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PM Modi warns of ‘surgical strikes’ against black money

The Prime Minister also criticised past governments for not doing enough for the differently-abled.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday used the analogy of the recent surgical strikes against terror launch pad in Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir, saying that what would happened if the govt use the same strategy in the recent campaign, which saw declaration worth Rs. 65,000 crore.

Addressing at a camp organised to distribute ‘assistive devices’ to over 8,000 ‘Divyangs’ or people with disabilities in Vadodara, PM Modi said, “We gave some time to those who had generated black money (to declare it). You will be happy to know that Rs. 65,000 crore in black money came into mainstream with payment of tax and penalty.”

Modi said: “Now think, Rs. 36,000 crore that was leaking has been stopped [by direct benefit transfer], and Rs. 65,000 crore of black money is unearthed, together it is Rs one lakh crore.”

“And this Rs 1 lakh crore has been brought back without launching surgical strikes,” Mr. Modi said, invoking the term used for the recent operation by the Army against terror launch pads in Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir. “If we do surgical strikes [in this area], you can imagine what all will come out,” the Prime Minister added.

The Prime Minister asserted that he had put up a sustained fight against corruption since he took charge. “Against corruption, without much publicity I have put up a sustained fight. Government’s assistance [now] goes directly in the bank accounts of beneficiaries, cutting out middlemen. Just by ensuring that the right person gets the benefit and wrong person cannot take it, we have saved Rs 36,000 crore, which used to leak in the form of (subsidies for) gas cylinders, scholarship, pension,”PM Modi said.

The Prime Minister also criticised past governments for not doing enough for the disabled. “Knowingly or unknowingly, this country has remained insensitive towards the Divyangs. The government buildings only had facility for healthy persons. We launched Sugamya Bharat mission, so that government buildings, hospitals, platforms are built in such a way that they have access facility for the Divyangs,” Modi said.

Previous governments did not do enough in this field, he said. “Governments in the past had also worked in this direction. But you will be shocked to know that since 1992, when work started in this direction, till 2014, only 56 such camps [for distributing assistive devices] for Divyangs were organised. After this government came, 4,500 such programmes were held,” Mr. Modi said.

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