Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said India has continued to be the global bright spot in the world stricken with the pandemic and war.

He credited the internal resilience of India that enabled the nation to overcome any obstacle irrespective of external factors.

Modi made this comment referring to the recently released IMF projections of India being the fastest-growing major economy.

The PM cited multiple factors for that, first, stable, decisive government. Second, sustained reforms, third, socio-economic empowerment at the grassroots level.

Modi noted the positive changes that have occurred in the quality of lives of crores of India where they have come out of poverty and reached the levels of the middle class.

He informed that six lakh kms of optical fibers have been laid in the country so that every village gets internet access.

Throwing light on the developments in the last 9 years, Modi informed that the number of broadband users in the country has gone up 13 times and internet connections have gone up three times.

He further added that the number of internet users in rural regions is growing at a faster pace when compared to urban areas.

The Prime Minister informed that India has become the second largest manufacturer of mobile phones in the world which has led to the formation of the world’s largest aspirational class.

“The people of India want better products, better services and better infrastructure,” he said, pointing out the significant role of energy in realising the aspirations of the Indian citizens.

Highlighting that Bengaluru is a city brimming with technology, talent and innovation, Modi remarked that everyone present here will be experiencing that energy today.

He informed that India Energy Week is the first significant energy event of the G20 calendar and welcomed everyone on the occasion.

The Prime Minister underlined the major role of the energy sector in setting the direction of the future of the 21st-century world.

“India is one of the strongest voices in the world for energy transition and for developing new resources of energy. Unprecedented possibilities are emerging in India that is moving with a resolution of a Viksit Bharat,” he said.