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India must be ‘Atma Nirbhar’ to cement its place in new world order post Covid: PM Modi in Lok Sabha

India must be ‘Atma Nirbhar’ to cement its place in new world order post Covid: PM Modi in Lok Sabha
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PM Narendra Modi speaks in Lok Sabha

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday stated that India has emerged as a ray of hope for the world because it fights an invisible enemy in the type of coronavirus. Replying to the Motion of Thanks on the President’s deal with, PM Modi stated that predictions have been made India can’t survive as a nation, however individuals of our nation proved them improper.

“We have now emerged as a ray of hope for the world,” he stated, including that the new world order is rising post-COVID and “we will have to be a strong player and ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’ is the way forward”.

“The world post-COVID is turning out to be very different. In such times, remaining isolated from the global trends will be counter-productive. That is why, India is working towards building an Aatmanirbhar Bharat, which seeks to further global good,” he stated. 

READ MORE: PM Modi accuses Opposition of U-turn on farm laws, says changes aimed at empowering farmers

PM Modi stated that “our doctors, nurses, COVID warriors, Safai Karamcharis, those who drove ambulances…such people and so many others became manifestations of the divine who strengthened India’s fight against the global pandemic”. He stated that “our JAM (Jan Dhan-Aadhaar-Mobile) Trinity made a positive difference in people’s lives”. 

It helped the poorest of the poor, the marginalised and the downtrodden, he stated, including that Rs 2 lakh crore given to poor utilizing Jan Dhan account, cellular, Aadhaar throughout pandemic.

In a swipe on the opposition, he stated, “Sadly, who were the people who went to Court against UIDAI.”

Great respect for farmers

On farm legal guidelines, the PM stated that “this House, our government and we all respect the farmers who are voicing their views on the farm bills. This is the reason why topmost Ministers of the government are constantly talking to them. There is great respect for the farmers.”

PM Modi stated that after the three legal guidelines relating to agriculture have been handed by Parliament, no Mandi has shut. “Likewise, MSP has remained. Procurement on MSP has remained. These facts can’t be ignored,” he stated.

PM Modi stated that three farm legal guidelines enacted by the federal government are necessary and needed. The authorities, he stated, has provided to focus on clause by clause three farm legal guidelines. “If there are any shortcomings, there is no problem in making changes,” he stated. “Congress MPs in House debated on colour of the laws (black/white), it would have been better if they had debated on the content and intent of the laws,” he added.

Responding to the opposition MPs who stopped PM Modi in the midlle of his deal with, he stated, “Those who are disrupting the House are doing so as per a well-planned strategy. They are unable to digest that people are seeing through the truth. Through their games, the trust of the people can never be won.”

The Prime Minister expressed shock that for the primary time a new argument has come that “we did not ask, so why did you give”. “Be it dowry or triple talaq, no one had demanded a law for this, but due to being necessary for progressive society, the law was made,” he countered. 

“The thinking that forces us to ask cannot be the thinking of democracy,” the Prime Minister. “The laws are completely optional,” he added.

Attacking the Congress, he stated, “Congress has taken different stands in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, a divided and confused party like this can do no good to country.”

He stated that funding that farming wants isn’t occurring. “We need to bring investment and modernise agriculture to empower it,” he stated.

Thousands of farmers, largely from Punjab, Haryana and western Uttar Pradesh, have been protesting at Delhi’s borders for over two months demanding rollback of the Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020, the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020 and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020. Farmers are opposing the legal guidelines, terming them in opposition to their curiosity as it should dismantle the mandi system and the MSP construction. Besides, they imagine that the legal guidelines will give energy to corporates over their lands. 

However, the three legal guidelines — enacted in September 2020, have been projected by the Central authorities as main reforms in the agriculture sector that may take away the middlemen and permit farmers to promote anyplace in the nation. The authorities has repeatedly assured the farmers that these three legal guidelines won’t get rid of MSP and mandis.

READ MORE: ‘Give farm reforms a chance, open to changes’: PM Modi appeals farmers to end agitation

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