New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi while replying to the motion of thanks on the President’s address to Parliament, in the Lok Sabha paid tribute to Lata Mangeshkar before starting his speech.
“Before making my speech, I would like to pay tributes to Lata Didi. Through her music she unified our nation”, he said.
Prime Minister underlined the importance of current epoch in making new resolutions and rededicating to the task of nation -building, official release said.
“’Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’ is the perfect time to think about how India can play a global leadership role in the coming years. It is equally true that India has made several developmental strides in the last few years”, he said.
Furthermore, Prime Minister continued, that a new world order in the post-Corona period is taking shape rapidly.
“This is a turning point where we as India should not lose this opportunity”, he added.
Prime Minister narrated the changing status of the deprived and poor who are getting new dignity through facilities.
“Earlier, gas connection was a status symbol. Now, the poorest of the poor have access to it and that is why it is very gladdening. ”
“The poor have access to bank accounts, DBT is helping in service delivery…these are major changes”, he said.
Prime Minister added that when poor person feels happy due to electricity in her house, her happiness gives strength to the joy of the nation.
He also talked of the joys of smoke-free kitchen in poor household due to free gas connection.
Prime Minister underlined the importance of proper functioning of democracy and highlighted the centuries old democratic tradition of India.
“We are firm believers in democracy. And, we also believe that criticism is an essential part of democracy. But, blind opposition to everything is never the way ahead”, he emphasized.
Prime Minister lamented the fact of using the pandemic for political purpose.
He criticized pushing people who were following lockdowns, when guidelines were suggesting that people stay where they were, being asked and scared to leave Mumbai and Delhi for their hometown in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.