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In the wake of demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 Currency notes, Government directs Banks to expand Banking Facility in Remote Areas

It is a historical step and it will break the bones of the terrorist organisations and the people who are funding behind the cartel

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Shillong, November 10, 2016: Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju on Thursday said the government has directed banks to expand their facilities in the remote areas to ensure that people have easy access to the financial system in the wake of demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes.

“We (government) have already asked all the bank branches to ensure that they should go further deep in terms of reaching out to the people in the remote areas of the country,” Rijiju told journalists here in Meghalaya.

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However, he said the Reserve Bank of India has already made certain decisions to ensure that bank branches are open in various administrative centres or locations in the remote areas of the country.

“In the same manner in the northeast, we need to expand the reach of the banks so that people are linked with the financial system easily,” the minister added.

Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju. Twitter
Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju. Twitter

Reacting to Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma’s attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘surgical strike’ on black money by way of demonetisation as an “insensitive move”, Rijiju said: “It is an initial inconvenience but you have to accept this therapy and you need this strong therapy to deal with the menace of black money, corruption and terror funding.”

“Good citizens are bearing with us and it is only some of the people because of whom the black money have been generated in this country and the corruption promoted. Only that person and group of people are having problem,” the union minister stated.

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Lauding Prime Minister Narendra Modi for demonetising Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 denomination notes, Rijiju said: “This particular decision and announcement of Prime Minister has given deadly powerful blow to those people supplying the fake Indian currency notes as well as those involved in terror funding.”

“It is a historical step and it will break the bones of the terrorist organisations and the people who are funding behind the cartel.”

Rijiju added, “India has been facing grave challenges of corruption and black money which is circulating heavily in India illegally. With this decision, it not only will check corruption and black money but it will also stop terror funding and circulation of fake currency notes because the home ministry has been facing this problem, for long time.”

To a query, Rijiju said that there are still certain elements in Bangladesh who are involved in anti-India activities but the Sheikh Hasina regime is doing everything at its command to stop that.

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“There are elements in various countries, but Bangladesh regime is very favourable to India, and the present regime is doing everything possible to ensure that no anti-India activity is taking place in Bangladesh,” he said.

“We are very grateful to the present leadership of the government of Bangladesh for all the cooperation so we don’t have much problem there but there are certain elements in Bangladesh who are involved in anti-India activities but the present regime is doing everything at its command to stop that,” he said. (IANS)

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi Stresses Cooperative Federalism for Ganga Rejuvenation

The meeting was attended by Union Ministers for Jal Shakti, Environment, Agriculture and Rural Development, Health, Urban Affairs, Power, Tourism, Shipping, and the Chief Ministers of UP and Uttarakhand, the Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar, the Vice-Chairman of the Niti Aayog and other senior officials

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Wikimedia Commons

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said the River Ganga rejuvenation should be an example of cooperative federalism and it has been a long-pending challenge.

The Prime Minister made this observation at the first meeting of the National Ganga Council in Kanpur, UP, on Saturday. The meeting was aimed at reinforcing the importance of a Ganga-centric approach in all departments of the states concerned as well as relevant central ministries.

He also asked for formation of a digital dashboard where data from villages and urban bodies would be monitored on a daily basis by the Niti Ayog and the Ministry of Jal Shakti. All districts bordering Ganga should be made a focus area for monitoring efforts under the Namami Gange project, he said.

Modi said a lot had been accomplished since the government took up ‘Namami Gange’ in 2014 as a comprehensive initiative, integrating various government efforts and activities, with the aim of reducing pollution, and conservation and rejuvenation of Ganga.

Notable achievements had been zero waste creation by paper mills and reduction in pollution from tanneries, he said and added, but a lot was required to be done.

River Ganga is one of the holiest, yet the most polluted river.
River Ganga is one of the holiest, yet the most polluted river. Wikimedia Commons

The Prime Minister emphasised that improvement would require full cooperation from the public at large and greater awareness through dissemination of best practices from cities situated along the banks of national rivers.

“For the first time, the central government has made a commitment of Rs 20,000 crore for 2015-20 to the five states through which Ganga passes, to ensure adequate as well as uninterrupted water flow. Rs 7,700 crore has been spent, prominently for construction of new sewage treatment plants,” said a government statement.

Prime Minister also urged for a holistic thinking process where ‘Namami Gange’ would evolved into ‘Arth Ganga’ or a sustainable development model with a focus on economic activities related to Ganga.

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“As part of this process, farmers should be encouraged to engage in sustainable agriculture practices, including zero budget farming, planting of fruit trees and building plant nurseries along the banks of Ganga. Priority could be given to women self-help groups and ex-servicemen organisations for these programmes,” it added.

The meeting discussed tapping the hybrid tourism potential of the river basin area for religious and adventure tourism. “The income generated from encouraging eco-tourism and Ganga wildlife conservation and cruise tourism would help generate sustainable income streams for cleaning of Ganga,” the government said.

The meeting was attended by Union Ministers for Jal Shakti, Environment, Agriculture and Rural Development, Health, Urban Affairs, Power, Tourism, Shipping, and the Chief Ministers of UP and Uttarakhand, the Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar, the Vice-Chairman of the Niti Aayog and other senior officials. (IANS)