In an apparent reply to those questioning his government’s performance, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, said on Sunday, that the NDA govt had initiated over 700 schemes in the two-year stint and even when some tasks remain undone, “I will not let the nation go on the wrong path”.
Addressing a meeting in Davangere as part of ‘vikas parv’ (development festival), on completion of two years of his government, he said that he would “never go down the path of sins” and charged that the previous government had “yielded” to pressure from various lobbies, including diesel and petrol companies.
Modi said his government’s programmes are mostly for the benefit of farmers and poor.
“My government had not completed even one week in office and some people started questioning its work. We were asked to give account. There are some people in this country who talk of democracy but don’t believe in the government elected by the people. They cannot digest (NDA coming to power). They wonder where I came from. I have come from this land, from among you,” he said.
“Whatever I have done during the last two years has been for the welfare of the people. Some people say Modi does not do big things,” he said.
Accusing the previous government of “extending big favours” to few people, Modi asked, “should I commit the same sin? Should I go on the wrong path? When you have blessed me, there is no need for me to go on that path of sin. Even if one or two things remain undone, I will not let the nation go on the wrong path.”
His remarks came against the backdrop of continuous criticism and questioning by Congress and some other parties over his government’s performance.
He listed a number of programmes initiated in various fields and said a “change” can be felt in the country and that he wanted to take the country to new heights for which he required people’s support.
He mentioned various schemes that will help the farmers like, crop insurance scheme, irrigation scheme, opening of bank accounts for the poor and LPG connections to five crore poor people over the next three years.
He also talked about his government’s effort to ensure early payment of dues by sugar mills to sugarcane farmers and launch of E-platform to enable farmers to sell their produce online anywhere in the country for a better price.
“Middlemen have been stopped from getting richer. This is the change we have brought in. We have done the work of bringing more than 700 schemes in past two years,” the Prime Minister said.
Saying that “The game of middlemen has looted this country”, Modi underscored his resolve to check on such agents involved in majority of central and state government works.
The Prime Minister also spoke about scrapping about 1200 “obsolete” laws and doing away with the requirement of interview for Class III and IV government jobs.
“They would say we have brought in this law and that law. This government has repealed more than 1,200 archaic laws which were there for past 60 years.
“I am surprised that a citizen was bearing the brunt of so many laws. These 1,200 laws some of them are 100 to 150 years old. We have repealed them all,” he said.
Talking about making of ethanol from sugarcane, he said the idea was already there but the previous government “yielded” to pressure from petrol and diesel lobbies which, “I refused to do”.
He said the government would raise the limit of Ethanol mix in petrol and diesel from the current 5%. In some foreign countries, it is upto 30%, he said.
“I want to increase it further (the limit to mix Ethanol in fuel),” the Prime Minister said, adding that it will help the farmers in earning more money and will not harm the environment.
He said he has also dreamt of doubling farmers’ income by 2022, when nation completes 75 years of independence, and sought the cooperation of the agriculture community.