2014-29 period very important for India, says PM Modi
The last six years have been historic for the country’s development, and a lot is to be done in the remaining period, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday while asserting that the 2014-29 period between the 16th to 18th Lok Sabha is very important for a young democracy like India.
“The 16th Lok Sabha (2014-19) has been historic for the country’s progress. The 17th Lok Sabha has already become a part of history because of several decisions it has taken,” he said, referring to the passage of the landmark legislation aimed at reforming farm and labour sectors besides abrogation of Article 370 and the citizenship law.
“I am confident the next Lok Sabha (2024-29) will also play an important role in taking the country ahead in this new decade. There is so much for the country that we have to achieve. Be it ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’ campaign, or economic targets or many other pledges like these, we have to achieve them during this period,” he said to an audience of parliamentarians, including ministers and Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla.
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People of Jammu and Kashmir have also joined the mainstream development, with many new laws coming into effect in the union territory for the first time, he said regarding the abrogation of Article 370, which had granted the erstwhile state a special status.
“It is our responsibility that when history evaluates different terms of Lok Sabha, this period is remembered as a golden chapter in the nation’s development,” Modi said.
The Modi government’s second term will end in 2024 with the onset of the next general election.
The ruling BJP has already set its sight on the next Lok Sabha polls with its president J.P Nadda to undertake a 120-day nationwide tour to tone up the saffron party’s organisational machinery.
The party would also focus on regions and seats where it had not done well in 2019.
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In his speech, Modi referred to the GST rollout, enactment of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code and a law proposing death sentence for those convicted of raping children as among the major achievements of his government’s first term between 2014-19.
India now has resources and a firm resolve to fulfil the dreams of its 130 crore citizens and attain the goal of self-reliance, he said.
Asserting that the country’s new mindset and mood reflect in the composition of the 16th Lok Sabha, which had over 300 first-time MPs, and the current lower house, which has 260 MPs elected for the first time, the prime minister noted it has over 400 parliamentarians in their first or second terms.
“This is a reason Parliament has been taking decisions quickly while also having more debate,” he added, observing that the 16th Lok Sabha passed 15 per cent more bills and while the productivity of the first session of the 17th Lok Sabha was 135 per cent.
“Rajya Sabha’s productivity was also 100 per cent. Parliament’s performance is at its best in two decades,” Modi said.
“MPs have focussed on product and process as well be passing more bills and also debating more,” he added, noting that they engaged in two-three hours of debates in passing over 60 per cent of bills in the last Lok Sabha. (PTI)