Govt working for weaker sections, women: Amit Shah

New Delhi: The National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government at the centre is working for the uplift of financially weaker sections, dalits, tribals, women and youth and taking decisions that are good for the people, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Amit Shah said on Monday in his maiden speech to Parliament.

Shah told Rajya Sabha that Jan Dhan Yojana, Ujjwala, Saubhagya and Give It Up were some the key schemes of the government, which was also trying to generate employment opportunities by giving loans to people through the Mudra Yojana.

“There are over 50 programmes of the government which are the big achievements. It is because of the decision of the government that 31 crore people have bank accounts now through Jan Dhan yojana, 3.3 crore people have been given subsidised LPG cylinders and all houses will have toilets by 2022. The government has taken a decision that housing for all is a reality by 2022,” said Shah, initiating the debate on the motion of thanks for the President’s address.

Shah, who was elected to the Rajya Sabha from Gujarat in August last year, said that the all political parties should come together to pass the bills to end the practice of instant triple talaq and give constitutional status to the other backward class (OBC) commission.

“The bill on triple talaq is for the protection of women of minority communities. If the Congress party doesn’t protest, the government can bring the bill at the earliest,” Shah said, adding that the passage of the bill to give constitutional status to the OBC commission should take place with the support of all political parties.

The BJP president also defended the goods and services tax (GST) saying there was an attempt to create an impression that GST would create problems for small and medium businesses. “It is wrong to say that GST will create problems for traders. I think traders will benefit by the implementation of GST because for the first time the tax collection procedure has been streamlined and the government has realised the dream of one nation, one tax,” Shah added.

Attacking the government, Congress said that the government was creating a “fear psychosis” among the people and accused it of being just a “name changer” instead of a “game changer” government.

“A fear psychosis has set in. You cannot see when you are in power. If someone is scared to talk to the opposition or transact with them, it is not good for democracy or freedom of speech or even freedom of business,” Ghulam Nabi Azad, leader of opposition in Rajya Sabha, said.livemint