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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 Modi Receives A Letter From Pamela Anderson To Promote Vegan Food

Anderson in her letter praised India's cuisine that made it the 'easiest place on earth' to be vegan.

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Anderson is a vegan, an advocate for animal rights, and an active member of the animal protection organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).

Baywatch icon and former Bigg Boss guest star Pamela Anderson on Friday wrote a letter on behalf of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, urging him to serve only vegan food at all government meetings and functions.

In this letter, she urges Modi to lead India’s fight against climate change by serving only delicious vegan (wholly plant-derived) food at all government meetings and functions. The animal rights group and the actor explained that raising animals for meat, eggs, and dairy causes nearly one-fifth of all human-induced greenhouse-gas emissions.

“With your country’s innovation and agricultural history, I’m sure that India-produced soy and other versatile foods can easily replace these damaging foods,” she writes. PETA Director urged Modi to adopt pro-vegan steps taken by other countries such as New Zealand, China and Germany.

“I appeal to you to show that India can equal or best them,” the 52-year-old actor added.

Modi  getting down from Air India Airplane.
Narendra Modi getting down from Air India Airplane.

Expressing concern over climate change she wrote, “My heart goes out to everyone affected by the severe air pollution plaguing Delhi. I worry about the residents as well as the animals who can’t wear face masks or stay indoors.”

She said that according to latest reports, 36 million Indians could face the threat of annual coastal flooding by 2050. The World Bank has predicted that at least 21 cities in India are approaching zero groundwater levels for next year and that 40 per cent of Indians may not have water to drink by 2030.

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Anderson in her letter praised India’s cuisine that made it the ‘easiest place on earth’ to be vegan. “India is the easiest place to be vegan… I still remember the beautiful colour of saffron rice and the alluring aroma of veggie biryani. India’s foods are so fantastic and varied that it’s the easiest place on earth to be vegan”, she added.

Last month, she had written to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau asking him to serve nutritious vegan meals in correctional facilities. (IANS)