“Recently, India has achieved the feat of becoming the fifth largest economy in the world. This achievement gave us the confidence to work harder and achieve bigger goals in this Amrit Kaal,” said Modi.
“This is no ordinary progress. It fills the heart of every Indian with pride. We have to maintain this enthusiasm,” he added.
The prime minister virtually addressed a mega medical camp organized in the Olpad area of Surat city in Gujarat when he made the remarks.
On September 2, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) announced that India had leapt past the United Kingdom to become the fifth largest economy in the world. The latest ranking change is based on quarterly gross domestic product (GDP) figures in current dollars for the period ending December 2021. India increased its lead over the UK in the quarter ended March, data from the IMF.
In addition, Modi praised the government of Gujarat for its various welfare reforms and referred to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led state and center as “twin-engine government”.
“Over the past eight years, as many as three crore (30 million) houses have been built by the government across the country for the poor. Of these, nearly 10 lakh (one million) houses were built in Gujarat alone,” he said, referring to the Center’s Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana plan.