"Credit and power-hungry people have done much harm to country": PM

Guwahati: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday made a scathing attack on the Opposition expressing that credit-hungry people or those whose only ambition is to lord over the country has done much harm to it. He continued by saying that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which is now in power, is dedicated to serving the country and its citizens at any costs.

Speaking the public gathering in Guwahati, Assam, ahead of the historic Bihur celebrations, PM Modi said, "Whenever I talk about the development of the Northeast over the last nine years, some people get disturbed because they can't claim credit for the growth in the state." "They bemoan the fact that they too dominated the nation for many years. The PM said, "Power- and credit-hungry leaders, whose only goal is to rule the nation, have done enormous harm to our people.

PM Modi emphasised his love for the Assamese people by saying, "We work with the spirit of being your slaves. Because of this, Northeast does not seem far away to us, and no matter where we are, we still have a sense of home. People in the Northeast have now seized the initiative and taken control of their own development. They are advancing according to the development mantra.

"Today, Assam boasts three new medical colleges, and the Northeast has its first AIIMS. We have worked on infrastructure projects for the past nine years, which explains why everyone in this room is talking about connectivity-related infrastructure projects, said PM Modi.

Further, PM Modi added in reference to the opposition, "Instead of pandering to a particular vote bank, we are concentrating on easing the burdens on the people of the country. Our sisters shouldn't have to travel far for care, so we want to make sure of that. We are working to make sure that no one in need must delay receiving medical care due to a lack of funds. "We had fewer doctors and medical experts because of the practises of previous governments. It was a significant barrier to obtaining high-quality medical treatment in the nation, he continued.

Regarding the country's healthcare sector's development, PM Modi stated, "In the ten years prior to 2014, only roughly 150 medical colleges were created in the country. However, our government has erected roughly 300 new medical colleges in the last nine years. Over the past nine years, the number of MBBS seats in the nation has also doubled to over one lakh.

"I recognise that not having the means to pay for medical care is a major concern for the poor, which is why we introduced the Ayushman Bharat Yojana. Since I am aware of how expensive medications affect the poor and middle class, our government opened more than 9,000 Jan Aushadhi Kendras to provide access to affordable medications, said PM Modi.

PM Modi will attend a vibrant Bihu programme later on Friday that will involve performances by over 10,000 Bihu dancers. He will also dedicate, inaugurate, and lay the cornerstone for projects worth Rs 14,300 crore.

Every year, Rongali Bihu is observed during the first week of the Bohag month (middle of April). The Assamese New Year is announced by Rongali or Bohag Bihu, which is widely observed in the neighbourhood. The Assamese celebrate Bihu three times a year, once in January (Bhogali or Magh Bihu), once in April (Bhag or Rongali Bihu), and once in October (Kongali Bihu).  

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