The Prime Minister,
Shri Narendra Modi, today replied to the motion of thanks on the
President’s Address in the Lok Sabha. He thanked the various Members of
the House, for adding vigour into the debate, and sharing insightful
Stating that there is something very special about 'Jan Shakti' –
people’s power – the Prime Minister said that it is due to this 'Jan
Shakti' that a person born in a poor family can become the Prime
Minister of India.
The Prime Minister said that there are many people like him, who may not
have had the opportunity to die for the nation during the freedom
struggle, but who, being born in free India, are living for, and serving
the nation. Stating that faith in Jan Shakti will give good results, he
called upon the Members to understand and appreciate the inherent
strength of our people, and take India to newer heights.
Explaining the rationale behind the advancement of the budget date, the
Prime Minister said this would ensure better utilization of funds.
Similarly, he said that the transport sector in the country now requires
a comprehensive approach, which is possible by having just one Union
The Prime Minister expressed satisfaction at the change of discourse
since he assumed office – stating that from a time when the discussion
was on how much money is lost through scams, the discussion is now on
how much black money has been recovered.
The Prime Minister declared that his struggle is for the poor, and this
struggle to give the poor their due, will continue. He said that this
Government does not see everything from the prism of elections, and the
interests of the nation are supreme for the Government.
Comparing demonetization to the Swachh Bharat Mission, the Prime
Minister said it is a movement to clean India from corruption and black
Responding to criticism of frequent changes in the rules related to
demonetization, the Prime Minister said that this was done to stay a
step ahead of those who wanted to find loopholes in the exercise. He
noted that rules for MNREGA were also changed over a thousand times.
The Prime Minister said steps like crop insurance have been taken in a
way that facilitates and benefits farmers.
The Prime Minister also praised the nation’s armed forces, and said that
they are fully capable of defending the nation.