Highlights of PM Modi’s interview to Zee News

Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave an interview to Sudhir Chaudhury of Zee News yesterday after the successful bilateral visit of Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu. Ahead of his important visit to Davos for the World Economic Forum meeting on January 22, the PM spoke about a variety of issues in an interview that lasted close to one hour.

On employment scenario under his government 

When asked about the employment scenario in the country, the Prime Minister replied that the Mudra Yojana of his government had been very successful. He also cited the data on new Provident fund accounts. We had done a detailed report on the topic. The Prime Minister said :

In one year, more than 70 lakh provident fund accounts have been added. Over 10 crore people have benefited from Mudra Yojana launched by the Centre has been extremely successful. Government initiatives have empowered small-scale entrepreneurs and informal sectors.

- Advertisement - - Article resumes -

A representative of 1.25 billion Indians

When asked about his confident body language in international fora, the PM said that he always considers himself as a representative of 1.25 billion Indians and draws strength from the people.

Every time I stand beside world leaders such as Vladimir Putin or Donald Trump, all I remember is that I am the representative of 1.25 crore citizens. They have given me the mandate to be here.

On reforms like GST 

PM Modi spoke on the path breaking reforms of his government without hesitation. He admitted that these measures had caused temporary hardship to the people.

During UPA time, Gujarat and other states raised issues tax and finance. But none of our concerns were heeded. Hence, we (NDA) were forced to take economic and monetary reforms. GST is the product of that. We worked hard towards building the concept of one nation-one tax.

Financial inclusion under NDA government

The prime minster highlighted that Jan Dhan Yojana had succeeded in bringing a majority of people under the banking system. It is a truly commendable achievement of the government that has benefited close to 30.93 crore individuals. Bringing poor under the banking system will have far reaching consequences.

After nationalisation of banks, about 30-40 per cent of the population was out of banking system. We brought them into the system. Isn’t that an achievement?

Toilets for girls in schools

Paying attention to detail is one of the hallmarks of the PM. During his tenure as CM of Gujarat he had realised that lack of toilets was a key reason for girls dropping out of school. He ensured that this problem was solved throughout the country. While speaking on achievements of his government he said :

Thousands of girls skipped schools because there were no toilets. We built those toilets for them. Isn’t that an achievement?

Showcasing India at Davos

While speaking on his upcoming visit to Davos, Narendra Modi said that India has the advantage of being a democracy and having a high growth rate. He said that it was necessary to showcase this unique combination to the world at Davos.

Davos is a major platform in the financial world. Top business leaders gather there to deliberate upon the economic future of the world. India is the centre of attraction for the entire world. There are two reasons for that. First, our GDP is growing at a fast pace – and this has been accepted by leading agencies like the World Bank, Moody’s etc. Second, due to our strong democratic values. It’s a unique combination of both in India. And that’s what has evoked everyone’s interest. So it’s an opportunity for India to showcase itself on a global platform like WEF in Davos

One nation One Election

PM Modi has been pitching for simultaneous elections in the country to avoid unnecessary waste of time, resources and energy on conducting elections to various state legislatures and parliament at different times. He remarked that India should revert to simultaneous election to save money and manpower.

Logically speaking, holding different elections in different dates creates a burden on the exchequer. Politicians are always under stress. So I think both Vidhan Sabha and Lok Sabha elections should be organised simultaneously. It will save money and manpower.

Secret of his high energy level

When asked about the secret of his high energy levels at his age, the PM said that he has  acquired these traits from his childhood. Though he admits that working so much may not be a good thing, he confessed that he can’t live without work :

I feel this is my responsibility. I will use the time given to me by god to the maximum extent for my countrymen. I have been taught that every atom of my body and every second of life has to be spent in service of the country. This is the result of my upbringing. I know that my working style is not so good. My doctors and friends have expressed their concerns with me. But I can’t live without work

Draws inspiration from change in lives of poor

While talking about the source of his motivation to work, the PM said that change in lives of poor brings joy. He said that the joy motivates him to do more work.

When I see a difference in lives of poor , I feel good for him. I feel like doing more. I get more energy. I ask for blessings of countrymen to do more work.

Does the Prime Minister get any Philosophical thoughts?

When asked whether he gets philosophical thoughts about his journey to the top elected post of India while looking out of the window, he admitted that he doesn’t think too much about it.

I am a detached person. I don’t give too much of importance to things that I see around me. From the heart I am a very common person.

PM Modi has been accused of one way communication with the people and not holding a singe press conference under his tenure. He has chosen his own way of staying in touch with people by resorting to Mann Ki Baat and social media. This interview comes at a time when he is entering the final year of his 5 year mandate received in 2014.

 


Share This Post and Support:
We need your support to survive in the media industry. Please consider paying us for the content we produce:

To know more about these payments, please click here.


Most read articles recently

Nehru Gandhi family celebrates birthday in aeroplane

A Pulitzer Prize winning report on Priyanka Gandhi’s aeroplane trip by Mausambi Singh

Priyanka Gandhi took an IndiGo flight from Delhi to Lucknow, and it was a flight to remember.
Image Source: DNA

Karnataka: Police arrest techies for chanting Pro-Modi slogans at Rahul Gandhi event in Bengaluru

The police officers who were supposed to act to save the techies from being attacked by the Congress 'goons' not only remained silent but also unleashed its force against them for chanting pro-Modi slogans.

Aaj Tak channel spots lone anti-BJP voice in a crowd in viral video, uses him in multiple shows to attack BJP

Aaj Tak picked an anti-BJP man from a viral video where he was arguing with dozens of people
When Manohar Parrikar found $3 billion of our money lying forgotten in a US account

When Manohar Parrikar found $3 billion of our money lying forgotten in a US account

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar had revealed that he had found $3 billion (or Rs 20,000 crore) of Govt of India money lying forgotten in a US account.

Fact Check: Did 350 people convert to Islam in New Zealand after the Christchurch Mosque attack?

Many people spreading a fake news on social media that 350 people converted to Islam in New Zealand after the Christchurch Mosque attack

131 chartered accountants debunk the politically motivated baseless allegations of some economists and social scientists

CAs appeal to the professionals around the world to come together to present the true picture of India and counter baseless allegations with political motivations

Anti-BJP accounts on social media, including Huffpost, Scroll journalist, celebrate death of Manohar Parrikar

As the sad news of passing away of Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar came in, social media was filled with condolence messages from people in every spectre of life, from politicians to celebrities to ordinary netizens, irrespective of their political affiliation. Manohar Parrikar was known for his simplicity and...

India Today uses the photo of a Hindu girl to highlight the high rate of child marriage among Muslims in Kerala

Recently a detergent brand was highly criticised by people for releasing a Hinduphobic advertisement targeting the festival of Holi.
Christian Michel documents: Rafale delayed because of Eurofighter lobbying and Sweden's Bofors 'leverage' over Gandhis?

Christian Michel documents: Rafale delayed because of Eurofighter lobbying and Sweden’s Bofors ‘leverage’ over Gandhis?

These documents that point towards the Gandhi family are secret notes about Eurofighter lobbying faxed by Christian Michel to Guido Haschke. 

Bhim Army pours scorn on Priyanka Gandhi Vadra

Priyanka Gandhi apparently is proving a disaster as Congress general secretary in-charge for east Uttar Pradesh

Latest articles

Connect with us

147,379FansLike
118,916FollowersFollow
29,734SubscribersSubscribe

Don't miss these


Share This Post and Support: