Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday expressed grief on the situation in Kerala which has been hit by the worst floods in nearly a century, saying that the whole nation stands with the people of Kerala in this hour of grief.
“India stands shoulder to shoulder with the people of Kerala in this hour of grief. Our condolences are with the people who have lost their loved ones in the Kerala floods,” said PM Modi while addressing the 47th edition of Mann ki Baat today.
The prime minister also appreciated the efforts of NDRF and other security forces who carried out rescue and relief operations in the flood-hit state. “Air Force, Army, Navy, BSF, CISF, RAF, NDRF have left no stone unturned in the rescue and relief operations in flood hit Kerala. I appreciate their efforts,” he said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday hailed Atal Bihari Vajpayee saying that he brought a distinctive and positive change in India’s political culture, adding that the nation will always be thankful to him for bringing good governance into mainstream.
“Entire nation was deeply saddened to hear about his demise. The affection and respect for Atal ji from people across the country reflects his great personality,” said PM Modi.
“It was decided during the tenure of PM Vajpayee to fix the size of Council of Ministers to 15% of the size of the State Assemblies. Atal Ji also made the anti-defection law stricter,” he added.
The prime minister said that Vajpayee changed the time of presenting the Budget in the Parliament, which was previously done according to the time of London Parliament, thereby bringing in “one more independence”.
“We used to present our budget at 5.00 pm which was the time of London parliament. Under leadership of Atal ji this was changed to morning time bringing in one more independence,” he said.
“It will be a fitting tribute to Atal ji to develop best practices, sustained effort to strengthen democracy and promote discussions with an open mind,” he added.
PM Modi said the issue of holding Lok Sabha and Assembly polls simultaneously was gaining momentum as people were sharing their views on it.
“A discussion in the country is gaining momentum for having simultaneous polls in states and Centre. People are sharing their views for and against. It is good sign for healthy democracy,” he said.
Speaking about recently concluded Monsoon Session in the Parliament, he said that the productivity of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha stood at 118 percent and 74 percent. He added that Lok Sabha passed 21 Bills and Rajya Sabha 14 Bills.
“We witnessed a productive monsoon session, for which I congratulate MP colleagues. This was a session devoted to social justice and youth welfare,” he said.
“No civil society can tolerate any kind of injustice towards the woman-power of the country. With this point in view, Parliament has made a provision of strictest punishment by passing the Criminal Act Amendment Bill,” the PM said.