NEW DELHI, Jan 1: Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh said here today that a series of welfare measures for economic empowerment of weaker sections announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his telecast to the nation last evening, in the follow up of remonetization decision, has vindicated the Modi government’s commitment to the poor and the hitherto lesser cared sections of Indian society.
Responding to media persons’ queries about the various facets of Prime Minister’s telecast to nation, Dr Jitendra Singh recalled that when the present government took over on 26th May, 2014, one of the earliest statements made by Modi was, “this Government is dedicated to the cause of the poor”. Two and a half years later today, he said, this declaration of intent has found its realisation on the ground. He said, the manner in which, during the last over seven weeks, people from all walks of life, including the poorest of the poor, cooperated with the campaign for remonetization, is an indication of the unprecedented faith and trust that people of this country have in the sincerity and commitment of PM Modi.
Dr Jitendra Singh said, Prime Minister Modi’s pointed reference to the fact that only 24 lakh people in this country declare their income as more than 10 lakh per annum was, in a way, PM’s attempt to awaken the collective consciousness of the nation to give up the tendency of hoarding and instead spare the surplus money to enrich the mainstream economy. He said, if every well-off citizen of this country resolves to keep for himself only as much as he requires, the unaccounted money entering into state exchequer will help in effectively carrying forward the various reforms, interest discounts and waivers announced by the Prime Minister yesterday.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has succeeded in engaging citizens in a Government campaign which is a phenomenon rarely witnessed, said Dr Jitendra Singh and added that in the long run, this will also inspire a change in the social behaviour of Indian society and bring about a change in the citizens’ attitude towards economic management even at the personal level.
Meanwhile, Chairman of Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB), Sanjay Kothari met Dr Jitendra Singh today and discussed in detail the plan to carry forward “cashless economy” campaign at the level of PSUs, numbering over 200, and also to engage PSUs in further carrying this campaign among common masses. To begin with, it was decided that a meeting of the representatives of all the PSUs will be convened with a presentation by technical experts on the various options of “cashless economy” and this will be followed, in second phase, by percolating the same information to grassroot levels and in public.