NEW DELHI: Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh said that 2014 onwards, under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, it has been a journey from pessimism to optimism.
While before 2014 Indians visiting abroad felt decline in their selfesteem, today it is the other way round when the rest of the world looks up to India with esteem, respect and hope, he said while addressing the annual conference of Rotary International as Chief Guest, in Gurugram on February 12.
Dr Singh said PM Modi has helped India realise its unexplored potentials and enabled optimum utilisation of India’s capacities and capabilities by bringing in several path-breaking new reforms and doing away with obsolete regulations.
Whereas immediately before 2014, he said, every Indian citizen felt let down by series of scams and corruption scandals involving several top ministers, in the last nearly nine years, not a single minister had been accused of any such allegation and on the contrary, the trust and confidence generated by Modi had given an average Indian a sense of resolve and determination to move ahead and lead the rest of the world.
The minister said, in the last nearly nine years of the Modi Governance, India had been described as a ‘bright spot’ by IMF and World Bank amidst worldwide recessionary trends. The world, he said, is looking up to India to lead the path as was evident during Covid pandemic, when India had supplied over 750 lakh doses of Covid-19 vaccine to 94 countries till December 2021.
Citing another example, the minister said that the Department of Space was liberated by PM Modi from the shackles and taboos of the past and had today chosen a march over countries like the USA and Russia which had started their space journey much before India.
This only proved, he said, that there was no lack of potential or will but the policy planners in the government and the ruling dispensations before 2014 were not ready to move out of the status quoist mindset and allow a free and full play to India’s vast human resources.
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