Respect for labour should be national trait: Modi

New Delhi, Aug 15 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said respect for dignity of labour should be our national trait.
“If someone wears a suit, long kurta, we stand up to greet him, but if a milkman or autorickshaw driver comes, we don’t treat him well. Dignity of labour should be our national character,” Modi said in his address to the nation on Independence Day.
Modi said his government has introduced an identity card for labourers from the unorganise sector and that these will give them the benefit of social welfare schemes.
Coal auction has curbed corruption: PM
 Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Saturday that around Rs.3 lakh crore will come into the government exchequer from the auction of coal blocks that helped curb corruption.
In his Independence Day speech from the ramparts of the Red Fort, Modi said his talk about coal auctions should not be seen through the political prism.
He said the Comptroller and Auditor General report on coal allocations during the previous United Progressive Alliance government had pointed to loss of Rs.1,76,000 crore.
Modi said his government had conducted auctions in a time-bound manner.
“About Rs.3 lakh crore will come into the exchequer. Ask yourself. Has corruption gone or not? Did the doors of corruption in the country close or not. We have done it,” he said.
Determined to end termite of corruption: Modi
 Saying corruption has become a part of the Indian system, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday that he was “determined to end the termite of corruption”.
India can be free of corruption but we “have to start from the top”, Modi said in his Independence Day speech from the Red Fort.
Battling corruption will “need lots of measures”, he said. “It can be done. I am talking from experience.”
He said there was no allegation of corruption against his government since he took office in May last year.
“I am determined to end the termite of corruption… Corruption had become part of the system. Contractors were running the nation. We have taken steps to correct the system,” the prime minister said.
“I want to tell the people that the country can become free of corruption. It has to start from the top. Corruption is eating up our country like termites.
“If you want to get rid of termites, you have to inject medicine.”
The prime minister also said that coal block auction had been undertaken by the government to fetch the national exchequer Rs.3 lakh crore.
“Some people are worried about the tough law on black money,” he said. “It has ensured that nobody dares to take black money out of the country.”
India’s future linked with eastern India: Modi
India cannot develop till its eastern part develops, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Saturday.
“We are focused on the development of northeastern states. This was ignored for many years,” he said in his Independence Day speech from the Red Fort here.
He also added that his government was committed to provide electricity to all those villages that do not have power.
Every step taken to tackle black money
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said a host of steps have been taken by his government to tackle black money — from the appointment of a special probe team to enacting a stringent law to prevent such practices and punish its perpetrators.
Addressing the nation on India’s 69th Independence Day, the prime minister said that when he took over last year, the Central Bureau of Investigation was probing some 800 cases of black money. Now 1,800 cases were being examined.
“Many people did not like this,” he said, adding this had to be done and already several thousand crores of rupees have been collected from people who have begun to declare their ill-gotten assets.
Modi said the day after he took over the country’s reins, a Special Investigation Team, as directed by the Supreme Court, was formed to probe cases of black money and get back such wealth that had been stashed away abroad.
And within one year, a stringent legislation to deal with this issue was also enacted, he said. “Even at the G20 meeting, I raised the issue and we have been promised cooperation.”
Succeeded in bringing down inflation: Modi
 Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said his government has succeeded in bringing down inflation, and argued that there was a need to restructure agricultural practices.
“We have succeeded in bringing it (the inflation) down from double digits to three to four percent despite the fact that rainfall was low and agriculture suffered,” Modi said in his Independence Day address from the ramparts of Red Fort.
He said there was a need for reform in agriculture.
“We need change in agriculture. Agricultural land is shrinking, farmers need electricity, water. We have approved Rs.50,000 crore under the Pradhan Mantri Krishi SInchai Yojana,” he said.
The prime minister said the new motto should be “Save Water, Save Fertiliser”, and “Per Drop More Crop”.
Now a Ministry of Agriculture and Farmer Welfare: PM
 Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Saturday that the agriculture ministry will now be known as Ministry of Agriculture and Farmer Welfare.
In his Independence Day speech from the Red Fort, Modi said that welfare of farmers was as important as growth of agriculture.
Talks on regarding OROP: Modi
 Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said that talks are on regarding the One Rank One Pension (OROP) scheme.
“The issue of One Rank One Pension came up in front on every government. Some even made small promises. Issue could not be solved,” Modi said from the ramparts of the Red Fort.
“The way the talks are going on I am expecting something positive,” he said.
“I assure the servicemen and I am saying it under the Tricolour from the Red Fort. We have accepted OROP. Some talks are still on,” he added.

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