PM Narendra Modi addresses Parliament, speaks about empowering the poor to fight poverty

New Delhi, 11 June-2014, Zee Media Bureau/ Neha Attre: Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed Parliament for the first time on Wednesday and said that a country’s government should be for the poor.

“If we don’t run the government for the benefit of the poor people then the citizens of the country will not forgive us,” Modi said in reply to the motion of thanks on President’s address to the joint session of Parliament.

PM Narendra Modi addresses Parliament, speaks about empowering the poor to fight poverty

PM Narendra Modi addresses Parliament, speaks about empowering the poor to fight poverty

“We will empower the poor to enable them to fight poverty,” he said.

The Prime Minister said that education is the biggest tool to fight poverty.

India is a country of villages but have we really changed the lives of farmers or people in villages, Modi asked.

“But have we really managed to change the lives of the farmers or people living in villages?” he said.

He added that if villages are developed by providing continuous power supply, education and industries then no one will migrate.

The PM said that it is high time that latest technology are implemented in the agriculture sector. He further said that no research has taken place on pulses from the past several years.

Talking about the safety of women in the country, he said that everyone should respect them and their safety should be everyone’s priority.

He further called on political leaders to stop the psychological evaluation of rape incidents, saying enough has been said and that it’s equivalent to playing with the dignity of the women.

Referring to rising prices of commodities, Modi said that the government will make all efforts to reduce the cost.

“We will make sure that no poor person in the country will go hungry,” he said.

Modi also spoke about the Himachal mishap which claimed lives of several students, the techie murder in Pune and the rising crime incidents in UP and termed them all sad and that the administration needs to be strengthened to check such incidents.