PM hits out at ‘rajnaitik poojaris’ of black money

PM hits out at ‘rajnaitik poojaris’ of black money

Bengaluru, Jan 8: Castigating the opponents of demonetization, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday took a swipe at those calling the government’s move ‘anti-people’, saying these were ‘political worshippers’ of graft and black money which had adversely impacted the economy and polity.

“It is unfortunate that some political worshippers (rajnaitik poojari) of black money are calling our efforts anti-people,” he said in his address at the 14th edition of Pravasi Bharatiya Divas in Bengaluru.

Modi said the government had taken up ‘a big fight’ against corruption and black money, which had been gradually making the polity, society and administration ‘hollow’.

“…You might have noticed and heard that we have taken up a big fight against black money. Black money and corruption are making our polity, society and administration hollow gradually,” he said at the three-day event, which is being billed as the largest ever.

Asserting that the government was committed in its fight against black money and corruption, the Prime Minister thanked the overseas Indian community for their support to it.

Emphasizing the role played by overseas Indians in the country’s development, the Prime Minister said they have made an ‘invaluable contribution’ to the Indian economy by investing about $69 billion (Rs 4,62,300 crore).

Indian origin Prime Minister of Portugal Antonio Costa was the chief guest at the convention, which was attended by chief ministers of several states including Siddaramaiah of Karnataka, partner to the event, and central ministers.

Referring to the earlier trend of brain drain, he said, “We want to change brain drain to brain gain” and added that the government will soon launch a skill development programme ‘Pravasi Kaushal Vikas Yojna’ for the Indian youth seeking employment abroad.

He said the government’s effort was to provide maximum facilitation and ensure least inconvenience for those workers who seek economic opportunities abroad. Noting that the Indian diaspora represents the best of Indian culture, ethos and values and is respected for its contributions, Modi said the welfare and safety of all Indians abroad was his government’s ‘top priority’.

“Hum passport ka colour nahi dekhte khoon ka rishta dekhte hain (We don’t see the colour of the passport, but see the blood relation),” the Prime Minister said.

Emphasizing that engagement with overseas Indian community was a key area of priority for the government, he said, “We want to convert brain drain to brain gain.”

Modi said remittance of close to $69 billion was being made annually by overseas Indians which makes an invaluable contribution to the Indian economy. “We welcome all your efforts that seek to strengthen India’s partnership with the overseas Indian community,” he said. (Agencies)

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