Modi vows to take tough measures to get the country rid of corruption
KAITHAL (Haryana): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on
Tuesday said his government will take tough measures to eliminate corruption, which
is “more dangerous than cancer,” from the country.
“Corruption is dangerous and spreading more
dangerously than cancer. It is destroying the country. Strong steps are needed
to eradicate it,” he said at a public meeting while inaugurating a highway
project in the poll-bound Haryana state.
“You tell me if we should take tough measures against
it (corruption). I need your blessings. With your blessings, I will rid the
country of this disease,” said Modi, who was on his maiden visit to the state
after becoming Prime Minister.
He noted that many people said he did not speak
against corruption in his Independence Day speech which, he added, was not true
as he had this issue on mind when he spoke about “mera kya (What about me),
mujhe kya (It does not concern me)” syndrome in society. This was about
corruption, he said.
“This (corruption) has ruined the country... It is
more dangerous than cancer. We have to make national mood against it. I sense
that people are no longer ready to live with it,” he said.
Turning his focus on development, he said the
infrastructure of the 20th century would not do in the 21st century as times
have changed and “we will have to think ahead”.
“Rains come and roads disappear. Nobody knows where
money goes.... Only road or rail network will not fulfil the infrastructure
need of the 21st century. We have to lay optical fibre cable and connect our
villages with gas and water grids,” he said. His government, he said, is
striving to meet the aspirations of the new generation.
Stressing that development is the only solution to the
problems facing the people, he said, “A nation which gives impetus to
infrastructure be it roads, rail or airport, that is where chances of