Kolkata, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who launched three social security schemes in Kolkata, on Saturday, said the poor of the country do not need support, they need strength.
“I told the poor- this Nation, this Government and our banks are for you. The poor do not want ‘sahara.’ We need to change how we think. The poor need ‘shakti’,” Prime Minister Modi said.
“We can achieve whatever but if the fruits do not reach the poor our development journey is incomplete. The poor need strength and the poor must live with dignity,” he added.
Prime Minister Modi pointed out that his government was calling the world to ‘Make in India’ and at the same time was opening bank accounts for the poor.
“Banks were nationalised for the poor but did we see the poor in the banks? So many people do not have access to pension and insurance. We are calling the world to ‘Make in India’ and at the same time we are opening bank accounts for the poor,” the Prime Minister added.
The Prime Minister also paid his tributes to Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore on his 154th birth anniversary.
“I pay my tributes to Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore. This land has been blessed by Goddess Lakshmi and Saraswati. Whatever begins from this land keeps going ahead. And that too something on the birth anniversary of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore,” the Prime Minister added.
Prime Minister Modi launched the ‘Pradhan Mantri Jivan Jyoti Bima Yojana’, ‘Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana’ and the ‘Atal Pension Yojana’ in Kolkata today.