In his reply in the Lok Sabha to the debate on motion of thanks on the President's address, Modi said there were many who voiced doubts if the high promises spelt out in the President's address could be fulfilled. Calling the government protectors of the common man, the Prime Minister said, “Government should be for the poor. Rich people can afford to send their children to good school, afford good medical care. The poor only have government schools and hospitals. Government's work should be to listen to the poor, to work for the poor and live for them.” Underlining the word 'Rurban' which was used in President's address, he said, “The government should work in the way that the facilities are urban but the essence is rural.” Presenting an example in this regard, he said, “There may not be good teachers or school in the villages but technology enables us to teach children in villages through satellite. We should concentrate on agro-based industries.”
Giving the example of his time as Gujarat Chief Minister when he lived up to the promise of providing 24-hour electricity across the state, Modi said, "It is understood that people will have doubts. But I assure this house that the path mentioned by the President, we will leave no stone unturned to fulfill them."
"For us, the President's address is part of tradition. The words are like a divine address and to fulfill them it will be our endeavour, and it will also inspire us to work," he said in his maiden speech in the Lok Sabha.
While beginning his speech, Modi said it was the first time he has come to the Lok Sabha and it was his maiden address. He asked the members to excuse him for any lapses that he might make due to inexperience.
The Prime Minister also said that during election time they were all candidates but after being elected the MPs are now ‘the messengers of the people's hopes’ and have to ‘safeguard the people's hopes’.
HIGHLIGHTS OF PM’S ADDRESS
• Will leave no stone unturned in implementing roadmap outlined by the President in his address
• We will empower the poor to enable them to fight poverty and come out of it
• We are sincerely committed to bring down prices; it is our collective responsibility to ensure nobody sleeps hungry
• Country needs real-time data on agri products to deal with price rise
• Govt has to take strong action against incidents of violence against women like the recent one in UP
• Security and respect for women should be the priority of all 125 crore people
• Our image has become 'scam India', we have to convert it to 'skill India'
• Need to focus on skill development; decisions have to be taken with great courage
• We have to do focussed activity to change lives of Muslims; they cannot be left behind in development
• We have to convert development as mass movement like Mahatma Gandhi freedom struggle
• Modi to Oppn: I don't want to move forward without you, I don't want to move ahead on basis of numbers but on the basis of collectivity.
• There should be competition among states for development; I want to hear states saying they have left Gujarat behind
• We don't believe in big brother attitude towards states; We believe in Cooperative Federalism
• We welcome criticism; in democracy criticism gives strength and it will guide us
In his reply in the Lok Sabha to the debate on motion of thanks on the President's address, Modi said there were many who voiced doubts if the high promises spelt out in the President's address could be fulfilled.
Calling the government protectors of the common man, the Prime Minister said, “Government should be for the poor. Rich people can afford to send their children to good school, afford good medical care. The poor only have government schools and hospitals. Government's work should be to listen to the poor, to work for the poor and live for them.”
Underlining the word 'Rurban' which was used in President's address, he said, “The government should work in the way that the facilities are urban but the essence is rural.”
Presenting an example in this regard, he said, “There may not be good teachers or school in the villages but technology enables us to teach children in villages through satellite. We should concentrate on agro-based industries.”
Modi gives call for a skilled India
Giving a call to transform the country from "scam India" to "skilled India", the Prime Minister said his government would focus on developing entrepreneurial skill among the youths.
"Our country has earned a reputation for scam India. We will have to transform this into skilled India. There is an urgent need for manpower in the world. Our neighbour China is getting older and we are getting younger. Our priority should be skill development in the youth," Modi said.
He said India should come out of its image of a scam-tainted society and make a reputation for providing skilled manpower to the world.
"There is a need to have skill, not just certificates," Modi told the Lok Sabha.
He underlined the need for good social status for the skilled workers.
"In Gujarat, we improved the social status of the skilled workers by enabling them to get degrees and diplomas," Modi emphasised.
The endeavour for development should be made a mass movement, he said.
"Mahatma Gandhi had made the freedom struggle into a mass movement. Even a sweeper sweeping the floor used to think he was working for the freedom of the country. The same emotion should reflect in the cause for development. Development should become a mass movement," Modi said.
Houses for all by 2022 should be a movement: Modi
Modi said providing houses for all by 2022 should be a "movement" and everyone should pitch in for this.
"Let it be a 10-12 year long programme... make it a movement. On 75 years of independence, we will remember all the great heroes of our country and give the houses to all," Modi said.
President Pranab Mukherjee said Monday that by the time the nation completes 75 years of its independence in 2022, every family in India will have a pucca (brick and cemented) house with a water connection and toilet facilities.
Stop commenting on rape incidents: Modi to politicians
The Prime Minister said politicians should stop commenting on rape incidents and stop the "psychological analysis" of such incidents.
"I want to appeal to the politicians of the country, stop this psychological analysis of incidents of rape. It does not suit you. They are playing with the dignity of our mothers and sisters. Such commentary is not appropriate at political level. The respect and security of women should be the concern of all 1.25 crore Indians," he said.
The Prime Minister's comments come on a day when Maharashtra Home Minister RR Patil was reported as blaming "obscene advertisements" for rapes.
Modi also said women need to come to the mainstream of economic activities.
"Our mothers and sisters need to be connected with the mainstream from economic point of view," he said.
Modi cites Sikkim example, says need to develop north-east India
Modi said the whole of north-east India should be developed as an "organic state" to help the region prosper and capture the global market for organic products.
Citing the example of Sikkim, which will soon become an organic state, Modi said the goal, if achieved, will transform the lives of those living in the hill states.
"Sikkim is a small state, sparsely populated, but is set to become the country's first wholly organic state, which is a matter of pride," Modi told the Lok Sabha while replying to the debate on the motion of thanks on the president's address. He was speaking for the first time on the floor of the Lok Sabha.
"There exists a massive demand for organic agricultural produce in the world today. A large section of the world's population today is interested in holistic healthcare, and is willing to pay any amount of money for such organic products," he said.
"If a small state like Sikkim can do it, why can't we dream of developing the whole of north-east as an organic state? The government of India will help it in capturing the global market."
Acknowledging the "hard work that the farmers of Sikkim have put in", Modi said the project needed to be expanded.
"If this happens, the lives of those living in the hill states will change for the better," he said
Modi promises to rein in prices
Vowing to control inflation, the Prime Minister said improving agriculture productivity through modern farm techniques and university- farmer collaboration hold the key to check price rise.
Modi said his government's top priority is to provide every citizen with a house that has running water, electricity and toilet.
No person should go to bed hungry, he said while stressing the government's resolve to bring food prices under check.
The retail inflation accelerated to a three-month high of 8.59 percent in April, mainly due to increasing prices of vegetables, fruits and milk.
"We have promised to control inflation. We are determined achieve this target," he said.
"We will do this (control inflation) not only because it is our election promise but we want every poor to have access to food," he said, adding that "this is the collective responsibility of all of us".
In its election manifesto, BJP had promised that it would rein in prices if it came to power.
The manifesto had listed many steps to contain inflation, including a price stabilisation fund, setting up of special courts to deal with hoarding and black marketing, unbundling of the Food Corporation of India and establishment of national agriculture market.