Muscat: Taking a dig at the Congress, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tonight said India’s image had suffered due to a long list of scams in the previous regime and his government worked hard to change the “style of misgovernance”.
Addressing the Indian diaspora at the Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex in Oman’s capital where he arrived on Sunday on a two-day visit, Modi said that with the mantra of “minimum government, maximum governance”, his government was working to make the life of citizens easier.
“The country cannot progress in the 21st Century with a style of misgovernance. The long list of scams (in previous regime) had harmed India’s image. We have worked hard to bring out the country from that phase of misgovernance,” he said.
Modi said his government has scraped 1400-1450 outdated laws, made procedures simple, pays attention to people’s problems with sincerity and take action on them as part of efforts to change the culture of governance in new India.
“All of us are working towards a ‘new India’ where the poorest of the poor can strive to achieve their dream,” Modi told a cheering crowd during his hour-long speech.
“The people have already started to feel a change,” he said, amid chants of ‘Modi Modi’.
The Prime Minister said that his government is developing next-generation infrastructure in the country keeping in mind the needs of 21st century.
“We are working towards making transportation sector co-dependent. Highway, airway, railway, and waterway are being integrated together according to each other needs,” he said.
Modi said in new India, there are no scams and decisions are no longer avoided. He said challenges are accepted and targets are achieved. “This is the example of a changing work culture in new India,” the prime minister said.
“When decisions are made with pure intent and clear policy, the nation saves money. When the existing resources are best utilised, the country saves money,” he said, citing examples of how his government has saved one lakh and 40 thousand crore rupees through increased efficiency.
“We renegotiated the oil deals (signed by the previous regimes) with Qatar and Australia and now we have to pay Rs 12,000 crores less than what we would have paid,” he said.
“With the help of technology, our government used direct benefit transfer scheme and saved over Rs 57,000 crore of money which could have gone into wrong hands,” he added.
He said in this year’s annual budget, his government had introduced insurance for 10 crore poor families which can avail the benefit of five lakh rupees annually.
“Even out detractors are not opposing the scheme but asking how will it be possible? I just say India is country which once decides, completes the task,” he said.
Modi told the members of the Indian community that they are partners in realising the vision of new India.
“The eight lakh Indians in Oman are good-will ambassadors who have contributed to the development of the country. I get a feeling of home in Oman. This is possible only because of the people and the leadership of Oman,” he said.
The Prime Minister said that the fact that he delivered the inaugural address at the World Government Summit in Dubai shows that India’s stature is growing.
“For the last three years, we have been improving India’s relationship with the Gulf countries,” he said, adding that with India’s increasing progress and credibility, the Gulf countries have increased their interest in the country.
Modi said the ties of India and Oman have always remained strong despite the ups and downs in the political environment in both the countries.
He also said that Indian diaspora has played an essential role in strengthening these ties.