Modi 2.0: PM lists Art 370 abrogation, CAA, Ram temple settlement among key achievements of 2nd term
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday listed abrogation of Article 370, settlement of the Ram Temple issue, criminalisation of Triple Talaq and therefore the amendment to the Citizenship Act among the key achievements during his second term, asserting that his government's decisions within the last one year were aimed toward fulfilling the dream of creating India a worldwide leader.
In an letter to the country's citizens on the primary anniversary of his second term as Prime Minister, Modi said in 2019 the people of India voted not merely for continuity but also with the dream of taking India to new heights and making it a worldwide leader.
The decisions taken within the last one year are directed at fulfilling this dream, he said.
In the last one year, a number of the choices were widely discussed and remain etched publicly discourse, Modi said.
"Article 370 (abrogation) furthered the spirit of national unity and integration," he said of the Centre's decision to abrogate Jammu and Kashmir's special status under Article 370 of the Constitution and bifurcation of the state into Union Territories in August last year.
Referring to the Supreme Court's unanimous judgement on the Ram temple in Ayodhya, Modi said it brought an amicable end to a debate persisting for hundreds of years .
The Supreme Court, during a landmark verdict within the Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi title case last year, paved the way for construction of the Ram temple in Ayodhya.
"The barbaric practice of Triple Talaq has been confined to the dustbin of history," Modi said in regard to the legislation last year that made giving instant oral triple talaq or talalq-e-biddat a criminal offence with provisions of jail term up to 3 years.
Referring to the amendment to the Citizenship Act, Modi said it had been an "expression of India's compassion and spirit of inclusiveness".
The Citizenship (Amendment) Act seeks to grant citizenship to non-Muslims from three neighbouring Muslim majority countries on the bottom of spiritual persecution. Its passage last year had prompted intense protests in various parts of the country with the Opposition parties and social groups alleging that it had been discriminatory.
Listing other key decisions of his government that added "momentum to the nation's development trajectory", Modi said the creation of the post of the Chief of Defence Staff was a long-pending reform that has improved coordination among the soldiers .
At an equivalent time, India has stepped up preparations for Mission Gaganyaan, he said.
"Empowering the poor, farmers, women and youth has remained our priority. PM Kisan Samman Nidhi now includes all farmers. in only one year, quite Rs 72,000 crore has been deposited within the accounts of over 9 crore 50 lakh farmers," Modi said.
The Jal Jeevan Mission will ensure supply of potable beverage through piped connections to over 15 crore rural households, he said.
Modi said an enormous campaign for free of charge vaccination is being conducted for better health of the country's 50 crore livestock.
"For the primary time in our country's history, farmers, farm labourers, small shopkeepers and workers in unorganised sector are assured the supply of normal monthly pension of Rs 3,000 after the age of 60 years," he said.
Besides the power of availing bank loans, a separate department has also been created for fishermen, the prime minister said, enumerating the steps taken by his government.
Several other decisions are taken to strengthen the fisheries sector which can boost the blue economy, he said.
"It has been decided to constitute a Vyapari Kalyan Board for timely resolution of the issues of the traders. Higher quantum of monetary assistance is being provided to quite 7 crore women attached to self help groups," Modi said in his letter.
Recently the quantity for loans without guarantee for self help groups has been doubled to Rs 20 lakh from the sooner Rs 10 lakh, he said.
"Keeping in mind the education of tribal children, we've begun the development of quite 400 new Eklavya Model Residential Schools," Modi said.
Asserting that several people-friendly laws are ushered in during the last year, the prime minister said Parliament has broken the decades-old record in terms of productivity.
"As a result, whether it's the buyer Protection Act, the amendment to Chit Fund Law or laws to supply more protection to women, children and Divyang, their passage within the Parliament was expedited," he said.
As a results of the policies and decisions of the govt , the rural-urban gap is shrinking, Modi said, adding that "for the primary time, the amount of rural Indians using internet is 10 per cent quite the amount of urban Indians".
"The list of such historic actions and decisions taken in national interest would be too long to detail during this letter. But i need to say that each day of this year, my government has worked around the clock with full vigour, taking and implementing these decisions," Modi said.
Today, 130 crore people feel involved and integrated within the development trajectory of the state , the prime minister said.
"The light of 'Jan Shakti' and 'Rashtra Shakti' has ignited the whole nation. Powered by the Mantra of 'Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas' India is marching forward altogether spheres," he said.