Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, announced Friday in New Delhi that a package of measures put in place to ensure citizen access to a bank account. In his first speech on independence day of India, Modi, who took office in May, also promised that by 2018 all households dispondrían toilets. Currently about 600 million people (about 50% of the inhabitants of India), mainly in rural areas, lack of these health, forcing them to go away -and looking apartados- places to relieve themselves. This endangers many women who are sexually assaulted. Violations that have made headlines in recent months in the national media and international media, ” ashamed ” to the country, he said.
“Nobody can blame me talk about toilets at Red Fort [ the historical place where he delivered his speech ]. I come from a poor family, I have known poverty, the dignity of the poor starts there, “said the Hindu nationalist leader of 63 years, son of a tea vendor and became head of the State Government of Gujarat 2001 before making the jump to lead the world’s largest democracy. Modi also announced that there would be toilets in all schools, and separated by sex.
These ads, strongly symbolic, part of a series of measures designed to encourage the development of a country in which 30% of the population -more than 363 million-live under the poverty line, according to a recent report commissioned by the previous government. Modi focused his speech on the economic growth of the country, and made no allusion to Pakistan, something always traditional among Indian leaders on independence in 1947, which led to its partition and the birth of Pakistan.
The Prime Minister announced a “program of popular economy ” designed to extend the use of a bank account and fostering credit in the country. Something ” particular need ” impacted, for farmers, which in some cases come to commit suicide because they can not repay the money they have lent them usurers out of the system and an ” excessive ” interest. “We see even people who have a mobile phone but do not have a bank account, and there is where we should start,” he said. Within this program, he said, farmers could earn up to 100,000 rupees (about 1,200 euros) credit account public bank guarantees.
Recognized in previous economic management functions, Modi had an impact on India was to put the focus on the development of new technologies. ” 25 or 30 years ago, the world used to think we were a country of snake charmers and black magic. But our youth has surprised the world by their technological skills, “he said. ” I dream of a digital India, and I firmly believe can compete with the world in this,” he said.