“MSP is there, MSP was there. MSP will remain in the future,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi reiterated in the Rajya Sabha on February 8 while replying to the motion of thanks on the President’s address.
In his speech, the Prime Minister was also critical of foreign interference in India’s ideology and sovereignty. He told the Rajya Sabha that the nation needs protection from a new FDI, which he mentioned to as ‘Foreign Destructive Ideology. “The nation is making progress and we are talking about FDI but I see that a new FDI has come to the fore. We have to protect the nation from this new FDI. We need Foreign Direct Investment but the new FDI is ‘Foreign Destructive Ideology’, we have to protect ourselves from it,” he said.
India needs protection from ‘Foreign Destructive Ideology; Modi
The Prime Minister noted that the problems in agriculture should get resolved. As such he invited all the political parties to thrive for the welfare of farmers. The Prime Minister said that affordable ration for the poor will continue and Mandis modernised. He said that there was a need to rise above political calculations for the welfare of farmers. Modi said the opposition to the farm laws lacked in substance. These farm laws were stalled for decades, he added.
Rise above politics; Modi
The Prime Minister mentioned that his government initiated changes in the Agri sector since 2014 for empowering the farmers. “The crop insurance scheme was changed to make it more farmer friendly. The PM-KISAN scheme helped the farmers. They got claim worth Rs 90,000 crore under PMFBY. Kisan Credit Card, Soil Health Card and Samman Nidhi benefitted the farmers,” he said in his reply. He also mentioned Kisan Rail and Kisan Udan that will help in fetching better markets. “Why should
He also mentioned Kisan Rail and Kisan Udan that will help in fetching better markets. “Why should not they have the same freedom as dairy sector to work with private or cooperative sector?” the Prime Minister asked. Cautioning against the forces who are trying to destabilise the nation, Modi said the country was proud of the contribution of Sikhs. “The words and blessings of the Guru Sahibs are precious,” he pointed out.
On the criticism of Indian democracy, Prime Minister Narendra Modi stressed that Indian democracy was not a western institution but a human institution. “It is imperative to alert the countrymen about the all-round attack on Indian Nationalism,” he said. Quoting Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, he said that Indian nationalism was neither narrow, nor selfish or aggressive.
Indian nationalism based on the notion of Satyam, Shivam Sundaram: Modi
India is not merely the world’s largest democracy. India is the Mother of Democracy and this is our ethos. Our nation’s temperament is democratic.”
With respect to handling of the Covid 19 situation, he said it was not the success of a party or individual but a success of the nation and should be celebrated as such. “Nobody knew whether India will get a vaccine or how many people will get it. From those days, we are now here when our nation is making vaccines for the world and undertaking world largest vaccine drive,” Narendra Modi said. This increases our self-confidence. The COVID-19 period has added new strength to our federal structure and the spirit of cooperative federalism,” he said. Modi said that India received record investment when countries were deprived of foreign investment at the time of Covid 19 pandemic.