PM Narendra Modi takes a potshot at P Chidambaram during 5G launch

Prime Minister Narendra Modi took a veiled dig at former Finance Minister P Chidambaram today as he spoke about the Digital India initiative. Without mentioning Congresswoman Rajya Sabha, Prime Minister Modi said a handful of elite-class people doubted the potential of poor people and Digital India and even one of them said strange things in parliament.

“Just as the government launched a campaign to provide electricity to every household or worked on the mission to provide everyone with clean water through Har Ghar Jal Abhiyan or through the Ujjwala plan, the gas bottle was delivered to the poorest or connected people to the banking sector through Jan Dhan scheme, in the same way our government has been working towards the goal of internet for all….. Our policy support for 4G services led to a drop in data prices and thus resulted in a data revolution,” said Prime Minister modes.

He went on to say, “There was a time when a handful of elite class people and some of them… saw their speeches in parliament, see what they said inside… this (Digital India). They used to think poor people have no potential and can’t understand digital things. They always doubted poor people. They suspected that poor people wouldn’t even understand the meaning of digital. But I’ve always had faith in the common man’s understanding of the country, in his conscience, in his inquiring mind,” Prime Minister Modi said.

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Prime Minister Modi took a shot at P Chidambaram for the Congress leader’s speech in the Rajya Sabha, where the former finance minister questioned the Digital India initiative.

“….Go to a village fair, buy potatoes and tomatoes and pay Rs 7.50 by credit card. What will the poor lady do? Does she have a POS machine there? Is it connected to an electricity source? Is there WiFi? Does it work? the internet there?…” Chidambaram had said.

Today, India is the world leader in real-time digital payments. The Reserve Bank of India’s Digital Payments Index (DPI) showed that the DPI had risen to 349.30 in March 2022, compared to 304.06 in September 2021.

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