হরিদ্বারেউমিয়া ধাম আশ্রমের উদ্বোধন উপলক্ষে ভিডিও কনফারেন্সের মাধ্যমে আজ এক জনসমাবেশেভাষণ দেন প্রধানমন্ত্রী।
শ্রী মোদীবলেন, সমাজ সংস্কারের কাজেভারতের আধ্যাত্মিক প্রতিষ্ঠানগুলি এক একটি কেন্দ্র হয়েউঠেছে। পর্যটনকে ভারতের এক প্রাচীন ধারণা ছাড়াও আধ্যাত্মিক ঐতিহ্য বলে বর্ণনা করেনতিনি। প্রধানমন্ত্রী বলেন, যে আশ্রমটির আজ উদ্বোধন হচ্ছে, তা হরিদ্বারে আগতপূণ্যার্থীদের কল্যাণসাধন করবে।
ভারতীয়সংস্কৃতির একটি অবিচ্ছেদ্য অঙ্গ হিসেবে ‘যাত্রা’র ধারণাটি উঠে এসেছে বলে মনে করেনপ্রধানমন্ত্রী। তিনি বলেন, ‘যাত্রা’র মাধ্যমে দেশের বিভিন্ন অংশের সঙ্গে আমরাপরিচিত হতে পারি। সুতরাং, এই ধারণাটির জন্ম না হলে ঐ স্থানগুলি হয়তো আমাদের দেখাইহত না।
শ্রী মোদীবলেন, মা উমিয়ার ভক্তজন যে সমস্ত কর্মপ্রচেষ্টার সঙ্গে যুক্ত, তা বহু মানুষেরজীবনকেই স্পর্শ করেছে। লিঙ্গ সমতা সম্পর্কে সচেতনতারও প্রসার ঘটেছে এর ফলে। মেহ্সানাজেলার মহিলাদের বিশেষভাবে ধন্যবাদ জানিয়ে তিনি বলেন যে ‘বেটি বাঁচাও, বেটি পড়াও’বার্তাকে তাঁরা নানাদিকে ছড়িয়ে দিয়েছেন।
মা উমিয়ারভক্তদের স্বচ্ছাগ্রহী হয়ে ওঠার জন্য আবেদন জানান প্রধানমন্ত্রী। তিনি বলেন, এর ফলেস্বচ্ছ ভারত মিশন আরও জোরদার হয়ে উঠবে।.
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It is time to convert fintech initiatives into a fintech revolution: PM Modi
December 03, 2021
“last year, in India, mobile payments exceeded ATM cash withdrawals for the first time”
“Transformational initiatives under Digital India have opened doors for innovative Fintech solutions to be applied in governance”
“Now it is time to convert these fintech initiatives into a fintech revolution. A revolution that helps to achieve financial empowerment of every single citizen of the country”
“Trust means that you need to ensure that the interests of people are secured. Fintech innovation will be incomplete without fintech security innovation”
“Our Digital Public Infrastructure solutions can improve the lives of citizens around the world”
“GIFT City is not merely a premise, it represents India. It represents India’s democratic values, demand, demography & diversity. It represents India’s openness to ideas, innovation & investment”
“Finance is the life blood of an economy and technology is its carrier . Both are equally important for achieving Antyodaya
My fellow citizens from the Tech and Finance world, Tens of thousands of Participants from over 70 countries,
I am delighted to inaugurate the first 'Infinity Forum' and welcome you all. 'Infinity Forum' represents the immense possibilities that Fintech has in India. It also shows the huge potential for India's Fintech to provide benefits to the entire world.
The history of currency shows tremendous evolution. As humans evolved, so did the form of our transactions. From barter system to metals, from coins to notes, from cheques to cards, today we have reached here. Earlier developments used to take decades to spread across the world but not any more in this era of globalisation .Technology is bringing a big shift in the world of finance. Last year, in India, mobile payments exceeded ATM cash withdrawals for the first time. Fully digital banks, without any physical branch offices, are already a reality and may become common-place in less than a decade.
India has proved to the world that it is second to none when it comes to adopting technology or innovating around it. Transformational initiatives under Digital India have opened doors for Fintech innovations to be applied in governance. Technology has also catalyzed financial inclusion. From less than 50% Indians having bank accounts in 2014, we have almost universalized it with 430 million Jan Dhan accounts in the last 7 years. So far, 690 million RuPay cards have been issued. RuPay cards clocked 1.3 billion transactions last year. UPI processed around 4.2 billion transactions in just last month.
Almost 300 million invoices are uploaded on the GST portal every month. More than 12 billion US dollars worth payment is done through the GST portal alone every month. Despite the pandemic, about 1.5 million railway tickets get booked online everyday. Last year, FASTag processed 1.3 billion seamless transactions. PM Svanidhi is enabling access to credit for small vendors across the country. e-RUPI has enabled targeted delivery of specified services without leakages; I can go on and on, but these are just a few examples of the scale & scope of Fintech in India.
Financial inclusion is the driver of Fintech Revolution. Fintech is resting on 4 pillars; income, investments, insurance, and institutional credit. When income grows, investment becomes possible. Insurance coverage enables greater risk taking ability and investments. Institutional credit gives wings for expansion. And we have worked on each of these pillars. When all these factors come together, you suddenly find so many more people participating in the financial sector. The large base becomes the perfect springboard for Fintech innovations. Fintech industry in India is innovating to enhance access to finance and the formal credit system to every person in the country. Now it is time to convert these fintech initiatives into a fintech revolution. A revolution that helps to achieve financial empowerment of every single citizen of the country.
As we see the widening reach of fintech, there are considerations that need attention. Fintech industry has achieved huge scale, and scale means people from all walks of life as customers. This fintech acceptability among the masses has a unique feature. That feature is trust. The common Indian has shown immense trust in our Fintech ecosystem by embracing digital payments and such technologies! This trust is a responsibility. Trust means that you need to ensure that the interests of people are secured. Fintech innovation will be incomplete without fintech security innovation.
We believe in sharing our experiences and expertise with the world and learning from them as well. Our Digital Public Infrastructure solutions can improve the lives of people around the world. Tools like UPI and RuPay provide an unparalleled opportunity for every country. An opportunity to provide a low cost and reliable 'real time payment system' as well as a 'domestic card scheme' and 'fund remittance system'.
GIFT City is not merely a premise, It represents the promise of India. It represents India's democratic values, demand, demography & diversity. It represents India's openness to ideas, innovation & investment. GIFT City is a gateway to the global fintech world. (IFSC) at GIFT City was born out of the vision that finance combined with technology would be an important part of India's future development. Our aim is to provide the best International Financial Services not just for India but for the World.
Finance is the life blood of an economy and technology is its carrier. Both are equally important for achieving ''Antyodaya and Sarvodaya''. Our flagship Infinity Forum is part of our endeavor to bring together all key stakeholders of the global Fintech Industry to explore the limitless future of the industry. I remember the conversation I had with Mr Mike Bloomberg on this subject when we last met. And I thank the Bloomberg group for their support. Infinity forum is a forum of belief, belief in the spirit of innovation and the power of imagination. Belief in the energy of youth and their passion for change. Belief in making the world a better place. Let us together, explore and advance innovative ideas in Fintech to solve the most pressing issues emerging globally.