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Rajya Sabha takes up ‘Motion of Thanks’ on Presidential address

New Delhi: The Upper House on Wednesday took up the ‘Motion of Thanks’ on the Presidential address to the joint session of the Parliament on January 29.

Moving the ‘Motion of Thanks’, the BJP Member Bhubaneswar Kalita said that the Government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi believes in 100 per cent implementation of its promises.

He said, “The government is dedicated to strengthening the underprivileged sections of society. Our Prime Minister Narendra Modi believes in 100 per cent and not less than that, like previous governments. Regardless of whether it is toilets or electricity, it has to be 100 per cent”.

Noting that the economy has started recovering due to efforts taken by the Government, Mr Kalita listed how this Government’s policies have helped members of his constituency and state Assam.

Referring to the three farm laws passed by the Parliament last year, he said these laws were passed after extensive debate and deliberation in both Houses, and that the laws have benefitted more than 10 crore people.

“The government is in touch with farmers’ to address their concerns”, he further said.

“PM Modi and Central government officials have visited Assam and northeastern States 40 times during his two terms. This is probably the first time any Prime Minister has paid so much attention to the northeast,” he added.

Mr Kalita also said that all parties that have been against the Citizenship Amendment Act will lose in Assam elections in 2021, and only BJP alliance will return to power.

Seconding the Motion, another BJP Member Vijay Pal Singh Tomar said that the farm laws were passed after extensive discussions.

“It has been said there was no consultation before the farm laws were enacted was not correct and there have been 12 expert committees in the past two decades on the farm reform laws,” Mr Tomar said.

Rejecting the criticism that under these laws, the provision of Minimum Support Price would be stopped or land will be seized, or mandis will be stopped, he said that these new farm laws will help small farmers and agricultural sector.

Mr Tomar also said that the present Government has given more Budget for agriculture in one year than five years of UPA government.

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