PM Narendra Modi warns of ‘surgical strikes’ against blackmoney, corruption

"If we do surgical strikes (in this area), you can imagine what all will come out," the Prime Minister said.

By: PTI | Vadodara | Updated: October 22, 2016 9:15 pm
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Using the analogy of surgical strikes, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday wondered what would have happened if the government had adopted similar strategy in the recent campaign against blackmoney, which unearthed Rs 65,000 crores. “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.

“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,” Modi said, invoking the term used for recent operation by Army against terror launch pads in Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir.

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“If we do surgical strikes (in this area), you can imagine what all will come out,” the Prime Minister said. Modi said he has 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 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,” Modi said. Modi, speaking at a camp to distribute ‘assistive devices’ to over 8,000 `Divyangs’ (disabled persons) here, also criticised past governments for not doing enough for the disabled.

After distributing aid devices to the disabled, the Prime Minister said, “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.”

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,” Modi said.

“So far, 5.50 lakh Divyangs from across the country have been provided direct benefit. “In the central government, I came to know that 16,500 posts for Divyangs were vacant. I told my Ministers to fill up these vacant posts. I can say with satisfaction that 14,500 such posts have been filled up,” Modi said.

The Prime Minister also said his government had started work for having `common sign language’, as at present different sign languages are used in different parts of the country. Referring to the country’s economic growth, he said India was a bright spot in the world. “Today in the entire world, one thing about this country is being praised. The world says that India is the fastest growing economy in the world. Be it World Bank, IMF or credit-rating agencies, the entire world says in one voice that India is developing very fast.

“Solution to all problems lies in development. Only through development can illiteracy, disease, poverty be removed,” Modi said. “Remember the days of 2014, or 2013, what were the headlines? They did this much (corruption) in coal, so much in spectrum. Since the time you gave me the responsibility, in two and a half years the news is (about) doing good for Divyangs, India’s progress in world economy and development,” Modi said.

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First Published on: October 22, 2016 8:47 pm
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    VISWALINGAM
    Oct 23, 2016 at 5:40 am
    WONDERFUL STEP AND IT IS UNPRECEDENTED ! DIRT OF MORE THAN 50 YEARS DURING THE CONGRESS RULE , HAS NOW BEEN CLEANED ! lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;WE LOVE PM MODI MORE THAN WE CAN SAY ! ( ALL MYANMAR TAMIL HINDU FANS OF PM MODI )
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      Ikok
      Oct 22, 2016 at 5:24 pm
      Surgical strike a new buzz word in India
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        Khalid
        Oct 22, 2016 at 7:01 pm
        Fake or real surgical strike?? LOL
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          Jafar
          Oct 23, 2016 at 4:34 am
          Surgical strike required for government staff and bureaucrats.
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            Mahesh
            Oct 22, 2016 at 3:46 pm
            one more sirji kal strike..dian people are paying heavy price with these stri kes.
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              MyTake
              Oct 22, 2016 at 8:22 pm
              Like the one marauders came and converted the peace loving people with their strike!
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                MyTake
                Oct 22, 2016 at 8:21 pm
                Take on top three and others will fall in line. This will save time and "striking" resources.
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                  Sk
                  Oct 23, 2016 at 4:17 am
                  Yes, pl do the surgical strike, start with political leaders, Take out 100 top most leaders of Congress, AIDMK, DMK, NCP, much more than 1 lakh cr can be collected
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                    Human.Shoe
                    Oct 22, 2016 at 4:00 pm
                    All those who make Modi's comments are all s.
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                      Human.Shoe
                      Oct 22, 2016 at 3:57 pm
                      It will be AS FAKE AS THE FAKE SURGICAL STRIKES BY FEKU .
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                        sunny
                        Oct 22, 2016 at 6:58 pm
                        jo bolta hoon who mai khabi nahi karta aur jo nahi bolta who karta hoon like beef banned mandi issue talaq issue dalit issue went nawaz sharif birthday party OVER HAUL A DOUBLED FACE PM
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                          arc
                          Oct 22, 2016 at 4:39 pm
                          Also coming in a dalit house near you, a sanskari surgical strike to eliminate those opposed to manuvad.
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                            arc
                            Oct 22, 2016 at 6:49 pm
                            First learn to spell phobia and then come to Indian express to comment. You the the typical sanghi illiterate who think butcher Modi is above criticism.
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                              abd
                              Oct 22, 2016 at 5:33 pm
                              Bcoz it can't be carriedout across the border.
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                                Bhagavath B S
                                Oct 22, 2016 at 4:54 pm
                                with out eradicating, ilitracy,disease what will progress is chrisianity and communalisam, which need poor as the core, mr modi is developing the country by eradicating these, so communist and christians are attacking mr modi , mr midi will over come and built our nation.
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                                  ashwin
                                  Oct 22, 2016 at 5:45 pm
                                  Arey insaan ki chappal....Hyderabad aaja pata chalega ki mai indian hun ya tu......modi beedi cd kedi all politicians are like .....Nee guddala dammu vunte raara lamdeeke..
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                                    ashwin
                                    Oct 22, 2016 at 3:35 pm
                                    LOL ,really ?!?? Big joke...election games and preaching.
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                                      ashwin
                                      Oct 22, 2016 at 6:54 pm
                                      LOL ...phobia..hehe..poor cheddi
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                                        s g
                                        Oct 23, 2016 at 2:21 am
                                        yes this ‘surgical strikes’ should start fast without waste of time.
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                                          Kaliyug
                                          Oct 22, 2016 at 4:12 pm
                                          The Congress ruled India for over 50 years because they stole and let others steal too.lt;br/gt;The foreign NGO with the Church were controlling the violence in India, with the media being part of the problem. The BJP has clamped down on the do gooders, they have retaliated by using the press to tell lies. Black money is a problem only when the punishment is not stern.
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                                            anObserver
                                            Oct 22, 2016 at 4:19 pm
                                            Why does the P-M need to warn the scamsters about black money? Do we want them to take their loot and fly off like Vijay Mallya?
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