India making efforts to make sure economic offenders don’t find sanctuary anywhere: PM Modi

New Delhi:

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said that India is making efforts to make sure that economic offenders do not find sanctuary anywhere in the world.

Speaking at the Jagran Forum, on the occasion of the 75th anniversary celebrations of Dainik Jagran newspaper, PM Modi said that the Government will not tolerate corruption at any level and our policy against corruption is clear and very strict.

 

 

PM Modi said that India’s efforts to eliminate corruption are being watched closely by the world. India is being called land of opportunity because of this. Mentioning his recent visit to G20 summit in Argentina, PM Modi said that during the visit he presented this proposal before the world leaders.

He was referring to the Nine Point Agenda proposed by India at G-20 for action against fugitive economic offenders and asset recovery.  The government is making efforts to bring economic offenders Vijay Mallya, Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi.

PM Modi said that he is confident that India’s efforts will be successful one day. He added that reason behind this confidence is India’s strengthening ties with the rest of the world.

“You have witnessed the outcome 3-4 days ago,” PM Modi was referring to the extradition of AugustaWestland VVIP chopper scam accused, Christian James Michel, from Dubai.

The Prime Minister said that “Minimum Government, Maximum Governance” and “सबका साथ, सबका विकास” form the basis for New India. He said that today, the youth feel that they are stakeholders in the development process.

He raised the question: why is our country backward even so many decades after independence. Why could the problems of our people not be resolved, he asked. He said that now electricity is reaching places it had not reached for 70 years, and States which remained unconnected to the railway, are being brought on the railway map.

The Prime Minister gave a series of comparisons. He compared the period of 67 years (independence to 2014) with his own period of four years (2014-2018) in office.

In this period, he said, toilets in rural houses went up from 38 percent to 95 percent;

  • Rural road connectivity went up from 55 percent to 90 percent;
  • LPG connections went up from 55 percent of total households to 90 percent of total households.
  • Electricity reached 95 percent of rural families, whereas four years ago it had only reached 70 percent.
  • Only 50 percent people had bank accounts four years ago, while now almost everyone has access to banking services.
  • Only four crore people were filing tax returns in 2014, and in the next four years, three crore more people joined the tax network.

The Prime Minister said that all other things remaining the same, how has this change come about?

He said that once the poor and the underprivileged get basic facilities, they will themselves overcome poverty. He said that the last four years are seeing this transformation happen, and the statistics prove this.

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