Addressing the Indian community in Berlin, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Monday that of the total real-time digital payments that took place globally in 2021, 40% took place in India.
Prime Minister Modi highlighted the work done by his government to integrate the use of technology into governance.
“The way technology is embedded in governance in India shows the new political will of the new India and is proof of the delivery capacity of democracy,” Prime Minister Modi said.
The Prime Minister, in his speech to the Indian Diaspora, highlighted the work of his government and also mocked the opposition, mainly the Congress.
Talking about bringing a number of services from various government departments online, the Prime Minister said, “Nearly 10,000 central government, state government and local self-government services have become available online. online, whether it’s government aid, scholarships, payments to farmers, everything is transferred directly to the bank account.”
“Now no prime minister will have to say that I send 1 Delhi rupee and 15 paise reach (the people),” Prime Minister Modi said, in a jab addressed to former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi.
“What kind of ‘hand’ was it, clearing 85 paise,” he added.
Addressing the Diaspora, Prime Minister Modi said: “This is the same country you left to come here, the country is the same, the bureaucracy is the same, the offices are the same, the table is the same, the file is the same, the pen is the same, the machinery of government is the same, but the results are much better now.”
The Prime Minister also spoke of the success of Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) schemes, highlighting the large volumes of money that have been transferred directly to beneficiaries.
“India has transferred over 22 lakh crore through DBT in the past 7-8 years, that’s over $300 billion, this amount has reached recipients’ accounts directly, with no middle man, no cuts, no cash cut,” Prime Minister Modi said.
The Prime Minister also referred to the “record number of airports being built in the country”, the large-scale works on the construction of the metro, as well as the connection of villages with an optical fiber network.
“Before 2014, wherever you see, everything was a work in progress. I’m not criticizing anyone but if a road was made, then it is dug for electricity, then for water. Finally, we made PM Gati Shakti Master Plan to bring all stakeholders together in one platform,” Prime Minister Modi said.
This address to the Indian community was delivered shortly after the 6th India-Germany Intergovernmental Consultations co-chaired by Prime Minister Modi and Chancellor Scholz.
The Prime Minister said the intergovernmental consultations were productive.
Prime Minister Modi also today held a bilateral meeting with Chancellor Scholz. It was their first engagement since Chancellor Scholz took office in December 2021.
Discussions focused on key areas of bilateral cooperation within the framework of the global strategic partnership, as well as regional and global developments.
Prime Minister Modi is also due to visit Denmark on Tuesday for talks with leaders from the Nordic countries. He will also stop in Paris on Wednesday and meet newly re-elected French President Emmanuel Macron.
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