Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed BJP workers around the country today to discuss the budget and the economy's self-sufficiency. He stated that Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has presented the features of the budget in front of us in a very attractive and well-presented manner. The full budget cannot be discussed in the budget speech because the budget is a large document with many aspects that cannot be discussed in the house. PM Modi stated that today is the time for fresh beginnings and the fulfilment of new resolutions. India must become self-sufficient, and a modern India must be created on the foundation of self-sufficiency.
He also cited the corona pandemic in this context. PM Modi stated that the country is now combating the largest global epidemic in 100 years. The planet has faced several obstacles under Corona's reign. The world has come to a halt at a fork in the path where the turning point has been determined. The world we're going to enter will not be the same as it was before Corona.
Prime Minister Modi told BJP workers that it is vital to develop a new India based on self-reliance. This is the season for new beginnings and the fulfilment of new goals. As a result, India must become self-sufficient, and a modern India must be constructed on the foundation of self-sufficiency. He stated that around 9 crore rural families now have access to running water from taps. In the previous two years, more than 5 crore water connections have been provided via the Jal Jeevan Mission. According to the budget, around 4 crore rural homes would be provided with water connections this year.
It is not acceptable in a country like India for some areas to stay backward, to be left behind, which is why we launched the aspirational district campaign. The country has also applauded the efforts done in these regions for the poor's education, health, power, and water. He stated that our troops, our jawans, are on duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week, putting their lives on the line for the sake of the nation's security. The border communities, however, serve as forts for soldiers stationed along the frontier. That is why the patriotism in those border settlements is so impressive. The necessity of the hour is for India's agriculture to modernise and embrace new ways. Farmers' burden should be reduced. In this budget, significant initiatives have been done to make the country's agriculture more technologically advanced and chemical-free.
The PM stated that the supply of hundreds of crores, namely for the Ken-Betwa link, will transform the picture of the Bundelkhand area of UP and MP. Now there will be more greenery in the fields of Bundelkhand, drinking water in the homes, and water in the fields. Previously, the impoverished lived in slums; now, they have their own home. The cost for these houses has also grown in comparison to previous years, as has the size of the houses so that the children have a place to learn. The most important point is that the majority of these houses are in the name of women, that is, we have given women the house.
PM Modi stated that every year, thousands of crores of rupees are sent overseas to acquire edible oil and that only the farmers of the nation should benefit from these unique programmes. A large push is ongoing to make Annadata an energy supplier, and assistance is being provided for the installation of solar panels on the farm itself. A variety of information has also been disseminated concerning MSP. However, in recent years, our government has purchased information on MSP. In terms of MSP for paddy alone, farmers are anticipated to receive more than Rs 1.5 lakh crore this season.
He stated that in the previous budget, fertiliser subsidies were kept within Rs 80,000 crore, but owing to Corona, there was a significant increase in foreign prices due to disruptions in the supply chain. Where we had made a provision of around 80 thousand crore rupees, we now needed to invest an additional 60 thousand crore rupees. The government has absorbed the additional price so that the farmer is not forced to pay it. The current subsidy has been enhanced from 79 thousand crores to 1.5 thousand crores in this budget.
The PM stated that a provision of Rs 68 thousand crores has been provided in this year's budget under PM Kisan Samman Nidhi. This figure is also higher than the previous year. This would also assist around 11 crore farmers in the country. Over the years, the reach of technology has been progressively increased to provide greater chances for education and skills to the young. It was determined under this budget to expand it and make it the first digital university. Even disadvantaged students will be able to benefit from short courses and high-quality education as a result of this.
PM Narendra Modi attended a virtual rally in Shamli, Saharanpur, Muzaffar Nagar, Noida, and Baghpat districts of western Uttar Pradesh on February 1. Anoop Gupta, who was in charge of the virtual rally, stated that around 10 lakh people heard Modi's address via Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and other sites. PM Modi will address a virtual rally in favour of the candidates for the assembly constituencies in more than 7 districts in the first and second phases on February 4. Simultaneously, on February 6, 7, and 10, a virtual rally of the assembly constituencies of the second, third, and fourth phases will take place. In such a situation, the rally would be streamed live on various social media sites. Along with this, participants will be offered a link to attend the rally via WhatsApp group and cell texts.