''First-time MPs can bring fresh ideas. MPs of smaller parties miss opportunity to speak''

Highlights PM Modis reply in Lok Sabha to Presidents address
news PM's speech Thursday, March 03, 2016 - 13:40

PM Narendra Modi while speaking in the budget session of Parliament on Thursday, made some critical observations in his speech, mostly directed at the Congress hinting at their years of misrule.

These are the points he made:

On Parliament Disruption

MPs have expressed their views in House. We should take advice from seniors in the House. The House is a forum where views are expressed, where questions are raised at the government, where the government has to defend itself. Nobody is spared but if the sanctity of the institution is kept intact, then we can express our opinions more effectively. Parliament is a forum for debates. PM cited Rajiv Gandhi on decorum and said we must maintain decorum in parliament. When the House is stalled, the country suffers. Need to find solutions to issues in House. 

On Women’s Empowerment

PM praised Speaker’s effort in women’s empowerment.  Announced that only women MPs will speak on March 8 – International Women’s Day.

On Passage of Bills

PM lists bills stalled after ruckus in parliament, says inferiority complex of some MPs stalling House. Request MPs across parties to help pass bills.  

On Congress

Tackling problems left by earlier government, can’t ignore 60 years of misgovernance. After so many years of independence, 18000 villages are still in the dark. You have sown the seeds of poverty. The 2012 CAG report explains everything in detail how money was looted and it has made some startling revelations. CAG report says in states where poor are less, MNREGA is more effective whereas in states  where poor are more, MNREGA hasn’t been that effective. In contrast, PMGSY has benefited those states the most which are below the poverty line.

On first-time MPs

First-time MPs can bring fresh ideas. MPs of smaller parties miss opportunity to speak. 

On Rahul Gandhi

There are some people who do not become wise with age. 

On Opposition

Opposition is concerned how the govt is doing better than it, says Modi as he cites comparison in some sectors like Railways and MNREGA. I appeal to entire opposition in passage of important bills in both Houses of Parliament, says PM, quoting Rajiv Gandhi. There is need for improvement in this government too, for that I need your help too, let us work together.

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