Defending his government’s demonetisation policy, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday said he was forced to use a strong dose of medicine to give “proper treatment to deep-rooted corruption system” in the country.
Addressing a rally in tribal-dominated Jhabua district in poll-bound Madhya Pradesh, Modi said, “We use poisonous medicine to
eradicate termite. Similarly, I used note ban as a ‘tez’ (bitter) medicine to treat corruption in the country.”
“People who used to hide their money under beds, in their houses, offices and factories are now paying tax of every single penny and we are using this money for the right schemes for the common man,” he added.
Targeting the Congress, Modi said, “Remember the time when Congress was in power here in Madhya Pradesh, what was the condition of people? Madhya Pradesh does not deserve a government which never thinks about the state’s welfare.”
Comparing the work done under the Congress and BJP governments in the state, Modi said that the Shivraj Singh Chouhan-led government established 4,000 schools in the state in just 15 years as opposed to the Congress which could only build 1,500 schools in 55 years.
“Our mantra is to provide education to boys and girls, income for youth, irrigation facility to farmers and medicines to elders,” Modi said.
Modi said his government has so far disbursed loans to 14 crore people under the Pradhan Mantri Mudra Loan Yojana and “that too without guarantee”.
The Prime Minister also said his government will provide a pucca house to everyone in the country by 2022, and that his government has already given such houses to 1.25 crore people.
(With PTI inputs)