Top Union Ministers on Saturday joined a gala event, which had a smattering of Bollywood actors, including megastar Amitabh Bachchan, aimed at publicising the ‘achievements’ of the Narendra Modi government on completion of two years in office.
"It's time we realise that half of the country's population can't be left behind by making them feel neglected and helpless. They should be equal partners in the country's development," Bachchan said at the event.
The event started with young ministers like Kiren Rijiju, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore and Babul Supriyo talking about 'new vision’ as they heaped praise on the Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his vision and making efforts for effective execution of various programmes.
Bollywood actor R Madhavan and achor Neelam Sharma hosted the programme which was also attended by Union Ministers Arun Jaitley, Birender Singh, Maneka Gandhi, Najma Heptulla, Ram Vilas Paswan, Uma Bharti, Harsimrat Kaur Badal and J P Nadda.
Warning of strict action against people stashing black money, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said prosecution would be initiated against those found to have parked funds illegally in accounts named in 'Panama Papers'.
"If illegal money is found in accounts of those who are named in Panama case, then they will also be prosecuted as in case of HSBC accounts," he said adding, the law to deal with black money stashed abroad has yielded about Rs 4,000 crore.
Union Minister of State for Finance Jayant Sinha said the government is working overtime to strengthen rural infrastructure which will lead to a "revolution".
Maneka Gandhi, Union Women and Child Development Minister, said the government has strengthened anganwadi centres to tackle malnutrition and taken several child reform initiatives to ensure their safety and security.
"There was no check on Anganwadis since they were established, as a result of which malnutrition went on increasing. So, we put the entire system on reform mode.
Actress Vidya Balan, who fronts the government's sanitation campaign, also joined in the celebrations from Mumbai. The actress said she never hesitated in signing up for the campaign as she understands the problem women in rural areas feel due to the lack of toilets.
Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma said government was planning to send as many doctors as possible to rural areas but for that reasonable infrastructure such a roads and electricity were required. He said government is working on plans to utilise several airstrips lying idle across the country to help ensure more and more people are able to travel by air.
Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari said the Modi government has changed the style of governance and ended policy paralysis that existed during the previous UPA regime.
He added that government has brought in transparency and cut down red tape.
Gadkari also said government was finishing many pending infrastructure projects started by the previous government and making efforts to ensure better connectivity in the northeastern states.
Minister of State in the PMO Jitendra Singh said the Prime Minister has given a deadline of 1,000 days for complete electrification of villages across the country and it is hoped the target will be achieved much before that.
The interests of farmers, he alleged, had been ignored for a long time but now with soil health cards they would know what to sow and how to improve productivity.
Ganga, considered one of the 10 most polluted rivers in the world, will become one of the cleanest by 2018, Union minister Uma Bharti said.
Lamenting that the river has often been used as a gateway to disposing affluents, Bharti exuded confidence that it would be transformed into the ‘10 most cleanest rivers in the world by 2018.’
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