Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday appealed Opposition parties for their cooperation in smooth passing of pending bills, in Rajya Sabha, on Wednesday.
Speaking on Motion of Thanks on President’s speech on first day of Budget session, he added that cooperation between both Houses of Parliament is essential.
Thanking Opposition members for allowing Parliament to function, the PM added that close to 72 hours working hours lost in last Parliament session.
While pointing out the government’s focus on agriculture sector and conditions of farmers in the country, the PM said, “We must pledge together to ensure that the income of a farmer in this country doubles by 2020. NDA Government is working hard for their development.”
Government is ensuring that benefit of subsidy goes only to those deserving, Modi further said.
Blaming the previous UPA government, the PM also added that it was only skillful at forming commissions.
“We are focusing on accountability. I am reviewing infrastructure projects. Some of them were stalled for decades”, Modi pointed out.
While appreciating Opposition’s pointing of flaws in Jan Dhan Yojna, the PM said that the biggest beneficiaries of MUDRA bank are SC/ST, OBC communities and women.
In an apparent dig at the Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, he quoted his grandmother and ex-PM India Gandhi and said,
"There are two kinds of people in the world - one who work and others who take credit. There is less competition in the first category."
Rahul had on Tuesday took the credit for government’s rollback of EPF tax withdrawals, and claimed it relented under pressure created by him.