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Big changes happened in country in 100 days: Modi

September 08, 2019 19:55 IST

IMAGE: Prime Minister Narendra Modi being garlanded Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal and other BJP leaders during a public rally in Rohtak on Sunday. Photograph: PTI Photo

'Development, trust and big changes in the country' have marked the 100 days of his government, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday, asserting that 'we know how to take challenges head-on'.

Kicking off the Bharatiya Janata Party's campaign for Haryana Assembly election, Modi told a rally here that 130 crore Indians were the inspiration behind the government's major decisions in various fields from farm sector to national security and took a swipe at the opposition parties, saying they are still 'numb' from their Lok Sabha polls debacle.

Referring to Jammu and Kashmir, Modi said the country and the world have witnessed in past 100 days that 'India is challenging every challenge', whether it is decades old or is of future.

 

"I have come here in Haryana at a time, when BJP-led NDA (National Democratic Alliance) government is completing 100 days. In 100 days, some people could not understand, some people are in such a bad state that they are numbed because of poll debacle," he said at the 'Vijay Sankalp' rally.

These 100 days have been of 'development, trust and big changes in the country. These 100 days have also been of decisiveness, dedication, good intention'.

"Whatever big decisions were taken in past 100 days, the inspiration behind them were only 130 crore Indians," he said, adding, 'because of your unprecedented support, the government could take major decisions from farm sector to national safety and security'.

The prime minister said several important laws have been passed in recent months, including to deal with terrorism and for protection of rights of Muslim women.

He said a roadmap has been prepared to help different sectors with an intention to strengthen economy and referred to the 'historic decisions' for strengthening the banking sector.

"This is only the beginning and its benefits will be felt in the coming time," he said.

"We know how to take challenges head-on. Be it the matter of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh or serious water crisis, 130 countrymen have started looking for new solutions," he said.

"We are into fulfilling the dreams and expectations of people of J-K and Ladakh with a new thinking. Because of your inspiration, such promises which were made during polls, have now been honoured," he said in an apparent reference to the abrogation of Article 370.

Modi said the main priority of BJP governments, be it at the centre or in the states, was to take care of the interests of poor people and referred to steps being taken to ensure better health care, clean drinking water, farmers' welfare and pension schemes.

"We do not adopt a piecemeal approach but keep a big target in mind and take all round steps," he said.

A roadmap which was never there under previous governments has been prepared for the health sector, he said.

The government is focusing on preventive health care services and working towards making health services cheaper and easy to avail, he said.

Modi said programmes like Swachh Bharat, Yoga, Ujjwala, Ayurveda and Fit India movement were contributing to controlling diseases.

The prime minister said that it was his government's commitment that each house will get piped water by 2024 and work in this direction had already been started.

"It has been decided that to conserve water and to ensure that water reaches each house, a sum of Rs 3.50 lakh crore will be spent in coming five years," he said.

He also sought support from people in conserving water, urging them not to waste the precious resource and use it as per their requirements.

A lot still needs to be done, said Modi.

He said under PM Kisan Samman Nidhi scheme, a total of seven crore farmers have benefited.

"In very less time, we have credited Rs 21,000 crore in the accounts of farmers," he said.

He said pension for traders and small shopkeepers would be started soon.

The government was making efforts to double the income of farmers by 2022.

The PM also thanked all political parties for the record work done in the recent Parliament session.

"In 100 days, there was one important development. The number of bills passed and the amount of work done in the last Parliament session was never seen in the past 60 years.

"MPs held debates and discussions on new laws while sitting late into the night," he said.

Modi also thanked the people of Haryana for the BJP's win in all 10 Lok Sabha seats in the state.

'ISRO spirit' in country, moon mission has united India: PM

Modi said an 'ISRO spirit' has gripped the country, which has been united by the moon mission Chandrayaan-2, and the nation now looks beyond success and failure.

"On the night of September 7, 100 seconds after 1.50 am an incident awakened and united the entire country. Like (there is) a sportsman spirit, an ISRO spirit is running in the country. Countrymen are not ready to accept negativity," Modi said.

Recalling the early of hours of Saturday, when Chandrayaan-2's lander was scheduled to make a soft landing on the moon but suffered a setback, the prime minister said at 1.50 am, the entire country was sitting in front of television screens to watch the good news of Chandrayaan-2.

"In those 100 seconds whatever the country did, it reflected the mettle of 125 crore countrymen," said Modi, who had flown to Bengaluru to watch the planned touchdown of the Indian Space Research Organisation's (ISRO) lander 'Vikram'.

India's mission to soft-land on the moon suffered a setback, with 'Vikram' losing communication with ground stations, just 2.1 km from the lunar surface during its final descent.

However, on Sunday the ISRO said Vikram has been located on the lunar surface and it must have been a hard-landing.

"The country, which has the strength to live for its resolutions, imbibes the ISRO spirit," Modi said, adding that 'the 100 seconds showed the entire country what is the power of hope and belief, and what is determination and capacity'.

He said only that country is able to fulfil its dream which lives beyond the limits of successes and failures.

The country changed the definition of success and failure in those 100 seconds, Modi said.

"Now, the country prays for courage and valour. The country is moving ahead with a faith in change," he said.

The people of India are lucky that there is a energy and a feeling in the country which 'will fulfil our resolve', the prime minister said.

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