Govt gave top priority to poor from Day 1: PM on pandemic | India News

Govt gave top priority to poor from Day 1: PM on pandemic | India News


NEW DELHI/ BHOPAL: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday lashed out at past governments for their “hypocrisy”, saying they only talked about the poor but hardly did anything for their welfare and said the current dispensation had kept the marginalised in focus and ensured that no middleman can share their entitlement.
Addressing beneficiaries of the free ration scheme (PMGKAY) in Madhya Pradesh, Modi said how the state has got rid of its identity of a ‘sick state’ under the leadership of CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan. He added that the cities of MP are setting new examples in cleanliness and development. Accusing past governments of doing precious little, Modi said,”The result was that the poor were deprived of basic facilities for decades even as they struggled for small needs… They (past governments) talked of the poor, sang songs of the poor, but didn’t give any facilities. What shall we call it? This is hypocrisy.”
The Prime Minister said that earlier it was thought that the poor have no use for facilities such as bank accounts, roads, gas connection, toilets, piped water and loans. This false narrative kept the poor deprived for a very long time. Modi said Covid is the biggest disaster in 100 years. Due to the large population of India, the country had to fight together on many fronts. Along with creating infrastructure in the health sector, it also had to face challenges like providing ration to crores of people and giving them employment.
“India gave the first priority to the poor, in its strategy to combat the crisis due to coronavirus. Be it Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana or Pradhan Mantri Rozgar Yojana, we thought about food and employment of the poor from day one itself,” he said.
The PM said from the very first day itself, attention was paid to food and employment of the poor and labourers. More than 80 crore people are getting free ration and over 8 crore poor families got free gas cylinders. Modi added that Rs 30,000 crore rupees were directly transferred to the Jan-Dhan accounts of more than 20 crore women. Similarly, thousands of crore of rupees were transferred to the accounts of labourers and farmers. He said the next tranche of financial assistance to 10-11 crore farmers under PM-KISAN will be transferred to their accounts on Monday.
“India gave the first priority to the poor, in its strategy to combat the crisis due to Covid,” the PM added.





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