At the grand event at India Gate late on Saturday evening, where the Modi government celebrated its second anniversary, Prime Minister Narendra Modi vowed to root out corruption.
While addressing the crowd, PM Modi announced that the ‘change’ he had promised ahead of assuming power, was being delivered through good governance for the past two years.
“I am here to assure you that we are doing everything to live up to the faith people have reposed in us. And the country has seen that no decision was taken with any malafide intention, no effort was spared in working hard and we have dedicated ourselves to people’s cause by keeping their and national interest paramount,” said the PM.
He promised to continue acting against those who “looted” the country for years.
Without naming Congress, he accused the Opposition party of pursuing the agenda of obstructionism. He recalled the scams the previous UPA governments and said that checking the menace of corruption was his government’s focus.
“It is true that those who have pocketed money will face difficulties and feel the pinch. Who have pocketed it and when have they pocketed it is not my subject but it is the money belonging to the poor and will not be allowed to go to others,” the PM said.
“..But I want to say one thing. On one hand there is the agenda of development (vikaswaad) and on the other hand is the agenda of obstructionsism (virodhvaad),” he added.
The PM took credit for plugging leakages in various programmes. According to the PM, the government saved Rs 36,000 crore annually by plugging leakages. Of this, Rs 15,000 crore was saved by weeding out fake beneficiaries of LPG subsidies.
Giving details of his government’s achievements, PM Modi said his 1.62 crore fake ration cards were also detected.
“It is only a beginning. It is a new dawn,” he said, asserting that his government will continue with such measures for next three years of its term.”
PM Modi noted that his government should be evaluated in the context of the functioning of the previous governments. He also said that his government sometimes faces criticism which has no basis.
“I am standing before people of the country with satisfaction. We have been able to get the trust and enthusiasm of people despite a very minute examination of our work,” announced the Prime Minister.
(With inputs from PTI)