Fighting poverty, corruption tops PM Modi’s ID speech

RSTV Bureau

Modi-ID-2015-1Wishing India on 69th Independence Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi made his second speech from the historic Red Fort in the capital on Saturday. PM Modi once again affirmed that his government will do all possible to address the core issue of poverty. The Prime Minister also listed several achievements of BJP-led NDA government in the last 15 months.

“All our programmes and institutions should be helpful to the poor; have to empower them through financial inclusion,” said PM Modi adding “17 crore people have deposited Rs 20,000 crore in Jandhan bank accounts” in his Independence Day address.

Talking about the flagship schemes of his government PM Modi once again hailed Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. He added that this initiative on cleanliness is a very important social issue.

“Almost 4.25 lakh toilets were built in 2.62 schools nationwide in one year; this gives self-confidence that we can do what we want. Dignity of labour has to be our national duty, it has to be a part of our nature,” Prime Minister said.

Stressing on the steps taken by his government, the Prime Minister specially spoke on the issue of corruption and the “tough” law on black money.

“Some people are worried about tough law on black money; it has ensured that nobody dares to take black money out of the country,” the PM said.

“Corruption had become part of the system…contractors were running the nation. We have taken steps to correct the system India can be free of corruption. We still need lots of measures and it have to start from top,” he added further.

Counting other policy initiatives of the BJP-led Central government, he added, “coal block auction has been undertaken by the govt, national exchequer will get Rs 3 lakh crore”.

In a seeming criticism of the opposition, which has been taking on the Modi government on the issue of Lalit Modi row and ‘Vyapam’ scam, he said, “In 15 months, there is no allegation of corruption against my govt; I am determined to end the termite of corruption”.

The Prime Minister also addressed the issue of OROP saying “In-principle this govt has accepted ‘One-rank, One Pension’” but kept away from announcing any date of its roll-out. Though he added that “we will have good news on basis of the ongoing talks.”

Among other initiative of his government he said that the “Agriculture Ministry will be renamed as Ministry of Agriculture and Farmer Welfare” aiming at the institutionalised care of the farmers.

PM Modi also announced special scheme for the miners and their areas, saying Rs 6000 crore is earmarked to be spent on it every year.

Earlier in his address, the Prime Minister emphasised that “simplicity and unity are India’s strength, it should never be tainted or hurt.”

“Be it the poison of casteism or the frenzy of communalism, these have no place in the country and should not be allowed to grow. These ills have to be eradicated through the nectar of development,” the PM added in his Independence Day address.

(With inputs from the PTI)