Amid the Agnipath row, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said that some decisions and reforms may be unpleasant temporarily, but the country will experience their benefits with time. PM Modi, who was speaking at a public address in Bengaluru after inaugurating various development projects, refrained from mentioning the Agnipath scheme.
“The path of startup and innovation is not the one with ease, and taking the country on this path for the last eight years was also not easy. Several decisions and reforms may be unpleasant temporarily, but with time their benefits can be experienced by the country,” PM Modi said.
“Bengaluru has become a means to realise dreams for lakhs of youth. It has emerged as a symbol of Ek Bharat, Sreshth Bharat,” he said, adding, “there have been talks of development in Bengaluru since the 1980s. For the past 40 years, only discussions have been happening but I will implement them all in the next 40 months. All the projects are stuck in files for 16 years. Our double engine government is trying hard to develop it.”
On the startup ecosystem in Bengaluru, PM Modi said, “There is a lot of talk on the startup ecosystem and Bengluru has done a lot of work in this direction. In the last 8 years, more than 100 billion-dollar companies have come up. The country now has 70,000 startups. The road to startup was not easy. We brought many reforms so that they can grow. We encouraged the participation of the private sector in defence and aerospace. Youth are being encouraged and the centre is giving them opportunities to ensure that there is a level-playing field, whether in government or private sector.”
Promising to ‘make Bengaluru free of traffic jams’, PM Modi said, “To make Bengaluru free from traffic jams, the double-engine government is working on every possible means including rail, road, metro and construction of the underpass, flyover.” PM Modi further expressed that he has got the opportunity to complete the development works, which should have been done 40 years ago. He stated that if these works had been completed in time, then the burden on Bengaluru would not have increased. That’s why, he stated, “I don’t want to waste time and spend every minute serving people.”
PM Modi is on a two-day visit to Karnataka. Upon his arrival, PM Modi was received by Karnataka Governor Thawar Chand Gehlot, CM Basavraj Bommai and others. The highlight of his first day of the visit was the inauguration of development projects worth Rs 27,000 crore. Bengaluru Suburban Rail Project (BSRP), which is one of the much-awaited projects for the locals, was also on the list. Talking about these development projects in detail, PM Modi said that these works cover diverse sectors and will boost ease of living for the people of Bengaluru and surrounding areas. He also unveiled a statue of Dr BR Ambedkar at Dr BR Ambedkar School of Economics (BASE), along with inaugurating a new campus of the BASE university.
On the occasion of International Yoga Day on Tuesday, PM Modi will participate in a mass yoga demonstration at Mysore Palace Ground in Mysuru and perform yoga with thousands of participants. The theme of this year is Yoga For Humanity. With this programme, PM Modi aims to revive yoga tourism in Mysuru.