting medical help easily. Where will the poor go? Only the government can help them, listen to them and live for them.

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5) It is our responsibility to changes the lives of farmers and villagers. We have to provide them modern facilities, so that villages can contribute to the country’s progress, through electricity, broadband connection.

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6) We are so fortunate that we are in the generation where India is the youngest country in the world. China is growing older day by day when it comes to skilled labour and we are younger. Hence, all the countries are looking to us. We have an image of Scam India. We need to change that to Skilled India.

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7) We have to stop politicising rape. We are playing with the dignity of women. Protecting women should be the priority of the people of this country.

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8) We should ensure that everyone in this country should have the basic ameneties -- housing, electricity, running water and proper sanitation. 

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9) Mahabharata is over, but the people have never wanted Pandavas to lose. Victory teaches us a lot, including humility. I assure this House that we will never become arrogant. Regardless of our numbers, I do not want to move ahead without all of you. Not numbers, we want consensus.

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10) I welcome the talk when people say that Tamil Nadu is better than Gujarat. I want such competition between two states. I really want to hear that other states have left Gujarat behind. So, I think, this is the one contribution the Gujarat model has made. I reiterate my resolve to work for the welfare of all 125 crore Indians, and with this end my reply to the debate.

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