Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said defence projects pending for decades related to fighter jets and modernisation have materialised on the ground under his government which will take all “big and tough” decisions that are necessary for the country’s security in the coming days.
The ‘New India’, he said, will give opportunities and respect to ‘karmayogi’ (the one who proves himself through his work).
“I want to assure you that your family of birth, your economic situation…this will not determine your future. Your skills, hardwork and self-confidence will give you results,” he said.
The prime minister also asserted that corruption cannot be a part of ‘New India’ and those indulging in graft will not be spared. The prime minister said his government is trying the replace the VIP culture with EPI – ‘Every Person is Important’.
At a time when he has been facing attacks from the opposition over the Rafale fighter jet deal, Modi said, “Projects pending since decades related fighter aircraft and modernisation have materialised on the ground. Missiles, tanks and helicopters are being made.
“I want to assure the nation and the youths that in coming days all big and tough decisions will be taken that are necessary for the security of the country,” Modi said.
“You (the youth) took forward the cleanliness movement through the Swachh Bharat movement, you backed a tough decision like demonetisation aimed at fighting corruption, you played an important role in bringing in clean and transparent system through Digital India. You saved every programme from becoming just a government initiative,” he said.
Addressing the NCC cadets, he said India is a strong proponent of peace but it will not hesitate to take steps to ensure national security.