Advises Nation to Observe August 15 As “Sankalp Diwas”
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed his satisfaction over the smooth implementation and public reception for the recently launched Goods and Service Tax (GST). He said that people were satisfied with the smooth business transactions under the new rule.
Addressing the nation through monthly radio program Mann ki Baat on Sunday, Prime Minister said that the whole GST exercise will be a case study in several universities worldwide. “Change on such a scale, especially with involves crores of people is a great achievement,” he said.
“Many people have called me about their happiness and some with their inquiries about GST,” the Prime Minister said.
Modi said, “I am all the happier when I get feedback from the poor. The feedback that GST had made articles of their need cheaper. I am happy when someone from distant North-East writes to me about GST making his business easier.”
Modi appreciated the hard work and dedication of workers at all levels of government, from the local governments to the central government.
Prime Minister also expressed concern over the flood situation in various parts of the country. He said that government is undertaking extensive monitoring in the flood hit areas and the relief and rescue efforts were on full swing.
“Both Short term and long term planning is being done. A 24×7 flood control helpline no 1078 is functional,’ Modi added.
Prime Minister has also suggested that modern weather forecasts should be utilized to reduce the losses. Expressing concern that farmers were losing their crops due to these floods he said, “Due to modern technology a fair forecast is possible. We must also learn to use weather forecast to reduce losses.”
Prime Minister remembered the Quit India movement launched by Mahatma Gandhi in 1942 and the contribution of leaders like Lok Nayak Jaya Prakash and Dr. Lohia. He reminded that very few people know that Quit India slogan was coined by Yusuf Meher Ali.
He advised that younger generation must know about the August 9, 1942 and the sacrifices made by freedom fighters from 1857 to 1942.
He said that today we do not have to die for the nation. Instead we have to live for the nation and take it to new heights of progress.
While talking about the upcoming Independence Day on August 15, Prime Minister said that we should observed the day as “Sankalp Diwas” and every Indian should make resolution with a roadmap to achieve our dreams in 15 years.