Kishanganj (Bihar) [India]24 SEPTEMBER (ANI): Union Home Secretary Amit Shah on Saturday highlighted the country’s growth progress, saying that India, which ranked 11th on the list of the world’s largest economies in 2014, has today overtaken Britain to fifth.
Speaking at a public rally here, Shah said: “This Amrit Kaal is the time to set goals for the people of the country. I want to say to all the youth of the country that you have to set a goal of your life for the country and by all means make a decision.”
“In 2014, our country was ranked 11th in the world economy list. Today we overtook Great Britain in 5th place. We have conveyed to the world that we are ahead of you in 75 years and that we have given meaning to our independence,” added the Home Secretary.
It is important to note that India has overtaken the UK to become the fifth largest economy in the world and according to International Monetary Fund (IMF) forecasts, only the US, China, Japan and Germany are ahead of India in terms of the size of the economy .
The lead was achieved in the last three months of 2021 and expanded in the first quarter of 2022. India has gained six positions in the last ten years. Just a decade ago it was in eleventh place, while Great Britain was fifth. It has also increased its share of global GDP by almost a percentage point since 2014 when it was the 10th largest economy in the world. India’s share of global GDP is now 3.5 percent, up from 2.6 percent in 2014.
Shah is in Bihar for a two-day visit. This morning he inaugurated five Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) border posts in Kishanganj.
The Union Home Secretary praised the SSB’s role in the fight against Naxalism, saying due to their “hard fight” Naxalism has been ended in Bihar and Jharkhand regions.
“SSB Jawans have waged an uphill battle against Naxalism rampant in the Northeast. As a result, Naxalism in Bihar and Jharkhand regions is near the end, we can even say that it has ended here,” said Shah, speaking on the occasion.
Acknowledging their duty, the Interior Minister said the SSB had the toughest duty to fulfill due to the open border with Nepal and Bhutan.
“Sitting in Delhi you think you have the lightest duty as we have friendly relations with both nations (Nepal and Bhutan). But when you get to the border, we realize you have the toughest duty because it’s an open border,” he said.
“The responsibility increases when the border is open. However friendly relations may be, even when neighboring states have no ill intentions, there are some elements in society that use open borders for illicit earnings – be it smuggling, animal smuggling or infiltration,” the minister added.
This morning Shah offered prayers at the Budhi Kali Mata Temple in Subhashpally Chowk of Kishanganj.
Meanwhile, Shah spoke about Nitish Kumar in a speech ahead of the Jan Bhavna Mahasabha rally on Friday, saying the people of the state are “wiping out the Lalu-Nitish duo” in the 2024 general election and the party in the elections to the Power will come state in 2025.
Addressing “Jana Bhavna Mahasabha” in Bihar’s Purnea, Shah said: “In 2014 you (Bihar CM Nitish Kumar) only had two LS seats, ‘naa ghar ke rahe the, naa ghaat ke'”. Let LS elections come in 2024, Bihar public will wipe out Lalu-Nitish duo. We will come to power here in the polls in 2025 with a full majority.”
Shah went on to say that Nitish Kumar does not favor any political ideology and can join any party to remain in power.
“Nitish Kumar is not for any political ideology. Nitish ji can leave socialism and go with Lalu ji, can engage in caste politics. Nitish ji can leave socialism and sit with the left, Congress. He can also leave RJD and join BJP. Nitish has only one guideline – my stool should remain intact,” he said. The interior minister said there was a risk of a “jungle raj” over Bihar. (ANI)
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