PRIME MINISTER Narendra Modi on Friday claimed that due to the steps taken by his government in such a short time, India has become the fastest growing economy of the world.
He was addressing a gathering at Colvin Taluqdars’ College in Lucknow, where he distributed 2,100 e-rickshaws. At the event, Modi was welcomed by slogans of “Jai Shri Ram’ and “mandir wahin banayenge”.
Claiming that the entire world has accepted this fact, Modi said: “At a time when the entire world is facing recession and even big countries have become the victim, India has not only come out as strong but is also progressing at a fast pace.
“This government has been taking one step after another… in such a short time, the entire world has accepted that India is the fasted growing economy… World Bank, IMF and other rating agencies are also accepting this fact… even economic experts are saying that India is going to progress at an even faster rate in the future,” he added.
Modi claimed that while these facts are satisfactory, the aim of his government was also to bring change in the life of the poor and bring employment to the youth.
Listing his government’s schemes, Modi said: “Banks were nationalised around 40 years ago with a claim to remove poverty but its doors did not open for the poor in all these years… Under Jan Dhan Yojana, 20 crore new accounts have been opened and Rs 30,000 crore have been deposited by the poor of the country.”
Regarding Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana, the PM said about 2 crore people have received loans within five to six months without any guarantee. “About Rs 80,000 crore is being invested in the scheme,” he added.
Speaking about the distribution of e-rickshaws under the scheme, Modi said at least 40 new repairing centres and 10 big service centers for e-rickshaws would be opened in Lucknow. The e-rickshaw owners were also insured under the government’s Atal Jeevan Bima Yojana.
“Today, foreigners are coming to India in large numbers… In the first 15 minutes, the driver forms the image of the country before the foreigner. Thus, these autorickshaw drivers or rickshaw pullers can do what even the Prime Minister of the country and advertisements worth millions cannot do.”
Before the programme began, Modi had a small session with selected e-rickshaw drivers, which was termed as ‘Mann ki baat’.