Salient points of Bharitya Janta Party National President Shri Amit Shah’s Press conference in Mumbai, Maharashtra
BJP National President, Shri Amit Shah, addressed a press conference in Mumbai, Maharashtra today.
Shri Shah while addressing the press conference said, that the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi led NDA government on very first day of the year 2015 has gifted the NITI Ayog to nation. The NITI Ayog will replace Planning Commission. Based on the concept of ‘Cooperative Federalism’, NITI Ayog will have all the Chief Ministers of states and Lieutenant Governors of Union Territories as members on its governing council. It will work as a ‘Team India’.
Shri Shah further stated that, the government has recommended promulgation of three important ordinances to implement long pending economic reforms and remove the impediments in way of development. One of these ordinances is The Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement (Amendment) Ordinance, 2014. This important ordinance will ensure higher compensation for farmers and speedy land acquisition for the infrastructure projects.
Shri Shah later informed that, the government has issued Insurance Laws (Amendment) Ordinance, 2014 which will raise FDI limit from 26 percent to 49 percent in insurance sector. Insurance Bill had been pending for several years in parliament. NDA government tried to pass it during winter session but the opposition hindered it in Rajya Sabha.
Shri Shah during the press conference elaborated that, the government has issued The Coal Mines (Special Provisions) Second ordinance 2014, which will ensure the fair auctioning of the coal blocks. This ordinance was necessitated after the historic verdict of the Supreme Court in Coal Scam. Government tried to pass it during winter session. Fact is ‘The Coal Mines (Special Provisions) Bill, 2014’ was introduced and passed from the Lok Sabha, where government has a majority but the opposition stalled this in Rajya Sabha, where government fell short of numbers. Thus, the obstructionist role assumed by the opposition parties proved their anti- people and anti- development character. If this bill were passed, poor states like Jharkhand and West Bengal would have received the maximum benefit.
Shri shah emphasized, that, the government raised FDI limit in Defense to 49 percent and Railways to 100 percent to attract foreign investors. Beside this, FDI policy for Construction and Pharma sectors would be further liberated.
Shri Shah during the conference informed that, as a result of the liberal policies of Modi Government FDI equity inflows of US $ 14.69 billion have been received during the financial year 2014-15 (i.e. April- September, 2014),. This represents an increase of 17% over the FDI equity inflows of US$ 12.59 billion received during the corresponding period (April 2013- September, 2013) of the previous financial year (2013-14).
Shri Shah said that the government introduced Constitutional Amendment Bill during winter session of Parliament. This is necessary for implementation of GST. Government has made constitutional provision for the compensation for states in case of revenue loss due the implementation of GST in initial year.
Referring to the achievements of the government in first 7 months, Shri Shah said, under the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, Indian economy is moving in the path of high growth rate and gradually emerging from the slowdown. In the first half of Financial Year 2014-15 (April-September) GDP growth rate increased to 5.5 percent, while in the tenure of Congress-led UPA government growth rate in the first half Year 20l3-l4 was only 4.9 percent.
Shri Shah said that, the objective of NDA government is – ‘Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas’. With the welfare policies and regulations of the economy during the NDA rule a record decline in inflation in the past six months have been observed. Wholesale inflation is on a five-year lowest level. Inflation based Wholesale Price Index (WPI) fell to zero per cent in November 2014. While in the tenure of UPA government it was 7.52 percent in November 2013 and 6.18 per cent in May 2014. Similarly, in November 2014 Consumer Price index came down to 4.38 per cent while at the time of Congress led UPA government it was 11.16 in November 2013 and 8.28 percent in May 2014. Shri Shah further said that, with the decline in inflation, Petrol and diesel have become cheaper and all sections of society including farmers in villages are relieved. There is a considerable decline in non subsidized LPG cylinders too which is a great relief to the poor and marginalized section of society. Low inflation has eased the debt and has created a favorable climate for investment and growth.
Shri Shah said that the government gave great relief to the working middle class after increasing the tax exemption limit to Rs 2.5 lakh for general taxpayers and from Rs two lakh fifty thousand to three lakhs for senior citizens. Similarly, for giving fair price to farmers for their Rabi and Kharif crops minimum support price has been increased.
Making reference of the steps taken in the direction of pending economic reforms, Shri Shah emphasized, government has taken the important decisions regarding de regulation of diesel prices fixing the price of domestically produced natural gas.
Shri Shah said that the government has introduced Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojna under which the country has opened more than 10 crore bank accounts. With the help of this scheme financial inclusion and empowerment of poor has taken place as they can get rid of moneylenders. The target of the scheme is to open the account of every family.
Shri Shah said, to generate employment opportunities for the youth and to accelerate industrial growth Government has launched the campaign ‘Make in India’. Also, the government has also launched Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay Shramev jayate program. Universal number for PF that helps employees to operate their PF account from anywhere. Unclaimed Rs. 27,000 lying with Employees provident fund organization will be spent for the benefit of the workers.
Shri Shah said to provide basic services to the people, the government has approved Rs 43,000 crore for Deen Upadhyay Gram Jyoti Yojna. Further, comprehensive reforms in the power sector has been on anvil. Shri Shah said that the government has started the process to develop 100 new a world-class smart cities and Rs 7,060 crores has been allocated in general budget. Government has also launched a Swachh Bharat campaign to ensure clean India. It has established a Swachh Bharat Kosh in this regard.
Mr Shah said that Modi government has established good governance to remove the Policy Paralysis of UPA government. Governmental decision-making process has become fast. Group of ministers created at the time of UPA government has been abolished. http://attendance.gov.in/ has been initiated for the attendance of government employees so that all employees reach on time. In addition, it has been decided to celebrate former Prime Minister Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee's birthday on December 25 as a day of good governance.
Shri Shah said that, the perception about India is changing fast in the world. India is being praised in those countries where Shri Modii is travelling like anything. NDA government has taken steps in WTO to protect the interests of farmers and the poor in the developing countries, India has managed to keep its stand in their interest.
While talking about the measures taken by the government to stop black money and corruption, Shri Shah said that, on May 27, the next day of coming to power NDA constituted the special investigation team for the investigation of black money. In addition, the Finance Ministry had sent a special team to Switzerland and after the Government of Switzerland has agreed to cooperate with India. Digital India program has been initiated to bring transparency. Recently according to Transparency International, Corruption Perceptions index 2014, India is now ranked 85, which was 95 in previous year. These facts clearly show, in such a short period of six months, India has improved the credibility under the leadership of Shri Modi.
Shri Shah said the United Nations on June 21, declared the International Yoga Day. For India, it is a glorious and unprecedented achievement and full credit goes to Shri Narendra Modi. As we know, Shri Modi while addressing the UN General Assembly for the first time on September 27, 2014, has proposed for the declaration of International Day for Yoga. With the three months efforts of Modi’s led government UN declared the International Yoga Day. The most important fact is that India's proposal for the international Yoga Day was endorsed by more than 170 countries. This unprecedented achievement is an honor for 125 crores of Indian breathing.