India is being talked about as ‘a positive story’: PM Modi

Describing India as among the top two emerging economies and one of the most popular destinations for foreign direct investment, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said today India was being talked about as ‘a positive story’.

Addressing the ‘Rising India ‘ Summit organised by a private TV channel here, the Prime Minister said, ‘When anyone talks about India, it is a positive story. It’s among the top two emerging economies, one of the most popular destinations for FDI.”

The Prime Minister said for him, rising India means not just the strength of the economy or rising stock market but rising self confidence of its people. ‘Rising India means moving from darkness to light. Rising India is not just strength of economy or rise in the stock market or record foreign investment. For me, Rising India means the rise of the people’s self-confidence. Once that happens, the impossible becomes possible. India can break it’s shackles and progress,’ he said.

He said in the last four years his government had taken several steps for betterment of the lives of people. ‘In the last four year, the common citizen leads and the government follows. Every citizen of this country is a form of God: You have seen how, in a short time, the Swachcha Bharat Mission has become a public revolution. The country’s people have accepted digital payments and made it their weapon,’ he said.

In this context, Mr Modi said the government plans to spend Rs 1 lakh crore on revamping the education system. ‘We are planning to spend Rs.1 lakh crore on revamping the education system.’

The Prime Minister said his government had taken decisions that were proposed decades ago but kept in files. ‘We implemented old laws that had been passed decades ago.’

Talking about the government initiatives for welfare of women and in field of health, Mr Modi said, ‘We launched the National Nutrition Mission on International Women’s Day. If women get good nutrition, then they will be healthy. The health of mothers and sisters is a priority for our government. We have integrated the women and child development department with the health department for this. The world wants to end TB by 2030, we aim to end it by 2025.’

Stressing need to focus on development of the east part of the country, he said, ‘When I say east, it also includes Bengal, Odisha and other parts of eastern India. This region has been bereft of development for too long. It has been left behind in the race for development.

“We are building 12 new airports in eastern India under UDAAN. 6 of these will be in North East. For the first time, a commercial flight landed in Sikkim. When the North East goes from isolation to integration, it will truly lead to a Rising India.’


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