One year of Modi 2.0: PM’s letter to nation recaps achievements and pitfalls

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has written a letter to the citizens of India to mark the first anniversary of his second term in office. The PM Modi-led NDA government had first come to power on May 26, 2014. He was re-elected as PM with a landslide victory on May 23. he took an oath to the office again on May 30.

In his letter, PM Modi has shared the various schemes launched by the Modi government during the first and second term and the monumental challenges faced by it.

“This day last year began a golden chapter in the history of Indian democracy. It was after several decades that the people of the country voted back a full-term government with a full majority. Once again, I bow to the 130 crore people of India and the democratic ethos of our nation,” PM Modi said in the letter.

He noted that during normal times, the celebrations for the first anniversary would have been different. “During normal times, I would have been in your midst. However, the present circumstances do not permit that. That is why I seek your blessings through this letter,” the PM said.

PM Narendra Modi said that since 2014, the nation has witnessed some major transformations. “In the last five years, the nation saw how the administrative apparatus broke itself free of status quo and from the swamp of corruption as well as misgovernance,” the prime minister said.

Counting the achievements of his first term, PM Modi said, “From 2014 to 2019, India’s stature rose significantly. The dignity of the poor was enhanced. The nation achieved financial inclusion, free gas and electricity connections, total sanitation coverage, and made progress towards ensuring ‘Housing for All’.”

“India demonstrated its mettle through the surgical strike and airstrike. At the same time, decades-old demands such as OROP, One Nation One Tax- GST, better MSP for farmers were fulfilled,” he said,

He said that since 2019, when India voted him back to power, he has been working to make India a global leader.

In the letter to citizens, PM Modi recounted some of the key decisions taken by his government which ‘were widely discussed and remain etched in public discourse’.

The list included Article 370, Ram Mandir judgment, Triple Talaq and amendment to the Citizenship Act.

“Article 370 furthered the spirit of national unity and integration. The Ram Mandir judgment, delivered unanimously by the Honourable Supreme Court of India, brought an amicable end to a debate persisting for centuries. The barbaric practice of Triple Talaq has been confined to the dustbin of history. Amendment to the Citizenship Act was an expression of India’s compassion and spirit of inclusiveness,” he said.

The PM said that there were several other decisions that added ‘momentum to the nation’s development trajectory’. These include the creation of the post of the Chief of Defence Staff and stepping up preparations for Mission Gaganyaan.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s letter on the first anniversary of the second term also listed several schemes launched or enhanced by his government, including PM Kisan Samman Nidhi, Jal Jeevan Mission, free vaccination campaign for livestock, monthly pension to farmers, farm labourers, small shopkeepers and workers in unorganised sector, among others.

The PM said that during the Modi government 2.0 the parliament has broken the decades-old record in terms of productivity. “As a result, whether it be the Consumer Protection Act, the amendment to Chit Fund Law or laws to provide more protection to women, children and Divyang, their passage in the parliament was expedited,” he said.

“The list of such historic actions and decisions taken in the national interest would be too long to detail in this letter. But I must say that every day of this year, my government has worked round the clock with full vigour, taking and implementing these decisions,” PM Modi said.

PM Narendra Modi, in his letter, also talked about how Covid-19 outbreak has brought the nation’s hopes and aspirations to a halt.

“While on one hand are powers with great economic resources and state-of-the-art healthcare systems, on the other hand is our country besieged with problems amidst a vast population and limited resources,” he said, adding that even as many fealed that Covid-19 pandemic will be the worst in India, Indians have proven the world wrong with their sheer confidence and resilience. “You have transformed the way the world looks at us,” the PM told Indian citizens.

Noting the ‘tremendous suffering’ faced by labourers, migrant workers, hawkers and small scale industries, the PM said that the nation will have to ensure that inconveniences that we are facing do not turn into disasters.

“Hence, it is very important for every Indian to follow all rules and guidelines. We have displayed patience so far and we should continue to do so. This is one of the important reasons for India being safer and in a better state than many other countries. This is a long battle but we have started traversing on the path of victory, and victory is our collective resolve,” the letter said.

The prime minister said that the people’s resilience was once again tested when Cyclone Amphan hit West Bengal and Odisha. “Their courage inspires the people of India,” PM Modi said.

The prime minister said that given the way India has surprised the world with its unity and resolve in the fight against coronavirus, “there is a firm belief that we will also set an example in economic revival”.

Pushing the agenda of Atma Nirbhar Bharat Abhiyan, the prime minister said becoming self-reliant was the need of the hour. “We have to move forward based on our own abilities, in our own way, and there is only one way to do it – Atma Nirbhar Bharat or Self-reliant India.”

“This initiative will usher in a new era of opportunities for every Indian, be it our farmers, workers, small entrepreneurs or youth associated with startups,” the PM said.

The PM ended the letter by promising the nation that he will work day and night to solve problems faced by the nation.

“There are many challenges and problems that our country faces. I am working day and night. There could be deficiencies in me but there is nothing that our country lacks. The source of strength for my resolve is you, your support, blessings and affection. Due to the global pandemic this is certainly a time of crisis but for us Indians, this is also a time for a firm resolve,” he said.

“We will move ahead on the path of progress and victory will be ours.”