PM gives full marks to his Govt for curbing price rise, black money
|Source: The Hitavada Date: 08 Mar 2017 09:03:44|
PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday gave full marks to his Government for curbing price rise and black money and for enabling India move forward in the midst of a turbulent global economic scenario.
The Prime Minister who just wound up a hectic poll campaign schedule in Uttar Pradesh on Monday, was speaking on the first day of his two-day visit to Gujarat, at a function here to dedicate ONGCs Petro additions Ltd (OPaL) plant on Tuesday.
Modi pointed out that in the long stretched campaigning in the 5 States a lot of charges had been bandied about. “Numerous allegations were leveled at us but not a single one pertained to price rise. This was largely because the NDA Government has effectively curbed rising prices in the country,” he added.
The Prime Minister said that India stood out as a shining star amidst a despondent global economic scenario and attributed this to a slew of measures taken by his Government which had helped the country standard apart. “There was a canard let loose against the Government when the decision to demonetise currency was announced on November 8, 2016 as a measure to fight corruption and black money. The prophets of doom predicted a collapse of the economy. No doubt some suffered, many were inconvenienced but an entrenched disease calls for strong palliatives. International corporate leaders and important economists nevertheless praised the step. See the last quarter reports. They clearly indicate that the steps initiated in November are beginning to bear fruit now,” he added.
Modi named global leaders in support of his decision observing that Microsoft chief Bill Gates, Apple CEO Tim Cook and Nobel Laureate Mohammed Yunus of Bangladesh were among the many who had lavished praise on the decision. “When black money is driven out of the system, all sectors of community life including social and economic, reap the benefits. India is now being viewed globally with great respect,” he said.
Later inaugurating India’s longest cable bridge at Bharuch, Prime Minister Modi announced a slew of investments, including conversion of several State Highways into four lane and National Highways at a cost of Rs 12,000 crores. He also praised former BJP Chief Minister Keshubhai Patel for initiating several road projects in the State. Modi had replaced Keshubhai to become Gujarat Chief Minister in 2001. With the Patel community up in arms against the ruling BJP and with the BJP veteran occupying a position of respect in his community, the invoking of his name has come not a day too soon, more so in an elections year. Meanwhile, posters asking PM to ‘Go Back’ surfaced near the BJP State Headquarters ‘Kamalam’ on the outskirts of Gandhinagar. Speculation was rife that it could be the handiwork of patidar community members who have been on the warpath against the Government in support of their demands.
Meanwhile, Modi said that the Government has streamlined the medical education field and created 4,000 new PG seats in medical colleges which would resolve the problem of lack of doctors.