India was in a state of ‘policy paralysis’ before 2014 : Amit Shah

New Delhi: Union home minister Amit Shah on Saturday highlighted how Narendra Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) transformed the country in the last seven years. Addressing the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit (HTLS) on its final day, Shah said India was in a state of ‘policy paralysis’ before 2014, and it was changed by the present dispensation.

The home minister listed the achievements in the last seven years, including surgical strike and repeal of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir.

Shah started his address by mentioning the Covid-19 pandemic, saying that such is the impact of the disease that the world will be known as ‘before Covid and after Covid’ “like we do for World Wars”.

He questions if we are ready for change. He said “Many changes have come due to Covid-19, not just in politics but several other aspects. The important question to ask is: Are we ready for the change?”

“India witnessed a stable government after 2014. Before 2014, India was in a state of ‘policy paralysis’. India’s dignity suffered, every minister thought he/she is the prime minister. PM Modi has successfully solved many issues with patience and planning,” he added.

Listing direct benefit transfer (DBT), poverty alleviation, rural electrification and other programmes launched by the government, Shah said that PM Modi included 80 crore people who were never a part of country’s progress.

The former BJP president said the Modi government also resolved the issues in financial sector with discipline and reduced the share of non-performing assets (NPAs) of banks to a minuscule amount.

Shah also said India’s defence policy came out of the shadow of foreign policy and we gave a fitting reply to incursions from across the border by “surgical strikes”.

Listing several other development initiatives, Shah said, “If I go on, you will think it’s an excerpt from Mahabharata or Ramayana.”

The home minister said that due to numerous steps taken by the Modi government, the Forex increased from 473 billion to 640 billion.

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