Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Wednesday said ongoing probes of and notices to depositors of unexplained money post-note ban were among the sources to collate information about black money that figured in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Independence Day speech.
Claiming that his government is committed towards ending the role of middleman, Modi said there would no longer be touts fooling people to play the role of "influencer" in granting them jobs.
The Prime Minister said the team of senior officers in Union Government are keen to explore new avenues and ways for the betterment of people. But he said India wasn't alone in its battle against terror and had the active support of many countries who shared Intelligence inputs. Modi further said a lot of "small changes" have been brought in by the government, which have brought significant results. "Due to the patience and sacrifice of the people, we are becoming successful in the fight against corruption", said the Prime Minister, following up with the commitment to making the country an easier place to do business. Of this, as much as Rs2,00,000 crore is under scrutiny by the Income Tax Department, he said.
However, State Congress chief, G A Mir said Kashmiris can't digest Modi's statement. The poison of casteism and communalism can never be good for the country. "Three years ago 3.25 crore (32.5 million) farmers had crop insurance and now 5.75 crore (57.5 million) farmers are covered, " he said. He did not tell you that whenever a poor person walks into a hospital for heart or cancer surgery, no money is provided by the government of India. "Besides, the government is willing to provide funds up to Rs 1,000 crore". He spoke of a new India where the "chalta hai" attitude is a thing of the past, where the people think "badal sakta hai" to change and fix things to take the nation forward. Not one of those children come from a rich family.
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While on the subject of corruption, the Prime Minister dwelt at length on demonetisation, insisting that he had proved all doomsday predictions wrong and that the move had not only cleaned up the economy but also brought in huge amounts of unaccounted money into the formal economy.
Stating that the speech gave a holistic view to the entire freedom struggle in the present day context, Rajnath said that the Prime Minister made a reference to every major touch point that led to massive political movement of 1942.
"Security is our top priority", Modi told thousands packed into the landmark Red Fort in New Delhi yesterday as India marked the 70th anniversary of the end of British colonial rule.
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