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Chief Minister Shri Narendra Modi addressed rally at BJP National Executive Meet in Mumbai.

Shri Modi comes down heavily on the insensitive UPA government for failing on all fronts from agriculture to upholding India’s federal structure.

Shri Modi expresses solidarity with farmers of Maharashtra who are experiencing severe drought.

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On the evening of Friday 25th May 2012 Gujarat Chief Minister Shri Modi came down heavily on the Centre for failing on all counts from agriculture to federalism. Shri Modi was addressing the final rally of the BJP National Executive Meet held at the Babu Genu Kamgar Maidan in Mumbai.

Beginning his speech in Marathi, Shri Modi extended well wishes to all the dignitaries present on stage and the people who had gathered at the rally. He also extended his good wishes to the farmers of Maharashtra who are facing a serious drought situation. He recounted that there was a time when Gujarat had droughts for 7 out of 10 years, which caused heavy inconvenience to the farmers. But this changed due to Gujarat’s stress on water conservation, he added.

Shri Modi affirmed that if there was NDA Government today, the river-linking project would have taken shape and due to that no farmer of Maharashtra would be suffering. This was a dream of Atal ji that was instantly destroyed by the UPA. He stated that New Delhi has a Government that neither has a leader nor does it have policy and the honesty to lead the nation and to see what happens when such a combination exists, one can see the condition of India today.

The Chief Minister held that just like the instance of Nirmal Baba, the UPA adept at making promises and prescribing remedies but the result is different! For making these false promises, Nirmal Baba has cases registered against him but what about the UPA, Shri Modi asked. He recalled the time when the UPA promised that prices would come down in 100 days but did that happen? Shri Modi stated that this Government is full of Nirmal Baba’s who are enriching their coffers nothing else.

Shri Modi spoke about the 3rd anniversary celebrations of the UPA and how the Prime Minister released a ‘Report Card’, which contained nothing about the issues the Prime Minister himself, had termed as serious. He gave the example of the Naxal Movement- the PM called Naxalism the most serious threat but why wasn’t it mentioned in the report, Shri Modi inquired, adding that if they did not mention their number 1 threat, what are they celebrating? Similarly, the Prime Minister called malnutrition a shame but Shri Modi wanted to know why was there not a single word in the report on it?

Step by step, Shri Modi also punctured the UPA myth that coalition compulsions were affecting Governance. Shri Modi asked if the mistake of the Union Foreign Minister reading out the wrong speech at the UN be attributed to coalition compulsions? Likewise, both the Prime Minister and the Defence Minister belong to the Congress but still tensions are high with the Army. Is this also coalition compulsion? He questioned whether it is coalition politics that was the reason why they were fighting with the Army or the fact that our Army lacks adequate weaponry to fight.

Talking about UPA Chairperson Smt. Sonia Gandhi’s claims that this is the time to perform not promise, the Chief Minister said that this statement proves that for so many years, all the Congress did was promise not perform.Infact, 40 years after Mrs. Indira Gandhi gave the call for ‘Garibi Hatao’ no performance can be seen. He added that in the monitoring of the 20 Point Programme it emerged that the top 5 states implementing it were either BJP ruled or NDA states. But, instead of asking Congress ruled states to perform or answer points raised by him, they stopped the ratings.

Speaking about Gujarat’s agriculture growth, Shri Modi stated that in a time when the Prime Minister says it is an ‘achievement’ that the country’s agriculture growth rose from 2 to 3%, Gujarat’s agriculture witnessed 11% growth! He added that if the current pace of national agriculture growth remains then the day is not far that the entire nation will suffer. If agriculture is growing, it is due to the efforts of some states, Shri Modi said, reminding the audience that the Union Agriculture Minister is from Maharashtra.

Coming down heavily on the Centre on the issue of power production, Shri Modi pointed to the UPA Report Card, which mentioned 20,000 MW power generation while what was promised was 50,000 MW. He added that even this number of 20,000 MW was courtesy the hard work of some of the states. Shri Modi said due to the lack of power, agriculture, industry, youngsters were suffering and due to corruption and poor policies there is a coal shortage due to which our power plants were working at below capacity. The least the UPA can do, in Shri Modi’s opinion was to provide adequate coal and gas to the people but it was failing in doing even that.

In his speech, Shri Modi attacked the Centre for leaving no stone unturned to destroy the federal structure of the nation.Shri Modi quoted Tamil Nadu CM Dr. J Jayalalithaa, who had recently opined that the Centre is treating State Governments and the Chief Ministers like municipalities. Shri Modi added that the Delhi Sultanate was causing unprecedented loss to the federal structure and preventing the states from growing.Shri Modi raised the issue of the NCTC as an example and asked the Centre why are they taking powers from the states that too when they were not performing well in tasks they were supposed to.The Chief Minister challenged the Centre to answer that when borders come under them, why were anti-India elements getting weapons so easily? How were these elements getting such an easy supply of finances when bodies like RBI were under the Centre’s control? Why are our coasts unsafe? And when communications is under the Centre, why want it able to intercept the attacks or the activities of anti-India elements? He further inquired what has the UPA done to get fugitives who were sitting outside India and plotting against it?

Shri Modi said that the UPA Report Card contained nothing on two very crucial issues- there was nothing on women development and at the same time there was noting for youth and skill development. On the issue of skill development, Shri Modi believed that being the youngest nation in the world, our youth are our strength but stated that the UPA has done nothing to promote skill development among the youngsters. This when China has started 50,000 skill development courses for their youth.

The Chief Minister shared his strong belief that this Government cannot fulfill the dreams of the people, starting from the mammoth price rise. He urged the people to support the NDA Bharat Bandh on 31st May against the insensitive UPA Government. Shri Modi wanted to know what sort of a Government was this that it brought in the Communal Violence Bill, which presumes that the majority community as guilty. Is it not an example of the UPA’s insensitivity, he asked? Shri Modi also shared the example of the Amarnath Yatra, saying that the number of days of the Yatra have drastically reduced to 35-40 with fewer pilgrims being able to go.

Concluding his speech, Shri Modi said that the country cannot wait for long and that the need of the hour is to raise a united voice against the UPA. He wanted the Prime Minister to closely look at why the rupee was falling in such a way when even the currencies of Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal were not falling the way ours was. He ended his speech by thanking the people for the love and affection they had shown towards him.

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Package for Promotion of Digital and Cashless Economy
December 08, 2016
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Govt introduces a package of incentives for promotion of digital and cashless economy
0.75% discount on purchase of petrol/diesel through digital means
Deployment of 2 POS devices each in 1 Lakh villages with population of less than 10,000
Discount upto 0.5% for monthly or seasonal tickets from January 1, 2017, if payment is made digitally
All railway passengers buying online ticket shall be given free accidental insurance cover of upto Rs. 10 lakh

In the aftermath of the cancellation of the legal tender character of old Rs.500 and Rs.1,000 notes, there has been a surge in the digital transactions through use of credit/debit cards and mobile phone applications/e-wallets etc. To further accelerate this process, the Central Government has decided on a package of incentives and measures for promotion of digital and cashless economy in the country. 

These incentives/measures are following: 

  1. The Central Government Petroleum PSUs shall give incentive by offering a discount at the rate of 0.75% of the sale price to consumers on purchase of petrol/diesel if payment is made through digital means.

Nearly 4.5 crore customers buy petrol or diesel at such petrol pumps per day who can take benefit of this incentive scheme.  It is estimated that petrol/diesel worth Rs.1800 crore is sold per day to the customers out of which nearly 20% was being paid through digital means.  In the month of November 2016 it has increased to 40% and the cash transaction of Rs.360 crore per day have got shifted to cashless transaction methods.  The incentive scheme has the potential of shifting at least 30% more customer to digital means which will further reduce the cash requirement of nearly Rs. 2 lakh crore per year at the petrol pumps.

  1. To expand digital payment infrastructure in rural areas, the Central Government through NABARD will extend financial support to eligible banks for deployment of 2 POS devices each in 1 Lakh villages with population of less than 10,000.  These POS machines are intended to be deployed at primary cooperative societies/milk societies/agricultural input dealers to facilitate agri-related transactions through digital means.

This will benefit farmers of one lakh village covering a total population of nearly 75 crore who will have facility to transact cashlessly in their villages for their agri needs. 

  1. The Central Government through NABARD will also support Rural Regional Banks and Cooperative Banks to issue “Rupay Kisan Cards” to 4.32 crore Kisan Credit Card holders to enable them to make digital transactions at POS machines/Micro ATMs/ATMs.
  1. Railway through its sub urban railway network shall provide incentive by way of discount upto 0.5% to customers for monthly or seasonal tickets from January 1, 2017, if payment is made through digital means.

Nearly 80 lakh passengers use seasonal or monthly ticket on suburban railways, largely in cash, spending worth nearly Rs.2,000 crore per year.  As more and more passengers will shift to digital means the cash requirement may get reduced by Rs.1,000 crore per year in near future.

  1. All railway passengers buying online ticket shall be given free accidental insurance cover of upto Rs. 10 lakh.

Nearly 14 lakh railway passengers are buying tickets everyday out of which 58% tickets are bought online through digital means.  It is expected that another 20% passengers may shift to digital payment methods of buying railway tickets.  Hence nearly 11 lakh passengers per day will be covered under the accidental insurance scheme.

  1. For paid services e.g. catering, accommodation, retiring rooms etc. being offered by railways through its affiliated entities/corporations to the passengers, it will provide a discount of 5% for payment of these services through digital means.

All the passengers travelling on railways availing these services may avail the benefit.

  1. Public sector insurance companies will provide incentive, by way of discount or credit, upto 10% of the premium in general insurance policies and 8% in new life policies of Life Insurance Corporation sold through the customer portals, in case payment is made through digital means.
  1. The Central Government Departments and Central Public Sector Undertakings will ensure that transactions fee/MDR charges associated with payment through digital means shall not be passed on to the consumers and all such expenses shall be borne by them.  State Governments are being advised that the State Governments and its organizations should also consider to absorb the transaction fee/MDR charges related to digital payment to them and consumer should not be asked to bear it.
  1. Public sector banks are advised that merchant should not be required to pay more than Rs. 100 per month as monthly rental for PoS terminals/Micro ATMs/mobile POS from the merchants to bring small merchant on board the digital payment eco system.

Nearly 6.5 lakh machines by Public Sector Banks have been issued to merchants who will be benefitted by the lower rentals and promote digital transactions.  With lower rentals, more merchants will install such machines and promote digital transactions. 

  1. No service tax will be charged on digital transaction charges/MDR for transactions upto Rs.2000 per transaction.
  1. For the payment of toll at Toll Plazas on National Highways using RFID card/Fast Tags, a discount of 10% will be available to users in the year 2016-17.