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Poor India can’t Afford Luxury of Corruption, says Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said technology can play a big role in countering corruption

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New Delhi, November 8, 2016: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said a poor country like India cannot afford the luxury of corruption and called for increased use of technology to counter the menace.

Addressing the valedictory function of Vigilance Awareness Week here, Modi also said politicians were considered to be the most corrupt.

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“A poor country like India cannot afford the luxury of corruption. It is a tough challenge but we must continue to fight it. When we are vigilant in all sectors, there is a cumulative effect. There are honest countries in the world, so why can’t India be one of them,” said Modi.

Talking about how people often come out with “ingenious mode” to indulge in corruption, Modi said the politician community was the most infamous for corruption.

“Wherever you ask who is the most corrupt, people will say politicians. It’s our community (politicians) which is the most infamous,” he said.

Harping on initiatives like Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT), Modi said technology can play a big role in countering corruption.

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“Because of DBT, we saved Rs 36,000 crore which otherwise would have been channelised to somebody’s pockets. Because of use of technology we have been able to send this money to the rightful beneficiaries. Technology can play a big role in counting corruption,” he said.

He also advocated for policy-driven laws.

“Ambiguity can open avenues for corruption, that is why laws should be straight and policy driven. There should not be any ifs and buts. Otherwise people will use them to suit their vested interests,” Modi said.

“That is why we should focus more on policy driven laws, so there is no scope of ambiguity and thus no scope for corruption,” he added.

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Observing that there was a prevalent perception of “all being corrupt”, Modi called for constant endeavours at vigilance and countering corruption.

“It is only some who are dishonest but there exists this perception that all are corrupt. There is also this tendency of treating corruption as an acceptable norm. We need to fight this perception. Besides use of technology, we need to spread awareness,” added Modi. (IANS)

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PM Narendra Modi: Government bringing Stringent Consumer Protection Law

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New Delhi, October 26: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said the government was in the process of enacting stringent legislation aimed at protecting consumers along with setting up a Consumer Protection Authority (CPA).

“Consumers’ protection is this government’s priority. We are in the process to bring a new law on consumer protection keeping in mind the need of the country and business practices here,” Modi said at an International Conference on Consumer Protection for East, South and South-East Asian Countries.

“We are in the process of forming a Consumer Protection Authority, which will have executive powers, for immediate redressal.”

The rules were being streamlined to solve consumer problems in less time and at less cost, he added.

“The stress is being given on consumer empowerment. Strict provisions are being contemplated against misleading advertisements,” Modi said.

He said India was among the few countries which had enacted a law a year after the UN adopted guidelines on consumer protection in 1986.

The Prime Minister also said the prices of commodities were set to go down and consumer protection for their interest effects due to the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST).

Due to the GST, the competition among companies was going to increase. So prices will go down. It will help consumers from lower middle class and poor sections,” Modi said.

“Earlier, transportation by trucks would take five days but it has come down to just three three days now as checkposts on borders have vanished after the GST. It means transportation cost has gone down. This is going to be transferred to consumers,”

Taking a dig at those opposed to the GST, he said: “Some people may be taking advantage of the lack of awareness. However, the benefits will be transferred (to consumers) in days to come.”

Talking about the conference, Modi said: “It shows how seriously we take the needs of our citizens and how we strive hard to solve their problems”.

“It is the first conference in the region, where everyone is trying in their own ways to save the interest of consumers. However, we have to keep in mind that the world is going towards a single market,” Modi said.(IANS)