PM hits out at Cong for failing poor on 'garibi hatao' slogan

PM hits out at Cong for failing poor on 'garibi hatao' slogan

PM hits out at Cong for failing poor on 'garibi hatao' slogan
Taking a swipe at the 'garibi hatao' campaign of Congress, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said those who could not bring any real change in the lives of the poor or even open bank accounts for them during their five-decade rule were now questioning his government.

The Prime Minister, on his first trip to his Lok Sabha constituency in over eight months, claimed poverty alleviation measures have lacked a proper direction and they are spoken about during election time as a "tradition".

He also took a dig at the critics of his "Jan Dhan Yojana", saying had they helped the poor open bank accounts earlier they would have been spared the worry about operation of the recently opened accounts under the scheme.

"What these people could not do in 50 years, I will do in 50 months, I have come here to tell this," Modi said.

"We have been hearing about 'garibi hatao' for the last 40-50 years. In elections also, we have been hearing about poverty alleviation programmes for poor. It has become a tradition in politics to talk about the poor and their welfare. There is need to come out of this tradition," Modi said.

He said till now all experiments in this regard have not yielded the desired results and "we have not been able to bring the desired changes in the lives of the poor.

"I don't want to blame any government, but want to focus on things that the poor can come out of poverty," Modi said.

The Prime Minister wondered why none of the educated ever questioned any politician in the past as to why bank accounts were not opened for the poor.

"Banks were nationalised but it did not help the poor to gain access to these financial institutions.

"No educated person has ever asked any politician why bank accounts were not opened for the poor. It was taken for granted," he said, adding that under the PM's Jan Dhan Yojna over 18 crore bank accounts were opened and the poor have deposited Rs 30,000 crore of their money in such accounts after his government was formed.

"Those who did not open any bank accounts for the poor are today seeking my accountability on the issue. They are worried whether the new bank accounts we opened are operational.

"It would have been much better had these people worked in last 40-50 years to open doors of banks to poverty stricken people. They would not have to asked me such questions today What these people could not do in 50 years, I will do in 50 months, I have come here to tell them this," he said.

Modi stressed on skill development and said if technology is allowed to enter the lives of the poorest of the poor, they can earn more and become self-reliant.

He earlier distributed 101 E-rickshaws and another 501 cycle-rickshaws to poor people who never owned a rickshaw in their lifetime.

Modi said this programme is not just to change the lives of a few people but a new beginning that will change the future of 'Kashi' and its poor.

"Due to these things, things will start moving fast and the town will get a new identity and the common man's lives will improve," he said.

This was the Prime Minister's third visit to the ancient temple town after assuming office in May last.

The much-awaited tour comes eight months after his last visit on December 25 last year. Two of his previous proposed visits were cancelled due to heavy rainfall in June and July.
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