Prime Minister Narendra Modi has written an open letter to citizens on completion of the first year of his second term on Friday, said the collective strength and resolve of people could be seen in the way India has dealt with coronavirus, as despite the tremendous suffering of the people, massive efforts ensured that inconvenience doesn’t turn disastrous.

Modi-led NDA government had first come to power on May 26, 2014. He was re-elected as PM with a landslide victory on May 23. He took an oath to the office again on May 30. In his letter, PM Modi has shared the various schemes launched by the NDA government during the first and second term and the monumental challenges faced by it.

He said in the view of present circumstances due to coronavirus, he is addressing the nation via letter, the situation does not permit for any celebration. “During normal times, I would have been in your midst. However, the present circumstances do not permit that. That is why I seek your blessings through this letter,” the PM said.

Narendra Modi said that since 2014, the nation has witnessed some major transformations. “In the last five years, the nation saw how the administrative apparatus broke itself free of status quo and from the swamp of corruption as well as mis-governance,” the prime minister said. “India demonstrated its mettle through the surgical strike and airstrike. At the same time, decades-old demands such as OROP, One Nation One Tax- GST, better MSP for farmers were fulfilled,”

He said since 2019, when India voted him back to power, he has been working to make India a global leader.

In the letter to citizens, PM Modi recounted some of the key decisions taken by his government which ‘were widely discussed and remain etched in public discourse’. The list included Article 370, Ram Mandir judgment, Triple Talaq and amendment to the Citizenship Act. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s letter on the first anniversary of the second term also listed several schemes launched or enhanced by his government, including PM Kisan Samman Nidhi, Jal Jeevan Mission, free vaccination campaign for livestock, monthly pension to farmers, farm labourers, small shopkeepers and workers in unorganised sector, among others.

Bharat can Rise above Covid-19 Pandemic

 In the letter, He also talked about how Covid-19 outbreak has brought the nation’s hopes and aspirations to a halt. Noting the ‘tremendous suffering’ faced by labourers, migrant workers, hawkers and small scale industries, the PM said that the nation will have to ensure that inconveniences that we are facing do not turn into disasters.

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The prime minister said that given the way India has surprised the world with its unity and resolve in the fight against coronavirus, “there is a firm belief that we will also set an example in economic revival”.

Pushing the agenda of Aatmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan, the prime minister said becoming self-reliant was the need of the hour. “We have to move forward based on our own abilities, in our own way, and there is only one way to do it – Aatmanirbhar Bharat or Self-reliant India.”

“We will move ahead on the path of progress and victory will be ours.”