New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said that as people increasingly repose faith in the work done by his government, his enthusiasm to work for them also increased.
"Over the last 15 days, the work of the government of India is being very carefully analysed and all aspects are being seen closely. In the process, we have got renewed faith and enthusiasm,” Modi said while speaking at an event to mark two years of his government.
"As the blessings by people are increasing, so is our enthusiasm", he said at the 'Ek Nayee Subah' event at India Gate here.
Taking a swipe at the opposition, the prime minister said that over the last few days, "two things have emerged. One is 'Vikasvad' (development) and the other is 'Virodhvad' (opposition). What is the reality, people can judge for themselves," he said, stressing attempts should not be made to inject a sense of negativity."
The prime minister said a government`s work should be evaluated in reference to the work of its predecessor. Referring to the controversy over coal allocations during the previous UPA government, he said that courts had cancelled licences and there were daily reports in the media concerning scams.
"If we remember the days (of previous government) we will realise how big a change has come about," he said, referring to the coal allocations made during his government.
Comparing corruption to a termite, Modi said his government had taken series of steps to tackle it including making payments through direct benefit transfer and using Aadhar, while leakage of Rs.15,000 crore in LPG subsidy was saved.
Modi said the government had identified over 1.62 crore fake ration cards and checked other malpractices such as appointment of fake teachers.
"In broad terms we have been able to plug leakages of Rs.36,000 crore," he said, adding "it is natural for people hurt by his government`s moves against corruption to oppose him".
Referring to the government`s push for LED bulbs, he said it will help save 20,000 MW once the government achieves its target of providing such bulbs in 500 cities and this will help save Rs.1 lakh crore needed to install 20,000 MW power.
Taking a dig at Congress leader Rahul Gandhi who had got subsidised cylinders increased from nine to 12 during UPA rule, Modi said over one crore people had given up these on his appeal.
"Is it not a change? It is an example of people`s participation," he said.
Modi said his government had reposed trust in people and more steps will be taken to reduce "red-tapism".
He said there was a "new thinking" among people and this was the biggest change.
"We are doing our best to live up to the faith of people. We are leaving no stone unturned. The national interest is supreme. We are taking states along. We will continue to work for the people of the country and seek their blessing," he said.
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