Narendra Modi
The PM also lauded the Indian toy industry for achieving the success "no one could have imagined", noting that its export has soared to ₹2,600 crore from ₹300-400 crore. | Photo: Twitter

A strong govt does not control everything, says PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday (July 29) said the ruling NDA had changed the notion that a strong government means it should control everything and everyone and hailed the spree of sectoral reforms, insisting it has opened up new avenues and given the much-required infra push.

A strong government does not control everything or everyone. It controls the system’s impulse to interfere. It is one that is not restrictive but responsive, he said in his address at the 42nd Convocation of Anna University in Chennai.

“A strong government’s strength relies on its humility to accept that it cannot know or do everything. This is why you see reforms in every sphere that make greater space for the people and freedom”, he said.

“The scrapping of nearly 25,000 compliances is boosting ease of living. Removal of angel tax, removal of retrospective tax and reduction of corporate tax are encouraging investments and industry,” he said. The reforms in drones, space and geo-spatial sectors are opening up new avenues while those in the infrastructure sector through the Prime Minister Gati Shakti Master Plan are creating world-class infrastructure at “speed” and “scale”, he said.

“There is taste for technology, trust in risk-takers and temperament for reform. All these factors are creating a platform for you where opportunities are created, sustained and grown”, he said.

COVID biggest crisis

Modi termed the COVID pandemic unprecedented and once-in-a-century crisis and said the country faced it confidently due to its scientists and common people.

There was a “temperament” for reforms in the government which is not restrictive but responsive, he said about the ruling NDA at the Centre and listed out various reforms, including in the drones and geospatial and infrastructure sectors.

In his address at the 42nd Convocation of Anna University in Chennai, the PM described the COVID pandemic as “unprecedented” and “once in a century crisis” for which nobody had a user manual.

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The pandemic “tested” every country, he noted. “India faced the unknown confidently, thanks to its scientists, health care workers, professionals and common people. As a result, today every sector in India is bursting with new life, whether it is industry, innovation, investment or international trade” he said.

The country was at the forefront in every sector and has been converting obstacles into opportunities.

He hailed the removal of retrospective tax and various sectoral reforms for aiding the country in various sectors.

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Addressing the young graduates, Modi said today was not a day of achievements but aspirations.

He lauded the varsity’s teaching, non-teaching and support staff, saying they were “nation builders” who were creating the “leaders of tomorrow,” i.e. the students.

He also appreciated the parents for their sacrifices that were “crucial” for their ward’s growth. Modi recalled the words of Swami Vivekananda more than 100 years ago, saying he had placed so much faith on the younger generation as problem-solvers and that “those words are still relevant.” “But this time, it is not only India that is looking towards its youth, the whole world is looking at India’s youth with hope because you are the growth engines of the country and India is the world’s growth engine. It is a great honor; also, it is a great responsibility,” he said.

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Importance on education, says Stalin

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin hailed the education atmosphere in the state and noted that it stood out in the number of persons getting higher education.

His government placed high importance on education, Stalin said and listed out the various initiatives in the sector.

The DMK government was keen on job creation and has taken steps that have resulted in the state jumping to third position from 14th in the ease of doing business rankings in just a year. Many investors were flocking towards Tamil Nadu.

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State Governor R N Ravi, Union Minister of State L Murugan and Tamil Nadu Higher Education Minister K Ponmudi participated in the event.

A number of students were awarded degrees and medals.

(With inputs from agencies)

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