PM Modi's decisions based on conviction: Dr Jitendra Singh

NEW DELHI: Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh said that number of revolutionary decisions taken by Prime Minister Narendra Modi are based on conviction and he has the capacity to take bold decisions with courage, as long as these are for the benefit of the poorest of the poor and for the last man in the last queue.

During a one hour interaction and question-answer session with a group of students of "Indian Institute of Democratic Leadership" (IIDL), Dr Jitendra Singh was responding to queries related to observations made by certain Opposition parties that demonetization was not a right decision.

Substantiating his point, he said, a recommendation for demonetization had also come up from a specially constituted committee when Indira Gandhi was the Prime Minister, but it was deferred due to political considerations.

He said, India is fortunate to have a Prime Minister like Narendra Modi who had the capacity to announce the decision of demonetization on the eve of one of the most crucial elections in Uttar Pradesh, but he was guided by the belief that we are here for the nation and not for carrying on with power.

Dr Jitendra Singh said, Prime Minister Modi introduced the culture of maximum utilization of technology in governance, thus not only leading to the ease of governance, but also helping in bringing the governance closer to the common citizen of India. He said, Modi has a natural temper for digitization which has helped India to raise its ranking on the international parameters.

Dr Jitendra Singh observed that India is an evolving democracy and even though we have, inch-by-inch, evolved over the last 70 years after the independence, yet this is too small a period of time in the age of a nation. He said, the past feudal mindset which catered to dynastic democracy, is being gradually replaced by the new mindset and now, the focus is on developmental issues and aspirations of the youth.

The group included 32 students, belonging to 14 States, currently undergoing Post-Graduate Programme in Leadership, Politics and Governance. The students asked the Minister a wide range of questions including how the Ministry of DoNER had brought in a revolutionary transformation in the North-Eastern region and what were the factors leading to acceptance of BJP as a political party in the Northeast.


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