New Delhi, Nov 2: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday expressed the government’s commitment to bring back “every penny” of black money stashed in foreign bank accounts and added that it will not be held back in its efforts.
Expressing his views in his second address to the nation through a programme `Mann ki Baat` on All India Radio network, the Prime Minister said: “I want to tell the people that please have faith in this pradhan sevak (chief servant) of yours…that this is an article of faith that every paisa that has gone will come back.”
In his 18-minute address, Modi said: “I assure you I will not be held back in bringing back whatever the amount.” Modi said there could be a difference in the path and procedure to bring back the black money, “but what I understand and what I know is that we are on the right path”.
He said that no one knows the exact figure of the amount stashed abroad, “and nor did the previous government…and everyone gives different figures”.
He said he does not want to get into figures. “This is the wealth of the poor and should be brought back and I want to assure you that there will be no let-up in my efforts. I just want your blessings.”
Modi also thanked the public for their support for his cleanliness mission. “Nobody could have imaged that Swachhta (cleanliness) will turn into such a revolution. The mission has influenced children the most.”
He said he was happy that his radio address had gone down well with the public. Referring to his last address, he said: “I had not asked people to go khadi all the way…..just asked them to buy one khadi outfit. You’ll be happy to know that since then, khadi outlets have report 125% jump in sales.”
Modi also devoted Sunday’s radio address to some social issues, expressing concern over the menace of drug abuse among the youth and promised to speak on it in his next chat.
He asked people to share their ideas saying “If you have ideas and actual incidents which are constructive, do share with me on http://www.mygov.in”
A senior official said that post recording of Modi’s address, the All India Radio will prepare a transcript to be later translated in regional languages.
The AIR would repeat the telecast in regional languages on its regional channels today evening, the official said.
According to reports, the BJP-led government has spent approximately Rs 1-1.5 crore on newspaper advertisements for the campaign.
The initiative would help Modi connect directly with millions across the country who have no access to TV.
PM Modi took to micro-blogging website Twitter on Saturday nd wrote – “Don’t forget to tune in tomorrow at 11 AM for the 2nd ‘Mann Ki Baat’ Radio Programme.”
“Have been going through the wonderful comments, ideas and good governance examples received for ‘Mann Ki Baat’ radio programme on 2nd Nov,” he had tweeted on Tuesday.
“Do keep sharing your ideas on the MyGov Open Forum. I will read them and share some of them during the Radio programme,” he added in his tweet.
Earlier, the Prime Minister had sought suggestions from the people for his ‘Mann ki Baat’ programme. A separate forum was created on the website ‘MyGov’ to enable the citizens to share their views.
(With Agency Inputs)