On 31st March 2016, Indian Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi arrived in Brussels to attend the EU-India summit where he had interaction with the India Community. He shared his views on the achievement of India during last few years.

Before addressing people there, a minute of silence was observed in memory of the sufferers of the Brussels violence. PM Modi offered condolences to the families of the fatalities. According to him, terrorism is a challenge not only to a particular country or region but for the entire humanity. The need of the hour is that the human race should join hands together to fight against it. He further added that guns are not required to fight this deadly disease instead we need to create peaceful atmosphere in our society.

Shri Narendra Modi explained how India has faced this nuisance for forty years and never bowed to terrorism. He recalled the Global Sufi Conference in New Delhi, where liberal Islamic scholars had deprecated terrorism. According to PM Modi, the leader of the world will have to take the lead to cut back violence and to create peaceful environment all around.

PM Modi also mentioned that the development process of India in different sectors. He said that India has become the fastest growing large economy in the world and our nation is recognized as a ray of hope by the whole world. This obviously is not merely because of good luck, but is a result of good objectives and sound policies that our government has targeted for the execution of plans and programmes. According to the survey, 65% of Indian population fall under the age group of 35 years and the young generation of our country has full potential to fulfil the dreams. The creative minds and innovative ideas towards development will surely lead our nation to achieve success in various commercial sectors.

During this public meet, PM Modi had drawn attention towards the work done by Indian government in 2015. He enlisted ethanol blending of petrol that resulted in record production of ethanol and leading to better income for farmers. Moreover, it has ended the urea shortages through improved production. He further added that the poor has been provided LPG connections under Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana. According to him, the concept of “Jandhan Aadhar Mobile” (JAM) has helped trim down corruption and LPG subsidy leakages.

Prime Minister Shri Modi believes that the Railways are the backbone of the Indian economy and it can help to raise the revenue stream for our nation. Car production and software exports had also achieved the preset target in 2015. Opening of 21 Crore new bank accounts, the fulfillment of the commitment to deliver One Rank, One Pension for the Armed Forces and pick up in the pace of road construction are some of the eye-catching achievements of Indian government.

PM Modi said that our government has promised to electrify over 18,000 villages which were in total darkness since seven decades of independence within three years. We have provided regular electricity supply to more than 7000 villages in the last two years. He further added that our country is on the track to achieve a target of 175 GigaWatts of renewable energy which is an appreciable achievement for the rural and urban areas including various sectors. PM Modi mentioned that Jan Dhan Yojana has led to 210 million new accounts; bringing large fund into banking sectors. According to recent statistics, Fund of Rs 34000 Crore has been deposited into banks by the people under Jan Dhan scheme.

The Prime Minister also mentioned the recent resolutions taken for the assistance of NRIs like those who don’t have PAN cards were charged higher rate of TDS, for FDI investment, but now NRI’s will get the same incentives as other investors. He said the Land Boundary Agreement with Bangladesh was an example of how litigious issues could be resolved peacefully. He discussed about the Narendra Modi App, where the suggestions from the common men are most welcomed and appreciated as well. He had also mentioned that the suggestion he had received on India-Belgium relations gave him great energy and potential. Single window clearances of ports and airports, simplification of customs and increment in free baggage limit are few more plans of Make in India Mission.

While addressing the people of Indian Community in Brussels, PM Modi described them as the Lokdoot (True Ambassadors) of India. He said that in the last year, we have achieved success in the software exports all over the world. In India, there are maximum opportunities of doing business and for that many countries have been planning to invest in the commercial sectors.  India has created a ray of hope in every field like World Bank, IMF, credit rating agencies etc. Our nation is not only achieving success in the commercial sectors but we are also leading in other regions like agriculture, in-house projects etc.

Contributor: Sunpreet Kaur