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PM Narendra Modi hints at ‘Surgical Strikes’ to unearth Black Money: IDS declares over Rs 65,000 crore unaccounted money in India

The Prime Minister also announced that country's first Railway University will be set up in Vadodara

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October 23, 2016: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday hinted at ‘surgical strikes’ against those who have failed to declare their unaccounted money by the September 30 deadline under the Income Declaration Scheme (IDS).

“Over Rs 65,000 crore in unaccounted money was declared under the IDS, and that too without any surgical strike. Imagine what all will emerge if we initiate surgical strikes,” Modi said at a public function in Vadodara, where he arrived for a daylong visit earlier in the day.

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He said that other than the money collected under the IDS, his government saved Rs 36,000 crore more by eliminating middlemen and directly transferring funds to beneficiaries by linking their Aadhar cards to the Jan Dhan Yojana.

“So, we have been able to collect roughly Rs 1,00,000 crore,” Modi added.

The Prime Minister was speaking at a function to distribute artificial limbs, tri-cycles and other assisting devices to over 10,000 ‘divyangs’ or differently-abled persons. He said that since May 2014, more than 4,500 such events have been held across the country, compared with just 56 between 1992 and 2014.

It is Modi’s fourth visit to Gujarat in the last three months, but the first one to Vadodara since becoming Prime Minister. He won the Lok Sabha elections both from Vadodara and Varanasi seats but retained the latter. Gujarat goes to the assembly polls in December 2017. During the daylong visit, Modi also inaugurated an integrated terminal building of Vadodara’s Harni Airport built at a cost of Rs 160 crore. Spread over 18,120 square metres, it has a capacity to handle 700 domestic as well as international passengers per hour.

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Speaking at the function, the Prime Minister said India’s aviation sector had huge growth potential vis-a-vis smaller towns, tier-2 and tier-3 cities. “Going by an estimate, within five years, India annually will have fliers equal to the entire population of America,” he added.

Modi said his government had for the first time an integrated national aviation policy to encourage the sector that could power huge economic growth and employment opportunities. “Earlier, there was no aviation policy at all; everything just dragged on in all directions,” he said. “Now, we have taken up an expansion mission on public-private partnership to develop the aviation sector in a major way across the length and breadth of the country,” he said.

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The Prime Minister announced that the country’s first Railway University will be set up in Vadodara to give a major technological fillip to the railways sector.

“Our railways continue to operate on the basis of old structure. With technology and innovation, we can change the face of the Railways in India. This university will play an important role towards encouraging innovation,” he said.

Meanwhile, posters of former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh appeared in Vadodara, crediting him for the new flashy look of the Vadodara airport. Posters with demand to name the airport after former Vadodara (earlier named Baroda) ruler, the late Sayajirao Gaekwad, too came up in the city. A section of Dalit leaders, meanwhile, demanded that the airport be named after Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar. (IANS)

 

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Waves of black as Modi visits Chennai

Tamil Nadu has been in turmoil since the six-week period for setting up the Board expired, with opposition parties and a host of fringe Tamil groups attacking the Centre

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Black flags and balloons and activists in black shirts and trousers greeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi as he paid a whirlwind visit to Chennai with helicopter as the chosen mode of transport in the wake of statewide agitation demanding constitution of the Cauvery Management Board (CMB).

Protests were also held with black flags and placards throughout Tamil Nadu in cities like Tiruchi, Thanjavur, Coimbatore and Tuticorin against the Prime Minister’s brief visit to the state and the Centre’s failure to constitute the CMB despite a Supreme Court order. Black flags were hoisted on homes and business establishments across the state.

Prime Minister, Narendra Modi stressed on the importance of service to others in his last Mann Ki Baat edition for 2017.
Narendra Modi welcomed with black flags in chennai.

In a bid to avoid protesters, Modi, who arrived here by a special aircraft in the morning, chose a helicopter to reach Tiruvidanthai, in neighbouring Kanchipuram district where he opened the 10th DefExpo organised by the Defence Ministry. From there he took another chopper to come to IIT Madras, in the heart of the city. From there, he took a one-kilometre ride by car to the neighbouring Adyar Cancer Institute for an event.

The Prime Minister walked a few steps from the helicopter to the car that ferried him to the Cancer Institute. As he did so, he encountered some 30 students from IIT Madras who stood silently but held posters demanding a Cauvery Management Board as ordered by the Supreme Court — an issue which has whipped up emotions in Tamil Nadu. Modi then left by helicopter to the airport before returning to Delhi.

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#Go back Modi trended on top as netizens took to the cyberspace to register their protest against the Central government’s failure to set up the CMB as directed by the Supreme Court to ensure proper sharing of Cauvery waters between Tamil Nadu and Karnataka and other states.

DMK leader M.K. Stalin, who was on a padayatra of the Cauvery delta areas, wore black shirt and trousers as he protested along with state Congress President Thirunavukkarasar and CPI-M state unit chief Mutharasan. “The Prime Minister may be flying in the air today but he has to come down when the elections come,” he said taking a dig at Modi.

A black flag was hoisted at DMK chief M. Karunanidhi’s residence. The ailing leader wore a black shirt. DMK MP Tiruchi Siva and leaders of DMK allies wore black dress and marched on the road near the Chennai airport.

In the morning outside the Chennai airport, activists of the Federation for protection of Tamil Art and Culture, led by noted film director Bharatiraja and other film personalities like Amir, Gautaman and Vetrimaran protested against Modi’s visit. They were arrested.

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While MDMK chief Vaiko held a black flag protest in Velachery, Naam Thamizhar Katch convenor Seeman, a film director, was arrested elsewhere. Vaiko called Modi a “coward” for choosing to fly. Political leaders Velmurugan and P. Nedumaran were arrested from Alandur metro station in Chennai for holding black flag protests.

Tamil Nadu has been in turmoil since the six-week period for setting up the Board expired, with opposition parties and a host of fringe Tamil groups attacking the Centre, saying the BJP was interested only in winning the Assembly elections in Karnataka. Even the hugely-popular IPL cricket matches have been shifted out of Chennai to Pune in view of the disturbances on Tuesday. IANS