Crediting Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his government's achievements over the last five years, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday said Modi has demonstrated his tireless persistence, proving that he "makes it possible" to create a new India.
He said many India observers across the world have "marvelled with India's pace of taking decisions and implementing them" and that is why the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chose the slogan "Modi hai to mumkin hai" (Modi makes it possible) for the forthcoming elections.
Listing his government's achievements, he said India has been the fastest growing major economy in the world for the last five years without any increase in taxes.
"From rural sanitation and roads to highways, Ujjwala scheme, ensuring healthcare to millions of Indians through Ayushman Bharat, financial inclusion of crores of people through Pradhan Mantri Jan-Dhan Yojana, to facilitating crores of self-employment by Mudra Yojana have shown a turnaround in last five years," he said in a Facebook post.
"In a historic move to benefit unorganised sector labour, including farmers, the Modi government has now ensured Rs 3,000 pension where the government contributes 50 per cent. Direct income support to farmers of Rs 6,000 per year is another historic action of the govt led by Narendra Modiji," he added.
Jaitley added that it is for the first time that a 10 per cent reservation for the economically weaker sections of non-reserved categories has been given in public employment and educational institutions.
"The socio-economic policies of Modi government in the last five years have benefited every Indian," he said.
"India's stand against terrorism has earned it international support and with the surgical strikes of 2016 and air strikes of 2019, it has been demonstrated that India is willing to adopt unconventional methods of attacking terror at the point of its origin. This evolves New India," he added.
Jaitley asked if any government had achieved more despite having the same governmental machinery, political system and implementation instruments at its disposal.
"It is both the motivation and the leadership which made the vital difference. It is precisely for this reason that India will witness an election where the people will get an opportunity to endorse Prime Minister Modi's leadership, decisiveness, integrity and performance."